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Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Alternate title could be Lemons to Lemonade or as Bugs Bunny says "What a Maroon."
By now you may be wondering how the Lawrenceburg Antique show went. Well...we decided that we had way too much going on this weekend to do a show on the FIRST SUNDAY in June. Yes folks, I said the FIRST SUNDAY in June. Why I thought that this past Sunday was June 1st is beyond me. Of course, dear hubby thought I knew what I was talking about, bless his heart. He just took my word for it that the show was Sunday. Thank God we decided not to do it!
So...we thought lets just go shop the show and sign up for next month. Up at 5:30 and down the road for a little antiquing. one in the parking spaces set up...ummm...Pam, are you SURE it is this Sunday. Why yes, it is always the first Sunday of the month. Um, Pam, this is MAY 31! Yikes, I do have dementia! Anyhoo. Now we are thinking we will still wait til next month. We have another show to do this month anyway, (and I DO know when that one is).
Since we were up and on the road anyway, we went a bit farther down Route 50 to Rising Sun, Indiana.Rising Sun is now known mostly for it's Grand Victoria Casino, which, because all gambling must take place off land, resides in a riverboat on the Ohio River. We are not much into gambling so we took a stroll along the river in this charming little town.
There are historic Inns and some lovely little restaurants along this street.
All have a peaceful view of the Ohio rolling by just outside the doors.
Like time travel. You know how I love my history.
This log cabin was the original post office. Next door are condos, and one is for sale. We were thinking, maybe...
Wouldn't it be delicious to get up every morning for a walk along the river?
Sweet little Hydrangea tucked into a corner garden.
What a peaceful morning. The scent of freshly cut grass in the air, the water glistening as it rolls it's long way to the Mississippi.
I would love to sip iced tea on this delightful porch every day.
Just taking in a bit of morning sun.
A shady sidewalk garden. So lush.
Gee, I liked it so much, I posted it twice! (dementia again)
How about this quaint facade? I could absolutely live here.
I tend to fall head over heels in love with charming towns I visit. Stories play out in my head of what I would do if I lived there. Which house would be mine, what I would plant in the garden. I am a dreamer.
Cool dappled shade.
We stopped for breakfast at this courtyard restaurant. It was like a secret garden.
The Inn wraps around the back of the courtyard.
Utterly delightful!
Hmmm, I guess thats why it is called the Courtyard.
The view from across the street. I tell ya, I am in love!
Coffee every morning at the table in the side garden, with the river glinting in the sun just a few steps away. Heaven.
Oh, I can picture it all in my head.
Maybe we could move here, someday.
Fabulous detail on this old porch.
I forget what these trees are called. Can anyone give me a hint?
A birdhouse replica of a riverboat. Just adorable.
So, thank goodness I didn't rent a truck this weekend! I am sure my hubs would not have enjoyed our little misadventure as much if we had to haul all our junk home and unload it. What do you think?
BTW I received an award from dear Tonya at LeCoreFemme, that I will post tomorrow. Thanks girl, I really appreciate it!

Have an adventurous Monday, P.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Please Stay Forever Young

My girl graduated last night!She was lovely in her white gown and chucks.
Proud grandma and eager grad.
Sharing laughs with her cousin Jake.
Nervous glances into the crowd.
Awards and commendations.
When it is over, time to share joy with a life long friend.
Though these girls are going in many directions they will always have this connection.

I hope where ever life takes these young women they will always remember to stay forever young. My prayer is that they keep the spirit that is in their hearts today and do not let the flame of youth fade. Keep your faith strong and your aspiration high girls. Life has great gifts in store for you along with some sorrow. With faithful and loving hearts the joy will far outweigh any pain. Remember one another and the fun you shared together, and look back fondly on this time of your life.
We are proud of you Sadie.

Have a Saturday full of happy memories, P.
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I Have Been Changed For Good

See what I mean about telling you I am taking a break? Obsessive posting results! Last night we attended Sadie's Baccalaureate Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. This, to me, is the true graduation ceremony, although Mercy's graduation will take place Friday evening.
I am overcome with emotion this week as most parents are when a child reaches a milestone.
Ack, I am not ready to let go of my baby girl! But of course I will send her on her way, that is a parent's job. So we attended Mass and the girls said good bye to their childhood. They sang "For Good" from Wicked as their senior song to one another. So beautiful.I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...
Oh my. Do you think their were some tears happening in this beautiful place?
Such an appropriate song for the girl's to choose.
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...
Who can say if I've been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better
Because I knew you...
I have been changed for good.
If I made it through this, graduation will be a breeze. Bless all you Mom's who are experiencing graduation or one of the many milestones that mark a new era in your children's lives. I feel ya girl's.
Have a fun filled Thursday, P.
P.S. Peace out!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Say Hello to my Little Friend

I am once again participating in this fun event. Click to see what else is going on outside today.
OK, you have to say that title with a Cuban accent, Al Pacino/Tony Montana style.
Somehow every time I decide to take a blog break I end up posting more than usual. I'm sure this is some deep psychological problem that may or may not be addressed at some point. Bloggeritis or bloggomania or some such (just don't name it Frippery disease).
Anywho...Joe and I decided to address the front area in our yard affectionately known as "The Pit". When we built our home, we asked the builder to leave this small grove of trees as it gave us extra privacy as well as blocking some sun from the skylights during the summer. It is located behind the Blessed Virgin statue in this picture. It has become overgrown with Honeysuckle, buckthorn and garlic mustard, all invasive plants in Ohio. So we finally decided to do something with this area, but first it had to be cleared. You can see the Honey suckle sneaking up behind the statue in this picture. As we started clearing, with chainsaw and clippers in hand we discovered our little friend.
Good thing we saw him first. This is a common snapping turtle. We think he had hibernated in the pit, which gets very wet in the spring and when the ground warmed up, out he (or she) came.
We tried to think of a way to get him to move on into the woods in search of a pond. We were concerned about our dogs getting curious because this little bugger can chomp fingers or toes off in an instant, to say nothing of paws or cute wet noses.
He spent most of the day with us. Eventually, as we uncovered him from the shade of our clippings he decided our front yard wasn't a very good snapping turtle habitat. He took it upon himself to find a new place to hang out.
Not the most attractive of the turtle species, if I must say. I do think Box turtles are quite lovely... this guy, not so much.
It was an interesting encounter but I am glad he is on his merry way.

Have a Wednesday full of new experiences, P.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summer Kick Off

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day. The official summer kick off! We celebrated my Mom's 80th birthday at my brother's house. Grilling, laughing, reminiscing...all the things you do as a family to celebrate a milestone. Luckily my mom neither looks or acts her age. I hope to be like that on my 80th. Her own mother lived to 94 and was as sharp in her 90's as in her younger years. Happy birthday mom, many more to come!The boys partook in a bit of old fashioned summer fun, tree climbing...
and rope swinging...of course my brother had to join in with his son's urging.
How many times can this swing spin before someone is too dizzy to walk? A wonderful time was had. Welcome summer!
We have a busy week coming up, baccalaureate on Wednesday and graduation Friday (can't believe it) then an antiques show Sunday. We are setting up at the Tri State Antique Market in Lawrenceburg Indiana plus I hope to list a few vintage items on Etsy. I have LOTS to do... so I am taking a bit of time off from blogging. I wish I could say I was sailing through the week on a rope swing but I think it will be more of a roller coaster.
So if I don't comment I will still lurk when I have a moment. I would never forget you.
I do have to share yesterday's find. I have been hunting for a family room coffee table, as I borrowed the one I had for another room. I was at Good Will yesterday morning (50% off everything with coupon, yeah!) and bought this table for $10.00! It has a rather lame cardboard clock face under the glass which I will either redo or remove altogether, but the iron and glass work for me.
So I scattered my book finds from the previous post to cover the clock and I really love it. Round is good in this long rectangular room and glass isn't visually heavy. I can't wait to play with it a bit more. I better not right now, I have more pressing matters to attend to. Enjoy your week!

Have a Tuesday full of summer fun, P.
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