Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Joys of Puppy Parenthood

"We give them the love we can spare, the time we can spare. In return dogs have given us their absolute all. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."

For those of you who follow Behind My Red Door, you know that Linda and her family have suffered a great loss. Their precious Brady has gone on to a better place where he will not suffer anymore. As you know, God has blessed us with two of the most precious angels to ever walk this Earth in fur. This post will be about how we found our babies, and is dedicated in memory of Linda's Grandpuppy, Brady.

Jeff had been begging me for a dog for years. He always said how great it would be to have one around. I was totally against it! I didn't want any part of a dog in my house. I thought it would ruin everything I had. I thought our house would smell like dog and never be the same. I stood by this decision for several years. Every once in a while, Jeff would bring the subject up and I would shoot it down. Then one day, I was driving to school thinking about our life. We had a wonderful life, but sometimes it felt a little lonely. We have faced many oppositions in our life together, and sometimes it felt like it was just us. I stopped at a stoplight and these words came into my head, "You can have your own baby". I knew instantly what that meant. It was time for us to adopt a dog.

That evening, when I got home, I told Jeff. As you can imagine, he jumped on it. He had always wanted a Miniature Schnauzer. Several member of his family had had them he he thought they were wonderful dogs. It didn't take long for him to find one for us to adopt. He called the lady and she said she had two left and they were both girls. The next day we went to see them. I still was not convinced. Jeff kept saying you can back out anytime you want. When we walked into the lady's house it smelled of dog. I thought, "Is this my future?" She went to get the puppies. When she opened the door these two precious little girls tore through the door. They were all over the place. I have to admit I was ready to run out, but I could see the joy on Jeff's face, so I didn't. They jumped and barked and got into the trashcan, and pulled all the garbage out. Again, I thought, "What am I doing here?". Jeff asked me which one I wanted and I said, "The skinny one". That is the one we chose. We named her Parker McKenzie. "Parker" is after Sarah Jessica Parker and "McKenzie" is the last name of the main family in the book and movie Peyton Place. Parker quickly became the joy of our lives. She was easy to train, loving, obedient, and was always happy to see us. I never regretted for a minute that she was in our lives.

THEN THEIR WERE TWO!

About six months after we got Parker, Jeff started in again. "Don't you think Parker needs a sibling?", he would say. I would tell him he was crazy, but he kept at it. My defenses were down because of my love for Parker. So I told him the new dog had to be a boy, he had to be a Miniature Schnauzer, and his first name had to be Peyton. I told him that I had a middle name picked out, and if he could tell me the name I had picked out, we could get another dog. He went out and mowed the grass. He came in the house a few hours later and said, "McEntire". I thought I would pass out right there. That was the name that I had picked out. Trust me, I had not said a word to him about it. So, he got a paper, looked for Miniature Schnauzers, and the next day we were on our way to look at one. The people only had one boy, and he was all white. When we walked in the house, there was this little white boy all by himself in a kiddie pool with chicken wire around it. He was the littlest guy I had seen and so cute. I fell in love again. This one was named Peyton McEntire. "Peyton" after the book and movie Peyton Place, "McEntire" after Reba McEntire. I really thought Peyton would be just like Parker. I was dead wrong. He hated us. Didn't want to have anything to do with us. He loved Parker and wanted to be with her all the time, but could have cared less if he ever saw us again. When we would touch him, he would growl. When we picked him up, he would growl. When we came home from school, he wasn't happy to see us. He would just lie there and look at us. I was devastated. He was suppose to love us. I told Jeff is he didn't improve, we would have to take him back. So we started telling him, "In this house we love each other". After a few months he turned around. Boy, did he turn around! He is more loving than Parker. He wants to be with us all the time. When we come home he is so excited to see us. He is literally beside himself. I never thought he would be this way. He is so precious. We always say, "There is something special about Peyton".

Getting these two babies was the best thing we ever did. I can not imagine life without them. I am so thankful everyday that they are with us. Parker was three on September 16th and Peyton will be three on May 14th. Guess what??? Someone is trying to talk me into getting a third one. Can you believe it??? I don't know if he will get the job done this time. What do you think???

