Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Only 15 more days until Christmas! And I still have more shopping to do! As Christmas fast approaches I wish I were one of those people who shop year round and by the time Dec. 1st  rolls around, they are done with their shopping!  I don't know if there are people like that or not but if there were, I would want to be one!

Since it's too late for this year, I'm going to work out a plan for next year and I'll let you know how it works out! My plan this year is to get my shopping done in the next two days! It's going to be a shopping whirlwind! The week after that I'll work on the baking!

Speaking of shopping, I've listed some treasures that are for sale on my Gwen and Alma's page. One of the items is pictured here. Check it out!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Well, I've missed several Estate Sales due to being busy this season but I did manage to get to a couple of them. Here are a few more finds that will be for sale at our Memorial Day Sale 2015. I know, a long way off!

And this trip was taken with granddaughter number two, Brianna! Another Gramma/Granddaughter outing!

                              Lots more to come but I'll show you on another post!

Monday, December 1, 2014


I hope you and your family had a wonderful
Thanksgiving! And now we're onto Christmas preparations!

I'm a bit late this morning at getting this up but better late than never...

With Christmas season upon us it's easy to get overwhelmed with shopping, decorating, baking, sending cards, etc. So this morning you might not need motivation but rather a reminder to not get so busy that you appreciate every moment of the season.

So here is a plan to get motivated and yet not feel overwhelmed by all the preparations ahead. Begin by making a list of all the things you want to do this holiday season. Then jot down what day you will accomplish each task. After being intentional about setting up your holiday plans, you can then relax and take on one thing at a time. Enjoy each moment of your holiday preparation, without thinking of all the other tasks ahead. Take one task at a time and have fun with it.

Check out my Pinterest Board here entitled " Christmas: Less Stress and More Joy".

And don't forget that Jesus is the reason for the season!

              Wishing you and your family a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2014


Another Monday Morning...Woop Woop!  Grab a cup of coffee and join me for a few minutes...We're going to make this an amazing day!

 And yet, right about now I could be stressed! Thanksgiving is looming just up ahead, no food is purchased, and I'm hosting! Yikes!

But  I'm not going to stress out and ruin a good Monday Morning! I'm going to use my GPS system! It's my secret code. I mixed it up a bit but see if you can figure it out!

Mondays, for me, are a time to look at the week ahead and make some plans so that I  intentionally have a great week! I will also leave some "margin" in there for the unexpected.

But first I will take some time and begin the week by giving thanks to God for all our blessings. (You don't have to wait until Thursday... Thanksgiving... to give thanks). In fact, gratitude should begin every morning as you thank God for a new day...even if it's snowing! ( yeah, we're going to have a white Thanksgiving ) But still, there is plenty to be thankful for!

And then gratitude and planning will spur me into action.

So this morning, as most mornings, I'll write in my gratitude journal 5 things that I'm thankful for. And then I will look at the week ahead, get out the calendar, and plan for the BIG TURKEY DAY ahead! I do  have the menu down, lists made, and what others are bringing. I'll make my weekly to do list.  Monday I will grocery shop. Tuesday I will clean. Wednesday I will prepare some foods ahead. Ta Da!! The plan is made and I only have to think about each day's agenda on that day! OK I simplified it a bit but you get the idea. Finally, I'll be motivated and be spurred into action!

Yup! Another great Monday Morning and a wonderful week ahead of family, food, and fun! What more motivation do you need than that to get your Monday Morning off to a great start?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I don't go out of town a  lot when picking ( hunting for treasures). I stay pretty close to home. But occasionally I'll decide to take a trip to the Twin Cities for a bigger selection. And when I do, I invite one of my granddaughters to go along. It's a fun Gramma-Granddaughter outing. We go out for lunch and have great visits in the car and they love to help me shop for treasures to sell.

A week ago Granddaughter Ashley and I took one of these day trips.  As we settled in the car I told Ashley we were like the American Pickers. We had the van. I was Mike and she was Frank. Let the adventure begin!

