Pink Saturday Apron Giveaway #6

Our weather has changed dramatically in the past few days, getting much colder. I looked out the patio window this morning and thought I'd get a few pictures of the last vestiges of summer. Fall is officially here. Our cherry tree got zapped by a frost a few nights ago, but today it's looking even more frosted. I can see Love Bunny's mower tracks in the grass. It crunched under my feet at about 9 am this morning. And just to the right in the photo are the tomato plants dying. Hubs picked the last ones a few days ago and we are now trying to distribute them to as many neighbors as we can!

This little carpet rose bush is struggling to keep going up until the very last minute.

I try to keep my photos at 800 pixels wide so you can't see this very well but if you could see it at 3800 pixels you would see the frost on the roses. It looks like sugar frosting. Just beautiful to view it in the garden.

The winner for last week's apron is


Congratulations, Sugar!!

Welcome once again to Pink Saturday. Pop over to Beverly's blog and view all the participants for today.


This is the 6th apron giveaway. Just leaving a comment on this post will enter you to win the apron below. Simple. Easy. Do it!


Rooms and Random Thoughts

We've returned from a week with our granddaughter and her family. It was wonderful and very tiring for both of us, but we did bond a bit with Caroline. She's such a delight.

I woke up yesterday at 4 am and got up about 5 am, came in here and surfed a while, went back to bed at 6 and finally got up at 7 am. I hit the floor running and finally about 9 pm I sat down. It was the busiest day I've had for months.

Rooms I've thought were very pretty. Actually, they're just "fluff" to my...Random Thoughts that follow. ;-)

This sofa reminds me of one my grandmother had when I was a kid.

The lamp on the side table is what capture my attention mostly.

I LOVE this sofa!

Why can't my bedroom look this good?

Again, red/pink and yellow. My favorite color combination.

There isn't anything about this room I don't like. I love love love this room.

A gorgeous traditional bedroom.

Random Thoughts:

I ate my way through 3 states again. I'm feeling so fat it seems as if I've been raised from birth for sacrifice.

Hubs and I are silly sometimes when driving on a trip. Actually, I'm silly most of the time, but life is fun for me.

Anyway, while driving back from Washington I was looking at hubs' profile and mentioned to him that I'd like to see that little smirk I love so much and is sooooo sexy. It takes him a while to get that smirk right, and I tell him when he's reached that point but this time I went further. I said, "What do you know that I don't?", just as a question—because that smirk reminds me of someone who knows something I don't. He said, "Well, I know a lot about Plutonium 238." Ooookaaaay, let's go with that then. (When he was in the Marines he was in nuclear weapons and knows a lot about that sort of thing. He doesn't tell me everything as it was on a "need to know" basis and didn't consider me a "need-to-know" person and refuses to tell me things that he did 40 years ago in the military. That's fine.

Next, we saw a man and his son on horseback on a road just off the freeway here in Idaho. I said, "They must be looking for their cows." He said, "There aren't any cows in sight." I said, "I said they must be looking for them, not found them!"

We follow the advice we get from our church leaders as diligently as we can. Several years ago we were counseled to not deface our bodies with tattoos or have more than one earring in our ears—women—and men to not wear earrings at all. We've always had counsel to not smoke or drink alcohol and I don't. When I look at what's happening in our world today I think of how wise our church leaders are in this counsel. It's our choice but wise counsel. I now see beautiful young women and men with tattoos running up and down their arms, on their faces and even grandmothers with them. I've never ever liked defacing my body and don't and even removed the earrings from my ears. I think our church leaders knew the coming rage among people and warned us to follow the example of Christ. I'm sure glad I did. Although Love Bunny has a USMC tattoo on his bicep, he tries to not let it show by wearing shirts that cover it and besides, he had it long before he joined the church. Our bodies are our temples.

I haven't yet started on my Italian lessons as I've been so busy just with life but I'll do it probably next year. I took Spanish and French in high school and in college and have forgotten most of it, but I do speak fluent sarcasm!

In this family the competition is pretty stiff establishing one's self as an eccentric, but I give it the my best shot to out-eccentric my daughter. Sometimes it's a losing battle. Truly! My granddaughter and I are just thrilled she rethought her decision and finally refused Judge Judy's invitation to be on her show. This is true; I kid you not! Whew.

I think you've had enough of me for one day. Smile, I love all of ya!

Off this week…

on vacation

not doing anything exciting – unless you find yard and house work exciting – but I’m not working at Jubilee Furniture.  No Tuesday customer inspiration.  No Friday update post.  Sorry!  Some day I hope to have someone else take photos and fill in when I’m out – but until then, I got nothing.

Though I’m not working – Dan and Chris are – and there are tons of pick ups scheduled and they all sound amazing!  Also, tomorrow the guys will start a complete hotel donation from the Hampton Inn in Carol Stream (the hotel has been purchased and the new owners are remodeling) – and the furniture is fantastic (and all matching which is something we don’t often have available for our customers – so I’m excited!).  This week we’ll pull out one floor – about 20 rooms – of furniture and then another floor in a couple of weeks.

Though I won’t be at the store this weekend, Connie, Linnea, Anne and Ginger will be covering for me and we’ll be open our usual Friday from 1 to 8 and Saturday from 9 to 4.

I’ll see you back here next Tuesday, November 1st!

