Archive for August, 2007

Freecycle and Thrifting

Freecycle is a fantastic Yahoo Group! I joined about 3 weeks ago and I have already picked up some great items. The first item I got was our sweet bunny, Floppy (see the previous post). Next I picked up a serger, just needs some maintenance, going to the shop next week.

Brother Serger

This weekend I chanced upon this wire closet shelf/organizer. We are using it in Holly’s flea market booth to hang her vintage clothes. I just need to buy two support brackets and screws. Holly is re-doing on of my flea market booths. She is using her extraordinarre’ decorating diva skills to turn a ho-hum booth to Classic Retro Vintage wonder.

Freecycle Shelf

So join your local Freecycle Yahoo group and see what treasures you can find. I am purging my closet so I am giving away a sack of clothes on Freecycle soon. The person who wants the item emails the giver, the giver emails back his/her address and confirms pick up(unless it is already gone) and then wantee picks the item up. Usually items are just left on the porch for pick up. Lots of fun.

Here are some furniture items I recently thrifted at a moving sale. A wooden chair for my living room, needs to be re-glued in a couple of places and the seat needs to be recovered.

Wooden Chair

A nice bamboo folding screen, $10.

 Bamboo Screen

A vintage child’s playpen, great condition, $5.00. It folds up for storage and the mattress is in good shape and has the cutest animals on it. The playpen has pastel wooden balls that are on springs and can bounce if pushed down. It has the seal of approval from Better Homes and Garden Magazine!

Vintage Playpen

An estate sale sign lured me to stop the other day, I tried to ignore the urge, really I did! I drove a few blocks past the sign but I broke down and turned the wheel into the no-return land of estate sales, oh, the shame! Here are just some of the spoils, two large trash bags of vintage 1950’s & 1960’s clothes, $2.00 dollars each. (you can tell I am remorseful, right?)

A 1950’s Brown with Turquoise blue polka-dots with a blue silk hankie in the pocket. A housewife would look very snappy in this dress while fixing her family’s dinner.

50’s Blue Brwon Polka Dot Dress

A 1950’s red sweater with a crochet collar trimmed in white. It looks like something for the soda shop scene.

50’s Red Sweater

Here come the 60’s! A purple geometric print knit jacket. A slim white or black sheath dress under the jacket and hair teased to perfection for the office crowd.

60’s Brown Geometric Dress

Another geo print knit dress with a matching belt. Groovy, man, groovy! Perfect with brown chunky heeled shoes for the date on the town.

60’s brown geo dress

Much, much more. All of these vintage clothes will go in Holly’s new booth.

Join your local Freecycle Yahoo group! Let me know what you pick up or give away. Share the wealth is my philosophy.

August 14, 2007 at 4:43 pm 2 comments

Skinny, Dandy, Floppy and Henry

We had four dogs until Rachael took her two yorkies, Jezebel and Maggie. Now we only have our two thrifted dogs, Skinny and Dandy. And we have Floppy, the lop-ear rabbit, who came to live with us about three weeks ago. My little Parrotlet, Henry, has made his home here for about 5 years.

Dandy is a female Heinz 57 (that’s what my Dad called dogs of unknown heritage). She has the coloring and ears of a Blue Heeler and the body build of a wire-hair terrier. She has tufts of very long wirey hair and a smooth coat like the heeler. She has bulging eyes and very crooked teeth. She is beautiful to me and she is the happiest dog! She is in constant movement, every picture is blurred.


Her story began with me visiting a friend of mine and her retired neighbors came over to visit before they went RVing. They were talking about a dog that they had to return to the SPCA because they traveled and could not take care of her. The dog had belonged to his elderly aunt who recently passed away and they had “inherited” the dog. I saw Dainty (yup, that was her name) in the back yard. I became worried that Dainty would not find a home because she was so ugly. I had visions of her fate if I did not rescue her, so I asked them if I could have her. Plus she had lost her elderly owner, which I am sure loved her very much. So fate bound her and I that day and I changed her name to Dandy.  She seem to never know the difference.

On one of the hottest driest days last summer, I was out in the yard working and here came this young 4 or 5 month old Border Collie running up to me. He was wanting to play and was very happy to see me. When I reached out to pet him, all I felt under his hair was bones. He was the most skinniest dog I had ever seen, I could feel his skull bones. I won’t go into detail but I knew I had to feed him and fast. I also knew that once I feed him, that would be that and he would stay around. So once again fate sealed the deal and he became mine. I searched all the newspapers for owners, ask the animal control officer in the nearby town and looked for flyers around the area but no one was looking for a Border Collie.


Skinny loves Alex, where ever she is, so is he. One day last Fall, she and I were out in the front yard and she started walking towards the road.  I started toward her and Skinny reached her first and actually herded Alex back to me, either he was partially trained to herd or it is just a born trait of Border Collies. He has difinitely earned his place with us and every meal he gets. Skinny is now a very healthy and loved dog.

