Friday, April 27, 2012

My Arizona Stuff (Treasures)

When my friend Ceekay moved to a new home, I was reminded that it's really all of our stuff, or what I like to call treasures, that make a house feel like home.  Since we just returned from our home in Arizona I thought I'd show just a few of my treasures.

This is my living room.  On the left is a rocking chair I recovered from my parent's basement at Robards Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Hannibal, Missouri.  We believe it is original to the home from the late 1800's.  The bookcase next to it was purchased by my great-grandmother when she got married in 1900.  The piano was purchased for me, by my husband, as a wedding present when we got married in 1975.

This table in the foyer is also original to Robards Mansion and was literally in pieces when I took it home, refinished it and put it back together.

This trunk, now residing in my family room has been in my mother's family since the 1800's.

My mother says she remembers an Union officer's uniform and sword was inside - but, evidently, some other family member got those treasures.

I'm not sure how old this chair is, but it used to belong to my grandmother so it is special to me. 

My dad grew up with this buffet in his home.  There used to be a matching table but no one knows where it is now.

This tiger oak coffee table was once a library table my grandmother cut down and white-washed.  I stripped off her finish and found the beautiful wood underneath.

We have purchased some of my treasures, like my dining room table.  I found it at an estate sale in Sun City and recovered the chairs.  I love those estate sales!

In fact, most of my teacups were purchased for very little money at estate sales.

Of course, auctions are also a good source for treasures.  I beat out several other bidders for this rocking chair at an auction in Missouri.

These lamp poles were probably my largest (but not most expensive) purchase.  I found them at an auction held at an old movie studio in the Phoenix area, brought them home and painted them.  Hubby had a time getting them set up but they work beautifully lighting up our back yard.

Here in Florida, I've been purchasing some new treasures.  I'm still not sure where I'm going to put this one!

I don't know when I'll have time to blog again.  On Monday, Ceekay is coming for a visit and we have planned all sorts of adventures, starting with a road trip to Fort Myers.  I can't wait!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Easter Weekend in Arizona

I can't believe we've been back in Florida for over a week now!  We had a wonderful time in Arizona with the kids and grand kids and it was so hard to say good-bye.  Here's a little of the fun we had.

We went to grandson Jacob's T-Ball practice.......

helped grandson Joshua fix his backpack.........

played a little golf...........

(one round wasn't enough!)

did a little yard work...........

caught up on some loving............

showed Papa how to play Angry Birds (to no avail!)........

and took turns taking pictures.

On Easter, after attending church, eating a big meal and taking naps it was time to......

open Easter baskets...........

hunt for 200 Easter eggs...........

and take a little motorcycle ride.

Please forgive this Grandma's indulgence, but you can see why it was difficult to leave Arizona!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cruising Aboard The American Victory Ship

A little over a week ago we were privileged to be able to sail on one, of only four, fully operational Victory ships in the country.  My cousin, Barbara, and her husband, Johnny, are volunteers on this ship which served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam before being retired.

She presented quite an impressive sight - even from the stern.

She was berthed nose to nose with this Carnival cruise ship.  Our cruise would be quite different than theirs!

The crew set up plastic chairs on  deck for the passengers' comfort.

The ship still needs a lot of work to be done to fully restore it, so Hubby decided he better check out the lifeboats.

The ship was built in just 55 days, completed May 24, 1945, and served as a cargo ship supplying troops all over the world.

To bring back the feeling of the '40s some of the volunteers dressed in era appropriate clothes.

While we were waiting to set sail we explored below decks.

My cousin, Barb, has done a lot of cooking for the volunteer crew in this galley.

Before too long, a tugboat arrived to help move us away from the dock.

Hubby watched the maneuvers with great interest.

A few Navy boats remained by our side the whole time we were out in Tampa Bay.

Meanwhile, on board, the party was getting underway with a D.J. and '40s era singers.

We took the opportunity to send messages to our grandsons in Arizona via Morse Code from the ship's radio room.

All too soon our cruise was over, but we enjoyed every minute of it!

Another successful voyage for The American Victory Ship.  If you'd like to learn more about the ship, or take your own tour or cruise, check out their website at

I won't be blogging for a while because I'm flying off to Arizona to spend a long Easter weekend with our kids and grand kids.  I hope you have a blessed Resurrection Sunday with your own family.