Thank you so much for visiting me at Yesterday Once More. I appreciate it very much. I hope that you continue to come back.

Take Care!
~Dan~ (Parker and Peyton's proud daddy)


Saturday, January 30, 2010

The WInner Is...

"Don't believe that winning is really everything. It's more important to stand for something. If you don't stand for something, what do you win?"

Today is the day that I announce the winner of my drawing. There were 22 entries. To select the winner I assigned everyone a number, put the number in an old green bowl (I had to use something old...lol), and had Jeff draw the name. So those of you who didn't win, put a hit out on him, not me...lol!!!

The winner of my first drawing is Karen from My Colonial Home!!!!! Karen, you can contact me at dc11272@hotmail.com to give me the details of what you would like. Please let me know which four letters you would like, the names you would like on the letters, the colors of the letters, and whether or not you would like for me to make them "prim". Those of you who do not follow Karen's blog, should check it out. Her blog address is http://mycolonialhome.blogspot.com. You should also check out her website kmprimitives.com. She makes some great stuff. Her specialty is penny rugs. You will not be disappointed.

Thank you to all of you who entered. I really appreciate it. I wish everyone could have won. I will be having another drawing soon, so keep checking back! Thank you again for visiting me at Yesterday Once More. Come back anytime!

Take care!
~Dan~

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Deadline For My Give Away is Getting Close!!!


"Goals are dreams with deadlines"

Friday, January 29, 2010 at 12:00 midnight is the deadline for my first giveaway. There is still time to enter. Click on "old posts" at the bottom of the page and find my January 19th post and post a comment to be entered. The deadline is midnight and the name will be selected and posted on Saturday, January 30th. Good luck!

We are supposed to get snow here. The weather people have had several different forecasts. Who knows which one will be correct. We could get up to 7 inches of snow! Anybody else ready for spring??? I hope all of you are having a good evening, and that your day was a good one. Take time to relax this evening so that you are refreshed for tomorrow.

Thank you for visiting me at Yesterday Once More. I appreciate it more than I can say!

Take care and keep warm!
~Dan~

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Burnt Biscuits

"There is no such thing as a non-working mom"

I received this via e-mail and felt like I needed to share it with all of you. This reminded me of my mom and how hard she worked when I was a kid. I know many of you are mothers, grandmothers, and even great-grandmothers. I thought you would enjoy this. I have noticed over the past years the job of a mother not being held in as high esteem as it once was or should be. My mom was and is a wonderful mother who provided love,
stability, and guidance to me as a child and as an adult. Always remember you are important, worthy, talented, and loved.

On an evening long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"

Life is full of imperfect things.....and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults - and choosing to celebrate each others differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

I hope all of you enjoyed reading this as much as I did. I hope that if you do not have a relationship where burnt biscuits are acceptable you will soon. Thank you all for visiting my blog and making it part of your day. I really appreciate it! Take care!

~Dan~





Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Story of Our Home

"Where is home? Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart's tears can dry at their own pace."

As I am sure you can all tell, my home is very important to me. It always has been, and I suspect it always will be. I have lived in several different places since I moved out of my parents house in 1995. They have all had one thing in common. It is a placed filled with the things I love, and it reflects who I was, who I am, and who I hope to be. Your home should be a place that not only shelters you from the storms that nature can produce, but should also shelter you from the storms that life can produce. My hope is that you have found that in your own home.

I wanted to share with you how we came to live in our current house. We had lived in a home for three years that was very nice. We bought it before it was finished and for the next two years we worked on it. When we finished it was nice, but it just didn't seem like home. We started looking for a new house. We found several houses that we liked, but none of them felt right. In the meantime, things in the other house seemed to start to fall apart, requiring more work than we were willing to invest. I started praying that we could find the right house. We poured over every realty magazine, newspaper, and Internet site known to man. We just couldn't find the house that was the perfect fit.

