Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Starts and Stops

Every day is a chance to try again...to be more mindful that TIME is precious and fleeting. I get upset with myself because I know I waste too much of it. It is hard to find a balance between relaxation and productivity. If I'm relaxing and doing absolutely nothing, I feel I should be busy accomplishing a project. Then when I'm on a project, I can't seem to bring it to completion. Then there are daily tasks, mood swings, family, and health issues that complicate matters. It's called LIFE.  

A visit to my upstairs booth takes me by this display of old portraits. I like that the owner of the antique business uses the stairway to show his collection. The lady in the lower right was once in my booth.  Nice to see her in the grouping. 

Of course, I always look around in the store. I found a copy of Nell Hill's Feather Your Nest to add to my collection. Mary Carol Garrity explains "It's all in the details," and her book is filled with beautiful photographs that show ways to layer and develop a personal style of home decorating. 

The other item I brought home was this small brass vase. It was made in Italy and turned out to be surprisingly heavy.

Another month is on its way out. Yipes! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring is Here!

And I am so glad. Maybe this warmer weather will help my old bones. This is the first year I have been bothered with discomfort in my legs. Oh dear, I'm thankful to be aging, but I believe it will be challenging.

We returned yesterday from a quick trip to Texas to see Les, Pennee, and the little girls.  Kiera and Chloe are energetic chatterboxes. Les and Pennee have made a major decision to move into a luxury apartment complex closer to their jobs in Dallas. We would have loved for them to move back to Tennessee, but we understand their choices.

Our visit included dining out at Babe's in Frisco. The great food and lively atmosphere draw crowds on a regular basis.

early Sunday morning on a Texas road

heading into Memphis and almost home

I ventured outside after lunch, putting out garden signs and fairy house accessories. Pulled some weeds and realized there is much more to do if I want to have semi-pretty flowerbeds. 

Gunner, Nick, and Lucas are here now, snacking on oranges and popcorn while watching the cartoon channel.

To finish this blog post, I successfully transferred my iPhone photos to the computer for the first time. I have much to learn about my new phone, but I do find it A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Recently I shared this picture on Instagram with the caption:

Inside my secretary desk are finds, mementos, and gifts, bringing to mind persons, places, and past joys. The importance of little things is huge.

I truly enjoy searching out small treasures. This week's little finds were a brass bird and two pool balls with favorite numbers. 

My tiny chairs are back on the kitchen windowsill.  

 These clothespins are in a small bowl atop an old scale in the kitchen. Of course, I'm forever changing little things in the kitchen and in other areas around the house.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time Marches On

The third month of the year is well underway, and I can't seem to accomplish plans and projects that are on my mind. This is just a "hello" blog message. I'm still trying to keep Bits and Pieces going, but sometimes the words won't flow off the keyboard. Hope you are well and enjoying this beautiful March day. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quest Brings Reward

Saturday I was at a flea market with a friend. We had checked out the different booths on our first trip through the building. On our second round she noticed an art picture that was propped up near the floor. I found it hard to believe I had overlooked it earlier. The scene had a special quality. It was so peaceful...almost dreamlike.

The back of the picture provided additional information.

The farmhouse, lighted window, barn, windmill, hay mound, clothesline, pond, and figure were all interesting details. The price was an amazing fifteen dollars. My sweet friend encouraged me to not leave it behind. So glad I listened to her.

I'm looking forward to hanging this special flea market find.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Can't Make Up Its Mind

This has been a strange February. Some days will make you think it's spring. 

This Japanese magnolia tree is full of beautiful blooms.
However, our side yard will soon be covered with pink petals.  

A few rainy days had me inside painting. 

One day was spent antiquing, and three of my finds were:
1) an art figure to hold bracelets

Ten years ago I had clipped and saved this magazine picture 'cause I liked the look of the art form on the chest. 

 2) a tiny brass cat

3) a hull planter with mushrooms

One more look at this lovely tree

Tuesday, February 14, 2017



On Friday Nicolas was released from LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Antibiotics had cleared an infection that was located in a vertebra of his back.  Prayers had been answered.

This morning as Corkey and I were having coffee and reading the newspaper, we had a lovely surprise. Three boys wearing smiles came by before school - Gunner, Nicolas, and Lucas. They had tulips for me and candy for Corkey. They also gave us the best hugs.

Corkey liked the simple homemade valentine I had placed on his desk. It was two red hearts glued together with a message in the center. The words I had cut  from a recent cartoon strip.

your heart and my heart
are very, very old friends

We are thankful and happy to be together. In spite of aches and pains we have, we count our blessings that we also have each other.

Hope your day is filled with




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