Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dutch Shoe

Diane at A Picture is Worth A Thousand... hosts 2nd Time Around. She's a creative and crafty lady. She finds what some may think is not worth much, and paints it or tweaks it a bit and creates a thing of beauty, function, and/or value for her home. If you'd like to join in the fun, click on the link.

I went bargain hunting at the local GW store. I will not go back there again because frankly, the store had a bad odor. However, I found this delightful blue "wooden" shoe. It's ceramic, so although it was quite dirty, it holds no odor.

The true color is the last picture. It closely corresponds with the blue and white vase.

I cleaned it up, and now will find a faux piece of greenery to complete the look.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Blue Monday - Proud to Be American

It's Blue Monday! To participate:

1. Post about something blue on your blog. It can be pretty, ugly, funny, old, or new as long as it's blue. Leave a link to this blog on your post.

2. Place the Blue Monday button on the top of your post so that people can easily spot it. Place another Blue Monday button on the sidebar of your blog.

3. Mr. Linky will be up after midnight. Return here and link in with Mr. Linky by leaving your name and the Permalink to your post. To create a Permalink, click on your Blue Monday post title and copy all the stuff in the http window. It is a longer address so that people can find your post even later in the week--whenever they get a chance to visit.

4. Leave me a comment. I promise that I will visit you and leave you a comment. Visit other Blue participants by clicking on their links. Make someone's day; leave a comment.


With the 4th of July coming up, I thought that I'd spotlight the BLUE of our flag. I wish a happy and safe 4th celebration for everyone.

Blue Monday Participants
1. Kathy b
2. Diane@A Picture is worth....
3. Sheila
4. Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage
5. Elizabeth
6. Ivory Spring
7. Candy
8. bj
9. Robyn
10. Carrie @ Being Domestic
11. Sandi
12. Marsha Mpressions
13. Charlotte
14. Ita @Something To Share
15. Merrie
16. Anne Fannie
17. Shirley Corwin
18. lavoice
19. Fifi Flowers
20. Aussie Nikki NC USA
21. Mary
22. Maria Berg, Sweden
23. printersdevil~Felecia
24. Marjorie...Molly
25. sylvia extra from villa extra
26. Monica@The White Bench
27. irene, Singapore
28. NatureFootstep Photo Sweden
29. Gee
30. Barbara@Purple Goat Lady
31. Tammy518
32. Mojo, NC, USA
33. Janie at Southern Lagniappe
34. Becky K.
35. Knitty
36. Tam @ The Gypsy's Corner
37. Shirls Rose Cottage
38. Laura@White Spray Paint
39. Shelia @Notesongs
40. Tink *~*~*
41. Lana G!
42. Theresa @Take A SentimentalJourney
43. LadyJane
44. angie @ annies home (we are home)
45. Maria's Space
46. KayC
47. JD
48. ellen b
49. Lynn's Lovelies
50. Cindy
51. Susan
52. Mary@One Perfect Bite
53. Linnea
54. Jensmere
55. Bry at Trying to Reason
56. Dixie
57. Pagan Sphinx - Massachusetts
58. DailyLiving,Regina,Philippines
59. Barbara Jean
60. Terry
61. Debbie@Like a Rose
62. Geri@heartnsoulcooking
63. hip chick
64. charli and me
65. VickiS ~ FL
66. g.suzie
67. rantings of a woman
68. Rhonda~Scooterblu's Whimsy
69. Little Hillbilly Farm
70. Oma Nijn

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Some Technology Should Be Ignored

I'm so blessed to be able to attend a growing church where people are happy to gather, hear the Gospel, and worship God.

Spiritual Sundays are hosted by gracious Ginger and charming Charlotte. To visit other participants, click here.

See you tomorrow for Blue Monday!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pink Saturday - Beautiful Blooms

Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts Pink Saturday. Pause at her Place to see Plenty of other Pretty Pink items that Precious Pink Participating People are Presenting for your Pleasure.

This part of Florida is beautifully blooming. I snapped these crepe myrtle trees when we went out for a ride this past Tuesday.

Aren't they just gorgeous, so full of Pink blooms?

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Terry at Lady Liberty Patriot kindly awarded me the Fabulous Blog Award June 16th. She’s a Texan who loves horses, her husband, family, and antiques. I’m not too certain if that’s the correct order. Take a look at her blog and see if you can put these things in order for me.

I've received this award before, and I'm once again amazed that anyone would think this highly of my blog. Thank you, Terry. 

PS Sorry that it's not Pink!

