Jan 8, 2018

{Mondays Musings, Thrift Store Deals and Food for Thought}

BACK TO REALITY!
Wow, seems that the holidays have almost been a blur to some extent. I had all of my Christmas placed away except for some "After Christmas sales" sitting in a bag in a spare room.  I am one of those women that after Christmas is when I buy all my ribbons, gift boxes, gift tags, gift bags, gift wrap and tissue paper for the next Christmas. It is a great feeling to walk out to my shed and pull out that BOX and BAM...there it is for another Christmas and I don't have to go out and buy it. However, I have everything put up and away and y'all, I miss my Christmas. But...it's time to move on.


I have about decided I need a TEA ROOM! I just love my teapots and teacups and all that girl stuff.


Speaking of TEA look at this darling Tea Set I found at a wonderful thrift store that I found as well. This will be perfect for having a tea party with the grandgirls. I actually found several cute things while browsing around at several thrift stores. I haven't been thrifting in a while so I needed wanted to go. When it's in your blood you just can't help it! 


I found this cute basket that you can write on with chalk. I will probably spray paint it but for now it's packed away. I plan to remodel a few things in my kitchen and it will be put to good use. As most know we put in all new granite counter tops which I absolutely love! Well, that is until you drop something that will break because I can assure you whatever drops that's breakable will shatter if dropped hard enough! Several new things went into my kitchen but I have some things I won't to redo. The basket will be perfect for my plan. 


I love Biscotti jars. This makes my third one that I have been able to find thrifting. If you know anything about Biscotti jars then you know that you can find some inexpensive ones and you can find some that COST! It's rare that you find one at a Thrift store or a yard sale. 

You know what they say, "Someones trash is another person's treasure". 

I picked up several cute things. I have really got to start thinking about cleaning out my She-Shed and get rid of some things before long. Y'all might need to pray for me! I have a hard time parting with things! LOL! 
I did have a few productive days as well. I had so much fresh dill from my little herbs that I was able to share with a friend that loves herbs like me and freeze some for future use.



My husband and I processed meat one day. Yep, I was one tired lady but as long as my freezer holds out I won't starve! Thankful for the blessings that God has given us to enjoy. 


My daughter sent me a picture of this cutie in her new Chef outfit playing with her new kitchen things she got for Christmas. I love the cooking shows about as much as I do the Hallmark shows so we might have a little chef in the family. Who knows? Right? 


I shared last week that my new word for 2018 was Hope. The Lord never ceases to amaze me at how He can and will use one little word to minister to us or allow us to use that one word to minister to another.  Speaking of the word HOPE I humbly ask that you would take just a minute to list up my BIL & SIL (Mike and Lisa) to our Lord I would appreciate it. On Friday of last week they lost their home to a fire. Everyone is safe and the Lord is already blessing. My husband and I have experienced this tragedy and it is a like dealing with a death. So many emotions and so many more to come. 


I don't know a whole lot but I know this, OUR HOPE is in Christ and Christ alone. And oh yes, His mercies are new every morning. 

Wishing you all a great week as I leave you with with this...just some words that you might need to hear today for whatever reason.

If we do what is right, then God will take care of whatever is wrong.
No matter what the wrong is or who is doing the wrong. No matter whether that wrong is done in words, deeds or thoughts.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy
 





 

57 comments:

  1. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of the home of your family members. This hurts my heart so bad. I feel just like you, I don't know much either, but I know the Lord is the only way to cope and thrive in this world of ours. Your little grand is too cute! My Mom and Dad used to process their meat too. My Dad was an avid Deer and Elk Hunter. It's such a neat thing to be!
    Hugs and Blessings,
    Jemma

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    1. Thanks Jemma. We have really enjoyed processing our own deer and pork this season. It's a lot of work so worth it and especially when you like to eat it as good as we do. LOL! Thanks for stopping by today.

