Thursday, March 23, 2017

Featured


I know I posted today already, but...

One of my dearest friends, Michael Lee West, just featured me on her blog....



Today.


If you don't know her, you should.

Not because of the beautiful feature she wrote about me, but because she's absolutely wonderful and a true friend.

I'm a bit prejudiced though, so you probably need to go find out for yourself.

Just saying ;)

Now skedaddle on over there and visit her.

xo 
rue

Encyclopedia Britannica


Many, many moons ago, the internet didn't exist.

And, because of that, there was no such thing as Google.

I know!

It's hard to remember, right?

For you youngsters out there, it probably sounds like the dark ages.

But, I promise it wasn't that scary.

If you needed to look up the meaning of a word, you used something called a dictionary.


But, if you needed to look up something, like say... the history of France, you had to use something called an Encyclopedia.

en·cy·clo·pe·di·a
inˌsīkləˈpēdēə,enˌsīkləˈpēdēə/
noun
  1. a book or set of books giving information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject and typically arranged alphabetically.

The most well known, as far as I know, was the Encyclopedia Britannica.


I grew up with a set, as did many generations before me.

In fact, it's been around since the 1700s.

Sadly, the last set was printed in 2010.

In all, there were 15 editions.


I have wanted my own set for years, since the 1970s set I grew up with got tossed out with the invention of Google search.

I'm not saying who tossed it, but you know it wasn't me.


Anyway, John and I like to peruse craigslist for treasures and he came across a set of 1926, 13th Edition, Encyclopedia Britannica.

Not only was it a full set, but it also came with it's own cabinet.

Can you believe it?!


I was so excited I could barely contain myself!

And do you know what that sweet man did?

He bought it and carted it all the way up here.


The insides are still perfect.


But since the books have suede covers and they aren't in the best condition, we had to be pretty careful putting them in the cabinet.


And now it's living in my den and I'm in love :)


In other news...

John and I went digging again and I found my first two bottles!

Well, to be honest, I found the spot and John dug them out, but still...

Anyway, here's one:


 and here's the other one:


Fabulous, right?

I thought, because John found the encyclopedias, that all of the bottles we've found together would be perfect for the top.


As we find more, I'll add those too :)


Every time I look at it, I smile.

And it makes me happy.

All thanks to John :)

xo
rue




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Be you


As a blogger, I've always wanted to be more like my dear sweet friend, Kim.


And it's no wonder...

No matter what may be going on in her life, she always manages to see beauty in her everyday world.


She snaps gorgeous pictures.

She writes beautiful words.

And you read and see these wonderful creations of hers and not only do you feel like you know her, but you also feel like the world is a comfy cozy place where there is no pain or sorrow.

Just beauty.


The reason behind this is that she's writing from her heart and being her own sweet self.

But the thing is...

even if I tried to be more like her,

and as much as I did try in the beginning, all those years ago,

I know that I'll never have her eye for photography or her way of using the written word.


Basically...

I can't be her, because I'm not her.

And that's okay, because...

I have my own way of seeing things through a lens and I have my own way of wording what I want to say.

I may not always give you the warm and fuzzies and God knows, my blog will never be perfect, far from it, but it will always be 

all 

me.


Which leads me to the point I'm trying to make.

Be you.


If you don't want to be just another person in this boring world of perfection that Blogland has become.

Just

be

you.

If you want to show everyone a roadrunner that you spied in your tree.

Post it.


If you want to share a moment in time, but the house is a bit messy, because your pups have just left their cozy chairs.

Post it anyway.


Or not.

You don't have to do anything I tell you to do.

I'm not the authority on anything except my own life.

And sometimes I question that ;)



But I will say this...

I would rather read about things that interest you, than what you think I want to read.

Unless you want to be the blog that shows people how to boil an egg.



What? 

You haven't seen this?

I kid you not, there are blog posts about it.

I know, because I clicked on one of them recently, thinking maybe it was written with humor.

It wasn't.

