Monday, July 28, 2014


Well, I'm almost there..but..not quite.  However, the seller is another story!

I have had this pretty set of dishes in mind for a very long time.  I love roses and I also love a deal.
This was a set that I really could not justify getting.
Some people have things, other people have children.  I had children.  Seven to be exact!

Then a few days ago I came upon it on ebay and it seemed to obviously be someones collection.
It was a "best offer" sort of thing, which I hate because if you don't know the value of makes it difficult.
So I began looking at other dishes in this pattern.  Some were very expensive and others were..not too bad.
In other searching and comparing didn't help me one bit.
I decided to throw my hat into the ring.
I put in my (I suppose) rather low bid and held my breath
The next day came and went..and still no response at all.
I began to think ..."Either they are not at home OR they are insulted and refuse to answer!"
Another day went by.
I kept peeking but no response.
Then I noticed there were LOTS of "watcher's"
Why so many and what were they watching?  Maybe to see if I got told off by the seller.

There are 134 pieces of china in the set.
Two tea pots.
One coffee pot
Three covered sugar bowls
Three creamers
:)  "Oh, do go on!"  you say??  Okay. :)
11 dinner plates, 11 luncheon plates, 12 salad plates, 18  bread and butter plates, 12 cereal bowls 8n soup bowls, 8 berry bowls, 8 regular tea cups and 8 saucers, 8 extra saucers, 4 large coffee cups and 4 saucers,  and six extra saucers, 2 serving platters, 1 oval serving bowl, 1 round serving bowl, 1 covered serving bowl, one gravy boat with 1 underplate and 3 votive candle.  One mug.  ??
Another day passed.
Panic swept me and suddenly I found myself just hitting the button that said "BUY IT NOW!"  and it was over!
I owned them.
I was so darned excited!

Very shortly thereafter a note arrived from the seller.
It went something like this:

Dear Seller,
Thank you for your purchase and prompt payment.  They are a lovely set and I know you will enjoy them.  I am traveling over the weekend but will get them packed and shipped to you by next Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest  and will send you the packing number.  Thank you again, and I can't WAIT for you to see them!
I was so pleased that I wrote a short note back thanking her for her note.  Said I was sure I would enjoy them.
Not a chip!  Not a crack!  Not a scratch!
She wrote in her ad on ebay "This set is extensive!"
and it is.
One hundred and 38 pieces.
I was really excited, and then another letter arrived.  This one was longer.

Dear Wsprsweetly*of*roses,  (this is my ebay name)
Thank you for the note.  I'll make sure they're well packed so they make the trip safe an sound.  We're moving and have company over the weekend but I'll get them out early next week.  They are one of the prettiest patterns Johnson Bros. made, in my opinion.  If you like to use complementary pieces , they mix beautifully with the Chippendale in red.  It's a big set and if I were you I would put some aside for "company" and get a small set you can use whenever you want and not feel guilty.  If you're a tea drinker, it's soooooo relaxing  to make a pot of tea, sip it from one of these graceful cups and nibble on a snack from one of the plates!
I love this set and hate to see it go but I'm so happy you like them!  They look like a Victorian Garden when the table is set with these and a few bouquets of fresh flowrs.  Just lovely!!
Use the dishes  Theyre too beautiful to save for only special occasions!
Awww...bless her heart.  She really hates to part with them.  I feel a little bad..but I write to her assuring her they will be well cared for.  I promise her this.
Another day passes..
Another letter arrives from Sara.  About the dishes.

Dear Mona,
Hi again!

I also wanted to tell you that while you can put these in the dishwasher, I wouldn't advise it....every day!
It will speed up the crazing process.  They are JUST not used to the heat.
Also, not a great idea to put them in the microwave.  Again, they'll be okay but it will take a real toll on them.

To keep them looking their best, avoid using sharp knives on them that will leave utensil marks.  If you do get scratches on them, you can rub them out with a stone polish.
Remember, they are basically ironstone so they're pretty strong and tough.
I think I mentioned it in the listing but many of these pieces came from Canada and are from the early firings of this pattern.  They are true antiques and not the modern day refires.

