I’ve always been a big fan of storage beds

I’ve always felt that the space under our beds is a big waste of space, and a big dust collector. It is so difficult to keep that area dust free! And keeping dust to a minimum is a good thing – so many people are allergic to dust! And it certainly is one of our cat’s favorite hiding spots when we are looking for him to take him to the vet! Have you ever tried to retrieve a cat from under a king size bed? It is really hard! I’d love to replace our traditional bed with a great storage bed. 

captains bed (free clip art)

captains bed (free clip art)

I didn’t realize that there were so many different types of storage beds until I was looking at the different types online. I had only known of the kind I’ve been calling “Captains beds” where the beds have a series of drawers under the mattress. But now I see that there are also “ottoman” beds where the entire mattress lifts up on a hinge to get to the storage area underneath!  That would be a way to store really large items!

ottoman bed (free clip art)

ottoman bed (free clip art)

I still think I like the kind with drawer’s underneath the best; I think that lifting the bed up would be a pain in the neck. And it looks like the “ottoman” beds still have space under them for the dust to collect, whereas the ones with drawers fit right on the floor – no dust can get under them!

Bought a couple of platters

Platter (free clip art)

Platter (free clip art)

At the flea market that we went to I found a couple of platters that I decided to buy. They were a pretty floral pattern and I felt it would be a good thing to have in case I have another big extended family dinner and need extra platters for serving. I paid more money than I wanted to pay, but I knew that I was paying less than if I bought them in a department store so that was OK. The vendor justified the prices by telling me that they were “good” platters.

When I got home I was looking at the platters again and decided to try to find out if they might be more valuable than what I paid. Long story short, I’ve ended up emailing a collector of that brand of china and sent him photos of them. He said he would try to find out when they were made and what their value might be. I just want to know if they are valuable, then I should be careful with them!

Thank you to all of the veterans

Thank a veteran (free clip art)

Thank a veteran (free clip art)

I have a lot of friends and family that are veterans. My father and grandfather (now both deceased) were veterans. I really get very upset when I think back to the days when the Vietnam War was going on and how poorly so many people treated our soldiers that were returning home from that conflict. Even though history would indicate that the war was an illegal one, we should still honor our soldiers that were called upon by our government to go and fight. It was a confusing time for our country, and many of our citizens are still suffering the consequences.

Thank you veterans, for your service, and sacrifices.

Did you set your clocks back?

Fall Back (free clip art)

Fall Back (free clip art)

I find it amusing how many people forget all about changing their clocks when we are supposed to change them to and from Daylight Savings Time/Eastern Standard Time. I always wonder how many people are going to be late, or early, for church!

I have to admit it gets confusing at my house because there are some clocks that we forget to change for a few days. Then there are often clocks that I remember to change, and then later someone else in the house changes it AGAIN so that clock is still an hour off! That’s always good for a panic attack! I really wish they would just do away with changing the clocks – pick a time and stick with it! There really is no good reason anymore for changing the clocks! My parents used to say it was for “the farmers” but I know enough farmers that tell me that is not true, and the cows don’t recognize the time change and still need to be milked the same time no matter what the clock says! I think life would be a lot easier if they would just pick a time and stick with it!

Fun costumes

costumes (free clip art)

costumes (free clip art)

A couple of weeks ago my sister and I were going through some sexy costumes that we had come across when we were helping Miss J clear out her house. Miss J asked for our help because she is moving into an assisted living apartment and can’t take it all with her. She has living in a five bedroom house (she had five kids!) and had lived there for over fifty years. Naturally she has a LOT of things! My sister and I brought all the costumes home with us; we just couldn’t bear to part with them!

She used to be in a local Lions club that held variety shows as fundraisers for their charities. That was way back in the ’60s. Miss J and our mother performed in those shows, dancing and singing. They made a lot of their own costumes back then; they were great seamstresses! I sure wish that we had videotapes of their shows, but that was before inexpensive video cameras became available to the general public. We have a few silent home movies of their rehearsals, but that just isn’t the same. I’m sure that they would have had a great time if the Internet had been invented back then and they could have used it to find discount sexy costumes to buy online instead of spending so many hours sewing!