Saturday, September 22, 2012


Outside my window...
The sun is going down and casting a gray light.

I am thinking...
That I wish my hubby did not have to leave on another business trip.

I am thankful...
That this business trip is only for 6 days.

In the kitchen...
My famous Creamy Potato Soup and plum/apple crumble.

I am wearing...
Gray sport shorts with a gray top that has turquoise & pink on it which says Huntington Beach Surf Club.

I am creating...
A cookbook for my beloved friend Tara.

I am going...
To take it easy and rest to get over this nasty cold I have.

I am wondering...
What the week ahead holds for me.

I am reading...
Trying to finish up "Bold Love".

I am hoping...
That I have enough energy to get through the week.

I am looking forward to...
Friday when my hubby comes home!

I am learning
To let go, let God...and pray like crazy.

Around the house...
Decorated for Autumn...just couldn't hold back.

I am pondering...
What life will hold in the near future.

One of my favorite things...
Quilts...and my friend Tara just gave me a beautiful white quilt with deep red accents.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
To be apart of a new house church, lunch with friends, mammogram & bone scan.

A peek into my day...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Flea & Thrift

My newest hobby this past summer has been going to flea markets and thrift stores.  Its like hunting for treasure.  Just like what I used to do when I went to the beach as a young girl.  I loved to hunt for seashells.  I would gather them up like treasure and go home and pour over my seashell book looking to see what I had found.

Anyway, we have a very nice thrift store nearby and I have found many quality items there.  On Saturdays, this particular thrift store (ARC) has certain tagged items for half price.  I was able to get my girlfriend 6 china dessert bowls and pretty spoons for under $10!  (By the way...she loves them.)  Below are some pictures of items I have recently picked up.  I apologize about the quality of the is a rainy day today and the house is dark.

Here is a lamp that I picked up at a flea market for $16!  The lamp had new electrical switch and cord.

In this picture the plate on the left was picked up at ARC on half price day for a buck. It is Limoges from France.  The picture of the roses was found at a flea market.  It was $8 (frame included)!  The man selling it said his daughter photographed the roses.  The vase in the middle is an grandmother's.

I picked up two of the rose patterned plates.  One on display above and this one I am using on the table.  Found this cracked glass candle holder on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond which matches perfectly.  Oh and the placemats (which you can get a partial glimpse of) were picked up at a rummage sale for a dollar a piece.

In this picture are etched glass creamer & sugar bowl picked up at the thrift store.  A dollar a piece!

Picked this gorgeous plate up for $1.50 at the thrift store on half price day.  Perfect little dish for my perfumes on my vanity.

Yesterday I picked up 4 of these etched glass goblets.  A dollar a piece!  Just couldn't pass them by.

Also found this Coldwater Creek skirt for $5!  Really good condition. You can't see it, but it has embroidery on it in the same color as the material making it very pretty.

Hope you enjoyed the virtual budget shopping trip.  Adding up all the items I bought (rounding up + tax) I spent close to $50.00 max.  Pretty good wouldn't you say?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Beautiful Colorado!

This evening I was driving my son Brandon over to the high school to take a special test he needs to pass to graduate.  On the way up to the school I took delight in the flowers that grow along with roadside.  The sunset cast a beautiful glow on them.  I just had to stop and take some pictures. 

I like how this flower has its face toward the sky.

See how they line the roadway.  Its like they are all waving "Hello!" as you pass by.

 Here below are some pictures that were taken Labor Day weekend just before Mark left for Germany.

Mark and I went for a picnic and a hike by the Platte River.  Here the water is reflecting the sky.

Here Mark is down by the river.  Love that old cottonwood tree with a hole in it.

Here I am by the river.  It was a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Autumn Girlie Goodies

My calendar says that the first day of Autumn is September 22nd.  I am eagerly looking forward to a change in season.  Are you?  I can already feel a chill in the night air here in Colorado.  Looking forward to apples, pumpkins, sweaters, etc.

I also enjoy the Autumn girlie goodies that come out in the stores.  Pictured below are a few girlie items for Autumn all found at Target.

Left to right:  1) Gold glitter nail polish by elf.  2) Copper colored nail polish by Cos Bar. 3) Vanilla Chai  foam soap by Method (Smells great!). 4) A luxurious golden bath sponge by The Bathery.