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Wishing a very haunted Halloween to you all…

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I worked my patootie off this weekend.  Seriously, I haven’t done this much domestic work in one weekend for a really long time.  As much as I like doing craft shows (and spending lots of time getting ready for them) I was craving some time with my dust cloth and vacuum cleaner.  I even cleaned the oven!  Okay, so it’s a self-cleaner, but still, I had to be on guard in case the whole thing caught fire.  Yes, it was that bad.

The house is once again in order under control.  I feel free!  One thing I concentrated on was picking up and cleaning up my special writing room.  I call it the East Wing.  With NaNoWriMo coming soon (starts Friday!) I wanted a comfortable place to sit and write.  And write and write.  Away from any distractions.

My lovely East Wing.

There’s one more craft show in store for me in Taylors Falls, MN.  It’s not until the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, so I have a little bit of time for crafty and writey projects.  This weekend got me motivated and off to a good start.

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A Toast

Last night Husby and I toasted our good fortune.  Every once in a while you have to sit back and realize what’s really good in your life.  It’s easy to focus on the negative, even if you mean to improve it.  But to sit down and say I’m grateful for the things we have, the good relationship we have, and the future looks bright makes a huge difference.

A couple of glasses of wine, gratitude for the present and hope for the future.  It was an excellent evening and an great way to start the weekend.

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Husby and I had a wedding anniversary recently.  We didn’t feel like doing the typical dress-up-for-a-fancy-dinner thing so we put on our jeans and set out on a Friday afternoon to Architectural Antiques in Minneapolis.

I wish I had the knowledge and focus to make my house into something like those grand mansions on Summit Avenue in St. Paul because I would dress it up with all the things at this store.

My mother-in-law used to ask me, “so you like old things?”  She thought old things were dirty and poor.  Having new and shiny things was best for her.  Me, I’ll take the old stuff, the ghosts from houses long gone.

Architectural Antiques is a salvage store, and they take things not only from doomed houses, but also doomed churches.  Such magnificent treasures taken from age-old places of worship.

Even the salvaged hardware fascinated me.

There was also a huge bar for sale.  I don’t know where it came from, but I image it holds close to it the shadows of new loves, heartbreak, joys and despair.

My mother-in-law didn’t understand my love for antiquities, the things that go on living long after their owners and the romantic pasts they hold for us.

After soaking up the atmosphere of this glorious store Husby and I kept with the historic theme of the afternoon and had a nice lunch at Mayslack’s Bar, which has been around for almost sixty years.

Yeah, we like old stuff.

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Last night I had plans to write a post about some of my recent adventures, but I couldn’t because first of all I had to play tennis with Charlotte.  After that I had to watch The Blacklist (I love On Demand).  Yes, I had to watch it.  Charlotte and I are fighting over who James Spader (or perhaps his character, Raymond Reddington?) loves more, me or her.  I say it’s me, of course.  We used to fight over him when he was on Alan Shore on Boston Legal too.

Raymond Reddington, Alan Shore, it really doesn’t matter. Spader’s got something I want.

After seeing the show I decided to get to work because I’ve got this show coming up and I’ve been dragging my feet getting the loose ends tied up.  The show ~ Ruttger’s Oktoberfest.  I had to review the sheet magnet situation to make sure I had enough to go around.

One of seven in the Walken Series. Sheet magnets are pretty popular at the Auntie B’s Wax booth.

I’ve done this show once before and decided to give it a try again.  The thing is, October is three-quarters over and an outside show this time of year can be chilly, to say the least.  Not only do I have to pack up my wares for the show, I have to dig out my sweaters and thermal skivvies for the trip.  The weather guy says it’s going to be a dry Saturday in Deerwood, MN, but the high will be a brisk forty-two degrees.  Keep in mind Husby and I will be setting up around 6:00 a.m. and it will be a lot colder then.  I think mittens will be on my list of things to bring too.

So the posts on my adventures will have to wait a little longer.  Maybe in the meantime I’ll have some new adventures to write about too!

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