Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My first Rednesday of the Year

Please visit Sue over at http://itsacherryworld.blogspot.com and join in Rednesday and show off all your red goodies!

Last summer as I was blog suffering I came across Old Glory Cottage blog. The name interested me because I am crazy about Americana and the Red,White,and Blue!! You can see previous posts for all of the pics in my patriotic craftroom! Any whoo back to Carol at the Old Glory Cottage! Her house is amazing as is all the goodies she collects. Well when I spend many days going back and reading all of her posts from when she started blogging. Ok, I just shared a secret so I guess it isn't a secret, when I find a blog and decide to become a follower, I go back and read all the archive posts! So, I am a blog geek!!! Now you know the rest of the story LOL! Carol's blog led me to Creative Breathing blog which led me to 521 Lake Street which led me to Its a Cherry World. I spent lots of hours reading all of the blogs plus the ones that were listed on their side bars. I loved the creative crafting of Elizabeth at Creative Breathing! She collects vintage children's valentines and displays them in the cutest way and stores them so nicely in red and yellow scrapbooks that she has filled with pages that have pockets in them. So cute and so organized. Well, I fell in love with those images of the vintage valentines and I started bidding on ebay for some. I have been lucky to win several auctions since the past summer. I have taken a few of my favorite ones and displayed them in these photo display thingies. I bought both of them at one of my favorite antique stores, Fanastic Finds in Newton, NC. If you are every in this area this is a must stop by store to visit!! They have 4 buildings of goodies to look at!!! We spend at least 1-2 hours every time we visit.

I am going to ask for some help. As you all know I share my life and my home with my four wonderful spoilt furbabies, Pebbles, Bella, Sarge, and Cocoa Puff. I also love dachshund collectibles. I am on the hunt for dachshund valentines. The one in the picture below is the only one I have so far. I did win an auction this past Saturday for a doxie valentine but it has not arrived yet, I will take a pic and post it! So ladies, if you see a doxie valentine please email me with the name and number of the store and maybe they will let me buy it over the phone and ship it to me. Big thanks and hugs for doing this!!! I never knew there were so many different designs of doxie valentines. There were two style so ebay auctions today but I was outbidded LOL I am on a budget and there is only so much I am willing to pay for 1 valentine depending on what it is. But, I will not buy it if it goes over 10.00 for 1 valentine! Not today, if I was still working and getting paid every two weeks it would be different, but I get paid monthly and it is less than one paycheck that I made working. But, I am thankful for that disability insurance!! It has been such a blessing and the smartest thing I ever did was to check that LTD insurance box when I was filling out my paper work when I started my job at Baptist Hopstial in Wiston Salem! Well, you guys have a wonderful day!
Hello everyone! It is a rainy, dreary morning here in Conover, North Carolina. I was looking in my cabinets for Valentines and I ran across
these. They were sent to my parents by each other during their short
time together. My real father was killed in an accident, he fell off
the back of a truck while it was moving. He was helping his brother move
and my Mother and my aunt were following in the car behind them. So, she
saw him fall off the truck. I can only imagine how hard that was on her.
I do not have a lot of my Father's things. My Mother remarried when I was 5
and my Dad's things were misplaced or given away over the years.I wish
she had kept everything for me, but you can't go back, so I cherish the
items I have so much. When my Mother was pregnant with me and people would
ask Daddy what he wanted a boy or a girl and he would answer a red-headed
baby girl! He got what he wanted. I say it was a gift from God because he
knew Daddy would only have me for 20 months before he was called home! Oh,
how I wish God would have let him stay a little longer so I could have a
real memory of him. All I have is a few of his things and stories from famiy and friends about him.

I am trying to get out of the gloom and doom slump that I am in and worked
on some Valentine's last night. I also put out some of my Valentine decor.
The pictures are below. That is all for now! Keep me in your prayers,
please! Talk to you soon!
Oh the furbabies say hello, they are a happy group this morning! They got
a bath last night and even though they are not so happy about the bath,
they feel so good after the bath they run all over the house while drying
off! It is so fun to watch. We laughed at Pebbles who is our oldest, she
will be 12 years old on the 30th of this month!! She is also just a little
chunky, she would take off running from the kitchen and jump on her pillow
in front of the fire place! Hubby built a fire so they could lay in front
of it after they got done with the bath! Pebbles would lay on the pillow
for a little bit and then run to the kitchen and run back and jump on the
pillow again!She did this like 5 or 6 times! It was soo funny.
Have a great day!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Update on me and a Micheals Question

