“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It Goes On.”
Robert Frost

Sunday, September 18, 2016

My Neck of the Woods

Hello! Anyone still out there?
I know, I've been gone for a whole month without any notice... Sometimes things happen to distract us from the blog world and draw us into the real world, sometimes the real world is hard.

While I was away some good things happened and a few bad things too.  That's the way it is, the bitter and the sweet all mixed together.

Let me catch you up to date on what's been going on ....

Some friends, my husband and I, went to the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin and sailed on Lake Superior for several days, and I lived through it ... (a blog post to come).

 After 9 hours of sailing, I felt like the mushroom on the right...

I've spent lots of time on my Etsy shop, working on inventory and social media, like Instagram....

Daily Dime Bank, Buckaroo Cowboy

My sales have been good this summer, keeping me 
busy shipping and restocking my inventory...


Vintage Chef Cats Salt Pepper Shakers

Vintage Chef Cats Salt and Pepper Shakers

The garden still requires some work and of course I have to spend time with my two adorable cats. Family visits and little excursions about town seems to have taken up the rest of my time this summer.

Politics this year seems to be even more hateful than most years, but I did think it funny that I found these blue elephants.  I thought they would be a great gift for the conflicted voter, but alas, one has a broken and re-glued trunk, so they will be staying at my house for the time being!

mother goose rhymes
 Mother Goose Rhymes

This 1953 edition of Mother Goose has the most adorable illustrations by Eulalie M. Banks. It's one of those books that I almost don't want to sell because I just love the sweet images!  But it is for sale now in my shop.. Click on the first image of the items to see the full listing and information.

 The image above and below are more from the Mother Goose book...

Locally some major things have happened since I was last here.

As I wrote in a previous post, Prince Rogers Nelson passed away last April.  His home and studio, Paisley Park, is opening for tours this month and next month there will be a tribute concert in St. Paul.

On a very sad note, the 27 year mystery of what happened to the young boy Jacob Wetterling has finally been solved and his family is having a memorial service for him at the end of September. After all these years he will finally be put to rest. If you haven't heard of this, just google his name and you will find the stories, I haven't the heart to go into any more details here.

So that's about it folks. Summer is fast coming to a close and the days are already getting shorter. My garden is winding down for the summer and will soon be covered with falling leaves. I'm hoping I have more time to spend here on the blog as I do enjoy visiting with all of you. If you are on Instagram, follow if you wish, I do tend to get over there more often just because it's so quick and easy.

I must dash away now... see you soon!


  1. Yes, I am still here, dear friend, and, as always, look forward to and enjoy your posts! I love the music playing, and all the items in your photos are fantastic! As far as the boy goes, I think it is good that there can be closure...even if it is decades later. Here in Montreal, in the mid 70's, a girl of the age of 16 by the name of Sharon Prior disappeared and was later discovered far from her home. She had been raped and murdered. To this day the killer has not been found or brought to justice. Very sad. Sending you hugs and much love.

    1. Thanks for visiting Linda! I do enjoy your blog so much! I've gotten the blog list to work again in my sidebar, so it will be easier to find all of you again! The lost children are the most heartbreaking, for we know that they did not leave of their free will. Patty Wetterling, Jacob's mother, has been instrumental in getting legislation that has helped tremendously in the search for missing children here in the US.

  2. Hi Diane, yes I’m still here, but I’ve been away on holiday – hence it took a while to visit you. The little mushrooms made me laugh, and I’m already looking forward to your Apostle Islands post. I’ve got behind with my visits to Instagram, but I will be catching up soon and will be sure to say hello. Barbara x

    1. Hi Barbara, you're one of the few that are on Twitter and Instagram, so I have a better idea of what you're up to! I will skedaddle right over to your blog and check out your new post! xx

  3. Thanks for the newsy update! Have a delightful Fall!

    1. Hi Debra, thanks for stopping in! Will catch up with you soon!

  4. Dear Diane so glad to see your post. Missing you. Looks like you have been so busy this past month. Take it sailing is not your favorite past time. Ah the things we do for those we love:)! Your salt and pepper shakers are adorable. Do not know about the twenty seven year mystery. Going to do as you suggest and read it. Take care friend glad you are back. Hugs!

    1. Hi Debbie! Sailing can be fun, but sleeping on a sailboat for 3 nights, not so much! But yes, I did it for my one and only. Hugs in return! :)

  5. So nice to hear from you. I'm looking forward to reading about your trip to Apostle Islands. It sounds lovely...minus the sailing that would make me feel like that mushroom on the right, too! LOL... Wishing you a beautiful autumn season! How are your cats?

  6. I have missed you Diane! But, as you know, I have been bugging you on Etsy and pinterest! LOL! I have to bug you, don't know how to get a pinterest button on my blog. No hurries! I'm not on instagram, sorry! Can't wait to hear about the trip! LOL! Love all your new items and I am so happy your shop is doing well! Did you hear, on October 5th, Etsy is stopping treasuries. Basically said, it was a waist of time. Only sellers were using it, not buyers. I kind of agree!
    Big Hugs to you and the cats!!! Happy Autumn!!

  7. Oh I can't wait to read about your sailing vacation. Sounds like it wasn't on your wish list. :)
    Love all those adorable salt and pepper shakers.


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