If you're interested in learning more about these types of dishes and the history behind them there are lots of great books.
Anyway, thank you again for your purchase.  I really hope you get much enjoyment from them.  I will miss them.
I really feel bad that she had to part with these dishes!  So I write to her again and at a loss as to how to make her feel better..I write:
Dear Sara..
I feel so bad that you have had to give up your dishes.  I want to assure you that I will never put them in a dishwasher because I don't own one.  I promise I will take very good care of them and I won't let people use knives on them.  Also, if you are ever in Southern Calfornia...please do come by and visit them.  My invitation is very sincere.
I hope this helps to keep you from worrying.
Mona :)

Have you ever bought something and just felt so sorry for the person you bought it from?
Poor baby!
Do I still want them?  Heck yes!!


~I am joining Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life  for her Inspire Me Tuesday  party.
Come by and see all the pretties! ~

Friday, July 25, 2014


Paint in the air
Paint on the ground
Paint in my hair
Paint all around
No..not just a little bit..but covering the entire car !
White spray paint!
All I could think was "He's gonna kill me!  He is going to KILL me!
I KNOW he is gonna to KILL me!
I am dead woman walking!

I have been wanting to paint this awful black chipped up screen door for a couple of days ago
I began my project.  As usual I didn't take a great deal of time to think it through.
Dusted it off..grabbed the spray paint can and snapped on that wonderful invention of a handle that saves the finger from falling off and began spraying away..
Need newspapers to slip under the door!  Done!
More spraying..
Need to shut the garage wait..cover the window with paper.
So...I do that!
Back to painting.
"What a difference!" I think to myself.
"PH is going to be so surprised..."
Half done.  Getting hot!
Go take a break and get a cool drink.
Sit for a while...
I go back to painting....
Forgot to shut the garage door!
No problem...and I shut it!

I finish both sides of the door.  It looks gorgeous!
Sooo  much better than it did.
The entire patio looks lighter and brighter without that awful nasty black door.
What a great day to get all that done in nothing flat.

I rest a bit and go into the garage to put in a load of wash.
The door to the patio  is open?  Hmmmm..
I open the washer....and it feels like...sandpaper?!
How strange..I rub my hand over the lid...OH NO...I got spray paint on it.
I look down...the garage floor is covered in ..a fine mist of white spray paint.
I feel a slight bit of panic begin to creep upon me.
I grab a rough washcloth and towel and begin scrubbing the washer..
and it first nothing happens..but it  begins to come off.. and I get it
all cleaned off.
Then I start scrubbing the comes off the concrete rather easily.  GREAT!
Then it hits me!
I rush over to check...and OH GOD! NO!  The entire car is cover with paint.
Both lights go on in the garage and I frantically go to work.
My daughter in law calls for her evening chat and I tell her what has happened..
I'm out of breath and near tears, scrubbing frantically!
Several times I check on PH but he is quietly working on his computer.
Daughter in law offers to come and help ...NO!
"No!!" I tell her,  "He cannot know what I have done to the car!"
She feels so sorry for me...No need.  I feel sorry for myself enough for both of us!
I scrub, and pray, and pray, and least an hour passes..and I know it won't be long
before PH shuts down his computer and goes in the kitchen and he will know I am not in the house!
I work faster.
I check.
I double check!
I think I have gotten it all.  I turn off the lights and quietly slip in the house.
WAIT!  The front window...the wiper back I go and in another ten minutes I am through.
Just in time.  I hear his light click off at his desk.
Thank heavens, I made it just in time!

We head for bed and by the time I am ready to climb in..PH is already dozing off.
I can't do it.  I have to confess.
I tap his shoulder and say..
"I have to tell you, I did a terrible thing but I think it's alright..."  He says " To your computer?"
No! Worse!
I have his attention...
So I tell him the story and all he says is "Do you think you got it all off?"
I say "Yes, it's all nice and smooth so I think I did,"
"Well, that's good."
He smiles.  I smile.
A lovely ending to a wretched evening.

Then he says..."I let the dog out and saw you in the garage on a ladder scrubbing the top of the car,
and I thought to myself, she sure has more energy than I do, cleaning the car at almost ten at night!"

