Thursday, November 8, 2018

Strange Attraction

For years I kept a large Alex Blum print of a bookstore. In and out of storage it acquired a small tear. With its noticeable flaw I decided it was time to part with it and sold that framed print from my booth. Well, as you know from an earlier post I was gifted a smaller Alex Blum print of an antiques shop from a dear friend. I started to regret letting my other print go. So I put Alex Blum prints on my eBay watch list. After many months one turned up. The starting bid was one dollar, and to my utter surprise I won it at that price. Shipping was six dollars so my seven dollar purchase arrived today. For now I'm displaying the two prints on the den mantel.

I really don't like the man figure in the prints, but do love the bookstore and antique settings.

I have them placed on the mantel to hide the awful vents I've talked about before. I'm already pondering how can I decorate this mantel for Christmas. 

Are you Christmas decorating before or after Thanksgiving this year? I am making myself wait, but I do understand why others want an early start on the beauty and sparkle of holiday decorating. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Colors of Fall

Sometimes a simple painting turns out better than expected.
These colors are favorites of mine.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Truthful Words

When actor Burt Reynolds died, Sally Field made this statement about her friend.

"There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away. They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live."

This rings true for me whenever I remember my children's birthdays. Their dad and I shared a young love that didn't hold up through the years. But we were blessed to have two beautiful children.

 I want Ryan and Lauren to know what joy they added to our lives. Although our marriage ended, we experienced together the wondrous thrill of their birth and early development. Today our firstborn is 40! 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Saying Good-bye to October

Yesterday was a warm and lovely fall day. I took a few pictures from my own yard.

The passage of time bothers me. It never used to go this fast.
I heard on the news how some people are decorating early for Christmas because they want to enjoy their holiday home decorations longer. Just the thought of pulling out plastic tubs and other boxes to decorate for December tires me out. But I love to do it. Just hope I can feel motivated when the time comes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Bittersweet Ending

Setting up my booth was a lot easier than taking it down. Leftover items were donated to Goodwill and Amvets. My sweet corner cabinet came home to the apartment bedroom, and a few other furniture pieces were stored in the white shed for now.

It was sad in a way when the Bits and Pieces banner came down.

The Christmas Open House signup sheets were already on the front counter, but I won't have to worry about a door prize, food item, or work time this year. If I go that December day it will be as a casual shopper.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

hello Fall

Quiet days have been mixed in with busy days. Most of the time I'm here at home where the colors of fall are evident.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


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