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

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

A Bit of Vintage and Some Weekend Fun: Oyster Bake

Oh, Happy Monday! Right? And Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! My favorite MLK quote:

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Over the weekend, Jason and I were invited to an oyster bake.  What a fun and delicious time!  It was actually a little get-together to celebrate the life of Pouncy, the beloved neighborhood cat who recently had to be put down.   The neighborhood is full of cat and dog lovers.  As fate would have it, the owners of Pouncy were traveling during Pouncy’s acute flare which led to him being put down.  Several neighbors had been watching out for Pouncy during the owners’ time away, and they all came together to get Pouncy to the vet and take care of a sad situation.  That was the main reason for the celebration: so many had loved and cared for Pouncy.

I love the way this photo captures the darkness beyond the firelight and people shucking oysters by the light of an iPhone.  They were so good!  Shuck one, pour the contents into your mouth, repeat.  I am not a big oyster fan, generally speaking, but these were amazing.  You could taste the salt water!  And I guess just being outside and taking them right out of the coals.  Just awesome.

I also found some very nice vintage items over the weekend. One is an old tablecloth. Even though it had a couple of stains, I washed it and placed it folded across a tall storage cabinet. The bright flowers are staring at me when I look up from my desk.

I also found four amazing lamps! A couple of them need cleaning and harps, and they all need shades. A couple will probably go into the shop, but a couple will come home with me!

Well, Mars has a new album.
Amelia and Mars cozy up.
Gravel-punctured tire. Really?

I went into the weekend pretty tired but it all ended up being okay. After all the snow and ice finally melted, I went out to run some errands and had a flat tire. What are the chances of running over a piece of gravel that perfectly wedges in the tread and punctures the tire? And, wouldn’t you know? I had just purchased four new Dunlop tires for the Element five weeks ago. I had to drive on a spare for a day while they ordered a new one, and I got a good discount since it was so new. I had originally refused the roadside hazard warranty at 20 dollars a tire!  Maybe I should get it next time?

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

Sidetracked Vintage: Saturday in the Shop

My shop in the caboose, Sidetracked, is my happy place!  I love it so much!  When I get there I am very content.  I move things around, stand and stare at them, and think, hmmmmmmm, is that better?  Yes.  Then I move some more.  I talk to customers.  When it is slow, I take my essential oils — a few drops on wet papertowels, and wipe down the floors, the walls, the door knobs, everything like that, to keep it dust free and smelling so clean and dreamlike!  Yes, dreamlike.  It is a little boxcar space that is full of magic and wonder!  Lots of twinkly lights.  Lots of this and that.  Clothes.  Trinkets.  Antique purses and hats.  I have regular customers who tell me Sidetracked is their happy place as well!  Here are some photos from yesterday.

Vintage mannequin with vintage hat.
Cute wooden box (Who does not love the Eiffel Tower?) filled with old photos dating back to Civil War era.
Electric clock, fit for a princess, keeps perfect time.
Rustic shelf filled with little vintage booklets of all kinds. By the way, the wizard hat in the photo sold yesterday.
Little tree loaded with vintage ornaments.
A collection of snowmen dance around silver candlesticks.
More snowmen. The cow bell sold yesterday as well!
Vintage purses!
Unusual and vintage books. I am always adding, and they are always selling!
It took some thinking to get a dressing room in the caboose, but I did it. Every inch is filled with treasures.
Vintage flamingo, anyone?
Clothes line the racks. Lots of white, lace, cream, flowy-blowy. Denim jackets — the kind that are just right. Lots of vintage dresses.
Collection of prayer shawls from the estate of a Catholic lady born in 1905. The items that came from her estate were beautiful, clean, perfect, loved and cared for! Behind the shawls is a wall hanging I made.
Prayer shawls. Many have sold. They were finely made, some mohair, most from Europe.
My most recent canine visitor, Jet!

I wish you could come shop with me some Saturday!

Enjoy this day!