Fall is in the air!

It’s chilly in my house this morning! Time to break out the fleece throws!

Yesterday we had beautiful weather! Crisp and cool in the morning and warm and sunny in the afternoon! I visited a local craft fair in New Berlin, PA and many stands were selling fall/autumn decorative items. I didn’t need any fall decorations, but DID make some sweet purchases of some vintage ‘small ware’ pieces.

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I snagged a well built and well used hatchet for $10.00! It has a good ‘feel’ to it and was happy to find this item! This is something I’ve been wanting and needing as I like to build ‘camp’ fires outside and I’ve needed a hatchet to ‘shave’ logs into tinder and kindling sized pieces. After the incident of a SNAKE IN THE HOUSE on Friday night, a hatchet will be a handy weapon to have around the house! I ultimately killed the (small) snake in my kitchen by ‘smashing’ it with a meat tenderizer and large empty wine bottle!

I also purchased a small rolling pin with red handles. I love anything that shouts depression era RED in my kitchen! I topped off my purchases with three ‘feed bag’ dish cloths that I now have displayed in a tiered hanging wire basket in my kitchen.

Prior to the street fair my sister and I hit a few yard sales. My best purchase was a large floral print (maybe a photo) of beautiful summer flowers in a tin bucket. I have wanted, all summer, a large decorative piece of ‘something’ to accent a plain wall on a portion of a small covered patio. I FOUND IT yesterday! Patience is important and necessary when living on a budget and making the most of yard sales to supplement my shopping!

Nothing better than finding what looks like a $60.00 print for $5.00 at a yard sale! And how great is it to re purpose and reuse an item that would probably end up in a land fill or garbage heap? Did I mention that I enjoy scouring yard sales and free piles? Dumpster diving is right up my alley! 

It was a successful day of shopping that I enjoyed with my sister and daughter (and her much loved boyfriend this year). An ‘end of summer’ tradition that we’ve done for many years.

Leave a comment (left margin) and let me know some of your great yard sale finds!

 

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I love to be working outside in the garden! This morning I cut some fresh Zinnias, which I love! Here they are, brightening my kitchen!

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After I cut the zinnias, I decided to snap some photos of my garden to share with you today. I worked for a few hours last night, cleaning out some ‘spent’ flowers, weeding a bit, moving some plants to make room for fall flowers (and a scarecrow that I am working on!) and planting some new additions that I purchased yesterday at Reiff’s Greenhouse in Vicksburg, PA.

 

Pictured are morning glories, which really haven’t bloomed this summer like I had hoped, but are pretty, nonetheless. Also my front flower bed (street view) and some new additions that I thought might look nice with chrysanthemums this fall. (very soon, actually!)

And last…is the mess that I am going to tackle today! Next summer I will NOT plant veggies with my flowers! I’ve already begun planning new raised beds for veggies next year! I didn’t realize how LARGE the zucchini, cucumber and tomato plants grow! I have sunflowers that are so heavy with flowers I need to tie them against the fence, zinnias that seem to be ‘wild’ and tomato plants spilling over with tomatoes! Mixed in with all that are a lilac bush and red bud tree that I temporarily planted in these raised beds this spring and must now move to a permanent location.

It’s work….but I love it and doubt I’d rather be doing anything else today! Share some stories of your garden if you care to leave a comment!

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Happy Friday!

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I think this quote is pretty accurate. What do you think? 

I have to tell you, today is one of those days…I’m a bit bored. I’m babysitting the grandsons and just don’t have enthusiasm to do much. I’m on the second load of laundry, but that’s the extent of productivity so far today.

I think boredom carries with it a degree of restlessness. A feeling of WANTING to do something but not knowing what can pleasurably fill that space and time, and thus becoming dissatisfied with the situation.

Are you ever bored? What do you do to combat boredom?

There are many times when I am doing NOTHING and am not bored at all because I am perfectly content in the situation. 

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It’s GOOD to relax at times. Though I try to make the most of my time and be productive as I live life, there are times when we simply need to ‘recharge’. As an intuitive introvert, I recharge by being alone…I love and NEED my solitude! Most often I ‘chill’ with my own thoughts then quite often that turns into talking with God. 

What do you do to ‘recharge’ your spirit?

Whatever you CHOOSE to do today…do it well!