Monday, March 7, 2011

Girls Day out

A day out with Tabitha and Vanessa always ends up to very fun and adventerous.  Tabitha and I always say that Vanessa takes us to the best places.. and she does. Here is our first stop.. Pleasant Hill Library Rummage sale........
Me and Tabitha with our Book Sale finds... Our boxes were full of great books,to include old cook books, planting books, I even found a cook book called White Trash cooking...
Found a lot of music sheets books and childrens books... we paid almost nothing for our treasures.
Vanessa Always takes us to the Best Places.   Next on the agenda for the day was the 50th White elephant Sale in Oakland.   It was a Massive warehouse that basically was a garage sale.  We rummages through boxes of junk to look for treasures.. and we all found some.  I found a ton of lace for my crazy quilts and we all fount emphemera or art supplies of all types.. we spent hours in there gawking at antiques, old books, office supplies, and a lot of sewing supplies.  Proceeds from this sale went to a non profit agency.  Lots of people, lots of stuff... equals sore feet!

We were laughing at this adorable dog, english bulldog as it just stared at us as if were were a t-bone steak. 

Another place Vanessa took us to is a Store called Elegant Clutter in DanVille... oHmyGaud!!!!  I could have done some serious damage to our retirement fund in this store... take a peek.

Ok, so I love
Chickens.. those girls are so cute.   I loved the one on the top shelf display at the store peeking down below.

We three really loved this Tea Pot and Tea cups to match... for the queen in all of us!
Next stop........ one of our favorite hobbies....
yes, quitling & sewing. This was our first time in this very sweet and wonderful quilting store in Danville.
We were greeted with friendly women and so much eye candy that I gained weight just looking at the stuff.  Take a look at this Apron.. I bought the book so that I CAN and I will make it!  Of course the hand bags are adorable too... patterns can be found in this book. (Thats my hand holding it up)
Here were a few other wonderful items we liked in this store....
Of course we just Had to go into Scrapbook Territory in Berkely.  we all fell in love the the sample of the Donna Downey's canvas bag that was on display.

Oh I don't dare to forget to mention the best burger joint I've ever been to in my LIFE.  Barneys in Berkely on college avenue... You have to go there. It was amazing.  Vanessa said the sweet potato fries were amazing... and let me tell you. I have never known sweet potatoes to be as good as they were this day. Tabitha had the Mushroom burger, I had a terriaki burger that had sauted vegetables with pineapple Yum! The chocolate shakes were amazing too.

Thanks Tabitha and Vanessa for a great day and for the laughs.  Thanks Tabitha for taking the pictures.
Lets do this again soon!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Being a Woman.....

How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe?
How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness."
— G.K. Chesterton

Because I work with Autistic Children, and have 5 of my own.. sometimes I wonder whom I give the most of myself to.  Soon, I am retiring and my life will be about my husband and I and starting a new phase in our lives together.  It will be all about us and for the first time in many years... I am totally excited about my life again.  without a housefull.  I know I will miss it, and them,  but i so yearn for days in which I get to fill with what I want to fill it with. With 3 kids away in college and one with a exciting career as a firefighter and one with a family of her own.. I look foward to Farming, sewing, raising chickens, making homeade books, canning and putting food up, traveling, photograpy, rubber stamping arts, sewing aprons, quilting... my days to call my own. visiting my children and letting them cook for me... swooping up my grandchildren to see a movie and a trip to a zoo. 
My life is Blessed, I am greatful and I am excited.

Winter is fast approaching... so I have been sooooo busy here.

Harvesing the garden and not to mention all the herbs. Tinctures to make, soaps to set to cure...  I do love my life here on this little plo...