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Vintage Roost Show in Full Swing!

2011-05-13T09:50:35.434-07:00


It is awesome! (I couldn't shop, you can only shop during show hours, even if you are a vendor, so the best goods are there for everyone)! There are beautiful french baskets to hang like wreaths on your front door, darling artist-made birdies (I adore the pink and the white!), freshly made soap, French market bags, pretty hand painted signs (my fave this time is pink of course) and says "Pretty Posies." Awwwww...

Deb and De also have cool hand made cabinets, live plants, posies, plenty of cool garden decor, cottage color coordinated kitchen cannisters, teapots, cups and saucers, beautiful vintage things including; linens, pictures, chandeliers, gorgeous pictures, tables, potting benches, and will have fresh baked goods and confections. I must get there as a customer to look around again. Everything is looking awesome! Deb and De redecorate every week! It is a show not to be missed! :)

Love,

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If You Give a Mom a Muffin (the poem)

2011-05-10T17:29:26.949-07:00

This post is dedicated to another Mom...  my grandson Brock's Mama.  Her name is Tannia, and besides being Brock's Mom, she is also the only Mom to her young step-kids (2), and 2 little girls she had with her new husband.  So, five children!  She loves and adores each one equally, and makes sure they are safe, protected, educated and clean and cute.  Sheesh, I thought having two was a struggle at times!  Tannia does it all, and is constantly busy, with the energy of 10 people!  Amazing.  She also welcomes us and our son as treasured close family members.  Also, I love her tremendously.  Here's to you, Honey!Oh, and she laughs hysterically at my foibles and the goofy things I end up doing and saying. IF YOU GIVE A MOM A MUFFINIf you give a mom a muffin,She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.She'll pour herself some.Her three-year-old will spill the coffee.She'll wipe it up.Wiping the floor, she'll find dirty socks.She'll remember she has to do laundry.When she puts the laundry in the washer,She'll trip over boots and bump into the freezer.Bumping into the freezer will remind hershe has to plan for supper.She will get out a pound of hamburger.She'll look for her cookbook("101 Things To Do With a Pound of Hamburger").The cookbook is setting under a pile of mail.She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.She will look for her checkbook.The check book is in her pursethat is being dumped out by her two-year-old.She'll smell something funny.She'll change the two-year-old's diaper.While she is changing the diaper, the phone will ring.Her five-year-old will answer and hang up.She'll remember she wants to phone a friend for coffee.Thinking of coffee will remind herthat she was going to have a cup.And chances are... If she has a cup of coffee,Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.~author unknownI hope you all had a nice Mother's Day!  I didn't get to see my kids but I heard from them, and we had a nice lunch with my "baby" brother and his girlfriend Karen at a very nice restaurant in Portland.photo courtesy of nibbler.comLove,[...]



"The" Wedding! (Royal Watching)

2011-05-08T21:26:50.567-07:00

I know, I know, I'm Irish!  What was I doing watching the Royal Wedding?  My Dad wouldn't be happy!  See though, I had my Belleek display in full glory right with the dahlink tea towel I had to have.  Isn't it the cutest??  

It's from Claudia Pearson on Etsy!  She ran out of her first batch of these, so I didn't think I'd get it in time!  But, in my mailbox the afternoon before the wedding, there it was!  I just love it.  Thank you Claudia!



My hubby took truckloads of my vintage things (I'm not kidding) to the Vintage Roost in Albany, which is in full swing and going every Friday and Saturday through May.  I need to post about it!  I shall...

Love,
Sheila

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OPERATION COTTAGE!

