Beating the odds and doing what I love all at the same time

Beating the odds, one day at a time....

Today is the start of year 12 of my marriage. It's been a good run all in all so far. We're looking forward to many more years (hopefully as good or better than the last 11)! 

We ate out, went to the beach, and some small town festivals. We ate fish and baked goods created by elderly church ladies.  We had a FANTASTIC pizza one night......and we even gambled at a casino- and won!  All in all a success all the way around.  

So first, here is some of what we looked at... 

our view from lunch..... 

pretty cool huh? We're so lucky that we live by some of the nicest beaches in the state..... 

We also went to see Murals made by WPA workers 

and then we saw a big yellow dino wandering around.... 


it wasn't all fun and games. We did do a bit of pickin along the way..... 

I got a wonderful Turkish rug

a very scary evil oil painting, 

a concert poster from Widespread Panic 

a cool vintage typewriter

a VERY busted up Selig chair from Denmark (for free) that will be my newest project chair

and a rustic wood folding table with some rug beaters and other assorted metal things.... 

(ignore the saw and stuff, we're building a new porch) 

All in all, a very fun, successful weekend !! 

oh- I forgot- two vintage Steelcase end tables too.... 

sorry that's a crappy picture! 

posted on my other blogs too..... 


Somehow I lost my way

I used to blog religiously. I used to facebook, pinterst, twitter and tumblr. Instagram was my friend. I jumped on the vine……. now. Nothing. I use my Flickr account a bit, and keep up with family on Facebook. Real life got in the way..and I am NOT sorry about that.

We started a small business- selling vintage furniture and fabric- that is taking off.  I taught elementary art classes last year. We did some work to our home. I traveled a bit. But the big thing, my son is going into middle school. MIDDLE SCHOOL. How that hell did that happen? I don’t know. Time flies. 

I can’t say if I will blog again. I might. Winters are long here, and my days are going to be empty. No job, no kid at home, and the Mr. is going to travel more for his work this fall/winter. I can only paint so much….. If I can fully understand what I want to say and how I want to say it, I will be back. 

Or, I’ll just post some snarky photo. There’s always that. 


We have a new cat.....

This is Spinx,

Our new cat. 

He showed up at our house (as abandoned cats will do) and he never left. We asked around our little village and no one fessed up to owning him. He lived outside in a hay bale palace  until two weeks ago, when it got down to -40 degrees outside. 

We took him to the vet, got his coins removed from his coin purse, and got him tested and  vaccinated . In addition, he had a infection in his face that we had fixed, and a raging case of fleas that we had exterminated. 

Now he's inside. He's a Red Point.  Very friendly (he went sledding with the boys ON the sleds), VERY VOCAL, very needy. All in all, a good boy. 

And now, we have two cats..... as here is the last stray I took in... 

They are still getting used to each other. 


Merry freakin Christmas.

I'm working on getting my life together...this past year has been.....fractured. I've been....flighty. Unfocused. I am hoping I can pull it together for 2014.....

We had a good Christmas with lots of gifts and family. The boy got a new camera (at 9 he has the same camera as I do) and he's been having fun taking pictures and videos- and exploring photo shop.

I might not get my computer back this break. 

But, that's ok. This is the time to expand his horizons. 

Merry Christmas, from the entire Farmers family. Even the cat.


My new hair... I did it.

Before- It wasn't bad...but it wasn't all that good either.

I think it's better. 4 + inches gone. I swear it's even, it's just how I was holding my head. I hate selfies...I am about the most un- photogenic person I know.  That is not fishing for compliments. It's a fact. Photos always catch me making some oddball face and I look like I have a tic. 

This doesn't suck though. I can live with this. 



I am so bad....

Really, really bad. Life kicked me in the buttocks. I let it. I can say that real life got busy...but doesn't it for everyone? Well, here goes....
We've been busy. Really, really busy. Kid, camps, antique markets, gardening, picking. You name it. But we've had fun..

We've been to museums....
 We got another outdoor kittie....

We bought some awesome mid century vintage furniture

Darth Kittie is still going strong..... 

We bought some more furniture to fix up....

There was golf camp AND basketball camp this summer.... 

There were ballgames...this is my Mr. throwing out a first ball this year..... 

We have also had 2 yard sales, all of our family come to visit....ALL of it..... and the boy and I are getting ready to go on our final vacation before school starts up again. PLUS, we still have 2 antique shows to do this season.....

I'll try to be better. I have some projects to do this year. I want to share.....


The older I get

the more real life is kicking me in the butt.

It is yet ANOTHER snow/ice day here. Yes, in April. We got about 3/4 of an inch of ice last night and then it got covered up with snow.


