Sunday, July 29, 2012


This week August will begin. I'm ready as summer is not my favorite time of the year. Bring on Fall and the Holidays!

In the meantime, we need to finish up the summer projects.
We're getting a new roof - the shingles have been delivered and placed on the roof. Hopefully, the crew will be here this week to do the dirty work; and we will have a new 'onyx black' roof. The change in roof color, of course, will probably mean a complete paint job on the house. I'm already looking at paint samples.
Our house is 26 years old, and the fence was showing its age. Bob has decided to replace it in stages. Our son came home for a few days to help with the sides and gates. When you get two highly educated mathematicians/engineers together, things are checked for level over and over!
And, if you are 10 years old, wet concrete just calls for getting your hands dirty.
And, what have I been doing -- lots of cooking to keep the troops fed. Real men DO eat quiche!
This cutie and I have some major shopping plans week after next before school starts. That's the best part of summer for a soon-to-be high school sophomore. She's been pretty busy this summer training for the cross-country season plus she goes to church camp next week for some serious volunteer labor. As she gets older, 'grammy time' gets shortened; but we plan to make up for it on our shopping trip.
I'm taking a blogging break for a couple of weeks to finish up the summer and recharge my batteries. See you then!

Friday, July 20, 2012


Bob came home recently from an auction with this little school desk.
 Some may think its chippy goodness is perfect, but that's rarely an option with Bob.  The fun for him is disassembling an item; and restoring everything back to working condition and restoring the wood back to an original finish. 
 The desk portion tilts and can be adjusted up and down.
 The drawer has a pencil tray, and the drawer pull has a patent date of March 25, 1910 on it.
Sometimes, I have a hard time giving up things that Bob restores. This is one of them, but it is off to the consignment store -- hopefully, someone will buy it that loves it as much as I do!

Bob found this in a barn cheap.  It was full of hay and mouse droppings.  After a thorough scrubbing and disassembling, he stripped the wood.
This thing is huge and heavy -- much bigger than the average cedar chest. The top hinges for lots of storage and would be perfect in a mudroom.  After Bob finished doing his thing, it turned out pretty neat.
You never know if something like this will sell -- it takes just the right person with the right space.  It sold within two days!

Once again, our state is in mourning.  Please pray for the families of the victims of the horrific massacre at the movie theater in the Aurora suburb of Denver last night.

I'm joining the following parties.  Please check them out for a plethora of inspiration.
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasure Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday Treasures
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Restore Interiors for Restored It Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


I don't know what it is -- I don't know where it came from --
 I don't know what it is doing balancing on a steel rod out in the corner of our vegetable garden --
 I do know that every morning when I look out my bedroom window, I dream that maybe it could become a cloche; and just possibly become the star of Marty's Cloche Party on July 24.
 "Put anything of IMPORTANCE under a cloche, and it becomes a thing of beauty."
 I think I read that wrong -- it must have said, "Put anything of BEAUTY under a cloche, and it becomes more important."
Oh, well --- whatever --- dream on ---
or as my granddaughter says, "No es bueno -- epic fail!"  I think  I read too many decorating blogs.
Sorry, Marty, maybe next time.

Be sure to stop by Marty's blog, A Stroll Thru Life for the party on July 24th.  There really are clever and creative people out there that do magical things with a cloche.

As I continue to spread my lack of creative clocheness, I'm joining these other parties -- please, also, check them out.
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Jann Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Saturday, July 14, 2012


