Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!
My kids have been:
A cowboy
A frog
An elephant
A clown
Two cheerleaders
Anakin Skywalker
Daniel Boone
Men in Black
Hula girl
Jengo Fett
and this year?
Mario and his Gangster Friend

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Who I Am

I come from a long line of volunteers.

My mom was the room mother my entire academic career.
(To this day she can't believe college freshmen don't need room mothers!)

She was the PTA president for years.
(Her photo is in my high school yearbook more than mine!)

My father coached little league baseball and football for over 20 years.

My mother never met a committee she didn't chair.

So, it's not in my blood to be anything different.

I volunteer.

I've been my youngest son's room mother his entire academic career.

I've never been involved in an organization I haven't ended up a board member of.

It's just who I am.

It's a family philosophy I believe in:
"You take your turn, you give back to the community."

But lately, I feel a shift in my thinking.

Things have happened where instead of feeling good about volunteering I'm starting to feel resentful.

Taken advantage of.

Maybe it's because my life is fuller now and I don't have as much free time as I used to.
Maybe now I'm just more protective of my spare time.

All I know is that I don't like feeling this way and I don't know what to do.

What I do know is that quitting is not in my blood.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Drive Time

My drive to
Chartreuse and Co., takes an hour and 15 minutes and I usually go about once a week.

I look forward to the drive.

Because I am Alone.

Which is not a state I'm in very often.

But I love it when I am.

It's comfortable.

And usually quiet, unless I'm belting out my favorite song.

No other voices, or thoughts to contemplate but my own.

Some days the drive feels too short.

I long for more time on the road because once I stop the car everything starts again!

Today was no exception.

Just a few more miles would have been perfect.......

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Little Work and Then Some Fun

Today, I'm heading up to Charteuse and Co.
to meet Molly to get our space ready for this weekend's sale.

And while Molly's holding down the fort this month, I'm leaving in the morning for this beach in Maine.

I'm going to my friend's family cottage on the ocean for our annual girls weekend.

Just what I need!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


My heart has been broken.


It happened just as I predicted here.

My latest love is leaving me.

I'm happy for it.

Really I am.

Who wouldn't want to live in an old, beautiful, renovated farmhouse?

Why couldn't it be with me, and my farm house?

I have to stop falling in love........

with the pieces I buy to sell at the barn!

It's just hard to part with some things.

Like the apothecary chest.

It was the first thing that sold at last weekend's barn sale.

And it's going to a good home.

With someone who loved it at first sight.

Like I did.....

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


We had alot of great pieces made out of architectural salvage materials, like this birdhouse.

Charming vignettes.

And best of all lots of customers, including my old friend Michelle (on the right) that I had not seen in 15 years! (Her visit made my day!

More to come!

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Barn Show - Day 1

Here's a synopsis of today's barn show:


More tomorrow (day two). I am not kidding when I tell you we ran out of parking spots! I was directing traffic out on the road, which brought back memories of my time spent working here when I was in college.

It was amazing!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


The Barn Show opens tomorrow morning for our fifth annual fall sale!

The barn is loaded with antiques, architectural salvage pieces, awesome chalkboards, accessories, jewelry and vintage finds. Everything is in its place and we are ready to slide open the barn doors and show everyone what we've been up to!

A few sneak peeks:

Doesn't the apothecary chest I told you about a couple of posts ago look absolutely fabulous in the barn?! I have a feeling my heart is going to be broken over this one!

I hope to see you at the barn!
(Located in Gambrills, Maryland)