Thursday, November 08, 2007

THIS N' THAT



Hi, everyone. I have been catching up on your blogs and WOW, it strikes me that Thanksgiving is upon us. There is some nice decorating going on out there from what I see in your photos. I was looking around my house for some decorations, but can't find anything that looks like Thanksgiving or fall harvest, other than the Halloween things. This really surprises me because I seem to collect so much stuff. I have a wonderful rustic French country farmhouse table which I still have not used except to spread out business things, scrapbook things, etc, etc. Get the picture? We acquired this not that long ago, but we don't seem to entertain much -- mostly because my husband has been building an addition on our house for the past five years and I never want anyone to see the upheaval. While I was away, he did finish quite a lot which has made me very happy. If any of you are married to a builder -- you understand. Remember the shoemaker's kids? Same thing.

This Sunday there is a local auction which I love to attend. I may not always buy anything, but I love to sit there, eat hot dogs and watch the show. I like to stay to the very end when they sell what is left over in lots for very little money. You can get some really good deals at auctions, but you really have to be careful. Don't get caught up in the moment (like me) and end up with a collection of Russian lacquer boxes and a collection of Native American dolls and not know what to do with them. I guess they will go to E-Bay heaven. However, I did have an experience today that proves I am not always so irresponsible. I had bought an oriental rug at the auction a few years ago for a few hundred dollars. I sent it out for cleaning last week and they brought it back today and asked me if I knew what it was worth. I said "no"and the fellow said it was worth about $3000!!!! I told my husband and he said "SELL IT"!!! Men!

Have a good weekend everyone. I'll let you know what I bought (or didn't) at the auction.

9 comments:

kris said...

Hi - thanks for the reviews on the Bee Movie and the book. I was hoping Bee would be good - and the book sounds like one I would enjoy.

Hope you have fun at the auction this weekend. I love getting good deals - sounds like your carpet was a really great buy!

I love it when our friends invite us over during their construction projects - it's always fun to see what they're doing and get excited about their projects. But I know what you mean about entertaining when it's YOU in the middle of a project! We're doing new cabinets and countertops in the kitchen - sounds simple, yes? It will take years to finish!!!!

BClark said...

Happy Friday!!

It is always a good feeling to realize that others have the same things going on in their lives. I tend to think everyone else has it "together".

Auctions, love them and have been very good at staying away from them. You do find the most amazing things, truly one man's treasure, etc.

Thank you for sharing and all the best in all you do.

Barbara

kookiejar said...

Don't you dare sell that rug! :)

When I was a kid, I used to love to hang around the auction house near my house. Strange thing is, it was a farmer's auction, so they sold lots of farm equipment. But they would also occasionally have animals and books and home stuff.

Lynne said...

Have fun at the auction. I know I would be completely out of control at an auction. I go nuts on e-Bay!

I won't even ask you about the addition!

T*mmy said...

I never thought on decorating for Thanksgiving till I started reading blogs...some of these women are amazing aren't they?

Wow...on your rug...I would sell it too...teehee!

Have a great day!

Mary said...

I also love auctions and have found some great deals there. When I attend the preview, I check the items carefully. When the auction begins, I have a set price for anything I'm going to bid on. When the price goes over that, I stop bidding.

My husband bought a vintage rocker at a sale for $2.50. I got a brand new microwave oven for $12.50 and it works great. Auctions can be a great place to get a bargain.

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed my visit, as always.

Blessings,
Mary

Mary said...

I also love auctions and have found some great deals there. When I attend the preview, I check the items carefully. When the auction begins, I have a set price for anything I'm going to bid on. When the price goes over that, I stop bidding.

My husband bought a vintage rocker at a sale for $2.50. I got a brand new microwave oven for $12.50 and it works great. Auctions can be a great place to get a bargain.

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed my visit, as always.

Blessings,
Mary

Midlife Cycler said...

oh my gosh! When I read this, I thought,...there is another woman like me out there! My husband is ALWAYS and I mean always, doing something in our home. In 5 years , he has practically rebuilt this home, starting outside..seriously, and now on the inside. So, like you, I never want to have anyone over..even now as I speak, there are small piles of tools spawning in every room. I feel like I can only clean so much, then I have to stop because I can go no further. So, family has seen my house but not much other. I keep waiting for the day for him to be finished but I fear that may not happen. We have a beautiful home too and I love to share it. I did have to break down in May , when my son graduated high school, and I had a party, ...just put up a few "under construction" signs. But ....for my children, I would do it! Thanks for the common thread!
Jody

Wild Rose said...

Hi Violet Lady,

I had a delightful surprise when I went to the post office today ~ your beautiful violet china box has arrived safely. Thank you so much for your generous gift ~ I shall treasure it.

Your rug sounds like quite a find. I wonder what you bought this weekend...?

Marie x