Thursday, May 25, 2017

Just One Chair

"The joy of flea market shopping comes not only from a great find, but also from that moment when you figure out how to breathe new life into an old piece."  -  unknown

Chairs aren't an item I typically search for at flea markets, but I saw a picture which sparked an idea that won't let go of me.  I kept the idea in mind as we were walking the labyrinth of vendors last weekend at the flea market extravaganza, the same one I got lost in the last time we visited.  (Read about it here.)

I found the perfect chair...then asked about the price.  

"The chair is $290.  It is a midcentury blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."  He lost me at the price.  Usually I listen respectfully learning about what I am attempting to purchase, research for my next inquiry.  But this time, I just wanted one dark chair.  

As the sky got darker with the threat of a storm, I felt the pressure to find a chair...any chair.  I tried not to look desperate pulling my rolling crate behind me and kept looking, vendors can smell desperate a mile away.  

Turning around to look for John I saw it.  A gently used dark chair.  I asked the gentleman how much then countered 5 dollars less, willing to meet in the middle.  He accepted my offer.  I hesitated...and decided to wait...maybe there was something better.  

The sky got darker, I knew I would never find the chair again if I walked any further away, or had to run to the car.  So I left my crate with John and rushed back to buy it.  The friendly gentleman smiled and said he knew I would be back.  He was happy and I was happy.  I am glad the rain pushed me to make up my mind.  

The rain started earlier than predicted, but we still stayed.  We moved our search indoors to the vendors in the barns.  Yep.  The goat barns had vendors.  Even with the rain it was a fun flea market day.

The idea that won't let go of me?  The picture above of my new chair isn't it.  I got sidetracked by sunflowers at Trader Joe. :)  Hopefully I will be able to share the idea that won't-let-me-go in a couple of weeks...

Today is Megan's last day of school.  She is happy, well...will be happy after her finals are finished this afternoon.  Oh to be young and free wouldn't want to go back.  I am perfectly happy right here. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Quiet Week

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more."  -  John Burroughs 

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."  -  Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's been a quiet week.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Along The Way

"Live simple, love well, and take time to smell the flowers along the way."  
 -  Mark Twain

We weren't to our final destination quite yet...but we found some little treasures.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Fins to the Left...

     "I love people who make me laugh.  I honestly think it's the thing I like the most, to laugh."  -  Audrey Hepburn

We were laughing uncontrollably.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

"People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder', and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.  This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves."  -  Salma Hayek

Thursday, April 20, 2017


"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat." 
 -  Laura Ingals Wilder
"My favorite weather is bird chirping weather."  
-  Terri Guillemets

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Little Magic...

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."  -  Roald Dahl

I wasn't looking for it...but I found a little magic.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Chilly Weekend

"We were meant to explore this earth like children do...unhindered by fear...propelled by curiosity and a sense of discovery."  -  unknown

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Slowing Down

"Without patience, we will learn less in life.  We will see less.  We will feel less.  We will hear less.  Ironically, rush and more usually means less."  -   Mother Teresa
"Slow down and enjoy life.  It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."  -  Eddie Cantor

Thursday, March 2, 2017


"Bloom where you are planted."  -  Mary Engelbreit

This is the first time it has happened in several Christmas cactus bloomed. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Long Weekend

'There is always a sunrise and always a sunset and it's up to you to choose to be there for it,' said my mother. 'Put yourself in the way of beauty.'  -  Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shades of Brown

"When you train your eyes to see the magic and miracles in the little things, you open the door for your whole life to shift."  -  Carol Woodliff

The warmish February afternoon was perfect for shooting.  Megan grabbed her bow and arrows.  I grabbed my Nikon.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

My Daughter's Portrait

"A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give." 
 -  Laurel Atherton
"Daughters hold our hands for a little while but hold our hearts forever."  
 -  unknown

Thursday, February 2, 2017


"Where focus goes energy flows...shift your focus toward where you want to go and your actions will take you in that direction."  -  Tony Robbins

Thursday, January 26, 2017


"What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?"  
 -  Anthony Bourdan
"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."  
 -  Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Is there one ingredient in your kitchen cabinet which you always add a little more of to the recipe than it recommends?

Thursday, January 19, 2017


"A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning
 of life."   -  Isadora Jones

I love my big sister.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted."  -  Bill Bryson
"One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."  -  Henry Miller