Saturday, 18 April 2009

A Penny for $2.50

"Hi Mom!" No, my not-quite-two-year-old is not really driving a truck. Check out the pillows in the back window. It's a truck-themed hotel room. We decided to take advantage of KD's 4 day weekend over Easter, and stayed in a hotel for one night. We picked the room we thought JK would like the best...she loved the truck, the stoplights, and the tacky stop sign patterned carpet. So it was a good choice. We spent the following day doing various fun activities with KD's young brothers. JK did so well, especially since she went to bed late, and didn't have a nap. Last weekend, I also spent a good chunk of Saturday at the annual antique show. I went for the first time last year and loved it. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, and this is what I ended up getting: Three British pennies (1907, 1899, and 1897). I love Queen Victoria's portrait. An adorable little jug. I don't know how old it is, and it has no markings on the bottom. But it is in pristine condition, and I love the little dotted detail, and the quirky angular handle that seems at odds with the smoothly curving jug. Four cute skeleton keys. I have always wanted a skeleton key. My best childhood friend lived in an old house with old-fashioned locks, and I always wished I had the keys...Of course, I was also convinced that house had a secret passageway (and I haven't completely changed my mind about that...shh!). Old garden tools ($1 each!) with layers of chipped blue and green paint. They will eventually end up decorating the outside of the house. Either on the back deck (whenever we get it built) or the front porch. Of course, I need to find my scrap wood before I can work on that project. It has mysteriously disappeared. Maybe it's still in my brother-in-law's garage.
Today we had a rather busy day puttering around the house. KD built a step that was needed in the back yard, put up shelves in the garage and organised the stuff in there. Meanwhile, I changed all the locks (front door, back door, and garage). It was about time, since it is now warm enough to have the door open long enough to get the job done without freezing the house. I also put up hooks in the back entryway, and it is so nice to have a place for KD to put his pocket-stuff when he comes in the door rather than having it on the kitchen counter. And a place for our coats is nice...we're not good at using hangers regularly for our coats. It feels great to have some things crossed off the endless and ever-growing to-do list. Ok, I can't see the keyboard anymore, so I'll either have to turn on the light or get off the computer.


  1. My children would love sleeping in a big truck bed like that--so neat! :)

    You'll be able to do some neat stuff with those skeleton keys!

    ~ Sarah

  2. Thank you for stopping by!

    Ooo, I love skeleton keys! I've always wanted to live in a house with transoms over the doors and skeleton keys for the locks. How cool would that be?!

  3. You found some neat things! I love those old keys and that pitcher is beautiful!

    What a neat hotel! I've never heard of anything like that. Fun!


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