Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Velvet Pumpkins On A Silver Platter

This past summer I found this beautiful heavy round silver platter at an estate sale.  It didn't look this clean and shiny.  It was horribly tarnished and unrecognizable, but the price was ($6 or $8 with an additional discount of 30% off).
A lot of elbow grease and toothpaste, transformed this silver platter to almost its old self!
It is currently gracing our formal dining table, showcasing a collection of velvet pumpkins.  The acorns are a recent acquisition from the same estate sale.  I believe they were 25 cents each.
Simple and so very festive.

This Thanksgiving we are going to be dining out with another couple at a local restaurant.  This particular restaurant has a huge aquarium in its dining room.  For Hubby and I, it will be a totally different Thanksgiving celebration...dining with the fish...LOL!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tea Time

 Tea time is here again!
As much as I love hot tea, the only time I can drink it is during cooler weather...or else I get HOT!
 Lately my choice of tea is a blend of orange, cinnamon and honey; which I found at Hy-Vee.
 I found this teacup and saucer at an estate sale for $1, and it's so delicate and fine.  I love the pretty unexpected unique detail on the handle.
I thought the cattail design was perfect for fall.
The best part is that I get a chance to drink hot tea from a different teacup on a daily basis from my teacup collection.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veteran's Day 2018

Today we celebrate Armistice Day.
100 years ago the War to End All wars was over.  Even though many wars have followed since, today we pause to praise and honor our Veterans who have served and sacrificed for our great country. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Happy Days

Happy Days is being back home in Arizona where the weather is perfect: sunny & warm.
Mom and I drove back from Minnesota with four pets: 2 Chihuahuas & 2 kitties, and a van crammed full of great treasure finds from estate and garage sales.  All in all it was a great trip.  We had a punctured tire; we drove through rain, snow and freezing wind.   We drove through states we had never been to (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico).  It was my very first solo driving trip, and Mom was my co-pilot.

As I had mentioned last month, our home here in Arizona was burglarized in early September.  Even though I had accepted the fact that I would find our home broken into, it was still difficult to walk in and leave in for several days.  We are now also facing identity fraud/theft.  It is a never ending nightmare!
The first two weeks have been filled with non-stop cleaning and putting back our life back together.

I am learning to literally take one day at a time.
By decorating the front door porch, it has made us me feel like we are taking our life back and letting these creeps know they don't matter.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Fallish Tablescape

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Eccl: 3:1

All tablescape items are thrifted.
Fresh flowers by Mom.  She picked them up during her daily morning walks.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Updated Jack-O-Lanterns

I was at one of our local grocery stores, and I was absolutely thrilled when I spotted these Halloween pumpkins in their florist shop!!!
Simply decorated with a "BOO" rhinestone sticker and a batty ribbon!
How about these two?!
I think I can replicate these for a fraction of the cost.
Pretty cute!

But then I spotted these spray painted pumpkins with a very lush ribbon bow!!!  OMG...I love them!
I can't wait to get to the pumpkin patch!!!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Farmers Market Day

I love coming home from a morning spent at our local farmer's market with fresh bright fruit and vegetables.
This time I bought gold beets to try out in a salad like the one below.
Hubby had this roasted beet salad at a local restaurant last month, and it was so yummy!
I'll let you know how it turns out.

Honestly my most favorite thing is getting beautiful and colorful flower bouquets!!! 
Sunflowers have to be my favorite flowers.  So sunny and cheerful.
 This time I splurged and bought another flower bouquet as well.
Zinnias remind me of Mom's garden.  Mom has always love gardening; and her garden never failed to have all kinds of different flowers, fruit trees, herbs, and all kinds of other plants.  Now that she's older she has switched more to container gardening, and her patio always looks so alive and colorful!

Anyways...because it was about half and hour to closing time, the bouquets were $1 cheaper (originally $8 each), and...
as a bonus Mom and I received a giant delicious free donut from this bakery stand that was ready to close.  The vendors only sell fresh baked goods to their customers, and these leftover donuts were going to go to waste.  I'm sure they probably are donated to a food bank or home shelter.

These coming Sunday my big splurge will be handmade scented (with essential oils) hand soaps, Wisconsin cheese, local honey, jellies, jams and pickles.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Be A Pineapple

In a world full of apples, be a PINEAPPLE:
Stand TALL, wear a  crown, and
Be sweet on the INSIDE.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Autumn Door Basket Wreath

 A bit early for fall, but I just couldn't helped myself!
I put together this fall autumn basket together as our front door wreath to welcome fall this year.  I had the hanging basket for years.  All of the supplies to make the wreath were thrifted, except for the flowers.  Yup...from Dollar Tree.  The burlap button flower I made myself several years ago.  I tried using it in other DIY projects, but it just wasn't a good fit.  I think it has finally found it's niche.   
 I apologize for the ugly unkempt and ugly front doorsteps.  This year with Hubbie's illness, not much up keeping has been done around here.  Needless to say, we have a long To Do List for next late spring-early summer.
It sure feels like fall around here...cooler and rainy weather, shorter days and pumpkins everywhere I go!
Share Your Cup #307

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

When Life Gives You Lemons...


I don't even know where to begin...
Our home in Arizona was broken in and one of our cars was stolen, and now dealing with police reports and home insurance, blah blah blah....
This is just one more buMp in my life lately.

I'm trying to stay as strong as I can and keep going on, and being faithful that things will only get better.
I'm stressed out and completely overwhelmed to say the least.
It has been a hell of a year for me.  My Hubbie has been diagnosed with Diabetes Type II, and it took something drastic earlier this summer for him to finally seek medical attention.  I honestly thought he had early on-set symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's.
Even though he is now being treated for this disease, he is working on accepting it; while I have to deal with his constant mood swings and lashing out at me.
I comprehend his anger and unhappiness about it all, but my emotional side is hurt. 
Just venting before I explode!!!

Faith is about trusting God, even when you don't understand His plan.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Lord on this Labor Day,

We thank You for the blessing of work.
We ask for strength to complete each day.
We ask for rest when we are weary.
We ask for Your guidance for everyone seeking employment, and
we ask that
You be with those whose faces we might never see, but who tirelessly work each day for the good of us all.