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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thrift store finds-yeah, it's been quite a while!

I haven't had a thrift store post here in ages, simply because I haven't found much.  What I have found has been stuff for the doll blog, and I don't like to duplicate posts between the two blogs.  Even that has been kind of poor pickings overall until recently.  Blah.

This morning I looked at the weather forecast and decided it was going to be far too gloomy for any sewing.  Or much of anything else.  We've had so much rain this month it isn't funny, they are saying it is the 3rd rainiest June in history.  I believe it.  So, given that yucky forecast, I decided it was a good day to go to Pittsburgh and check my favorite thrift stores.  The last time I was there was in April and it was really pathetic, I only bought three things, two of which were neckties for my husband.  And a doll chair!  I had my fingers crossed that my luck would be better this time--must have worked!

First--a book on how to crochet.  My grandmother crocheted a lot but I never managed to learn how.  I remember her trying to show me how, but I just wasn't into it.  I've since regretted that, and when I saw this, I thought it would be worth a try. 

Then I found a tray for 95 cents.  Just a few days earlier I had mentioned to my husband that we needed a second plastic tray and I would have to keep my eyes out for one.  Perfect for what we need it for!

Two more neckties for my hubby!  He didn't have to wear a tie for work until this year when the company he is employed by changed ownership.  He loves having a variety of ties, and thrift stores are the perfect place to buy them at, so many of them appear to be brand new and many times you can get one for as little as 95 cents.  These were a little bit more because they are popular themes, but at $2.95 and $3.95 they were a steal. The one on the right is a Jerry Garcia tie, and they can cost brand new anywhere from $16 - $40.  He was thrilled with both of them.  He will be the first to admit that he hates to shop too, so it was a win/win.

For me--a matched set of Lands End sweaters, brand new!!!!!  I LOVE Lands End clothing, I buy a lot of it from them, and I'm always thrilled when I find pieces like this in thrift stores.  I got both pieces for $7.95, if I were to buy these from the website they would have cost me over $100!  They aren't even selling this particular shade of red at the moment either, but I have a real weakness for red clothing (if you hadn't already figured that out) and I couldn't put these into my cart fast enough.  I like sweater sets like this as they can be worn year around and can be dressy or casual. 

The rest of what I found is all doll related, if you want to see it, you can check it out on the doll blog Friday, I won't be posting it until then.  I'm hopeful that these great finds means there will continue to be some good thrift store shopping in the months to come.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Busy as a bee?beaver?one legged man in an a** kicking contest?

After enduring the winter that never seemed to end, we've spent a lot of time just getting caught up on things.  The past few weeks we've had some fun things to do as well.  When we bought tickets for two of these events back in February it seemed like forever away.  Both were a whole lot of fun though, and well worth the wait.

On May 31st we went to see Weird Al Yankovic.  We LOVE Weird Al, this is either the 6th or 7th time we've seen him (we lost track!) and we'll probably go again.  This is where we were heading the day of the little tornado that I mentioned before.  (I apologize in advance for the poor photo quality on some of these, I was more concerned with actually enjoying the show instead of taking photos and was just using my iPod!)

He puts on a heck of a show, I wish I had a fraction of the energy he has.  If you are a Weird Al fan and he's going to be performing near you, I highly recommend going.
On June 6th I got to fulfill something that I guess you'd call a "bucket list" kind of thing.  I've been a fan of Prairie Home Companion since the mid 90's and I always thought it would be fun to go see one of their live performances.  Our original plan had been to go see them in New York City this past spring while visiting family, but the hubby's job changed killed that.  One day I was looking on the website to see where they were going to be, and I was so exited to see that they were going to be in the Rochester, NY area.  It's not like right in our backyard, but closer than NYC, and definitely closer than their home base in Minnesota!  I ordered the tickets the day they went on sale, we had great seats and it was everything I expected it to be and more. 
Before the show, Garrison Keillor and guest singer Heather Masse warmed up the audience with a sing along:

What was really cool is that they wandered into the audience while they sang, the bottom picture I took when they walked past us, at one point I was within several feet of them.  Then they walked down to the stage to get ready to start the show.
The show was very good, my husband asked me later if I thought it was just an exceptionally good show or it seemed like it was because we were there.  I think it was the first, but perhaps I was biased!  I would definitely go again if they were nearby, I'm still hoping they might be in NYC this fall.  I'm just glad that we got to do this because Garrison Keillor is in his 70's and keeps hinting at retiring.  I don't think the show would be the same without him.
Last week I ventured out on a field trip to meet up with one of my fellow doll bloggers.  She and her husband are actively involved with a place called the Coolspring Power Museum, and this past week was one of their big shows of the year.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I thought it was very interesting!  We wandered around the various parts of the museum and she knew a lot about some of the engines and their history, it was nice to have a personal guide.

Again, I apologize for the small size of these photos.  This time it's not an issue with the quality of the camera, but for some reason Blogger won't let me resize them, argh!!!!  What's up with that??  If you would like to see them larger, you can click on them and they will open up, but I don't like this, grrr...
We finally got the last of my plants into their outdoor beds and the seeds for the onions and lettuce in as well.  We've had torrential rains for the past week (or longer) and I was hesitant to move the pepper plants outdoors for fear of them drowning or getting damaged by wind.  Crazy darned weather!  I'll share the progress next week on some of that, I can't wait to show you the tomato plants!
What's new in your world?  After this flurry of activity here, it's now back to normal, day to day stuff.  There are all sorts of things happening locally in the weeks to come, hopefully we will get to enjoy a couple of the festivals and events.  Summer flies by too quickly!

Friday, June 5, 2015

A strange coincidence...

Earlier this week I posted about the tornadoes that ravaged this area back in 1985 and how it was the 30th anniversary this year.  What's that saying--"lightning doesn't strike the same place twice"?  Apparently it doesn't apply to tornadoes!!!

They were forecasting some bad weather on Sunday, mostly just thunder and lightning storms, so we didn't think anything of it.  We got some very heavy rain and what we thought was a typical spring/summer thunder storm, nothing any worse than we've had before.  The dog was upset, but she doesn't deal with storms and loud noises well to begin with, so we really didn't pay any attention.  No warnings went up either on any of the channels for anything beyond a severe thunder storm.  We didn't even have any hail.

We left the house at 5 PM to head towards Pittsburgh, we had tickets for a concert there.  We encountered some really nasty weather on the way, some of the heaviest rain I can remember driving through in a very long time, but there wasn't a lot of thunder and lightning with it either.  I was just glad when we finally drove out of it, visibility was just about non-existent. Still didn't think anything of it.

Not long after we got out of that, I got a text message from my nephew.  "Are you guys okay over there?" (he lives on the other side of the county so we frequently refer to where the other lives as "over there")  I texted him back that we hadn't been home since 5, but last we knew everything was fine.  "Why do you ask?" I texted to him.  He had been watching the news and saw where there was some serious damage to the gas station not far from our house, and that the winds had been so strong, it had flipped a vehicle onto it's side!  We had left going a different way, so we missed seeing the damage, but we saw it when we got home.  Once again, didn't think anything of it. 

You can imagine how shocked we were when we watched the news the next morning and it was officially confirmed that a small tornado had been responsible for the damage.  Of course the significance of the date wasn't missed by anyone.  Our neighborhood was fine, fortunately the area it damaged was very isolated.  I texted my niece later on because it wasn't far from her house.  All either of us had to report was some water in the basement, nothing exciting.  We were lucky!

I think next year when May 31 comes around, I'm going to wrap myself in bubble wrap just to be safe.