21 December 2007
19 December 2007
17 December 2007
I thought that I would join The Sparrow's Nest Cyber Christmas Cookie Exchange. Here is my favorite cookie recipe. David and I would make these whenever we were craving something sweet.
No Bake Cookies
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbl. cocoa
Bring to a boil and cook for 1 full minute. Remove from heat and add:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 t vanilla
3 cups oats
Stir and drop on wax paper. Cool for at least 30 minutes. These just get better the longer you let them sit.
at 2:34 PM
Good thing I don't have any readers yet. You'd think I had forgotten you. I promise to start writing now. I have more time and more thoughts.
To update, I am selling my house. Yes, another victim of too much money going out and not enough coming in. I will miss my little bungalow, but am looking forward to moving. I will be living with my middle niece and her family in the house that David and I lived in our whole time together. Guess that's where I should be, huh?
My little family is smaller, too. Duke decided to move on. One eveing this summer, he went out and never came home. I know what you're thinking, but I prefer to think he just found a new home. My oldest niece, her husband and two daughters were living with me at the time. There are times that I would have liked to find a quieter place to stay, so I certainly don't blame Duke.
at 9:18 AM
19 June 2007
The first is a favorite picture of Princess and Duke. The second is the 1st picture I took of Charlie.
Princess is the dog and just turned six last week. David raised her from birth and she was definitely Daddy's girl. She has been such a blessing since David's passing. She is an 80 lb Lab mix who thinks she's a lap dog.
Duke the Cat is one and thinks he's a street thug. He goes out and wanders the neighborhood for a day or two, but always comes running back to Mommy when he's hungry or tired.
Charlie is my other baby. He is also one and was a barn cat in his previous life. When I first brought him home, I wondered how a wild born cat would affect the family. I shouldn't have worried. He is the tamest of the bunch. He is also very jealous. He comes running from all corners of the house if he thinks his brother or sister is getting more attention. I love all 3 of my heathens.
at 12:38 PM
24 May 2007
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18 May 2007
Go sign up at http://mydealoftheday.blogspot.com/2007/05/got-junk.html for a bloggy Junk Swap. Anyone who likes to thrift and second hand shop has treasures that she doesn't know quite what to do with. So, box up yours and get some new from someone else. Remember, one man's trash is another's treasure!
at 8:28 AM
17 May 2007
23 April 2007
My family and I held a yard sale on Friday and Saturday(4/20 & 4/21). It went pretty well. We each got rid of our extra items, and others were able to get good deals on things they needed. My 2 oldest nieces sold quite a bit of baby/toddler items. I couldn't believe how many pregnant young ladies stopped by, considering I forgot to advertise the baby items. Since that was the largest category we had, they all teased me quite a lot.
We also sold some furniture and lots of this-n-thats. Of course, I spent all profits and then some at the auction Saturday night.
at 1:41 PM
17 April 2007
12 April 2007
Well, I finally took the plunge and started my own blog. Let me start by telling you a little about myself. As long as I remember, tag sales and thrift shops have been a passion of mine. I am not sure where this gene came from, as my mom is decidedly against the idea. She has said on many occasions that she has enough of her own junk.
I continued my hunts as an adult, filling my hope(less) chest with knick-knacks and whatnot. I met the love of my life a little later than most and we started up housekeeping in 2002 when he was 37 and I was 31. David also had a thrifty gene and unlike me, a mom who kept everything. We happily filled our little rental with second hand treasures and family heirlooms. Along the way, we discovered auctions. Our first treasure was an antique black lacquer table with six matching chairs that we "stole" for $125.
I discovered blogs when we were researching adoption. David was diagnosed with colon cancer not long after we married and we knew it would be unlikely that we could grow our family the old fashioned way. As he battled with the treatments and side effects, I moved onto blogs where people were dealing with the same thing. David lost his battle with colon and bone cancer in January 2006, and I had to find a reason to move on.
I decided to use the money that David left me to pursue another dream we shared. I started looking for a house to call my own and decorate with the things we'd collected together. I stumbled onto a 1912 Craftsman Style house in a quaint little village near my hometown. As fate would have it, it is located across from the auction house where we bought that table. So, I bought the house and started reading old home and decorating blogs to get ideas. From there I moved onto vintage blogs, thrifty blogs and simple living blogs. So, here I am. Welcome to My Second Hand Bliss.
at 11:06 AM