Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Antiquing....and I found my Marbles!

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Hi, this is post is lots of fun and OLD stuff! 

A few weeks ago, my friend and I went to a real antique mall, one of our favorites now in McHenry County, Illinois. Woodstock is the town from "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray. 


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There has been an antique mall here as long as I can remember in the last 30 years or so. New owners have upgraded the building and the dealers. Excellent selections of everything from vintage to OLD, very OLD goodies. Lots of furniture, but of course it's the smalls and items we searched to fill out our own collections.

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One of the first stops is the bathroom...lol, it's a ride aways from our home.

There, a large room is dedicated to Vintage---mostly 40s-70's. A great large area is filled with vintage clothes, poodle skirts, and petticoats. My friend has bought two dresses there. I always look at vintage jewelry because I wear clip earrings. Loving this old jewelry box in pristine condition.

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Along with poodle skirts---every hometown soda bar had one of these for mixing malts. Hamilton Beach was a big employer in my home town of Racine, Wi. I dated a fellow whose Mom was the Home Economist for Hamilton Beach. While a great housekeeper, their home did have holes in the walls, for they had 3 sets of twins with one lone girl and four of the boys were wrestlers...hence the holes! 

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POODLEs---I keep an eye out for these at thrift stores, but it is fun to see them in PERFECT condition.

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I loved the Haeger three-maids vase. Pierrot Clown figurines were quite the rage for several decades going back to the 20's.

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Speaking of maids, I have a moratorium in picking up anymore tins,  enamelware, roasters in particular, none of them fit in my new oven, as well as stoneware anything and vases. 

But, that doesn't keep me LOOOKING and enjoying!

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This booth was extraordinary in the quality of their enamelware. 
From the 1800-through the 1970's.Great pieces at fair prices for their condtion. 

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Wow...huh?

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Item I do look for---an enamel funnel....yet to see one I can afford.

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Look at the blue double boiler over to the left...
I have thirteen roasters...hence the moratorium. The  blue tub at the bottom would be great for babies!! Lovely oak child's chair.

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I also have to think long and hard on kitchenwares...but BLUE----sigh!

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This rack of  yellow ware bowls are fab, and so is the pieces of McCoy...but I wanted that stand...LOL> NFS...not for sale! 

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Reminiscent of Torquay pottery these pieces are Haag Pottery. Lovely and a great lesson. 

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This mall has juke boxes, records, billiard tables, pinball games, cars, trains, to keep the guys entertained.
In the 1950's, tin toys were finally banned because of lead in all the paints. I remember this airplane and tower that cranked up and spun around in the air from my older cousin's. Awesome example.

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We were actually looking for Halloween, but very  sparse. This booth was from the queen of Christmas. Gorgeous and pristine examples. Everything you might have had or seen for Christmas as a kid.
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Look at all those original ornament boxes---FULL of 20's-50's ornaments. Everything your grandparents or great-grandparents might have had. She had more showcases and displays filled with holiday goodies.

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Even with 20% off, I couldn't justify buying  this beautiful Mandeville seed display box. OMG, it was gorgeous and priced accordingly.  After over 2 hours of poring over all the displays and hundreds of dealers...I felt like I had lost the few marbles I have left.

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But I even found those.....LOL. 
What a fun day---and I only bought one item ---
this trip and stuck to my moratoriums!!! 
If the Haeger vase is there next time---it's mine!

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Back into the heat at the exit of the
 Roscoe Woodstock Antique Mall in Woodstock, IL. Great selection, wonderful building, knowledgeable staff and dealers, and really a great fun center. For more info, here is their FB link


What have you stopped buying, something or category, because you have TOO MANY?

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Midwest Gardening 2021: Summer's Winding Down

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I took these photos last week. 

Hope everyone has survived the storms, heat, school starting and the end of summer. It almost seems like someone turns a light switch off, and then Fall begins here in the Midwest.

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Almost two weeks ago, Hubby committed Tomatocide and Zuchinnicide in the main garden. We have one Yellow Summer Squash plant left and one Zuchinni.  Here on the East Fence we have some huge Hubbard squash happily lurking under the large leaves.



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We love Hubbards because they are great keepers just in our vegetable cabinet in the kitchen.

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Here's the Chinese Lanterns before they turn orange.

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We have them growing everywhere, and they are just beginning to turn brilliant orange...I can't wait to decorate with them.

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Our Chinese Eggplants had shut down during the heat, but are now producing some lovely long eggplants.

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Our Dill is still going strong and waiting for the Monarchs, which have been very few this year. Perhaps the heat and smoke has altered their summer patterns?
Do you have Monarchs this year?

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Our Giant Sedum is busting out---still in whitish fronds that will turn pink, then rust with the cooler weather. This is a great plant for hotter and dryer conditions, which seems to be the trend here in Upper Illinois.

