Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Phones and glass bottles

An odd title, I know, but it'll make sense in a minute ;)

See the red phone below?

My mom bought me that phone for Christmas about a year or two ago.

It was one of those new phones that were made to look old.

It was cute and it worked fine for awhile, but one day, like all newly made things, it gave out and wouldn't work. So being who I am, I decided to buy an actual old phone and I went on a search for one that was still in working condition.

I knew I wanted a real rotary dial and I would have loved a much older one, but I decided on a 1970s phone, because the older ones are either so expensive I couldn't justify it, or they didn't work, or they had to be retrofitted. And I needed a phone yesterday, so 1970s it was!

They pretty much looked the same from the 1950s up, so it didn't bother me too much and besides, it reminded me of my childhood :)

The only problem was that the phone jack that was there wasn't compatible, so my sweetheart John had to move the jack and hard wire it in.

And here she is in all her glory!

I'm in love :)

By the way...

Notice anything different in the window display?

I have more glass bottles!

I have a thing for them and years ago had been collecting them, but sadly all of my collection went up in smoke at a Christmas party I gave. I don't want to get into it, but let's just say that candles, dried pine needles and bottles on a fireplace mantle don't mix.


Anyway, I told John this story and he's been adding to my collection to get it where it was if not more so.

We've also gone out digging for them, which has been so much fun :)

The one on the left next to my tiny stash below is one we found together at a gem show and the horseshoe was found while we were actually looking for bottles.

I think it's a good luck sign :)

He gave me all of these for Christmas this year...

and he gave me a few from his own collection...

The white shard with writing below is from an old crock from the 1800s and the closest I've gotten to finding anything besides a horseshoe while we're out, but it's still so much fun :)

And here's a better look at that picture of us from one of our adventures...

So, now you understand the title and you also know that I'm even more of a dork than you thought.



Monday, February 13, 2017

I know, I know

I'm awful.

It's February and I haven't posted since December.

It can be hard getting back on the blogging wagon though.

Not as hard as last time, when I left for a few years, but difficult nonetheless.

I had made a plan to jump right back in, but you know the saying...

"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry."

In other words, life went topsy turvy right after I promised you I would start blogging more than I had been.

Nothing too bad, but it caused a bit of a delay.

Ah life..... there's always something, isn't there?

I'm not going to let it stop me from doing what I love though.

And I do love this.

The connection with all of you.

The clickety clack of the keyboard as I type out sometimes silly, but mostly heartfelt words.

Funny thing this little world we share. It somehow becomes apart of us, doesn't it?

I know it's that way for me.

No matter how long I leave, I can't seem to give it up ;)

And nor would I want to.

I just miss all of this and you too much.


All the pictures are from Christmas.
Sneaky way to do a catch up post, huh? 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Where I've been

Well, busy living life mostly.

Don't think for a minute that I didn't miss all of you (I did!), but I really needed to step away and just 'be'.

I'm sure you've all been there at some point.

Anyway, I didn't mean to be gone so long, but time got away from me and I neglected this poor blog and all of you, so for that I apologize.

I truly do.

So, what exactly has been going on here?

Well, we watched the leaves change....

then fall...

had our first snow...

and I lit the first fire of the season.

Annie and I celebrated our birthdays in November.
I can't believe she's 21!

For the occasion, my mom, my brother, his wife, Annie and I all went to Las Vegas.

We were so busy that all I managed to take were these awful pictures of the views from our rooms...
and the two outfits I wore to dinner.

Thank goodness for my sister-in-law that managed to take quite a few photos of our adventures while we were there:

We also carved pumpkins.
I spent time with friends...
and met someone new.

What about Bubba?

 Well, he did a lot of sleeping...
and begging ;)
And these days Mini mostly sleeps.

Poor old girl.

There were beautiful sunrises...

and lovely full moons.

We've trimmed the tree...

and now we're waiting for Santa.

And I'm ready to ring in the New Year with a new hairdo ;)

So that's what I've been up to :)

How about all of you?

I'll be checking in on you very soon.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

A little lamp went out


My friends are little lamps to me,
Their radiance warms and cheers my ways.
And all my pathway dark and lone
Is brightened by their rays.

I try to keep them bright by faith,
And never let them dim with doubt,
For every time I lose a friend
A little lamp goes out.

Elizabeth Whittemore


Rest in Peace, my dear friend. I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing you for almost 10 years. 
You will be missed, Pat.
Very much.