Friday, May 28, 2010

Reflections


My niece ~ loving what she sees!
You, yourself, as much as anybody
 in the entire universe, 
deserve your love and affection.  ~ Buddha

I saw
myself
today

As I drove around
suburbia
I saw myself
in the woman
coming out of the bank


and the mall


and the library


I saw myself today
in the woman
walking with her little son
in the park


Then I saw myself
again
in the young woman
wearing business clothes
high heels click-clicking
down the aisles 
on her lunch break
at Target


I saw myself today
The little girl skipping 
out into the school yard
sunshine on her face
back pack and a smile
that
was
me


I saw myself
in her grandmother
arms open wide as she 
greeted her in
the car pick up line
that
was
me
too


I saw myself today
in the college-age baristas
the laughs and banter
behind the counter
at my favorite coffee shop


I saw myself
as well
in the couple
waiting in the
pharmacy at Walgreens 
my husband's aged hand
clasping my own


Everywhere I looked
 today
I recognized myself


now


 the past


the future


And I whispered
a blessing
of love and
affection
to
each one.

Have a wonderful
Memorial Weekend!
I hope to
see you
soon.

images:  click on each for attribution



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

{Getting} The GOODS: Part 2





I need to preface this post
with a confession:
 I'm not the aggressive 
treasure-hunter
that one needs to be when
visiting a sale like the
Na-da Farm petit flea market.


My senses get bowled over 
and I have to wander and take
everything in before I decide
what to purchase. 
 I'm bad ~ no, really bad ~
at pouncing on
the big goodies.


I'm the girl at the estate sale
who lines up early with the
 intention of looking for furniture, 
but comes out with a tea cup.
The real wheelers and dealers
swoop in, make their decisions
and wham!
they're out of there in a flash!

I'm standing there with a 
tea cup, thinking
what just happened here?




And, I always have Mr. Privet's
opinion in the back of my mind.

You see, when we were still
newlyweds, living in our little
Queen Anne Victorian
 in Illinois, I went to
the Kane County flea market. 
I made a BIG purchasing mistake
that he's never let me forget.


I fell in deep deep love with
an antique wardrobe.  A very
 LARGE
wardrobe with a mirrored front.
This wardrobe cost me a whole
paycheck.  Figured I was a working
girl and could make this big
decision on my own.

That was bad call number one.
He didn't agree.

Bad call number two:  It had to
be delivered.  More dinero.

Bad call number three:
It barely fit through the door.

Once inside, it had to be
lifted precariously by the
delivery men over the circa 1890
banister and handed up to the
first landing, then again 
muscled over the banister to
the top, because the stairway
was way too narrow to 
accommodate this beast.  

{Very similar to this staircase
from the movie Daddy Day Care.}
Yes, within inches of
the original 1890 stained glass
window on the landing.

{The window wasn't damaged!}

But the wardrobe didn't
go with us when we moved.

To this day, when I say I'm 
off to a flea market, Mr. P.
gets nervous.
Very, very nervous!


So, when the doors to Na-da's
petit flea market opened to
welcome us in, I was carrying
the baggage of flea markets
past with me.

I didn't pounce on the lovely
white bistro chairs ~ Tracey did!
Nor did I snag a beautiful
cornice board for over the bed, 
or a really pretty large piece
of decorative molding.
They were snapped up by more
decisive buyers!


But, in my own meandering 
time.....over two visits.....
I did pick up a few sweet
things for the nest that I am
quite happy about.
{One of my golds, Fiona, insisted I buy this display
of vintage cork screws.  She knew they'd be just right,
and here they are!}
Mr. P  hijacked the 
footstool my mom made me
to his office, so I bought
him this little gem as a trade.


There's some more burlap
love happening here
on my blogging chair ~
 my new lumbar pillow.


This cloche and scalloped base 
elevate almost anything
you put under the wire!


I was inspired by this 
painting.  I love quotes
and I'm also
 bringing blue back
 {my new mantra}, 
so it was a natural selection.

Use what talents you possess:
the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang
except those that
sing best.
Artist Jen even signed it!

This star made from
weathered barn wood
will look fine
strung with fairy lights
in the summer garden
and in the winter
 for Christmas.


A little poker chip medallion
strung on an organza ribbon
came home for my daughter.


My son got a bag of macaroons
and he was just fine with that!


I did buy several other small
things, which will be going to
live at other homes in the form
of gifts.

See Mr. P, no worries!
It's all GOOD.

Thanks for traveling to the
farm with me!
xx P&H




Monday, May 24, 2010

The GOODS: Part I


“Goodness is the only investment 

that never fails.”

  Henry David Thoreau

I logged over 750 miles this weekend...
Traveled to Na-Da Farm 
for the Petit Flea Market.....

It was worth every mile!
It was, indeed, very very good.



Good friends

Yours truly and Joy, a silver friend!

Flanked here by two beautiful silvers,Traci and Tracey!

Me with my lovely golds, sweet God-daughter
and brilliant silvers
Jen and Anne Marie

Good treasures






Good smiles

Lovely Juliet!

And her mommy, dressed in a vintage ball gown
for the champagne kick off.


Good food









Good earth









Good vibes!






Good grief ~
didn't know I had
so many
GOOD things
to share with you!

Stay tuned for
Part II
Show and Tell....
goodies I brought home
along with the good memories!

all images:  Privet and Holly

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Open Road...

Today I'm dreaming



of open roads

and barns

and friends

of silver 
and gold.

I'm heading off across
the Midwest to a
big barn sale, co-hosted
by one of my new bloggy
friends, JOY!




Like her smile!
This sale is held
in a barn
on a farm
and there 
will be some of
this



a little of that



bits



and pieces


and even....


these!

I will be meeting two of my dear
gold friends 
who I've known since I was
a working




girl in my Chicago days




and

some wonderful silver friends
who I KNOW through
blogging
but have yet to meet
in the real world!



I've got butterflies.
Oh, yeah
big Monarch ones.
The kind you get 
before a test or a blind date
or your annual exam with THAT doctor!


But, only because it's going
to be great!

I'll take a lot of pictures
and eat extra goodies
from the farm's patisserie,
just for YOU.


Then I'll come home
and tell you
all 
about it!


xx
P&H


Friendship is born at that moment 
when one person says to another, "What! You too? 
I thought I was the only one." ~ C.S. Lewis

images: [1 P&H 2, 10-12 flickr 3-9 Savvy City Farmer]