This morning I woke up to no ants; although I searched high and low for strays, I found nary a one!
It appears the ants have gone marching away, and good riddance I say!
August! The beginning of the end . . . of vacation, of late night reading, of sleeping in past 5 am, of lazy days spent with family and friends. Deb and I left for our rescheduled beach adventure early Monday morning, and enjoyed a full day of sleuthing for the best antique deals.
We had dinner at Blackfish Cafe in Lincoln City, and while it was a bit of a wait, was worth every morsel. We wished we'd taken pictures of our food, but didn't think about it until we were partway through. Well sated, we embarked on a search for a motel. The first three were filled, but the Seahorse had a room, with a wonderful ocean view, just steps from the beach. It was perfect!
|A few of the mini kitchen treasures I found during our antique shopping.|
I especially love the little egg beater and bowl. They didn't come together.
I found the beater first, and the bowl, which fit perfectly, at the next shop!
We sat that night, reading aloud from the 1968 & 1969 Teen magazines we had bought earlier that day, bringing back fond (and hysterical) high school memories.
|Cover of the magazine I bought, March 1969|
|Literally signs of the times.|
|Sounding off on whether riots are ok . . . or not.|
|Activities for the young in love, circa 1969.|
|Paul Revere and the Raiders! Yea! Portland, Oregon!|
|Teen magazine's attempt to convince girls to wear wigs?? |
We don't recall that fad much, at least I never had a wig!
We ended up laughing hysterically at some of the articles, especially on dating. Somehow, remembering high school was a lot funnier than actually being there!
As usual, we both woke up early the next morning, got dressed and headed for the beach. We thought we were very close, but there were a whole lot of steps to descend!
|I wish I had counted the steps, because there are numerous switchbacks|
that are hard to see in this photo. They were also a bit steep, but we were determined!
Once on the beach, our sandals came off and we reveled in the feel of sand on bare toes. The weather was perfect; not sunny, but not windy either! We both collected pockets full of rocks and shells.
|Deb and I during enjoying our morning walk on the beach. |
|I saw this adorable little table in a shop we almost didn't stop at!|
Then, we passed a tea shop and I found this darling 2 cup teapot.
Just right for my morning cuppa tea!
The embroidered and crocheted table topper was made by my grandma.
Deb and I have always given each other little gifts, often for no reason, but just because we see something we know the other will love.
|The sweet bird planter I found for Deb at The Farmstead Antique Shop.|
I added the hens and chicks from my growing collection.
She brought me home this beautiful woven piece from Belize. I tried it in several places in my living room, and for now it will be on my great-grandmother's trunk.
We were meant to know each other, and I will always be grateful for the series of events that lead us to connect and the impact that connection has had on my life. I am already looking forward to our next adventure!
One of the items I was searching for while with Deb was a set of Tinker toys. Last year one of our science guys brought in some Tinker toys for the kids and they did a science investigation using them to design and build a working windmill. It was an excellent lesson and I've been looking for Tinker Toys ever since. I didn't see any on our trip to the beach, but this week Kailyn and I stopped in to our favorite antique shop in Camas and there they were, vintage tin and all. I opened the lid and counted enough pieces that I can make several groups and provide materials, so I was pretty happy. It was missing all but one of the green flaps, but I'll give the kids cards, which will work perfectly well. This set was $15, a real bargain as when I searched online, the cheapest I could find was $25, and those were plastic ones! The wood sets started at $49, for basically the same amount of pieces I got, on up to $225 for the mega set!
|What a great find!|
August is upon us, and quickly slipping away. In three days my oldest daughter will be off to Australia for a fantastic student teaching experience. In less than three weeks my youngest daughter will be returning to college and the excitement of her first apartment. Next week, I'll be dipping my toes into my classroom, a few hours at a time, preparing for the new school year. Deep sigh . . .