But I have to tell you that the best part of all is finding Treasures.
If you take your time and really look around, you can find all kinds of interesting things in secondhand shops. These are three of my favorite purchases.
I bought these two paintings together. I really loved the paintings, but was sold when I turned them over and saw the identical stickers on the backs of both pieces. They said:
This craft is custom made from slate reclaimed from the roof of an 80 year old farmhouse in Holmes County, Ohio - home of the largest Amish settlement in the United States.
(the price? $3.99 each.)
This kitty caught my eye, and I thought it was cute in its simplicity. Then I turned it over and read this:
Kind Hearted Woman Sign
In olden days, when hobos were common to the American experience, they had a shared vocabulary of "hobo signs". Chalked or scratched on pavements and fenceposts in front of houses across the land, these simple pictures advised those who might follow.
This smiling cat meant "Kind-Hearted Woman" - someone who could be counted on for a friendly word and perhaps a warm meal. In hobo language, it was a high compliment; today, it still is.
The funny thing is that years ago when I was a child, I read a book that mentioned "Hobo Signs" and I've always been intrigued by the idea of them. So that made this a very special treasure! It's proudly displayed on an outer wall of my home. (the price? $2.99.)
And on an unrelated note...this morning, Shelbie, my 13 year old daughter, forgot to take a shirt to school that she needed for a church activity after-school. The flurry of text messages started early. "Mom will you PLEASE bring my shirt to school??" I told her that I would, and I would meet her after school with it. I saw no reason why she couldn't quickly run out to my van, grab the shirt, then jump in the car with the Acteens leader and zip off to her activity. Well, that was just not acceptable to her! She said she didn't have time for that. She wanted me to get up early and drop the shirt off at the office. Which sounds like a minor inconvenience, but the problem is, this is not an isolated incident, and my children HAVE to start respecting the fact that my daytime sleep is just as important as anyone else's night time sleep. I just can't get up in what qualifies as 'the middle of the night' in my world, and be at their beck and call. So, she didn't get the shirt, and I left a little note for her on her bed. I've decided I'm going to start doing this regularly, with inspirational notes, quotes, or just a few lines to make a point.
"Quote for the day: Lack of planning on YOUR part does not constitute an emergency on MY part. Love, Mom." I thought it would be met with eyerolls, but she actually laughed!
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