Thursday, March 12, 2009

~ Thankful Thursday

Cara, the fabric in the Dining Room is by Robert Allen. I don't have the name handy anymore. But I'll try to find it. You can see all of his fabrics in swatches at There are a lot to look at! So I didn't find it when I took a quick look.
It is a beautiful fabric, and I still really love it.

Kathy, yes the porch floor is still painted the same. It might have some changes in the near future. But it will be pretty much the same. There are just a few changes I want to make. It will pretty much stay the same though. Right now the furniture is still piled on top of each other, and it needs some attention. It' on my list.

It's tough not to be thankful when you walk outside and it is this perfect. Clear skies, warm, and just plain fabulous. That's OK, you can rub it in when we are running into the air conditioned spaces as it heats up very shortly.

I finally purchased a car yesterday. A quite sensible one again, another Camry. Although I've looked half-heartedly for a couple of years, I had no choice this time. My sister is flying down to pick up my old Camry for her granddaughter. This makes me happy because I could give them a great deal, and someone will appreciate that it only has 45k miles on. A little ol' lady must have driven it. I think the mindset of the country had me a bit frozen about spending money.

Funny that the prices have actually gone up since I started looking semi-earnestly in Sept. Not the same incentives to the dealers from the company as before. I did however get it for that same lower price, but at a different dealer, using my 6 month old quote from dealer #1. Dealer number 2 met the quote even though the first one said they no longer could. So of course I'm thankful that it didn't cost me more.

So a little tip for car buying is to save all your notes and quotes when you are looking. One offer might turn out to the best one, even if you don't use it right away. The rebates change almost every month, so sometimes they won't honor what they quoted a month earlier.

Also take your camera! I took pictures of the car I wanted, the wheels, interior, etc. And this gave me the proof of what I wanted. It wasn't a big deal, because I never buy a bunch of stuff loaded on a car anyway. We are simple people with not much need to try to impress.

I knew someone must have found a table and chairs like Sweet Daughter's at a yard sale or flea market for a lot less. For some reason those kinds of bargains are much harder to find here. And I'm very happy for you. I can truthfully say that even though I paid a little over $100 more than Debra, I am still so thankful that I found it at that price. It's probably more likely that you really good bargain hunters are willing to go to yard sales, and I don't. So you deserve the better deals.

I love taking pictures at these big markets, because it is impossible to remember everything you see. And I totally forgot about this area and had intended to come back that way and look more closely. Looks like a few good things just waiting.

Sweet Hubby found this frame. Actually the painting is a very good quality original. I'm sure it is not a listed artist, but I'll find something to do with it.
The frame is going to be painted white. I think it will be so pretty in a soft white.

We also finally made it over to the Barn & Stable in Lake Alfred. My good friend Kim
of Daisy Cottage, talked about this wonderful antiques store years and years ago, but we just never got around to going. We were so surprised! For this area, the prices were exceptional. Sweet Hubby had his truck and was so ready to load it up, but I didn't find anything completely perfect that we really needed. We will be going back though!

If you travel to the middle of FL and stop by the Barn, you might want to drive a couple of miles into the town and have lunch at the Lake Alfred Cafe. Excellent food.
We highly recommend dessert as well. Like the triple chocolate cake and carrot cake. But like grandma should have made! I know the Barn has a tea room where a lot of people eat, but if you are in the mood, drive a little bit down the road.

Thank you for stopping by & for your kind comments.
See ya' soon!


  1. Congratulations on the car and how nice that a family member is going to receive a wonderful car. All the treasures you found at the antique shops are just gorgeous. Love the frame. Hugs, Marty

  2. I really hate car shopping! I'm so glad I haven't had to for a few years. I'm surprised that prices have gone up? With all the problems the car industry is having you would think there would be lots of incentives out there.

    I've always loved those chairs!


  3. Fun shopping, Donna! I would love to browse that place. And it was almost a year ago that Kim and I went to the Barn and had such a great day. Wish you could have made it too! Don't know when I'll ever been down that way again. It is a fun place to go too.

  4. I love those chairs Donna. Did you cover them or have it done?

    45,000???!!!! You should have kept that baby! I am driving my 3rd camry. Love them! Not old lady looking but still so dependable and economical. My last two, the same person has bought from me - with over 100,000 miles (we travel alot LOL)and rarely has anything been done to any of mine. They keep on ticking. The man who bought mine drove the first one for a while, passed it down to his granddaughter and I was amazed at how long she drove it.

    Beautiful porch!


  5. Flea markets and antique barns are fun shopping! You never know what you'll find.

    Congratulations on the new car!
    All your decoraring and projects are beautiful.

  6. Hi Donna,
    your porch is absolutely gorgeous! LOVE that frame and I can just imagine it in a soft white!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Dear Donna,
    Thank you for stopping by and for your kind note. Your floor looks incredible!! I painted a floor recently. It was a big job!!
    Also, grateful you have your new car and can pass on your old one!!

    Happy Early Spring!


  8. I've always loved your porch, Donna. I enjoyed seeing it here again.

    My camry is 5 with 48,000 miles. I love it!! It definitely is driven by a little old lady and a little old man, too!


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