Out & About


Yesterday I got out and ran errands, and decided to go to the antique mall to get some exercise and look at pretties. 

I got a few things and will show you when I get photos taken.

When I was inside the antique mall, I heard someone say it was raining. Naturally I had my windows in my car down somewhat and had to go out into the downpour to put them up. 

Oh well, cooled things off a bit. But once that was over, we ended up with humid, fog-up-the-glass weather. 

Then I got groceries and went home. Guess I'll make taco soup and freeze individual portions because that will feed me for awhile.


I sure dodged a bullet getting that red cupboard down before it fell. 

If that thing had fallen in the middle of the night I probably would have had a heart attack or something. 

I use it for food storage. And then other things like canned food and heavier items I put in the little cupboard in the dining area. 

Both of which I found cheap at the antique mall at different times. That place is the best! The River City Trading Post in Jenks in case you're local.

You have to get creative when you don't have a pantry and don't use your kitchen cabinets.


I guess you must think I'm pretty silly for being so afraid of mice that I refuse to use my kitchen cabinets and drawers. 

Well, I can tell you, if I had stuff in those cabinets and drawers and another mouse decided to invade my apartment, I would have a fit.

Easier to just not use them. Mice will get into built-ins, whereas they don't seem to infiltrate stand alone furniture.
 

I have noticed that some bloggers are talking fall already. Somehow I'm just not in the mood. 

Maybe I won't even get in the mood this year. Who knows?

Usually I love to decorate for fall. But the older I get, the more tired the very thought of dragging things out makes me. 

How about you? Decorating for fall yet? If not, are you planning to?

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  1. Sorry you got caught in the rain! Wish I could go to that antique mart, sounds wonderful. Yes I'm getting like you, cutting way back on my seasonal decorating. No longer feel there has to be something in every room, keeping it confined to the den mantel. The foyer table one white owl added to what's always there. And I will be adding fall faux flowers to the pitcher in the dining room. That's more than enough. I keep telling myself, "Mom never decorated for seasons except Christmas. Why should I need to?" Now that's telling you I'm getting older!
    Mary

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    1. Ah well, a little rain never hurt anyone.

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  2. Good morning Brenda. I love your Ms. Sunshine. She is bright and cheerful. I was thinking about your red cupboard. If you decide to hang it again, make sure to use wall anchors and screws. It should stay up for ever then. Mice, while kind of cute, freak me out too.

    I rarely decorate inside for different seasons. I like my junk and don't feel the need to switch it up. I do switch the porch for the seasons though. It seems more natural to me. It must be because it is outside in nature?

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    1. A nice blogger sent me that sun when my other one fell and broke.

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  3. Good morning Brenda! I have read your blog for years & this is my first comment! I adore Cozy Little House & you! I love your life with your little dogs. Your quilts are beautiful & your photos are gorgeous. And I love going to Antique Malls on rainy days! Anxious to see your latest treasures\finds & wishing you a wonderful happy day!

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    1. I actually thought it was more fun once it started raining. Made it cozy inside.

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  4. Before we got window screens, we had a mouse in the house (screens are unusual in France, and even ours aren't fixed but roll up like shades). It was able to just walk in. But it never got INTO the cupboards, which are standard Ikea-ilk. If your built-ins were built right onto the wall, instead of as boxes attached to the wall, then I can see how mice would make merry. Plastic bins with tight-fitting lids are a big help.

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    1. I've never seen screens that rolled up I don't think. I do use plastic bins.

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  5. Hello Brenda:
    I do some decorating for fall, but not like I used to. I use some fall artificial flowers in a couple old crocks and vases. I have a few of the pretty fake pumpkins that are all over now. Just a few things to change up the decorating a little bit. Nothing that takes me hours to do like I used to. I agree with you, the older I get the less I decorate. I have our home just the way I like it, so know need to do a lot of changing. Our weather here is Wisconsin has cooled off quite abit this week. Lower to mid 70's and a beautiful breeze to go with it. I am sure we'll have some more hot weather, so I am enjoying every day that we have like this.