Nothing new to report from the drs appointments this past week. The appt. with the pain dr was canceled and moved to this week since I have not been able to use the stimulator. The appt with my surgeon, lets just say I should have stayed home. I saw the PA again and he said their was no decisions that he could make since the battery wasn't charging well. It picks up in one small spot only and it has to be pressed very hard against my body. I was finally able to get it charged to 3 bars today and that is holding it against my back for several hours!!!! Not a happy camper here!!! Also, the rep said it may not be picking up because of my FAT!!!!! Okay, I have not gained a pound since he met me in Oct!!! I was heavier that day than the day I had surgery. I actually lost 5 lbs between Oct-Dec because of my nerves!! I wonder why!!!! So, if that is the case and this thing isn't going to work!! I am considering a law suit!! Why put me through all the flippin pain and expenses if they thought I may have been too big??? Could it have to do with pay outs to the dr, the representive from the company??? Oh, I was livid and still get fired up when I think about what he said. My hubby asked me how I handled it and I said I started firing off facts like I had lost 5 pounds from the trial till surgery and if they thought I was too heavy why didn't they mention it before now, like before my back was cut open from the skin area to the spinal area so part of my spine could be cut away so the leads could be attached??? He said, how did he respond?? I said, he shut up and shut up fast!!! I am so upset, I can't stand myself. Pain level has not been tolerable today!!! I was up up until 2am back up at 7, back up at 9 and finally slept from 10:30 till 12:30 while sleeping with my hand holding the charger against my lower back. I told hubby I needed out of the house, could we please go by Micheals to pick up the lovely items I have seen on others blogs and to the Hickory Antique Mall? He said, sure anything to help you feel better after he teased me about burning my canned biscuits at 12:30am while watching the Smurf movie!!! I ripped into him and told him he was acting like his Mother letting me have it about the negatives in my life!!! Oh, that made him so mad!!!! O:(O:( not a happy life-we have a sign I got at my fav primitive store that went out of business 2 years ago, It says If Mama ain't HAPPY Ain't Nobody HAPPY

Micheals-My Micheals dollar spot is no longer a dollar spot!!!!!!!!!!!!
Those cute goodies I have saw on everyone blogs are 1.50 in Hickory, NC!! Did the price go up in your stores or is it just here in NC??? Please let me know. I ended up not getting anything. Everything that the email told me was on sale was not marked on the shelf so I left and we went to the antique mall. It is a huge store!! It used to be a Sky City department store back in the 50s-80s! I have pictures of my real father(he was killed in an accident when I was 20 months old) working in the store! Any whoo, I found some little tart molds, 12 for 12.99, a small syrup dispenser for 6.95, a cute baby piggy bank for 3.50, and three sizes of tin biscuit cutters for 5.00. They charge .75 for paying with a debit or credit card so I wrote a check!! What the heck is up with charging to pay with a debit card or credit card??? We went to Fanstatic Finds and I found another bigger set of molds, 6 for 7.99, two tin muffin pans for a child's kitchen for 7.49, a Happy Apple for 9.99, and a set of vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy for 5.95!!!! Yep 5.95!! I thought the ticket had 9.95 on it so I don't know if the girl made a mistake or maybe they were on sale!They take each ticket off for the sellers so I don't have anything put the receipt and it is just prices. I like the stores that write out what the item is and how much it was. I hope to take pictures of my goodies soon. I need to upload more pictures to the computer so I can post all the amazing items I got in December from swaps, trades, and goodies I bought!