We have been wanting to get a pet rabbit for some time. I joined the local group of Freecycle about three weeks ago and the first day a lop-ear rabbit was put up for give-away. I quickly called the number and asked for it. His owner was moving and could not take him with her. My husband picked up the rabbit and all his stuff the next day. His name was Lover Boy but since he will be a pet of two little girls, we decided that Floppy would be a better name for him. Lover Boy didn’t seem to mind, as long as he got carrots, celery, food and water.


He is a sweet tame bunny. Mr. Handyman has already built a rabbit hutch for him. We live in the country and there are many coyotes around that would find Floppy a convenient meal so he is inside his hutch, inside a fenced yard. He only comes out when we are around to watch for those wiley coyotes.

 Floppy Eating

Henry is my Green Rump Parrotlet. Their lifespan is actually unkown but somewhere around 20-25 years. He is fiesty and affectionate. He likes music, he will chirp very loudly if he does not like the music; kinda like he is yelling “Turn that crap off!” He likes for me to be in the room where his cage is, he will make very low, soft chirping as if he is talking to me.


My Surprise Lily bloomed this week (ignore the scratched propane tank that needs painted badly).

Surprise Lily Blooms

Lily Stalk

A very delicate pink blossom.

Close-Up Pink

We have had extreme heat warnings this week. You know when I say it is hot, it is really hot!

I hope these hot summer days find you in a cool place.

August 11, 2007 at 5:17 pm 2 comments

An Empty Nest and Other Things

Empty Nest

My daughter, Rachael, and granddaughter, Alex, have moved to Texas. Rachael and Alex’s dad, Brandon, are trying to make Alex a home. I know that it is the best thing for Alex to have both mom and dad but I miss her terribly. And I hope Rachael finds happiness. They have lived with us since Alex was 5 months old, I held her, kissed her and loved her everyday. I really didn’t have the empty nest syndrome when my children left home for a life of their own. Of course, I missed them but I knew that they would be ok and it was part of life. However, I find that this seems to be harder to accept, I know I will adjust, it is just a sad time for me. We are going to check into a webcam, so we can talk to our girls everyday or so.

However, life goes on! Change is a constant. Holly, Jeremy and Ruby are moving in with us until they find a house.  This is an exciting time for them becoming homeowners, etc. Holly wants a sewing/craft room all her own, sounds good to me. Jeremy says the garage will be his “man room”. I am looking forward to having little Ruby around more often, Holly and Jeremy, too.

Now on to other things, when I opened my mailbox today I found another exciting swap! This one is Ephemera and Whimsy Addiction swap and it was from Storylaura. She spent some time putting the swap together, with much insight into things I would find funny and enjoy.

Whimsy Swap

Look at that bag, it was a theatre promotional for the movie, Mark of the Devil! I love it! Can you read what it says? A barf bag for the movie because it is guaranteed to upset your stomach. That is so funny! Such a great piece of ephemera!

  • Vintage postcard
  • Stamps
  • Tarot Cards
  • Oriental Paper
  • Pieces of Gold Paper
  • An Old copper coin
  • Chinese Fortune
  • Mother of Pearl Bird (bead)
  • Pages of old German? Book
  • Heaven Bank Notes from China (Buddhism)
  • Two Gold Charms  

And some great vintage buttons and doodads! 

Vintage Buttons

Thanks, Laura, it is perfect!

One truth from Kahlil Gibran:

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.”

Some parting humor from Bill Crosby! He is so funny! ( I needed some humor today)

“Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.”

August 9, 2007 at 9:17 pm 3 comments

Bombshell-o-matic Cooks!

This is a great EASY appetizer to fix, maybe for a Cocktail Party (for those who do such things, darhhling) or just for the hungry family until dinner is ready.

Cowtown Dip

Oklahoma Cowtown Dried Beef Spread (I made up the name. What! You couldn’t tell!)

  • 1 jar of dried beef, chopped coarsely
  • 5 or 6 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 8 oz. package of soft cream cheese, room temp

Combine all the ingredients. Store covered in the refrig for a few hours or overnight, until all the flavors blend. Serve with your favorite crackers, I like the round vegetable crackers.



The little glass that the dried beef comes in makes handy dandy little juice glasses. When I first started keeping house, I had those very same juice glasses. We were living high on the hog!


August 6, 2007 at 6:29 pm 3 comments

Keep An Open Mind

This week I have experienced, viewed, shared discouragement in our fellow human beings. I was moved to share this little poem with you. Often when I am a little sad about the current state of such close mindedness, I get out this poem and read it, somehow it helps.

Snug lie those who slumber

Beneath convictions roof,

Their floors are sturdy timber,

Their windows weatherproof.

But I sleep cold forever,

And cold sleep all my kind,

For I was born to shiver

In the draft of an open mind.

-Unknown Author

Religious, political, ethical or whatever convictions held by so many; make them so intolerant of others. What a wonderful world this would be if each of us would be willing to open our minds to others! Even just a little!

With that said! I have also viewed this week what we humans are capable of when a tragic event happens! We all seem to come together to do such good, even if it is only for a short time. Please pray, send good thoughts or whatever you do to the individuals, their families and the heroes who came to help in the Minnesota bridge collapse.

Open your mind to the possibility of shades of grey, not just black and white!

August 4, 2007 at 4:09 pm 1 comment

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