Friday, December 31, 2010

Think Antique Mall

As we traveled the highways of the Mid-West we stopped at a number of antique malls and here are a few of our finds...
Treasure No. 1- Notre Dame University Memorabilia
Limited edition Collectible Pop bottle
Anything "Fighting Irish" is a find for Hubby!

This cookie cutter was a dollar and will definitely be used for next Christmas.
I'm thinking cinnamon ornaments for gifts.
Not an antique but only $3.99 will add the wonderful scent of spearmint throughout the apartment.

Do you remember Edith Ann? Lily Tomlin's beloved character from the OLD show "Laugh-In"
offers thoughts on life. this was $1.00 and worth every penny. I'll share bits of her wisdom in a later post.

 Another book for $1.00 holds fixes for anything that ails you!
I'll share more on this later also.
This is a horrible picture but I was able to purchase two amber glass canisters that I paid $8.00 for and plan to use them in our bathroom.

I was really excited to find this piece of Polish pottery. Being a first generation Polish-American these
pieces are really special to me.

These were the find of the trip for me! Two Vintage Dooney and Burke all weather purses.
I purchased the two for $18.00. 
Hope you enjoyed the tour more treasures to come...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Adventures on the Road

Sometimes an idea can take on a life of it's own. That's just what happened! Hubby and I decided to take a road trip and it turned into an adventure in discovery. We started our trip on Monday and went to see my brother in Indiana. He had surgery recently and was home recuperating. I was happy to see he was taking good care of himself and that he seems to be healing well. I was relieved to see him in person phones calls just don't cut it at a time like this. As our visit came to a close we set out for Layfette. As we headed down the highway we took a detour and found this beautiful covered bridge and have made a note to self...come back for a visit this summer!

Back on the road we had the best time watching the scenery, having conversations, and listening and singing outloud to two CD's our Emily gave us at Christmas. The group is called, "Straight, No Chaser" and these guys are fabulous! (You can check them out on utube it's worth the time!)

 During one of our stops we happened into this wonderful pharmacy that had an old fashioned soda fountain. It was the best fountain soda I've ever had. Hubby was very busy reminiscing about his childhood experiences at a local soda fountain he visited as a young boy. Fun!
 Had to share this picture. It is the oldest billboard in the entire US. It can be found on the old route 66.
 As we toured along we visited dozens of small towns and enjoyed the many Christmas displays. This home got my "Best of Show" vote for it's old fashioned appeal.
 This photo is out of sink but is so pretty I had to add it. It is the view from the covered bridge.
Tomorrow I'll share more...Think Antique Malls!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

"...And visions of sugar plums danced in their heads."
From Our Home to Yours Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

May you have a very Merry Christmas.

Happy Tuesday! John and I arrived home from our Christmas celebrations with all our girls and their guys. We had a wonderful time. I just wish it could have been a longer visit. I want to share a recipe I came across.
Recipe for Christmas All Year Long

Take a heap of child-like wonder

That opens up our eyes

To the unexpected gifts in life—

Each day a sweet surprise.

Mix in fond appreciation

For the people whom we know;

Like festive Christmas candles,

Each one has a special glow.

Add some giggles and some laughter,

A dash of Christmas food,

(Amazing how a piece of pie

Improves our attitude!)

Stir it all with human kindness;

Wrap it up in love and peace,

Decorate with optimism, and

Our joy will never cease.

If we use this healthy recipe,

We know we will remember

To be in the Christmas spirit,

Even when it's not December.

                                                          By Joanna Fuchs

I couldn't agree with Joan more. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I am Back and Just in Time for a 100th Blog Anniversary!

Teddy bear Inspiration
Learn to Listen Like a Teddy Bear, with ears open and mouth closed tight.
Learn to forgive like a Teddy Bear, with Heart open not caring who is right,
Learn to love like a Teddy Bear with arms open.
As I think about 100 posts I can hardly believe how much time has passed.
It is an incredibly busy time for me and I am still pondering what direction to take with this blog so stay tuned as the ideas become reality!
Here's hoping the next 100 posts will bring enlightenment, simple pleasures, and many new friends!
God bless you during the preparation of your upcoming Christmas celebrations...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

It's Sunday and I Haven't Undated Yet!

It's Sunday, well technically Monday at 12:20 pm! I was not able to get my new post finished so I'll try for later today! Please stop back and visit again.