There was an antique shop "close-out" sale I had read about. Turned out it was in an old warehouse and the rest of the warehouse housed artists. Lucky for us, all the artists (four floors of them ) were having a big open house! Bonus!
Ashley AKA Frank

First the art...

And then we managed to find a few treasures...

Cute vintage table with two chairs

I might paint this blue. It's all wood.

Love these old stoneware milk pan bowls

Vintage stoneware pot with lid

Vintage child's chair. Think I'll paint this as well...

An old brown jug with lid

After the antiques and art, we headed over to Leeann Chinns for some Chinese. Ashley always takes pictures of her food at restaurants for Instagram.

She did start to eat before she remembered to take this photo. Haha. But I included it anyway.

                          Great company, great food, art and antiques. What could be better?

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Ready to start the week out on a sweet note? Well, grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy chair, and let's chat...
It's Monday morning and I'm not a morning person. But I am a Monday person! Wanna know why? Because it's the beginning of a new week! I get to start over no matter how bad last week was! Or even if it was great, I can make this week even better  than the last! So here is my plan to make this week even better than the last one!

Yesterday I went to a funeral. OK, just hang with me, it will get better! The funeral was really a celebration for the life of a man named Dave. He was the husband of Jeannie, a woman who is in a Bible Study that I lead at our church. Dave had a motto that he lived by. And everyone told how he wrote his motto on everything. Even at work in the hospital! His motto was, "Live Simply. Give Generously!" And he really lived up to that motto as testified by those that shared stories of his life! Dave was a brilliant doctor and he and Jeannie and their six children spent 2 years in Zambia where Dave served as a medical missionary. I don't have space here to tell about all the stories that were shared but he, indeed, lived up to the motto that he believed in. He lived simply and spent money on things like paying for  Zambian youth to attend college, buying and sending supplies to Zambia even after they returned home, and paying for people to travel to other countries so they could be with family. He wore ties with smiley faces on them so he could give people that he simply passed, a smile in their day. These were just a few things that he did for others. In the end he even donated his body to medical research.

 So this got me thinking...for one thing, about being more generous! But the other thing was having a life's motto! Because Dave had a motto, he was intentional about how he lived his life. He made this motto his life's focus. He lived out what he truly believed in... right up until the end. 

So I'm going to come up with a personal life motto. I believe that not only could I have a better week, but maybe even a better and more focused and intentional life! Yup! That's my plan for the week and beyond and I'm excited!

 How about you? Do you have a motto for your life? Would you like to have one? If so, I'd love to hear about it!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I just began selling my vintage treasures on ebay and soon I'll open my Etsy shop, Gwen and Alma's! Read about Gwen and Alma's here. I just listed some of my treasures last week and have already sold three items! In the first week! That might not seem like much to you, but I was very excited! Being very entrepreneurial, I've always wanted to be in business and my dreams came true!

Pair of vintage  Black Americana appliqued kitchen towels selling on ebay

 I also sell vintage treasures in our Hob Nobber occasional sales which I have been doing with two friends for over 10 years now. Read about them here.

I'm currently writing an ebook about how to have a successful occasional sale. But not the kind you might be thinking of...

The ebook will be out on Kindle and will be free for the first month! Stay tuned to my blog for updates on the e-book. You won't want to miss the first month it's out! Gotta love a freebie!

MONDAY MORNING JAVA    And don't miss MMJ! Juicy tidbits to give you a jumpstart to your week ahead! Grab a cup of "liquid" Java and meet me every Monday Morning for your "mental" Java! 

Linking up with Bella Rosa Antiques

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.                         Johannes A. Gaertner

November has arrived. It is sometimes a "forgotten month" as Halloween has passed and we think of Christmas earlier and earlier. So I try to use the whole month to focus on gratitude and getting ready to celebrate the day of gratitude, Thanksgiving.

 As much as I love Christmas and decorating for that holiday, I don't begin to get ready for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.

                                      I simply try to focus on gratitude and living Thankfully.

