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Oh how I love a weekend.  And oh how fast they go by!

This past weekend consisted of the usual house cleaning, farmer’s market shopping, vegetable picking/cooking and yard work.

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My mom and I visited the antique mall that we’ll be renting a booth in beginning mid-week, and spent Sunday afternoon admiring the goodies we have to start the booth up, pricing items, etc.  Add church into that, and that is a full weekend.

We are very excited about opening our little antique booth. We’ll be here, at this awesome place, Generations, on a busy stretch of road in Tennessee about 30 minutes from my house.  I love, love, love it.  It’s a mixture of old and new; wonderfully worn and used antiques, crafty projects, something for everyone. My daughter is quite artistic and crafty, so I expect some really cool contributions from her.

I have a few furniture items that I’ll be putting in the booth, but a bit of work has to happen on some of them first. Like this antique waterfall dresser.  I fell in love at first sight, because it reminded me of one that my grandmother had, but this little guy isn’t in such great shape.  I negotiated from $75 to $35 on it, so I think that was a good deal for the condition it’s in, and I do have big plans for it, but it will take a bit of work.FullSizeRender

This one is ready to go.  This isn’t the best picture, but it’s a large wardrobe, with a built in computer desk that can be removed.  We built it and placed it inside without damaging the wardrobe, so the wardrobe can be used with it, or without.

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My favorite piece is this antique hutch.  I’m going to clean it up, and possibly refinish it.  The photo isn’t the best, it has great glass doors on the top, and little hooks inside the top. It belonged to the great grandmother of the lady I bought it from, and I could tell she was a little sentimental about it.  I want to really freshen it up and make it something that someone will love and enjoy as much as she did. And hopefully I can make myself part with it.

HutchI have another dresser that I don’t have a photo of, that will also get cleaned up and go in, and most other things for now are smaller things.  Hopefully we’ll get set up this week, and have photos by the end of the week.

Add all that in to the normal daily craziness in our lives, and it will be a busy week for sure.

Have a wonderful Monday, enjoy to the fullest wherever you are!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

We have enjoyed the peppers, tomatoes and zucchini from our little backyard garden so much this year. We are really looking forward to having a huge garden next year at our new house and growing all of our vegetables that we can.

Every day lately is harvest day.


I love cooking with fresh herbs, so I usually plant plenty. I’ve always wanted to dry them, but haven’t had the time. That’s one of the things I want to start doing next year. But for this year, I did try something I’ve not done before – I put quarts of basil and rosemary in the freezer, following freezing instructions I found on the Internet. Supposedly they freeze well, we’ll see.

We will hopefully have some good news on the house-building front tomorrow. We are supposed to close on the construction loan tomorrow afternoon, after many, many trials. There has been concern by the property department at our mortgage company, who looked at the property pictures the appraisers provided them and deduced that we are building in the middle of nowhere. And a house in the middle of nowhere doesn’t appraise for a lot, so they couldn’t agree with the appraisers on the appraised value, evidently. It took our loan officer driving out to our property and taking pictures of surrounding properties, measuring distances to Huntsville and to schools and other houses, etc. You get it. A lot of work. And a lot of postponed closing dates. FINALLY today all the new evidence was accepted and everything closed out. Our very patient builder has everything in order, ready to break ground as soon as we give him the go-ahead. Hopefully that will be tomorrow.

We did get a nice surprise last weekend when we made our usual trek to look at the property (yes, we look at it a lot. Just look at it.) When we turned off the main road we saw a beautiful site over the rise…utility power poles! Two of them, down the property line, ready for power to be turned on when we take the building permit to the utility company. They will later run underground cables from the property line to the house.

It doesn’t take much to get us excited these days 🙂

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