Archive for October, 2007

Imagine Getting A Call That Your Child Is Going to the Emergency Room!

Monday, October 29th, 2007


On Saturday, cialis I got a call from a staff person from my daughter’s group home. She told me Melissa had a little accident at her bocce tournament, prostate and that they were on their way to the emergency room! “is she ok!!” “She needs to get an x-ray”, recipe I was told, but “is she alright!!?”, I said. “Yes.” Of course I was still terribly upset, I wasn’t there, I couldn’t see her. How could I really be sure!!!? I asked to speak with her. Then I heard her sweet voice. “Oh, hi, mom”, she said. “Are you alright, Missy?”
“yes, I’m okay”, she said. Thank God she was. Why didn’t they tell me first off, that she is okay, but that she fell, and hurt her ankle. Yesterday, Bill and I went to see her at her house. It was so heartbreaking to see her not able to walk. She is such a trooper though, she just NEVER complains. She’s my angel. I don’t ever want to see her get hurt. Later today, I’ll find out the results of her x-ray, but I am thinking she has a fracture. It’s going to be difficult waiting for it to heal, so can I ask you to say a little prayer for her? Please?

This is Melissa at the bocce tournament, with her best friend, Pam.


Here she is with her bocce coach. She looks pretty proud of herself, doesn’t she? LOL



Here she is in action! I’m so proud of her.
Happy day.

It Was Almost A Disaster!

Sunday, October 28th, 2007



While I was writing in my blog this morning, find my husband came in from the yard. I could hear the panic in his voice. “we almost had a disaster”, cialis he said. “What happened?!”, I said. Turns out, yesterday, he was draining some water out of our pool. All the rain we have had for the last couple of days, filed it to capacity, and it was ready to overflow. He had forgotten to turn off the valve, and overnight the timer turned it back on, and it bagan draining the pool again. Someone must have been watching over us, because it is a miracle that all that water didn’t drain out. There is only about a foot left. If it had all drained, the pool would have popped up out of the ground!!! My heart pounds just thinking about it. We really dodged a bullet, that’s for sure!!!!

Spooky Halloween

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Halloween will soon be here. It’s a day that I never really enjoyed that much. Well, try second thought, troche I did as a young child. What child could resist getting all that candy! I loved it when my children were young. Buying their costumes and dressing them. I am not a sewer, and was always so impressed with mothers that made such beautiful handmade costumes for their children. On Halloween eve, I always planned an early dinner, and hurried to clean up before the trick or treaters rang the door bell. Melissa would get so excited. “I’ll get it!”, she would say, and grab the candy along the way. I can remember when Billy would return with his bag, just chock full of all kinds of candy bars, homemade cookies and sometimes, even an apple taffy!! Those are such fond memories from, what seems like a long time ago, and it really was.
About 4 years ago, my husband and I drove to Marathon, FL., to meet up with some friends for a little vacation. Along the way, we stopped at Charleston, S.C., one of my favorite places to visit. Because Halloween is fast approaching, I thought I would share some photos I took in one of their old cemetaries. They are not the best photos, they were taken with my old camera. These tombstones are from the mid 18th century, and are such beautiful works of art. I loved walking among them, and thinking about the people that once walked this earth, all forgotten now, as though they never exhisted. Sorry if I am sounding a bit goulish, but after all, it is almost Halloween. Boo!!




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18th Century Style Artist Carole O’Neill

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

aaaa.jpgaaaaa.jpgI am so pleased to announce that I will be selling the wonderful paintings of 18th century style artist, health and friend, cialis Carole O’Neill. Carole lives in a wonderful old house in Kennett Square, PA., near Chadds Ford, where so many artists live, the most famous being Andrew Wyeth. Carole has been painting her original art for as long as I have known her, over 45 years, and I am thrilled to be selling her 18th century style paintings in Caroles Country StoreSome of you might know that Carole and I have a business called Carole II, and for almost 10 years, we have painted Rufus Porter paintings on the walls of some of the most beautiful old houses in the Brandywine Valley of PA., as well as the Governor’s guest house, in Dover, DE. Soon several of Carole’s paintings, like the ones I am showing you today, will be available on my website. I hope you will stop by soon, there just might be something waiting for you, something that you just can’t live without.