Big hugs!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Last Saturday we got up early and hit the garage sales...except...

 There were hardly any sales at all.  It's the heat I think.  We saw maybe five of them and at the last one I found this little pine desk for 
$35.  They were asking $50 but I offered 30.   He said 40 and I said 35?  He crumbled and even offered to deliver it.  We have a pickup at home so PH went back and got it.   I mean after all,...  :)
Not a big deal...but I'm pleased
I have a portable sewing machine.  Many years ago it had a cabinet but the drawers broke and in those days...we didn't know how to fix it it was sold at a garage sale.  Which, of course, I regretted later.

Since then..I have seen only one that I wanted...badly!  It was a sold by Singer, very tall and very beautiful.
Too much money and if they still sell them  I haven't seen one.  If I ever do...naw...I won't buy it.  I don't even sew that much anymore, but when I do I want to be comfortable.

All these years my little singer portable has had to be pulled out of the closet and sat on a table..thus only hemming or mending was done..  Recently I took it out and sat it on another sewing machine cabinet that was not my own...and was way too tall for me to be comfortable at.
This little perfect.  A deep file drawer for material..drawers for my ribbons..and how I DO love extra storage space.  Paint it?  I don't know.  It's rather retro...and one day everyone will go into that stripping mode and things will be painted with paint remover and everyone will show off the "beautiful wood grain beneath all that paint!"   So, no.  It's going to remain pine.
  (However it would look rather cute...NO!  NOT painting it!)

 I also found a very long dresser scarf edged in pretty crochet.   The beige doily is really pretty.  I have a few strings to clip off after washing, a bit of spray starch and a good steaming...:)  Had to use that pretty steam iron you know! :)

Mele loves bit of fresh air which is always welcome especially when it hit exactly 110 degree's here today!
I do not mean 105 or 108,  but 110!   
What's the world coming to..  ???
Folks we are cooking out  here in the far West!  
Ask Las of my dearest friends lives there..and a couple of weeks ago she quoted me 118 degree's!  So..I won't whine.
I painted all morning until the heat hampered me..and the way I glasses are speckled and there was a paint in my hair and lungs.  No...I did not wear a mask because I am an IDIOT!

Big hugs!

Saturday, July 19, 2014


A few weeks ago I  posted about ironing board covers that I had found on Etsy.   After my ironing board cover arrived, I liked it so much that I decided to buy ironing pads for both the washer and the dryer and they could serve as pretty covers as well.  I do laundry in the garage ( a laundry room is something I only dream of) and the covers brightened up my little laundry corner so you may have seen in that earlier post.  
Then it hit me!  
Why not order a cover for the top of my refrigerator??!
So I wrote to Sue and asked if this would be possible.  The same type cover with the large magnets that keep the covers from moving.   She wrote back to send her the measurements and the material I had in mind.  
I did this and told her I would like deep rich red with red and white check trim.  Making them reversible was Sue's idea.  :)  I love it!
Of course these would not be Ironing pads...but nice heavy pads just the same, that would stay in place with the large magnets just as the ironing pads do on the washer and dryer.
I explained what I had in mind.   She even quilts them herself.  NO pre quilted fabric.  
They arrived today,
Would you look who is up  cleaning off the top of the refrigerator?  He is just the sweetest man!
(the kitchen witch was a gift from a dear friend, and I simply cannot bring my self to take her away.  Maybe one day.  Maybe.)
The greenery was taking a bath in the shower.  :)

 Note:  *arrange cookbooks 
      *remove magnets etc.
*put greenery back in pot
            *remove kitchen witch  (someday)
When I ordered my fridge topper, I forgot to account for the LARGE hinge.  Sue is the most patient person.!  Bless her heart!
Now all I have to scrub off is the tops of the hinges, door and first few inches of the top.  Throw the mat into the washer and dryer instead of trying to reach way back in that far corner. 
 It is now covered.  
They wash up beautifully, by the way.

Think of the and white check...:)  Pink floral...lace...whatever... *sigh*

THEN I thought...why not cover the micro wave as well??   Sue said...great idea so she made me one to my specifications.  
And...I can reverse it!!