2011-03-19T11:11:22.125-07:00

Hi!  Did you get excited for a minute thinking that we had sold our home?  Nope, go ahead and start breathing again.  No houses are selling in this darling little town of late (or much of anywhere really), so I don't have a miracle to announce (yet, that is)!  Oh how I have loved this home! It is ready to go to another special family whose needs it will serve as well as it did ours for the 7 years Mom was with us.  Oh, speaking of selling the house... we are offering a $1,000 Visa gift card to anyone that refers someone who ends up buying it!  (Not kidding)!  If it doesn't sell soon, we'll be renting it.  Because we just bought a new (older) cottage! So, onward!  We are downsizing (way down)!  Whew, what a project it is to get rid of a big houseful of stuff you won't have room for anymore.  (Project still ongoing)! :)  We found a cute -little- cottage which I will be telling you all about as time goes on!  Who ever said I don't like a little decorating challenge? (little)?  Anyway, here it is.  I have most of it planned (I think), but am totally open to ideas. Just shout out with your input!  It is a totally blank little teeny canvas.  Oh, by the way, we take possession NEXT FRIDAY!  Good grief!Ready for a quick tour?Living room looking into dining room(yes that air conditioner in the wall will be among the first things to go)!For now, I'm not changing the colors, it is freshly painted, and the color isn't bad.Living roomDining roomWee KitchenBreakfast RoomBreakfast room 2nd view My Workshop/Studio(it is really big, 2 sliding glass doors, heated, and that white door is a huge storage closet).  Yes, that is astro turf, not green carpet! (Shouldn't be too hard to remove).More pics as time goes on! It will be nice to be able to clean and then move bit by bit so that we can see what fits and more of what we need to get rid of.Love,[...]



Happy St. Patrick's Day!

2011-03-17T13:46:17.279-07:00


Did you know that in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day, what they do is to go to mass and then go home and have a nice quiet dinner. Yep, it's true! No green beer, or beads, or parades, and they've never heard of corned beef. Hope I didn't burst a bubble. Just sayin'. It IS the prettiest country ever, and I am proud to be of Irish Heritage! :) Hurray!

Here's my favorite Irish Toast:

"There are wooden ships and metal ships
(the ships that sail the sea),
but the best ships are "friendships"
and may they always be!"

Here's to ya!

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To Cheer You!

2011-03-11T09:51:29.954-08:00

You have to see this, it is just darling and it will brighten your day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLPp4gXUY3o&feature=player_detailpage



Love,

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A Stroll Down Memory Lane

2011-03-09T11:33:45.669-08:00

So curious how the timing of things in life somehow happens.  Our house is for sale, our son's house in Denver is for sale, and in Big Fork, Montana (my kids told me tonight)  our old family place (my Dad & Step Mom's former home) is also up for sale.  It's called O'Duac'hain (Our family name "Doohan" in Gaelic).  It feels so odd probably (maybe) because besides some of the decor, (and furniture) the next owners never really changed it..  They added the pavillion, but everything else (inside and out) remains the same.  Very bittersweet, but I'm glad I've seen it again. They were in at least two decorating magazines in the 90s (it did look prettier and more dramatic then).   ANYWAY, it was awesome, and I want to share it with you.  They ran a very successful bed and breakfast in it (when we weren't taking the rooms away from the paying guests)!  :)  My little brother died while they were living there, so it was the setting for our grief and love and the sharing of our memories of him.  We also had a lot of fun there and have some wonderful memories.  When we rode, they gave me "Bud the riding Mule"... they must have thought I was clumsy or something.  At night there it was pitch black and the stars were so bright and so close.  I guess that's why they call it "Big Sky Country."  Lovely.  We're all headed back to Montana this summer to do both of our parent's memorials in the town where they were born (Anaconda).The guest house.  I almost had a severely injured hubby (then fiance) from a crazy construction idea of my Dad's.  It involved Brent on the roof holding on to tools and a rope, with my Dad on a tractor on the other side of the building... the rope attached to the tractor!  That was a sight I'll never forget!  :)  There were a lot of construction "mishaps"! Master bedroomWe all had wonderful times there, and my boys had so many adventures and memories of a lifetime on their summer trips there!  They worked hard, but LOVED it.  One summer when Billy was there, they had Niel Bush (dub-ya's brother) and family and secret service staying there.  What a learning experience for all of them.The front door.  One time they had an icicle that went from the peak of the roof to the foot of the deck, and you could barely get your arms around it.  We went ice fishing on that visit.  (I had to have my full make up and hair to go ice fishing)!  Back in the day! Two carved Irishmen pointing the way in.Tony's Memorial.  He was 20 when he passed away in 1989.Life is rich, but it wouldn't be unless we had both happy and sad.Here is the listing, it has more pics: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/675-N-Ferndale-Dr-Bigfork-MT-59911/2128918910_zpid/Love,[...]



