Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Riverbend Booth Update

We spent most of yesterday at our Riverbend booth, adding new items, rearranging, and taking a few things home to paint or repair.


This cabinet needed only a coat of paint to make it ready to go.

Cake plates take center stage on this table. I am still waiting for the upholsterer to finish covering the chrome frame chairs to go with the table. She's a busy lady, but does great work, so I can wait.


Larry built this shelf using a bi-fold door.




I love this little cocoa set! And it looks perfect on the red table. Hoping to get people in the holiday mood.


Little table needed the black paint, sanding, and dark wax to bring out its primitive side.


And a shelf that needed only sanding and wax. I love its rustic look.



In a prurple mood here--decided to group the amethyst glass.


We brought in this utility cart last week. It needed nothing from me--someone else had already done the hard work of painting!


Big wheel keeps on turnin'---this was a flea market find. It would make a nice driveway marker.


We moved this hall stand from Marietta. It had been there several months, and I figured it was time for a change to a new location. We'll see.


A find from a couple weeks back. Very retro, mid-century credenza and mirror in perfect condtion.


We;ve had this kitchen cupboard for sale for quite a while. When we first started selling, these would fly out of the booths, but apparently everyone who needed on has bought one already. Still makes a great display piece.


Larry built this stand last winter. Gets lots of looks, but no buyer yet. But again, it's great for displaying!

Lots of red, white and blue on the table.

Apparently someone rather heavy sat on the one chair we had left like this (this is an older photo, two others were sold) and broke loose the joints on the front, so it will need some serious work.


This china cabinet I bought a couple months ago to paint was filling in a space temporarily in the booth until I could get something else ready. Now it's home, waiting for some beautification.


That's a look at some of the changes made yesterday. It's always fun to go in and rearrange; not like work at all.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse

After all the hype and hurroar, it finally happened. It came, and it went, and the world is back to normal, at least on these few acres.

We considered traveling south to see the total eclipse, but a four-hour journey one way to get another 10% of it didn't seem worth the time and trouble. And as I heard reports of traffic jams I knew it was a good decision. So we stayed home. I watched the whole show, with a few darts inside to cool off (it's about 90 degrees here) and Larry didn't pay much attention to it at all. His eclipse glasses were a waste, I think.

I remember an eclipse when I was a child, in 1958 or 1959 I think it was, and we stood in our backyard and looked at the sky. I don't remember any special glasses, but I do remember my mother warning us not to look directly at the sun. Which puzzled me, because we often laid on our backs in the grass, looking up at the sun and sky. I remember it got rather dark, but that's about all I can recall. This was not a total eclipse, but it was impressive to a child of 8 who had just learned about how the sun and moon travel around the earth.

There was another that I remember after I moved here. I was up on top of the ridge and a neighbor was there--he told me there was going to be an eclipse and we watched it together. It was just a partial one, and again I didn't have special glasses or equipment.

This time I bought the recommended glasses and I am glad I did because I doubt I'd have seen much without them. I put them over my camera lens to take photos, and got a fair result. But mostly I wandered in the yard, picking some ripe white grapes and watching the birds to see what they would do. I picked a yellow apple and munched that with the grapes, a make-do lunch in between sky watching. It was quiet--so quiet. Only the rain crows (mourning doves) were calling, predicting rain in the next 24 hours. An indigo bunting perched on the telephone line but it was silent. Even the breeze died down, and the mid-day insects were silent. It was as if everything was waiting.

It is difficult to put into words how the eclipse affected me. I thought of all the millions of people putting away their cares, their anger and hate, their busyness, and just stopped. Just stopped and together looked heavenward. It was as if the whole country was praying. Maybe many of us were. Praying for peace, for harmony between all people who call this place home, for an end to hatred and bigotry and distrust. Maybe there were some doing that. Maybe that lifting of our eyes from the everyday, that pause in the race, reminded us that we are so small in the scope of the universe, mere dots, a drop of water in the ocean of time, and our worries and troubles mean little in that grand scheme.

Maybe when people looked around at each other and smiled, or looked at the beauty around them, the lushness and richness of this great land, maybe they came away with a feeling of new hope and resolve. Maybe.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

In the Kitchen...Again

I'm back to canning this week. Tomatoes, more peaches, corn chowder, and pickled beets. Tomorrow, apples. Corn is in the freezer, and 3 meatloafs made for freezing--they make great fast meals for my husband who hates to stop and fix something when I'm busy or not home.

Yesterday, peaches in the waterbath canner on the left, corn chowder in the
canner on the right, and peach cobbler in between. 
It's been a busy week, but the end is in sight. Then I can think about writing again!

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