So, here's my update. I've been busy. Really busy. Buying and organizing our stuff so that we can set up the last weekend of this month at an antique show (and it's outside...so it better get warmer and drier soon).

We got a few things....

Vintage photos and danish modern chairs.... 

a Selig chair (that needs to be refinished) 

Mid century fabric that will be used in (very large) art piece... 

a LOT of vintage clothing

and vintage cookware.... 

In addition, the boy and I went on a road trip for Spring break... 

We went down to the Armstrong Space Museum... 

and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg  museum

The orange car is Frank Lloyd Wrights car that he loved..

I wasn't sure if the boy would love this place, but he did.This summer we're going to the  Kruse Automotive museum...  and see more cars.... 

So that's been my two AWOL weeks. I'm getting the house back in order, catching up on school and trying not to be too depressed over the spring of ice and snow.... 

More soon. Really. 


I've been doing more buying than purging right now.. Now, with UPDATE....

but it's for the upcoming show season...I swear! Anyway, I posted a few pics of my latest finds  over at my other blog Big Red Vintage . I have also acquired a lot of fabric and vintage fashion this week, and that will be posted this weekend (fingers crossed)

UPDATE- More pictures here- the clothes are up and posted!

I have to start getting ready for the first show in April, so I'm sure a lot of pictures will be posted as I start to pull stuff out and price it. Packing is my job, as I've been doing it for almost my entire life. My parents have been setting up at antique shows since I was about 8 I guess, and they put me to work!

Anyway, more pics soon, but they'll all be up over there.

Have a great weekend!


Still rudderless

                                                          And my muse has up and left.


Tomorrow we get the boys orthodontics started- it's a Hyrex

and in the center by the arrows is a hole. We, and I'm sure by we I mean me, have to insert a "key" into that hole to push it open every night. This thing makes the jaw larger so there is room for teeth. The boy has teeth coming down from his upper gum line.  Honestly, it's gross. I didn't want to spend 3800 dollars on phase one of this, but, I also don't want my kid looking like a circus freak either. 

I've been going through tubs and boxes and more tubs. We have a basement full of stuff for our antique shows (we have the first one the first weekend in April) and I have quite a few tubs outside in the garage for our first garage sale in June already. In addition, I'm taking in a lot to the charity shop tomorrow, so, there's always that I guess. 

I can't wait for spring. 


Taking stock in my life

Since the first of the year, I've been taking stock of my life. Of our family. Of our stuff. It's taken a while (as you can tell since I haven't posted much) but I have come up with some insights.

1. I am tired of having so much freakin stuff. Tons of stuff. Tons of everything. I am not a hoarder. Don't get that impression. But, I have a lot of stuff.  And, I am letting it go. This isn't a lot of wal mart stuff. This is antiques, mid century pieces, vintage stuff..... I signed a contract to set up at an antique show this summer. 6 shows. It's a lot, but we're in this as a family.  I hope to move an awful lot of product this summer, and quite a few pieces of furniture.

2. I hope to acquire a lot less stuff in the future. Now, I'm not becoming a minimalist  or anything. I just don't think that I need 22 pair of jeans or 53 handbags. And I know that my kid doesn't need 67 t shirts. I also need to stop collecting sets of curtains and drapery. I used to be pretty proud of the fact I had some really nice pieces, but not too much of them. Now, I find that I have too much. Of almost everything. I am learning to say no.

3. For the items that aren't antique  show worthy, I'm having at least 2 yard sales this summer.  We have just got to move this stuff on.

4. I'm staying closer to home this summer. Road trip? Probably, but not so long away from the Mr. The boy and I are going to go to the beach more often, ride bikes, do some work in the yard and hang out.

They'll be more later I'm sure, once I've had more time to plan this out.......because I'm nothing without a plan. Or, at the very minimum,  a nice outline.



Bad lip readings

It's the first 31 seconds that get me......


Harlem Shake....

I love our University's version.



I've had to take an unplanned break. We all got the creeping crud, and my Uncle (the one I'm named after) is dying. Real life just intrudes sometimes...and although I have a tablet, I'm not good enough with it to post stuff on the fly. BONUS- we're digging out from a foot of snow that fell last night.

BUT- we are signing the contracts to set up at a new antique show this summer - I'm setting up my Etsy shop again, AND I'm drawing and sketching again- I want to start making my dolls soon.

Sorry. Maybe next week will get better. It's all I can do now to just keep the house reasonably clean, the laundry done and the family fed......


walkin in a winter wonderland.....