Journaling

2011-01-26T14:27:49.404-08:00

Just waiting for the carpet guy, thought I would share my lady and some of my favorite lyrics from Jewel. It's a 2 page spread inside my journal, so I had to kind of mash it to scan the whole thing. Hope you're having a great day!


Love,
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My Dad: May 15, 1936-January 12, 2011

2011-01-20T19:05:52.352-08:00


In loving memory of my father, Thomas P. Doohan, Sr. Ph.d, retired superintendent of schools, Montana.  Born and raised in Anaconda, Montana and lived in many places!

Father of six, taught many, loved deeply.  I always thought of him as the "pied piper"...  he was so charismatic.  Wherever he was, he always had the whole room in his spell in very short order, and then he kept them as followers and friends.  He lived very large and was bigger than life.  He wanted to do it "all" and to be honest, he pretty nearly did.

I love you, Pop.

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Yes, I am still here! (And one pretty thing)...

2010-12-29T11:38:19.403-08:00

I'm still here hiding out hanging in and praying hard.  Whew, am I the only one thrilled and relieved to be ushering in a NEW year?  I've been pretty scarce in blogland for many reasons, and I'm anxious to put them all behind me.

You know I have a "thing" for chandeliers.  Look at this one, isn't it cool?!  I only know one or two people gutsy enough to take such a project on, but it sure is pretty to look at!

It's from here.
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Mush Warning!

2010-12-06T11:44:20.287-08:00

No, not this kind of mush

The other kind

My husband and I have known each other for almost 30 years and we've been together over 20 years.  Last week I had to meet him one evening for a business function. (Those things always make me a little nervous... he knows that so he really appreciates it when I go).  After the evening was over he said "I love introducing you to people, you are always like a breath of fresh air!"

Awwwww.  I know, I know.  He is wonderful and I'm very blessed.

He still makes my heart skip a beat.

I warned ya.

Love,

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So Much to be Thankful For!

2010-11-22T07:46:04.207-08:00

We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!  I will miss cooking (but not too much)!  We are going to our Grandson's house.  I just say "his house" as kind of a "short cut"... the long version is harder to explain, but here goes...  our son Bill and daughter-in-law Tannia had our Grandson Brock together around 7 years ago.  They are great parents, but things didn't work out in their relationship so a few years later, our daughter-in-law married a nice guy named Alec.  Alec already had two children of his own (Alyssa and Alec Jr.), then he and Tannia had two little girls together (Molina and Rosie).  Our son Bill lives not too far away and is a very good Daddy. Everyone gets along wonderfully (thank you, Lord) and we all get together frequently.  Alec and Tannia have a cute house on the same property as her parents (grandparents right on the same premises... perfect, huh)?  Are ya still with me?  They are about 3 hours away and that's where we are going for Thanksgiving!Sooooooooo, very long story short, I'm making the oreo cookie favors with the 5 kids!  What fun, I can hardly wait!  They are all so cute!  Anyhoo... I'm deciding which ones to make.  The turkey above comes from here (Cookies and Cups blog, and she gives a detailed tutorial)!  It is darling, but I think I like the free standing ones better, especially for smaller kids.  Isn't it cute though?  It's head makes me giggle.  Do you know what it is??Oh My Goodness!  Have you ever???  I could have gone my entire life not knowing about these (and am sure I will wish I had)!  What a concept.These  from Thrifty Fun are cute too:These pilgrim hats are cute too, but I can envision a whole lot of chaos (and plenty of sticky hair) at the mere mention of such a thing! (And that's just with ME doing it alone)...These with the wings and purplish feet are darling:But I think I'll go with these... they come from "Grandma Ideas dot com"... perfect, no?Happy Thanksgiving!Love,[...]