Now, I get that there may be some people that don't know how to boil an egg and although that scares me on some level, I'm assuming that the people that are trying to learn how to do this common culinary feat, have heard of google.

And maybe I'm wrong (it wouldn't be the first time) and these women are really passionate about teaching people how to boil an egg, but my guess is that they're trying to compete with all the how-to blogs out there.

And they couldn't think of anything else.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Now don't get me wrong...

I love a good how-to, just as much as the next person.

but when there's no personality behind it, I might as well be reading an owners manual on how to run a lawn mower.

My apologies if you find that stuff fascinating.

I don't.

My other friend, Kim is a great example of how to put personality into how-to posts.

After all, she makes me think about making beautiful wreaths, like she does, until I remember that I don't craft.

Come to think of it, maybe I would read about how to run a lawnmower if she wrote it. 

That's a good tutorialist right there ;)

Yes, I just made up that word.

I have many other friends that have the ability to inspire me as well.

Just look at my sidebar and you'll see all sorts of bloggers that will inspire you to do all sorts of things you didn't think you wanted to do.

;)

Anyway, back to the eggs....

(I know, I know, but stick with me.)

Another friend, Benita posted about boiling eggs, but it was funny because the eggs exploded all over her kitchen.

She wrote it in self deprecating humor and it was great, because she was being her hilarious self.

Not to say that anyone has to be funny or beautiful or anything in particular, but I do think that you need to be you and not another person showing people how to do the same damn thing over and over.

It's boring.

There.

 I said it.

You know what's not boring?

Say it with me...

Being

YOU.

So, if you're dying to post a tutorial on boiling an egg..

go for it!

Own that egg boiling post.

But be you.

People will read just about anything if it comes from your heart.

It's true!

You know how I know?

 Because you just read this whole post ;)


Now see...

Kim would never write something that snarky, 

but someone has to and it might as well be

me.

;)

xo
rue



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Change


Life is strange, isn't it?


We go through a lot throughout our lives, but for some reason, when the dust settles after some event,  big or small, we tend to think nothing will happen to us ever again.

So we start to get comfortable.

Maybe even complacent.


Eventually we start to except the way things are.

The way they're going to be.

Good or bad.


Then one day...

BOOM

 ... everything changes again.

And even though change isn't something you thought would happen, sometimes it can turn out to be beautiful.


Even joyous.


And you think to yourself...


this is what I wanted all along and you're happy.


Then you start to remember that there's more to life than just being.


And once again you get comfortable...


but in a good way.


And then you pray...


that even though you know there will be changes throughout your life...

good and bad...

that there will mostly be the good kind.

The kind that makes you happy and that you never take for granted.

And you're thankful.

xo
rue


Monday, March 13, 2017

A little Spring


I've always been a girl that enjoyed winter, especially snow.

So, I don't know what happened this time around, but I was done with all of it right after Christmas.

Maybe because it was unusually cold?

Maybe because it seemed so dreary?

Or maybe it just didn't fit my mood.

Who knows.

But whatever the reason, I've been dying for a little Spring, so as soon as it warmed up a bit, I cleaned off my front porch, and toddled off to the store, so I could fill my pots with flowers.

















And yes, I know that we'll have another round of winter weather before Mother's Day, because that's just the way it is up here in the mountains.

But for now.... 

right this minute... 

even if the trees are still bare....


it's Spring on my front porch.



;)

xo
rue

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Friendly flowers


Daisies are my favorite flower.

Did you know that?


I mentioned it before on my old blog several times, but oddly enough I don't think I've written about it here on this one, except for maybe in passing.


In the Movie 'You've Got Mail', which I've quoted before, because it's one of my favorites. Meg Ryan's character, Kathleen Kelly asked... 

"Don't you think daises are the friendliest flower?"

Yes, I do, Kathleen.


I bet I know what you're thinking.

"Why is she blathering on about daises and posting pictures of tulips?" 

