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Saturday, October 11, 2014

CELEBRATING AUTUMN RANDOMNESS

Fall Randomness #1
You know that when I can't think of anything to blog about, I show you a quilt.
I made this quilt top in 2002, which was then machine quilted by Terri Lynn Ballard.  We then donated the quilt to the Colorado Quilting Council to use as a raffle which raised several thousand dollars for the organization.  The quilt is 71" x 95" and contains almost 2000 pieces.  I chose a large variety of gradated fabrics to achieve the "glow" in the center of the quilt.  We named it "Autumn Glow".  It was later published in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine in May 2003. When you make a fundraiser quilt, you always hope the winner enjoys it as much as you enjoyed making it.

Fall Randomness #2
Having just had surgery 10 days ago, I was reminded of another October surgery in my past when I was a young mother.  It was of a much more serious nature, and I was in the hospital for a week.  In those days, they didn't allow children to visit on the surgical floor; so it was a loooooong week.  I'm sure I was much more traumatized by the separation than my two-year old was.  
Is there anything cuter than a squeaky clean two-year-old 
 in their jammies and ready for bed?
Not only did I miss him, but I missed Fall completely during that week.  Due to Montana's fickle weather that year, when I went into the hospital it was summer; and when I came out it was winter.

Fall Randomness #3
These pears were such a beautiful Fall color, I had to take a picture of them.  That's what blogging does to you -- you withhold food from your family until you can get your camera out!

Fall Randomness #4
There's gold in them, there hills!  Colorado mountain gold!


Fall Randomness #5
This mum plant from my mother-in-law's funeral is so beautiful, I just had to show it again.

Autumnal Joy, Everyone!

I'm celebrating my joy with the following:
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday
Confessions of a Plate Addict for The Scoop Tuesday
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays At Our Home
Coastal Charm for Show and Share Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Vintage Tuesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for WOW Us Wednesdays
Green Willow Pond for What We Accomplished Wednesday
Imparting Grace for Grace at Home Thursday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
Nancherrow for Fridays Unfolded
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks

Thursday, October 9, 2014

THE END OF AN ERA

Here at Salmagundi we lead a very uneventful, peaceful, and thankful life.  But, every once in awhile; there's is a bump in the road.  Last week was one of those weeks.  
We have known all summer that Bob's mother, who celebrated her 100th birthday in May, was deteriorating.  We were called in last Tuesday to her bedside (100 miles away).  Bob and I, his sisters, and hospice were there.  She passed away peacefully on Wednesday. 
I had previously scheduled gall bladder surgery for Thursday.  After some thought, we decided I should go ahead with the surgery.  I hated to miss the funeral, but traveling wasn't an option.  Bob was gone for a couple of days to the service and to help his sisters clean out the apartment; but I got along just fine by myself.  I'm so thankful that my surgery went very well, as Bob certainly didn't need anything else to attend to.
Beautiful mum plant from the funeral

My mother-in-law was the best MIL anyone could have had -- we had a very good relationship for 56 years.  Is that some kind of record? Who has a mother-in-law for 56 years?  She never interfered, she loved our kids and grandkids, she taught me so much about sewing and cooking, and treated me like another daughter (only better).  I knew I was welcomed into the family when she told me I could put a diaper on a kid so much better than her own daughters could!!!  She said that their kids' diapers always sagged down around the knees; but mine were pinned up there good and tight -- oh, the days before disposable diapers.   

We will miss her very much.

Hopefully, next week I will return to my usual blogging schedule.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A BIRTHDAY AND A BLOG BREAK


18 YEARS IN THE MAKING!


From day one you stole our hearts.  We'll love you forever!
Happy 18th Birthday,  Sweet Cait.
- - - - - - - - - -
  I will be on a break from the blog world for a little while.  My surgeon has decided that I need a cholecystectomy!  I'll be back when I return from anesthesia la-la land.  Ugh!!!!!!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

AUTUMN GLORY

For your Fall viewing pleasure -----
 All of the wonderful colors of harvest time ---

 Wrapped up in one glorious punch bowl ----




Blank from Limoges, France; Hand Painted by Pickard Studio, Chicago. 