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The Hot Peppers are struggling, even with watering all the time...but they have peppers more than we will use in a year. First pot has Basil and a Red Pepper.

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Look at this...in the middle of my Candy Cane Zinnias...lovely bloom I'd call this ==Quarter to Two== or Last Call.  Not too long after this photo---this bloom disappeared, ripped off the stem apparently by a delivery person? 

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Here you can see the normal blooms on our front stairway. It's a shame, I was going to save the seeds on that one? We are in the process of installing security cameras. So, Beware, you will be on camera soon!

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This crazy (squirrel/bird planted) sunflower continues to bloom...and my 8-10" marigolds starting from seed in the greenhouse are monumental and almost 18" tall, thick and green, under this tree. This is another hearty variety that was happy where it had some shade relief from the sun. 

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The focal Dahlias I planted in these pots---are finally starting to bloom. This is the only Petunia still going out of a dozen or so, I used in my planters. They just didn't survive the heat.

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Nature is so beautiful in all stages of growth---here's a pretty lady in tatters.

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The mailbox planter gets continuous sun and wind. It's really had a hard time this year. The Petunias are done and even the marigolds are struggling. Purple sage is starting to bloom. 

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On the front mound, all the perennials have shut down, except this rose is giving it another shot. 

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Under the Spruce tree, the Caladiums and Hostas, try to win over the peppermint...lol. Guess who will win! The plant on the left is the remnants of the white Alyssum I grew in the greenhouse that was fabulous and huge all summer and now winding down.

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Every Hosta has huge blooms. A profusion of stalks with varying shades of lavender/pink.

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This Giant Sedum begins to blush! 

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The Elephant Ears have survived several storms. Tuesday we had a real tough one, I actually went into the basement. The aftermath is a lot of branches and greenery down, and a huge limb (12") landed in the pumpkin patch. No photo---yet.

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There are bits of lushness here and there.

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Even the Sweet Potato Vine was limp...it was still very hot when I took these photos last Friday.

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I will say, insulated pots---do help in the hot summer.

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The Rex Begonia finally recovered. I almost lost it in Spring to frost. 

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We are winding down too, but Hubby keeps busy and painted the trim on the greenhouse on the outside. He took out the sandbox, and now the hammock has a place on new paver base. Way better than moving it to cut the lawn.

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Hoping your end of the year Midwest gardening goes well. 
We had a Pig Roast over Labor Day...and it was gorgeous outside, but that's a separate post, see you then.

Hugs from the Midwest!

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Midwest Gardening: End of August---Intense Heat and Humidity.

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Last Sunday in August....Intense heat and humidity! 

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I haven't posted anything, because frankly---being outside simply is AWFUL. When you get older, your body can't seem to adjust to the very hot or very cold temps. Even watering the pots was an ordeal, early in the morning.

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Hubby completed Tomato-cide and Zuchinni-cide in the garden Friday, brought in all the produce and pulled the plants up. Despite all our watering the plants were simply dying.

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We've had tons of yellow summer squash and zucchini up until now.

The ripe and unripe veggies were simply falling off the vines. I've never had soft green tomatoes before.  Not rotten, just boiled inside the unripe skins. We experimented and put the green ones in the freezer to make green relish later. 

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Old photo of pickle relish...in the making.


Pickles are done...green beans are hard as rocks. My flowers are bursting, though---and we will have a few cool days this week, so I will take photos. 

Late Lettuce is small and already bolting. To say end of August is the pits...from Hell...is pretty much the description of gardening here in NW Chicagoland. Grass is scraggly and long---Pumpkin vines are everywhere with only tiny pumpkins on them. We do have two larger pumpkins...trying to survive.

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I have canned tons of tomatoes and sauces this month. and made 77 zucchini muffins. We eat summer squash or zucchini at every meal. Sigh!

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What we still have in the garden are turnips, winter squash, pumpkins, lettuce, peppers (very unhappy), carrots, beans maybe if the vines can hold on. We have the first rain in three weeks, today---I don't know if it will be enough.

About Flowers, with the trends of hotter summers, late springs, and longer fall season---I will no longer be planting petunias along with no geraniums. Even my trusty marigolds have been struggling. Dead heading seems to be a career with them. 

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Successful this year...Mandilla, New Guinea Impatiens, Coleus, Caladiums, Elephant ears, prairie grasses, Hollyhocks were gorgeous but short lived, as were the Day Lilies.  My Phlox have had continuous blooms, and are just now ending. Notice a trend---tropicals and native 'weed' type flowers.


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If the trend, Hotter for everything....continues, midwest gardeners will have to re-evaluate and adapt! 

How's your late summer garden doing?

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