Well, if daises are nowhere to be found at the moment, but you still want to add a little Spring in your home, I think tulips are the next best thing.

So I brought some home with me :)


And they're pretty friendly looking too.

Don't you think?

;)

xo
rue


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Antique shopping advice


I'm frequently asked the question "Where and/or how do you find all your antiques and vintage items?"

Let's start with 'where'...

As most of my readers know, I inherited a few things like my great grandmother's dining room hutch


But most of my finds were acquired by searching Ebay or over at Etsy, where I found my percolator.


Of course, LetGo and Craigslist are great places to find things like my 1950s refrigerator:


I also shop locally or in whatever town I'm visiting at the time.

And other times I find places online that pop up in my google searches.

That's the 'where' part of the story, but what about the 'how'?

Well, let me introduce you to Ryan over at Invaluable.com, who has some great advice for all of us:

Spring is almost here, and with it comes warmer weather and the chance to spend some quality time on the hunt for great antiques! If you’re anxious to get out of the house and hit the vintage stores and antique shows, check out some of our tips for making the most out of your antiquing experience! 


Patience Is A Virtue

First and foremost, don’t expect to find the perfect piece right away. Hunting for great antiques is a process that usually requires a lot of patience. This isn’t retail shopping, where you know exactly what you want and exactly where to get it. When you’re shopping for antiques, it’s all about not knowing what you’ll find. That mystery is part of what makes it fun! You’re at the mercy of what the store has, so you should never go in assuming that you’re going to find what you’re looking for, and it may take a while for you to find the piece of your dreams. 

That said, don’t ever give up hope! Antique stores and fairs are usually packed wall-to-wall with an incredible variety of pieces, and it can be easy to overlook things. So summon your patience and take your time to scour every inch and every item. The perfect piece could be right under your nose, or you may find something you never knew you needed! 


Know Your Budget 

Anyone who spends time looking for great antiques knows that they can be rather pricey. This of course can depend on both the item, and the seller, but it is always best to know how much you are willing to spend before you start shopping. If you don’t set these limits ahead of time you could end up falling in love with a piece that is much more than you would normally pay, which can lead to some major buyer’s remorse. If possible, try not to ever get too attached to an item before you know the bottom line cost. Some sellers will let you haggle for a better price, but that’s not a guarantee. You should always retain your ability to walk away from a sale if things aren’t going your way. 


Keep An Open Mind

Even if you don’t find the piece that you’ve been looking for, you could certainly still find something you need. You just might need to do a little thinking outside the box. 

An old dresser can be repurposed into a TV stand/media center. An antique sewing table can become a rustic side table. If you’re keeping an open mind when strolling through a vintage store or garage sale, you may just find the perfect do-it-yourself solution to a problem you weren’t even thinking about! 


Go Beyond Your Own Backyard

If you’ve exhausted all of your local antique stores, thrift shops, and antique shows, don’t be afraid of searching online! There are a wide variety of sites that offer unique finds. From local postings on a site like Craigslist, to reputable auction sites like Invaluable, you’ll be able to find everything from furniture, to vintage jewelry, and collectibles. It may lack the in-person thrill of shopping at the physical locations, but online shopping gives you limitless options and the ability to purchase completely unique items without ever leaving the house!


Thank you so much, Ryan! 

Your advice will surely come in handy for the folks looking to add some beautiful antiques to their homes.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

:)

xo
rue


PS
I received no compensation for this post.



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Road trip!


Recently, John and I decided to take one of our road trips. 


We both love history, and have a special place in our hearts for old west towns. Some are still thriving, sometimes they're are barely holding on, some are complete ghost towns, and other times there's nothing left except the foundations of buildings that fell long ago. 

The ghost towns, although very interesting, seem a bit sad and lonely to me, but the towns that only have foundations left are the saddest of all.

Sometimes we're able to find pictures of what was there, but oftentimes we can't find a thing. So, we like to imagine what it all looked like when a place was bustling with townsfolk or what a house or building might have looked like when it was still standing.