Our House is for Sale!

2010-10-24T10:02:48.111-07:00

Hi!  We just put our house up for sale!  It give me a great opportunity to show you better pics of it!  Our realtor took great photos!  Oh, and the price... A-Maz-Ing!  It is priced way under the market at $299,900 for a quick sale!  It was most recently appraised for $367,000, and our realtor told us not to price it any lower than $324,000 but we are ready! :)  Oh, and it is dual living!  When we built the house we built in a darling apartment in the daylight walk-out basement for my Mom.  So, if you know anyone wanting to live in Mt. Angel, Oregon it is an awesome gorgeous area.  Ok, enough with the advertising already!  On with the tour...I love it when it rains just before a house pic is taken.  It makes everything look so fresh outside (well, just the blacktop but I still like it)!Livingroom...KitchenThis pic turned out kind of wonky in shape...Kitchen and dining room areaMaster bedroomMaster bathGuest bathroomGuest Bedroom(aka/ our Grandson's bedroom when he visits aka/study with built in work area)Guest bedroom different viewPatio off kitchen, it is up high and has views of the trees in the neighborhood...Stairs from living room to the lower level (which is handicapped accessible from lower carport as well)... There are also stairs outside leading from the upper patio to the lower carport/patio.Lower level living room with 2nd fireplaceLower level kitchenLower level MasterYep, that's a walk-in closet.  She didn't take any pics of the lower level master bathroom, but I just redecorated it (well, the whole lower level), and it is contemporary and awesome!Lower level guest bathroomOur realtor is Rosie Wilgus and she is with Coldwell Banker.  We love her!So there you have it! Love,[...]



Some People are SOOO Creative!!

2010-10-19T13:19:59.656-07:00

Can you even believe it?  How ultra-cool is this?  Mason jar chandelier!  Right up my alley, I tell ya!I got this image from Kara Parslay designs blog, via Heather's cute blog: Lucky Star Lane.  You girls ROCK!  Now there are two more blogs to add to my several miles long blog "favorites" list.What about this one?  I know we've all seen the wine bottle chandeliers, but I think this one is cool, and apparently a knock off of PB, and was featured in the Oregonian.  I got the pic from Recycled Lovlies blog.I consider myself creative, but I think I may have been in a bit of a slump lately!  Know what I mean?  I look through magazines and stores and art projects and get SOOO excited I work myself up into an absolute lather!  Then what?  Um, I don't know.  Sometimes I follow through, sometimes I can't, and sometimes I make excuses just don't do it.  I can no longer use time as an excuse.  I think also I truly have ADD!  I flit from one idea to another at the speed of light, get really excited, don't write the ideas down when I think of them (or see them), and then it's all kind of a tangled mess in my mind!  :)  I have Fibromyalgia, and they refer to it as "fibro fog."  Whatever.  I'll take clarity any day!This one really isn't my style, but it sure is darling and creative!  I have an idea for one (of course I do!), but using vintage bits. How many chandeliers do I have, you ask?  Well um, that depends... installed and in use?  In studio/storage room/ on display but not hooked up/ on display and wired for lamps?  Let's just say a small (small, I tell you!) "collection" and I better leave it at that!You know, I just thought of something!  My cousin Kathy in Montana (I've left out the town so she has some anonymity) has a similar "affinity" for lamps...  Hmmm, I'm thinking it's just an incurable genetic issue, don't you?  (Sorry I 'outed' ya, Kath)!Love,[...]



Happy in the Midst of Anything!

