Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I Get My THRILLS.....at the Local GoodWILLS!

I have been on a roll lately with the Goodwill's.......and Hobby Lobby's 80% off sales!
It has been so much fun finding things to deck out our camper with TONS of personality and very little actual $$!
Check these out!

Nifty clever hangers to replace the generic camper ones.

I am going with a fun eclectic look and these will fit right in!

The chickens have already been HUNG!

These plate chargers were just $0.60 each!

The two red French themed pieces will go in the bedroom.
They will look right at home with the pretty green wallpaper in there.
You gotta LOVE that pillow!

I found 4 framed posters. Perfect! They are interesting and light weight.
I MUST have STUFF on every single wall!!!

Great finds for the camper bathroom.
I plan to paper that room with the pink watered silk paper I used in my bathroom last year! I had EXTRA paper left so it won't cost me a penny!!

Not sure where this grape leaf plate holder will 'live' yet.
Never fear! I WILL find the perfect home for it!
Perhaps it will hold books or magazines instead of plates.
Maybe it will even live OUTside! Who knows?

The camper HAS to have a trash can.
This stainless steel one was a STEAL at just $5.99!

And I will need some cute things for our patio at the RV park!!
Good buy for $3.99!

A Yankee votive candle holder was $4.99.
Love the wine theme.

A pretty new shade for a living room lamp.

The OLD lampshade found a new home in the gazebo.
I threw the one I replaced away.
Yes! I DO throw something away on occasion!

I bought this really pretty floor lamp at a Goodwill when I was down at Amber's last week. $17.99 and it is SO pretty! It may stay here in the foyer where I have it now.
Or I may take it on in to the camper. I am addicted to lamps of all sorts!

I thought I would throw in this pic of the valance for the kitchen camper.
I have recycled jeans in just about every way imaginable!

I papered the pantry in the camper and covered the freezer door with more paper!
Not sure yet what I will do to the fridge door. I'll think of something!
(I ran out of the green paper! Using things I have, you know!)

Today has been a hodge podge of emotions and activities.
I got up earlier than Louis Dean for a change. Made coffee, emptied the dishwasher, took out the trash and edged the front yard before he even woke up!

We read and had coffee together - in the camper so we could admire our progress! - and then dressed for and attended a funeral. A neighbor man died. His name is Jesse and he was always walking his beloved little dog and would stop and talk to us from time to time and pet Lucy. Another neighbor came by last night and told us about Jesse's passing. He said that Jesse felt bad on Sunday, went to the doctor on Monday who sent him to the hospital. He was diagnosed with leukemia on Tuesday, went home with hospice on Wednesday and died on Friday. We never even knew he was sick.

Louis Dean and I went out for lunch after the funeral and talked to each other about what we would want done when it's our turn to go. He doesn't want canned music. He's thinking he will record some of his OWN music to be played.
The minister read the poem 'The Dash' - which I dearly love - and the whole experience was more of a celebration than mourning.

We then went to Home Depot, I had my hair cut, worked on the camper, mowed the yard.......a mixed day of mixed activities and mixed emotions.

As Mrs. Morrison used to say when we would plan a time together.......
(she was a friend to me and all my children. I met her when she was 63 - MY age now - and she lived over 30 more years becoming a part of our lives.)

"Little Sweetie, you never know what a day may bring."

When it's all said and done.......today was a good day.

Now we need to close up the camper, put away our tools, get something to eat, put our feet up on the stone wall and sit back as we water the yard and have a nice glass of wine. Who cares if we get to bed at 2 am? We are retired and can sleep as late as we please! If I haven't said it lately - let me say it now!

I LOVE our life!!!


Deb said...

wow Linda you have found some great things for your camper/home...I know you are excited to get it on the road to Houston....

darlin said...

Linda you sure know how to shop and the camper will definitely be home away from home, not just a camper! Fantastic job.

I'm glad to hear that your plans tonight are to get some well deserved R&R, feet up once in a while is good for the soul, especially after a long day of work!

Have a fantastic productive Wednesday!

HoundDogMom said...

You are a true women to my heart. I love shopping at the goodwills. Your camper is becoming quite the little home. So need to watch it come together for your big journey. Have a great blessed day! Sherri

Bernice said...

Love all your finds at the Goodwill
wish I were so lucky. You and LD sure do put in full days
How is Amber and Miss Kailey doing?
Has she been able to get to the hospital to see the other munchkins?

Mummers said...

Mom, lived your blog! You are eclectic yourself ~ you roll with the flow. Love your touches on the camper, it will be your home away from home!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

You are my retirement mentor...and move over Ben and Matt...Linda wrote the original Goodwill Hunting!

Vee said...

What joy!

I'm sorry to read about your neighbor...it must've been something of a shock. I rather like the story, though...what a way to go. Time to know that you're going and not too much time to fret over it.

Wow! I want to go shopping with you. I never find such deals and I mean n.e.v.e.r.

Donley Triplets said...

Score on your finds!! Love the kitchen valance! And you can change the ribbon as often a you want with different colors!!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

You both accomplish so much!!!!!!

It's wise to always take a wise thought, from someone's passing. We can do nothing about the passing. But we can live our lives, as fully as is humanly possible. :-)

We have been figuring out, about what happens, after each of our passings. Our middle son is "in charge," and we tell him what we want. I don't think it's kind, to leave grown children with a "what-do-we-do-now?" situation.

"Somewhere, something incredible
is waiting to be known."

~Carl Sagan

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Linda, so glad you had a fun and interesting day. We did much the same thing (minus the funeral). We went to a second-hand estate sale store and I got a wonderful silver serving tray. (ok it was probably stainless steel but it was pretty.)

Blessings to you - Marsha

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You found such delightful goodies at Goodwill, Linda!

Like Vee said, your neighbor's apssing is sad but he was fortunate not to suffer long.

I can't wait till my husband retires in a year or so so we can relax and have fun together!

Nonnie said...

Wow! A woman with decorating skills, imagination, and the ability to do it without breaking the budget. You and Louis Dean have the retirement thing going.

DukeCityEvents said...


I found your blog via Amber's and I love your look on life!!!

BTW ~ the grape/wine thing is good for towels and you can roll them up and hang it on the wall or a door!!!

Susie said...

Linda, Those are some great finds. I love when things are REALLY on sale. I like all the chicken stuff. Smiles, Susie

Chatty Crone said...

You have some great finds there. When do you have time????

So tell me - I have been telling my daughter about the quads. Did you have your RV already? How long are you staying to help? Does your daughter work? She was asking me for the whole story and I did not know!

Love, sandie

Carla said...

I bow down to you. YOU are the QUEEN of Goodwill and will always be. You have an awesome eye for turning someones throw aways into a Treasure.