Tuesday, February 3, 2009

News Flash- Catching Up in Bloggy Land.























Between learning a new job, and other interesting life changes; I have been nesting. I moved the cornice to over the couch and am just using one of them. I found this bed skirt that I am considering making valences out of this fabric for the other windows. What do you think? Is it too much? Use a solid or something else? I think it works pretty well, but I'm not sure. The valence would hang inside the white framing.







Thrifting can be a little spendy if your not careful. I have been several times since first finding this Goodwill. These are a few of my recent finds.
Perfectly clean toys that seem like they were never played with, 25 or 50 cents each. You never know when someone young might come to visit. It's nice to have some things young children and babies can play with. Who doesn't like Mr. Potato Head?

I also totally scored on all this yarn! 10cents a skein! I love to crochet but yarn has gone through the roof like everything else and this was a great find.


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I also found this picture frame for $1.00 and the same day I bought it Vine Hill Woman sent me this cool card. It's a watercolor of the coast line near Santa Cruz. Sorry about the flash, I tried to get that out. She got her lap blanket that I made for her and liked it. She's busy working on the new rug of Yosemite Falls. How incredible is that?






And finally, Pa and I cleaned out the shed and in it was a box of stuff that he brought back when he moved the girls here from Santa Cruz. I had shipped a lot of nice things to my daughter. She didn't keep any of it, so I was pleased to find my silver in this box. It's an assortment of utensils from my mother, grandmother, and the flea market. I found some disposable silver wipes that clean silver well and easily. It's been years since I polished anything and all of these were black with tarnish. It really looks nice doesn't it? The family has been told not to put anything in the dishwasher. Not that they ever listen.

The other good rescues in the box were my Grandma's cook book, diary, and a pile of handwritten recipes. I want to build a scrap book of those in plastic sheets. My Dad's baby photo book, and some old glass slides were in the box as well. I'll post some of those later. One of the slides is of my Grandma in her early twenties wearing an appropriate 20's style dress. She is seated in a beautiful garden holding a single iris flower. Her glasses a black little round rimmed granny glasses and she just looks adorable. She always wore sensible shoes but in this shot she has on really cute shoes too. I am blessed to have several really nice antique pictures of her.


Tomorrow is my first day actually in the ICU. I'm scheduled for the next 3 days, 12 hour shifts.
I've enjoyed the last few days off, this schedule is going to be so nice working 3 days a week. They are long days but having 4 days each week to just live is really nice.

Sunday a friend of mine told me she had found a litter of standard poodle puppies. She bought a black male for $200, no papers but a purebred dog. I freaked out just a little bit, DO THEY HAVE ANY MORE? They did, but Pa said no, not yet, not now. You know what I did? I stomped my foot and threw a hissy fit. No, actually I didn't. My blog might be junior high reading level but I managed this once, to act more like a grown up and less like a kid. I just said OK and dropped it, not even OK FINE.

If WE get a dog it needs to be an US decision. We need to get one together, both like him and both want him. Otherwise it just won't work. The good news was he did say that one day he would get me a dog, just not now. That is a first. It takes time to heal. We also need a gate across the back. It really isn't a good time to try and get a puppy, but lawdy it was tough, she had pictures of the whole litter and her little fella is awesome. I almost started bawling, I did cry a little.

That's about it for my news. I will do the meme for you Flea, thanks for the award. I'll have to think of 10 really good things to share, good as in interesting, that you haven't already heard!




19 comments:

noble pig said...

Good luck tomorrow, that is a long day but four off is even better.

Cute stuff at Goodwill, it's always fun to find stuff like that.

Kathy said...

I loved reading this post, it was just like we were having a cup of coffee and chatting. Great idea to keep some toys around for visiting kids. What a gift, finding that box of goodies in the shed. I love silver and have collected some. I find wonderful really cheaply priced silver in thrift stores sometimes. It is often black and they just don't know what it is, or is it that no one else likes silver much these days?
Have a great day at work, your patients are blessed to be in your care!
Oh, and you know, the right dog will come at the right time.....

Becky said...