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  6. Like you, I am not as eager and quick to change my decor anymore. I have a large space in an antique mall and after getting them dolled up , I lose my zeal. I have a large collection of antique Halloween items and haven't even put them out in years. I have to tell you that you are a bad influence on me. After seeing your quilt purchases, I went to ebay. I bought a sweet pink quilt and my finger is poised over a lavender beauty. I literally have stacks of quilts since, like you, I also made some. "Blame it on Brenda", is my excuse.😉

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  7. I do love to decorate but I've decided to make it simpler this year, just a few subtle things instead of all out crazy. I've been slowly decluttering my house and I feel more at peace with it that way.

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    1. I gave much of my fall decor to my daughter last year. She has a huge house and room to spread it out.

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  8. I am like you this year-I am dreading taking out my fall stuff. Have lots of it in the attic but the last few years has seen me storing a small amount of Fall decor in my closets and garage so it is handy and I don't have to climb the attic stairs. What to do, what to do this year?

    I am glad you noticed the problem with the red cupboard before it fell!

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    1. For years I decorated my place with lots of fall stuff, but this year I'm just not feeling it. That might change of course.

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  9. Haven't even THOUGHT about fall! We still have a month of summer left. I'm enjoying every moment. I hate rushing the seasons.

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    1. Where you live, you get to see ALL of the seasons!

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  10. I very much enjoy your thrifty decorating. I'm going to be in Tulsa to visit my sister over Labor Day holiday and was wondering if you would give me the names of some of your favorite shops.

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    1. That is the only place I shop. It is in Jenks.

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  11. autumn has always been my favorite time of year. the years in New England especially. perhaps it's because the summer here drags on and on with heat way up into the first of December that I don't get into autumn anymore. when I think of fall I don't want to feel hot and sticky. I want apple~crisp cool air and misty days and cozy sweater weather. and gloriously colored leaves! maybe this year we'll actually have an autumn season again since we've had this unusual rain in august!

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    1. I've always yearned to see New England in the fall.

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  12. Since my son and his girlfriend decided his Dad and I were not worth bothering with I don't even decorate at Christmas. If my sister and husband visit from England then I would make the effort.
    To be honest I am so happy when holidays are over.

    Day to day I am okay and happy but holidays remind me of much happier times.

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    1. Sending you ((hugs)) Wendy! My daughter puts me through the same dance but now I put a little of my fall decorations out and it does give me a boost. It might also be the Crisp scent of Apple candles too. Hang in there and do something nice for yourself😊

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    2. I typically decorate a bit for Christmas, and no one usually sees it but me. Oh, and you all!

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  13. I enjoyed this post of your day, Brenda. I'm glad you have a good antiques mall to go to. I used to go to a particular one but then moved 30 miles from it. So I only visit it when I have some other reason to be in that town. I got to visit it last week and I was so disappointed. It seemed like some booths have been replaced by ones that have a lot of junk in them. I've never done a lot on decorating for any season. In September I will swap out the wreath on the front door for something more fallish (right now there are sunflowers on the door) and I have a shelf over the TV in the living room that will get some squirrel figurines and a few other fall-related items. Then in the kitchen I will get out the dish towels that have fall colors. That's about it. In October I will put a couple of pumpkins for the front porch. I'm growing some pumpkins but they are still pretty small!

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    1. I don't put a wreath on the door because, living in an apartment, kind of afraid someone would steal it. Probably wouldn't, but I haven't bought one.

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  14. I recently found a couple of unusual throw pillows with bees on them and it has inspired my fall look which simply means changing out the couch pillows and throw, new placemats, and kitchen towels lol! Amazing how the little things can completely change your look. I just want to pack away my teal colors and use reds, greens, golds and browns for winter.

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    1. You and I living in apartments, we don't have much storage for all the holidays.