It never fails to amaze me that people just picked up and left one day, never to return.

Honestly, I could wax poetic about that all day and probably will some other time, but I'll stop there and return to the road trip ;)


Anyway, although we usually have a destination in mind, we tend to stop here and there, willy nilly, taking our time.

Let's just say that, if there's an historical marker, we can't pass it up.

Some interesting places are found that way, but being distracted also makes it so you don't always end up at the destination where you were headed in the first place.

This was one of those times.


We left Tucson on Saturday morning, with John's three pups:

Lucky boy...


Bentley (AKA BeeBee)...


and 

Miss Daisy the lap dog...



I had no idea where we were going, because John originally wanted to surprise me with a trip to Clifton, which neither of us had been to, but there was a lot to see on the way, which is why we never made it.

For instance, distractions like this:


We had been in the car for about an hour or so and after a couple of stops at some tiny towns (I forgot to take pictures... darn it!) we decided to stop and let the pups out to stretch their legs and have some fun on the Gila River (Gila is pronounced he-la).


Pretty, isn't it?

Personally, I had no idea that there was anything this serene and beautiful in the lower part of Arizona, but John likes to prove me wrong about the desert being a dirty, ugly barren place with only cactus to look at, and has quite a few times. In fact, it's really kind of growing on me. Not as much as the pine tree filled mountains of Northern Arizona, where I live, but I truly can't say that I hate the desert anymore.

Don't tell him I said that though ;)

You can read more about this area 'here'.

The two of us had a really good time, 


but I think the pups enjoyed it the most ;)








After everyone was all tuckered out from running and playing in the water, we headed to our next stop, which happened to be Globe.

It started out as a mining town and was founded in 1875.

image via Arizona100
Of course it doesn't look like that anymore (I wish!), but it's a really sweet town that's been kept up pretty well.

They have quite a few antique stores, including this one, called Hill Street Mall: 


The building was previously a Coca-Cola plant and also a Safeway grocery store.

The lady that was working there was a sweetheart and funny to boot!

John bought me a replacement for the tiny blue Pyrex bowl I broke recently.

Don't ask.

And I found him some hankies :)

Anywho...

Many of the original buildings still exist, including the old courthouse, built in 1905, which is now used as a center for the arts.

Image via Google search
And do you see that little old grey building behind it, on the right?

It's the old jail that served from 1910 until 1981.


Yes, you read that right.

It finally closed down the same year that President Reagan first took office.

In other words, I was almost a teenager when it closed!


They give free tours, so of course we had to take a quick one ;)

Our friendly tour guide, Rick Benning showed us around the old jail and had many stories to tell about some of the infamous prisoners who stayed here.

He even asked to snap a picture of us in jail:


He said we looked too darn happy to be in there ;)

I know what he means by that, as it was definitely a very dark, creepy place and it was freezing inside!


Below is the door to the pulley system that locks up the cells, which Rick demonstrated for us.


Yikes! What a sound that was!

We both swear it's haunted.

In fact, a paranormal team actually tried to stay there overnight, but left in the early morning hours.


I couldn't do it!

Could you?

This bridge is three stories up and it's where the prisoners left the courthouse to go into the jail to serve their sentences. 


This is looking up towards the top story of the courthouse, next to the bridge.


Below is the door to the old Sheriff's office on the back of the courthouse building.


It was definitely not a place that I wanted to stay for more than 20 minutes, so can't imagine living there for years, much less in a tiny shared cell.

You would think that it would be a real crime deterrent, but knowing how many people ended up there, I suppose it wasn't.

You can read more about the jail 'here'.

After a stop at The Old Dominion (which is where they used to mine for copper), a quick outdoor meal with the pups, at Clint's Blue Line BBQ, and driving through a few more small towns, (I forgot to take pictures...  again!) we headed home....


and enjoyed a glorious Arizona sunset.


It was a beautiful ending to a perfect day :)


xo
rue