Monday, April 23, 2018


Thanks to all who came out to our garage sale as part of our city's annual garage sales event this past Saturday. We couldn't believe how much traffic we had—well over 200 people. This gentleman was our first customer of the day and found all of these goodies. We ended up with a nice mix of antique and new wares. We think we even ended up finding a home for our grand old piano, which we advertised in the sale. Many people oohed and ahhed at the photos of it but only a few people expressed genuine interest. We will wait to say for sure that it's found a home until the person who agreed to give it a home actually comes to get it in a few weeks. I know the best laid plans can fall through and hope they won't in this case.

Although we fell $142 short of our goal to make $1,000, the sale was still well worth our effort since we were able to get rid of so much stuff. The hectic day ended on a high note. When we got back after grabbing a bite to eat (we were ravenous after the sale as we were so busy that we could not break for lunch), we found these lovely daffodils that our sweet neighbor left for us. She has a nice patch of these spring harbingers. It's random acts of kindness like this that reaffirm my faith that there are still good-hearted people out there. It's a wonderful reminder to spread kindness whenever you can. The very next day we had an opportunity to help a neighbor in need. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Adel's annual city-wide garage sale is this Saturday and we decided we had enough stuff to participate in it. You can find us near the XX from 8 to 4 this Saturday. I'm still sifting through boxes and getting things priced like this pretty tea set. I have several other pieces of china--both new and vintage--ready for the sale. We will have new and old housewares, home decor, garden fountains, accent tables, collectibles, holiday decor, cookbooks and garden books, Wardian cases, and much more.

These garden fountains served us well over the years.

I used to love collecting the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks but it's time to part with them. I only kept a few of them. 

I always thought I would find a place for this chandelier but it's just not large enough for our rooms with their lofty ceilings. It even comes with four shades.

And I found a bunch of holiday decor items that I no longer use like this collectible Bethany Lowe old-world Santa. Perhaps he will find a home on Saturday!

And we're still looking for a good home for our antique piano that is sadly no longer tunable but its beauty remains. I fell in love with its craftsmanship and if I had the room, I would keep it as a decorative piece. 

If I have time before the sale, I might post more photos here.

Monday, April 9, 2018


If you live in the Midwest like I do, chances are you are starting to wonder where spring is. Snowflakes were flying as recently as yesterday. So what do you do when you desperately need a little spring when it looks anything but outside? You make it yourself. That's why I fashioned this impromptu spring vignette in my parlor. I found the vintage metal planter already painted this cheerful shade of blue, and paired it with equally colorful planters that remind me of the vintage McCoy pots that I own. Once I determine that our cats, Figgy and Winnie, will leave them alone, I will pot them with my African violets. Now when I pine for spring days, I just go into my parlor and soak up the "sunshine" of this lovely scene.

About this time of year I'm especially grateful for my houseplants. My pink-edged episcia is happily growing in its terrarium. These plants, especially the pretty pink ones, are not for the faint of the heart as they are rather finicky. I lost my 'Pink Smoke' episcia a couple years ago and planted cuttings of 'Cleopatra' in this terrarium a year ago.

Despite the terrible weather we've been having, my rhubarb patch is giving me hope that it will eventually feel like spring. All seven of the plants we transplanted from my grandma's garden last spring survived the winter and are unfurling their glorious foliage. I love this stage of the growing process when you can really see its wrinkles. Do any of you grow rhubarb? It doesn't seem like a lot of people grow it around here. Everyone seems surprised—albeit delightedly so—when I bring some of my crop into work to share.

Spring also means that it's time to service our bikes! I got my flower power cruiser (pictured below) serviced a couple weekends ago and my green bike is in the shop now. I'm hoping by the time it's done the temperatures will be more hospitable for a bike ride. 

I continue to turn to tea for comfort, especially during these chilly days. I spent most of last week tied to my computer writing articles and sipping tea. I like to dress up my gong fu tea tray (pictured below) with fun tea accessories. These came directly from China.

Young Winston says hello. My little boy is destined to be little forever. At only 11 pounds, he's much smaller than our dear departed kitties, Poe and Teddy, who weighed in at 17 pounds in their prime. We were concerned that there might be something wrong with Winnie as he is very shy around everyone except for me to the point where he doesn't come out when strangers visit. We found out from our vet that Russian Blue mix cats are often like this and tend to pick one particular person to bond to. I'm hoping I can get him to come out of his shell. If any of you happen to have a Russian Blue mix, I would love to hear if you have encountered the same thing. Feel free to email me at