It's been a strange winter up here. First, we barely have any snow. Maybe 2 inches? We should be thigh deep right now and it doesn't cover my shoe. Second, until yesterday it's been rather warm....in the 30's. But last night that all changed. Today our high is 3F. That's the actual temperature. Wind chill gets us to about -20F.  No matter where you are from  that , my friends, is damn cold.

To the north and the south they got hammered with lake effect snow last night, but we didn't. Snow, when it's this cold, is just tiny wispy little flakes of nothing, but it can blow so bad that even a tiny amount can cause a white out. Our roads are just covered in ice. It makes cars big sleds.

I've had a mouse move into my house- it happens when it gets this cold outside...... That little bastard sprung the trap we set for him last night, and my poor excuse for a cat isn't hunting him like she should be. My son said we should stop feeding the cat and than maybe she would catch it and eat it. I asked him how he would feel if I stopped  feeding him and  then expected  him to go catch and eat the mouse. He didn't like that idea, so tonight we all go hunting full force!

Micky the ripper must be stopped!


Every day, every week

This was written on last Monday..... before my entire family came down with the stomach virus going around. ALL OF US. At the SAME TIME. Think about that. It has been an utterly disgusting and repulsive week. 
Today was the first day back for us in the real, living world. I'm just playing catch up...

Here is Monday's post  in all it's Glory. 

I try very hard not to to much, housework or cleaning over the weekend.
Why?  It's when my husband is off work. We tend to do "projects' on these days when we're not out. I do dishes (or the Mr. does) and a load of laundry every day. The Mr. does usually run a vacuum in the living room....but that's about it.  I save my "cleaning and organizing" to the weekdays- it's sort of my job so I try to get it done during the day........

Every day I try to do one big thing AND the dishes and the laundry. We have a septic system and I don't like to do more than one load of laundry a day, so that sorta means I have to do one load EVERY day.  It is always amazing to me how much dirty laundry a family of three actually makes.
Anyway, this is my weekly/daily list....

Monday- I grocery shop, clean the fridge, the pantry and the kitchen. It's usually kind of a mess after the weekends anyway...

Tuesday. I vacuum the house or sweep, and I dust. I also try to make sure that the walls are clean of smegma and the switch plates are clean. This is when I look at baseboards.....I often don't do anything about them, but I look at them all the same.

Wednesday. is bathroom day. Yippie. We have a one full bath and one half bath. Toilets, sinks and shower. The floors too. 2 boys though, mean that I actually clean the bathroom daily, and use Wed. as it's "deep" cleaning day. I'm adding the linen closet on this day in the future. It's a mess......

Thursday- Bedrooms. Pull the sheets and clean the rooms (2) I usually put away the weeks laundry now. I try to dust too, it gets incredibly dusty in that room and I don't know why.....

Friday. Cleaning the living/dining rooms. Dust, cobwebs, put toys and stuff away, water the plants, vacuum if needed.

I am not a slave to housework and often my house isn't spotless. Often, really. But, it's cleaner than most.

Due to the barfing boy (he got sick Saturday) , I didn't get to the store  (not a biggie) and I had to clean the pantry on Sunday due to that greedy mouse. I did laundry today, dishes, cleaned the kitchen floor, organized the fridge, and did two loads of laundry. I am getting up in a few minutes to sweep the dining room.....I'm also cleaning up the dining room today since we were working on a project in there, it's horrible.......  Tomorrow, I'll go to the grocery store and strip off the linens of the beds (yes, early- but if barfing boy is well, I want to get those nasty sheets off that bed asap) .

See, I don't live by hard and fast arbitrary rules. If I want or need to change my schedule I am not OCD and so I can.  I do what works FOR me. I work the plan, the plan doesn't work me.  This way, I can go shopping or take my car in for an oil change and it doesn't "set me back" or "put me behind'.

Except of course, when you spend 4 days puking up your guts and listening to the rest of your family do the same....at least now the bathrooms are spotless and the bedlinens are changed . Again.  


Real life kickin me in the butt

I would have had a post this weekend...and my organizational week 3 (Kitchen pantry and shopping lists) posted on page...if my son had not gotten sick. And by sick I mean puking. He's getting better now, although  still at home and not at school.....but  I might get to things other than laundry today if it keeps up. I can only hope....

 In addition, while looking for electrolyte solution for the barfing boy,  I discovered I have had a mouse in my pantry.(every year about this time when it gets COLD we get a mouse or two....we live in the country and there are a lot of mice out here) Probably just one mouse came in to live....and VERY recently, as I know that the particular item he chewed (raisin container) was perfectly intact the day before...... I had to remove EVERYTHING from the pantry, wash it and disinfect the entire room. Now, it's the cats turn to earn her keep.

The whole house smells like bleach and Lysol. It's not a particularly pleasant smell.