Back From the Cyber Abyss- A Country Auction

After more than 3 weeks w/o a computer (software issue, don't ask!), I am back and posting - if anyone is still left to read me!!!LOL
I went thru' complete , severe, cold turkey withdrawal, but managed to get back to doing REAL stuff- instead of sitting in front of the computer all day. So, maybe, in a way, the computer dysfunction was a good thing!!!
Down the road from us, the neighbors were having a Saturday auction.

Now, I LOVE auctions, but have neither the patience, nor, most times,  the money, to hang out all day, and hope that I get what I am bidding on.
These auctions can be an all day affair, with food, alot of socializing, and just hanging out, whether you are bidding or not.A time for neighbors and friends to get together, reminisce, and maybe take home something to remember an old friend by.

I think it is a sad commentary on one's life- to be reduced to the collections, treasures, and detritus of the days of your life- all assembled on tables, for friends, neighbors and strangers to rummage thru'. And, someday, too, there will I be- or at least my collections will be....... .

Now someone's treasures, will belong to the highest bidder; and  friends, relatives, and total strangers will get an inside peek at the bits and pieces that made up your life. And, also, a great  lesson on the past, with some of the historical ephemera, tools, and furniture that are up for bids.

This particular auction, was the estate of a neighbor's mother- she had some wonderful pieces- oh, but for a bigger house and deeper pockets- there were many things I coveted!!! I am sure it was difficult for the family to decide what to keep, and what to part with.

Since I have no "need" or room, for anymore treasures- I thought the best way to "have" some of these, was thru' pictures!

                                                     Come, DROOL with me!!!!!

                                Be still my heart - I LOVE this worn green pie safe above!!!!

                                               I have a weakness for church pews........

                          The rockers would have come home with me, if they could!!!!

 Close up of the trim on my fav rocker - would have fit perfectly with my Eastlake dresser!

                                                                        Child;'s chair
                                      Always wanted one of these..........................

                                                 Mixing bowls and crocks!!!!!

Wish I could have just bought this teapot outright- forget the bidding!!!LOL(This might be the McCoy teapot listed on the flyer)

                                    Some great aged bits for a mixed media piece

                                                           Shovel/pitchfork  still life

Old hog butchering tool (in the middle),  for squeezing fat out of pork rinds 
(Enterprise lard press listed in flyer?)
No auction is complete without EATS!!!

Saw this beauty in the field as we it!!!

Friday Fotos






(To see these scenes and many more, please consider coming to the Mountain Meadows Quilters Retreat 2012 )

Tea on Tuesday

This morning's libation......... (libation to me, because tea brings the intoxicating calmness that wine brings for others- with no hangover!!LOL)
.......... comes in a quirky little mystery cup and saucer, designer unknown.  I just love its off kilter style- which describes most days in my life!!LOL Filled with a red rooibois, I feel like I should be sitting at the table with Alice, for the Mad Hatter's tea!!!! 

Since Easter is almost upon us, with spring definitely in the air, have a look at the treasures brought home from my foray to a local garden shop's opening day.......

         Frost, frost, stay AWAY, so the seeds and I may come out to play........

I did not bring her home, but this killdeer decided to hollow out her nest in the gravel underneath the plant tables at the nursery. Her cries to ward off intruders, did not stop people from shopping, but the store owners will be cordoning off the nest site, so she can brood her eggs in relative peace and safety. Usually, the killdeer's significant other will run around acting out the broken wing ploy, to lure predators away from the nest. I don't know where he was that morning, maybe out getting breakfast- but mom was left to defend her nest with voice only, never rising from the eggs. When her babies are born, fully feathered carbon copy miniatures of herself, they will be off and running (literally) within hours of hatching.

 Old fashioned coleus, cyclamen, and begonia for my grandmother's indoor vintage rattan planter

Future garden residents.......forgive me for not recalling all their names this early in the morning!!!

                                                                 gerbera daisy

                                                    mandevilla vine (I think...)

                                                      pansies- just love their little faces!!!

faux black eyed susan vine

ice,ice, these little vibrant ice plants to fill in the rock crevices

I may have to wait 'til next week to plant, altho' some friends are telling me to wait until mid May. I CANNOT wait that long!!! Will hold off 'til next week, and then, in the ground they go, with blankies at the ready, if frost shows up for a night or two.


BTW, check out the workshop that Pat Sloan is going to be teaching at my Quilt Retreat in August-
                                         here's the link!
Plus, she's gets to go  to South Africa to teach this same workshop  - how cool is that!!!

There are still just a few openings for my retreat in August- would love to see you there!!!!

Drop by Patty and Kim for a list of other tea lovers- see you next Tuesday for tea (and see you during the week for other things!!! Please stop by often!)