Monday, September 28, 2015

Estate Sale Finds Sept. 28, 2015

First off, Happy Birthday to my Dad - I hope you have a great day.   Love you!!



On Thursday morning my husband was running some errands and called me to tell me there was an estate sale a couple of blocks away.  To which I replied, "I'm not going to any sales for awhile.  Stop tempting me."

I hung up the phone and decided I needed to go get a haircut.  It's not my fault that I had to drive right past the estate sale to get to the salon.  But I was quite proud of myself and feeling all smug because I just looked at the house and kept on driving.  It wasn't easy.

While I was getting my hair cut I could hear my phone beeping in my purse.  When I checked it, this is what Louie wrote, "Come home and get me before you stop at that estate sale."   I guess I was busted.  LOL.

When I pulled down our street Louie was standing outside waiting for me.  He is such a trouble maker.

We weren't even halfway up the driveway at the sale and I spotted the vintage trunk sitting in the garage.   It had a price tag on it of a dollar.  One dollar......  It drew me like a fricking magnet.


 It was really clean and still had it's inner paper lining.....


I went to move it and the leather handle literally disintegrated in my hand and fell off.  Ooops.  I kind of shook my head, but my stupid hand wouldn't let go of the trunk.  Look, it still had its tray and everything....


The outside was really sticky for some reason, but it had it's keys and both the latches worked....


I actually told the guy I'd think about it and walked away to look at some screwdrivers, while I'm thinking to myself "It's just a buck!  You idiot, take it."  Then the guy sucked me right in by saying, "Ok, but some other lady was just looking at it too."  Crap!


I usually don't fall for such nonsense, but  let's face it, that trunk was going home with me no matter what I said or did anyway, right?  I pulled a dollar out of my pocket and handed it to him.   I'm so weak.  As you can see, the truck is now on my deck and has been thoroughly cleaned.  Louie helped me get the pieces of old leather handles off and I'm making some new ones.  I even put the first coat of white paint on it.  Hopefully I'll have time to work on it some more this week.  Ha!  Who am I kidding??  Of course I'll find time to work on it.  This one is going to be white and gray, with maps decoupaged inside.  I am such a sucker for trunks.  I love re-doing them.  I sold the last one I did for
$ 125.00 and that one wasn't as large as this one and it didn't have its tray.  This one would make such a nice coffee table, don't you think?


I was so giddy about the trunk that I kind of walked thru the rest of the house in a stupor.  I picked up a few more items to sell in my shop like this Pyrex glass coffee pot....


This red handled fork...


And a vintage pencil holder   sharpener.   LOL - Wrote the wrong thing and my Dad called me on it.  See comments below.


I also spied this super cute corduroy jean jacket that fits me perfectly.  I'll be keeping that for myself.


What did you find this weekend?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My Cutting Boards were Featured at ReCycleNation

A couple of my recycled cutting boards were recently featured by Michelle over at Recycle Nation.  How fun is that?




I thought it was kind of cool and I just wanted to share that with you.





Go over and take a look if you want.  Thanks!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Geocaching in Wisconsin Sept. 2015

Last weekend we took my parents with us and did a roadtrip up past Milwaukee, Wisconsin to do a little geocaching.  We were loaded with a list of 20 caches and lots of them had Favorite points, so we were excited.  Caches that have favorite points are usually better than the norm and we were not disappointed.

The first cache wan't one of the better ones, but it was down a nice path near the water of Lake Michigan....






The next cache was called The Witches House.  It was originally owned by a female artist who made all these amazing sculptures on her property....



It's now on the National Register of Historic Places.  I wonder if they will ever open the gates to let people wander around the property?




The house is right on the lake front with a gorgeous view.  There's a no parking sign there, so of course, that's exactly where we parked.  LOL.  I'm a rebel like that.



Alfie's Dog House  was in the cache owners front yard....



We did a couple of caches in Virmond Park - what a fantastic place this was!  I loved the paths with little turnoffs that had park benches, or picnic tables, and a place to grill.  Everything overlooked Lake Michigan and it was a lovely place to walk.  One of the caches, 'Ol Well was at the far end of a wooded path.




Dad and I enjoying the view...


The next cache was The Turning Cache and this one deserved its favorite points.  I can show you the cache container and tell you that it has 2 locks on it.  Both must be opened and accessed in order to get the logbook.  But I cannot show you how we did it.  I just can't give away the surprise....




One of my favorite caches of the day was Take a Deep Breath.   We had actually planned our whole day around this particular cache.  My geocaching friends Dina and Bret were up here a couple weeks ago and did this cache.  They sent me a picture of the cache while they were there because they know I'm a huge Snoopy fan, and told me I have got to get up there and do this cache.  Aren't caching friends the best??


This wasn't an easy cache to figure out.  You have to take something (which I can't show you) and do something with it (which I also can't show you) in order to open the panel door....


Good thing my dad was with us, because he figured it out pretty quickly.  I really doubt I would have cracked this one.  Cute log book too....


My traveling Snoopy had to get in on the photo fun!



 We had to drive down this tiny path to get to the old Settlers Rest for this cache....




And we stayed away from the water here -


But we did find the cache....


Here's another great geocache - Risen King.   This cache was hidden in plain sight, in a church parking lot.  When we pulled in, they were having an outside church service and a bar-b-que.  Our hearts sank because we thought for sure our chances at getting this cache were dashed,  We pulled around to the side lot and could not believe our luck - the parking space where the cache was located was empty!   This cache was really good but I don't want to ruin it by showing you what my dad was doing.  Be sure to go read the cache page and see if you can figure out what type of special equipment we needed to access the cache.  My mom correctly guessed before we left, so we had it with us.


The last cache of the day was a nice one too - Puzzled in Cedarburg.  For this cache was had to go inside a coffee shop In Cederburg, Wisconsin....



..... and ask the cashier for the geocaching box.  We got lucky and found an empty table.


Once we opened the box we found a puzzle inside that had to be put together....



Fortunately, my parents are puzzle masters and made quick work of this bad boy....


Louie and I pretty much sucked on smoothies and placed a piece here and there.  We weren't much help...


Once the puzzle was put together we had to do something with the numbers.  Of course, I can't tell you that either.  LOL.


We ended up getting 16 caches for the day and had a fantastic time.  The whole area up there is just beautiful and it's loaded with great caches.  I also think  my parents totally carried us that day.  I know we'll be headed back up there again soon to grab some more geocaches.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

9-11 Always Remember

Always Remember......


Taking a few days off.  Have a nice weekend.
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