Monday, February 28, 2011

This and That

I've not posted much recently because I haven't felt well and didn't want to do anything. I managed to get to the grocery store, fix dinners, do laundry and take my Mom to the doctor, but not much else.

Oh wait, I did sew a couple of storage bags for some of my entertaining pieces. I want to make sure the odd sized pieces don't get chipped or scratched when not in use, so I'm making my own bags. They are turning out pretty well, if I do say so myself, and are lots cheaper than buying them pre-made. I have a few more bags I want to make this week.

Sunday morning we went out to family breakfast and a good time was had by all, especially my Mom.

This morning I went to the dentist, which is always fun.

No, really. It is fun!

I've never been afraid of the dentist. My dentist from childhood to my late 20's was great. He was funny, good at distracting kids and could work on you while causing little or no pain. When it was time for him to retire, he sold his practice to a dentist who is every bit as good and might possibly be even funnier. His wife is the hygienist and she is nice and funny and also good at her job.

If you are looking for a dentist in Tulsa, I heartily recommend Dr. Jeff Parker and his staff.

Hopefully, I'll have some interesting things to write about this week. Stay tuned!

Note: I am not being compensated for this recommendation. Jeff has no idea I am writing this on my blog. None whatsoever!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Change Has Come Again

I wrote here last year about a big change in our household.

Today I'm writing to document another change. The Husband started a new 6 month contract assignment this week.

Um, hello?

Are we not going to go on fantastic road trips this spring and summer? We had such fun last year on our "See The USA" road trips. Links to just a few of my posts are herehere and here.

I've now given myself "road trip fever" simply by re-reading all my vacation posts. Pesky new assignment getting in the way of vacation. Boo!

What are your vacation plans for this spring and summer?

NOTE: Truly and honestly, we are very grateful for The Husband's new work assignment. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wedding Invitation

I'm sure I'll be receiving our invitation to Prince William and Katherine Middleton's wedding in the mail this week.
I guess I should start searching for the perfect dress to wear. The wedding is on April 29th, so I don't have much time.

What? You think I'm crazy? I'm not.

I'm just positive I'll get an invitation.

How about you?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The National Christmas Tree

We saw the National Christmas Tree in October, 2010.
Did you know high winds snapped the trunk of the tree and it is now gone to mulch heaven? Read about it here.

Hopefully, someone will quickly come up with a plan to replace the tree.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Vintage Thingie Thursday

My mother gifted me with this glass jar recently. It belonged to my paternal grandmother, who died in 1976. Granny kept flour in it.
I plan to use it to store tea bags.
What items do you use from your grandmother's kitchen?

I'm joining Coloradolady today for Vintage Thingie Thursday. If you click over there, you will see lots of neat items.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fun With Nieces

I went shopping with The Sister and her girls recently. The 8 year old was terribly excited when her Dad pointed out that we were dressed almost alike.
We went several places and ended up at Justice, which is a store that caters to pre-teen girls. Before we walked in the door, she turned to me and said "Prepare to be amazed, Aunt Cindy!" And, I was. It was sensory overload when we walked through the door. The girls got to spend their Christmas and birthday money, so a good time was had by all.

The next day there was a bit of ceramic painting going on.
If you have little people in your life, what fun things have you done with them recently?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

One Expensive Tablecloth

Would you spend $377 for a 52" x 52" tablecloth and six napkins?

Details are here.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snow and "Dead Lady Art"

Snow, snow, snow. I've had enough of the real stuff, thank you very much. It can go away now.

When I want to see a snowy landscape, I'll rely on my "dead lady art" snow paintings for the remainder of winter.

First snowy scene was painted in 1984 by the mother of a girl who went to high school with The Husband. When we cleaned out his mother's house, I took it.
Second winter scene was purchased for $10 at a local estate sale. It was painted by Martha and is not dated, unfortunately.
What, you ask is "dead lady art?" It's a collectible category I named a few years ago. As I haunted estate sales, antique malls and the like, I began to notice lots of paintings signed by women. It struck me as wrong, wrong, wrong, that these pieces were being sold to strangers. Why didn't their family members keep these works of art? Obviously the ladies worked very hard to create them. It's like not keeping other family treasures, which I wrote about here.

This was my first purchase and it inspired the "dead lady art" name. Essie Davis signed this painting, which is undated. It anchors my Christmas tableau in the fireplace every year.
As I see pretty paintings, I bring them home and they become part of my seasonal decorations. In the spring, this painting by Genie, dated 1977, will make its debut. I picked it up recently at an estate sale on 50% off day. It cost me $9! Isn't it pretty?
I also have a couple of fall paintings, but I was too lazy to unpack and photograph them today. I will show them to you next fall!

