I did manage to find some treasures. My first stop was the Sleep Shop. It is piled almost to the rafters with stuff. You have to spend a while just looking and sorting sometimes to find just what you want. I found a lovely pink damask tablecloth. I also found at the bottom of the pile some small white napkins trimmed with pale blue. I will be able to use these for my tea parties in the garden. The tablecloth and the napkins were $5.00.
The next day I went into the Salvation Army. I purchased 3 dinner plates and 3 small side plates. They are very pretty with a garland of strawberries around the edge of each plate. The dinner plates have fruit in the center of the plate and the small side plates have strawberries. The plates cost me $1.50.
My mother gave me her Pink Depression glass dishes. I have two complete place settings with a few other pieces. I love the dishes but I did not have enough to set the table. The treasures that I found complete my dishes so that I can use them for tea. I used my grandmother's silver. It is Rogers Daffodil pattern. The wine glasses I have had for many years. They were a gift. They have a pink flower on them. So for $6.50 I have a beautiful table. Treasure hunting is so much fun. Have a beautiful day.
Today I am baking a cheesecake for my hubby and me. I have a cookbook in a very old binder that I have had since I moved out on my own. Over the years I added recipes from my mother, grandmother and even some friends. I took a look at the binder not too long ago and I said to myself, it is time to clean house (or binder). I removed all of the recipes that I had never made and kept only the ones I knew were good and I would make again. The recipe for the cheesecake was one of them. It has been years since I made this cake. It is the best cheesecake, ever. I served it recently to guests with a blueberry sauce and it was heavenly.
We received more snow last night. Can you believe that? I could hear the wind whistling through the trees just outside our bedroom window last night. I knew it would not be a scene that I would like this morning. The sun is shining at the moment and what little snow we did receive is almost gone.
I am hoping to make a trip to the nearest second-hand store tomorrow and if I find any treasures I will show them to all of you. Second-hand shopping is my favourite kind. I love the price and being able to haggle with the shop keeper. We have quite a few second-hand as well as antique shops close to home. The prices are usually very reasonable. I love dishes and glassware, crystal and silver trays. Hubby and I each have a small silver tray at our bedside with a pretty glass for water. I even have a nice little glass jug that I can fill with water and ice.
One of my favourtie places to buy linen is the Salvation Army. I have some really pretty tablecloths that were a couple of dollars each. I have been lucky enough to be given tablecloths from my mother and mother-in-law. I have some gorgeous vintage napkins as well. When I was young I used to accompany my grandmother to auctions. I guess it is in my blood.
Well here is my little man. Isn't he cute. His name is Louis. I think he is just so sweet. See his little pink nose. When you call him he comes running and jumps up on your lap and purrs the loudest purr that you can imagine. He loves to sit with me in my chair while I am on my laptop. He can sit for quite some time and watch my fingers typing and the images changing on the screen. They he gets tired and cuddles beside my leg and has little cat dreams. You can tell that he is dreaming because his whiskers twitch and his little paws move. He is very curious as all kittens are but when I took this picture he was sitting in my pressed glass bowl in the middle of our dining room table. What a little doll he is. I love him.
I think that Spring may finally be on its way. We have had such a long, cold winter. The snow has almost dissappeared from our backyard. I can hear the birds singing in the trees when I awake in the morning. The big cats will go outside now and spend some time just breathing in the air. We will not let the kittens outside just yet. The lawn is littered with branches from our trees and everything is saturated from the snow melting. I have not seen any little flowers poking their heads from the beds. I long to be in the yard to enjoy our wonderful shady maple trees and see the lilacs blooming.
My plan for the spring clean up is to remove all the water from the pond as well as the sand. I have to be very careful because we have a number of frogs. I wouldn't want to disturb them after their long winter nap. I would like to clean around the pond and put the rocks back in their places that fell in last year. I would like to get some Hostas to plant here and there. There is a lot of shade and flowers are just out of the question.
My other plan for the spring is to clean out our garage. I will need hubby's help for this. We probably have at least one trip to the dump and one to the Salvation Army. I want to use the garage as my workshop. I have decided to paint the furniture for my breakfast room. I need a place away from all of the paws and the garage seems like a really good place to sand, repair and paint. I am looking forward to a bright and beautiful breakfast room. Who knows, perhaps when I get that furniture finished there may be a few other pieces that will need a makeover.
So I busy myself with blog land and furry creatures and baking. I love to bake. Hubby loves cinnamon buns, brownies and blueberry muffins. I love homemade bread. Santa brought me a beautiful new KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas and I am making really good use of it. I am off to make blueberry pancakes for breakfast. Have a wonderful weekend.