Quilt tops, a River Walk, and Kitties

The weekend was a whirlwind of busy-ness.  It started with a Friday walk on the Hillsborough River Walk.  We just missed the rain, getting our steps in before the drops started falling!  Jason and I admired again the amazing man-made stickwork structure by artist Patrick Doughtery.

I was in my sweet little shop Sidetracked on Saturday.  I love meeting my customers.  I had a new customer from Raleigh who found me on line.  She and her husband stopped in and we had a nice visit. Of course, the kitties (all four of them) keep life interesting and sweet.

Jason and I did a lot of garden work over the weekend, which was evidenced by my Fitbit blowing up with steps.  I managed a quick stop by The Scrap Exchange where I saw some beautiful quilt tops.  I passed them by without purchasing, but I did take a few pictures.

The entrance to the River Walk.
“A Sight to Behold” by Patrick Dougherty
Stickwork structure that is just amazing to see!
Looking up through the top of “A Sight to Behold”
A window inside the structure.
Sedums growing in a plant box at Sidetracked.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Amelia resting in my guitar case.
Mars resting in my guitar case.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Home Depot Flower Shopping

Last night it was raining, but that did not stop Jason and me from going to Home Depot to search for some things we needed.  Of course we ended up in the lawn and garden section.  It was raining out, so we could not get to most of the plants without getting soaked.  I know the plants were loving the rain!  We did get photos of a few plants that we might be able to put into our gardens.  We have a lot of deer who like to visit and eat the plants, so we are slowly composing a list of plants that the deer won’t eat!  That said, I have read and heard that deer will eat anything if they get hungry enough.  So far we have had success with:

  • butterfly bush
  • lavender
  • rosemary
  • iris
  • azalea
  • lamb’s ear
  • dianthus

In the background of all of our daily activities, the kitties make everything more cheery.  Amelia snuggles up to me when I am resting on the couch in the evenings.  Vlad stretches confidently while I am working.

calla lillies
Digitalis
Garden plants at Home Depot
Amelia.
Vlad.

I found an amazing iron bed frame that is going to make a great flower BED. Not sure where it will end up, but for now it is heading up some plants that were sweetly given to me by Henny Penny. And a potted yew that had been at the shop for a year needed to come home and get repotted. It was nearly completely root bound.

yew

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

The Many Faces of Vlad and Lucy

Even as I write, there is serious CAT CLOWN HOUR going on in the apartment.  Vlad and Lucy are galloping like lions on the plains, pawing at each other and scratching the carpet and the furniture.  Yes.  Owning cats is not for the faint of heart!

A very serious Lucy! Vlad knows to watch out!
Vlad wants his Meowfia friends and foes to know that he helps with laundry. So there!
Twins. They love to watch the comings and goings. They listen to birds and peeps.
Vlad can be fierce, but he always comes around for his morning hugs.
Um, not to be outdone, Lucy PRETENDS to help with laundry as well. I turned my back for a second, and she was sitting in the warm clothes. I promptly removed her. She’s safe!

In other news, I love to goof off with a canvas and acrylic paints. I love the way this looks after taking a picture and adding a fun filter.

Circus lady: the bird whisperer.

And who does not need to make a habit of smiling and being happy? I originally thought to put this gorilla(?) in the shop, but then I decided that he needed to ride around with me. He always makes me smile. Especially when I stop at a light and he is still swinging. Any ideas what his name should be?

Are you watching the road???

I am so glad it is Friday! There is a cold wind blowing here today, but hopefully it will calm down and warm up over the weekend. Dinner out this evening. Hanging out in the shop tomorrow. Then Sunday, the day of rest and worship. I am thankful for every day.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

One Hundred Fifty Years Old — Journal from the Civil War Era

Anyone who knows me knows that I love old things.  Searching for antiques is one of my favorite things to do.  I won’t say it is commonplace, but finding something that is 75 to 100 years old happens pretty regularly.  However, finding things from the Civil War era and older is less common, and it is always a treat that stirs my heart to find something so old!  I thought you might enjoy seeing a few pages from an old journal I discovered recently.

