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Thrift Shop Fun!

April 24, 2013

A couple of days a month we go into the city for “Enrichment” days. The girls have a Little Flowers group, the boys have a boys club called “Brothers in Christ” and there is even a little 4-year-old club. It is also our library day, where the selection is significantly bigger than our little country libraries. (However, I forgot my library list, but I digress!)

We decided to go in early so we could do some thrift shopping. We stopped at this one shop that we had not been to in a couple of years. Their prices did go up, but who’s hasn’t? My big find there was a little tiny crock pot that I have been wanting for years. I hadn’t bought one because none could be found that did not have a plastic lid. Well, the one yesterday had a glass lid and looked as if it had never been used. We like to cook overnight oat groats and this pot is the perfect size, so we’ve already used it! It was brand new and the plastic plug protector had never been removed. What a find.

We ended up going thrifting both before and after clubs. Here are some other fun finds. First of all some books…

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And some hats….

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thrift find 016 This one is James’.

thrift 2 003 thrift 2 004 Charlotte’s hat, but Vincent just had to get into the pictures.  He’s a cutey!

A couple of patterns…

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thrift find 001 (Yes that price tag says 49 cents!!!)

There is a Spring Beatrix Potter unit study.  I printed the whole thing out years ago and come across it from time to time.   This  year I remembered about it at the right time of year.  We just started it this week and it has me keeping my eyes open for all things Beatrix Potter.  Yesterday at two different stores, I found these:

thrift find 009 They are melmac, perfect for our tile floors and Veronica loves them already.

The boys love to go to look for jerseys and military-type things.  Here’s some of their finds…

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thrift 2 005 thrift 2 006 This one is the prized one because it is some kind of rare alternate Titans jersey, of Vince Young.  It is the same as my Fred Smoot jersey (that you can see in this post), about which we were told by a reliable source that it was as close as you can get to the real thing.  The numbers are sewn on, etc…

The boys had about 10 jerseys in the cart at one store so that they could get one for everyone on their football teams when they play again at church or wherever, but I put my foot down on that.  But, it shows the generous spirit of my boys.  That is nice.

Oh yes, one day I’m gong to put a puppet post togher.  James and Kevin have been making puppets and are even sometimes part of their friends’ show “Buffle and Friends.”  So, James and Kevin are always on the lookout for good puppet material.  Yesterday James found some black and Kevin found some green.   This morning, Kevin made his new puppet which he calls “Spinky,” so he tells me.

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John has been looking for a few years for a good desk.  He traded his away to his sisters one time (and I think regretted it ever since.)  He found one for a reasonable price yesterday and they were kind enough to take 10% off.  He’s already got it up and running this morning….

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The boys like 80s rock and were pleased to find a Joshua Tree CD.

For our gaming pleasure…

thrift find 015 Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit, complete with gold ring.

Last, but certainly not least, was our last find of the day.  I nearly fell over when the girls brought it to me smiling, and I asked in a doubtful voice, “How much do they want for it?”  “$2.99,” MaryEllen said.  I exclaimed, “Put it in the basket!”

thrift find 010 Yes, what you see here is a Pleasant Company American Girl retired Kirsten Doll in her original dress and apron.  She is missing a pinky on one of her hands and her toe and finger nails have been painted, but not too messy.  Her hair is a little dry at the ends, but she is in perfect playing condition!  We were quite pleased to find the doll.

So there you have it.  There were a few other finds, like some sewing material for Mom and a postcard of Renoir’s painting of a girl with a watering can.  We had an enjoyable day out that ended with us going to see the last 2 innings of a friend’s baseball game and visiting with them for a little while.

Interesting Drive

February 8, 2010

Mondays are always our busy day. We have to leave the house no later than 8:30 to get to church on time. After that we have a sort of co-op class. This month we ordered food from a buying club and we were going to follow friends to go pick it up. Of course, today was the day to do that. Veronica and I have had a touch of a cold the past few days. Our eyes and noses are watering and we are sneezing. Today Veronica woke up with a fever and Kevin woke up sick. James and John were suppose to serve, so we had plans to camp out in the van while they were in doing their thing. I checked the weather last night, like I always do, and today, here, it was suppose to be partly cloudy. Well, as we were loading up and ready to leave and it was flurying a little. We sort of laughed about it. By the time we got to the Alabama line, it was coming down hard and sticking. The driver in front of me was fish-tailing and could not make it up a small hill. He pulled over, we pressed on. Needless to say, it was a slow drive, but by the time we left church, the roads were fine. About a half an hour later, you would never know it had snowed. I had John take a few pictures to show his Dad what we had driven through and I thought I would put it up on the blog.  Hope you had a Happy Monday!

