Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to all

We seem to be living so fast that Thanksgiving is the only time we all come together with our families and actually give thanks for what has been given to us throughout the year.  Why is it we
cannot do this all year long? 
I know in our family we still pray before meals and I am glad for that.  Even when in a restaurant
we pause to ask for the blessing over our meal.  It is a quiet prayer but nevertheless it is a time
to pause and ask God to bless the food to the enrichment of our bodies for doing His will, not ours.
Do we really  mean that?  Do we just want to eat as fast as possible?  Do you consider what that means to ask for God to strengthen our bodies with this food?  I have been doing a lot of thinking about this since my husband was diagnosed 2 yrs ago with traumatic dementia.
He usually asks for the blessing of the food.  Now he has trouble remembering all the words he wants to say, and I often have to help him finish the prayer.  So I use that time to consider what his prayers ask from God.  We thank Him but then we ask for this food to strengthen our bodies.  Always asking for something, aren't we?
Now I can add a little prayer to his and thank God for each time my  husband can still remember the words.  That is so important to him and if he is able to pray on his own, he does not become frustrated. 
So this Thanksgiving,  I ask you to each consider what ALL God does for us.  Also what we ask of
Him.  Are we asking to be able to live with whatever is HIS will?  That is what we must do.  We are followers, not leaders in our relationship with God. He will teach us to pray if we listen as Jesus gave a guide for his disciples in the Bible.
I remember as a child, we would say Turn thanks for the prayer at the table.  I never understood that the term was shortened to "Turn Thanks" by us when what the adults were doing is to "return thanks"
for the food God had provided.  Funny how I never realized that until I was an adult.
So again, think of all God does for us every day.  Thanks for living in a free country.  Thanks for having food to eat and clothes to wear, whether new or old or expensive or cheap.
These freedoms are not free.  Our soldiers throughout our history as a country have fought and died for us to have them.  Because we have been a Christian country, God has blessed us.  Remember that whenever you see someone trying to take those freedoms away. We are blessed because of our obedience to Him.
End of sermon,  but this is my only sermon ever on this blog.  I felt so strongly that our country
needed this on the occasion of Thanksgiving.  Enjoy being with family and friends.  Eats lots of turkey.
Happy Thanksgiving,

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Veteran's Day upcoming

Hello everyone,

Things are very busy for me these days with my husband's illness.  I am open now only Fri. and Sat. at the store.  He has a place here at the store to go and lie down when he needs a nap or rest.  He and
the cat Marlin are a great pair.

I am not too attentive to this blog due to all that.

So a few patriotic pictures in observance of Veteran's Day coming up soon. Items all in store.

We owe a great debt to all our military people past and present. 

A Spanish American War soldier with drum:

WW 2 Sailor US Navy uniform.

WW 1 Soldier photograph and frame.
  Gas mask and bugle plus other items from WW1.

USS Texas picture.  Now moored.
WW 1 Soldier uniform includes hat, helmet, leggings and dog tag.

Some patriotic clothing from the vintage clothing room here at store.

Thanks for checking on my blog.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer time and the living is not so easy!!

I do not like this extreme heat.  It is interfering with the time we spend out of doors. My cat likes to go out in the mornings and sit on the patio and listen to the birds and cicadas.  We spend hours doing this. He is an indoor cat and was declawed before we got him.
I am waiting for some cooler weather,  it is 102 today, to spread a small table for breakfast for husband and I and cat.  Shown above is an antique English breakfast set. The colors are perfect for what I am seeing in my future breakfasts once fall is here.
I have several of these mostly English breakfast sets and love to use them when allowed to outside.
A cool looking set.  Light pink tones.

Part of a black white Wedgwood set.  Crisp and clean.

This is in mulberry.  See toast rack.

Another pink and fushia set. 
Villeroy and Boch set pattern Burgenland.