2010-10-13T10:17:29.931-07:00


Sometimes the best and most wonderful lessons can be learned by our little ones!  "Happy as a pig in slop" comes to mind.  Humans can be happy in "slop" too!  Our lives can be turned upside down, and still we can know that joy runs deeper than despair. The Lord loves us and gives us hope even at times we're in the "slop" I think this is a wonderful life lesson, don't you?

photo credit: courtesy of the cutest grandson ever!

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Whew, I'm Finally Back!

2010-10-07T09:44:51.686-07:00

Hi, did you think I was lost forever?  It felt like it. Yes, the most dreaded event occurred... my computer broke!  I've been "out of commission" for a few weeks.  Did you ever stop to think how much we depend on these things?  (Well, if you've ever had yours broken, I guess you have)...  I look up so many things on my computer... phone numbers, answers to questions, trivial unknown facts, you know.  And of course keeping in touch by email and blog!


It wasn't quite this bad, but tragic enough!  My computer genius friend (and former co-worker) had several computers in line ahead of mine, so I patiently waited my turn.  (You know patient = me)! 

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It was a virus!  I got an email from a blog friend with a title that didn't seem like her (it wasn't), so why I opened it, I'm still not sure.  When I read it, I knew it was bad because the syntax of the sentences was not at all from someone familiar with the English language.  Why didn't I put it in my junk/spam folder before I opened it?  Well, that's the question of the year!  I shut down the computer, and when I turned it on again, I got the "blue screen of death."  Tragic.  So a few weeks and over $100 later, I'm back in "business."  What was I doing in the meantime?  Well you know me...


Ok, maybe not really but I can dream!  So glad to be back!

Love,
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Beloved Mother, Grammy, Sister, Auntie and Friend

2010-08-31T16:56:48.594-07:00

Shirley Esther Kuney-Doohan


October 3, 1935 - August 30, 2010

My sweet Mom passed away early this morning after a long illness.

"In my Father's House there are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also."  
John 14:2-3


With love and precious memories,
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A Few Small Summer Adventures

2010-07-25T15:50:44.553-07:00

See, there has been some fun this summer!A little silliness here and there is always called for, don't you think?  He was unsure and a little nervous on his first ferry ride, but by the next one he was confident and pretending he was hanging off the doorway.And even a little boldness from me for finally showing you a photo of myself after all of this time.  I guess like Popeye, I must admit that "I yam what I yam."  (Subject to change to better, of course)! There have been some "historical" moments...  Even moments of extreme bravery from our favorite 7 year old...Lots of happiness and pride  in his bravery... Even Papa did some fun things!  2 stories up is no small task! (He was the only one brave enough to do this)...Now for the "etcetera..."  What's this?  My Mom's livingroom (downstairs in her apartment at our house) with furniture all stuffed into her living room??Why?  And what in the world is this thing below in her kitchen?? If you know what this machine is, notice the drywall and cabinets all pulled out and the floor partially removed, then you know what else has been going on for us.  Which by the way, is not covered by insurance (a little fact that I hope you never have to experience for yourself)... If you don't know what it is, good!  May you never see such a thing again!  :)Let's return to a little fun, shall we?Goooooooooooo, Volcanoes!I hope you are having fun this summer and that it is filled with all good things!Love,[...]



Woo Hoo!! (-or- Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder)!

