Thursday, April 18, 2019

A while ago I failed to buy a pie safe at an estate sale (it was $300, learned my lesson). I have been wanting another storage/display piece for my dining room. A space for tablecloths and to display some of my antique transferprint platters.

I discovered by accident the estate sale/auction website and diligently check to see what comes up. I got two bird paintings a few months ago for $24.

Anyways, I  checked last week and this antique secretary was up for bid. $8. The sale ended on Monday night and I put a bid in. On Monday evening I watched as the sale started to end and the bidding went up. I was determined to get it, and for $197.98 I did (plus tax and commission, it came out to about $246). Today Doug and I went to pick it up. There is a small area of broken glass, they said they had the piece but they didn't. Some glue running down one leg. Otherwise it is in pretty good condition for a piece that has to be over 120 years old.

Secretary. Heirlooms displayed, tablecloths now in lower drawer.

I moved my china cabinet to the other side. The room is a little cramped now. I moved some heirlooms into it. And Matt hung the antique Spanish mirror that I got last year above it.

China cabinet.

The 1930s dining room table and chairs are in the center of the room. On the back wall is the Burwood plastic flag my mother got in the early 1970s and that hung on her living room wall for decades.

Dining room table and chairs.

I should have a dinner party before it gets too hot.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Non-Denominational Egg Decorating and Egg Hunt Party, 2019. Many hours of preparation work were undertaken. I took Friday off and Robert helped me do yardwork. I made lemon sugar cookies and chocolate cookies. On Saturday night, I sat and decorated them, as well as making hummous, potato salad, and pasta salad.

Decorated cookies.

Sunday morning I got up to make a tres leche cake in the new-old stove. I have not figured it out. It baked the cake so quick. I let it sit for a while to cool and then poured the milk mixture in. Then something unexpected happened. The Pyrex pan exploded, showering me and Ruby with shards of glass. Luckily we were not injured. The milk mixture ran down into the stove. It was a mess. I was a mess. Matt helped me clean it up.

Exploded cake.

So no cake. I drove and picked up Robert and he helped me with last minute preparation. And then people arrived. I prepared the dye and eggs started being colored.

Phil and Penelope.

I put the cushions back on the couch. They had been removed because Miss Ruby thought they were delicious. It is much more comfortable to sit on.

Jeff, Doug, Tracy, Eleanor, Missy, and Penelope.

At four it was time for the Egg Hunt. Somewhere between 300 and 350 eggs hidden throughout the yard.


I told people that they had to collect at least one (some people are not inclined to do so!).

Matt is collecting eggs while wearing his fancy shorts.


I did not count the eggs, merely looked at the bags. I decided that Robert had the most, followed by Tracy, and then Mark. They were excited to get their dollar-store-filled baskets.

Tracy, Mark, and Robert.

Matt was very helpful cleaning up. I will be eating leftovers for a while, but luckily it is things I like to eat. The people at work are enjoying the cookies and decorated eggs.

It was a lovely party. The kids had a great time. It was the first egg decorating and hunting that Robert had ever done, and he was so happy to have participated.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Last Friday I boarded a bus with archaeologists, a conservator, and some other folks and headed to Mexico to go see Catholic missions founded by Father Eusebio Kino, a Jesuit priest who served in Baja California and then Sonora. We headed south, passed through the border (NO CRISIS), got our visas stamped at Kilometer 21, and went to Imuris, where we picked up a dozen Mexican archaeologists, conservators, and historians.

The first stop was the Mission of Cocospera. The structure is in bad shape, no roof and exposed to the elements. A scaffolding keeps the front of the building from collapsing. The INAH people stated that there is a limited budget to spend on these monuments, and they have to pick and choose what to do.


Behind the church is a cemetery that is still in use.

I really liked this fence.

Afterward we went to Magdalena and looked at the supposed grave of Father Kino (the Mexican archaeologist doesn't think so). Then on to Caborca where we had margaritas and I had a delightful salad. Mexican food is very meat, bean, lard, and tortilla (lard!) focused and that makes things a little difficult for vegetarian.

