An Ice Cream Story and Peaceful Shelters

About 15 years ago, a new giant grocery store came to the town we lived next to before moving here. It was one of the biggest grocery stores I'd ever seen and cannot for the life of me remember its name now, but I think it was a store out of Oregon or Washington or maybe the mid-west somewhere, but not known here in Idaho at all. Anyway, it had full service in it: regular foodstuffs, organic food, coffee bar with exotic coffees, a small place to buy and eat fresh sandwiches, a pizza place in it, a deli, huge vegetable/fruit selections, bulk food items and an ice cream parlor. It was the ice cream parlor that fascinated me. :-)

They made the ice cream right there in that little section. It was so cute with pink and white canopies surrounding it and the requisite pink and white chairs. So one day I asked if they'd make me a special ice cream. I'd buy it all, of course, if they could. The lady there said she'd give it a try and seemed happy to do it. I wanted piña colada ice cream and told her it was coconut and pineapple in an ice cream mixture. I left the basics to her but told her what I wanted in it. I love pineapple and coconut! Love it.

So she agreed and I gave her a couple of days and went back to the store. I asked her about it and she went into the back and brought it out. I sampled it as she was telling me, "I also put in banana for you." I hate bananas! Right then I knew I wasn't going to like it. Now, I was very specific in how I wanted it and I was willing to pay for the whole bucket/gallon or whatever it took, plus as a customer requesting something and willing to pay whatever price they wanted, I assumed she would have met my requirements as to ingredients. I was so disappointed. But it taught me a lesson: always be as specific as you can. I usually am to this day but I sometimes fail. This happens frequently with the hubs. I won't go into that because this story is about a disappointing ice cream mostly.

The store folded after a short while—perhaps two years at the most, if I'm remembering correctly, and it became a Home Depot. I always wondered why such a huge store came to a relatively small demographic area of Idaho and Oregon.

So, recently, we bought a small Cuisinart ice cream maker and made our first batch of just plain old vanilla, just to get a feel for the appliance. It came out fantastic. I'll now work on doing strawberry perhaps before I work my way up to pineapple/coconut piña colada. ;-)

A place to dream.

Smell the roses or tulips in this case.

Pretty and neat bathroom organization. Is there any person alive who has only this much in their bathroom storage? My stuff in both our bathrooms could fill a ROOM all my itself!

An old colander kept or purchased at a garage sale and relegated to a new lot in life.

One of my favorite things: laundry drying on a line.

A place of repose and reflecting…with a cool lemonade drink.

A truly attractive vignette with its pink peony.

Pink lemonade with a swish of lime and a rose petal making a grand performance.

Be still my heart. Drool!

I know. If you see one more bathroom you’re going to retch. Well, I have a few more later so hang on tight. ☺

A patio wished for by many of us.

A wardrobe of clothing wished for by many of us! Maybe that’s the laundry. Hmmm?

Large colorful patio with plenty of spots to cool down.

A collection of dishes displayed to perfection. ;-)

Another cute “cottage” any of us would like.

Or maybe this one is to your liking.

Buckets of beautiful fresh flowers in front of cabinets.

Wishing you lots of eye candy today!

Happy Birthday, America!

I love parades.  Marching bands set my feet to tapping.  Veterans make my heart swell with patriotic pride and cry with gratitude.  Add in grown men wearing silly hats and driving either tiny motorcycles or mini-cars and – seriously – what’s not to love!

For several years now I’ve thought Jubilee Furniture should enter a float in Wheaton’s 4th of July parade.  I live in south Wheaton and have been attending the parade for 18 or 19 years – so know it well.  Every year as I’ve thought this thought – while watching the parade – I’d forget about it until the following year as the Indian Princesses and their fathers were streaming past.

But not this year!  I added a reminder to my Outlook calendar – completed the application and submitted it with the proper entry fee with time to spare!  A sub-committee of my volunteer leadership team was formed, plans have been made, banners and t-shirts ordered and prayers for no rain but cooler temperatures duly prayed. 