Advent Pilgrimage

January 10, 2009

The children and I took a trip on beautiful December day to Hanceville and Cullman, Alabama.  The first stop was to the beautiful Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  We saw the new Lourdes replica and the outside of the John Paul II Eucharistic building.  There is a beautiful bronze statue of the late Pope.  hanceville-nov-08  They have also added a new fountain that is a nice touch at a crossroads place on the walking path.hanceville-nov-08-2

I didn’t think the children would really enjoy the grotto too much because we have been there a few times.  I was mistaken.  They loved it and were finding all kinds of images in the miniature cities that they had either forgotten about or were seeing for the first time.  Ave Maria grotto is a place where you can spend hours looking and/or visit several times.

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A little later in December, we were surprised with a visit by our good friends Maddie & Glenn from New Jersey.  They couldn’t stay too long because the weather was threatening to freeze farther north, but we did get to take them to the Shrine as well.

A Drive Across Southern Tennessee

March 3, 2008

We took a lovely drive today.  It was a picture-perfect day, except for the wind.  MaryEllen wanted to have a picnic, not on a table, but a real picnic with a blanket and everything.  So, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were prepared, chips & hummus packed, patchwork quilt in the van, we were ready.  Well, all except the where to go part.  I thought a drive across Rt. 64 might be a good start.  John was summoned to get the map out of the car.  I was looking towards Chattanooga (how does one spell the name of that choo-choo?) and there seemed to be several natural areas where one might hike.  Off we went, hoping there would be signs down the road.   We went through Fayetteville, and beyond.  The children and I had never been that far down Rt. 64 before.  They saw the sign for Tim’s Ford State Park, but with the wind today a lake with a dam just didn’t seem like a good place to have a picnic.  On we went and did wonderfully until we came to Winchester.  We went off the beaten Rt. 64 path to actually drive through the town.   Was it anything like Winchester, VA where we had spent so much time?  No.  It was a typical Tennessee town, complete with a fancy building in the middle of a square.   On we pressed.  Suddenly we wondered if we were on Rt. 64 anymore.  It seemed to me that we should have gotten to Interstate 24 by now.  There was a small, but neat looking town called Cowan.  Then we saw two brown signs that pointed the way to natural areas.  “Shall we turn there,”  I asked, “or go on to Chattanooga?”  The answer was a resounding “Chattanooga!”  The minute we passed the turn-off, we saw a green sign that said “Chattanooga 57.”   Aaaahhhh 57 miles!!!  We had already been in the car nearly 2 hours.  We then decided to turn around and go explore the natural areas.  In order to turn around, I turned down this road that had some really neat looking, quaint little restaurants.  Soon we were coming upon this architecture that was  like nothing out of the south!   Is this a college?  It must be.  We passed an actual cathedral.   Were we suddenly transported to Europe or some big city?  Well, it was the University of the South.  (cousin Laura, you have got to see this place!!!)  Of course John had heard of this place before, apparently they have a decent football team.  “You know if Tom Brady (or was it one of the Manning brothers?   John is in bed so I can’t ask him right now, but he knew who) had accepted the scholarship from this college that he was offered, he would not only have been the quarter back here, but also a baseball pitcher.”  How does the child remember these things?  Anyway, we did turn around and headed down the road for a natural bridge.  When we got to this secluded little parking spot, it was at the edge of a cliff and the path was pretty well down.  (And there was no bathrooms!)  So, we decided once again to turn around.  I looked on the map and thought I would head onto Interstate 24 and head away from Chattanooga, go to Tullahoma and end up back at Tim’s Ford State park anyway.  We stopped just before we got on the interstate to a McDonald’s to us the restroom.  When I went back to get Charlotte out of her seat I noticed that she looked red and had a fever.  That explains why she didn’t eat her crackers.  Truth being told, my cold was feeling worse instead of better as well.   After the potty break I looked at the map again and noticed a “Stone Fort State Archaeological Park” near Manchester and decided to head there.   We did that.  After entering the park we came to a fork in the road.  The choices were picnic area one way or fort and museum the other.  Everyone had snacked enough that they were not hungry so we went to the museum.  It turns out this place is an old American Indian ceremonial ground.   The little museum was quite nice and we went up top to see some of the sights.  We were on the Duck River and at one point the Big Duck and the Little Duck Rivers meet.  There was a mile and a quarter trail, but it was not recommended for strollers.  I was not going to have Charlotte walk all that way and I certainly couldn’t carry her either.  So, we loaded back into the van and headed for the picnic area.  When we pulled into the parking lot the children noticed swings and a slide so they were very excited.   I found a lovely spot to place the blanket and proceeded to blow away get the food ready.  The chips and hummus were the favorites today!  MaryEllen was so excited to get a real picnic and James exclaimed that it was the best picnic we ever took!   I promised the children that we would be back there again to walk the trail.  On the way home I found a hands on children’s museum in Tullahoma that is covered by our family pass so that is one more reason to go back.    Unfortunately, I did not take a single picture despite charging my camera battery all night long.  As for this lovely spring-like weather, well it is coming to an end.  The cold front is moving in tonight and our low for this evening is expected to be the high for tomorrow.  It is storming here as I type with a lot of wind to go with it.  But, we sure did enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasted.