We had a wedding! The Girl and her Fiancé were married on January 14th. We had the wedding at a house here in town that is set up and decorated to hold weddings, and had a bilingual ceremony in English and Spanish, since The Son-in-Law’s family speaks Spanish. It was a lovely ceremony and I would like to get a transcript of it, the minister did a great job. The bride and groom declared that they had a fun day. After the wedding everyone came to our house for cake and coffee and we had a nice visit. The lady who runs the wedding house took photos too so we had some family photos done for the first time in forever, and a photo of all three of our kids together for the first time in years. In fact, it was the first time they had all three BEEN together in years and years! We enjoyed meeting the Son-in-Law’s family, with the rather whirlwind courtship and wedding we hadn’t had the chance to meet them before. Here are some photos for you to enjoy!
It was a lovely wedding and the The Girl and The Son-in-Law enjoyed themselves, which was the most important thing. They now live in wedded bliss upstairs in what used to be just the The Girl’s space, so they can save up for a place of their own. The Son-in-Law fits in well at our house and we are happy to have him here.
Marnie and her daughter decided to go to the beach on Friday, January 6th to look at the waves and invited me to join them. We had been having an interesting weather pattern and the waves were supposed to be huge.
We got to the beach and stopped at some waypoints to look at the waves, but they weren’t all that big and it was a bit disappointing. We stopped at one beach, however, and though the waves weren’t all that super there was a woman with a German Shepherd dog who was jumping up onto a big stump and launching him or herself off to chase a stick in the water. The tide was very far in so the dog was doing some swimming! Strangely, although I know I took many photos of the dog up on the stump, they have all disappeared from my phone. I’m not sure what to think of that.
We ended up in Depoe Bay, and looked at the Spouting Horns on the ocean side. I know I had a video of the Spouting Horns but it has also disappeared from my phone. Weird.
Then on the other side of the highway we went to some little shops and looked around. We saw a lot of neat things, including these coolers made from old oil drums. I took photos of many of them to encourage The Hubs to make something cool from the 50-gallon barrels he has been collecting. The coolers are made by a man who lives in Vietnam and by some people he teaches to make them. They were very expensive.
We then spent some money on salt water taffy, and I got a block of seafoam, which is a hunk of candy covered in chocolate. It is light and crunchy and delicious. I’m not sure what it’s made of, but it is a must for me to have if we go to a candy store at the coast. Salt water taffy is so yummy and if you’re not careful you can buy pounds and pounds of it by just taking “one of these and one of those”! I didn’t get a photo of the taffy, which is a shame.
I did, however, get a photo of our lunch. We stopped at the “Chowder Bowl” and had lunch, the fish and chips lunch was pricey but it was good and came with a salad as well. The salad was good too, but the pieces of lettuce were so big it was hard to eat! I resorted to using my fingers to pick up a large piece of lettuce, fold it up, and dip it in the dressing. You can see from this photo that Marnie also got a picture of her food, ha. The waitress had a baby in a front carrier and we heard her tell someone that they had just bought the restaurant and opened on the 1st, and they needed all the help they could get so the baby came along. Baby was just sleeping most of the time and the Mama handled everything quite well.
After our lunch we headed back to Lincoln City and stopped at an antique store and the antique mall there. None of us found anything we couldn’t live without, so we came home empty-handed. Since The Girl has been cleaning out her room to make room for the new Son-in-Law we have had a lot of stuff everywhere, so when I got home after not buying anything I thought it was just fine that I didn’t bring more things into the house!
I started this post awhile back and never finished it, so there will be a couple of posts all together. The reason I haven’t been blogging is…we had a wedding!! Stay tuned for the wedding post!
This week I got a bunch of goodies from Facebook Marketplace. I got a large group of Hardy Boys books from one seller, and a lot of old magazines, recipe books, and other random books from another seller. One of the random books was this Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary with a publication date of 1925.
Mary Collison was such a good speller from Detroit in the 1928 National Spelling Bee that she won this dictionary. It was awarded to “one of the best spellers in the schools of the Detroit Metropolitan Area” by The Detroit News. The dictionary is three inches thick! (I’ve always enjoyed dictionaries. In middle school when I got caught talking and had to copy the dictionary, I didn’t mind a bit. I think the teacher knew it, ha.)
It has nice little illustrations and is still very usable, although the binding is damaged and some pages are coming out.
I have the dictionary for sale on Etsy, and hope someone else will think it as fascinating as I do! I’ll share some of the other goodies I got in a later post.
We received our new air fryer yesterday. We have never had one before and wanted to try it out, so we put some two-day-old apple cider donuts in it at 350 degrees for 4 minutes.
The donuts turned out quite well. They were warm and the sugar on the outside of the donuts didn’t melt, but stayed nice and crunchy. Here is a photo of…well, part of a donut after it came out of the air fryer:
I might put them in for only three minutes if we do it again.
We got the air fryer because someone brought one to The Hubs’s work, and after he cooked a piece of pizza in it he decided that it would be good to have one as the pizza came out crispy and delicious. I have looked at recipes for cooking frozen chicken breast and fried okra in the air fryer so far. I think we (well, I) will be having okra for lunch today. Yum-O!
I also bought myself a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. I have been wanting one for quite awhile and found this nice one on the Kohl’s website, on sale with a 40% off the last sale price coupon.
It isn’t the fanciest one they make, but it does have the capacity to empty its dirt bin by itself if I bought the attachment for that, which I may. You can control it from your phone, and once I finally got that set up I let it out into the living room and it cleaned and cleaned, but then took itself back to its charging station because the dirt bin was full. I was overdue on vacuuming myself and decided that I had better vacuum the carpets thoroughly before letting the Roomba go, just so it wouldn’t fill up its bin so quickly and would keep on cleaning. It rolled around back and forth from my office to the living room, and certainly picked up a lot of dirt. I plan to have it go again today, and maybe set it to go every Monday or Tuesday!