2010-06-15T18:51:22.051-07:00

I know, I know these pictures may look scary to you, but they're beautiful! Want to know why??? I finally cleaned out my studio! This has been a LONG unending (need I say forever?) saga!  Hello, my name is Sheila and I have had a problem! This studio is huge and even has an additional storage area with a sink as part of it, which I didn't get pics of yet.  It has been largely unused.  Then why (you may ask) do I have art supplies tucked upstairs in my master closet and a cabinet in my kitchen?  And why have I made my kitchen counter tops a little less shiny?  (You know how it happens... spots of mediums, gesso, paint, solder, acid, more paint).  Well because my "studio" has been stuffed!  Floor to ceiling, wall to wall,stacked a mile high full of "stuff" I wanted to save or couldn't part with.  You literally couldn't stand, sit or turn around in here)! Ugh.  The shame of it all!  There has been reason after reason, excuse after excuse and they all seemed somewhat reasonable at the time.Over the past few years, I've had Joy help me a few times, the DH help me once, flew a niece out here once to "get 'er done" but there was so MUCH junk so many treasures... it was never really close to being done. (I had spaces at some antiques malls years ago, and still had some "really good stuff!)."  In the interest of full disclosure, in the past few years, I've had people take more than a few pick up loads of "cool things" out of here for themselves!The shoulder surgery is healed and I have been feeling suffocated!  There are so many projects I've wanted to do, but it was always such a hassle doing things upstairs in the kitchen and dining room with messes encroaching on our "real" day to day life.  I know I have a lot of decorating to do!  I've been planning for a long time, but I'm going to let my thoughts perk a little longer before I start that.Right now I'm basking in the empty spaces.  I've actually gone downstairs a few times, turned on the light, walked around down there, taken a deep breath to see if it is real, and then happily gone back upstairs again.   I even insisted on having my Mom struggle with her walker through her hallway to come in and take a look!  She is happy for me too!  There is a lot of furniture to paint, lots of surface to cover, lots of arranging and organizing and I'm quite content with that.You know I'm very picky about decorating my home and keeping things pretty, so it took a lot of inner "umph" to share this with you.  And there (as they say), you have it!Smiling inside and out,[...]



More Tarte!

2010-06-14T17:00:41.641-07:00

More photos of Cindy's Tarte event in May! Please check her blog for her schedule of upcoming shows. She is amazing and you'll have a blast.Isn't she talented? Kind of makes you relax and say "Ahhhhhhhhhhh..." doesn't it?Hugs![...]



The Queen of Tarte! Love Her!

2010-06-11T17:38:47.141-07:00

I went to Cindy's monthly Queen of Tarte sale a few weeks ago.  It is always so exciting to go, she is uber talented.  She is also one of the sweetest people I know.  I've known her for almost 8 years... we met at an antique mall in Salem where I was a vendor and she was a guest artist/vendor several times, showcasing her very cool style.I have never heard a coarse or negative word come from Cindy about anyone.  She is sweet and giving and a person with true class and grace.  She is a rare bird stylistically and as a person, authentic and true.Isn't the one below awesome??Check Cindy's blog for her Barn Sale schedule every month in Oregon City!  If you haven't gone yet, treat yourself!Here is one of the treasures I had to bring home:My photo doesn't do it justice, this lamp is so beautiful.  It's very heavy and tall and Cindy created the shade herself!  So cool, don'tcha think? :)  I'll take a pic of it in my home later and I'll post more pictures of Cindy's show tomorrow.Hugs,[...]



This Little Girl Has it Going On! Jessica's "Daily Affirmation"

2010-05-20T22:58:33.474-07:00

Oh my gosh, what more do you need than an attitude like this? Jessica is my new hero (ok, heroine)!

I saw this video of Jessica on the Sugar Sugar blog (which I also love) and just had to share it with you.
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Have a great day! (How could you miss after seeing this)?

Love,
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Paris Rags... created by a Most Talented and Precious Lady!

2010-05-18T14:38:50.897-07:00

Could you just die over this?  I know, me too!  Guess what?!  It belongs to me! Aren't I a lucky girl?  I don't know how I found Kimberly of Paris Rags and Shabby Rose Studio, but I am so glad (and blessed) that I did!  If you go to her site at Shabby Rose Studio, don't forget to go to also look at her clothing at Paris Rags. You can also get to it from her blog.  It is under Romantic Clothing and then Queen's Originals.  Or look at everything, you'll have so much fun looking at Kim's things!  She uses vintage linens and lace in most of her pieces, so they are very special! You can barely see the pants below the blouse, but after I bought the blouse and it arrived, I saw what beautiful fabric and quality it was so I had to order the "bloomers".  I love the outfit and I'm wearing it to a wedding in a few weeks!  Speaking of weddings... Kim is also making my dress for our son's wedding in August!  I am so excited and would never have chosen anyone else.Oh yes, and Kim personally DYES the clothing she makes, and of her pieces are made with vintage linens and lace.  I'm still swooning even though I've had this a little while.  I had it hanging in my bedroom for the longest time, just for me to look at and enjoy.  Kim's clothing is really couture and you will love it.  The prices are also very reasonable.I always wish I were thin, but ohhhh this dress below makes me wish it so much more!Thank Heavens she makes them in Women's sizes too!Thank you Kim, so much!Love,[...]



