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Looking over our treasures

July 19th, 2015 at 09:48 pm

I've been looking over my treasures...our garden and our canning jars. I'm anticipating the thrill of putting stuff up. Our weather lately has been so wet that our garden has been suffering. We had two very hot sunshiny days so I hope that helps. I like having canned tomatoes to use throughout the year.

This summer has been a busy one...we closed our booth at the antique mall. We never anticipated making a profit, but had hoped to make booth rent and a little to pay for the stuff, but most months that was not a reality. I inventoried what we had and boxed it up and sent it to a thrift store for a tax deduction. They were happy to get the stuff. One woman told me she was delighted to find clean, usable merchandise and then said how they hate plastic garbage bags of clothes because they have found people throw stuff they have worn in and not laundered it (think dirty unmentionables!). Yuck. Anyway, the booth was fun, but a lot of work and not a lot to show for it. One of the volunteers whom we know showed us a weed whacker someone was filthy dirty and in pieces...very disappointing to the shop, but I'm sure this person took a big tax write off for it. So, this one less "treasure" to worry with.

Our menu this week includes some treasures:

Brunch - scrambled eggs, sausage, grits, toast, fruit

Baby back ribs (in Crockpot) with barbecue sauce, potato patties made from leftover mashed potatoes, green beans, sliced tomatoes

Pork chops, sweet potatoes, salad, sliced tomatoes

Baked chicken, roasted potatoes, green beans, sliced tomatoes

Pork chops (left over), mac and cheese, corn on the cob

Lunches will include left over pork roast from Saturday night, and probably a frittata with leftover sausage, as well as leftover chicken

I really like the curtains I purchased cheaply for the sun room. They are up and the sun room is clean. We spent some time this afternoon reading and enjoying nature until it got steamy when the sun came out. Our sun room is a treasure because it means I can sit and read and not get bitten by mosquitoes.

Another treasure: I did something today I haven't done for awhile -- I crocheted. I found my hooks and some thread and thought I'd try to crochet. The last time I did, my hands went numb (I had surgery on both of them a number of years ago for carpal tunnel) and I was sad I couldn't crochet. But I made a small Christmas ornament and my hands did OK. Maybe if I start slow and a little at a time I can do this again. I miss it because it was a way to relax. I use to crochet, embroider, and do counted cross stitch.

My final treasure to share is about my husband. I have written about the bunnies and his garden. Well, he has been nothing if not entertaining...even the neighbors agree. He chases the bunnies out of the yard. He doesn't want to hurt them, just keep them out of the garden. All the neighbors smile seeing him clapping his hands and running after them. He is a treasure in an of himself, but he does entertain me too!

5 Responses to “Looking over our treasures”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    You do have some treasures in your life, especially a man who is tender-hearted about bunnies!

    I had the same experience with an antiques booth. I don't think anyone makes a profit except for the owner of the building who rents out the space!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Too cute, about your husband and the bunnies! Glad you figured out the booth wasn't worth your time and effort, but hope you enjoyed the experience at bit.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    CB, I think you are correct about the owner...he keeps moving his own stuff in besides. Pretty soon it will all be his own stuff.

  4. snafu Says:

    I'm sorry and even sad that people no longer value heirlooms and antiques. They seem to prefer pressed paper and disposables made in China, Vietnam and most recently down loaded to Cambodia where labour is about $ 95. per year and graft and corruption is still moderate. I was in Poipet about a year ago where human porters haul huge loads of textiles from factory to huge moving van sized trucks for shipping.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Very good point, Snafu. I have purchased what is considered pots that were a number of years ago made in Clinton, Illinois, by Revere, because I do not want to buy any pots or pans made on China, Viet Nam, or Cambodia. Most of my bowls and casserole dishes are Pyrex and Corningware that I bought for a lot less then imported stuff. Sadly, most people want shiny "new" instead of reusing and recycling vintage items.

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