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  2. Hi Cindy! I will keep them in my prayers for sure, what a horrible thing. I'm very glad that no one was hurt, that is the main thing. And you have been through that too? I know your experience with handing everything from insurance claims to salvaging will come in like a balm to their hearts.
    My Christmas things are still up. I have a friend who wants to see the decorations because she had surgery before Christmas and didn't really get a chance to decorate herself. I don't mind, I love the stuff!
    Best of luck on your resale shopping!
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you Ceil. It's been many years since we went through that and so much has changed. But one thing hasn't changed and that's the hurt and devastation. I love the Christmas decor too. I think I will miss my tree being all lit at night the most. Happy New Year!

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  3. Cindy, I am so very sorry to hear this news! I will stop and pray for them. How awful. My brother and Sil lost thieir home to a fire that started from the coffee pot 10 years ago. (Electrical issues) My SIS says to this day that it still makes her shiver to think about it. Enjoyed your pictures. You and your man are going to be eating high on the hog...(well deer) LOL! Cute picture of that little chef.
    Connie Royals

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    1. Thanks Connie. Well, we processed deer and pork. Girl, you know I will be slapping some pork and rice in the pot this week. I still laugh about you telling me about your mama cooking chicken and the whole time she thought it was pork! Happy New Year lady.

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  4. I am so sorry to hear of Mike & Lisa's loss...keeping them in prayer. MY sil had set a can of hairspray on the water heater and forgot about it and well...you can guess what happened...gosh, that was so long ago...

    Our thrift store had a fire a couple months back and they still haven't recovered. I think your word for the year fits you perfectly.smiles...

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    1. So glad you stopped by Linda. Thinking about you all day today since I read your blog this morning. Praying about that situation.

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  5. What a tragedy to lose one's home! I will pray for your family members as well.
    Aren't you the smart one to shop after Christmas? We don't generally go near the stores after Christmas for bargains because the stores are crazy and neither of us like crowds. There isn't much left anyway so we don't bother. We did however get ourselves a new pre-lit tree last week and it was a good buy. Looking forward to putting it up next year! Your biscotti jar is really cute and so is the tea set. I like your new word for 2018. HOPE is a beautiful word because we know our hope is in the Lord Jesus. No matter the circumstance, He will see us through. Blessings and Happy New Year, Cindy!

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    1. Thank you Sandi . Our hope is for sure in the Lord . People without hope will parish. I didn’t go right after Christmas either . I waited til the crowds died down . Then most things are picked over . But i do love when i can get all my wrapping stuff bought for a little bit of money, like 70-90% off . It sure helps out with the next Christmas . Happy new year dear Sandi .

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  6. His mercy is new every morning, He blesses us that way! Love your tea sets and a tea room sounds wonderful. I'm a coffee drinker but I love drinking my coffee from a teacup.

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    1. I am a coffee drinker too Miss Mary! Matter of fact is my number one choice of beverage. But I do enjoy a cup of hot tea!

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  7. I put all my Christmas decorations away this weekend and I miss it but it's also nice to have the house back to "normal". I missed the wreath on the front door! There's always something!I found some gift tags after Christmas too. I usually forget that I've bought them! Silly me! :)
    Love your tea set and biscotti jar. Your granddaughter looks like a cute mini chef!

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    1. You said wreath and now I am thinking I did not take my wreath down from front door! LOL! Our little chef is so sweet too!

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  8. I have all of my stuff hauled downstairs but not stowed yet. I a sorting as I go this year. I did get rid of so much stuff in the last few months so that feels good!!! I am so sorry about your family losing their home. I will keep them in my prayers. That is a really emotional thing--but I am glad that everyone is safe.

    Hope you have a great week ahead of you---blessings- xo Diana

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    1. I tried to go through my Christmas wh n i brought it out to decorate and toss some odds and ins out . But I’ve got to get my she shed organized as for now, it’s all in baskets or boxes just sitting in there . Have a good week .

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  9. Cindy, I loved how you ended this post. :) I will pray for your family. So sad. What a cute little chef. :):) Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thanks Susie . That’s one of my favorite things to say, the quote . And often o have to say it to myself as a reminder . Thanks for coming by .