More of James Cramer’s Booth

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Good morning. I know there are many of you out there that enjoy Jimie Cramer and Seven Gates Farm. I have more photos from that day and I wanted to share the rest of them with you today. Christe’, ampoule now you can see the rest of the shelf.






A Day Out With My Mother

Monday, October 22nd, 2007


I have an 89 year old mother that lives in the memory care unit in a very lovely facility. She suffers from dementia. She does quite well, seek actually. She stilll remembers most things, physician but it’s the short term memory that is affected. Recently, healing they suggested that she be moved to another place, one that can offer more care. This happened over the past week, and of course, it was difficult for her and for me. This past Friday, I took her over to see her new place, and to meet the new staff. She didn’t want to stay. She said, “can we go now”? I had to explain that this was her home now. “Don’t they want me at the other place”, she said. “Can’t they take care of me? Can’t I live with you? Let’s get a soda, an ice cream soda, at the drug store”. I explained everything again. I told her I would be here every day. That it was a better place for her. Better people, and closer to where I lived. I told her that I would make her room look beautiful and cozy, just the way she likes it. She could help me and tell me where she wanted her pictures hung. The next day we did that, and she loved it. I knew she was feeling much better about things. “Oh, it looks so pretty. Oh, Carole, what would I do without you”, she said. I could see that she was going to be just fine. It’s been 5 days now, and I am happy to say that, she has adjusted very well, and I am feeling more comfortable now, and I feel that she is in a good place. I took her out for a drive yesterday, to look at the changing leaves. She loves that. Then we stopped and got some Tastykake chocolate cupcakes at the Wawa. She loves that too!! LOL We went back to my house. I sat her down in the kitchen, while I got a plate for the cupcakes. She was so cute, when I asked her if she wanted some milk to go with them, she said, do you have any chocolate to put in it? I sure do, I said. We went out on the sunporch and I put my DVD on, Early America. She has always been so interested in my businesses, and especially loved seeing all the photos I would take on my day trips. I knew she would enjoy seeing the DVD, with all the photos, and the beautiful music. While it was playing, I noticed her little foot tapping to the music. It warmed my heart, and made me smile. I knew she was having a nice day. After about 20 min., I realized it wasa getting close to dinner time, and it was time to get her back, I didn’t want her to miss dinner. We got in the car, and she looked at me and said, I hope i can come back and see the rest of that movie some time. Yes, of course you can, mother. Soon, I promise, I said. She was happy to get back, and sit down to her dinner. As I was leaving, one of the staff said to me, you take such good care of your mother. Well, she always took such good care of me, now it’s my turn to look after her, I said.

Day Trip to Beaver Valley Antique Mall

Friday, October 19th, 2007


Yesterday, ed my friend and I drove to Hagerstown, MD., to the Beaver Valley Antique Mall. We left Kennet Square, Pa. at 9:30 a.m. I drove my old jeep, Nellie, and my friend, Denise was the navigator. I expected to reach our destination in a couple of hours. I have to tell you that I am not much of a traveler outside of Chester and Lancaster counties, so when I started seeing signs that read, Gettysburg, I got the feeling that we were taking the round about way to MD., in fact, I was sure of it. Before long it was obvious to me, that we were on a day trip, and we were definetly taking the long way to MD.! Ha! I have not been to Gettysburg since I went with my parents, as a child. The town of Gettysburg is so charming!! Beautiful old homes, and wonderful little shops. It would be so fun to live there. As we continued on, we passed several abanoned old houses, just waiting to be bought, rehabed and loved once again. I wish I could have stopped, to get a better look. After four hours of driving, we finally arrived in Hagerstown, MD., and I have no idea how we got there! Denise is great with a map, and we had no trouble finding the Beaver Valley Antique Mall. When we went inside, we decided to seperate, and meet up later. I enjoy antiquing this way, when I am with friends. I enjoy looking at my leisure and looking at the things that I am interested in. Sorry to say that after all that driving, neither one of us found anything that we just had to have. I bought one sweet little tin pail for my store, but that’s it. Denise bought three old wooden bowls that she is going to paint and put on her shelves in her kitchen. We had lunch, and headed for home. I did bring my camera, and took some photos for you to enjoy.

