Ruth Ann and I hit up a couple of thrift stores, did a few errands and shopped Aldi all on Tuesday afternoon. We weren't out for more than 3 hours but we got a lot done!
I was pleased with my treasures!
Left to right -
3 napkins to match place mats bought there a few weeks ago - $0.75
3 more napkins that match the tablecloth in the den - $0.75
Barely A. Bear - brand new and in the box - $2.99 less 25%.
2 coffee mugs from Crate and Barrel - $0.45 each.
2 Fall trays - $1.50 for both.
A twin size sheet for Harrison - $.75
Cool woven bag - $1.75
Pad for Louis Dean's chair in the gazebo - $4.00
A banner I will embellish with buttons and stitching for next summer - $0.75
It was pretty hot Tuesday but NOT as hot as Monday!
Still, Ruth Ann and I have to pace ourselves these days.
We plan to start walking again - as soon as it cools off.
Oh, FALL, where art thou??
Tuesday night we painted!
Ruth Ann brought over dinner and it was delicious!
Chicken salad on croissants, fresh watermelon and cantalope, chips and dips....
We even ate in the den at the game table and still I forgot to take a photo!
We freeze our palettes from week to week so I pulled this one out and started to paint.
It saves a lot of time not having to lay a fresh pallete every session!
Just a few more detail touches and these are done.
The sunflowers have been so much fun to paint!
All four of these are destined to be gifts or for the Family Reunion Auction but I am already planning at least two more canvases so I will have them to keep for ME!
The last of my Birthday Boxes from Summer arrived Tuesday night after art.
One held an assortment of scones mixes, fancy specialty teas and flavored honey stix!
The other box was a set of cardinal flannel sheets!
I am still contemplating a cardinal painting for this Christmas.
Summer has been so thoughtful with each and every gift.
She knows her mama well.
Sadly, Summer had to go home from work Monday noon in great pain.
Her back has caused her problems for years now but injections had been helping. Apparently, they have totally worn off and she just turned at her desk and pain shot through her like a knife.
The pain has been so bad that even strong medication hasn't held it at bay yet.
She's to see a specialist Friday morning and my hopes and prayers are that she finds some relief and they can do the injections again soon.
It hurts a mother's heart to see their child in pain......no matter how old that child is.
I went to sleep with a prayer on my heart for her.
This morning I woke up all excited! I was getting my bandages off!
This left toe has been so much easier than the right one!!
To celebrate, Louis Dean and I took ourselves out to lunch!
This place is the same age I am!
LD was a happy man!
It's been awhile since we have been out and about.
We had a good time and I even stopped in at a resale shop a few doors down from Big State and picked up a couple of bargains.
As soon as I got home, I polished my toenails!
TWO good feet!!
I'm still hobbling around a bit but the hard part's over!
Then I promptly went back to bed and took a 3 hour nap!
I really am taking things easier.
I don't know if it's because I am about to have a birthday or what -
but I am bordering on feeling 'elderly.'
While I do not want to miss out on adventures and living, I am learning that scaling back will be what allows me to live life a little longer than if I run myself into the ground.
That old high energy metabolism isn't what it used to be!
Still, as I tell my daughters, THIS is as good as it gets!
Whatever age you are - a few years from now you will look back on photos and think, "My goodness! Look how YOUNG I was!" I learned this around the age of 50 and I try to keep this in mind!
The wrinkles are NOT going away......so just embrace the changes and be grateful for what you have!! That's what I try to do. Just think - 20 years from now I will look at the pictures from today and marvel!
Did you know that Olivia de Havilland is 100 years old?
And she is STILL beautiful?
This gives me hope and encouragement!
Tonight I did another session of arts and crafts while Louis Dean worked on his music.....
This was a day to truly appreciate!!