Again?

“You went to sales again today?  But but but……that’s two days in a row!  Well, go ahead, tell us what happened,” said a rather exasperated Jabberwocky.

Much excitement today!  EVERYBODY is back and we’re at it bright and early, although Cupcake was a bit tardy this morning having slept in and calling right before I was leaving.  She met up with us at the first batch of sales, hopped in the van, and off we drove.

One of the sales had a surprise!

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Cupcake, Vanna and Girlfriend search through items for sale.

Yes, a real surprise!  But before I tell you about it, I must fill you in on the background.  You see, Cupcake is single and the rest of us are married.  We feel an obligation to find her a mate, or at least a boyfriend, so we hoped we might locate someone at a sale—you know, someone who is handsome, wealthy, and likes to go to yard sales.  A guy who likes to have fun.  Smile  (I do not want any smart-alecky responses to that, readers.  You have your fun, we’ll have ours.)

We have searched all summer at sales, along with planning her bridal shower, her wedding, the reception and so on…………we have found many wonderful things!  We are all set. 

Except, of course, for the guy.  Minor detail.

Well, we thought we’d found one today!  Yes!  When we walked into this sale, he began a serenade!  And he was pretty darned good.  Now, I ask you, what single chick would not go for a romantic guy who sings in garages.  Not exactly a ‘garage band’ but close enough.  (I mean, we ARE 110 or so—at least I am but the rest of the Brocanting Brigade won’t tell their ages, and I don’t blame them.  Anyway, garage bands are way past our era, so garage guitar playing is about as good as it’s going to get for our group.)

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The sellers were in the house and he was a shopper, too!  Well, there you go—odds looking pretty good here, right?  We were nudging Cupcake to make a move there, say hello, wink, act interested in guitar playing or something…………

The sellers came out and the shopper evidently knew them…..he and the seller began a bit of auctioneering, you know the calls, “who’ll gimme one dolla’, one dolla’, one dolla’, now two.  Two dollas’, two, now three, three dollas’” 

Well.  I’ll be darned.  On top of that he allowed as how he was also a minister.

An auctioneering, guitar-playing, yard saling minister, for heaven’s sake!

This was not setting well with Cupcake who prefers to buy at sales, not sell, and certainly NOT be involved with auctioneer calls.  Not to mention having a minister as your escort—no.  That would NOT do at all.

Sigh…………..

We were so excited, too. 

Well, we will continue to search for the best bargain at a sale in the form of a really fun-lovin’ guy who doesn’t auctioneer call or minister, either.  Maybe someone who just plays guitar (optional).  With money, of course (not optional).

“Such a sad, sad story—unrequited love,” observed Jabberwocky who wouldn’t know unrequited love if it hit her in the head.

So, when we were done with the sales, we went to breakfast at Athens…..

“Again?  You went to Greece again?  How did you do that and get back so fast?” said a clueless Jabberwocky.

The restaurant named Athens, Jabber.  Here.  It is very good.  We all ate more than we should have eaten, but we chatted and laughed and generally had a very good time of it, despite Cupcake’s still-singleness being on our minds.  Perhaps next week……….

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Note girlfriend’s shirt!

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Sosew is somewhat skeptical of the entire endeavor of finding a mate at a yard sale, but you never know WHAT treasures you may encounter!

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Thumper is more enthusiastic about our search……of course, she realizes I found TMWLH at a yard sale, so that’s encouraging to all.  (He is still clueless about what happened.)

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Cupcake explains her minimum requirements to the group, while Vanna strikes a pose.

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At the end of our meal, we drove back to our cars and everyone tumbled out of the overly loaded van.  Even though we had failed in our main quest, we’d succeeded in finding many treasures and having an awfully good time together.

Above, Cupcake is having fun tumbling.

 

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California Home Tour, Part 2

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The kitchen, dining and living room are all open in an L shape.  Above, more of the beautiful collections of copper, pottery, and musical instruments from around the world.  This is the living room:

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My friends have traveled the world and hung pictures of their travels throughout the house.  She  has a collection of musical instruments from throughout the world displayed in several areas.

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Almost 100 countries have been visited by this couple!  They have pins in the map marking their adventures.

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California dreamin’ indeed!

 

California Home Tour, Part 1

“OOOOO, I have seen the pictures!  Not only is the house pretty, the food looks great!” declared Jabberwocky.

Yes, without further ado, here is the home tour with pictures of food interspersed, too!

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The inside of this home was remodeled about two years ago.  The kitchen has the ‘subway’ style glass blocks backsplash, granite on the countertop, all new cabinets and appliances.  Notice the copper collection, some of which is very old!

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The island is about 8 by 5 feet and these are the base cabinets—aren’t they pretty?

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Kathy made this for breakfast one day!  Yummy!  Along with this:

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Master bedroom.  Note the mirror doors for the large expanse of closet on the right.

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Master bathroom with a unique sink!

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My friend has collected pottery for a very long time.  She also collects fine china which was painted, years ago, by her mother who was employed by Pickard China Company and was an artist.

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to be continued……….

California Visiting

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This is me and my friend Kathy with whom I went to junior high and high school and part of college.  We have stayed in touch through all these years!

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One day, while I was in Los Angeles, Kathy drove me to Irvine to visit with my friend Layla.  She moved to Irvine from Nashville last January.  This is Layla with her daughter.