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  10. I'm very sorry for your SIL and BIL's terrible loss and will remember them in my prayers.

    I also took down my Christmas decor last weekend. I was stalking this cute Tea Time with Penguin at Hallmark in hopes of scoring it during the post-Christmas sales. Unfortunately, they were all sold out. Ah, well. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose!

    I think that opening a tea room should you be your 2018 tea goal!

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    1. Well maybe you will find another tea set somewhere that you like for even a better price . Hoping you have a good week Margie .

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  11. Hi! I love that first tea pot! I don't seem to find many tea things at the thrift shop I go too. I guess i don't really need any more things either or I will need a She Shed. I think it would be nice to have one for all my garden stuff! Darling little chef!!!! Nancy

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    1. Nancy , i don’t need anymore things either . My poor she shed is moaning and groaning . 😂 our little chef loves her kitchen things .

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  12. I'm sorry to hear about your BIL and SIL's loss. Yes, I will pray for them. I loved seeing your finds and treasures and that granddaughter in her chef outfit is just about the cutest thing!
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. So glad you stopped by Adrienne . I get on a thrift store kick every now and then especially if I’m on mission looking for something particular . My problem is i wind up finding other little treasures along the way . Lol .

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  13. I just love everything about this post because your precious heart shines through... being thrify, decorating, your grandchildren, but especially how much you love Jesus! 💜 you, sweet Friend!

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    1. Thank you my friend . Hoping the weather your way is better . You’ve sure had some cold weather . Was thinking about you yesterday .

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  14. How sad it is when folks have no hope or even lost it along the way! I always say "Where's there's breath (or life), there's hope." How sad to hear about your precious family members losing their home...I can only imagine...prayers going up for them. And on a happier note, I LOVE your darling tea set...what a great find! I love thrifting too but am trying not to do too much right now since my mission this spring is to remove things from the home as we prepare to sell it! Boy, it's hard to stay away from those stores! I love that closing statement you shared...I may be asking you if I can borrow it, :D Have a blessed week, sweet friend and don't forget to invite me to that tea party! LOL!

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    1. Debby people without hope will perish . We must cling to hope . The less you have to deal with while trying to sell the better it will be for you I’m sure . If i were closer I’d help you pack up those boxes to help get you ready for the next journey the Lord has you on . Praying worth you about the next journey . It’s gonna be good . Just wait and see .

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  15. I’ve put all of my Christmas items away too, just have a few wintry things out now. I’m so sorry to hear about your in-laws’ fire. They will be in my prayers. I’ve been thinking about my word for the year and I think I’ll be concentrating on JOY. Finding it, experiencing it and giving it. Have a wonderful week! Z

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    1. Joy is a wonderful word . Love how you worded it zenda .

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  16. Oh, that little chef!!! What a dollbaby she is! And, thrifting? Oh, my, it is just so much fun! I don't buy nearly as much as I used to, since we are on a major, ongoing minimizing journey. But, I do love to window shop, and once in a great while, if I find something I really, really love, I will buy it. I totally know how you feel about not wanting to let things go...oh, the tears I have cried while going through this purging process! I have learned NOT to let go of things that really mean so much to me, and God is faithful to reveal what a person will regret letting go of. It is a process, that is for sure. I love visiting with you, sweet friend. We have so much in common, and I pray God blesses you and your dear family in this new year!

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    1. I agree Cheryl . There’s things that i will not part with regardless ! They might not mean anything to anyone but me but it does to me . Praying a good new year for you Cheryl . I know things has been tough .

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  17. So glad you stopped by Adrienne . I get on a thrift store kick every now and then especially if I’m on mission looking for something particular . My problem is i wind up finding other little treasures along the way . Lol .

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  18. What an adorable little chef! Cute. Loving the first tea pot. Beautiful. I am TRYING.....and I did say TRYING to stop thrifting and Goodwilling. I have more than I need here in this house and I need to DO AWAY with some of it but it is hard. I don't craft much anymore and I am turning the craftroom into a guest room but....I can't let go of my craft stuff. I am doomed! HAHA....good luck.