Thanks to my Great-Grandmother DeLong for her foresight in purchasing this punch bowl many, many years ago; and for choosing me to be the caretaker of it during my generation!

I'm joining the following:
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday
Our Home Away from Home  for Tuesdays At Our Home
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Vintage Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for WOW Us Wednesdays
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FARM SALVAGE MEETS AUTUMN ON OUR PORCH

 I usually hang something seasonal by the front door on our porch -- this year for Fall I went with something rustic.
On our last visit to the farm salvage yard (my favorite shopping mecca), I picked up some grain elevator scoops.  I had no idea what I was going to use them for -- just loved their shape and patina.
 Bob mounted two of them on a couple of old boards, and I filled them with a touch of autumn. 



I've written before about my love affair with farm salvage yards!  You can check those posts out here and here.

 Here's a picture of my favorite farm salvage yard -- if you see one along the way, don't pass it up -- treasures await!

I'm joining the following:
Savvy Southern Style for Falling For Fall Porch Party on 9/22/14
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday
Confessions of a Plate Addict for The Scoop Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Show and Share Tuesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
Nancherrow for Fridays Unfolded
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday

Sunday, September 14, 2014

OUR HOUSE JOURNEY

Last week we celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary, which made me think about all of the houses we have lived in over the years.  From the beginning, we have been nesters - always working on our homes -- gallons of paint, yards of curtain fabric, etc.
Our first apartment -- we were newly-married teenagers, in college, and no money.  We rented this furnished basement apartment for $45 a month.  We scrubbed the two rooms; I made new curtains; and then instead of a honeymoon with our wedding money we bought our first automatic washing machine (we didn't own another stick of furniture). We were proud of our first nest even though it really was a dark little dump.
September 1958 - February 1959
 We then moved to this nicer basement apartment closer to campus.  I made more curtains for tiny little basement windows.
February 1959 - June 1961
After graduation, we moved to Denver and a second floor apartment - no more basements.  These metal kitchen cabinets were the turquoise color popular in the 1960s.
June 1961 - January 1962
We tired quickly of second floor living and moved to a duplex where we could again have our own washing machine.  I made more curtains.
January 1962 - November 1962
 Our dream finally came true to buy our first house.  We bought this cute little house with the smallest kitchen in the world on a half acre in Lakewood, Colorado.  What fun we had -- painting, refinishing floors, making more curtains, and having our first garden.  Remember these portable dishwashers?
November 1962 - November 1964
 Grad school was beckoning, so we sadly sold our first house, moved back to Ft. Collins, Colorado, and bought this little house for $12,500.  I can't believe that we painted these kitchen cabinets pinky-orange.  I made white dotted-swiss curtains -- it really did turn out charming!
November 1964 - December 1966
  After graduation (again), we took a job in Sidney, Montana. We couldn't find anything to buy, so we rented this house for nine months (I made more kitchen curtains). 
December 1966 - September 1967
We were expecting our first child, and finally found this house to buy.  It had the world's second smallest kitchen.  We became a family of three here.
September 1967 - November 1971
But, oh, how I missed Colorado.  A job opportunity presented itself to move back to our hometown of Rocky Ford, Colorado.  Along with the job of City Engineer came the benefit of living in the city house by the water plant rent free.  It was a lovely old house built in 1899.  We tried to buy it as we missed owning our own house, but the city declined.  We became a family of four in this house.
November 1971 - December 1973
The urge to own our own house again was strong, so we built this new house and included a built-in dishwasher.
December 1973 - April 1976
Finally the city decided to sell the 'house on the hill' to us for $25,000.  We sold our new house and moved back to the old house -- who does that?????? -- leaving a brand new kitchen for a tiny remuddled 1940's kitchen. (Which I had found impossible the first time we lived in this house.) We had to buy a portable dishwasher again!
April 1976 - March 1980
And, the work began.  Bob began stripping the paint off the woodwork - there were eleven doors and windows in the living room alone.  The house had a total of 61 windows -- we added wood shutters to several windows, but I also made lots and lots of curtains. 
Once again a new job opportunity called us to move.  We sold the 'old house on the hill' for twice what we had paid for it and we bought this tri-level in Canon City, Colorado.  We lived in this house 10 years; and I still couldn't find a single picture of the kitchen after we changed out the avocado appliances and painted the dark kitchen cupboards a pretty blue.
March 1980 - February 1990
All of a sudden we had an empty nest, and we were yearning for another old house to work on.  This house deserves a post of its own - I have so many good before and after pictures of all of the work we did on this house.  However, all of the ladder work and the stairs finally got to me; I had both hips replaced while living here.
February 1990 - November 1997
The bungalow sold quickly and we bought what has become our forever house.  I've never lived in a house for this long my entire life; but it has become the perfect retirement house.   After 56 years, we're still nesting big time -- always coming up with new projects.  We renovated the kitchen last winter, and Bob just finished painting the screened-in porch floor this last week!  He's the handy, energetic one - he can put the paint on or he can take it off - I'm lucky as all I have to do is ask!!!!
November 1997 - Forever
Each one of these homes hold special memories from different stages of our lives. 
 I've always loved moving, and every move was made with great anticipation; but we are really quite content now right here in our forever house.