On other news. Those that follow my blog know that we have two homes about 5 minutes apart. My husband inherited the house when his oldest brother died unexpectly in 2004!! It was the worst day of our lives so far. My hubby and his brother, Corky, were extremely close!! They did remolding work every weekend for years. My bil had never married and the will couldn't be found(another story for another time) so my MIL inherited everything. My bil owned 4 homes and 3 trailors. He rented the 3 houses and the 3 trailors, when they became vacant he would redo the entire house for the new tentants! He was an awesome man!!! He was a simple man who liked simple things. He also loved to go antiquing with us!!I miss him so much but I can't live in his house!!!! Am I crazy?? It is a ranch style home. It was built in the 60s. So now that my daughter has moved out of it we are going to redo it to and furnish it and decorate it in a 60s decor!!
So girls, I need your help!! Please feel free to send me ideals, pictures, anything that you know about the 60s style of decorating and what dishes I have to choose from, what colors were popular, are there books that you know about that I can get ideals from. My hubby thinks the house was built in the mid-60s right around the time we were born!! Me in 65 and him in 64!! It has three bedrooms, one bath with the original cast iron tub still in the home, wood floors in all the bedrooms and the formal living room. The kitchen and dining room are a lot bigger than at my house!!! I love to cook and have family gatherings there!! My bil enclosed the original carports and made that a huge den. My hubby installed a laundry room for my daughter in that part of the house and we need to finish that and I can't wait to decorate it with vintage wash boards and miniature clothes like I have seen on lots of blogs!! Then there is a two car garage! Also, there is four outbuildings on the property! One part of one building houses the pool table that was given to my hubby years ago but we didn't have room for it so my bil built a building for it!!Gosh, I miss him!!! He was such a keeper and he was hurt very badly by a girl when he was young!They were engaged and she broke it off for another guy! He never got over it!! He never dated that we know about, but he was a long haul truck driver for 29 years so we always imagined that there were girlfriends somewhere!! Oh, I tried to fix him up and it would last for a month or so and that was that!! But, lordy he could dance!! He loved oldies music and could shag like nobody's business!!! We would clear the furniture and him and my friend Judy would shag the night away!!! Oh, I miss him, did I mention that!!!!He drank Canadain Mist and sundrop so we keep Canadian mist in the freezer and the sundrop in the fridge in the kitchen there!! We keep it there!!!!We used to stay at that house on the weekends. We fixed it up and refurnished it in 2006. I had some online friends coming for a visit. That year, we hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas for hubby's family there and we would stay there on the weekends and when hubby was off work.
The back bedroom is pretty much the way my bil left it! I have always called it the Saloon bedroom. He loved westren movies. That bedroom has the red and gold velvet wallpaper like you see on Gunsmoke in some of the scenes. He had a big full size brass bed, a vintage dresser, a mini organ, and a bedside table. He had black and white prints of John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Audry, hanging in there. My daughter's cats have scratched the wallpaper in several places but hubby says there is another roll or so there so he can fix it. There is a white iron bed in there now. We had to replace the dresser he had with a newer one than the one that was in there, it is still vintage just not that vintage!! So, we are going to keep that the cowboy room. I saw some cute cowboy things today but I will get them later. One bedroom I want to do as a child's bedroom and fill it with vintage toys. So, I am on the hunt for a vintage doll house, doll furniture for baby dolls, and I am going to get vintage boy toys too. I have a vintage hobby horse that my fil bought for my son. I just have to have hubby put it back together.
Ok, I have rambled enough!!! Please, please send me your ideals, pictures, color suggestions, any books you know of!! Just help!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, if anyone is looking for the blue pryex bowls, the orange and yellow pyrex dishes. Hickory Antique Mall has a vendor that has shelf after shelf of them and the prices were pretty good too. 27.45 for the three blue pyrex bowls, and the orange and yellow pieces were all between 10-30 each. I did see three square pyrex bowls in red, yellow, and blue for 70.00 firm. Don't know if that is a good deal or not. I am on the hunt for a grease bowl by pyrex or fireking. I would even like the metal or tin one.
Thanks girls and please keep me in your prayers. I have drs appts on Thursday and Friday this week!! If this stimulator thing doesn't start working soon I do not know how I am going to make it!!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Welcome 2012!

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Eve and Day! At my house, hubby and I both had the dreaded crud, so we spend the weekend lying around the house! We both felt so bad that nothing much happened. I did manage to keep the dishes washed and the laundry done but that would zap all of my energy for the day! The sad fact is that we both feel horrible. Hubby has to return to work tomorrow and I feel bad for him! I have two drs appt this week. One with the pain dr and one with the surgeon. I hope to get some good news on the device and hope they can give me some good news about the pain in the upper incision. The lower incision swelling goes down for a day or so and then comes back so we will just have to wait and see what it does on Wed. Please keep me in your prayers. I will be back to post pics of all the goodies I got from wonderful blog friends during December.
Hope all is well with you guys!