Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Downsizing For Fall

Unpacking the fall decor is almost as much fun as shopping for new stuff.  While pulling out pumpkins and sunflowers, I found this Fall banner that was a gift from Carol at Art and Sand a few years ago.
Even though it's fall, I'm still working on spring cleaning. While unpacking the fall decor I've had stored, I'm weeding out the excess. This means everything comes down out of storage, but only half of it will go back up.
That's because the one thing I really took to heart from Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying-Up, is to reduce, reduce, reduce! 
I used to be fascinated with storage solutions. Yep, I just knew the perfect box was out there and I was going to find it! 

Ms Kondo's book helped me understand that life is easier with less stuff to store.
Since thrift shops try to sell items from the current season, I'm trying to make the hard decisions now and then box the donations up and take them right down. 

Truthfully, this is as much for me as them. Otherwise I might change my mind and hang on to that box.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fredericksburg Sightings

Fredericksburg Texas is an early German settlement in what Texans call the Hill Country, which is above Austin a ways. Many of the original buildings are still in use having been maintained and/or restored.
Wikipedia States:
The History of Fredericksburg, Texas dates back to its founding in 1846. It was named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Fredericksburg is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English.

You can spend days just looking at the old structures and trim. To hear Wild Bill tell it, I'm unusually fascinated with trim it seems. Maybe so, I just can't pass up old doorways and windows, can you?

Here's a few shop windows and sidewalks with unusual stuff just waiting to be stared at. Willkommen indeed!
This stepstool in the window seemed to be made of several pieces of furniture such as dresser drawers and chair pieces.
 I loved the way it was painted in several different colors. I took quite a few pictures to put in my "future projects" file, thinking I might use the inspiration to make one like it one day.
I guess I am just a junk lover at heart. But you already guessed that, right?

One store had several ice coolers made from vintage toys, like this old red truck. The back lifts up to put ice and soda or beer in.

 And here's a vintage toy Volkswagon van that the top lifts up for putting the ice into the body of the van.

And it comes with quite a hefty price tag at $699.99!

Of course there were the usual painted signs among all the one of a kind pieces. This one is in front of the dog lovers store.
While this one for the gift store gave a nod to Johnny Cash...
If you get tired, you can use the bench made out of an old wagon wheel and parts of the wagon.

So if you're ever wandering around Texas, stop by Fredericksburg and get to know the town. Not too far down the road is Dripping Springs, where Willy Nelson tends to hang out. I don't think he's moved to Colorado quite yet.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Featured At Amaze Me Monday

Just taking a moment here to thank Cindi, from the blog Dwellings - The Heart Of The Home, for featuring my recent post on her Amaze Me Monday link party here.
I was so happy to learn that she and others enjoyed reading about the old family things I treasure. If you missed it, I wrote about those treasures in my post here.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

White Whites Versus Yellowish

Fall is the best time for decorating at our house because all the colors in the house have a decidedly "yellowish" cast to them. Have I mentioned I dislike yellowish?
I dream of painting this vintage cabinet something other than yellow. When I asked what color recently, some said leave it as is while others agreed it needed a change. 

To give you an idea of the whole yellowish thing, here's a picture of the kitchen taken when we were thinking of buying the house. By the way, that unfinished cement floor was terrible to walk on!
The wall and upper cabinet colors are pretty much right. The island color looks a little pink in the picture for some reason, which is not how they are in real life. Here's a close up of the island in this picture.
After we bought the house, we added wood flooring to cover up those ugly brown, unfinished, cement floors. The builder reduced the price of the house by $30K because he wanted to sell it as-is, without finishing the floors. Looking back, I wouldn't buy a house that way again. 
Adding dramatic colors around the yellowish cabinets seem to help tone down the yellow. I've dreamed of having the cabinets painted white, but we're planning to sell the house this year so that's out.

While ruminating about painting the vintage cabinet, I noticed Katie over at Let's Add Sprinkles just painted her kitchen cabinets white...not once...but twice. 