Yesterday, I called Sherry – the amazing Wheaton Park District employee who’s coordinating the parade (she’s really been fabulous to deal with) – with a small hiccup in our plans. After some back and forth – Sherry laughed and said, “It’s all going to be fine.  Remember, we want the parade to be fun!”

And fun is exactly what we want customers to have when they shop at Jubilee Furniture!   Sure, we hope that fun includes buying a marvelous piece of furniture – and supporting Outreach Community Ministries at the same time (since the proceeds of what we sell help finance Outreach’s programs and services) – but even if it’s just stopping in to browse – we want your experience at the store to be a positive one.

If you came into Jubilee Furniture today between 1 and 8 or tomorrow from 9 to 4 – here are some of the new-to-us things you’ll find (technically, you’ll only – for sure – find them today at 1:00 p.m. since after that they could very well be sold):

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very nice plaid sleeper sofa priced $135

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great vintage rocker/recliner for $65

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excellent oak pedestal coffee table priced $125

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another super nice sleeper sofa – this one is smaller – priced $85

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this sofa is in really good condition – but the seat cushions are a bit lumpy – the sofa is priced $50; dark wood coffee table for $75; matching end tables (and there are two of them) priced $45 each

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this micro-suede chaise by Bauhaus probably started life as part of a sectional – but it really makes a nice chaise and is in excellent condition – priced $95

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two end tables – top opens for storage (see the hinges?) – bases appears to be made from old crates with writing on them – but they might be reproductions (though if they are – they’re excellent ones) – priced $75 each.  Behind photo on left is a Crate and Barrel sofa – in fabulous condition – that’s I forgot to take a photo of that I’ve priced ???  (I think $225? – call me at 630.337.1467 if you want the exact price – sorry!)

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metal outdoor table with four chairs – fine as is but could use a coat of paint – priced $85; market umbrella and stand priced $50

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fabulous chaise by Sealy – needs some spot cleaning – priced $225

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blue velour sleeper sofa – also by Sealy – priced $125

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great Pottery Barn writing desk priced $155 – chairs are from last week and I don’t remember what I priced ‘em – just scroll down to last Friday’s post if you’re interested

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super nice dresser by Century – priced $85

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micro-suede sofa and ottoman – sofa arms are pretty worn/dirty but the rest is in good condition (and isn’t that what throws are for – to hide stuff like that?) – priced $125

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funky retro chairs – five of them for $65; kitchen table is priced $35

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nice ornate end table priced $40 and there are two of them

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This End Up furniture – in excellent condition – cushion color is darker than it looks in my photos – sofa is priced $95; loveseat for $65; chair for $40

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fun vintage dinette set by Kayson – drop leaf table with two chairs priced $40

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neat square table (top needs a little work) priced $65; two chairs from Crate and Barrel are priced $40 each; similar chairs – but different and not from C & B are priced $25 each

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here’s ANOTHER chaise – this one is fabulous, super comfortable and in excellent condition, priced $225; leather cube ottomans are priced $25 each

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painted pine two piece china cabinet priced $50

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gorgeous double pedestal table by Universal with two leaves and table pads priced $225; two chairs on each end are $45 each; and the Calico Corner wingback chairs from last week have been marked down due to stains I didn’t see last week – one is $55 and the other $40

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wonderful arm chair – only one – priced $75

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great smaller desk priced $65

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Alexvale over-sized chair – arms need cleaning – priced $60

So, if you’re planning on attending Wheaton’s 4th of July parade (get details here) – please stay until the very end – because you know they save the best for last – like the Jubilee Furniture float!

We might not bring a tear to your eye or a lump to your throat – but when you see the Jubilee Furniture banners you’ll know the parade is almost over and even for us diehard parade lovers – that’s a good thing!

Peace out, dear reader!

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