Saturday, August 31, 2013

Looking for our online store?

If you reached this blog through a Google search or through Pinterest, expecting to find an online shop, you didn't make a mistake. Things have just changed.

This blog was originally begun to publicize our antiques and primitives shop, Antique or Not, in Indian Trail, North Carolina. We closed the shop in April 2009 so that we could retire and move to Idaho.

Although all of the furniture and many of the small items from our antiques shop in North Carolina were sold when the shop closed, a lot was left over. So we packed it up and moved it with us to Idaho, and maintained a website at where some of our remaining inventory was offered for sale.

After moving to Idaho, an opportunity came along for me to start editing books, and a new business was born. Since editing is now taking up all my time, I don't the time or energy to sell merchandise. But hopefully someday...

NOTE: I don't offer an appraisal service, and can't estimate the value of items you may own. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Trust Your Instincts

Since we moved to Idaho last year, my husband's been spending a lot of time working on timber management of our acreage. We don't have a lot of forest on our land, about six acres or so, but it was in pretty rough shape. Dead and fallen trees needed to be removed, and areas that were overgrown needed to be thinned to help stronger trees get more sunlight. Forest fires are dangerous, and good timber management helps keep them from spreading. It's hard work, but my husband really enjoys it.

Normally I normally keep an ear out for him...if I don't hear the tractor or the chainsaw in a little while, I go out to check to make sure he's okay. He thinks I'm paranoid, always expecting the worst, but my biggest fear was that he'd get injured and I wouldn't know it.

Well, my biggest fear came to pass.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Buggy Barn Quilt Show

Living in the Pacific Northwest offers so many opportunities to enjoy gorgeous quilts. Every summer is filled with a plethora of quilt shows, craft fairs, and folk art fairs, all within driving distance. Yay!

This weekend Hubby and I drove out to Reardan, Washington, for the annual quilt and folk art show at the Buggy Barn Quilt Shop. Located about 20 miles west of Spokane in the midst of wheat fields, the locale is absolutely perfect to show off the time-honored tradition of handwork.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Shredded Barbecued Chicken

Sometimes we get a hankering for homemade barbecue, so I pull out my old reliable recipe for Shredded Barbecued Chicken. I honestly can't remember where I got this recipe, probably from I've changed it a little to suit my family's tastes, so it's not exactly the same. I tend to put the chicken breasts in the crock pot whole, because they're going to fall apart anyway. It's an easy recipe—give it a try!

To make it fun, we like ours on hamburger buns, Sloppy Joe style, with a slice of American cheese, and served with cole slaw and french fries.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

What I've Been Up To

When I started a separate blog for quilting earlier in the year, I reserved the right to come back and share with you my completed projects. The work-in-progress details were all agonized over on my other blog, so you can relax now.

Remember the quilt kit for the cupcakes runner that my son and his girlfriend gave me for Christmas? It was the very first project that I started but unfortunately was not the first one to be finished. I finally completed it a week or so ago, and learned a lot along the way:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Springtime Can Be Cruel

Yesterday I sat in my kitchen, watching as wind-lashed raindrops 
pattered against my newly washed windows, 
and thought about springtime.

Even with a foot of snow still on the ground, 
I felt that spring was just around the corner, buds waiting to open. 
Two days of rain and warmer temperatures lifted my hopes 
that soon life would begin anew, 
and we'd see colors in nature again other than 
blue and white and deepest green...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Living With Snow

You remember the joke that traveled via email several years ago...Diary of A Snow Shoveler. It was about a fellow who moved up north and was all excited about the lovely it was. Within a few weeks he went stark raving mad and was ready to murder the snowplow driver who kept plowing snow into his freshly shoveled driveway. If you don't remember it, click here to read the whole thing, but be prepared for some salty language.

Everyone thought we would be the same way...moving from central North Carolina where the average annual snowfall is 6" to northern Idaho where the average is measured in feet: usually over six or seven feet per year. So far this winter we've had about seven feet, but rather than getting it in drips and drabs we've had three major snow events and not a lot else in between.

Do we hate snow yet? Actually, least I don't. I have the luxury of sitting inside where it's nice and warm, cradling a hot cup of coffee, while Hubby is outside either shoveling or snowplowing. It's starting to wear a little on him, but he's not complaining. If he still had to go to work every day, though, that would be different. But for now he still thinks it's fun to fire up the quad with the snow blade attached and buzz around for a couple of hours.