Oh My Goodness! The Vintage Roost Spring Sale!

2010-04-27T13:42:24.758-07:00

I forgot to tell you!  The Spring sale at the Vintage Roost in Albany started Friday!  Here are the details because I know you won't want to miss it!  This show is put on 4 times per year by my friend Debbie.  She has the cutest little shop on her own property in a most gorgeous setting.  Debbie finds great artists and vendors from all over the region and changes the whole arrangement and adds new items every weekend.  I love to visit this show and hope I have a chance to get there for a few minutes between now and the closing day of May 15th.  You will love Debbie, she is SO sweet and talented!


Love,
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They Said She Wouldn't Have Any Pain...

2010-04-23T12:58:59.692-07:00

My Mom.  They were wrong and I'm upset about it. With whom, I don't know. Just the situation I suppose. I'm glad my Mom lives with us and that we can help her on this journey, but the oncologist said she wouldn't have any pain. He said she would just get more tired and sleep more and more, and then peacefully go to sleep one day and not wake up. That was over four months ago. She wasn't expected to last this long. She is still pretty much taking care of herself except for dinner, which we prepare and have with her. Hospice workers come 3 times a week to help her bathe and they clean up around her place. Hospice has several people coming... a pastor a nurse and a massage therapist all once a week. This past week she started having back and abdominal pain.  She of course is taking medication for the pain, but we just didn't think it would come to this.I haven't written about this in a long time because I don't like to make people sad. But this is real and my life, and I want to be able to look back on all of it, not just the pretty, fluffy fun parts of it. It is very controversial... talking about one's personal life on one's blog, but I think that belief misses the point (for me anyway).My life is good, and it is usually happy. It will become "normal" again someday, it will just be a new "normal" that will take some time (and patience) to get used to.One night in February I went down to my Mom's (we built a house with an apartment/dual living feature for my Mom 6 years ago)....  I had jumped out of bed and had to run and tell her this in case she didn't make it through that night.  I meant to just tell her I love her, but it turned into something more difficult.  I was crying uncontrollably and all I could say was "I don't want you to go, I just don't want you to leave..."  Poor Mom.  She said "it's time, baby."  Of course that made me cry harder.  I meant to go comfort her, and here she was having to comfort me.The other day when I was thinking about her pain something dawned on me.  Maybe she couldn't leave because she was staying for me (after my big embarrassing production a few months ago).  I am 53 for Heaven's sake!  So yesterday I went downstairs (I started crying again. UGH, what's the matter with me)??  I looked her in the eye and said "it's okay for you to go.  Really it's okay, I will be fine.  I know you will be here with me.  I hope you give me a "signal" so I am positive you're here :).  It will be nice for you to see your Mom and Dad and your Granny and your baby you didn't have the chance to hold much."  She said "it's time."  This time, I said "I know, Mom.  I know, and I will be fine.  You will be happy and I will meet you there.  It's okay for you to go."I'm not sure, but now maybe she will feel like she really can go and we'll be fine.  She is very sweet, and I have never heard her say a mean thing to anyone (ever).  Unlike me, she is very quiet and doesn't feel the need to tell people (even her children) exactly what she thinks or tell them her opinion, or that their decisions or choices might be wrong, or what might be a good idea for them to try instead.  She knows people will figure things out for themselves anyway.My Mom is 74 and my Dad will be 74 in May if he makes it. They are young.  I know people in their 80s a[...]