Thursday, May 27, 2010


My father was a veteran of the Korean War and in the last years of his life he was very involved with his local American Legion Post.

My sons and I would drive up to New Jersey this weekend every year to watch him march with his unit's Color Guard in Memorial Day parades.

It always meant a lot to him that we were there and it's a strong memory my boys still have of their grandfather. 

After he passed away I found a yellowed newspaper clipping with his handwritten notes on it in his personal papers.  
 He was proud to be a veteran. 
I'm proud to share the contents of that clipping that must have meant so much to him:   

It is the 
Not the preacher, 
Who has given us freedom of religion.  

It is 
Not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is 
Not the poet, 
Who has given us freedom of speech.  

It is 
Not the campus organizer,
Who has given us freedom to demonstrate.

It is
Not the lawyer,
That has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is 
Not the politician,
That has given us the right to vote.  

It is
Who Salutes the Flag

It is 
Who Serves Under the Flag

And at life's end, whose coffin is draped by the flag.  

God Bless America!

(Adapted from a poem by Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC)
(Photo of my boys and father from 2002)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Post Lucketts Analysis!

Yes, the Luckett's Spring Show was absolutely fabulous and I do believe Chartreuse and Company totally rocked it, but for me, it was much more than whether I sold everything I brought.  
(Pretty dang close, and then some, though, in case you were wondering!)
  It was actually much bigger than that.   

To most of you reading this post, it will mean nothing, but to my peeps at Chartreuse, I hope it will mean something:  

In many ways this has been the happiest year of my life because it has also been the most personally fulfilling.  
I spent last Thursday through Sunday with the most amazing group of women (and a few dudes) I've ever met.    

 In addition to being blessed with a supportive  husband (mostly!) and great kids (mostly!),  I'm out there literally living my dream (which keeps getting bigger and bigger every day) and each and every one of the group from Chartreuse has touched my life the past year.   

They're all of the following and so much more:  


(Meet them once and you'll know what I mean!)


(8 months pregnant and still on her feet 12 hours later inspirational!)


(They can turn trash to treasure in a blink of an eye!)  


(No jealousy here!) 


(Of the pee your pants, laugh out loud, hysterical kind of funny!)


(They've taught me to value what I do)


(There are definitely easier ways to make a living!)


(Emotionally and physically!)


(You can't dumpster dive without it!)


(They actually help you succeed!)


Truth be told, the most annoying, obnoxious group of people I've ever met!  
(Lest they start to think they're "all that"!)  

And even though they sell the most  "embarrassingly stupid"  stuff I've ever seen, it
brings me great joy to be associated with each and every one of them.   

So, thank you to the Chartreuse girls (and dudes) for one amazing weekend!   

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Friday, May 14, 2010

A Long Way to Go!

We're taking the Chartreuse show on the road!   

Not only will be open for our usual monthly sale next weekend,

May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd 

but we'll also be at the Lucketts Spring Show in Virginia

on the 22nd and 23rd!

So we're all busy hunting and gathering and stocking up for both shows!   

(I'm a PLANNER though, 
so I'm way ahead of the game!)    

It's going to be fabulous!  

I hope you can join us!  

East Bound And Down From The Motion Picture

East Bound And Down From The Motion Picture 'Smokey And The Bandit' by Jerry Reed

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Thank You Not Included in Purchase Price

Me:  "Thank you."

Cashier:  "You're welcome."

Wait, what?  

Shouldn't that be the other way around? 

When did it become the norm for customers to thank a business for letting us shop there?

It's like they're doing us a favor by taking our money!  

I went to three stores today and three times the exact same exchange took place!   

It's one of my biggest pet peeves!   

So occasionally, when I'm feeling cranky, I throw out the 

"You're welcome!" to unsuspecting cashiers.

For the most part they're just silent, but occasionally it elicits the appropriate response!   

Thank you!   

And thank you for stopping by today!  

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Knowing JOY!

It's been a week like no other!   





And someday,  I hope to tell you all about it!   

But for now, it's my little secret.   

And that's okay because I need time to savor the last few days!

To process the excitement, joy and happiness I'm feeling.

Let's just say,


Photo found here

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Three of my best friends have been out of the country this week.

They went off to Quebec with their 8th grade sons for six days.  

And left me here.  


Without my peeps.  

We usually get together every weekend with our families.

To share a meal, catch up on each other's lives, and drink some wine.  
(The cheap pink kind for me, thank you very much!)

So, I'm missing them.

And looking forward to their return.

So I can hear all about their trip.  

And reconnect.  

I need them because it's been an emotional week.

I have the barn girl blues.  

(Happens after every show!)

My oldest son turned 14!  

(How did that happen so soon?   He'll be off to college in FOUR years!)

People have let me down.  

(Oh, why do we let it get to us?)  

So, I need my peeps.

To raise me up.  

And tell me it's okay.