People are often amazed at the amount of family stuff we have.  Well, I come from a long line of savers, and being the oldest grandchild on both sides of my family; I inherited a lot of stuff.  Some of it was wonderful like great dishes and furniture; but a lot of it we are still wondering what on earth we are supposed to do with it!!!  Among the questionable items are 17 World War II ammunition boxes full of papers from the paternal side of my family; and that are now stored in our shed.
 That's right - 17 of these huge things.  They are about 12" wide, 18" tall, and 40" deep, and they are full of cancelled checks; receipts; birth, confirmation, and death certificates; bill of sales; and lists of this and that dating from the 1880s up through the 1960s.  If you need to know how much it cost to ship a load of sheep on the railroad in 1927, I probably can find a piece of paper that tells you.
 As an example of what we are up against, we recently found this envelope with this note in my great-grandmother's handwriting.  We laughed at how ridiculous this was.  Not only was she NOT going to get rid of these useless papers; BUT my family has kept them since her death in 1951.
 By the time this had filtered down to me, all that was in the envelope was this 1937 receipt.
Now, pray tell, what am I suppose to do?  Do I destroy something that has been kept all of these years?  Of course, we'll keep the birth, etc. certificates -- some of them have lovely graphics and are important family history.
But, some of this stuff is meaningless -- just old.
I've about come to the conclusion just to keep it out in the shed in the waterproof World War II ammunition boxes; and leave it to my kid's discretion after I'm gone.  Sounds like a solution to me -- after all that's what my ancestors did.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Guess I didn't need to go junk hunting this week. Bob seems to be clearing out his garage, so he keeps bringing things into the house wanting to know if I want to keep this or that; and, if so, where can it go IN the house.
I don't know where this came from, but it is a part of store receipt board. In his family's grocery store, they had one where they kept charged receipts. When a customer (my family included) came into the store, bought their groceries on credit, the receipts were filed in this type of apparatus. Then, at the end of the month, they would total up the receipts and mail the statements out hoping the customers would pay. I know that Bob's dad carried a lot of customers on the books during rough times.
It has these double clips on both sides.
For now, I've clipped some old family pictures on it. See that man on the horse in the top cowboy picture -- that's the grandson of President Monroe, a friend of my grandfather. Both my Dad and our son are named after him.

And, that's your history lesson from the Salmagundi household for the week. Does anyone have other ideas that I could use for this thing-a-ma-jig?

I'll be joining the following blogs this week -- please check them out for a plethora of inspiration:
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday Treasures
No Minimalist Here for Thursday Open House
Jann Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

Sunday, July 1, 2012


As a child, the Fourth of July was a favorite holiday -- it ranked right up there with Christmas.  My step-grandfather in Kansas was born on July 4, so we often traveled to Kansas from Colorado in the heat of summer to celebrate with a picnic and lots of fireworks.  Even with the heat, the humidity, and the chiggers; it was always fun!  And because of World War II at the time, always a very patriotic and emotional holiday for the adults.
For my tablescape centerpiece, I gathered a few things to remind me of that time.  You can't think of Kansas without a sunflower.  
 That picture hiding behind the leaf is of me taken during 
World War II holding a flag.  There's an antique postcard of Betsy Ross and an old George Washington bank holding a flag.
 In front of the old drawer, I've assembled three generations of selective service cards from my family starting with 1918 (WW I), 1945 (WW II), and 1956 (Vietnam War).  Also, are Bob's and my War Ration Books.  Both of our mothers thought these important enough to save all of these years.
  The tablescape includes my Mikasa Italian Countryside white dishes - a bargain at a thrift store of 6 place settings for $27.
 The red Fostoria glasses, plates, and bowls were gifts from my mother in the late 1960s.  I have three sizes of glasses, the plates, and the bowls - service for 12 -- always perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day and any patriotic holiday.
 At each place is an antique patriotic postcard.
 I just found this set of eight place mats at an antique/gift store.  They are locally hand-woven.  
I'll be joining the following parties this week in celebration of our nation's Independence Day.  Please stop by these blogs and tell them hello!
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
No Minimalist Here for Thursday Open House
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
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What did I do with my French jar that I posted about here?  I filled it with memorobilia from trips to France -- boarding passes, museum passes, business cards, maps, and every tourist's purchase - a miniature Eiffel Tower

In doing a little research, I believe the jar is just an ordinary French canning jar and fairly new.