I'm joining the following:
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday
Coastal Charm for Show and Share Tuesday
Kathe With an E for You've Gonna Love It Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for WOW Us Wednesday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
Imparting Grace for Grace at Home Thursday
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WICKER LOVE AND PROCRASTINATION

A few months ago, we bought this vintage wicker chair to use in the living room for extra seating  - it's only fault was that it did not have a cushion.  I thought -- no problem -- I've made lots of cushions and pillows over the years.
 I decided that I did not want to make a design statement with the cushion, because I like to change out the pillows and throws occasionally.  So, I ended up choosing an upholstery-weight black corduroy and a black poplin for the cording to provide a little textural contrast.
Procrastination set in big time at that point.  I couldn't make myself work on the cushion.  Sewing black on black -- the light had to be JUST right in the sewing room I told myself -- a lot of cloudy, rainy days this summer!  
"Tomorrow!" 
"Boring work on something neutral and simple!"
"Tomorrow!"  
Finally, a month ago, I made myself start -- telling myself that I only had to work on it 15 minutes each day until done.
 
It only took three months to accomplish a day's worth of work.
Whatever -- I love the finished product. 
I've never thought of myself as a procrastinator as I've always jumped right in and got it done.    
But, guess I've become one.  My apologies to my family for all of the harping on the subject over the years. 

 Do you procrastinate or get it done right away?

I'm joining the following:
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
Boogie Board Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Confessions of a Plate Addict for The Scoop Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Green Willow Pond for What We Accomplished Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Nancherrow for Fridays Unfolded

Friday, September 5, 2014

CELEBRATION TIME

56 YEARS AND STILL COUNTING!

SUNDAY IS OUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY ---

SEPTEMBER 7, 1958
Celebration plans of the best kind: 
 church -- out for lunch -- day spent with the grandkids!

Did you know that the first Sunday in September after labor day is National Grandparent's Day?  It was designated as such by President Carter in 1978.  This year it happens to fall on our wedding anniversary!!

Hope you get to celebrate with your special young people, too.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CHOP! CHOP!

Recently, I latched onto this little nine-inch chopping block.  
Actually, it has been stored in our garage for a few years, but originally it was in my mother-in-law's kitchen.  I remember her chopping anything and everything on it preparing for many meals.  (She never heard of bacteria-contaminated cutting boards!  She is now 100 years old and her children are 75, 78, and 81 -- guess it didn't hurt.)  Her father, Grandpa Bloyd, had made the board from salvaged walnut and apple wood.

Now, it has a future in our kitchen.

It elevates anything ordinary ---
Serves as a frame for a garden bouquet ---
Or, simply,  is a reminder of family history.

For now, I must go roast those tomatoes to put in the freezer for use in winter soups.  I always think the tomatoes will never ripen on the vine; then I wonder what I'm going to do with all of them!!

I'm joining the following:
Be Different Act Normal for Show and Tell Saturdays
Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks
Smiling Sally for Blue Monday
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Knick of Time Interiors for Knick of Time Vintage Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Tuesday Show and Share
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
Imparting Grace for Grace at Home Thursday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Nancherrow for Fridays Unfolded