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  15. We've had wild thunderstorms, too. Hoping for a break in heat and humidity. I adore autumn food and decorating, but I don't want to think about it just yet. It'll happen when it hapoens, I guess. For all of its heat, late summer has its own magic. At this stage in life, I don't want to miss a thing.

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  16. ENJOY HEARING ABOUT YOUR ADVENTURES.I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PICTURES OF YOUR NEW TREASURES.SNUGGLES TO THE BABIES

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    1. Will show on Friday. Not much of a haul.

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  17. Looking forward to your treasures! I love going to antique malls. I am already tired of hearing about Fall! ITs August and I am trying to enjoy summer. That said I love Fall but it is hard to get in the mood when it is 97!

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    1. I hate seeing all the holiday stuff already in stores too.

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  18. Although fall is my favorite season, it's way too early to decorate! It's summer here for at least another month.
    I only have a handful of decorations for each season that I put out these days. I like life simpler as I get older.
    I so enjoy how you decorate with quilts! They are such beautiful colors and add so much coziness to your home!

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  19. Fall is my very favorite time of the year and I would love to fast forward thru the remainder of summer. Summer is hot, humid and pretty miserable where I live. I decorate more for fall than for Halloween. Just today, I changed out my summer quilts for fall quilts. I use (and make) a lot of quilts and it makes me smile when I see those fall quilts on the walls. Now we just need cooler temperatures and lower humidity.

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    1. Since I don't have kids at home, I don't decorate for Halloween.

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  20. I've downsized most of my seasonal decor. I have a few things I like to put out for Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving but the energy it takes is almost too much for me also. Christmas is the only season I still enjoy decorating almost every room for. I went to an Antique Mall today and had a good time with a friend. Found a few little things also. I hate mice, enough said!

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    1. I kind of feel the same way about all that you wrote.

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  21. It's too early to decorate for fall yet!! Even though our nights are dropping into the 40s this week and that will surely speed up the foliage, but it's still not time yet!

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  22. I was just saying today that I'm not ready for fall yet, I feel like summer just arrived!

    Tania

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  23. Yikes! I hate meeces to pieces!! I am that gal whom stands on a chair if I see one. Love the gorgeous sun ornament in your little garden. How colourful and bright it is. Down here in Australia we don't really decorate for the different seasons like you Americans do. It's only Easter and Christmas that us Australians seem to make the effort. I have enjoyed reading this post, chatting about your cozy little home. Sweet photo of your little dog. So glad the red cupboard didn't fall on you.

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  24. Fall, to me.. is just another season that passes by me so fast that I don't have a chance to do any decorating for it. I'm still stuck on summer until Thanksgiving usually. I don't decorate for Halloween either.. I think it's more of a kid's holiday. As I've gotten older too, it just seems like too much trouble to take everything out of the tubs and put them out.. then put them back in the tubs and lug them to the garage and stack them on the high shelves! Why do it when just my hubby and me? We may get one person come over the holidays or one couple and that's about it. If I know someone is coming for the holidays, I may put forth a little more effort, like go to the Dollar Tree and get a few things for the dining table! It's heck to get older, but oh well... we shouldn't do any more than we want to do. I used to live where mice got into our cupboards and got into everything.. so we had to put EVERYTHING in tupperware tubs and then set out traps for them. Was not fun but got rid of them as they couldn't get into any more of our food boxes. Everythihng was in plastic tubs, though we also did see some chew marks on them, of those critters trying to break in! ugh.

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  25. I got tired of seasonal decorating years ago. Bringing all that stuff out, then storing it again til next year -- on and on it goes. So I decorate in whatever way feels homey and comfortable and got rid of the extras. And I still have way too much stuff. Now that I have a baby granddaughter visiting Grumpy and Grammie four days a week and she's beginning to crawl, I have another excuse to get rid of some dust collectors that she already has her eye on. That's called motivation!

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