Finally Friday

Not that it matters much around here for me since my class is a Thursday through Wednesday class instead of Monday through Sunday, but Jarell being home for the weekend is ALWAYS the best part of the week whether he’s been working here locally like this week, or out of town.

I’ve been a busy bee lately between gardening, baby creating, (and creating for the baby), working on assignments, trying to get some cleaning done (not much, but some…), and running the various errands that go with my life. Monday I hit some thrift stores with J11 to look for some clothes for our annual Sisk Birthday bash that’s coming up. If you’re new around here, you won’t know there are 14 kids in my husband’s family, each name starting with the letter J (hence J11 is the 11th child) and, even with 2 kids who are still strict Jehovah’s witnesses, 1 that lives out of state, 1 we prefer to pretend doesn’t exist, and one we don’t see very often because her life is “complicated”, that’s still 9 birthdays to celebrate every year. A lot of those birthdays happen to fall in April so to make things easier, several years ago we started doing annual birthday parties for the April birthdays. This year, we’re combining everyone’s birthdays into one big event (yours truly included) to make things a little easier on this mama to be. The theme this year cracks me up because it is so appropriate for us. We’re doing a Redneck Bash. So the trip to the store was necessary in order to get Jarell a shirt I could rip the sleeves off for his costume. I myself plan to be ‘barefoot and pregnant’ which is just too easy, but should be fun.

While out at the thrift stores I scored some adorable baby clothes for super cheap (think 90 cents a piece!) so that made for a fun day.

Tuesday I overdid it in the garden getting corn, beans, okra, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, eggplant, and quinoa seeds in the ground. That evening I had to have Jarell just about carry me because with my hip problems + that wonderful hormone, relaxin, I took about 2 steps from the couch and got stuck. The pain was literally too much for me to move. So Wednesday I took a lukewarm bath with epsom salts to loosen things up again and took the day easy by helping my mother in law pick out plants for a flower bed around her house. We got mulch to fill in and spent the last hour tearing out weeds and the super invasive but delicious smelling chocolate mint that had gone haywire there. J12, 13, and 14 helped out to varying degrees- they’re practically grown up and at that age, but still really good kids so they pitched in. I hope to get over there this weekend with Jarell to finish the job.

Yesterday I spent too much time online entering giveaways for diapers and other baby stuff- figured hey why not. When I decided I’d had enough of that, I got to work in the garden again, this time digging a 16 foot long by 8 inch deep by 8-10 inch wide trench for my asparagus crowns. I’m glad to finally have them in the ground because I really want an asparagus bed and I was dreading the work that went with it. I took the tortoise way out and went slow and steady so it wasn’t so bad. I even took a break in the middle to plant zinnias next to my beans since they’re supposed to be a good companion plant.  Last but not least I set up a bed with some yellow straight neck squash inter-planted with nasturtiums for bug control. I’m really getting into companion planting this year because I want my garden to produce as much as possible so I can preserve it and feed us this winter. Its a huge undertaking, but having a baby on the way is a big motivator.

Today I’ll be hitting the library, doing an assignment, and then getting back in the garden to try and finish up with a few more things. This weather has been beautiful, but its crazy. My daffodils, crocuses, tulips and grape hyacinths (muscari) are all blooming at the same time and on Wednesday I saw irises blooming down the road! Fought off the first mosquitoes of the season yesterday and the ticks have been out for several weeks. I’m not complaining tho because getting the garden in now is a blessing since bending over is getting uncomfortable. Hopefully I’ll have some pictures soon to verify all this hard work but for now, Happy Friday!

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Local Antique Stores

I have a particular love of antique stores and fab finds as you may know if you’ve been around long enough. Lately the economy has been more conducive to window shopping and selling than buying all the little knicknacks my heart so desires and because of this I’ve steered clear of my favorite spots. Today, tho, I had a good excuse in the form of a) this blog and b) my photography class. I don’t know how many of my readers are local, but I figured there must be a few and I wanted to share a couple of cute little places that I consider to be treasures in and of themselves.

The fun fact about these two stores is that they’re locally owned by the same family and one of them has been in business for 29 years! How cool is that, right? I kinda had to grin when I gave that some thought because there are a few things in some of the booths that may have been considered just used refuse when the first store opened and now these same things are vintage. Hmmm remind me to never ever ever throw anything away again, huh?

With the first store I want to show you, I didn’t get as many pictures as I would like. The lighting is a little dim for photography and I was trying hard to learn the settings on my camera for the manual modes. This store is a personal favorite of mine because it sits across a parking lot and railroad tracks from some of the best barbecue around. I have been stopping in this store for several years now and I can always find cute stuff for a nice bargain. They have great prices and the people who work there are just as sweet as can be.

They were just recently bought out by the family that owns the other store I went to and I am a little disappointed that some of the vendors have changed because this used to be my go-to spot for vintage linens and there seems to be a lot less of those now. Even so, they have so many other lovely goodies that it still sits at number one on my list of antique stores to visit.

Among other goodies are some beautiful glass pieces that I would love to take home and fill my kitchen with

Heck not just the kitchen, but the whole darn house!

They’ve got all sorts of other goodies not glass related and a nice flea market area too. I walked out with a beautiful red scalloped edge scarf ($2) a Peter and the Wolf record that I grew up listening to ($1) and a fortune telling kit that looked too fun to pass up! ($3) Talk about a fun place to play!

The second store (and actually my first stop) sits on Main Street in a little town called Grain Valley. Its about 10 miles from here give or take a few and such a picturesque little place that I love to drive through just to see the old buildings.

As amazing as this seems to me now, I only discovered this store about a year ago. As I sit here typing I can see my first purchase (a darling little orange apron) hanging from its peg in my kitchen. I love aprons because I wear peasant skirts about 50% of the time and I always need a pocket for my darn cell phone when I’m running around the house. This place is a wonderful source for aprons and just about everything else you can imagine. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ve got a few thousand words worth of pictures for you 😀View of a few booths from the front of the store

If you love old jewelry, you can find tons of it here. I love those green necklaces especially!

I’ve been a Tonka girl for as long as I can remember- I grew up playing with my dad’s old Tonka toys

Despite the deceptively small front, the building is really huge inside

Got a car enthusiast in your family? Here’s a booth for them!

Had to buy this license plate- its from the year I was born

Okay I really wanted to take these home with me but I can tell you right now that Jarell would have looked at them and then me and said, “You paid how much for paper bags?!?” Not that they were overpriced, but I couldn’t justify much after having to spend $80 on prescriptions…

Its Christmas year round at this booth and I love it!

Ready to go shopping? Me too! Oh wait…. I already did…. shhh don’t tell my husband! 😀

If you want to find out more about this awesome antique mall, check them out online at www.mainstreetmallantiques.com You won’t be sorry you did!