I love ALL three of these chairs, especially the middle one.


This is James Cramer’s booth. Are you familiar with the beautiful book put out by Country Living years ago, called Seven Gates Farm, well, this is his booth.


I loved the colors of this coverlet. Sorry that I didn’t get a better photo, I know this one is blurry, but love the brown!

That’s it for now. See you in a couple of days.
Happy day!

Customer Feedback

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

For those of you that create and sell your art, viagra you know how meaningful it is to get good customer feedback. Last evening I received an email from a man named Hal. A couple of weeks ago, hospital Hal ordered my DVD, ailment Early America. As I read his email to my husband, tears filled my eyes and I was overcome with emotion. I wanted to share his story with you. Oh, they were not tears of sadness, it’s just that it touched me so. There is a portion in my dvd, where actor Jeff Daniels, recites Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. Hal, went on to tell me, that a year ago, his beloved father passed away on their shared birthdays. When viewing the dvd, this portion reminded him of when he was a child. Because his father had such a love of God, and country, well, let me quote him. “I was overcome with emotion, and transformed back to that Sunday morning, remembering that while I recited Lincoln’s four score and seven years ago, for my dad, I noticed a tear in his eye, and was reminded of the deep love and respect he had for his country…America, his wisdom, strength, determination, passion and unconditional love, the legacy he left our mom,his children and family and many many friends”. Hal went on to say that, “sparking a moment or memory into someone’s life is the best gift that one can hope for”. He went on to thank me for lighting that memory.
I hope you don’t mind my telling this. I only share it, because I thought it was so beautiful. It certainly made the work involved in this DVD, so worth while. If you have a story to share, please let me hear from you.
Happy day!

I Just Had To Show You These!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

I know there are many of you out there that just love bandboxes as much as I do. I have to do some banking business for my mother today. I will be going back to Chester County again, find but before I leave I wanted to show you these photos I took last week of some wonderful early bandboxes. I made the photos nice and big so you can really get a good look at them. Isn’t that squirrel one just the best!! I know the pictures are BIG, troche but I think they are worth it! Enjoy!






Out And About

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

I was out and about the other day, diagnosis looking for goodies for my country store.
If you have read my blog before, click you must know that I always bring my camera, most everywhere I go, and today was no exception. Chester County is so beautiful and is a photographer’s dream. I adore taking photos of the Amish, but am careful not to offend. Many don’t like being photographed while some don’t mind at all. I passed this barn along the way. I love the time worn hex signs, and was happy to capture them before they disappear, never to be seen again. I know I showed this photo before, but maybe you missed it.



Along the way, i passed this man riding his bike. I envy his, what appears to be, simple life style. Here I was in my big suv, just eating up the gas!

Down the road, and around the bend, I came across a little Amish schoolhouse. All the children were outside playing ball, and oh, i wanted so much to take a photo. I stopped my car on the side of the road, and reached for my camera. They all turned and looked at me! Oh, I felt so terrible. I put my camera down on the seat, and continued down the road. On the way back, I took these shots of the children’s bicycles, and two dear little ones, going inside their schoolhouse. Look at all the cardboard boxes on their bikes, used for carrying their books back and forth to school.



I stopped at a little shop on the way home and found some a few fun things for carolescountrystore, a mans nightshirt, a pair of ladies cotton bloomers, they just make you smile, and a sweet pair of summer pajamas, with a little trap door. Oh they are just too cute. I might have to keep them. I didn’t find much for all the driving I did that day. Antiques are getting harder and harder to find. I’m hoping next time I’ll do better. Now, don’t leave without leaving a comment, and please, stop by the store, you never know what you might find there. As always, have a happy day!



Happy day!