Sunday, November 12, 2017

Oh.....I Have Been Shopping! Vintage Christmas

Last week started the annual Christmas Shopping!
First some of us from work went to wonderful Tea Room and Gift Shop for a fabulous lunch and shopping.
How about a roast beef sandwich, with Gorgonzola cheese on sweet rosemary bread and lobster bisque soup and lastly a mocha coffee angel food cake!
What did I get in shopping?
I bought myself a cute wire Christmas bracelet, snowflake earrings and necklace.
With Mr. bringing home a paycheck, I feel I can spend some $$ on myself these days.
so I bought myself a canvas twinkle light picture.
I have bought them for everyone else but myself!
Then some antique shopping but did not find anything else.

The next day my SIL and I headed out to some places that are only open on weekends? This seems to be a new trend around here.
The Trendy Cottage is open 1 weekend a month and boy am I bad when they are open!

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it is a neighboring downtown, old store full of treasures.

this retro pillow came home with me!

and could you pass her up with her red coat and skates...for $6?!
She will go under the tree.
I sure don't collect dolls but she was numbered?

some bobbles to put on a package

Then on to a new place called the Refined Cellar, in the basement of a old Methodist Church.
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new, repurposed and antiques. What more could I want?

this adorable vintage Christmas apron. I saw it on line weekend before last and was shocked it had not been snapped up! Going to 1515 for my Christmas apron collection.

they had a entire tree made out of ornaments created with baby shoes.
this one is a gift..........don't tell!

snowmen ornaments made out of tea balls, another gift.

vintage light reflectors

retro Chistmas towels

more retro towels!

And the lady asked if I had a sister? why?
so this goes to the twins, they can blame each other!

vintage Christmas cup

Fostoria  mustard, only $5

and vinegar and oil for $5

so spent enough I got this free........PERFECT family white elephant gift because Mr. aka Uncle Bob is known for his red cardigan he wears every year and he neices and nephews say it is not Christmas unless Uncle Bob wears his sweater, and the guy resembles his brother Mike!
 one my favorite pictures of Mr. at my Mom's house the year we were married, and he is wearing his cashmere cardigan the family loves.

Then on to a antique mall and I am thrilled with what I found!

saw this gorgeous display! Wonderful display box and all 12 ornaments, so I figured big $$$.
NO...only $20!
love the graphics

even comes with authenic Christmas tree needles from years past!

This weekend more quiet.
But we have a new Great Nephew coming Dec 25th
Emmett, and the shower is today.
So proud of our nephew (the dad) who is a police officer at the age of 23.

Next weekend, on to 1515 to start more shopping and to start decorating.
The twins and I are going to a HobNob Vintage Market Friday night.
Who knows what vintage Christmas treasure I might find?

I want to thank everyone who is still reading and commenting on my blog.
Looks like I won't be changing my will be a sweet reminder though.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Sentimental Look into the Past

This last weekend was a special one, it was the 100th Anniversary of the Ashmore Presbyterian Church building.
It was my ancestors church of my Maternal Grandmother. The church itself is 176 years old but the building was built in 1917.

I realized a couple of years ago when I was scanning their records that the anniversary was coming up. Of course, you know me I had to ask if anyone was doing something to commemorate the date?

I have so much documentation I decided to write a book to mark the occasion

just loved doing this, using my family records and pictures to put this together.

The church is small and several people did a great job putting together a 2 day event.
Funny thing is, if I go back far enough the members of the church are related to me, and their ancestors were the ones that founded the church in 1841. 

the church was beautifully decorated

they came up with the wonderful idea to decorate the altar with flowers to honor your ancestors.
Our Reunion purchased 2 arrangements, and I purchased a small one for my Grandmother, her parents and siblings.

My 3rd Great Grandparents, both who were original members.

My other 3rd Great Grandparents. Phebe was alive but William was deceased when the church was formed, he is a Revolutionary War Veteran

My surprise when I got there and saw one bouquet on the top of the altar, it was the one for my Grandmother and her family.........lump in my throat.

the first day they had children events, food and as part of the Genealogy Society we had the church records open for people to find their ancestors.
The lady on the left is my cousin through my 4th Great Grandfather, and the 2 on the right we share the same 2nd Great Grandfather.

