May 23 - We finally had an awesome fun day!
I wanted to get out of the house to go enjoy the 100 mile Yard Sale. I've never been able to check it out before because we are always busy. Instead, we have to undo everything we did last night first. I cannot deny I'm a bit aggravated, but I'm trying to remain calm and focus on the beautiful weather.
After hubby worked a while sanding, I decided that I was not going to let it ruin our plans for the day. I was feeling frustrated not even wanting to look at the floor because I knew it was not going to be satisfactory. It was going to take time to do it right. Dad always said, "If you're going to do something, do it right or don't do it at all." So do not rush things just because of impatience and take time to do them right.
While driving to the beginning of the 100 mile yard sale, I had envisions (because I've learned I have a visual memory) of the living room floor over 20 years ago having bumps on it for years. Yep, I am remembering that we did this before and we either left it, thinking more coats would smooth it out, or we were unable to get out the bumps. I'm working hard on getting it out of my mind and letting it all roll off.
We stopped at the train station in Jackson and found the lot full of yard sale booths. I found these adorable potholders for $2.50 and bought two of them, one for me and one for a gift. We spent $5. I felt good that we at least found one thing so our trip would not be wasted. I am going to use mine as a coaster for my tea or to hold hot bowls of soup. I'm sure there will be photos of our purchases in later posts.
It was crazy! We were exclaiming at the amount of people and the amount of yard sales and the amount of junk. Most of it felt like it was junk. Stuff people should just throw away. But there were also a lot of good finds too. My motto is always "Don't purchase something unless you really know you are going to use it." I almost bought this stool, which was really a chair without a back, that had a great wood feel to it. I could see it with a pot sitting on it in the back yard. Hubby kept not visualizing it, which happens often, so I did not even ask the price. I bet it was under a $1 and I probably should have just gotten it. But I did not even ask the price, feeling discouraged.
We did end up buying for $3 eight dessert plates. I still cannot believe we've been married almost 29 years and we have never owned dessert or salad plates. We keep finding a need for a smaller plate since we are empty nesters. Our small plates used to be four blue tupperware plates for children. We used the bejeezees out of those four plates over the years. I'm not sure if those are in the basement yet or if we have gotten rid of them.
So we spent $8 and gas money and only went about 10 miles of the 100 miles before we grew weary, passing up a ton of the sales and selectively stopping. Well, now I know what it is about and I can say I'm likely to not go again. They are just like any other yard sale and we stopped going to them years ago. They are great when one is first starting out newly married, but we are trying to get rid of stuff as empty nesters, not bring more stuff in.
We were starving and could not decide what to do next. Not having really found anything we loved, we had a desire to go to the antique store in Benton, since we were half there, but we were hungry and did not find anywhere on the route as I had hoped to stop in to eat.
We ended up going to the winery in Commerce. It was impromptu, but we wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather and the day. We had not been to a winery ALL year and here it was almost June! That's crazy! But we have been watching our penny's all year and eating at home a lot.
We had a great time together for lunch. The floor was out of topic and we were just having fun together. I was reading a book and we were discussing the things I was reading. Good conversation.
My voice is so high and shrilly. Really, I can hardly even stand to hear it. Did I do that because I was talking over the bad? I must pay attention to my voice next time. The video is still funny though. It shows what a great time we were having together.
We drove to Benton to the antique store and I was excited to buy three finds. There was a teacup that I had seen a year ago that I had passed up, not wanting to spend the money, and it was still there! It caught my eye yet a second time, so this is a clue to me that it must be mine. I have been looking for a pretty clear pitcher too. I wanted something nice for the table for serving iced tea and lemonade or whatever and nothing I've seen for the last year has said, "this is it!" I've passed up a LOT of pitchers in the last year (even about 20 at the yard sales today). I was excited to find one and the cost be low too! The tag indicated it was hand painted. My teapot that I love is hand painted too. I must really prefer the uniqueness of hand painted items over the expense of factory made ones. I am so excited about the pitcher. Crazy how I wait so long to get just the right small thing. We found two inexpensive glasses that we decided to get too. It came to a lot of money for us, but it was less than our lunch, so I couldn't feel too guilty. We blew our entire monthly "entertainment budget" in one day today, but I cannot feel guilty as we haven't done anything fun in so long. Plus, our entertainment budget has been going to paying down bills all year, so it was just time.
We got home with some spare time and I took a short, sort-of-not-really-sleeping nap outside while hubby sanded. We fed the dogs and took off for our evening of fun.
Facebook where he now has over 14,000 followers. I've been following him since before he had 1,000 followers and watched him grow. He's just entertaining! That's why people love him. He is brave and gives out his cell phone and people text him photos during various weather types and he shares their photos, so sometimes we get better weather coverage on his page than the local news page. I should learn from him for my own page, but I think my deal is I am just not confident and afraid of people judging me. That is what makes him so likeable. I need to break through that shell.
The Duke Boys kicked the night off with a police chase through the park.
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We did leave around 10 and hubby remarked that it was a sign we were getting to be old fogies. I was tired from lack of sleep and hubby was going paint polyurethane before we went to bed. If we were going to be sleeping outside, we wanted there to be a reason to be there and avoiding the smell is the reason. The two extra bedrooms are now complete done and they just need a few days to dry. Our bedroom now has it's first (should have been second or even third) coat. I can still see the bubbles, even though they are smaller, so I just have to give up the battle of fixing it and live with whatever it looks like in the end. Hubby has worked hard sanding it trying to get it off and if I were him, I wouldn't want to work at it any more, so I cannot ask him to either.
We have no plans the rest of the weekend but to find some "being time" and relax and hope to get the house back in order. Painting more coats on the floor won't take much time. I was reading a book at the winery and it shared about "being time." I loved that! It is much better term that "me time," which is a term I picked up from digital scrapbookers. I'd never used it before that. Now I'm going to use "being time" which is time to just be who you are or just sit and wait on God to get an answer on what you are supposed to be doing. It goes along with my "gaze" theme for the year which I have been trying to do more of lately, including this weekend as we sleep on the bed on the patio "camping" out.
This was a REALLY long post, but we had an eventful day. I am glad that I am trying to take time to blog more to preserve my memories. It doesn't matter if anyone is reading, but rather that I am writing and journaling. But if you have read down to here, I appreciate you and consider you a friend for caring about my life.