Tuesday, April 26, 2011

easter leftovers

yes, there was more than a sliver of ham left for a tasty scalloped potato bake tonight...

Our stunning Sunday was shared by just the five of us.
Brother Ted did the photo honors of the girls, 
Richard was busy making Turkish coffees (heavy on the cardamom)

we did not coordinate our top colors intentionally

le menu:
steamed asparagus
made to order omelets
shitake mushroom bread pudding
berry trifle
really cheap white wine
turkish coffee

Brunch was followed by a fabulous bike ride for Caroline, Richard and me to Marystown Road, with a walk through the church cemetery.  We also stopped at Vern's to inquire about getting a pickup load of garden enhancement.  He wasn't home but we pet the horses, anyway.

Friday, April 22, 2011

last night when I was sleeping...

my vintage quilt top made front page...
big thanks to squidwhale!

The bright colors of this treasury are a perfect foil to a dreary, soggy Good Friday.
Today, I feel compelled to go to church service and get all "mea culpa".
I am taking Ione and looking forward to the rosary drone, the wear and tear on my knees with a multitude of genuflecting.

At bedtime, I have been listening and often falling asleep to the music of Nawang Khechog,
Tibetan flute player.  There is a layering over of many sounds...throat singers, the twang of the jew's harp, sheeps' bells and the deep, repetitive chant of the monks.  Who would of thought that this would be a wake up call back to the ceremony of my youth?

Care to share something that has you coming around again?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fleet Foxes

 My new, favorite song...helplessness blues.

Music can evoke a range of emotions within just a few phrases and this one does it for me.
The ascending harmonies at the end of the song, and the sweet conviction, "if I had an orchard, I'd work till I'm sore... reminds me of CSNY's Our House.
Fleet Foxes' harmonies are reminiscent of Everly Brothers. 
The quintet describes its music as "baroque harmonic pop jams". 
Give it a listen.  The album debuts this May.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


This treasury by a fellow vestiesteamie has warmed up my toes more than my electric space heater parked near the desk. 
See the entire treasury here.
Thank you, Tracy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

a good day

1955 print of blackbirds from Holcroft
It's been a good day.

An 88 year-old gentleman who has been a regular and faithful participant in my gentle yoga class spent some time with me after class by the coffee.  Fritz shared a poem that had been written just for him by another club member.  He also told me that the bluebirds were back.  He told me if I wanted to attract orioles to my yard, it would only do to put out grape jelly for them.  I did not know that!  I shared that I had heard the first red-winged black bird yesterday and he promptly told me that he thought they were a nuisance.  I love the crack and warble of the blackbird.  The swamps to the north of my house are filling up nicely.  The yearly crop of cattails make great perches for the birds.

It's been a productive day in the shop, and I have well exceeded my daily sales goal.

I am pleased that I will be able to donate 135.00 of my March sales profit to the project for Miharu, Japan.

Ione has shared a DVD with me of an interview she gave to local cable tv which chronicles her early days in the area and I plan to watch it tomorrow with my daughter.

The crocus are up, white and yellow and violet.
The perennial gardens are fairly well uncovered and waiting for rain.
There is a pot of vegetable chili on the stove.
A good day.

Monday, April 4, 2011

front page with my morning coffee

band of bunnies (upper right) SOLD!
a lovely treasury, thank you merritthyde

Friday, April 1, 2011

a New Month

Today I covered 4 thrift shops in 4 hours and garnered a Hermes scarf, a full set of CatherineHolm enamel ware and a few assorted odds and ends...

a p r i l  f o o l s ! 

Seriously, I did make some lovely finds that will be listed here, early this coming week:
vintage german tea set * melmac  * hot orange picnic set made in italy 
penquin hot/cold server * art deco crystal boudoir lamp with marble base * monogrammed barware * tiny italian mirrors and frames * sun yellow California pottery chip dip set