Now the sweet part!  When the package arrived today...this what I found inside as a gift for me because I worked the poor woman half to death!  :):)
Two of the sweetest pot holders!  NICE BIG ONES~!    Not dinky ones..but lovely big ones!
I was so pleased..I couldn't believe she would do that for me!
Bless her heart!

If you read this Sue...THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I love them.    if you wish any information.  I noticed she does not show samples of the material she has, but I found if you mention it, she has it.

I hope all of you are having a great weekend. 

The weather here has been very fine.  
(Can you tell I've been watching Sense and Sensibility....AGAIN??!)

Big hugs!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


You probably don't.
Sometimes I put things off because it is just too much effort.
I often thought,  "if it were easier, I would make homemade rolls and bread more often.  I used to do it all the time.  
In the Autumn of my life, I have become a procrastinator.
Lazy?  Probably a bit.  After all, I had put in my years of baking.  I didn't have to do it anymore.
Why, bread was being given to me by my sweet kids, right from their bakery.
But sometimes one just gets the urge to bake.
I said SOMETIMES! :)

I took out my big yellow bowl.  What I call my bread bowl..sat it on the counter and went to find my loose leaf Recipe Keeper where I keep recipes from my blogger friends.   Jean, a blogger friend, emailed me Balisha's recipe for Refrigerator Dough days ago, telling me over and over how simple it was.   
I kept putting off trying this for two reasons.
A lot was going on and secondly, I don't do much baking in the summer when it's so hot.

Stop belly aching, Mona, and make those delicious and SO easy rolls.
(This is what I told myself!)
Jean kept telling me "It's easy!  Honest!" and she was right.
You will find the recipe at Simply Balisha  which is the sweetest of blogs and I have also printed it below for you.

This recipe for bread and rolls is done with your mixer..then stored in the refrigerator and used as needed.
I made this pan of rolls immediately and shared it with my friend across the street.
Tomorrow I will make more into cinnamon rolls and share those as well.
The easiest recipe for bread I have ever tried.

Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, Balisha.
No kneading? ...are you kidding?  No.  It's true.  No kneading.  I was overjoyed!
Why haven't I ever heard of this before?!
Just mix, refrigerate and make as needed.

Recipe for Balisha's Refrigerator Dough

2 pkg yeast
2 1/2 c warm water (warm)
3/4  c shortening
3/4  c sugar
2 eggs well beaten
8 to 8 1/2 cups of flour
2 1/2 tsp salt

Soften yeast in water.  Add shortening, sugar, eggs, 4 c of flour and salt.
Mix (use electric mixer)  until smooth.    I used my dough beaters.
Stir in the remaining flour t make a soft dough.  ( You may not need all of it.)
Place in a large bowl and cover tightly.  Store in refrigerator.
The dough will rise so punch it down occasionally.  
When you are ready to bake, shape into sweet rolls, dinner rolls or 2 loaves of bread.
Let them rise  until double in size (about an hour) and bake at 400 degree's 15-20 minutes for rolls and 35-45 for bread.  
This mixture keeps for several days in the fridge.  No kneading is necessary.  Just make a pan of rolls whenever you want some.  Very easy and fool proof.  

I have quite a collection of recipes in my loose leaf notebook from Joyce at October Farm!  My collection has grown over the past four or five years.

Jean, sweet friend, thank you for sending me this recipe.  SO simple!
You were right!
Jean just raved about this recipe..and now I can see why.

Love'n hugs,

Monday, July 14, 2014


It's been a few days and I've spent a lot of time finding  my way around my new computer.
Downloading photo's is a new trick I am trying to learn.  Haven't quite grasped it..but I'm getting there.
I've decided I am not much of a "Techie"...and that's unfortunate because we live in a world of  lots of technology and it's changing faster than I can grasp them .

 Yep.  Lots of  jammin' bread here! :)  A little play on words and it sorta gives away the era of the owners..doesn't it?   My son's idea, I believe. 
My son, Pat, and his wife, Cheryl, own this little bakery.