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See you in two days for Blue Monday!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Abused China Cabinet

Kelli from Kelli's House hosts Show and Tell Friday. If you have something special to share, this is the place to show it. It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, or a treasured collection. Go to her place to join in the fun!

We moved from South Florida to the Tampa area. I wrote about the experience with the movers here. Today I'm showing my damaged Drexel china cabinet, which we just discovered on Tuesday morning. What a disappointment. I've had this piece of furniture for over thirty years.

It seems that this is the sort of thing that happens when furniture is moved--even when movers are good people. We've found and hired a furniture repair person who will come and fix it on site. He's a busy man who promised to call when he has time. I hope that is not too many more days away. You KNOW I'll be posting on that experience, and I'll show before and after photos!

Our apartment looks like home. All boxes have been unpacked except those in the warehouse. Pictures have been hung. The kitchen cabinets are not organized, but the cabinet doors are shut. So we look a good bit more settled than we are. And, yes, I'm tired.

To answer Picket's question about toilet paper from yesterday:  I did have a box clearly marked "master bathroom" and another clearly marked "guest bathroom." Both of those boxes had some TP in them. Those boxes were opened first. Then the bed got set up and made. That way, no matter what else happens, we can sleep!

See you in a few days for Blue Monday!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Father's Day & All Our Grandchildren

My son's three daughters worked with the three-year-olds in Sunday school this past Sunday. Because it was Father's Day, the children made paper ties as presents for their fathers. 

My granddaughters got "into it" and each made their father a tie. Here's a picture of him wearing all three paper ties as he stands outside the church, where everyone could see him. Ah, love!

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Here is a picture of all seven grandchildren, taken in our new apartment on Father's Day. Johnny and I are so proud of them. Each one is a delight! From left to right, there's Lauren, Caeli, Zachary, Jenna, Pierce, Brittany, and Ara. They're ages 20 to 10.)

What a special time this was for the whole bunch to be together to celebrate Johnny's birthday and Father's Day for the three fathers (Johnny, our son, and our son-in-law).

PS Picket (and others) want to know, and I will answer on tomorrow's post!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Comic Relief

Dixie at French Lique hosts Wordless Wednesday. The rules are simple: NO WORDS!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Movers: My Report

I promised to give you a full report of our move, and here it is. We hired Flat Rate Movers, and were satisfied*(see NOTE) with their professionalism. They were close to on time, cheerful, and came fully prepared with an abundant supply of clean movers' quilts, boxes, and tape--tons of tape. This is a shot taken of our garage. Notice the stacks of quilts folded up on the left side.

We packed all of our stuff except large pictures and lamps. The movers took care of those things. Five men used dollies such as these to load up the heavy furniture. As you can see, it was a beautiful day, without a cloud in the sky.

Here's a shot of our king sized mattress after it was wrapped. Notice that after the quilt is wrapped around the bottom, tons of tape is placed around the quilting to fully contain it.

Here's four of the men collaborating on moving my china cabinet. They first removed the top from the bottom, packaged the glass shelves, and then quilted the bottom and top of the china cabinet separately before rolling the pieces out to the truck. Unfortunately, there is a place that sustained a bad chip in the front top of the china cabinet. We just discovered it this morning! Ah well, that's why God makes furniture repairmen.

Our sofa ready to be loaded. Johnny is at the sliding glass doors trying to take a good-bye picture of our lake. (It didn't turn out, but I took one that I'll show you.)

The sofa being placed onto the truck. Notice two guys holding on to it. They were so careful with our things.

They loaded up everything quickly. Rather than wait until the following day, Johnny and the movers decided to go ahead and finish the move the same day! So the movers zipped up the road to our new apartment. I had to make some hurried phone calls to get our apartment and warehouse available a day ahead, and fortunately, everyone cooperated.

Johnny and I went to closing and then left for Tampa. The movers met us at the apartment, unloaded, and set the furniture exactly where I directed. They then took two upholstered chairs and about two-thirds of the boxes to our rented air conditioned warehouse. (We gave away and donated some of our furniture to reduce the load.)

Here's my final good-bye shot of our lake. We left our pretty plants; the new homeowners much appreciated it. I admit, I already miss this view. However, Father's Day with our two children, two in-law children, and seven grandchildren was definitely worth it! Family is important.

I'm glad we went with Flat Rate Movers. A stressful day was actually turned into a day of smiles!

*NOTE: I have since discovered several pieces of abused furniture that the movers damaged, so now I wouldn't recommend them.