I’ve spent the weekend working around the house and have made some progress. That is not to say that things are tidy and orderly, but they’re a bit better. I’m not sure exactly what my difficulty is with getting organized and staying that way. I suspect it may be that I have more things than I have room for. When you don’t have enough “away,” it’s hard to put things away.
It was a gorgeous weekend here, and unfortunately I didn’t really get to enjoy it, although today Greg and I did go out to the flea market. (Reference the last sentence of the previous paragraph.)
I bought a few old, hand crocheted potholders and doilies, but those were not my “big” purchases. I bought a box of old Christmas ornaments for $2, and a Winart Pottery Teapot for another $2. It’s pink with brown on it and a very large teapot. I will try to get a photo soon and post it. From my reading online tonight I understand Winart Pottery operated in Miami, Oklahoma from 1951 to 1972. This is in great shape but I guess I need to find out if it’s something people are trying to collect before I start putting boiling water into it. I bought it just to use as a teapot but I’d hate to ruin something that someone would just love to have for a collection. So, I’ll check into that a bit.
You may have noticed photos on the blog are harder to come by these days. The reason is not that I’ve lost interest in doing that, it’s because my computer has gotten slow in its old age. Twice now I have been at Best Buy and said, “Okay, I’ll take this one…” and they don’t have it in stock. At this point I think I should wait until the day after Thanksgiving and see if there are any spectacular bargains. Although that seems a long time for now it’s only about seven weeks. Anyway, if you’ve noticed I haven’t been working with the blog as much that’s why. It is a real struggle to log into the necessary programs sometimes. Rest assured that as soon as the computer is replaced I will be bombarding the blog with at least one post a day, and sometimes more. This thing has served me well, but it is ready to be retired soon.
I took this photo in Iowa last weekend, outside an Amish bakery. It was a real Amish bakery, with no electric lights. I guess all the baking is done with gas. I live near an Amish community and I respect the ideals, but I have to say I’m always a bit puzzled by these sorts of things. The idea is to remain separate from “the English,” as they call the non-Amish. It’s hard for me to see how having a retail business guaranteed to draw the very people you supposedly want to keep your distance from fits into that picture. I’m always curious about such things that seem to be complete contradictions to me. I’m sure there’s more to it than I understand.
This has been a nice weekend – the first one I’ve had completely free in a few months. I can’t say I’ve done anything that most folks would find enviable, but I needed to be in my house and quiet and somewhat still. I haven’t had much stillness lately, and I need some of that every week. Just like I need some alone time.
The last couple of weeks have been beautiful here, but they’re saying later this week it is going to get cold and we might even have some snow. I’m not ready for that yet. I haven’t even fully enjoyed the garden yet, and they’re talking about snow. The seasons are moving too quickly for me. In fact, the whole world is moving too quickly for me at the moment. I need things to slow down just a little bit so I can fully enjoy and appreciate them.
I talked to Mary Ann yesterday. She goes for her surgery Monday to remove the lung cancer. It will probably be about noon when they start. We’re very optimistic – it’s a small place and they anticipate they’ll be able to remove all of it, but it’s always frightening when your loved ones are having any kind of surgery. Your good thoughts are most appreciated.
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