This is my daughter in law Cheryl, and little Emily is their first grandchild.  If someone had told me that one day there would be a bakery in the family...this chubby little lady would have just plain swooned!  :)  

 A couple of girlfriends and I went to lunch and I was lucky enough to run into three of my children.  
That always makes my day.
Their little bakery is such a nice place to sit and visit with friends and sip ice tea..

 The stone wall is a waterfall and it's a pleasant sound while you are eating lunch..or a breakfast of waffles on a Saturday morning...

There is a little stream that bubbles and gurgles through and over rocks...also adding to the nice surroundings.. 

Little shops line both sides of their bakery...

A really lovely place to have lunch with my friends.
A free loaf of bread when I leave is always a plus!
(They love me!)   :)

See those double chins?  Well...three guesses as to what helped me get them!
Chocolate bread pudding for starters. Not to mention my BIG MOUTH!

Just another day in the life of a rather spoiled Mom!

Thanks kids!  I made french toast with my bread!  DELICIOUS!

Sweet blogger friends...
Come and see me when you get to California and I will take you to lunch.  :)

Lov'n hugs,

P.S.  The inside scoop...
Okay..well .the truth of the matter is that I took lots of pictures of my friends.  Or tried.  It ended up a video because I hit the wrong button and all you can see is the camera jerking around while I tried to figure out what was wrong and my mumbling and grumbling about WHY I couldn't turn it off.  Then the food arrived...and we ate..and then forgot all about taking pictures.  You KNOW what big thick sandwiches, soup and bread pudding does ...(besides make you  :) rather plumpish)   everything else leaves your mind...and then of course we went SHOPPING!!  

Thursday, July 10, 2014



Here it is, my pretty NEW snow white computer all trimmed in silver!
You do know that silver is my thing, don't you?
It is!  
So when I saw this pretty little computer sitting there..all shiny and was love at first sight.
In this picture, it looks like the keyboard is isn't .

I just sat the keyboard up here so you could see it.  It sits below in a pull out.
(The movie on the screen is "An Unmarried Woman")
See?  There is pretty silver trim along the edges..and no it doesn't pop out.  It's moulded right into one solid piece and really beautifully made.

This is the back. ( Well...obviously!)   :)

I pulled it out so you can see the silver trim on the keyboard.  You can also see it clear around the base of the computer.
I'm beginning to feel SO much better.  Even the mouse is white and ...can you call a mouse "sweet?"
It really is!
This computer is all in one.  NO tower.  Yippee!  I can now put my feet comfortably under my desk.
My desk has a secretary I had lots of room..but 'tis even better now!:)

I think I'm going round the bend here...but it's just so nice to have things slowly getting back to normal.
I've bugged the Geek Squad a few times..but..they were great.
I want to break into song when I turn it on in the morning..sit down with my first cup of coffee..and
just run my hand over the keys. nice.
Thank you PH, you sweet man! :)

Thanks,  all my blogger friends, for all your support and for those who gave me a swift kick in the pants.  
Nothing like a swift kick to make you remember.
BE WARY!  BAD people are out there.  Sad, but they are.  So take care!  It cost us money, but it didn't go to THEM!

I got off easy but some have not.
Love'n hugs.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


It's been quite a strange few days. 
 Friday morning  evil was afoot when I was awakened very early in the morning by a phone call.  
It was a man saying he was from  "Windows"  and telling me my computer was sending them many "error!" messages and that my computer was about to crash.  I told them it was not even 6 o'clock in the morning and that I was still in bed.
"Get up and go to your computer immediately!"  the man on the other end of the phone line says, in a very irritated tone.  "NO! I cannot. You will have to call back!" I said, and hung up the phone.  
"What the heck??!" I said to PH.  I told him who it was and  he said, simply, "that's odd."  and it was.
No use, I was suddenly wide awake. 
 I got up and made dressed and turned on the computer.  It was acting just fine.  It IS eight years old and a little slow but I have been hoping it will last a bit longer. I keep it cleaned up from all of the extra "junk" that gets on our computers.  I do very little on it, my blog and the usual things that people do on their computers, but  I do not download a lot of things.  I am careful what I open in my email..
Why....goodness, I was very aware and careful!  How on earth could this happen to my computer.
Surely he was mistaken.   

