Archive for October, 2011

Simple Goods Show

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Hi everyone. I will be going to the Simple Goods Show in Mt. Vernon, sildenafil Ohio tomorrow, pills October 30, remedy with Lynn Openheimer. I have never gone before and Lynn tells me it’s a wonderful show. I am looking forward to going, but not the drive, 8 hours! Ugh. I’ll be gone for a week and will return home on November 6. I hope I find some wonderful treasures for my store. I will not be able to answer any questions or ship any items until I return.



A Wonderful Interesting Customer

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I love my customers, cialis and appreciate it when they share life experiences with me. Hollie is one of those customers. She lives in Oregon. She is such an adventurous person. I love reading her emails, look and I thought you would too, online so I asked her permission to share them with you. This is one that I got from her yesterday, you have got to read this! It looks long but I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.

We had a fun eventful trip to eastern Oregon. It is a four to five hour drive to Sumpter through desert, canyons and over five mountain passes! The landscape is extremely varied: through the Clarno Volcanic area full of unusual peaked volcanoes, through a portion of the Painted Hills area of red, purple, green & yellow exposed layered strata, and through a portion of the John Day Fossil Beds area. Fossils were discovered in the late 19th c in this area. How I would have loved to have been a part of that discovery and excursion! There is a wonderful museum called the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, full of wild animal (saber tooth cat, rhino!)  fossils and stunning palm & plant leaf fossils that I always stop to view. There is a incredible section of the road that winds through a 2 mile stretch of canyon called the Picture Gorge. It is beautiful tight passage with a small river and when you enter through the eastern side, it literally looks like the earth cracked open like a ragged jigsaw puzzle. One can see how both sides of the mountain fit together.

The best part of the trip was our rock excursion into the mountains of Greenhorn. It was cool weather but at least free of snow for we were 7,000 feet in elevation. We first went to the virgin strewn fields and spent a least an hour there gathering quartz crystal rocks and petrified wood. Mark was surprised to find such an unusual area seemingly untouched. He dug up some amazing green petrified wood for me from a spot that I had marked during my last visit. The petrified wood is unusual in that portions appear to be in the process of petrifying! What is exciting about that strewn area is, that each spring snow melt will uncover new specimens and expose and tumble underlying rocks to the surface.

Next, in the general area, we walked down a hillside below the strewn field. We discovered an old abandoned mine shaft that had partly caved in. I wanted to crawl in and explore, but we didn’t have a flash light with us (probably safer not to go in too!) Just above the mine shaft about 300 yards is a rock ledge that I marked on my previous visit with an exposed rock section about 12 inches in diameter that displayed beautiful quartz crystal. Mark, my hero, hooked up a jack hammer to the car & preceded to chisel & hammer away at the rock! It took about 30-40 minutes to loosen it. Much to our surprise, underneath the exposed part was even more spectacular than the top portion!! It is a mass of glittering crystal nodules. Mark estimated that the largest rock weighs 90-100 pounds. In all we brought back about 350-400 pounds of rocks! That’s some serious diggings!
The most interesting event of the day however happened as we were packing up the rocks from the strewn field from our first spot. Mark called my attention to a grouse bird off to the west that we had spooked.

As we were watching the bird,  much to our surprise, a cougar darted after the grouse!! It was a blur of speed and agility but unnerving to watch simply because the cougar was close enough to us to see and most likely had been observing us (and me standing alone!) for a while on the strewn field and had circled around us. At one point I was alone way down the strewn field hill as Mark was hauling the petrified wood back to the car. I felt uncomfortable being alone so far away from him, so I stopped searching & held the ice axe in my hands ready for any use & kept my head up and eyes peeled. The birds were squawking in the trees all around & making a terrible racket. Usually that is a wilderness safety alert indicating a disturbance from some type of predator. I was certainly praying too. So I returned to the car quickly to join Mark. Overall, it was a great outdoor experience. I am ready and raring to explore again.



The Passing of Steve Jobs

Friday, October 7th, 2011


I could not let another day go by without expressing my sadness at the passing of a genius, buy Steve Jobs. We have used Apple computers for years. I use an Apple laptop, purchase and I love it! Steve Jobs  changed my life, as he did for so millions of people around the world. He will be greatly missed.


Who are the Shakers?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The Shakers are a small Protestant religious denomination that was founded in Manchester, help England in the mid 1700′s. They were also referred to as the “shaking Quakers because they’re meetings included singing and dancing. The first group of Shakers, doctor 5 men and 3 women, health arrived in America in August in the year 1774. After the American Revolution many people converted to this new faith and nine Shaker communities were founded in New York State and throughout New England. In the early 1800′s the movement spread West, into Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. By 1824 there were 19 communities formed. They called themselves the United Society and Believers of Christ’s second appearing. Today, one Shaker community still exists at Sabbathday Lake, in Maine.

The Shakers make amazingly simple and beautiful furniture and household items. I am pleased to have a few I’ll be offering for sale very soon.

I purchased this early Shaker measure from a collector, who is now downsizing to a smaller home, and is selling a few pieces from her collections. She told me that it is from the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community, which sparked my interest in the Shakers. I have always admired their superior craftsmanship, and this piece and the others that I purchased are certainly wonderful examples of their work.


These Shaker pantries are small and were probably used for the storage of herbs or spices. The one on the left has it’s original cinnamon paint, and on the inside, written in pencil the words cream of tartar 2. Both are early and all original.



Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Jill Peterson’s books have arrived. Don’t miss out on your copy. As always with Jill’s books and magazines, thumb these new ones are wonderful. You will definitely want to add them to your collection.

A couple of weeks ago a friend that I have not seen for several years called m. It was great hearing from her. She told me that a friend of hers was selling her house, store and a few of her antiques. She thought I might be interested in seeing what she had. We finally were able to pick a date when we could all meet, and this past weekend I drove to her home in New Jersey. She lives in a wonderful early house, the earliest part was built in the 1700′s.  I drove into the driveway and she was there to greet me, while sweeping walnuts off her steps, that had fallen from the large walnut tree outside her door. When we walked inside the first thing I noticed was a large early painted cupboard with original green paint.

On oneof her walls hung this fabulous early chair maker sign. It wasn’t for sale.

She had two wonderful early highchairs. I love the Windsor chair.

The clock hanging on the wall was this wonderful early wooden store sign. Often times customers had credit with shopkeepers. At the end of the month they would pay their bills. NO TICK HERE, meant no credit here.

While walking into another room, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this flag that hung in a hallway. I love the American flag and it just seems so appropriate in an old house setting.

We went downstairs to see what she had to sell.

I bought some nice things like this gorgeous early green pantry in mint condition.

I should have them all in the Carole’s Country Store in the next several days, but for now I need to close up this computer and get some wash done. Have you ever tried this product. If you haven’t, you should, it’s wonderful. Makes your laundry smell sweet for days, maybe weeks.