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Many years ago when the Grands were tiny..I wandered into a lovely old building with a huge three inch thick oval door (beautiful!) that sold antiques and came upon this lamp. The cord was wrapped in silk and it was lovely. Not having enough money to purchase it..I reluctanly put it on layaway, which was popular in those days. I hated layaway, but I was desperate to have this lovely lamp. It is a floor lamp...and had been redone to perfection.

The shade was exquisite and etched with tiny roses of pale pinks. finally it was paid for and I brought it home and gently placed it behind my favorite big easy chair. ON CARPET! In those days the little Grandchildren spent a lot of time with us and as toddlers will do, they wandered about exploring pulling this and pushing that.

One day our little Jeffy, now in his 30's, wandered over and pushed on the tall spindly floor lamp and to this day I see it slow motion! I made a mad dash across the room with my arms outstretched and watched as it crashed to the floor and exploded. Poor little Jeffy heard Grandma scream and dash and ran as fast his tiny little legs would go in the opposite direction terrified at the whole affair!

No matter! It could be replaced with a bit of ...searching. And I have searched....for 28 YEARS! Nothing I found looked right...or fit! I replaced the shade with one that was supposed to go in a ceiling lite fan..and this is it below!

Saturday, determined to get out and see the world..and what a good thing it is that I did! Above is the lovely old shade I finally found!

We had found nothing so decided to go have some breakfast and suddenly there was another sign in front of a lovely old home. One I used to walk past every day! We stopped for one last look...and in an old cardboard box stuffed with newspapers..there it was!! My lamp shade! No..not like the one that had broken so many years ago...but one that was old..and looked like it would was ONLY $2.00. The woman was about my age and said she had had it for years and years. So..home it came...and LOOK! It fit!

I need to touch up the screws..get a couple of smaller ones...and touch up the cord that Howard replaced..but..IT FITS! AND I love it! Do you?? I hope so! :)

It is so nice to find something that just seems to fit...especially when it takes so many years! Now Jeffy (um..Jeff) is expecting his own first little son in December.. :) What fun they will have...but watch the floor lamps Jeffy and Leah! :)

Hugs to all...what a great life it is..each and every day a blessing right now!
I really do hope you like my new shade as much as I do!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Yes, I took it myself with my not so trusty little Kodak! Yes, it's a wee blurry..but you get the idea...

What a great day this was! My CT scan came out negitive, NO blockage! NOTHING is wrong with me...I am fine! Getting better every single day.

I am SO pleased! They called and said my test was fine and dandy!.....The doctor put me on a triple dose of Zantac, and will see me on Monday. I am fine. He thinks I ate too much at one time and said to stick to small servings of easy to digest food for a bit longer. Last night and today were fantastic. The surgery is no problem...healing wonderfully AND my tum feels great! I think I will live! :) At least for a while longer. :) I even went out and pulled some weeds..packed away some more Halloween. Even went to garage sales this morning and found something I have been searching for a long time. I'll share it tomorrow! YIPPEE!! :)

Have a wonderful Sunday...
and lotsa hugs!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

~ I KNOW..I KNOW...~

My blog is suffering and I know it and I am SO sorry. I am trying so hard to visit and do some posting..but it is just so difficult for me. I will keep trying though. Never in my life have I found it so hard to get past an illness.
I feel (as Pat used to say) like a gold bricker! :)

I feel like ranting and raving but that would just be so silly and it wouldn't help me get well any faster. I am progressing..but I am having too many moments of less than happy thoughts...and that just isn't like me. Now I think I have some sort of flu. My tum hurts something terrible. It's as though I consumed poison or something. Could that be the flu? I hope so! The stomach flu??

I was going to take a picture of the Halloween containers...and the stack of things to be put away out on the patio...but decided not to. I may be moving slow..but it will get done. :) At least it is out of the house... Oops! I see I forgot something hanging in the front window...shoot!

The children came by this weekend and are going to paint the inside of the house. I am delighted. I will even get my beam across the family room dividing it which I have wanted for a long time. At this time there are THREE different light fixtures. LOL Ah well. The beam will go where the old light fixture is now. Bless their hearts!
I want that "cottage cheese" removed...but...I am too weak to do sweet husband says it "doesn't bother" him... :) I simply cannot ask the children to do perhaps when I am well. We'll see. Then we can get our carpet and hardwood floors! Yippee!
Ok...I will take pictures tomorrow...if I can...and post them. You will see how horrible it is. The ceiling, I mean!
Love and hugs...(if I haven't visited you yet...I WILL be there soon!)

p.s. Another CT scan at 7:15 this Friday morning. Wish me luck. As you can see by the time...I am up. I gave up and took a couple of pain pills. It's so quiet, not a sound. Perhaps when the pills work I can read a bit. I can't even hear the train in the quiet.


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