Playing a Little Catchup

So these last few weekends have been pretty busy, and I’ve been a little lackadaisical when it comes to writing these past weeks. I come home from work and I make dinner and do the dishes and veg out. I think I feel a little overwhelmed with work and with all I need to get done at home.  I need to reorganize my office/craft/spare bedroom in the hopes that I can work at home soon. I have so many project ideas that keep bouncing around in my head I don’t know where to start.

The weekend of May 10th, in support of Jenny who has type 1 diabetes, Jenny, Darsey and I participated in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.  The walk started at 10 and Darsey & Jenny picked me up around 8:30.  We got to the Brown County Fair Grounds and were able to wonder around and look at some of the booths that were set up.  There were different booths that had vendors from different companies that supplied pumps and meters and books to help children who have diabetes or who know someone who does.  Jenny took some of the books home, in hopes that they would be helpful to show her son that she’s not the only person who is sick with this disease. He thinks that she’s the only person who has this disease.

It was a perfect day for the walk.  Mid-60s After we completed the walk-which took about 50 minutes at a decent pace, the three of us went to pick up Darsey’s kids and hit up a few rummage sales before going to lunch.  After lunch we stopped at a few more rummage sales and stopped at the Salvation Army.   I found a Rosie the Riveter lunch box.  Back in 2008, my mom and Aunt Debbie and Ellen took a trip to Hyde Park, NY and we stopped at the FDR Presidential Library.  I got my first Rosie the Riveter Lunch Box (the one in red).  The “new” one is smaller is smaller and has a different picture on the back.  I love vintage ads, specifically ones relating to WWII and 20’s alcohol ads.

The weekend of May 16th, we headed out to do some more rummage sales.  We ventured about 15-20 miles south of Green Bay to the Wrightstown and Kakauana.
I remember going on rides with my grandparents we would go down to Wrightstown (I think my grandpa had family or friends in the area) and this church is one of the first things that you can see coming across the river.  These past could of weekends have been beautiful up here.  I’m so happy we finally having consistently nice weather.  Even the gloomier days are still nice compared to what they were a few weeks ago.  FINALLY, buds on the trees!  Now by the time of this post we have full blown leaves!

I think I did pretty well in my search.  I’m still looking for inexpensive pieces to buy and redo and potentially sell but so far I found sutff for my house.   I found a white little cream pitcher and what looks like either a candle holder (if it’s flipped around) or a little cup of some sort.  They were 50 cents each, I couldn’t pass them up.  I also got a set of spade bits for $3.25, three new Ikea picture frames for $2.00 a piece. The Pièce de résistance was a set of three cast iron skillets for $20.00.

We had lunch and Darsey’s son found a shrimp in the shape of an animal cracker.  We thought it was kind of funny.

That following Sunday I ran a few errands in the morning, swapped my car for my dad’s truck so I could haul some stuff to the dump.  I emptied out my garden because my dad is going to give me some wood from his old picnic table that he’s getting rid of.   The wood is in good shape, it just needs to be cleaned up, and it’s deeper than what I currently have.  My dad and his brother brought over some gliders that I’m going to be redoing.  I know the metal one was my grandma’s and the wooden one may have been hers as well.  Greg’s duck decoys were going to storage and they made an appearance in my flower bed.

I am thinking of painting them bright girly colors, maybe something that reminds me of a summer sunset. Maybe a dark/bright pink and an orange.  I promise I will have more about that in a future post! (I have Tues-Thurs next week off and plan on working on some projects).

One of the girls I had class with last semester started a book club (we just had our first meeting tonight). Memorial Day weekend, I started the process of cleaning out/updating/rearranging my office/craft room/spare bedroom, I thought I would move my book shelf across the room so I unloaded all of my books.  I decided I would keep it in the same corner. So back up went all of my books.  In the move, I seemed to have lost my copy of Night, and it just happens to be the book I need for a book club I joined. I would have gone to the library but I didn’t have time after work this week and Monday was Memorial Day and the library was closed and there were no borrow-able e-versions available through my library.  Luckily (or so I thought), I found a way to convert a PDF version of the book to ePub by using calibre and download it to my Nook. I didn’t want to buy the book again since I know it’s at my house. I so downloaded it onto my Nook but some of the text got a little wonky and in some places, it didn’t convert in the right order or it repeated some of the text, so it made for a little bit of a difficult reading in some spots.  Last night, I ended up breaking down and just buying the Nook version.

I’m glad I joined the book club. I think it’s good for me to get out and meet different people.  I’m excited to read some new books this summer.  For next month we’re reading The Hunger games.  It’s always nice to reread a book I enjoyed and one that’s not as heavy as Night was.

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, and school is almost  out what are your plans for this summer? I’d love to hear what you guys are all going to be doing.

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