Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
After Saturday's frost, it indeed was 'Closing Time' for the garden! Monday proved to be a likely candidate with crisp blue skies, sunshine and a whopping... 60 degrees! It is always a sad time for me! Time for you to go... There is some degree of solace in trimming back the herb bed though. Some die-hard gardeners would scold me for always wearing gloves in the garden (I can't help it that I have wimpy hands and LOTS of Roses!). I DO work in my herbies without gloves on though. The smells! The feel of the leaves! With a bowl at my side for snippings of the green growies to be dried, I made it through the entire Herb Bed - chives, parsley, oregano, mint, lemon balm, tarragon, horehound, marjoram, basil - all gone. ...move it to the exits
I find working in the garden is a perfect time to gather my thoughts, and Monday was no exception. OCT. 21 is a very significant date on my calendar, and today is the Ten Year mark. It's not something me and my 'circle of friends/family' often discuss, but it is always right under the surface. 10-21-98: I was a designer climbing the 'professional' ladder. On my way home from a job, my little Cavalier was hit on the driver's side by a Moving Truck that ran a red light. Coma... TBI... yadda, yadda. I'm told that the SAMANTHA WHO tv show is more accurate than most of my family/friends would like to remember - in regards to the memory loss - luckily mine only spanned a couple of weeks prior! It's been a long haul, but I've come a long way, and started CHAPTER 2 in my life!! Sure there is some residue that I (and my family/friends) have just had to learn to deal with & compensate for ( double vision, chronic fatigue, tremors, etc...) - but at least they aren't wiping the drool off my chin anymore!! (a longstanding joke that I will probably never live down!!). As the ZEN / YOGA saying goes... "When you fight for your limitations, your reward is that you get to keep them!" I am just thankful for my family/friends who gave me the will/strength to fight AGAINST my limitations!!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
...Sunny morning of BIRDWATCHING. The Turkey Vultures (I think?!) drying their wings in the sun on an old roof top...
...A walk on the beach.
...picking up sea glass, shells, and......gathering chestnuts! Luckily before attempting to roast, I did research and learned that this species is toxic - soooooo.... they are destined for autumn decorating!! Checking out the 'wildlife' on back road drives...
...Gathering a few last bouquets of flowers.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Through my quest for more background info on the company, I came across this blog entry in FABOOLOSITY! You have got to check out her photos - GORGEOUS!!! I wasn't able to gain any further information, but it did spur on my quest!!
This morning I just rec'd a reply from an e-mail I had sent to a historian...
"Adirondack Bowl company started in Old Forge in the mid 1950’s. They manufactured bowls made from cut sections of logs from that area. These natural round sections were turned on lathes to make bowls. I have seen bowls as small as 8" and as large as 18" in diameter.
In 1959 they came to Auburn and operated at 1-7 Columbus Street. By 1962 they were no longer in Auburn.
During their brief stay in Auburn there were occasional reports in local papers of visits from the Auburn Fireman to put out small fires in their sawdust piles.
They had no affiliation with the Auburn Button Works."
So, there you have your useless tidbit of trivia for the week!!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
We're back home, unpacked, and tired...
I did manage to maintain 'some' control in my purchases... (My parents rode up with us... 4people + clothes/food/coolers/sleeping bags for a weekend + 1 Chevy Blazer = NOT a lot of room for purchases!!)
Some of the highlights included: 36 vintage hankies ($2), Marimekko pink/orange circle Skirt, vintage enamel flower pins, soldering irons (Dad's Christmas stocking goodies!), retro mugs, pink pyrex, yellow pfaltzgraff, a couple of pieces of Bennington Pottery, vintage BC cookbook (.50¢)...
It was a smaller group this year... usually a couple of my 'college crew' join us (they had work/domestic obligations and couldn't make it ); my youngest niece is away at college, and my nephew was only able to come up for the day. The 'absent usuals' were missed!
With our group having such varied interest levels in 'stuff' , we have two separate vehicles which go into town. The first leaves at 7am... for the die-hards, a later vehicle departs about 11am , and then there are those that prefer to stay at the Lake and avoid the chaos!!
Check out this photo - There is just something WRONG about a Vict. Secret 'PINK' booth at a FleaMarket!!
DH and I are in the 7am group, but, I have to admit, once we get to W-burg, we don't generally see each other again until noon! He likes the Main Street, I prefer the back roads. This year HE had all of the scores (for ME!!). I didn't purchase a single piece of Haeger or a Sweater Clip! Check out what he managed to grab during the morning hours...................
1 HAEGER ashtray and ELEVEN sweater clips!! Isn't this NASSAU souvenir clip with the enamel fish Great!?!!
Mid afternoon, after one vehicle had already headed back to the lake, we were starting to loose energy, and getting a 'bit' more selective about which sales we exerted any energy for. DH & I overheard this comment made by one guy to another, while walking a sidewalk on a side street and it made us laugh... "Once you're used to the sales, and get good at them, you can tell just by looking at them if they are worth checking out!". We decided that we must be 'getting good at them' - HA, HA!!!
...and now it is time to recouperate from a busy weekend!!
(my niece's dog - Maggie - who joined us at the Lake this weekend. She stayed with the 'Lake crew', but was plenty exhauseted anyways!!)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
A couple of pictures taken from the back balcony...
Can you see why I'm excited?????!?!??!?!
Oh, before I forget, a couple of goodies I've picked up already this week... (The VERA is THANKS to Barbara and a comment she left on my last post, tipping me off to it!! )
HOPEFULLY, I'll have many more goodies to show you soon!!