It’s the beginning of Yard Sale Season!

Yard – Garage – Estate Sales are starting to take up a large section in the classifieds ~ YEAH!

Thought I’d share my finds from last Saturday. The two Belleek pieces I picked up for $30 for the pair…more than I usually spend at a yard sale, but I love Irish Belleek porcelain and I knew the trinket box was worth the $30 alone. The rest were picked up for .50 to $1 each. Not pictured are 5 records (yep…we still buy vinyl!) that my husband picked up…two early Black Sabbath (both 1970 Black Sabbath & Paranoid), 1965 Bob Dylan, Rush, and Scorpions for a $1 each.

We buy a lot of our furnishings, yard and kitchen items at yard sales. What do you all like to pick up at yard sales?

Belleek Dalriada Trinket Box

Belleek Dalriada Trinket Box

Belleek Millennium 2000 Tray of some sort...it's wider than the mint tray

Belleek Millennium 2000 Tray of some sort...it's wider than the mint tray

Watering Can

Watering Can

Blue Ball Canning Jars with Zinc Lids

Blue Ball Canning Jars with Zinc Lids

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Garden Life, Yard Sale Finds & Family

Some more favorite things ~

My garden, as most of you all know, I just love. Especially finding veggies growing!

And pumpkin vines! Also Pea vines…actually any vines! I love how they curl and attach themselves.

Sunflowers and their sun worshipping…I love how the plant follows the sun…can’t wait for the flower to bloom and watch it migrate. A trio of pictures follows…morning sun, mid-day sun, and evening.



I was pulling weeds when I yanked one up and had a blast of Chamomile up the nose! Took a REAL look at it and exclaimed “that IS Chamomile!” What the?! I took the plant out back and put it in a container until I found my wildflower book. Sure enough ~ Wild Chamomile! I’m going to replant it near my rhubarb plants when I get home tonight…it’s being kept company in the small garden box at the moment.

The many faces of Hannah, my niece ~ we were at the Sparks Marina for lunch on Friday.

Finally…yard sales. They weren’t all that great this weekend, but I did pick up a bunch of books for a quarter each at the Sparks Methodist Rummage sale.

Tyler Florence’s Tyler Ultimate Cookbook
I am Morgan le Fay by Nancy Springer
Because of Winn-Dixie by DiCamillo
Shadow of Shaniko by Clamity Jan (signed copy)
ColorVision by Joe Marvullo
Greenwater – Death Valley’s Greatest Copper Camp
20 Mule Team Days in Death Valley
The Worst Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson

And for 50 cents each ~ three cds ~

Clannad’s Anam
Sarah McLachlan’s Music That Matters To Her
Ken Burn’s The Civil War soundtrack.

Wrapping up the end of May 2008

Saturday morning was spent the usual way…at yard and garage sales. Came home with a pair of really good Birkenstock sandals for $1, a Bobby Flay cookbook, 3 cereal bowls (turquoise California Pottery), necklace (that I re-stranded for my husband), Kite Runner book, Oakland Raiders framed print of some sort..that wild-looking quarterback from the 70’s (husband)…more, but I can’t remember at the moment.

Ohhh…summer clothes at Savers for under $12 (3 tops and 1 crop-pants). I love shopping there…people throw away the best clothes!

Saturday evening at Hannah’s birthday campout. Saturday night watching my WINGS beat the Penguins. Hoping that they wrap it up in Detroit!

Stayed up until midnight working on my photograph note cards…received the plastic sleeves to slip them into on Friday. I sold 13 of them already and have about 82 left of the original batch. I’m going to try to get them into my shop, Sleepy Cat Hollow, on Etsy this week.

We drove up to Sierra Valley yesterday…there is a great day spot on the way up to Frenchman’s Lake, just north of Chilcoot, CA. It’s just past the Chilcoot campground on the right before you pass over the bridge. I hiked around and read while my husband mountain biked.

Then played a game of cribbage. Looks like it costs $18 a day to camp at the campground…we may have to take the tent up some weekend. There’s a nice creek that I see people fishing in all the time.

My husband got a bee under his bonnet and started ripping up weeds on the alley side of the fence…and more juniper, elm and some type of stinky tree stumps. Stepped all over one of my mums… 😦

Then while gathering rocks to make another cairn out front I noticed that SOME ASSHOLE STOLE MY BIG OBSIDIAN ROCK! I’ve had that rock since I was 20 years Old! Over half of my life…and someone STOLE IT! I about sat down and cried. I’m so pissed. We even hopped on our bikes after dinner (which was great btw…bbq chicken, acorn squash with garlic olive oil, and a salad) and rode around the neighborhood looking for my rock. I was hoping the arse who stole it was an idiot and put it out front in their yard. If I ever find my obsidian rock I’m going to slap the silly out of whoever has it…I miss him. I want him back home. Why would anyone come into someone’s yard and steal something? He was extremely heavy…a person could not just reach over the fence and pick it up, they’d have to come into the yard and pick it up that way. I just do not understand the assholes running around in the world.

Garden, Quilting, Photography & Yard Sales Makes for a Great Weekend

Even though we were cursed with 96 degree record breaking temps 3 days in a row…I had a great weekend!

My garden is sprouting like crazy now! Peas, PUMPKINS, squash (all three kinds), radishes, cucumbers, black beans, bush beans, either the spinach or romaine (can’t remember which side was which) and corn.

Was at the Washoe County Extension Office’s Master Gardener Plant Sale bright and early Saturday morning…but not as bright and early as a few hardy soles. We were in the first 1/4 of the line though! I bought 4 different tomato plants (Black Russian, Black Japanese, Beligum something, and a Yellow Plum), 3 Basil plants (Cinnamon, Lime, and regular), 2 rhubarbs, clary sage, borage, parsley, 2 hollyhocks, 2 Irish bells.

For $1.50 I picked up two Kodak box cameras at the Sparks Community Rummage Sale ~ Brownie Starflex and a Duaflex.

Cleaned the Duaflex up and then tried the ‘Through the Viewfinder’ method…I need to read more about that one as I don’t think I grasp it yet.

And…I finished the binding on a lap quilt that will be heading to Gulf Port, MS soon.