Welcome to my little world! My name is Donna and I'm the mother of one very spoiled kitty named Clarice. I was a banker for over 20 years but now I'm a SAHM and loving every minute of it. I'm a super, huge Bon Jovi fan and an avid cross stitcher. I love decorating my home with flea market finds, primitive style items and vintage items. My hubby says if the last three generations threw it out as trash it'll end up in our house as a decoration.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall Delights

Back from a very restful week at "The Camp" as they refer to the house on the coast in Maine.  Too funny because it's 3 bedrooms and 2 baths...well 3 if you include the original little brickhouse shithouse.  It was just to grand and I hummed ....Aw, she's a brickhouse...shake a down now, shake a down...yep come on you all know the words just admit it.  Anywho, the camp has no tv, no telephone, no Internet or even get this, cell phone coverage....it was heaven on earth!  I really did leave everyday life behind and unwind.  I'd move there in a heart beat or as Mark said probably until the first big snowstorm then I'd be hightailing it back to Georgia.  Mark surprised me with a Kindle for my birthday...something I never even knew I wanted  :)  What a guy!  I read 2 books while I was gone and stitched to my little hearts content.  It's amazing how much you can get done when you don't have tv, Internet or phones to distract you.  The camp has been in Rich's family for 64 years and started life as a 1 room cabin and it's grown a lot since then but it's retained all the charm of that 1 room cabin.  It's even got a stuffed moose head mounted on the wall and recessed nooks everywhere just overflowing with stuff.  You might see an antique clock sharing space with a stuffed squirrel, old books nested up to rusty old chains, keys and locks.  I swear everyday I saw something that I had overlooked before.  I got up every morning to watch the sun come up across the water, listen to the squirrels gathering the winter grub and watch the sea gulls....Mark missed all that because he was a sleepyhead but I loved every minute of watching the world around us wake up every morning. 

We saw so many old places that I'd have loved to have owned, went to many antique stores and ate lots of lobster.  We even did our own one night at camp.  It was yummy but a lot of work.  We did splurge and rent a Camero to drive while we were there so Mark didn't mind going so many places since he could at least enjoy the drive.  He was shocked (and frankly so was I) because I sure didn't buy much.  I got a early 1900's cast iron mailbox that is chippy white painted and I'm gonna put flowers in it for the mantle but that was all I really bought.  He had already checked on shipping costs for large furniture, ect but I just wasn't in that kind of mood!  It's so funny to see what is popular with collectors from other regions and what is...well dirt cheap here is high $$$ there.  Everything I bought could be carried on in my suitcase.  Well, almost everything because I did try to smuggle a jar of blueberry, hot pepper jam back but they busted me.  The lady said just go back and check that bag then you'll be able to take the jam home...ahem NO!  That would cost $25 and that was almost triple what the jam was worth....get real lady!

If I can ever figure out this blogging stuff, I'll post pics and change over to a stunning background like the rest of you not so computer challenged people do.  Maybe one day I'll actually have or rather take the time to figure it out.  Well I'm really suppose to be working on a spreadsheet for work tonight but I'm doing what I do best...procrastinating so I'll close for now.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Whew, is it fall yet?

This has been one long, hot summer!  I'm not sure I have ever sweated this much in my entire lifetime.  Nice visual for you all but you know you are hot when you drag your skirt over the steering wheel so the air will blow up it when driving to or from work.  I'm sure the guys in trucks have a good laugh or more likely, cringe when they pass by me.  Cooler weather please hurry to Georgia!

My folks came to visit for a week and what a great visit it was.  My daddy hadn't been to my house in 2 years and momma a year so it was a real treat!  I miss them so much and never get enough time with them.  They both retired this summer so I'm hoping for a few more visits now.  And speaking of retiring, my daddy just loves to grin and say he doesn't even wear a watch nowdays.  I'm so happy they are still young and healthy enough to enjoy retirement.  Daddy's company gave them a $8,000 travel voucher so the next day momma booked a trip to Hawaii for Thanksgiving.  It sounds like the trip they have always dreamed of taking....2 weeks, cruise, tours, car, ect all paid for...and I'm so excited for them.  They'll have a blast.

Mark was gone last week to Korea again and got home on day 3 of my folks visit.  That was nice because it gave me some alone time with them plus time to get my house cleaned and all my cooking done before they got here.  I swear I cook way too much stuff when I have guests but I never hear anyone complaining.  I did swipe a recipe from Edgar's Blacksheep blog for a coffee cake that was to die for.  And so easy that I"ll be adding it to the recipe rotation.  Yummy, sure wish I had some of it this morning.

We leave on vacation a week from today.  I'm so excited and can't wait to see the house that we're staying at not to mention all the fall leaves colors.  This morning I picked out my traveling stitching project....hey that's almost as important as my clothes.  I'm almost done with Be Kind and True which is my 2nd SAL this summer.  I've picked out Evergreen to travel with since it only takes 3 colors...perfect traveling stitching....hope this house has good enough light for me to stitch.  Maybe need to look into buying a travel light....hmmm....I have a little book lite somewhere ...now where did I hide it?????

I can't wait to explore a new area with lots of antique, primitive country stores and stitching stores.  Now that I know for sure everything is booked, I'll start getting my wish list ready.  I should probably get the house decorated for fall before I leave so it'll be a great little treat to come home to in October. 

Have a great weekend and hope cooler is headed this way soon.