OK, next time you are in town I'm taking you to all the thrift stores. I do like the window dressing you have put together. Love that colorful fabric. I think its great that you are waiting to get a dog. Its important that you're both ready.

Have a great week, God Bless!

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. I LOVE the silver. So pretty. Your posts are packed with information. I love that you buy little toys in case a child comes over. How sweet is that?

I love your new schedule of 4 days off. That is awesome! I will be praying for you this week.

Farmchick said...

Love the silver. Isn't it nice to find stuff like that tucked away?!

MaBunny said...

Hiyas Karen! Glad I stopped by to catch up:) Good luck in your new job - I've done the 3 day 12 hr shift thing before - but my 12 hrs were at night so I actually lost a day by sleeping!
Glad you found your moms silver and such, you did a great job of polishing it. Have a great day!

Charity Grace said...

I agree that thrifting can get spendy. I've been going to the thrift store a lot lately and I find that all those amazing deals add up! :) So...I'm trying to go with more of a plan. I think it's wonderful that we have thrift stores available so that we can get good bargains on things we need. Looks like you found some great items.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

great finds and love the pictures... 12 hour shifts can be exhausting but they seem to be the norm in medicine now.
there are NO Lpn jobs open around here only saw 2 ads for Rn's one was medsurg and ICU the other admin type...
the right dog will come at the right time :) patience, and when it does it will be wonderful :)
HUGS Laura

Heidi said...

Good luck my dear friend - you will do just fine!!!!

Angela said...

That Mr. Potatoe head is adorable. You sure have been a busy girl!! ((hugs)) That 'cornice' is really pretty. I hope your talking about what you put above the window..LOL. I call it a valance..becuase I just don't know what else to call it,,lol. I like the look though, very pretty...

Angela said...

You sure did get lots of thrifting yummy's...I'm SO itching to get to a thrift store,,may is not coming fast enough for me and yard sales,,lol

Chris H said...

I hope you have a great day at work tomorrow (today?).... I love that material.. And the picture frame too. Shame about the puppy... I hope you can get one eventually.

Brenda said...

You have such an artistic eye. I would have no idea if it goes together or not! I like looking at the photos of what you do though.

Coffee Bean said...

What a newsy post! How fun! You made me want to polish my silver... Sorry about the puppy. It is best to wait until Papa Bear is ready. Y'all need to come stay with us on your next trip. It would be fun.

Anonymous said...

WOW Karen...12 hour shifts in ICU!!! What a woman. I did that years ago when I was young and had way more energy. Just know that 1 day on your 4 off will be a complete veg/recover day. I know that you'll do really well and your patients will adore you. There will be times when you'll have moral and ethical issues to deal with. I always tried to stay focused on making a difference in my patients life and providing care that I would want provided to me. Otherwise you can get a bit crazy trying to figure out family dynamics/religious preferences etc. Stay calm cool and collected. You can do this!! Check out QVC.com Denim and Co. for some comfy elastic waist/can't see through/reasonably priced white pants. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend! Kitter

imbeingheldhostage said...

the silver looks fabulous! I am all about family heirlooms and will save anything-- About the recipes. SCAN THEM. If you put the originals in plastic sleeves that are not archival quality, the recipes could actually deteriorate faster.

Kathy said...

Thinking about you and hoping those three long days have gone well.

LadiesoftheHouse said...

Oh how I miss thrifting! We have 2 tiny stores here and the little bit they are open it's like they are giving away gold--hold onto your little kids and old folks! Sheesh it's not worth the elbows in your face and ribs.

I hope your job is going well and you are not too exhausted from the long days!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Catching up on bloggy things? I may never catch up!! I'm so behind because life keeps calling and I keep answering. When life quiets down the garden lures me away. After I come in and shower there's something in the works inside that catches my fancy. I'm pleased to report that all the "life" activity is wonderful, but it leaves me too tired to blog around to everyone's e-doorsteps.

Glad to hear so much GOOD is happening for you. Hope you don't work too hard.

I'm off to a used book sale and then plan to be back in my gardens for the rest of the day. (No time for blogging . . . again.)

Love you! XO ...