Sunday, December 30, 2018

So Long 2018

How was your 2018? Mine was fun, stressful, hectic, busy, fun, busy, crazy, fun and sometimes overwhelming. As you've seen, I haven't been blogging very much this year. My job at work changed and with the amount of hours I've spent learning the database that I am the administrator of, as well as teaching other staff to use it, and troubleshooting problems, when I get home, the last thing I feel like doing is sitting behind the screen again. I am hoping that now that it has been fully launched and things are seeming to have slowed down, that my life will get back to normal, and I'll back among the living in blog-land.

I've still been going on adventures and treasure hunts, and even taking pictures just like always, I just haven't been posting them. My phone is filled with all kinds of vintage goodness and things I've never seen before!

Today I spent the afternoon wandering around 4 places. I've been battling a head cold, so I went with my pockets loaded with cough drops.

First stop: Collette's Vintage. This is one of my favorites. It is HUGE and it was pretty crowded today. I saw a couple of dealers clearing out their booths and hauling things to their cars. I think there has only been 1 or 2 times in all the years that they've been open that I've went home empty handed.

Second stop: Memories Antique Mall. I haven't been in a while, and was surprised to see several empty booths. I found a couple of great tablecloths in the linens booth to the right of the check-out counter.

The sun was shining full force today and the skies were gorgeous blue-something rarely seen in December in Michigan. I drove with my sunroof open and sunglasses on. Today was a much needed break to soak in the sun, sing along at the top of my lungs to the radio, and mindlessly wander through aisles and rooms of untold amounts of treasures.

The last two stops were in Fenton at a couple of resale shops. I always stop, but rarely find anything that I can't live without. I keep reminding myself that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince, and you can't find that treasure you've been looking for unless you get out there and look.

Over the years, I've found so many things, at great prices, just because I was out there looking. My wish list gets smaller and smaller every year, but I still enjoy looking. One part of me just wants to finish the list and check everything off, but another part of me wonders what I will hunt for when I've checked it all off!

Tomorrow we are spending a quite evening with our boys and DIL, junk food, adult beverages, and games! They are spending the night, so we'll have lots of time to hang out together! I've already taken everything Christmas down and put it away...and a few Valentine's things have made their way around the house.

Saying so long to 2018 also reminds me of all of the friends and family that we've lost this past year. Some extremely sudden and unexpected, some we knew it was coming, but it still hurts the same. My heart aches for those left behind and for their loss. My goals/resolutions for 2019 are to live intentionally-trying to make better choices, love more, laugh more, give more and let those around me know I love them-always hoping and trying to make a difference in someone's life.

Wishing you a year filled with lots of laughter, love and great memories!

Here are my finds from today:

Here are some of the sights from today:

Monday, September 3, 2018

Amish Flea Market

On Friday Auntie and I went on a road trip adventure to Clare, Michigan to visit Yoder's Amish flea market and quilt auction .

We had great weather, just a little steamy, and great conversation! It's always a fun excursion, and you never know what you'll see or find to bring home!

Here are some pics from our day...

We stopped at a couple antique shops in the way home. At one shop, the woman working the counter was so engrossed in her phone, she couldn't be bothered with saying hello back to us, or good-bye.

Here are a couple pics of things we saw...

I love funky, repurposed junk!

Hope you're having a restful, long, holiday weekend!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Summer 2018 Antiquing/Treasure Hunting Adventures

Since my work duties changed in February, I spend my whole day on my computer. When I get home, it's been really hard to convince myself that it want to sit down with my laptop to write a blog post. Most days, my brain is totally fried and I wouldn't have anything intelligent to say anyway!

Life with family and friends had kept me pretty busy and I haven't done nearly as much treasure hunting as I used to. Once in a while I get a chance to head out to see what I can see, and sometimes Auntie can go as well!

Here are some pics from this Summer's adventures...
 My cousin's last name!

 Amazing little diner near Collette's Vintage!

 A couple new to me vintage tablecloths.

 Riviera covered casserole...I already have this, so it's for sale!

 First year for such gorgeous blooms!

 Second of the set of four to live at my house!

 Can't remember where I saw this, but had to take it for Auntie!

 Last one for the set!

 My favorite, must visit, best chicken strips on the planet, summertime fun place!

 My heart Sunday for joy when I see this beautiful bridge!

 Antiques at the bridge view antique shop in St. Ignace

 Rotary park at the Soo.

 Mom's beautiful flowers!

 Doing work while on vacation-best views ever!!

 Pellston Antiques!

 Two weeks of U.P. summer lake life!

 Coconut shrimp at Audies!

 Cedarville junk shop find!

 Another junk shop treasure!

 Happy mail!

 Hello there beautiful!

 New favorite Moscato!

 Trying to cut bottles into rings to make wind chimes... Everything cracked!
 Back for another visit!

 Still shocked that this was so cheap!

 My summer Moto

 Estate sale... Got it for Auntie, along with a Pyrex 501-both for $5!

 Summer dish displays in my dining room.

 Crazy Jim's Blimpy Burger!! Bucket list check off!

 Street food at townies kids at fair in Ann arbor

 Two new shell critters made by my cousin's daughter and sold to me at the kid's art fair!

 Groomer left a soul patch- ha ha! We still love him!

 First time ever seeing one in person! Jefferies in Findlay, Oh.

 Fun things seen at Maumee Antique Mall

 New diner near my house! HUGE portions!

 My lovelies! My yard was so pretty!

 Helping my cousin wash walls in her new house and the paint came off like rubber!

 Homemade peach cobbler for Thursday night volleyball crew.

 Fun times on Michigan's yard sale trail, M25/M29.

 Relaxing in the hammock with my fluffy buddy!

 Geese! Cute, and friendly but they poop all over the yard!

 Pics from Williamston outdoor and indoor summer open house!

 Got to see my life-long friend doing her clogging thing!

 More vintage eye candy!!

 First try at instant pot egg bites! YUM!!

New clown tin... Kinda creepy, but still kinda fun!

 #2 son canned his own pickles this year! Garlic turned blue! Still safe to eat according to Google!

 Thursday vball crew, homemade dessert!

 Last night at our house. Moved to a new home with more acreage and kids to play with!

Son#1 moved back to Lansing! Celebratory lunch after lots of hard work moving them! Second pic is my half order, compared to their full nacho order! Buddies-YUM!

I have about five more treasure hunting trip planned before Thanksgiving... Stay tuned for more treasure hunting adventures!!