Monday, April 22, 2024

It's a Weekend Wrap-Up, Bless Our Little Pea Pickin' Hearts

The weekend at Casa de Chelle was busy and productive, and, started off a little bit early.

Because we were expecting delivery of our new living room furniture sometime between 10 and 2 on Friday; Hugh busted out the carpet cleaner on Thursday afternoon. Our old furniture was relocated to the garage, where it awaited pickup by a couple of Hugh's friends from the fire department (and, God bless them, because I wouldn't wish that broken-down mess on anyone), so he had an almost-blank canvas on which to work, and we were guaranteed a dry floor by Friday.

I really don't want to talk about what came out of that carpet, but you can bet your boots that new carpet is the priority sometime in the very near future (once we recover financially from the new furniture, kitchen appliances, phones, taxes, wedding, etc., etc.).

The new furniture arrived earlier than the anticipated window, which was a nice surprise. I had the living room back in order by 10:00, and I am already in love with the new stuff. Who knew that a couch with actual support would be easier on the back and hips? My mind, it is blown.

And my hips are grateful.

I spent the rest of Friday doing household chores, as well as practicing my candle-decorating skills by making more pillar candles with pressed flowers. I'm feeling pretty confident in my ability at this point.

Saturday morning, Mom and the kids met us at the house for the drive to Pickin' at the Pea. This year's spring show was the best that I have ever been to! Usually, there are fewer vendors at the spring show, in comparison to the fall show. This year, however, I would say that there were just as many vendors, if not a few more.

Shanti and the Man-Cub had never been to the show before, so, naturally; we introduced them to the Mennonite coffee and donuts. They were every bit as impressed as we always are.

They were also impressed with the variety of items available at the sale. The Man-Cub left with several rocks, one of which was an amethyst crystal that weighed as much as a small paperweight.

I purchased another silver tray for the wedding, and Mom picked up a silver gravy boat that we are going to use in the decor at Shanti's bridal shower. We basically got off cheap this time around. 

One item that I would have gladly coughed up a lung in exchange for was, sadly, not for sale; it was a pristine Gotham Industries metal and melamine picnic set from the 1950's or 1960's. I doubt I will ever see such a complete set again, but I am so happy that I got to see one in the wild once in my life.

A core childhood memory was unlocked when I saw this vintage horse display; I had a collection of horses when I was a kid. I wanted a real horse, but, alas, I was denied.

I'm still a little sad about it.

I took this picture so that I could send it to Erin and Kristi. See, bitches? You didn't have to move to the UK to see royalty! You could have done that from home!

And, speaking of Erin and Kristi; I also sent them this picture of Tom and Sean, who we ran into at the Pea. I knew they would be jealous of us all enjoying Mennonite donuts and Queen Elizabeth memorabilia without them. That's what they get!

After picking our way around the Pea, we went back home to grab the gift basket that I put together for Katie Girl's baby shower.

What's that, you say? You didn't know that our Katie Girl was expecting? Yes, indeed! She and her hubby will welcome a baby girl of their own in June.

The shower was nice, and, by the time we got back home, I was exhausted, so, Hugh and I chilled on the new furniture until bedtime.

On Sunday, we putzed around the house and hardware store until dinnertime, when we went to Oscar and Emily's for a turkey feast (Emily had a turkey in the freezer and Oscar wanted to get it used up, so they invited us for second Thanksgiving, ha!).

While we were there, Boomer Dog was living his best life with Oscar and Emily's dog, Luke.

He also enjoyed a beer. Why? Well, why the hell not? It's not like it will be the thing that kills him. Besides, see above: Living His Best Life.

Today, I am back at it; I have a golf tournament to get planned as well as an advocacy center to run and, if I get some free time, a bridal shower to plan and a car that is in desperate need of an oil change.

It's going to be a busy week, y'all!

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