I typically wake up happy.
I'm clear headed, creative, productive and like to get a lot of work done during those two hours.
The cats, however, have other ideas for me...
This is 18 year old Holyfield who is always the first to jump on my work table, before the coffee's even done brewing.
We play a game every morning for 25 minutes where Holyfield tries to lay on the keyboard of the laptop and I push him away. He then tries to lay on the keyboard of the laptop. I push him away. Again the keyboard. Again pushed away. And again. And again. And again. Over and over.
Holyfield calls it "getting petted and loved on".
Angie calls it "pushing the cat away from the keyboard."
This is no
Vinny's brother Pepper, enjoys attention too.
But what Pepper enjoys more is...
...corralling his brother Vinny every single morning and leading a loud, raucous meowing chorus of
FEED US OUR TREATS YOU OLD LADY!!!
magnifying the reality.
But Ima tell you,
THEY JUST WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE!
You didn't believe me, did you?
five hundred times every morning...
"Get off your brother!!!"
"Get off Holyfield!!!"
"Get off my keyboard!!!"
"Get off the kitchen counter!!!"
"Stay out of the oatmeal!!!"
"Stop biting my feet!!!"
"You've had enough treats; no more!!!"
"Stop eating Holyfield's treats!!!"
"Leave the dog food alone!!!"
"Leave the dog alone!!!"
"Are you in or out? I'm tired of this Grand Central Station stuff!!!"
"Leave the ##@*&% mouse outside, that's disgusting!!!"
They finally settle down and I get some peace and quiet.
Right about 7am,
when my clear headed, productive, creative mojo is waning.
Who you will see has assisted me in presenting the following
Show And Tell items we picked up on a weekender in Stillwater, MN.
Let's start with this small stained glass cross we picked up at a really quirky bead and gift shop.
Not bad eh?
The craftsmanship is beautiful, the gold detailing in the corners is not visible in this picture.
Tim bought this and I almost fell on the floor cuz he NEVER spends money, well other than a pop and an occasional cigar.
This is that fun and quirky bead shop where we bought the cross.
Moving on, this is my absolutely favorite tickle-me-pink thing I bought on the trip.
A super cute red and white french fry basket.
Don't ya just want to fry up some fries, throw them in there, slather them with salt and ketchup and GO TO TOWN??!!!
However......this basket was just one buck!!! One buck!!! Doing a dollar dance here, lalalalallalala, dolardollardollardollardollar. *head spinning round*
Know what else I bought there?
This big plasticy spoon rest.
It's like a foot long.
As in inches, not sandwiches.
That sticky stuff above Betty there is the remnants of the sticky price tag.
Guess how much I paid for this.
It was more than a buck.
Not too bad eh?
Not only is this spoon rest functional but it doesn't break the Bank-O-Angie.
Q: Hey, could my background display tablecloth be any wrinklier???!!
You know how I loves me the dishes!!!
We bought these at a store named appropriately enough "The Dining Room Shop" or something like that.
The label on the front tells you they are appetizer plates for the top of your glass.
The plates are safe to place on the top of glasses because of this foam thing on the bottom.
I even used them already for the Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms.
At this antique shop I paid a buck for the following item....
Now I collect oil and gas related stuff but I never thought I would see Gulf Oil on a paraffin wax box!
Aren't the colors great though!
Again, only paid a buck.
It had three floors!!
Hundreds and hundreds of pieces, big and small.
It was kind of creepy and gothic up there.
Yes, I paid $2.99 for this tackmeister, tackthousand, tackiest-ever bulb.
I know you want it.
You can't have it.
I saw it first.
Okay, last thing to show you...Tim picked this up...again, oddly hilarious.
Candles that look like batteries.
And size "D" batteries to boot according to the box.
And they really are candles.
This is the side of the box.
And the back with the candle instructions...
remove paper before lighting.
So, that was the extent of our shopping excursion,
that didn't include food anyway. :)
Hope everyone has a good Thursday!!!
This IS Thursday, isn't it?
Yes. Yes, it is. Just looked at the calender.
It's Tim's Dad's birthday!...Happy Birthday Richard! Don't party too much today, cuz you know, no one's gonna come bail you outta jail :)
Have a good one guys,
talk at ya soon!