And lastly,  Burgess and Leigh set. 
Don't you love them and can think of lots of tablescapes you arrange using them?  I can and do.
Have a good rest of the summer,  and keep cool.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wonderful Springtime

We have had lots of rain but spring is finally here in all it's glory!!

We have had lots of events here in Huntsville.  First the Chippy Garden Show at the Fairgrounds, also the County Fair, Airing of the Quilts, Folk Festival and some more to come.

I have been turning the storeroom at the store into a retreat for my kitty, Marlin. He hates to be left home
and is so spoiled that I felt it would be fun to give him a space at the store where he can stay while I have
customers in the store and he cannot wander around.  He would run out the door and has no claws
plus the traffic is so bad in front.

He sleeps a lot, his age is almost 12, and since he lost his older sister a few months ago,  we have tried
to not leave him alone very long anyway. He is a Burmese. Here is his picture:

So he is my baby.

His little space will have a twin sized bed for his little and often naps. He is very particular so will have to bring his heating pad which he won't lie down without.
On a very low temperature and I checked with his Vet who said it is ok unless he were confined with it where he could not leave.  He has a baby quilt too.

Am I crazy?  Some would say yes. But when your kids are grown,  grandkids busy and not available to love on as much as you would like, well, then this is the best

Note:  His claws were removed before we got him.  I wouldn't ever do that to a kitty.

I am also moving things around in the store for a new look.  You will have to wait a couple of weeks to see how that turns out.  What I have done so far gives me
hope for those changes about to happen.

Stick with me, friends.  I will be more attentive to my blog in the future. My store is open only Thurs. Fri. and
Sat.  We do not have traffic enough on other days to make it worth being open any additional days. Most of
my customers come from out of town so they are happy with my schedule.  If business got really busy again
then I might be open more days, however now I am used to this,  I may not go back.

See you soon,

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentine's Day soon

This is one of my favorite holidays after Easter and Christmas.

I know many are alone at this time in their lives, and for you I would suggest celebrating it by giving yourself an antique Valentine each year and display them for years each Valentine's Day. I know they
are easily found in antiques stores, such as mine(I have about 50 for sale) and also online at Etsey, etc.

I have accumulated quite a few and I often see them framed for your powder room or private space.  They are delightful as art work.  You can do a whole wall with them but they also look really well with silhouettes.

I just enjoy my antique postcards all year long such as in a bowl on a table or sometimes stretched out on my baby grand piano.  This way they are for all seasons.

Whatever you do with yours,  they are something to cherish from an earlier day. 

What about the heart shaped boxes of chocolates?  I have begged my husband NOT to give me chocolates because I cannot regulate their consumption.  I eat them right away.
A romantic book from olden days is a good gift.  It is something you can place on a table also. 
This English Chippendale transferware by Johnson Bros. is a favorite of mine to use for that special day. 
A table setting in the store.

This is a lovely framed heart made by my friend Norma of old jewelry.  She sells on Etsy.

 A cute little cake pan shaped like a heart.

So whatever you do to celebrate Valentine's Day,  enjoy it at little all year long.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

M e r r y C h r i s t m a s

Sorry I have not posted for awhile.  Been so busy with family and my husband's health issues.  We are still around and grateful for every good thing that this year has brought.
Life hands you some  hard knocks. But we have to keep on trying and hoping and loving people.
God bless each of you and thanks for reading my blog. 

Merry Christmas

Friday, August 22, 2014

Military items in store

Today is for the men who follow my blog:
Pickelhaupt helmet from Prussia WW1
Case with swords, bayonets, war type militaria. 

Above is a WW1 gas mask and bag and bugle. All WW1
Also from WW1  picture frame with WW 1 soldier

Above is a WW 1 iron bank.

Much more from American Revolutionary War to Civil War to WW 2 with books also from these periods. Also see the WW1 uniform
to right of blog.  We also have a WW 2 sailor uniform as well as some dungerees from that period
which sailors wore as part of  work uniform.

So if interested our store is open only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at this time.   Our hours are
10 am to 4 pm most days.
Thanks for looking.