Pink Saturday 4/30/2011

Another Pink Saturday from Beverly at How Sweet The Sound. To visit all the participants, just click on the logo below and go visit with them.

More up-close shots of roses around my house. I set the camera to close-up and zeroed in pretty close. I had my flash on. This is what the Canon can do. Love that camera. Love the roses more though. ;-)

This is my coffee filter rose so close I can even see the glue on it. Hmmm, must remember to pick off those strands.


Random Thoughts:

I'm probably one of the few out of billions of people who didn't watch the royal wedding and, actually, haven't even been following it or caught up in the glitz of it. I'm not a royal follower. I did see a picture of her in her dress this morning when I came in to read my morning news on the internet though and I must say she was lovely. Her dress was simple but gorgeous. I've always thought Diana's dress was the ugliest wedding gown I'd ever seen. Oh, do NOT get me wrong. Diana was a lovely woman, but I don't think her style came through until years later. I most certainly wish the couple happiness, but I pity her for marrying a future king. They traditionally have mistresses and I know I couldn't share my hubby with anyone. I want commitment from my man and want to be the only woman in his life. I want someone to marry me who thinks I'm his queen and will remain faithful in this life and the next. And I did marry one.

A few weeks ago I read where Chicago banned homemade lunches and chocolate milk in their schools. Easter eggs are now called Spring Spheres. How silly is this and where will the insanity stop? My lunches from home were better fare than what came out of the cafeteria. Plus, I hate milk, but love hot chocolate. My kids went mostly to private schools just for this reason. My son took an English class and was taught by a Mexican woman who spoke to the kids in Spanish! He couldn't understand her so I got him out of that class as fast as I could make the phone call. That's when I decided to send them to private schools. He now speaks Spanish fluently, but that was after he learned proper English.

I also read a few days ago that calling animals "pets" is insulting. WHAT??? I know how most of you feel about your animals, but calling them pets is not insulting. That's what they are. Fur children is what my daughter calls her 3 cats and 2 dogs and she loves them more than ME! Insanity.

Did you know fingerprints are just friction ridges? Yep, that's what the experts call them.

A father's duty is to protect his children, right after loving their mother. I cannot tell you how sad I feel for those without their fathers. And that is increasing in this age of promiscuity. If a man loves you he will want to make you his wife and have you bear his children.

I think you've had enough of my ramblings for one day. Ooooh, I'm getting better day by day with this foot surgery. ;-)

Weddings and tornadoes and used furniture–oh my!

Between a royal wedding and killer tornadoes it’s been quite a week in parts of the world – and though on a much, much smaller scale (much, much, much) through gray skies and off-and-on rain – Dan and Chris (see side bar if you don’t know who Dan and Chris are) have been making their own news by picking up quality, used furniture.  Our warehouse is over-flowing with some amazing pieces and what follows is a sneak peek showcasing some of the items the guys picked up this week!

Let’s take a look!

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this is a great color brown, leather sofa in very good condition priced $245

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on either side of the great leather sofa are two end tables which are priced $50 each

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this is a lovely wood top, metal base end table priced $85 (and there are two of them – each priced $85)

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here are two fantastic Room & Board over-sized chairs and one ottoman – one chair is priced $195; and the second chair and ottoman are $265; the child’s rocker is $25 (and there are two identical rockers each $25)

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I’m not going to be able to adequately describe the fabric covering this gorgeous McCreary dark gray sofa – it looks a little like flannel but softer, almost spongy (in a good way) – the sofa is firm but comfortable, classic lines, great condition…amazing.  Price?  $395

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the end tables flanking the beautiful McCreary sofa are Lane – mission style – priced $45 each; matching sofa table is $75 (I don’t know why I priced them so cheaply – they’re super nice)

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this retro, two seater sofa is in good condition and a fun color and priced $45

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this is a lovely media center and priced $125

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very nice glass top table and four chairs for $295

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this wonderful glider has a handle which makes the chair stationary (which I’ve never seen before) and we’re selling the glider with the matching ottoman for $95

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this is a super nice Smithe loveseat priced $95 due to some pet hair on it

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this is a gorgeous Henredon lighted curio cabinet and is priced $495

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we received for donation some super nice dining room furniture this week – including this country style table, one leaf and 4 chairs for $195; matching two piece lighted china cabinet for $175; and wonderful buffet for $145

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and then look at this table and four chairs!  It looks fabulous together, but we’ve priced them separately – the glass top table (and the glass is 3/4” thick) sits on a glass and gold chrome base and is priced $295 (one of my volunteers said it would be easy to change the color of the gold chrome); the four parson chairs are on wheels and in excellent condition and priced $200 for all four

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this is a kitchen cart – on locking wheels – and with a little work could be super cute and functional and is priced $25 (Amy – if you’re reading this, this is the piece I was describing to you over the phone)

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here’s an amazing, antique oak one-piece mantel/surround and is priced $785

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these two IKEA dressers are in great shape and priced $145 each

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this dark blue corduroy sleeper sofa has some fading and is priced $60

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remember this donation of prototype (never been used) queen size, brand name, mattresses we received two weeks ago which are priced $325 each?

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well we purchased Englander foundations – brand new, straight from the manufacturer – so we can offer a complete queen-size, NEW set to you!  Price per foundation is $100

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we have even MORE amazing rugs – lots of sizes, colors and prices!

Though you might not have been invited to Will and Kate’s wedding and I hope you weren’t impacted by this week’s tornadoes (though I certainly am praying for those who were) – the circle of life and used furniture continues at Jubilee today (Friday) from 1 to 8 and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4.

Take care, dear reader and I hope you have a wonderful weekend (and best wishes to Deborah and Stephen!)!

Spring Has Finally Arrived

Yesterday I was able to get out into the yard to photograph the spring growth in the yard. It felt wonderful! Anyway, I'm sharing a few things today. Also, a friend, Stacy, who is a professional photographer, came over the other day and showed me some editing features on my iPhoto that even I didn't know. She's so very good on her computer and really put me to shame showing me things that I sat in stunned silence for several seconds since she isn't even on a Mac. I'll be doing more practice with my camera around the house today. I'm very blessed to count this young chick as my friend.

This is our apple tree blossoming out.

Using my close-up setting on my Canon proves you can get good up-close photos.

This wasn't the best up-close photo but I'll share my failures as well as my successes.

Our new cherry tree.

My favorite tree is Quaking Aspen. I just love how the leaves flutter in the slightest breeze.

Hubby's Concord grapes are budding out also. Did you know you can actually watch grapes grow as they grow so fast, probably an inch every few days and can easily grow 15 ft. in one season? (Nope, I didn't focus correctly on this one either.)
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