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!

Songwriting for Healing and More

More old photos…

I sure remember tea parties and homeschooling with this sweet crew!

I remember baking with this little munchkin!

Those photos were taken in the summer of 2008! My, how times flies. Now they are all out working and independent. It is just hard to believe! Their oldest brother is not pictured here. He was already out working at that time.  I continue to take my very emotional but necessary trip down memory lane by way of photo organization.

Currently,…

Music is such a part of my life. I find the more I listen, the more I want to listen. I’ve always loved writing, so songwriting seems a natural part of the healing process, or at least it has been for me. I would love to share another one of my original songs soon. Maybe Jason and I can record it and share it by way of a YouTube video. I think you might like it. I like it a lot, but perhaps it is because I relate to the words and the reasons I wrote it.  Which takes us right back to the topic of songwriting and writing in general to help deal with tough emotions.  No wonder I journaled all those years!

Photo from a recent gig of Jason’s. I cheer them on!
Holding my new baby, 2009 Guild guitar.

I am absolutely loving my new (to me) Guild guitar. Oh my goodness, does she ever sound good! She inspires me to practice even more!  I am working on a set list that includes quite a few original songs.  The goal is to play out in public, for money, next year.  Not that it is about the money, but if you don’t book gigs, you don’t really play, and getting paid is usually part of the process.  Even if it is just a hat laid out for tips!

Heavier strings on this new guitar mean deeper calluses! My fingers are sore all over again!

Things I love these days…

A new lamp shade.
Amelia looking at me through the window. She is a plus-size model, a beautiful fluff ball!
Mars being his cheesy red self in front of the camera.
My current little spice rack, waiting for something a bit bigger, maybe older, and with style and character!

Update on the juicer…

 

I am still loving my Breville juicer. I like that it has fewer pieces than my old one. The pulp is contained in the same compartment as where the juice is actually spun out. I like that a lot. One less item to clean. The plastic, while sturdy, seems to me to be the type that might break if I dropped it from a decent height. I am not going to try that! So far I have been washing all pieces on the top rack in the dishwasher and they are doing great. Makes great juice and the pulp is DRY! Here is the link to the original post: http://www.amothersjournal.com/breville-juicer-compact-juice-fountain-700-watt/

Enjoy this day!