I looked in some storage bins this last week in order to consolidate things, and found this vintage eggbeater I had bought awhile back. I completely forgot about it! I think I put it away because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it.
I like green-handled vintage kitchen implements because my kitchen color theme is green. The green theme came from this green secretary desk I bought at a second-hand store a few years ago.
I asked The Hubs to figure out how to hang the eggbeater on the wall with my other kitchen things, and he decided to make a hook:
Here it is on the wall with some of the other vintage kitchen things. The ads for canned fruit and cookies came out of a 1922 Ladies Home Journal. All I need now is a vintage rolling pin with green handles and my wall will be complete! Well, maybe… 😃
You may remember this where I posted about the new decals and stickers I put on my van. I FINALLY received both of my new decals that I planned to put on the side back window! The decal with the quote took two weeks to come, and the Alice decal took THREE weeks to come after I ordered it. Here they are together:
I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The quote is from the White Queen in Through the Looking Glass. The context is this:
‘I can’t believe that!‘ said Alice. ‘Can’t you?’ the Queen said in a pitying tone. ‘Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.’ Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.'”
Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking Glass”
One of the houses we visited for an estate sale last weekend had this quote around the top of the walls in the breakfast nook. It was an amazing house and we all three wished we could buy it!
Now my van is complete! Certainly nobody will mistake it for someone else’s, ha.
Boy, did we have a yard sale adventure today! First, we went to a sale in south Salem where I found these things:
THEN, we went out to southeast Salem in the country to the most awesome sale! It was the lady from Mama Roost vintage, and her husband is the guy who used to have Craig’s Camaro Connection in town, so I was having a super time collecting a pile of goodies and Greg found some good stuff too. There were bags of free things!!
Here are all the things I got:
Can you tell I was having a very good time at this sale? So many wonderful things! She had some denim jackets she had sewn vintage fur collars on, but none were my size so I didn’t get one of those. Everything was such a deal and I am very pleased! Most of these things will be living at my house and won’t be sold, unless I change my mind.
I had a nice time talking to Mama Roost and The Hubs enjoyed talking to Craig about car stuff, and he came away with a tool box, a metal bench, and a wheelbarrow (which he unceremoniously stuffed into my van – I will have to vacuum it again). We had to go home with the treasures in the van and take the big truck back to bring the window and sign holder home. Now I must get to cleaning everything and figuring out what I want to do with it all! I’m thinking of making some sort of banner with the fabric scraps. Or ten banners, there are so many! Wheee!!
Here is the mirror I got at the barn sale a couple of weeks ago. The Hubs was able to attach a hanger to the back and hang it on the wall in my office with a wall anchor. Looks good, right? I like mirrors, the house is full of them!
I like stickers. I have liked stickers since I was a little girl. When I was in middle school they started selling rolls of really neat stickers at the card and stationery stores, and you could buy just one sticker at a time. They were shiny and glittery! It was awesome!
Anyway, I still enjoy stickers, especially waterproof vinyl stickers and decals, and I put them on water bottles, coffee cups, my bear canister, and my car windows. (Not on the paint. Never the paint!) When it comes to the stickers on my car I change them occasionally, because I don’t like to drive my sweet ol’ hooptie around with stickers that are half coming off. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a few of my stickers on the car were looking a bit shabby, so I ordered some new ones.
These are the old stickers:
Two of my favorites, the “Conquer” sticker and the “Onward” bear sticker, were coming off and had turned a funny color. The other ones I intended to replace were the Bigfoot and the one that says “Hiking is always a good idea.” They just didn’t look so great anymore.
I ordered some new stickers and decals from Etsy and they came this last week, so I set out to remove the old stickers from the window. Easier said than done! At least for me. I was using an X-Acto style knife to remove them, and that was taking awhile. The Hubs came out and saw what I was doing, and then went to the shop to get a regular flat razor blade to remove the stickers for me. He just went zoop, zoop, zoop, and the stickers and leftover sticky were all gone! (I won’t use a naked flat razor blade because I stuck one in my thumb once. Ow.)
This is the decal on the passenger-side back window. I hope it stays on for a long time, I really like it.
Here are the new decals and stickers (sorry the window is so dirty, I did run through the car wash last week but it didn’t stay clean very long):
The “Mountains, please” decal and the kitty sticker both have some brown spots, but I am going to keep them until they start coming off the window. I really like the “Mountains, please” decal, and Marnie gave me the cute kitty sticker.
The “Be Strong and Courageous” comes from Joshua 1:9, one of my favorite scriptures.
I really like the King James version (below). “Whithersoever” seems like a lot more places than just “wherever”, ha. It is spelled wrong in this meme though! “Neither” is also spelled wrong, but I like the photo and you get the idea. “Dismayed” means feeling distress or anxiety, typically at something unexpected, or to look around in terror. I tried so hard not to be afraid or dismayed when we were hiking in SoCal and kept coming upon rattlesnakes. Talk about looking around in terror! I don’t know if I succeeded in obeying God’s command there. That’s a tough one sometimes. But thankfully we live in a nice, venomous snake-free area and don’t have to worry about them here!
After The Hubs scraped the stickers off and went back to the shop I realized I had forgotten the decal on the driver’s side back window which I also wanted to remove. I liked it but it was pink glitter and didn’t really match with the other stickers. That decal looked like this but was a rose-gold color, about 5″ X 5″. Thankfully it came off easily with my X-Acto knife.
I have an idea of something to replace it. I will share it after I put it on the car!