One day, we went shopping at a Hallmark in the town that we really wanted to live. When we were finished shopping, I told Jeff that I was not ready to go home. I was felling a little down and wanted to drive around. I thought maybe there was a house we had not seen before. I was doubtful, but something kept saying
, "Drive around". Jeff said "I don't know where to go." I told him to just drive. He turned down a street and we came to a stop sign. When we got to the stop sign, I told him to turn right. Four houses later we were driving by our house. It was for sale buy owner. We would have never found it on the Internet, magazine, or reality magazine. The owners had just put the sign in the yard the previous Friday. This was Monday! We made an appointment to see it. The second I walked in, I loved it. My very first thought was, "This house could be in Country Sampler Magazine." Isn't that funny? To make a very long story short, we bought the house and have never regretted it for a moment.

I am so thankful everyday that God led us to this house. No one will ever be able to convince me that He didn't. It is the house of my dreams, and I am so grateful for it. I hope all of you have a wonderful evening, and that you can find shelter in your home from the storms of life. Take care!

~Dan~

Monday, January 25, 2010

All My Chair Rails Part II




Here are the pictures of the chair rail in progress that I promised you earlier today. We are going to start working on the picture frame boxes tomorrow. If we do not finish tomorrow, we will finish on Thursday.

I have also included some pictures of the P's. They had their appointment at the "beauty shop" today. Miss Jenny, their "hairdresser", takes such good care of them and they love her so much. When we drop them off, they run to her and forget all about us. It is a comfort to know that they are so well taken care of when we are not there. This may come as a shock to you, but they are used to being treated like royalty...lol!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful evening. I will be back very soon!

~Dan~

All My Chair Rails

On the last epidode of "All My Chair Rails" our decorator, Dan, stated that he was going to put chair rail up in the dining room. Leaving all of our viewers imagining what it would look like. Today's episode is going to be more of the same. Our decorator has to get to school, so pictures will be posted later today. Please stay tuned for the next episode of "All My Chair Rails" to see the progress that is being made.

The chair rail is going to look really good! I am very excited about it. It is going to make the dining room seem more like a dining room. The couple who built the house meant for the room to be a living room, but we wanted to make it the dining room. I am hoping that the chair rail will make it seem more natural. I spent all day yesterday painting under the chair rail. I worked from 11:00-9:30. I have a feeling my legs are going to be sore from all the bending I did. Later this week, we are going to build some boxes (like picture frames) under the chair rail. I really think that will make it look even better.

We had a nice time with our friends on Friday. We went to a local BBQ place for supper, and came back to our house to visit and watch the latest episode of "Project Runway". Saturday was spent putting up chair rail with some other friends of ours. I made chili for supper and we all enjoyed being with each other while working. I am sure we sound like really exciting people...lol!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Monday, and that you keep coming back to visit as often as you can. I will post some pictures later today, until then take care!

~Dan~

Friday, January 22, 2010

Anyone Need a Good Laugh Today???

They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:


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The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

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The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
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Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

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Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.

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Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
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Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

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For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

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Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So that ends a friendship that began in their school days.

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A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow..

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At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.

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Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

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Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

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Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered..

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The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

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Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

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The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon..

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This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

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Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done.

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The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

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Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door. -

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The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

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Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance..

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The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.

I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I did. They are so funny!!!

On Saturday some friends of ours are coming over to help us put chair rail up in the dining room. I think it will make a big difference. I will post pictures of the progress as it occurs.

I hope all of you have a great Saturday and spend some time with the people you love. Don't forget to set back and relax some. Take care!

~Dan~


Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Art of Forgiveness

"When a deep injury is done us we never recover until we forgive" -Alan Paton

Well, it is finally Friday!!! This week has just flown by, and I continue to be overwhelmed by all the positive comments you all are leaving for me. It makes me feel very special. Tonight we are going out to eat with some friends of ours to celebrate Jeff's birthday. His birthday was on December 28th, and we are just getting around to meeting up with our friends. It is like I tell Jeff, "It is hard being a celebrity"...lol!

I have made a decision about the give away and I hope you all agree. Don't worry the give away is still on! I would like to give Tammy the letters spelling out her new son's name. She is such a sweet person and she and her husband have been hoping to adopt and their dream has come true. So as a gift to her, I would like to make her new son's name for her. The rest of you are still entered in the drawing and I will be drawing a winner on Friday, January 29. Tammy I need you to e-mail me with your address and specific colors that you would like the letters to be. My e-mail address is dc11272@hotmail.com.