                                         In November, as much as I can, I try to slow down...

                                                        Appreciate all that I have...

And practice gratitude living.

Sunday, November 9, 2014



Grab a cup of coffee and join me for a little Monday morning chat...

Do you see life as an adventure, a journey, a battle, a classroom, a race, or________________ ( fill in the blank )? The metaphor you use for your life will determine  your attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. For example, if you see life as a race you might think you have to keep running to beat others and win. If you see life as an adventure you might end up taking more risks in life. If you see life as a classroom, you might think of everything you come across as a learning experience.

 Maybe you're like Forrest Gump who said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get."

So what is your metaphor for life? Without thinking about it, we have each developed a metaphor for our life that has continued to define our life from early on until the present.  Are you happy with your view of the world? Would you like to be more optimistic and happier? More adventurous? Maybe you need to change the metaphor for your life. It is possible to change the metaphor for your life and how you see your world.

Pick out a metaphor and think through how that will allow you to see things in a different light.But make it a good one! One that will lift you up, get you excited about life,  and help you enjoy your life more. 

 I've always thought of life as an adventure. Adventures are exciting! I like having an exciting life...good excitement, that is! Adventures are not always easy but if I can have a good attitude I can get through them. It's kind of like going on a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters, which I have done. There are difficult portages and sometimes some rain but I always had fun...because it was an adventure! Adventures also encourage risk taking as well! While I'm not a risk taker by nature, this metaphor has helped me try things I might not have tried otherwise. It has stretched me in many ways. And when unexpected things happen, I just remind myself that life is an adventure, after all. I like seeing life as an adventure! Helen Keller said, "Life is either a daring adventure, or, nothing!" If Helen Keller can see life as an adventure then I certainly should be able to!

Yes, changing your life metaphors can change your life! This week choose a metaphor for your life that helps you see your life in new ways! A metaphor that will bring more happiness, enjoyment,  a more positive attitude, excitement, or whatever it is that you want in your life!

What metaphor are you going to choose?  .

Thursday, November 6, 2014



I'm kinda slow at understanding social media so I end up just ignoring new things for a while. So it is only now that I've begun to understand  Bloglovin'. Well, the circles thing is still a mystery! But I have discovered that I'm now following almost 2,000 blogs!!Is anyone else following that many? No wonder there are so many posts that it says I haven't read! I'm getting further and further behind every day! This started stressing me out so I decided I better check out the little section that says I can edit the blogs that I'm reading! I didn't even know it was there!

So I started going through the blogs I was "following" er, had signed up to follow anyway. And guess what? Tons of the blogs stopped posting back in 2011 or 2012!!! So that let me off the hook a bit and I didn't feel guilty about "unfollowing" them. Whew! The numbers of blogs that I had signed up to follow was going down along with my stress. But wait! Now when I clicked on to see if a blog was still active, Bloglovin pops in with a couple of more blogs that "I might want to follow". And I DID! They looked really cool!! Then I wasn't sure if I was getting ahead in eliminating the number of blogs I was following or adding more than I was deleting!! More stress! OK, I thought, I've got to get a handle on this and "be intentional" about what I'm signing up for here.

So I'm now going through the rest of the 2,000 blogs and more ( including the ones that Bloglovin thinks I might like ) and trying to decide what blogs to follow! I know... this is a first world problem. So I'm now putting it in perspective and not letting it "get to me".

 But I'm curious. How many blogs do YOU follow? How do you choose which blogs to follow? How often do you comment on others' blogs?

And if reading blog posts isn't enough, I'm following friends and family on Facebook, and my grandkids who post on Twitter and Instagram!! Tumbler keeps sending me new photos and I haven't even read today's e-mails! And people keep asking me to add their profile to my LinkedIn account. I don't even know why I have a LinkedIn account! I am not even working! I just didn't want to feel like I was rejecting people by saying "no" to their requests.

Sometimes you just have to unplug and have some fun! We had a great time with our kids and grandkids at Disney World in October!
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