Saturday, August 30, 2014

...round one...

...of the ongoing question of 'WHAT TO DO?' (With Acorns)...

Friday, August 29, 2014

...HEADS-UP!

I'm probably 'Late getting to the party', but I JUST read about the upcoming 'PRIORITY MAIL' rate changes...

Rate Change

USPS Priority Mail® prices to change effective Sunday, September 7, 2014

The United States Postal Service will change prices for Priority Mail Services on Sunday, September 7. These changes will affect all customers who mail over-sized large envelopes, flat-rate envelopes, flat-rate boxes and packages.  The USPS is introducing substantial reductions to attract customers who ship parcels by ground in the six- to 20-pound range.
The new rates only apply to Priority Mail. The January 2014 rates for First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Standard Post, Media Mail, Library Mail, Priority Mail Express and International mail will not change.
(Six years now, and my ORIGINAL Plarn bag is still going strong!)

Monday, August 25, 2014

...what to do...what to do?!






I'm still here!
Just been enjoying the out-of-doors more than doing time on the computer ~
Farmer's Almanac says that this winter is going to be worse than last year's,
...so we better enjoy it while we can!!



While J & I were out for our evening walk the other day, I came across the 'droppings' of a Large Oak Tree ~


NO! I am not trying to squirrel these things away for the looonng Winter, but I couldn't resist gathering a 'pocket' full and bringing them home... 
But, NOW WHAT TO DO with them?  I baked them already to destroy any 'unwanted guests', I've spraypainted a few to make into pendants...  ANYONE out there have any suggestions??

It's definitely looking like 'the.end.of.summer' in the gardens...

Harvesting of the lanterns is just about a full-time job (in between rain!!) 

I guess before we know it, it REALLY will be Fall


I'm 'almost' getting a little excited about it ;-)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

...DATURA!

GOOD MORNING TO A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE FINGERLAKES OF NEW YORK!!!
  Our Angel Trumpet (Datura) plant has FINALLY given us our first blossom of the season!
   Hope everyone has a GREAT DAY!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

...CROSS IT OFF 'THE LIST'!



Today was the 'unofficial start' of our Rt 90 Sale.  By my second stop, my trip was 'complete' and I could have gone home a HAPPY GIRL for a mere .50 cents (of course I DIDN'T)!
Yes, my long desired CUTCO 1025!  For those not familiar with CUTCO - they are Made in the USA (NY to be exact), used to be part of CASE KNIVES, high-end, lifetime guarantee.  From same geographic area as Corning Glass (Pyrex), Zippo Lighters, & Case Knives. I'm not enough of a cook / chef to warrant a set of CUTCO in my own kitchen.  The site of our annual Xmas Cookie Baking has a COMPLETE SET!  I always stake claim on the 1025, as it is PERFECT for cutting 'bar cookies'.
  Now, I have my VERY OWN $45 BAR COOKIE CUTTER (ha,ha)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

...lavender love.

A GREAT journey of a vacation was taken since our paths last crossed!
Refreshing! Inspiring! Always Endearing.
(**Pay close attention to the hints - the first one who can guess the THREE states we stayed in will receive the copy of the book I read ~which was 'awesome, by the way, and fit in with this trip perfectly'~**)
STATE #1:

These are the paths that I explored for three days while 'J' was off at work - no typical paved sidewalks for this portion of town!!







'Whites Park' where I would hike up to and spend a few hours each day reading 'BODY SURFING', and duck watching...

One of the 'little' shacks I would pass on my way up to the park...

When I didn't eat lunch at the pond, I ate it in the park at the Capitol Bldg!!


Then it was off to the East for some salty air and some of the crustaceons that J loves so much!!
Then it was back for a little 'site seeing' and a little 'business' in our own state...
It was sooo nice waking up on more than one occassion to this view out our window!

I could SERIOUSLY get used to this!!

~BUT~ as with all trips,
it was
NICE
to get back home again!
While in one of the 'quaint' little towns, I learned of lavender tea.  So, one of the first things I did when I came home was harvest my Lavender! (*In my 'new' vacation garage sale find vintage confetti bowl w/ two handles - $1 !! - KEEPER!!).  Lav. Tea sounded disgusting, but it is actually quite luscious - with a bit of sweetener!

What else did I 'find' on vacay you ask?
SWEATER CLIP 2014 #5 $1.50 (I SPLURGED, IT WAS VACATION!)

VERA 2014 #2 $.40 (A PAIR OF NAPKINS!)

