Sunday, November 30, 2008

Estate Sales -Diary

Sydney Estate Sales has been had estate sales for the past 22 years in western PA.

This was my first time going to an estate sale done by her. I will be keeping an eye on her website from this point on.

There was a beautiful hallway mirror that I just loved. Some of the scroll work around the mirror was broken and it was extremely heavy but I just loved it. $10.00
I did not have my car and it was too heavy. So I did not get it. Lots of items that could be used in a tea party. I did get some Japanese china snack sets. Hand painted.

There was also a mirror bar. At least I think it was a bar. The front door were touch release and inside were 2 glass shelves. not a single mirror broken or scratch or chipped. $25.00. Once again I could not carry it home other wise I know that would have been mine.

So I am hoping that both of those items will still be available when she does her super sale on Jan 3. I will save my shopping money so I can get them or something better if possible.

My sister told me after we had already left the sale that they were selling the woman's diary for a $1. She felt bad so she did not buy it.

I told her I would have loved to read her diary. By looking at the things that were in the house you can tell she was someone who value the older things she owned. There were some beautiful fur shawls from Kaufman's and Gimbel brothers. Vintage cotton dresses, little hats and a closet full of purses. A glass coffee table that had iron flowers underneath the glass. Lots of stuff that just made me think of early 1900's. I also got a faux leopard caplet. I cannot wear it but at $8.00 it can serve as a pattern so I can make something like it for myself.

I think that it is sad when all your possession are just put up for sales after you die. Items that you would have rather been split between your loved ones to keep in memory of you.

Her diary would be like reading an autobiography and I would have love to know more than she like to collect interesting tea cups.

My sister said the diary had a lock on it so what she wrote was private and it is a shame that her private thoughts could be had for a $1.00. Every one in the car quietly thought this over.

Then I said if you don't want it known don't write it down. I have kept diaries since I could write. Some of them I just threw away and others I still have. None of them have locks. I never write down what I do not want discovered. If it was important enough to keep secret then I do not write it down. I still keep diaries but they are not organized in any way.

If I should die I hope someone reads my diaries and I hope they learn a little more about me.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Treasures from Aunt Honey

You have heard me mention my Aunt Honey. She is in a nursing home connected to a feeding tube. My Aunt Hen visits her every day for 3 hours each day.


Recently My Aunt Hen came to accept that her sister will not be returning home. So she asked me to come and get all her clothing. Some of the clothes when to my cousin Lucy, the rest came to me.


The clothing is out date and for someone much older then I am but I am determine to make something usable out of each and every item that I had received from her.


I have been thinking about it daily and still have not decided where to start. I know I have to get started soon because they have taken over the sewing room.



This is just some of them. Other are folded up and place in the mattress that sits on the floor in my sewing room.

Aunt Honey never talked much she was born with some mental challenges but she took great care of us when we were little kids. She cooked for us and played games with us. Then She suffered a stroke and she was not as active as before but we still tried to find different ways to include her in our fun. As time went on we took more care of her than she did of us and that was OK.

It is very hard to see her unresponsive in a nursing home. She was active person. So I want to create items that will be used on a regular basis. Her belonging can be active even if she is not.

I want each items to reflect the love she had for us and our love for her. I want each item to be a little treasure given to us from Aunt Honey.

Friday, November 21, 2008

How would you feel?

How would you feel if your son's mother in law called you to tell you what you are doing wrong in regards to how you raise your children?


How would you feel if this woman told you that your son is weak and that he will never be a man because you spoil him?


How would you feel if this woman told you that all you did was make your son a dependent brat?





Yes, One of three strikes again.



Her daughter and son in law have been kicked out of the son's father's house. The father and son had some kind of argument and the father kicked them out so the daughter called mom to say " We are coming for an extended visit."





One of three was shocked to find them coming with all their clothes and computer etc to move into the daughers old bedroom.


Her problem is that her house is sooooo small and she can't have them living in her house. So I think her motivation is just to get them out of her house.


She said she was going to call the father in law and I said it is not your problem to address. What you need to do to set some firm rules for your house and do whatever necessary to get them out of your house.


She called her son in law"s father and said all the things listed above. I had to tell her to be quiet because she was talking so loudly.





When she got off the phone she was frustrated because she feels that she could not get her point across to the father. She turns and says to me


" Can you believe that?"


I replied " I can't believe you call H's father and said that to him."


"What, I am concern for my daughter and they have to get out of my house."



" If you felt it necessary to say something you say it to your daughter and to her husband!"





blank stare























I said " How would you feel if someone told you that your daughter was lazy and would never amount to anything because you spoiled her rotton."




"It would be a wake up call. That is all I was trying to do."







It was my turn to have the blank stare.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I can be a master of my craft in 10 years!