The next morning we headed  first to San Antonio de Oquitoa. The church there was really charming, with a flat roof and corbeled beams. Nice plaza out front. This building was in great shape.

San Antonio de Oquitoa.

The cemetery was fabulous, lots of ornate architecture. I checked Findagrave and was surprised at how few Sonoran cemeteries have any graves listed. That is a future project.

The beautiful cemetery.

We went next to Atil, where the church is basically an adobe ruin. Then on to Tubutama. The church there is in fairly good shape, with a few beautiful paintings. We had lunch there, where I enjoyed some snacks, and gave half of my snacks to a charming dog who was starving.

As we drove around the scenery was beautiful. The heavy rains have made for lush landscapes, with many wildflowers blooming. The cattle and horses we saw seemed sleek and well fed. Large areas have little evidence for human activity, at least from the bus window.


We went next to Pitiquito. Back in 1966 they discovered painting that were covered up by lime plaster and paint. They exposed some back them, and more were uncovered recently.

Skeleton, fairly anatomically correct.

Lucifer holding a snake.


We returned and I enjoyed salad for supper again.

There are a lot of stray dogs wandering around. On Sunday morning I got up and there was a little black puppy at the base of the stairs. So friendly. I went back and got half of a bagel, which I broke in little pieces and fed it to her. I went and had breakfast and came back and left my door open . I went down to the bus and for some reason went back to the room and discovered the puppy was inside the room hiding. I carried her out and she sat on my lap for a while before we boarded the bus. If I could have, I would have brought her home to be friends with Ruby (the vaccination rules require 28 days after being vaccinated before you can bring them over the border).

Little puppy.

We headed out to the Caborca Mission, part of which had fallen into the adjacent river a long time ago. Some painted areas have been exposed and a few elements have survived elsewhere.

Caborca Mission.

Inside Caborca Mission.

Outside, the palo verde and ocotillo were blooming, as we were driving around some of the palo verde trees were enormous.

Palo verde.

The last mission we went to was at San Ignacio. I liked this one because it had the most artifacts from the Mission period.

San Ignacio Mission.

Religious artifacts.

Lunch was snacks again. Then we said goodbye to the Mexican travelers and headed north. At the border we saw a group of refugees awaiting a medical place open, but not the enormous hordes that the Orange Thing is blabbering about. It took us 1.75 hours to get across, including getting off the bus and having our bags x-rayed. I would like to go back soon.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The orange and lemon trees bloomed, for a week the outside smelled lovely.

Orange blossom.

Of course my allergies went crazy and my eyes were weepy. Also, periodically, I thought about Buddy and about Mother, and my eyes were weepy. Poor Ruby tried to comfort me.

On Saturday morning I retrieved Robert for a busy day. Craft activities were accomplished. I had seen a video on making Egg Day wreaths, so I went to the dollar store and bought lots of eggs. Hot gluing took place, I singed my fingers a few times.

Robert waiting for the glue to hold.

It came out nice, I will hang it up on the door in two weeks when I have my party.

Robert demonstrates the wreath.

We also made lemon-rosemary soaps. We went down to 4th Avenue and I had my hairs cut. Then to the ice cream place and I saw they had grape nut ice cream. I had to have it, having recently sent the recipe from my great grandmother's 1940 cookbook to a well known magazine writer. It was delicious.

We walked to the 4th Avenue underpass and looked at the photo tiles. Forrest's has a few chips on it. Always nice to see his smiling face. Really need to go see him in North Carolina.


Robert had brought Pickles (AKA Twinkle Toes) and Taco to visit with Ruby. Ruby was obsessed with Taco. She is a lot bigger than him, and I think he was rather scared of her.

Homer, Taco, Ruby, and Pickles in the foreground.

Lots of yardwork taking place, my Egg Hunt Party is in two weeks. This morning I was astonished to see a little violet blooming, who knows where it came from. Violets and pansies are my favorite flowers.


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