VERA 2014 #3 $3.00 (XL SCARF - ANOTHER VACATION SPLURGE!)

VERA 2014 #4 $1.00 (SCARF)

So, have you figured out our whole itinerary?? Didn't vary much from previous years!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

... the THEME of it all

Nine days into True SUMMER, and I'm FINALLY starting to get my groove back (of course, the fact that Mother Nature has FINALLY decided to turn the heat ON has not hurt MY feelings at all either!!)

Fri am: Left early for work so that I could hit a few sales enroute.  Six sales = Four pieces of Fun, modern, costume jewelry @ .10¢ ea ((you get the gist, not really photo worthy!!))

Sat am: Up and ready to go by 8am.  1 mi long Streetwide Sale nearby!  Heavy duty canvas messenger bag at the ready!  BEAUTIFUL day - I ended up parking at one end of the street and just walking the E-N-T-I-R-E thing 8-).  No major quantities or Scores, just a FUN couple of hours for ME-ME-ME!  

Some Odd 'THEME ACTION' seemed to be characterizing my purchases of the morning...

VINTAGE COOKING THEMED
(RED MELAMINE MEASURING SPOONS w/ 1/2 tsp & 1/2 Tbs .10¢ ; NATURAL COOKBOOKS I'VE BEEN READING ABOUT ON OTHER BLOGS AND BEEN WANTING TO CHECK OUT  "DARN YOU OTHER BLOGGERS!!" .25¢ ea

VINTAGE CHILLIN' w/ THE CHILDREN THEMED

(WINNIE THE POOH, BOBBY COON, FAVORITE POEMS FOR CHILDREN AND RICHARD SCARRY - remember him??  .30¢ ea)
 VINTAGE CHRISTMAS IN JUNE (?!) THEMED
 (LEFTON XMAS DEER LETTER HOLDER .25¢, JAPAN XMAS DEER FIGURINE .10¢, RUDOLPH GOLDEN BOOK .25¢)
VINTAGE MYSTIC THEMED
(1927 THE PROPHET BOOK .50¢, ORCHID of HAWAII TIKI MUG .50¢, kids books .10¢)

The one common theme seemed to be...
ADIOS KINDLE / SAVE THE LIBRARY THEME
I NEVER BUY BOOKS (well, hardly ever) - WHY WOULD I DO THIS ON A DAY THAT I WAS WALKING?? 
Probably my FAVORITE 'purchased' FIND of the day was this old Bank envelope from the town where we currently live!  Accurately marked on the outside 'ALPHABET STENCILS', I opened it to find older heavy cardstock alpha-numeric stencils...

 BUT,
upon
 closer inspection,
and
digging
all the way
to the bottom
treasure awaited!

 HAPPY DANCE!!
OLD! BRASS! Stencil Letters!
Just like my Grandpa used to use on his farm to label his crates -
(Except, Most of these were clean and free of paint)
Now, decisions-decisions...  do I keep svelteSTUFFj and break up this wonderful COMPLETE set or sell it whole??

Back home by 11am to spend the rest of the day work in the yard and the gardens - not a Bad thing.  I've been waiting MANY cold months for this, and the berries are ripe - so I get to take LOTS of snack breaks!!  
**PLUS, I made my FAVORITE FIND OF THE DAY- FREE!!**  while digging deep in the dirt, I found this-
It is the EXACT size of a golf ball, and since there seem to be a lot of stray golf balls in our yard/flower beds ((cough, cough)), that is what I thought it was at first.  Until I went to pick it up.  And it was heavy.  and metal.  and cold.  and vibrated in my hand. and started 'chiming'. I am SO fascinated by this and can find NOTHING about a ball this size in any research that I do.  Is it part of an old clock?  Something religious?  (There used to be a chapel behind our property).  HELP!!  I have found info on smaller versions...

Sunday, J & I took the day off of all 'yard / housework' to just.play!  We ventured to one of my favorite towns about 45 minutes away, took in a FAB Farmers market, hiked the gorge to a waterfall, and of course, happened upon a couple of Estate Sales!
 (Imagine that! )
Only a couple of small purchases, one of which I have NO CLUE what it is... 
the elusive 'MIRRORED PITCHER'~


ANY IDEAS?
IT'S BY THE SAME MAKER AS 'THE RABBIT'
3" x 3" x 8"


So, there it is.  Nothing too exciting, just a LOT of questions.  Sometimes questions are GOOD though - right?!
Hope EVERYONE has a 
HAPPY & SAFE JULY 4TH!!!