Saturday, February 27, 2010

I love primitive things or old stuff as the grandkids call it.

Anyone who has been to my house or gone antique shopping with me knows that I love primitive pieces. Our coffee table is a wooden box that my grandfather made to move his family in the 1920's. Our tv sits on an old Singer treadle sewing machine base. The guest room is furnished with the iron bedstead and dresser that my grandparents started housekeeping with around 1910. When I'm playing on the internet, one of my favorite searches is for information on decorating with prim pieces. This morning I clicked on a link on Facebook that took me to a blog called A Primitive Journey. Diane, who writes A Primitive Journey, along with A Primitive Journey Community has a contest going. The contest winner will receive a $25.00 Gift Card to Hobby Lobby OR Michael's (winners choice) and a tart melter with yummy tarts. This contest will end this Sunday, February 28th at midnight and the winner will be posted on March 1st.

You need to do is the following and for each one you do you will receive an entry.

  • Become a follower of A Primitive Journey blog.
  • Become a member of the Prim forum and post an introduction on the board.
  • Post on your own blog about the giveaway and forum.
  • Post a comment on A Primitive Journey and let her know which of the above you have done, leaving links to your blog and user name you signed up with and she will then enter your name for each step taken..
Although I know I won't win, it's fun thinking about how quick I could spend $25 at Hobby Lobby!

I can't believe that February is almost gone..

February has made up for being the shortest month in the year by being an awful month. Between the snow, ice, rain and wind I've felt like I was living on the Canadian border. Here at the Martin household we've had colds, sinus infections, stomach viruses, fatigue and pain. Not much has gotten done around here. The best part of February was that my dear friend Carol came to Memphis.

Carol and I became friends in 1977 when we moved across the hall from her in Manchester, Connecticut. When the ex finished his training on the nuclear powered prototype at Windsor Locks, we move down to Groton, Connecticut so we were still close enough to visit a couple of weekends a month. Then came the big move to Vallejo, California. That was not close enough for weekend trips. :-( When Dave was born in 1981, Carol came to California to meet him. We toured San Fransisco and took the ferry over to Alcatraz. One thing we learned on that trip is that going down Lombardi Street in a 1964 VW van will make you feel like you are standing on your head! We didn't see Carol again till 1989 for a very short visit when we lived in Jensen Beach, Florida. Carol and her husband, Steve, were on vacation at Disney World so they made the trip down to Jensen Beach, we had dinner and then they had to go back to Orlando. We've exchanged Christmas cards every year but I never thought I'd ever see her again. Christmas 2009 I found out that Carol was not only doing email now but she was also on Facebook! So thanks to Facebook we were able to start communicating on a regular basis. Imagine my surprise when she said that Steve had to come to Memphis on business and she was coming with him! I was so excited that I was just beside myself! . The morning of February 17, I went to the hotel to pick up her. When I pulled up she was there waiting and I jumped out of the car and went around to give her a hug. There were tears in my eyes when I realized that those 21 years had not made any difference in our friendship. We picked up where we left off and were even finishing each other's sentences by the end of the day. We spent the day touring Graceland and walking down Beale street while we played "catch-up".The day way too soon by meeting up with our dear husbands and having dinner. Saying goodbye was hard to do but easier this time knowing that we will see each other again.

Monday, February 1, 2010

We're finally home

Bill and I have finally returned from our errands and I'm glad we are home. I am going to miss him being home with me when he goes back to work tomorrow. It was great having him home for 9 days.

One of our stops was Wal-Mart and of course the things we needed were in the back of the store. Thankfully it was our last stop of the day because I don't think I could have made it anywhere else. One of the bad things about FMS and CFS/ME is that it is so easy to overdo when you are feeling pretty good. I think that's what I may have done today. I really, really want to go to Eastern Star tonight. It's been so long since I felt like going and I'm missing it. A nap is in my very immediate future and hopefully I can lay down for about an hour and have the energy to make it to the meeting.

I hope everyone has a wonderful evening! Talk to you tomorrow.
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