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    1. Pam i truly need to get rid of some things too . When i clean out my shed I’m going to try and part with some stuff. Lol .

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  19. What a lovely post and your closing statement just might find it's way mounted where I can see it daily. So, so powerful! And, I'm impressed, processing your own meat. Thrift stores are such fun and heaven knows I take enough good stuff to them. I have stuff to take by tomorrow as a matter of fact. Have a lovely week Cindy!

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    1. I’ve donated things as well Lea and my husband will tell me not to go back and buy what i get rid of 😂

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  20. Dear Cindy,

    First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law and sister-in-law losing their home to fire. I will pray for them. Thank you for asking us to do so.

    You know how I love all things tea and your teapots are gorgeous! And that Biscotti jar is to die for! LOVE it!

    Hugs and love to you, my friend.
    Dianna

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    1. Thank you for praying for them. God is surely already blessing. Yes, I love the Biscotti jars. I have three. I need to display them in a post for everyone. Happy Wednesday.

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  21. Cindy, prayers for your family that lost their home to fire, I am so sorry! You had some great finds while thrifting! Not only do I love biscotti jars, I love biscotti! Your little Chef is adorlable! Hugs~{{>88777

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    1. Thanks Pam. Yes, I too love the Biscotti Jars. I have three and very seldom have seen one at Thrift stores. But the three I have all came from a Thrift store. Our little Chef is so precious. Thanks for coming by to see me.

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  22. Well that is the cutest chef I have ever seen!! You have certainly found some treasures there! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Patti . So glad you cane by today . Made my day .

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  23. Oh...I would be thrilled to go shopping with you! You must have so much fun. And the treasures yuu bring home are just as exciting.
    My heart goes out to your family. Loosing everything is devastating!
    I want to end by saying that picture of your grand daughter is darling!!

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    1. I would love for us to go thrifting . How much fun would that be ? Thanks for your prayers and your sweet words about our little chef .

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  24. Your posts are always so joyful! It's obvious that your joy is in the Lord in all that you do and say. I love that you use your blog to spread the love and hope of our Savior. Will pray for continued blessings on your family that had the fire.

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    1. Thanks sweet friend . Anne Marie , there’s days as wirhvevetyobe else that i choose joy . But when it comes right down to it , joy comes from Him s d my family brings me much joy . Even if it’s s bad day 😂

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  25. I,too, love thrifting, cooking shows but mostly, your adorable little chef....she is sooo cute

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  26. Cindy,
    Offering prayers for your BIL and SIL. I can only imagine how awful going through a fire at your home must be. My word for 2017 was Hope. This year, i only want PEACE! Love your thrift store finds, especially that darling tea set!! So cute!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I read your post about Peace. The Lord gave me that word one year too. Good word.

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  27. Hi Cindy! Your teacups and teapots is beautiful. Happy weekend and New Year.

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  28. We have been processing meat, here, too. What a good feeling, isn't it?? I am telling you, all these boys can EAT! However, here in PA, there is NOTHING fresh right now. We were just talking about this today. I am so tired of not being able to find any decent veggies. And if you do find some veggies, they are wilted, and just plain yucky. How are you supposed to eat healthy in January?? lol

    Of course I will keep your family in my prayers. How awful!! I'm so thankful everyone is safe, though. Thank you, Lord!

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    1. Yes it seems that fresh and really good veggies are hard to find these days. Thank you for your prayers.

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  29. I'm with you on the teapots and having a tea room! It is just so much fun to drink tea and fellowship with other ladies :) It's a lot of work putting up the meat, but it feels oh so good to have a freezer full of good meat to eat all winter! And that little chef of yours is just too cute! I don't know how you stand the cuteness :) Hugs to you today dear friend!

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    1. We enjoy processing our own meat but yes mam, it is indeed a lot of work! But like you said, so nice to have it in the freezer. That little chef has stolen all of our hearts.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. Have a blessed day!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy