Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The COOLEST yard sale find . . EVER!

I love yard sales, they are treasure troves of marvelous stuff. I am not a professional shopper, and only tote home useable or interesting vintage items that suit my fancy.

Today I purchased an item that I admired for it's sheer "uniqueness" and since I am a graphic artist, it spoke to me in other ways.

While looking at a pile of frames, I found a framed gravestone rubbing. You could tell the gravestone it came from was very old and English (written in middle english -- Chaucer style).

It was well framed and I thought it would look cool in my office.
The old guy that had it said "I tried to read it but I don't understand most of the words". (Middle English contains a lot of odd spellings and the "u's" were printed as "v's")

So I read it to him:
In modern English, retaining the literary style it says:
Good friend, in Jesus sake forbear (forbear meaning refrain in modern times)
To dig the dust enclosed here
Blessed be the man that spares these stones
and cursed be he that moves my bones

He was like "that's cool, I didn't know what it meant" and said he really like the way it looked when he bought it at an auction awhile back.

I took it home, removed it from it's frame and cleaned the glass. The rubbing is done in black crayon which in 1962 was most likely the preferred medium . . it flakes slighty when you scrape it with your fingernail. Wedging it tight into the frame were old pieces of rolled up newspapers (dated 1963)

On the back, in pencil is a note that says:
"Grave Stone Rubbing" Edwina Powell did this rubbing all morning in the winter of 1962 at cemtary [sic] near Westminster Abby"

The saying on the rubbing nagged at me all the way home, so I started looking for pictures of gravestones at Westminster Abbey to see if by chance there was a photo . . no luck. So, on a whim, I typed in the last line on the rubbing and BINGO!! I found it at Trinity Chapel NEAR Westminster Abbey!

And . . here's the bonus part . . . this rubbing is of the gravestone of none other than William Shakespeare who died April 23, 1616 at his home in Stratford Upon Avon.

How flippen' cool is that?

I paid $2.00 for it . . . my favorite yard sale . . . so far

Sunday, July 25, 2010

It's alive . . .

I was picking green beans in the garden and caught something out of the corner of my eye.

I thought it was a snake at first glance.

We are going to let it keep growing so see just how big it will get!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lori made me do it!

My friend, the best and fabulously talented (and loyal) Lori Haworth called and asked if I would teach her how to can tomatoes . . . so over she trots with 150 pounds of those buggers!

It took us all day to peel, chop and can. We make most of into quarts and a few in pints. She wanted hers plain, I made mine with onions, peppers, garlic and basil in the jars (Italian style!)

We set the canning pot on the patio so we wouldn't heat up the house (that was a GOOD move!) .

Right now, we really hate tomatoes! Our feet hurt, our backs hurt and my fingers are sore from the tomatoe acid . . . but looking at those rows of jars and imagining home canned tomatoes all winter and all the wonderful things we can make with them . . . YUMM!!

And just before Lori left with her haul . . . she says "Hey, I know where we can get a couple of bushels of peaches . . . " Oh boy! here we go again!

Friday, July 23, 2010

It's official!

I'm late getting this on my blog for all those who have asked!!

The wedding went off without a hitch. The entire family pitched in and everyone did their job. There were no fits, no snits . . only extreme happiness and as always, when our entire family gets together . . . loads of laughter! (I'm sure a few bars in Catalina didn't know what hit them after the wedding! especially Luau Larry's -- boy, was THAT fun!! -- who knew that Aunt Kristin could bark exactly like a seal? -- got pics I have been THREATENED not to post)

The island was so beautiful (and so was the bride!!) and the weather so nice that no-one wanted to come home.

Now . . . we have the prep for the reception on August 7th (I'm not off the hook yet!! . . . wish me luck . . dinner for 100+)

The new Mr. & Mrs. Leveridge

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Standin' on the corner . . .

in Winslow, Arizona!

We are on our way to Catalina, Island to marry off our daughter! It has been a fun road trip so far! We spent the night in Winslow, AZ on Route 66. They have created a corner to replicate the Eagle's song . .
"Take it Easy"

You can read more about it here

and . . being the good tourists we are . . we had to stop and take a picture!!

Parked directly behind our car was indeed a "Flat Bed Ford" (no sign of the girl though . . .)

Tor & Jim, standin' on the corner !! (such a fine sight to see . . .)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Yummm Friday night CSA dinners

Picked up my CSA bag today (lots of sweet corn . . which makes Jim VERY happy) Tonight we had Artichoke & goat cheese fritters, (I will post the recipe when I get it just right . . still experimenting!) garlic buttered sweet corn and 3 kinds of salad . . green, crunchy cabbage salad and a chunky salad of tomatoes, onions, green peppers and cucumbers.

I love Friday night dinners in the summer!

Grans Troll Bell

Digging through the boxes from Grans garden shed, I found this great troll bell carved from wood. (the tongue is the bell clapper) I imagine she brought it back from Ireland on one of her many trips there. Jim says it's creepy . . . I think it is hilarious! It's getting a good home in the vegetable garden (maybe it will scare the birds away!!)