Until then – God’s peace to you, dear reader!

A Spiritual Melody for Sunday 10/23/2011

Another one by Yiruma. I think I'll buy his album.

Pink Saturday Apron Giveaway #5

I'm so sorry I almost forgot to post who won the apron. I schedule these posts weeks in advance sometimes and then forget to post the winner but here it is.


Congratulations, chick!

Get in touch with me, sugar, and give me your address. I'll mail it off to you on Monday.

Another Pink Saturday hosted by Beverly. Thank you, my sweet blogger friend.


This little beauty is the 5th apron giveaway. I have to tell you that the top part of the apron's pink paisley is one of my all-time favorite prints. I love that fabric. To win you simply leave a comment and your name goes into a drawing. That's it. Just that simple.

I'm no different than any other great-grandma or grandma. I love seeing photos of Miss Caroline. This is her at dinner last night eating corn on the cob. Tonight my granddaughter and her hubby are taking us to Applebee's!!! Yippee!!!! Nothing gets in my Friday night date night, even if it does include my granddaughter and great-granddaughter.

No random thoughts this week, but just you wait until next week. ;-)

There’s nothing unwanted about the fabulous furniture found at Jubilee each week!

Several months ago I started getting unwanted emails offering me things like: free credit scores, dating for people 50 and older, how to make $600 a day from my home and auto deals.  Instead of simply deleting these emails – because I was afraid they would multiple if I did – I careful opened each one and politely unsubscribed – both to the company offering the deal and the company sending the email.

And thus started a feud I’m still having with spam email – and I am not kidding, and you won’t be surprised, when I tell you spam email is winning.  However, I’m too invested –and too stubborn – to stop. 

A week ago I went 24 hours without receiving an unsolicited email and was a very happy person – only to find three in my inbox the next morning and I was bummed and irritated.  You know what bugs me the most?  The fact that usually on the bottom it says, “This email was sent to you because you requested we contact you about updates and promotions” (no, I did not!) and after you unsubscribe it often responds that your request will be processed in 8 to 10 business days (what the?  isn’t it all computerized and can’t you immediately delete my information?).  Grrrr….

Mid-growl this morning I looked up from my laptop and glanced out into the back yard and my eyes landed on a red oak tree I received as a birthday present from my husband and kids about four years ago.  Though still smallest – it’s easily 25 feet tall and its leaves have turned a deep red/brown color and with the sun shining on it, it’s simply magnificent!  There’s a bird house in its branches that Michael and I bought on a quick 25th wedding anniversary trip to Door County two years ago and there are birds flying in and out.  Sigh – lovely.

I can focus on my frustration around unwanted emails, computer generated, that no one cares if I’m upset or not about – or – on other, nicer things (which there are, thankfully, plenty of in my life – if I only see).

There’s a Tanzania proverb that goes, “I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger.” which I heard many years ago and it’s always stuck with me.  Obviously, it didn’t stick quite well enough though!

Well, let me point out some of the amazing – and we have a ton of amazing – furniture we received for donation this week.  Remember, we’re open Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4.

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this evergreen color sofa is soft and comfy and oh so touchable and priced $85

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lovely square glass top table with four chairs (upholstery on chairs needs to be spot cleaned) priced $135

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sweet desk – issue with front part of top that sorta curves up – priced $35

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super nice armless side chairs in excellent condition priced $125 each (last photo is an up-close of the pattern)

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gorgeous Ethan Allen dining set includes: glass top table and six chairs for $425; matching lighted china cabinet could also be used alone as a curio cabinet priced $395; buffet priced $175

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this amazing set is by Drexel Heritage and includes table, two leaves and six chairs (two have arms) for $495 (photo shows table with both leaves in it); fantastic, huge, two piece lighted china cabinet priced $395 (it’s a gorgeous piece – love)

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then look at this fabulous dining room set by Richardson Brothers Co. which includes an oval table with FOUR leaves and six chairs for $395; matching two piece lighted china cabinet for $295

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wonderful baker’s rack priced $175

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fun wicker framed sofa (upholstery needs to be completely redone) priced $30 (back is also upholstered)

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nice Pennsylvania House sofa for $135

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Lane cedar chest for $85

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fantastic side chair for $95

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flash on, flash off – neither photo captures this way cool wicker chest priced $145

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though these love seats look white – they aren’t – but rather a cream and tan stripe pattern – priced $75 each (some spot cleaning is needed)

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green wrought iron table with four bouncy chairs for $85; umbrella and umbrella stand for $40

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lovely outdoor tile top table with six chairs priced $125; umbrella and umbrella stand for $60

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gorgeous lighted three piece Drexel Heritage bookcases/storage – one part is a drop down desk – priced $245 for all three (which is a steal)

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lovely table and four chairs for $225

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very nice Pennsylvania House sofa – in a southwestern pattern – priced $195

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this is an amazing McCreary sofa – soft floral pattern in gray/rose and green – excellent condition priced $345

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gray sleeper sofa on wheels – priced $50

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this leather/pleather love seat reclines on both sides and is browner in real life – priced $125

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amazing hard maple swivel stools by Meubles Canadel (a Canadian company) priced $150 for all three

Though I know myself well enough to know I won’t give up trying to eliminate unwanted emails – I also promise you, dear reader, to see the stars more often!

More stars, less finger tip.  Got it.

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