Sunday, March 24, 2019

Family...

It was BIL Mark's birthday last week. My SIL Shelley invited my granddaughter Jacey, her boyfriend, and I to a small family party.  I was in a bit of a quandary as to what to get Mark.  He pretty much has everything.  A while back I came across a leather bound journal made by a small mother-daughter business in Wyoming. 



 Ordered it and tucked it away in the gift box.  I have to admit I took it out a few times thinking I might just keep it for myself.  Then I would feel guilty about that and put it back.  Got down to the wire on a present for Mark and decided that the journal would have to be it.  Now I'm not exactly sure what rep I have in the family, but when I handed him his present he said, "Yes!!!, you got me a bottle of The Best Whiskey, didn't you!"  "Ahhh, nope."  His response to that was, "huh".   He sighed, and slowly opened his present. And he loved the leather bound journal. Said he used to keep a journal and had been meaning to start another, and this was perfect.  whew...
SIL Shelley is by far the best cook I have ever known.  At the small family gathering for Mark's birthday she cooked & served: steak, salmon, shrimp scampi, tortellini, insalata caprese, artichokes, grilled corn on the cob, green salad, and sour dough bread with her nephew's wine.



Everything was delicious, as usual. This is her idea of throwing something together. She is awesome!

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My cousin, who runs two of the cutest air BNB's in Portland, came over Friday and we went to an estate sale.  She was looking for things for the houses, and I still needed a few things for the hovel.  She found a nice metal stand that will work well in a nook, and some retro dish towels.  I ended up with an oak mission style chair for the living room,












and an antique wedding ring quilt for my bedroom. 




The prices were more than fair. After that we scouted out some future venues to take in.  

Next we are planning to take my granddaughters and a friend of theirs for a girls day at the coast. Yay, road trip.






18 comments:

  1. Congrats on your wonderfully sounding day.

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    1. Thanks Skip, all told it was a pretty darn good week!

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  2. The journal was beautiful! Glad you found something special for your self and that you are settling in.

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    1. Changes,
      Thanks, I try to support small family businesses as much as I can.
      I was tickled to find a chair that would sorta go with the other furniture. Plus it's built for stouts!

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  3. We're still settling in here also. I think the next purchase will be a living room chair as well. We are handling this move as a cash as we go basis.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Yep, I'm doing the same. If I can't afford to pay cash for it, I don't get it.
      Are you still in deep snow?

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    2. There's still plenty of snow, but it's shrinking fast. Ah, but the next few days we are promised snow. What were 12 foot piles are now 8 foot piles.

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  4. I am a fan of Mission style furniture. Looks like a find.

    Trip to the beach would be perfect :)

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    1. Rain,
      The chair blends with the other pieces that I have picked up, is solid, well sprung, and the price made it a bargain.
      I'm excited to take the girls for a day at the beach. It has been too long since we have gotten to do that.

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  5. So glad the journal proved to be just the right thing. Family time is always the best and beach time sounds perfect. Enjoy.

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    1. A Patti,
      Thanks for stopping by. So good to hear from you!
      The journal was a lucky pick, guys are so hard to buy for, and I don't want to get them useless stuff...

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  6. Very nice all the way around! Journals are 'interesting', especially ones from the 1870s!

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    1. Old NFO,
      I like old journals, any specific ones you would recommend?

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  7. The Mission chair was a great find the furniture of to-day has NO character. I like the furniture of old but then have to find someone that appreciates it like I and my husband do to pass it on to. Love the Wedding Ring Quilt. Two great finds.

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    1. Lyn, I like the Mission Stickley style simple lines and that they are made to last.
      The quilt is in amazing shape, colors are still bright. I don't think it was ever used.

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  8. That quilt is really nice, and so is the chair. I like Mission style, as it blends with pretty much everything but frou-frou.

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