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Layla treated Kathy and me to a wonderful Persian lunch buffet at an exotic restaurant where we were able to chat and catch up with the news.

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Layla’s daughter brought a cake for dessert—it turned out that Layla and her husband’s 52nd wedding anniversary was that very day!  He had not accompanied us for lunch, but we had some of the yummy cake and they took the rest home for him.

We miss our friend Layla in Nashville, but we are happy that she and her family are enjoying Irvine, California.  It is, indeed, a beautiful city!  And Layla is a beautiful lady.

A Peacock’s Tale

“An’ now, I ‘pose, you’re gonna’ tell me they have peacocks in California, right?” asked Jabberwocky.

Yes.  Yes, I am.  And they live in a subdivision called Palos Verdes Estates.

“An’ what do these alleged peacocks eat, anyways?” inquired Jabberwocky, now interested in the tale of the tail.

Why, they eat whatever they like because they roam free, in people’s yards, on the streets, and they really love tomato plants!

Um hum, yes they do.  I was not a believer, either, thinking my friends were just poor gardeners (even though they came from the Midwest, originally), but by the looks of the tomato plants, well…….see for yourself:

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My friends claimed that peacocks roam the yards, sometimes perching on their roof, sometimes just lounging about in the yard for an entire day sunning themselves.  Skeptical, I told them I doubted that peacocks (for heaven’s sake) would actually be living in such an area.

They explained that their particular peacock had taken up residence two houses down where the lady had tomato plants and prior to the bird coming for an extended visit, actually had had tomatoes.  No more! 

But they presented me with a gift as evidence of the peacock having paid them a visit:

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A peacock’s tail feather!

Oh, sure, sure, I cajoled them.  Of course you think you have a peacock roaming around.  Sure you do.  You just can’t grow tomato plants, but what an ingenious excuse you’ve come up with!  Peacocks indeed…………..

I was in for a surprise as they were going to prove to me there WERE, indeed, peacocks roaming about.   The next morning, we drove a short distance to the ocean for an early morning walk.

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It was jacket temperature that morning and quite a sight to see the Pacific ocean, surfers, a lone fisherman and several seagulls. 

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After our walk, while returning to their home, this is what I saw:

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Yes, indeed.  Peacocks!  Roaming the streets, enjoying the yards and landscape!  Lots of peacocks!

Then, when I got home from Los Angeles, my friend had sent me this:

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So, who knew?  I’ve visited them many times, but never before have I seen peacocks.

And, so, that is the peacock’s tale!

On to California

After being in Tucson for several days, I hopped on a plane and flew to LAX—Los Angeles—where I visited with some dear friends I’ve known since we were children.

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This is my friend, Kathy, reading to her two grandchildren.  We had the opportunity to visit with them for a short while one evening.

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My friends have lived in this house since the early 1970’s and recently renovated it, inside and out.

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Front door (left) and plants and fountain located behind the larger plants in the front area.

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Backyard outdoor living at its finest above!  More pictures of their lovely backyard.

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These Jade shrubs have been here for many years and grow easily.  They hide the fence.

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Behind the fence is this:

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 Steps lead to a secret garden on a slope leading down to the busy street below!

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As one looks up towards the top of the slope, one sees this beautiful view:

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Sunny with pleasant temperatures in California.  A lovely yard to enjoy!

Back in Pocket

“Ha ha!” laughed Jabberwocky in delight.  “Everybody is back in pocket and we added some people, too!  The pocket IS magic!”

Saturday morning was Brocanting Day and, yes, everyone was back into the swing.  We had special guests who came to visit us and go along for the fun, too.  Old friends from Missouri (see recent previous posts) had come for a visit and one of their favorite past times is to go to sales.  So, off we went.  In two vehicles!  Imagine the smiles from sellers as we all piled out of our cars to shop.  We found so much that we had to make a ‘drop off’ mid-way through the sales.

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After several sales, we stopped to have refreshments.  The day was so beautiful we were able to have our coffee and breakfast outside. 

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The “line up”?  No, just relaxing and visiting:            (l to r) Cupcake, Thumper and Sosew.

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Our special visitors, Barb and Earl.

Sunday night we had our dinner party (previous post), so Monday morning our guests visited our YMCA to say their good byes and see a few more friends.

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Realtor (left) and Vanna, striking a pose of course, are acting up, as always!

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(Background) Thumper and Cupcake.  Friend Barbara in black shirt, red shirt is Maisie and Earl is visiting with her.  Turns out Maisie, Earl and Barbara are from the ‘far north’ country and were comparing notes on life up there!

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Girlfriend (left) and Serious Leigh talk, well, seriously!

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VERY seriously!

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Everybody is having a grand time (below).

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Alas, our friends had to return to their home, and we all had to go about our Monday.  It was such fun seeing them and having fun with the yard sale adventures.  We hope they return again soon.

“An’ you never did say what loot you got Saturday—what’d you get?  HUH?” inquired Jabber, ever curious.

Well, I showed you the new rugs (previous post).  Also acquired Saturday were:

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Dessert plates, all for $3.  We used them for appetizers on Sunday night at dinner.

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Women’s vintage hats, $2 each

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A small mannequin, $5.

And, last, but not least:

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  A fur stole for $5!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“An’ what’re you gonna’ do with all that stuff?”

Why, use them to decorate Christmas trees, of course.  What did you think?

 

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