"...it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all..."~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, August 16, 2014

.....positivity challenge............

....positivity challenge...some of you may have already been invited to "play" this on facebook....briefly, you find 3 positive things in each day for 5 days, and also invite 2 friends to play each day.........easy enough, sounds fun.........so I played........turns out this game was an eye opener for me........when I began to think of my positives for the day, I began to realize, what I thought might be, small, mundane, simple things, were actually big positives........the fact that I woke up to a new day, I felt good, was able to take a walk, opened windows to enjoy fresh air, worked in the garden, ride the bike with my granddaughter, spend time with all my grandchildren everyday, enjoyed a cup of coffee on the porch early in the morning, had fresh foods from the garden......the list goes on and one.........and then, when I encountered a negative, it made me think, "wait", this is nothing, I can over come this......I tried to turn negatives into positives...or just realized, that the things that I thought where negatives were just a bump in the road.....life is too precious.........so take the test....I also want to thank my friend who invited me.......hugs to you!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Grandmother's flowers.............

.......a recent article in my favorite magazine..."Country Gardens".......tells of a young woman with a marigold farm.......she loves them..........but, she said they have fallen from favor among today's gardeners, because they remind people of their grandmother's/and or gardens.......she also states, most people do not like their colors or smell......well this grandma loves them and so did my mom (zinnias were also mom's other favorite).......I love the smell and their bright colors, and they are hardy too..........my trouble is I am running out of sun in my garden.......but, this article got me thinking I am going have to make room for some more marigolds and zinnia's next year.......here are some pictures of my flowers......if they grow more like a weed, wild and free, I love them......









Saturday, August 9, 2014

metal...love....

.......since I have been selling some of my collections recently, I have been trying to watch what I purchase....just buying things that I really love.....and one thing I really love is vintage metal items.....it can be a canister, sign, watering can,  bread box, picnic basket......if it is metal, a bit rusty, showing some character and age, I am all for it........also, as much as I love buying online...nothing can beat getting out and shopping a brick and mortar store !!!!!  so, my youngest daughter and I made a visit to Worthington, Indiana......a very, very small town, that was almost dead, now trying to revive itself



with antique shops and small diners and coffee shops.....very quaint.....just what I like !!!!!  I am not a fan of mega antique malls..........anyway, short story long, I found this little tote, which looks to be a gardening tote and it has all the qualities I love, so it came home with me.....that was it, no more no less......a few hours of shopping, lunch and ice cream all with my daughter = awesome day......till next time.....Linda

Sunday, July 27, 2014

collections & vignettes..........

.......collections & vignettes......seems collections are ever changing




at my house........collect items for years,  then sell them and start a new collection......here are a few items I am enjoying........

Thursday, July 24, 2014

now you know..........

........I get a lot of questions and comments about my husband and I watching our 5 grandchildren everyday........this started 12 years ago when the first was born.....now there are 5....their ages are: 12, 9, 7, 5, and 4........I worked for 25 years outside the home, until the grands came, now I "work" taking care of them, while their parents work.......yes it is hard & stressful at times.....when they were babies, sick, potty training, there was a child in diapers around here for 11 years.....pick-up from pre-school..... anyway......I do it because I know they will be well cared for, always a pillow, blanket, bed....never hungry, they want it, I made it.........if needed, I took them to the doctor, because mom's can't always leave work......farm animals, tractor & gator rides........trips to the park.....riding bikes...or just watching, Dora, Paw Patrol, Sophia, & Olivia......and the important hugs, kisses, and rocking in the recliner.......yes, I do it for them and their parents.....not for glory or praise.....and, you see, I need them as much or more then they need me........so now, when the last little one tells me "bye Grandma" with a hug and kiss......the door closes and then there is silence.......my kitchen is clean, nothing on the stove.......toys are in their totes.......dollies in the cradle.......bikes & basketballs in the garage.......a lonely tractor on the porch..........my quiet spot on the sofa....quiet.......no laughter, smiles, silliness, or fighting & crying........no "Grandma"...."Papaw".......we have a lite supper, watch the news, take a walk........do whatever needs done before the next "work" day......you know, sometimes when we are young, we long for the days when those kids grow up and we have all that free time.....well it will be here before you know it, then what!!!! ..... even with caring for our grands on a daily basis...we still  have time to take an occasional trip if we want, go out to eat, see a movie....or whatever we choose......wow, I didn't mean to write a book.....but, I feel strongly about this......you see, I am a first generation American, so I never had the opportunity to meet my extended family.......no cousins, aunts, uncles, Grandma or Papaw.........when other children talked about going to Grandma's house, I always wondered what that was like...especially at Christmas....so I want to make Grandma and Papaw's house special for my grands....and, I realize it isn't always possible to be around your grands due to distance, jobs etc......but, since I can, I will....gladly......now you know..........
 flowers pick for me by Lily (age 4)...........
 toys at the ready...........
 dollies waiting to be played with...........
 one lonely tractor...........
 no cooking........
 quiet spot....this is where Addison (age5) naps when she is here..........
this is more like it !!! Papaw made the kids a tire swing...........

Thursday, July 3, 2014

......fair ribbons...........

......first of all, sorry about being away, it is a busy time of year with all my grandchildren here.......but, we are getting close to fair season, which made me think of antique fair ribbons......I have only 3, but that seems like a good start to a new collection.......


till next time.........Linda

Thursday, May 15, 2014

....mellowing in the golden years.........

....my husband has always let me buy antique smalls, such as, quilts, crocks, graniteware, advertisement signs, old benches, antique clothing...... anything A-Z....and we do have some antique furniture....but he use to draw the line on antique painted furniture or anything that looked like it came from the barn....he grew up with oak from his grandma and that is what he liked....which is fine, I love the oak pieces I have from his family......but, I love primitive furniture....I recently purchased this antique blue cabinet and he was ok with it...what??? he liked it??? !!!!! I think he is finally mellowing out in his retirement....and I am glad...we love to go to auctions, when we can and he even encourages yard sales.....what is next??? 

 I love old dishes that are crazed, stained and chipped..........
 I fell in love with these vintage strawberries..........
 ...old tins & chickens..........
till next time......smiles, Linda