…thoughts from my heart on my love for God, family and the care and decorating of our home

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I THOUGHT that once the busyness of the holidays had past, and Christmas décor was all put away, that I would have more time to post.  But I find that more than three weeks have passed since my last post and it seems like the time is just flying by.

I ADMIRE those of you who post and comment regularly – many of you while working outside the home, crafting for an online business, and some even with children at home.  HOW DO YOU DO IT?  I babysit (play with) our 2 year old grandson weekdays, and as much as I enjoy our time together I am often too tired to do much else once he has gone home.  In addition to babysitting Caleb, we have eight other grandchildren who are in and out frequently – wouldn’t have it any other way!  Three of our grandchildren play soccer - so that means lots of soccer games to attend.  I also participate in a Bible Study and am a Mentor for MOPS – activities that are a joy to give my time to.  Some evenings I like to read other blogs and try to leave comments, but it is hard for me to keep up with all of you.  I had intended to participate in the Tuesday Display Chains hosted by Misi, but I just have not had time to take pictures and get them posted.  For those of you who have not visited Misi’s blog, 1890 Gable House Musings, stop over and check out some of the past Tuesday Display Chains – you will be inspired!

THANK YOU TO MY FOLLOWERS – thank you to my new followers and thank you to those of you who have journeyed with me for a while.  When I find that I have a new follower I try to visit your blog, if you have one, and become a follower too – but I’m sure I have missed someone along the way.  SO, if you are following me and find that I am not following you, please email me and I will take care of that right away.  I had no idea when I started this blog, just five short months ago, that I would make so many friends – but I have been inspired, encouraged, and blessed beyond what I ever dreamed possible!  I appreciate each and everyone of you! 

I PARTICIPATED IN MY FIRST 5K (as a walker) on January 15th.  The purpose of the race was to raise funds for a school in Haiti.  I began training the week after Thanksgiving, thinking I would only do this race, since it was for a good cause – but I am hooked.  I found myself looking forward to training and looking for more races to participate in.  My husband is now on board and we will participate in a race together on Saturday.  I still have a hard time believing that I got off the couch and did it, but here I am crossing the finish line!

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I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ATTEND a couple of Antique Fairs recently.  My DH took me to the Renniger’s Extravaganza on January 16th.  It was the first time we had gone on a Sunday – it is a weekend long event – and it was not as good of a day as we have experienced in the past, on Saturdays.  Many of the dealers had left Saturday night, so there was not as much to see .  And it seemed that many of the ones who stayed had priced their goods on the high side – at least the prices were too high for my budget.  Then, yesterday we went to Arcadia for their monthly Antique Street Fair - it was a cold day for Central Florida and I think that kinda curbed my desire to shop.  I did find a few goodies at both fairs though.

At Renniger’s Extravaganza I got:

A couple of small heart molds, a heart cookie cutter, and a small heart shaped wooden bowl.

A small crockery jug - the one on the left.

And three wooden mashers.  (I guess I now have a collection.)  I displayed them on top of the Rolling Pin/Bowl Holder that I won from Firecracker Kid Primitives.

At Arcadia’s Antique Street Fair I got:

Several small tin items to add to my baker’s cabinet display – the box with lid, measuring cup, handled biscuit cutter, shaker, nutmeg grater, and cocoa container.
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A candle sconce – I had a couple like this years ago and wished I had kept them.  I have been looking for replacements and found this one – at a good price too!
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And a book with a blue cover – for my blue room.
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ABOUT MY BLUE ROOM – I had a lot of blue in our previous home and when we moved to this house (almost eight years ago) I thought I was tired of blue and did not use it at all in this home.  This fall I took some quilts to sell at a Street Fair that I participated in – and as the day progressed I kept looking at one of the quilts and thinking I don’t want to let that one go.  So I brought it home, spread it on the bed in one of the guest rooms, and fell in love with it.  The problem was that it didn’t go with anything else in the room.  Since then I have slowly been collecting blue and brown items for a room makeover.  Hopefully I will be able to share my makeover soon, but until then here is a teaser – a portion of the quilt that started my desire to do a room makeover.Arcadia January 2011 016
Wishing you all a blessed week and all the time you need to accomplish your heart's desires,



Michelle said...

Hi Sue,
Wonderful news about the 5K, you go girl, and go for me too! lol. I love all the treasures you found. Thanks for always stopping by and commenting, it means a lot to me!

bettyj said...

Hi Sue, I am glad you have just been busy and nothing was wrong, when you hadn't posted. Love you new finds. I realized after reading other blogs, that I have some blue too.
Have a great week.

Silvia said...

Wow you sure have been a Busy Bee. Well done on the 5K...I can't even walk that far no more.

Brenda said...

Congrats on the 5K and good luck with your next event!! You got some great things. I have a collection of the wooden mashers also.


Cabin Fever Primitives said...

Glad to hear from you again Sue. I also get to busy to post but always enjoy reading what others are doing. I posted today as well. Congrats on the 5K, I was into marathons years ago and know the satisfaction you fell when crossing that line. My longest was a a 25 mile walk for cancer, it was awesome.
Prim blessings from Missouri

cottageprims said...

Sue~ Wow what a accomplishment on the 5K!! I sometimes don't even want to take the dogs around the block.How wonderful how your dear hubby supports you in all you do.From walking to carrying your beloved prims to the car.Love your mashers they are one of my favorites.Csn't wait to see the blue room.The quilt is pretty I would have took it back too.Warm Blessings!~Amy

~Madalynne~ said...

Hi Sue.

Sounds like you have a very busy life. I have two grandchildren at the top of my priority list too and often fall behind with other things.

You picked up some wonderful pieces at the antique fairs. I miss going to them during the long winter months here in the northeast.

Thanks for sharing ~ Madalynne

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

hi, Sue!
You are busy>>busy!
I have missed seeing your posts!
Beautiful pics! My fav is of you doing the 5K, you go girl!
enjoy the day,

Angie Berry said...

Hi Sue! I've seen you around blogland so I thought I would come to your blog to meet you, glad I did!

How wonderful that you have and see your grandkids on a regular basis. Sports can keep a family busy! I have two in sports and my baby is 5 so I know what you mean about having time to post and comment regularly. But I delight greatly in blogging and seeing what all my prim friends are up to and making.

Congratulations on the 5k! That is awesome! I did a 5k fun run (which is walking) last year with a friend and had a great time. I know what you mean about being hooked. We have been looking for other 5k walks to enter but haven't been able to yet. It is enjoyable and they are always for a good cause... my favorite thing about them.

Love the goodies you bought. What a great start to your masher collection! I love your tin collection too! The blue quilt is beautiful. I've been thinking about making my bedroom a blue/brown room so I'm looking forward to seeing the progression of your room.

Have a delightful week~

Firecracker Kid said...

Wow Sue, I'm impressed, and you look great in the photo. That is a great feeling accomplishing such a feat and for a good cause to boot. My daighter participates in those and the bike races too.
It's good you stay mobile like you do, it'll keep ya young so ya can keep up with the grandkids. I love your old tins, and I've got tater mashers just like yours:)
Well, as we used to say in our younger days, "keep on truckin".

Kitty said...

Wow! I am lov'in all the pics in this post! I LOVE what you won from FireCracker Kid, it's gorgeous! And kudos for you on your 5K walk!! awesome!

Kimberly said...

GOOD FOR YOU ON YOUR 5K!!!! Thank you for sharing your items. It sounds like it was a lot of fun!!! Enjoy your day and keep walking ;) All My Best ~Kimberly