I read a blog called A Dress A Day. Erin, post some wonderful stories of dresses and the lives they had. She also post about the dresses she makes for herself and vintage dress patterns. I am not sure who recommended her to me but I love the blog.

You should ready her post for today.

You also need to read the article in the Guardian

So according to Malcom Gladwell I need to practice 3 hours a day or 20 hours a week for the next 10 years and I can be a master of the whatever I decide to do! It's not about being gifted it's about how much work you put into it. I always thought that but now I an test it out.

Will it be sewing, crochet, needlework, drawing, writing, computers, .......... what will it be.

If you look at that list they can all be use in art. So I will practice and this will enable to accomplish my own study of this theory and become more accomplish at my artist ability.

So as Erin says it just a matter of time what do you want to master?

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Little out of whack.

My blog recently has not been about creating much of anything. I really have to get back on track with creativity! I guess I have not yet got it together.



I had my 5th anniversary on Saturday and I did enjoy hanging out with family, listening to music with a nice cold drink. We were all together not to celebrate my anniversary but to morn a family member.

It's cool to look at all the pictures taken over the years and remember what you were doing and what the person meant to you. It was my 1st cousin Lucy's husband who died. When we were growing up she was like a big sister to me and when she is not acting crazy I will refer to her as my sister.

When is acts like she lost her mind she just a cousin...........



a distant cousin.

My D & C is schedule for December 9. I will be happy to have it done so I can get some sense of how my cycles are going to be. My last cycle ended on October 6, and there is no indication of a cycle so far. I know that I am not with child because this is how my cycles started acting when I was given the mis diagonsis of being prememopausal.

What I really want is everything to be back like it was. My cycles were so right on time I could tell you what time of day they started. I liked it that way. If it was off any little bit I knew something was wrong. So I used any differences in my cycle as a health barometer.

Now that the health barometer is out of whack so am I! I guess I am just a little unwell.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Change.

You know things are changing when a 5 year old little cousin hands me the remote control to the TV.

That part is not so unusual.

I ask him what he wants to watch.

He said " Turn on Obama he's winning." So I sat with my cousins little boy and watch elections returns.

Each time a new state shape appeared on the screen he would ask what state was it and if Obama won that one. He was truly watching it in between playing with his transformers robot toy. His attention span was no more or less than when he is watching Sponge bob.

CONGRATS TO PRESIDENT ELECT SENATOR OBAMA.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Need time to sit and think

This weekend with the weird direction my mind was taking me, and the hectic pace of the weekend. I needed to calm down. I tried to just sit and think but for some reason my husband thinks it strange for me to sit without the TV or Radio playing. No nothing is wrong I just need to think. He felt it necessary to barrage with a lot of nonsense questions so I went into the bathroom. This is the most uncomfortable place to sit and think unless you are sitting in hot bubbly tub. I am 5’9” tall one day I will have a tub made to fit one of the tall basketball players so I can really know what it means relax and soak in a tub.

So I just go to lie in my bed so I can think. I fell asleep.

Sunday after going over my Auntie house to say good bye to a visiting cousin I finally sat down. I started crocheting my hat for the winter ….could not concentrate. I am crocheting in the round with a boucle yarn. For me the first few rounds take a little bit of concentration and then it’s all good.

Then I decided to draw my saffron flower.








I am not sure I this is the best I can do. Usually after drawing it a couple hundred times it begins to look the way I want it to. But I did this for my Needlepoint project.

I traced it on to the 14 count needlepoint canvas and I thought I had followed all the directions carefully unfortunately that was not the case. I did not leave 2 inches around the picture especially at the top.

You really can't see it that well because these pictures were taken with the cell phone.

So I will save this canvas for use on something else and then take the proper measurements and restart the project.

I just got another call from my cousin now her father has been moved to a hospice and is not expected to make it to the weekend. So the family is being called to rally round and support each other.

I guess I will have to sit and think someother time.

Mind drifting in weird directions.

Friday after work I went to a wake for my cousin's father in law. He did in FL and her and her husband had to make all the arrangements for the wake and funeral while driving on the road. To add to her stress her father who is in a nursing home is now being moved to a hospice.

When she called me she was trying to be strong for her husband to lean on and at the same time call people to get everything in place. As well as emotionally deal with what was going on with her father.

My sisters and I got food together for the family after the wake on friday. And I help get the food together on Saturday at the Church.

Strangely enough even though I had no signs of AF that is what came to mind. So while I am serving chicken to people my mind started drifting in a way that is weird even for me.
I was thinking of my cycle and started counting from October 6 last day of AF last visit.

I know that I have a D & C the first week of december . I also know that my cycle has been messed up for months. But I really wanted to get some sense of normalcy to my routine. I guess that I will have to wait until after December to get any sense of normalcy since after the procedure I am expected to bleed for 14 days more or less.

It was just weird to be thinking about when AF will start when my usual routine is to avoid the visit at all cost.