The first white color came out too yellowish for her. It made me happy to see someone take on their yellowy cabinets and win! If you're planning on painting your cabinets take a look at her post HERE.
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Katie is a busy woman. She's organizing and hosting the Fall In Love With Texas blog tour coming up in early October, along with painting all her cabinets and stuff. I love a woman who gets things done. Meanwhile, I'm back to ruminating on that yellow.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fall In Love With Texas

Down here in Texas...We Are A Fixin' To Have A Party!

Hope you will join us starting October 3rd.

Here At Rivercrest Cottage, the pumpkins and scarecrow will be coming out of storage. Here's some pictures from the last few years. The little orange striped pumpkins from 2013 were my favorite. I haven't found any in recent years, but I keep looking for them.

Even the top of the cabinets don't get spared around here. I usually like to start at the top and work my way down.
 It always drives Wild Bill crazy when I start climbing up to the top of the ladder. In true Texan fashion, he politely comes and stands below to hold the ladder for me. I think he'll make sure our next house has cabinets up to the ceiling so there's no room to add decorations at the top.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Play Place For Kids Of All Ages

Last time we were in Albuquerque, youngest daughter and family took us to an indoor play area called We Rock The Spectrum. I'm sure this type place occurs in most towns, but being older Wild Bill and I had no idea they existed. 
Two of our grands, Lily and Henry, were with us. There's no charge for adults, but children are $12 each. The equipment is open to the adults accompanying kids and holds up to 250 pounds.
Honestly, they should charge for the adults as youngest daughter Jaimee and I had more fun than the grand-kids! The top pictures are of Jaimee riding a zip line type ride. Mats are under the rides to ensure a soft landing for all the little ones.
Lily was taking it easy on this full length swing. If you look to the top left you can see a rolling ball with legs sticking out. I think this rolling ball was more fun for the person rolling it than the one who got put inside.
Jaimee was game to try it, but there are limitations. She opted to shake up Lily's relaxed swinging instead and got her husband Chris to push.
I was taking it easy on the body swings (truthfully, I got in but had a heck of a time getting out) when Jaimee joined me for a bit. I think she was laughing at me here because she had just witnessed me trying to get out of the one she was sitting in. Let's just say I tend to "bottom out" in those sack swings.

We did a lot of laughing that day, but some of us worried too. When Jaimee was zipping along on the zip line, I caught Chris in the corner of the photo stopping in his tracks to see if she would crash. 
Little Henry was enthralled with the trains and dad Chris was keeping an eye on him, so that left us girls with plenty of time to play.
If you're interested, you might check in your own town to see if this type of play place is available. I recommend you go early like we did, before it gets busy, so the adults can play too.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Fork In The Road

I was sitting on the edge of the bed, a little after 6 a.m. in our house in Washington state. Glancing at the TV, I'm absentmindedly aware that things are not as they should be. A plane hits a tower and the whole world changes.

We worked on a Federal shipyard with nuclear-powered ships back on that Tuesday, 15 years ago today. We drove to work through security gates that were probably a little lackadaisical the day before, but not this day. The sky was falling, or so it appeared, and no one could tell us where it would fall next but being on a nuclear shipyard kinda felt like "here" was next. Everyone showed up anyway.

Life as we knew it had changed forever that day. I knew it in my heart as I entered the building where I worked, unlocked classrooms, and went about the business of starting the day. 
I knew it as I sat through a morning briefing and my mind could not fathom how we all sat so quietly and calmly while our hearts were breaking in pieces. I knew it as I met with my boss and told him I had to go home even though it was only 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. I showed up, but I couldn't stay...and, thankfully, he understood.
More than anything that happened that day, the 40 heroic passengers and crew on United Flight 93 showed me how to live my life or die trying. 
When I went home that sad Tuesday in September, I went to bed. I stayed there for 2 days and, spiritually, I might have never gotten up again had I not seen the story of the heroes of United Flight 93. 
Those 40 people gave me the courage to get up and try to live a better, less hectic, life. Within 6 months, Bill and I had moved across the country to new jobs, a new home, a new life. Our new life brought us a freedom that had been lacking in our last one.
As I'm sure it did for you, life as we knew it had changed forever that day. 

All pictures sourced from Google