Here is today's challenge. I have to say it is a hard one. At least it is for me. As we get older we should improve so I am trying to do this and it has made a difference in my life. I want you to forgive someone who has wronged you in someway. You do not have to talk to the person or contact them in any way. All you need to say is, "Such-and-such, I forgive you for all that you have done to me". It is that easy, but you have to mean it and truly let it go.

A few months ago I had to do this. Someone had really hurt me, and I refused to forgive them. I even told Jeff that I refused to pray and ask God to help me forgive them. I knew if I did, He would and I wasn't ready for that. I kept it inside, and I found myself becoming more and more bitter. Finally, I decided it had gone on long enough. I asked for help in forgiving this person, and verbally said to myself, "I forgive you, for what you have done". Immediately, I felt this weight lift off of me and I felt so much better. It was finally time to let it go.

Hopefully, with this challenge you will be able to do the same. I know you can do it.
Life is too short and precious for us to hold on to the negative. This is the time to embrace the positive! I hope all of you have a wonderful Friday, and that you continue to come back as often as you can. Take care!

~Dan~

How Do You Wash a Dirty Jelly Bean???

Instead of starting today with a quote I thought I would tell you a little story about one of my kids at school. I always give my kids a few jelly beans when they leave. I give them jelly beans if they have made good choices and tried their best. I gave one kid some jelly beans and as I did, one of them fell on the floor. He picked it up and said, "don't worry about it, I will wash it off". I was busy with another student, and when I looked up he was standing at the hand sanitizer. He had squirted it on his jelly bean and was rubbing it in. I tell my kids all the time to use hand sanitizer to wash their hands. I very calmly said, "You can't eat that throw it away". Inside I was thinking, "Oh my gosh! How would I have explained that to his parents". I guess he thought if the hand sanitizer was good enough for his hands, it would work on his jelly bean. Maybe I need to be more specific from now on...lol!

I also wanted to take the time to thank all of you for the wonderful comments you have left and for following my blog. When I started this I didn't know if anyone would read my entries are not. You have welcomed me with opened arms and made me feel so good.

Today's challenge is to make a list of five things that you are thankful for. That is the easy part. Here is the challenge. When you are frustrated or upset about something that happens during your day, recite the list to yourself. It will make you feel better and help you deal with the frustrating situation.

Here is my list:
1. I am thankful for my family.
2. I am thankful for my job.
3. I am thankful for my health.
4. I am thankful for my warm home.
5. I am thankful for having another day to spend with all the people I love.

Now it is your turn! I hope you all have a wonderful day, and you remember to be thankful for all the blessings you have been given. Even when you get upset and want to give up. Take care and be careful today!

~Dan~

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Raining Days and Wednesdays???

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain" -Dolly Parton

I guess you can tell from the title, it is raining here. The good thing is it is Wednesday, so we are halfway through the week. The week goes fast when I have Monday off.

As I was walking (on the treadmill), I was thinking of my friend at the Country Sampler Forum, Lisa. She posted last night that her friend's son, Luke, has cancer and is in terrible pain. As you go through your day say a prayer for this young man and his family. It is hard to understand why things like this happen, but we don't make those kind of decisions.

Then I started thinking about myself and other people I know and the things we all say throughout the day as we get older. "My hair is going gray", I can't lose weight as easily as I did before", My hair is falling out", or "I have a few new wrinkles". I thought some people never get the chance to say those things. They never see their hair turn gray or their face wrinkle. So I challenge you today, let's all try to be more thankful for the signs of age. We are so blessed to be able to see them. So today when you look in the mirror and see a sign of age say, "Thank you for letting me get older". I really think it will make us all feel a little better.

I hope your Wednesday is a good one. Touch someone's life today and take care!

~Dan~

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My First Give Away!!!!


I have decided to have a give away to launch my new blog. I made these name tags for Jeff's birthday party. I thought it may be nice to give some away. Don't worry, you are not getting the ones with our names on them...lol! I will make new ones with any name you want on them. The winner of the drawing can have up to four. The winner will need to let me know what names to put on them and the color choice. Each one can be a different color. I will also "prim" them up more than the ones from Jeff's birthday.

