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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me and My Youngest!

Time for Mosaic Monday with Mary over at Little Red House

Linda for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm

Diane for 2nd Time Around at A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

 Suzanne for Vintage Thingie Thursday at Coloradolady

Monday is my youngest son's (19)
and my birthdays (my lips are sealed).
We are off to play in Monterey
with my daughter and oldest son and his girlfriend....
middle son is still on vacation in Pennsylvania.

I will be taking my camera
and posting our escapades ☺

In the mean time here a couple finds from
a quick stop on Saturday.

The 2 vintage Dansk enamelware pans were .50 each
 and have already sold out of my eBay Store.
The vintage wood Munsing Bowl should be listed this week.

Slim pickens last weekend....
Hopefully better next ☺  

Happy Mother's Day!!

I'd like to wish all the Mother's out in
blogland a very Happy Mother's Day!
Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,

I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

Lookie What I got!

I was lucky enough to be the winner
of Mary's Meanderings Seed Giveaway!

Imagine my surprise when I opened the package and saw all these!

Everything was wrapped so pretty I didn't want to open them.......
for a minute anyway ;)

such sweet embellishments inside...
seam binding, wooden spools, pages, cards, buttons.
Even some yummy tea to make and sip.
Can't wait til I have time to create with these goodies. 

Isn't that the sweetest tag you've ever seen?
Love the way she decorated these...so feminine

More goodies...math cards, trims, shells, buttons, beads
and then of course
The Seeds!

Mary, you certainly out did yourself!
I can't thank you enough for the seeds
and ALL the extras!!
Thank you Mary!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Update in Front Gardens

Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsie Time
be sure to pop over and see everyone's gardens

The front garden is comming along nicely.
From ridding the lawn that I mentioned here.
It's 3 years old now.
Thought I'd show before and after pictures.


to no lawn!!!

The Paths go in..

~the first year~

Time to plant...
I put in some perenials and bulbs
with annuals for color
water orb is added (rocks left of photo)

~the second year~

more planting of perenials
added a Pomergranite and Beauty Bush
last years plants are bigger

~this year~

everything is filling in nicely
still adding more plants
Cherry tree was planted

my first ever Foxglove
(not that I haven't tried before)
isn't she gorgeous!

and my first ever Lily of the Valley!
(again, not that I haven't tried!)
I know she is puny,
but I think she's adorable!

a mosaic showing some of the
plants that are blooming in front

Starting clockwise from the left:
Lavender, Tulips, Chives, Cranesbill,
Sweet William,  Lavender
center is a Pelargonium.

I think my neighbors thought I was crazy
when I disposed of the lawn.
I like to think they understand now,
especially since it's filling in.
it will continue to evolve as gardens do.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Trials and Tribluations of Being a Pet Owner

I wanted to mention this to any of you who have pets
as something to watch for.

Yesterday our Siamese mix, Baylee,
had surgery to remove a tumor.
It was on her left shoulder muscle and
was from receiving vaccines over the years.
Vets no longer give vaccines in this area
due to the possiblity of this happening.
And unfortunatly these turn into Sarcoma Tumors.

A large section from two of her shoulders muscles were removed,
along with whatever it is that holds the muscles in place.
Since there is alot of blood flow to muscles,
they will heal quickly and grow.

Her lab work came back to show that she has Hyperthyroidism,
which explains her Pancreatitis, weight loss
and elevated white count.

She also had two broken teeth removed while under.

Needless to say, she was sent home with lots of meds
and instructions.
Meds for the Thyroid, nausea, 2 pain medications,
and antibiotics.
Lactated Ringers was also sent as well as a saline solution.
Her catheter was left in so as to be able to
administer the Ringers followed by the saline twice a day.

She is not a happy camper, to say the least. 
She would leave her stitiches alone so she had to get and E collar.

Her cath comes out on Friday.
I'll find out about her stitches at that time,
along with the results from the tumor...
whether they think they got it all or not.
In a perfect world she would have radiation,
but my world is not perfect.

She is 14 years old so hopefully this won't be an issue
for her remaining years.  

She had a rough night but will improve as time goes on.

Monday, May 3, 2010

California's Largest Yard Sale and more

What a great weekend!
Hope you have a successful Treasure Hunt too!

Please join these ladies wonderful parties!

Linda for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm 
Diane for 2nd Time Around at A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Suzanne for Vintage Thingie Thursday at Coloradolady

Last Saturday was the annual "California's Largest Yard Sale"
It's put on each year by the local radio staions at Downey High School In Modesto, CA (of American Graffitti fame)

Well over 100 vendors to peruse.
I was really excited becasue even though this is it's 5th year,
it was my first time attending

just about anything you can imagine...

is there.

And yes I found Treasure!!!

Like new cotton rug (background) ($1)
enamelware colander ($1)
vintage Hershey box with vintage puzzle inside (.25)
unknown if the puzzle is complete,
doesn't matter to me..great for altered art
I actually bought it for the box! LOL
2 containers of mini ball ornamnets (.50 ea)
I keep finding these and buying them :p
cheese dome ($2)
vintage bird cage feeder and canle (.25 ea)
and a vintage cast iron ????
OK anyone know what kind fo pan this is??
round cupped sections to cook??

3 blue bottles ($1 ea)
to start my bottle tree ☺
small wooden tray (.50)
oval frame (.75)
pink glass creamer ($2)
pink and faux fur pouch/coin purse/clutch (.10)

vintage painted framed cloth ($5)
wall basket (.50)
faux lemons, pears, cherries (.75 all)
2 pins ($1. ea) for my daughter
vintage rhinestone bracelet, no missing stones ($3) 

and the best of all....
a reptile cage!

On the last row I turned just right and
saw a corner of this poking out from under a bunch of stuff. 

Perfect for my daughter's Ball Python.
He has outgrown his current cage.
Wire covered ventilation holes in the back,
attached light with protective cover on the ceiling,
with a nice secure door.
I held my breath as I asked how much it was...
when he said $40.00
I calmly said "I'll take it"
Meanwhile I was jumping up and down inside!
I really expected him to say twice that amount if not more.
Cages like this, even though handmade, bring a pretty penny.

When we got back in town I headed for the Garden Club's yard sale.
It was about noon so thought they would still be going strong.

They were packing up as I parked!
We got out anyway,
they said we could look through the boxes
and everything was half off.
So we did!

Found these 3 decanters ($1.25 ea)
they will head to my eBay store. 

a brown bag full of old patterns (.50) eBay too
a lamp shade (.25)
old jar (.25)
coffee can of silica gel (.25)
7 bunches of millinery flowers (.25 ea) 

and of course a few plants...

a couple of peach Cannas poking up in the brown pot
and some little succulents
(.10 ea)

My oldest son has started a veggie garden so I picked up the only veggies they had left..
a tomato (.50)
horseradish (.50)

Wish I could have been in both places at once!

It looked like the Garden Club's sale would have been great too,
maybe next year.


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