What do you think? Have you been collecting "dead lady art" and just didn't know it?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Funeral Plants

I've been married to The Husband for 16.5 years. Prior to our marriage, we worked at the same office, so I was acquainted with him for 5 or so years before our marriage.

I did not know him when his paternal Grandmother passed away. If I've known him 20+ years, that means his Grandmother passed away 23-25 years ago. When she died, he took home a funeral ivy. When I met him, it was a big, lovely plant in a clay pot. The plant has been with us for our entire marriage.

The last 6-9 months, the plant has not looked well. I recently trimmed up the plant and kept only the most healthy pieces.
There was not much left.
I hope the ivy survives and thrives. The Husband and I would be very sad if it died.

Do you have "funeral plants" from when your family members have passed on?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Our Snow Report

The view out our back door on Wednesday. Fourteen inches of snow. See the garage back there? That's where our vehicles are. Our driveway runs the entire depth of our lot, since the garage is detached from the house and sits at the back fence line. It is a very looooooong driveway. A 100 feet or more.
Here's the drift in our driveway in the backyard.
28 inches.
The Husband trudged out to garage to get the snow shovel and worked his way back to the house, shoveling a path.
Once that was done, he shoveled off the front porch and the walkway to the street.
He returned to the back yard and started shoveling the drive. He is shoveling snow over the fence into the neighbor's backyard. Shhhh, don't tell the neighbor! 

Our yard is so small, we had no other place to put some of the snow. The neighbor didn't mind!
He only cleared a small bit before calling it quits for the day. We were not going anywhere since the streets were so bad, which meant there was no need to work himself to death to get it done in one day.

The next day he worked for 6 hours clearing the snow. For 4 of the 6 hours he had a helper, thank goodness. After 10 manhours of effort, they had 90% of the drive clear. The Husband was very glad Jordan, the helper, was available and willing to help. We both appreciated it!

He's had to do more shoveling, to get rid of the new snow that fell on Friday. He wants to keep the drive clear, since more snow is predicted this coming week.

We are seriously considering purchasing a small snow blower. We had a small snow blower when we lived in Chicagoland. It was wonderful. Yes, we now live in Oklahoma. Yes, it's true that Oklahoma does not get that much snow on a yearly basis. But when we do get a lot of snow, it's a real pain in The Husband's patooti to shovel a 100' driveway. And, it's not like I'm going to be much help out there (or ANY help out there!)

Even if we only use the blower once a year, it's a small price to pay to be able to clear the drive quickly. 

What do you think of our idea? Silly or not? 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tablescape Thursday

Recently, The Husband and I had friends to dinner. I purchased chargers (new in the box) at a flea market the previous day and they served as inspiration for the table.
I used our wedding china for the second time recently.
And a red luncheon size plate for first course salad.
I mixed and matched sterling flatware. The salad fork is from one set and the entree fork and knife/spoon is from a second set.

I purchased the second set (8 knives, 7 forks, 7 spoons) on the 50% off day at a local estate sale. Every piece was extremely tarnished and the bundle was with the stainless pieces in the kitchen for some reason. I bought them for $37.50! I've attempted to research the pattern, but have had no luck. Do you recognize it?
The glasses are inexpensive ones I found in Target.
The centerpiece candle holders were found separately at an estate sale and garage sale. I stocked up on the candles to fit these several years ago at Garden Ridge during a 75% off sale. I have a large supply of metallic red, gold and green candles for these holders!
The individual salt & pepper shakers have been accumulated from various places over the years.

The tablecloth was purchased new at Stein Mart and I have two identical ones of various lengths that I use depending on how many table leaves are in place. Do you purchase the same tablecloth in various lengths?

The linen napkins are from an estate sale. This set of four are 22" x 22" and as soft as silk.

I need to start scouting for napkin holders. I have two sets (one spring and one fall), but I rarely use them. Perhaps 2011 will be the year I get on the napkin ring bandwagon, or at least learn how to fold my napkins into interesting shapes!

Chargers: Flea market
China: Royal Doulton Alice, wedding present
Salad Plates: Anchor Hocking Ruby Red, borrowed from The Sister
Glasses: Target (does anyone know the name of the pattern?)
Sterling Silver: Salad fork is Easterling's American Classic, others are unknown
Tablecloth: Stein Mart
Linen Napkins: Estate Sale
Candleholders: Estate Sale and Garage Sale

I'm linking up to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday. Follow me over there and browse the links to other fantastic tables!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine's Day Approaches

I have a few decorations I put out every year for Valentine's Day. Not too many, but just enough to make the Hershey's Kisses and cinnamon Red Hots around the house justifiable!

I now have hearts on my table.
The vintage ice bucket in the centerpiece was given to me recently by my mother. It belonged to my paternal grandmother.
Isn't it pretty? It's the kind of bouquet that doesn't fade away.

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day?