Here are the rules: You must post a comment to this post and be a follower of my blog. If you have a blog, I would appreciate it if you would advertise the give away on your blog, but it is not required. The deadline is Friday, January 29, 2010. Hopefully, I can make them over the weekend and get them out to the winner by the first part of the next week.

Good Luck!!!
~Dan~

My New Stars!



As I told you earlier today, I bought some new stars to hang above the mantle in the dining room. The new stars are bigger and I think they fill the space in better. Let me know what you think. The after picture is the one on bottom.

~Dan~


The Glare of Tuesday Morning

"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day".

I thought this quote was perfect for today. I just finished my two mile walk. It always makes me feel better. I usually have a good day when I walk. If I don't, boy do I drag all day. When you teach 2nd and 3rd grade students with special needs, the last thing you want to be is draggy.

Well, yesterday I decided to shop. Before we left, we took our spare change to one of those machines that count it for you and got $117.51!! Can you believe it? I was all set to buy some Fiesta! However, when we got to the antique store, it was closed. They are not opened on Monday. I should have known better. So to drown my sorrows, we went to a craft store and I bought two big stars to hang above the mantle in the dining room. I think they look better than the stars I previously had there. I will share some before and after pictures later today. When we got home we still had time to do our work. Jeff washed the cars, packed my lunches, and went to the grocery store. I bathed the P's, finished laundry and ironed.

I am thinking about having some kind of give away to launch my blog. I have decided on what the give away is going to be. I will share the details later today. I have to keep you in suspense for a little while...lol! I think you will like it. Please, those of you we have blogs; advertise my blog on yours. I am hoping to get more followers. I will do the same for you.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Tuesday, and you have at least ten minutes to reflect on all the blessings that you have, smile more today than yesterday, and see the world through another person's eyes. Take care and be careful!

~Dan~

Monday, January 18, 2010

Motivating Monday???

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it".

We are out of school today for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's. birthday! I have so many plans circling my head today. I need to wash the cars, give the P's (what we call Parker and Peyton) a bath, wallpaper a wall in Jeff's office, walk/run two miles, pack my lunches for the week, and grocery shop. Here is the problem, I got a lead on some Fiesta at an antique store. I really want to go shopping, but I have so much to do. So much for being compulsive...lol! I am compulsively thinking about all of the things I need to get done. Does that count??? Anyway, I know I will end up going shopping. If I find some Fiesta, it will be worth it. If I don't, I will kick myself for not staying home and doing my work. I am sure some of you are thinking..."Poor guy, I wish I had his problems"...lol! Well, I better get off of here and get busy. Thank you to those of you who have started following my blog. I really appreciate it. I hope all of you have a "Motivating Monday", and you spend it doing the things you love. Take care and be careful today!

~Dan~

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mission Fiesta

As promised,I have posted some pictures of my Fiesta collection. I was able to find some nice pieces yesterday for fairly reasonable prices. I am collecting the first six original colors. They are: Cobalt, Yellow, Ivory, Red, Turquoise, and Light Green. I do have some of the 1950's colors, but I am probably going to sell those at some point. As you can see, I have moved some of my collection to my kitchen cabinets. The curio was belonged to Jeff's grandpa. It is very old and I do not want to overload it. If one of the shelves broke, my collection would be ruined and I would be devastated.

This going to be a relaxing Sunday. I will probably spend it doing laundry and getting things ready for the coming week. You will see that I can be compulsive and a little obsessive. It helps keep me organized and happy. I hope all of you have a great Sunday and you spend it doing all the things you love.

~Dan~

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Well, Here We Go!

I have been saying for several months now that I would start a blog. Well, here we go! I don't know if there will be anyone out there reading this, but I guess we will see. Today is just an average Saturday. We are going to do some antique shopping and spend some time with friends. I am on my constant search for vintage Fiesta. I love it! I am truly addicted. If I figure out how to post pictures, I will share some pictures. Just looking at it makes me happy. I love all the bright colors and the history behind them. I wonder what special events the dishes were used at and all the different places they may have been. Seems crazy, I know. I guess I am a deep thinker. Until next time, I hope you all have a great weekend!


~Dan~