Oh my! The script in this is just beautiful. And look at problem #5. So old!
Again, the handwriting is just breathtaking. And look at the illustration.
I am in love with this old journal! The handwriting and drawings throughout the text are so sweet.
Notice the date of 1866.

I took this ledger-size book to a local antique dealer to speak with him about the value of some of the things I have found.  This is not the only item I found, but this is the oldest.  I may or may not sell these items, but I want them priced appropriately if I do, so that they hopefully go to people who will value them and care for them properly.  My intent is to scan and put on line the various news clippings for preservation for the future.

“What is this book, anyway?” you might be thinking.

It is actually a ledger-style notebook. My friend (he has been dealing in antiques for decades) said that it looked as if this was either a student’s or teacher’s book for school notes. We are not sure which, though it may become clear after reading each page more carefully. During the Civil War there was a shortage of many things including paper. The owner of this ledger began to repurpose it as a scrapbook, so the first portion of the book has newspaper clippings pasted over the top of the beautifully written pages. I will share more of it as time allows. Isn’t it amazing? To think, 150 years old.  My friend Dennis was nice enough to look at several things I took in for his appraisal.  Stay tuned.

In Meowfia news, Amelia just informed us that she has opened a catering business and restaurant. We had no idea! The cats are very good at keeping secrets.

Hopefully this will be successful. We are just drained from all of Mars’ various endeavors and career moves. He changes jobs at the drop of a hat. In fact, lately he has been moping around. We are worried he is about to start some new undertaking that will turn us all upsidedown again.

Mars thinks.

And if you think Vlad and Lucy are any better at keeping things even-keeled, well think again.

Constant shenanigans!!!

This is a lunch break for me, a time to have fun in the middle of a busy day. School goes very well! Work is rewarding. The shop is still my happy place. My guitar is sometimes at the forefront and sometimes in the background, depending on other deadlines and obligations. We recently had a light dusting of snow and it is very cold out, but I am waiting for and believing in springtime!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

The Little Cottage Garden at Sidetracked Vintage

Here we are; it’s Monday again!  Over the weekend I took some photos of the garden at Sidetracked, my little shop.  It was a pretty, sunny day, even if a bit windy and chilly.  The garden at Sidetracked is so sweet.  I love it.  It has a bit of the personality of my old “Wild Little Garden” at the old house where I raised my children.  I know some day I will have to let this garden at Sidetracked go as well, because towns are always changing, real estate is bought and sold, and places grow, sometimes leaving no room for old shops.  In the meantime, however, I have LOVED having a shop of my own and learning how to manage inventory, take care of taxes, and purchase items for sale.

Truly a garden “bed.”
Nice glass piece that had a crack, so it adds sparkle to the garden.
Old tin box with mint (which is pretty much asleep right now).
Chipped vintage rooster guards the rosemary.
Ahhh, I see a hint of purple! Grape hyacinth.

In feline news, Vlad let us know recently that he has been running a limo service on the side of what he normally does, which is run the apartment.  Actually, he didn’t even let us know!  We saw this ad in a local magazine.

Mars, on the other hand, has a photography studio. The Meowfia is so powerful around here. The kitties are constantly sending messages to and fro, and they rarely let us humans in on what is going on outside of our own little world.

Even here, I am sure there are LOTS of messages being passed back and forth right in front of our ignorant eyes. But it will all come out at some point when we least expect it.

MILF: Mature Intelligent Likable Female.

That last photo! Oh my! Jason is constantly doing artsy things with photos and videos, and I never know when I will show up in something that ends up in my text message feed. I love it. He has written a song about MILFs that is just awesome! In fact, I would like to remind him to play it sometime.

This has been a nice blogging break, but time moves on. I have to go to the post office today during lunch (among other things). My work day is not done yet, and there is more guitar practice ahead. (Hopefully!) Each day is full of hope and joy and wonder, and I am so thankful for that, in every way.

Enjoy this day!

Lynn