Wait until you hear this story.  You've probably heard it before.  Some have..but some have not.
Unfortunately, I hadn't. about 8 o'clock the phone rang.  Same man.  "This call is from Windows.." and he begins by asking if I am  in front of my computer.  I say no..but I can be.  He said "is it on?" and I say yes, it is.  
He then leads me through several different places on my computer that shows at least 50 or more "ERROR!"  messages...and tells me my computer is about to crash and that they must get in to fix the problem.  He said I have a virus and my computer is being damaged.  He then asks for my permission to get into my computer and Windows will fix the problem!
Can you believe I let him in?  I did!!  

When it came time to click on the little box that warns " DO YOU KNOW THIS PERSON OR THIS PROGRAM THAT WANTS PERMISSION TO ENTER..."  or some such thing.
  I tell the man from Windows that I am not familiar with what is going on..and  he impatiently tells me "it's just fine.  Don't below" and I do.  He is in!   I then see my cursor zooming around aimlessly.  He keeps talking and finally begins showing all sorts of " warnings"
Suddenly it hits me!  He is not fixing a thing and he has been talking and talking and warning for much too long and doing nothing.  I ask him..."are you trying to sell me something?"  He almost shouts "No, lady, I am not.  I am trying to fix your computer..."   How rude, I think.  I ask where he is from as he has a heavy accent. Japan, China, Philippines?  He mumbles something that sounds vaguely like New York.  I say, "New York?"  and he says yes.   
I ask again.."Are you trying to sell me something" and again he denies it and keeps talking..then suddenly says to wait, he will be right back. 
 Another man takes the phone and says he is a supervisor.  In moments he is showing me an invoice for $199.99!  I say  "wait..who is going to pay this?"  A long pause and he says "You are!"  I say "NO, no I am not!  I have asked several times if you are trying to sell me something  and have been told no.  Yes, you ARE trying to sell me something.  He suddenly says "Do you have another computer?"  A warning bell goes off in my head!  I lie.  "No, I don't have another computer and I am hanging up now..."  and I try to move the cursor to turn off the computer but he pulls it in the opposite direction and a PASSWORD box appears and I see him quickly type something into it just as I push the off button on the computer tower!
The computer is off.  
WHAT in the world just happened?  I sit there..staring at my blank screen. 
I reach down in a minute or so to turn my computer back on.  
A black screen appears and a little widow is there that says "This computer must have a password to be turned on.   WHAT??!  I turn it off and try again.  I try my password.  
It informs me it is the wrong password.  My heart begins to pound.
OH NO!  It can't be.  I call PH in and show him.  He says  "I heard you let him into your computer.  You are so careful that I was amazed you did that.  He has locked you out of your own computer."
  I frantically keep trying to get into my use.  I cannot get in or even to my Windows screen.  Nothing.

A few questions from PH confirms that I have been scammed and  I ticked off the scammer and he has changed my password and locked me out. 
Pure spite...the RAT! 
I try to get on again and again..and yet again..with the same results.

  I immediately call Granddaughter, 3000 miles away with my story.  She immediately tells me to unplug my computer and to get on PH's computer and change every one of my passwords,, beginning with my bank, and then emails me a letter  she got from someone warning of this very thing. The only difference was, the scammer's said they were from "Micro Soft."..
No more computer.

The following day, July 5th my dear PH takes me out and buys me a brand new computer.  
We have to take the "locked up" computer to the store and have the Geek Squad get in and fix the hard drive and transfer all my data to the new one.

Now I am lost and fumbling about, but it's lovely and it works beautifully.
No photo's..can't find them yet. 
but it works 
No favorites list...gone!
...but it works.
A strange world I am in and I am stumbling around but I can call the Geek Squad when things get too bad.
But works!!  

How I hope I have learned something.  I am much more gullible than I thought I was. 
Tomorrow I will try to download my new photo's.  
I hope you all had a better July 4th weekend than mine was...
But I have a lovely snow white and silver trimmed computer with a mouse and keyboard to match.
NO tower.  All in one.
I keep telling myself 
"I can do this!  I can do this!"

(Still a bit miffed here AND embarrassed!)
Love'n hugs,

Thursday, July 3, 2014