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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Auction Stuff and Wisdom


I filled my Jeep yesterday with auction boxes like this one.
The auction was out of town on a little farm.
I overheard one of the family saying it was 90 years of a
life in that house and in those boxes.  It's always a little
sobering when you look around and see everything cleared
out and out for sale.  You can tell a lot about who used
to live there.  The lady of the house loved to collect pretty
dishes and tea pots.  They chose quality oak furniture
that stood the test of time and children for decades.
They didn't get rid of things just to buy the newest fad.





At the bottom of one of the boxes was a bunch of candles.
 Some were melted.
I immediately thought of Erma Bombeck's wisdom
she shared when she found out she was dying from cancer.

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER ~

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth
would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted
in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was
stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried
must less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the
fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about
his youth. 

I would have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day
because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and
more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical,
wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished
every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."  There would have been more "I love you's"  More "I'm sorry's.".

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it...live it...and never give it back.  Stop sweating the
small stuff.

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, who's doing
what.

Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do 
love us

Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with.  And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally.

~~~~~

One thing I realized about the lady of the house at the auction~
she didn't just collect teapots.  She used them!
There were tea rings and tea leaves in all of them!
That made me smile.  They didn't just sit lonely on shelves 
looking pretty.  They weren't too good to use and they
weren't saved for a rainy day.
 I imagine her serving tea and chatting with
friends around her kitchen table.  
Lovely.

Random Thoughts


  1. Nugget is becoming an old man, with almost more grey hair than black!  He's still lively, though, hopping through the house and kicking up his hind legs!
  2. I worked an auction today.  We were out on a farm and the forecast last night saying thunderstorms actually turned to a gorgeous day.  A very lovely day to be outside!
  3. The thunderstorms came last night and we had a crack of thunder so big it knocked a little knickknack off the window frame in my studio, which hit a glass dome on my desk, that fell to the floor!  Thankfully, nothing broke!  It also raised us about a foot off our mattress.  haha. 
  4. Have you ever had Mexican Street Corn?  I made it for the first time tonight.  Like nothing I've ever had and very tasty.  We gobbled it up before I even thought to take a photo.  I guess that's a good excuse to make it again. :)  It was fun using new-to-me ingredients like Mexican Mayonnaise, Mexican crema, and cotija cheese.  I'll  share the recipe soon. Yum.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Weekend












  1. The view while sitting on my front porch.
  2. Sometimes late at night a group of cats comes in together to eat. Always makes me laugh at the sea of kitties.  Spencer came to get me when Slate wanted to share the chair.  If only Spencer would loosen up and enjoy Slate.  He SO wants to be friends!  He just loves the boys!
  3. We sure had fun at the nascar race!  Our guy won again!  Such a fun day with Taylor and Lauren.
  4. Tiger and Velvet.  Tiger is laid back and relaxed.  Velvet has that fight or flight look with those big eyes.  I think she was afraid I was going to try to pet her.  She needs to loosen up just like Spencer! ha.
  5. Sauteing these three veggies seems to be the beginnings of many yummy meals lately!
  6. A rare daytime moon!
  7. Domino.
  8. Mrs. House Finch, in her understated loveliness.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Random Thoughts


  1. I'm happy to say that the kitchen reno, that we thought would have to wait because of major household repairs, has been rescued by a couple of summer clearance sales from the stores we were looking at!  We ordered the flooring yesterday and scheduled our favorite contractor for the first week of October, so there's no turning back now!  
  2. If anyone has done a kitchen reno, I'd take any advise you have! What did you like, not like and what would you do differently?
  3. Our kitchen is 26 years old and it is just like it was when it was built in 1988.  The floor wasn't laid properly and we have about 40 tiles with cracks in them!  And thanks to Alex, who flooded the kitchen once, there is water damage along the bottom cupboards.
  4. At the auction this week I got the long runner in the picture.  I think it will look great in the kitchen, running the length of the wall with the sink and cupboards.  It was filthy and not fit to come in the house, but I vacuumed it and folded it length-wise and fit it into my washing machine!  Thank goodness for my huge industrial washer! haha.  I ran it through two cycles with extra soap and it came out great. Cocoa approves!  A great deal for $12.
  5. It was cool today...only in the 40's F this morning!  And this afternoon it smells like rain as it begins to sprinkle.  Not the worm smell, but the clean rain smell.  There IS a difference. haha.  One by one, I could see cats come out from their sleeping places under bushes and shrubs in the yard and make their way to the back porch.  We actually need rain!  We've had to use the sprinkler to water the garden this week.
  6. Where did the summer go?  I don't have kids in school anymore to mark those times, but I've heard football practice and band camp wafting across the breeze from the school down the road.  We're a university town and college kids came back this weekend.  I can't believe August is half done already!
  7. Anybody else going to the nascar race tomorrow?  If you are, come say hello....section 75 at turn 1. :)