I did a couple of bulletin boards to show the 2 churches that were merged to make the current church.

cousin Fred came both days, wearing his Galbreath tartan plaid shirt!
We were listening to a wonderful band that was performing, that was so fun.

Day 2, was met with my anticipation as the members were hoping for a good turn out.
They even replicated the program that was presented on the same day 100 yrs ago.
Sitting in the pew singing the same songs my Grandmother sang on that date in 1917 was a special feeling. I was so happy the church is still standing, that people still love and attend the church.
I could feel my ancestors spirits.

the church was nearly full, and I could see the happiness on the faces of the members. I was so glad for them, that their hard work to honor their church was a success.

rare...picture of me with my Mitchell ancestors flowers.

Then for a potluck in the church basement.
It looked so pretty, white tablecloths and they used the church china.

Look what I spotted!!

yep! PYREX!! Butterprint Cinderella bowl.........who brought that!

Afterwards Fred and I took the flowers out to our family cemetery.
Laid roses on all our families graves.

Fred placing some on his Grandparents, my Great Grandparents grave.
Love you Mama and Papa

My 3rd Great Grandparents. He lived through the Battle of Guildford Courthouse in 1781 in which his home was destroyed and his father taken captive.

My 3rd Great Grandmother, born in Philadelphia,met her husband at a party given by her Uncle for his friend General Washington.

Somehow they all ended up in a small town in Central Illinois.
Together they formed a church based on their Presbyterian beliefs.

The church stands tall to this day in that small town of 700 people.

If you would like to read about the day in 1917 here is a newspaper article

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Header Change?

I have not posted in sooooooo long.
I guess alot going on with life.
Along with wondering, does anyone even read my blog or care?

One person did notice I was gone, thank you

In May our beautiful 100 yr old oak tree was struck by lighting! Our arborist thought it would live and looked great all summer until August, one branch died, then another, then another.
Yes $4000 later my beautiful tree is gone and all that is left looks like a nuclear blast went off.

what a awful difference

the beauty is gone, this is this summer when it was doing well.

So do I change my blog header?

Other huge news, my husband sold his building and closed his 100 yr old business.
What a blessing! He got full price for his building and the people that bought it love it and are putting a distillery in it!

Even more, one of his customers called him and asked him to come work for them!! He set his own salary, FULL benefits after 1 month, and finally a great paycheck! The money does not go to pay the electric, for paint, etc. M-F 7-3:30. We are not use to spending this much time together, but it is great and what I had always hoped for us. I admire him for starting over at 60, that is not easy for anyone. But he has never had any other job than at the family business.

This summer we have had to replace our washer and the next day the dryer quit! and a new dishwasher too. Much needed repairs are being made, now that Mr has time to help.

the animals are great!
my niece who is a Vet, is now Greta's Vet and she put her on a pill for her itching.
Now she is gorgeous, with plenty of hair.....I mean HAIR!



My Mother in law turned 93 and we had her over for dinner. It was nice not to have to share her with Mr.'s 7 siblings.

Summer birthday dinner.
I had to use my 4 quart Pink Gooseberry bowl because Mom gave me birthday money last year and I found the bowl in TX.

My flowers are going crazy! With the warm weather

and why is my Hydrangea trying to bloom in October?

I am on vacation for 2weeks.
Spent a week at 1515, Mr came over for my birthday and the twins and cousin Fred and all of us went out for a nice dinner.
But we did one of my traditions...picnic at Fox Ridge
he looks so happy, less stressed and just healthier these days!

trees are not changing, but I have my pumpkins out at 1515

I have been busy, writing a book for my Grandmothers childhood church.
just back from the printers!

I love spending my birthday at home
 My 7th bday at my other Grandmother's house. How I would love to have her friend chicken again.
The cake plate turns and plays "Happy Birthday". I still have it! And the dishes, the Fostoria butter dish, and my red and white cup with "Ann" on it. Looks like I was showing off my new Cinderella watch and we had Cinderella napkins.

Life is good...........