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May 24, 2009
I generally don’t go to auctions, I don’t have the patience to sit thru til the end. Invariably, the item I covet, is not auctioned off til the end of the day!
My parents used to frequent auctions in the midwest all the time. They got some great deals. I went to one with them, in Illinois, more than 30 years ago. I bid for the first time on some vintage duck decoys, and got one. I still have him!!!
Yesterday’s auction was for the estate of the elderly man, Willard, who used to own our property. My husband had become attached to the old guy, and used to stop in on his way home from work to visit and check up on him. Willard died a few months ago, and his family has been working thru his vast accumulation of stuff, to get the house ready for sale.
His sister and her children are the last of the family, and it was hard on her to watch people going thru her brother’s things and tromping thru his house. But she stuck it out til the end.
It is sad when our lives, and all we were, end up on the auction block. But we all accumulate so much STUFF over the years, and ya’ can’t take it with you! So, I guess there are 3 sure things in life – death, taxes, and auctions!! Remember George Carlin’s diatribe about “Stuff”?
My husband was going to bid on the square baler, but it went too high. All the farm equipment went really well and high!!! There was a lively bidding war between a farmer and a woman over a popular piece of New Holland farm equipment (I have no idea what it was used for!) The woman won out- paying $1,850 for it!!! After she won, she turned to her dad – and said, “I hope you’re happy – we got it!!!”
The auction started promptly at 9am, as promised, the farm equipment went at 10:30am, and we left before the house went up for bids at noon. One of the local churches served food- the apple pie was delicious!!
Auctions are kind of a social event for the local folk. Everyone knows everyone else in a small town, and some just come for the cameraderie, not the bidding. And of course, there is always a smattering of dealers, who drive the prices of the antiques up with their bidding.
I did bid on a quilt on the first wagon of items. I have no patience – there were other nicer quilts in with the furniture, but I knew those prices would be higher, and the bidding wouldn’t be until later in the day. And, it was getting hot!!!
Willard’s wife had quite a nice selection of quilts, starched linens, and stitcheries. According to the neighbors, she had done quite a bit of quilting, til she got diabetes, and lost her vision. Kind of a sad story. But I hope her family kept some of her handiwork.
The quilt I won, was not the prettiest there – but sturdily made and very simply machine quilted. It is feed sack, which is what attracted me to it, and the backing is all bleached feed sack- some of the printing is still legible.
Here are some pictures of the day – and some of the treasures I DIDN’T get- altho’ I would have loved some of the mixing bowls, the 1860’s leather bound Bible, and the 30 gallon copper pot that was discovered in the attic!
(see my other blog for quilt details)
All is well, and sunny, at Mountain Meadows this fine Sunday morn……..
January 15, 2009
Today was definitely a day to remain indoors. But, as life would have it, going outside is a necessity!
I made an early evening visit to the barn- to change the horses’ blankets to heavier weight ones. I know, my horses ARE spoiled- but they are getting on in years, and I want them to remain around for alot longer!!! Even tho’ the ‘old man’ is as shaggy as an Icelandic pony, a little extra blanket warmth never hurts!!!
The temperature was about 19 degrees at 4:30 – the husband had just come in from letting the dogs run – and his fingers and nose were a little numb!
I needed to bundle up, and ran to my closet for some extra layers.
On the first hanger in my closet, hangs an old woolen jacket. This jacket belonged to my grandfather. I can still see him wearing it, in the winter at home in Valley Stream, NY, and on the cooler days of spring working around the Rhinebeck country house in upstate NY.
The tag on the jacket says “Maine Guide”, Saks Fifth Avenue, 100% virgin wool. It is probably about 70 years old now, with only a couple of microscopic moth holes. Still with all the original buttons, it was made with the kind of care that is not often found in garments today. The inner seams are all covered – french seams, maybe- coming from Saks, I guess it was good quality!
I think my grandmother gave this to me – I don’t remember how I came to have it – but it has hung in my closets – always on the first hanger – for as long as I can remember. Maybe once a year, I take it out, try it on, and maybe wear it for a short while.
Each time I try it on, I am reminded that my grandfather was not a very big man. When I was a kid, he was larger than life – but when I try on his jacket – it fits me perfectly.
Well, today was the day to wear Poppy’s jacket! I put it on over my turtleneck, put the down vest over that, topped by the down jacket and lined leather barn gloves. Kind of like the proverbial little kid in a snowsuit!!!!
I was ready to brave the elements!!!
I know it was the many layers that kept me warm – but I prefer to think that Poppy knew I was wearing his jacket, and his warmth radiated thru out it.
The husband was outside with me – and with all his clothes, gloves, and even an attractive (!) flap earred hat – he was not as warm as I!!!
We re-blanketed the horses , fed them, pulled down more hay, mucked the stalls, closed up the barn, threw down corn for the deer, and brought in wood for the woodstoves!
The jacket is back in its place of honor – 1st hanger in the closet- who knows – I might even wear it again tomorrow!!!!!
As you can see, we were watching Ellen, and still haven’t gotten to painting the walls in the house!!!!!
All is well, and smoke coming from every chimney around, on this cold, cold evening at Mountain Meadows tonite………………
December 31, 2008
For those of you who had inquired about my church pews- they were a fabulous freebie from the old church that borders the front of our property.
It is a lovely 100 year old Mennonite church, whose congregation scrimped and saved and just built a modern brick edifice right next to it.
Altho’ I prefer the old building, I am not a member of the congregation, so have no say. Anyway, the old pews, that had been used in the church, and then later outside, under cover in the picnic pavilion, were stacked by the side of the building.
My husband inquired for me – and turns out they were free for the taking!! Of course, the husband did not get right back to me with this info – because he really did not want me to have them. When I found out, I made him take the tractor over to bring one back. I got two – I would have taken them all – except for the obstacle that is the husband!!! I also got some very cool metal poles – the kind that hold the velvet ropes -haven’t figured out what I will do with those – but give me time…..!!!
I wanted one pew for my garden and the other out by the barn. They sat by the driveway for a month or so – giving the horses the shakes, every time they had to pass by them!!
Finally, I got to set them at the edge of the field – still working on the husband agreeing to put one near my garden!!!
Unfortunately, the winds have been roaring thru the fields lately. Not too long ago, we had almost 50mph winds that lifted the two pews and tossed them! One landed about 4 feet away from it’s original spot!!
Those pews are heavy old wood, and I was shocked that the wind could do that!! Well, last night the wind picked up again – and picked up my pews and relocated them!!!
I left them turned over – and later this week, will have to move them again. The husband has started to see that in the garden – surrounded on almost 4 sides by a windbreak of trees- might be the best location for the pew! The other one was to be set by the barn – still affording me my “view”, but sitting safely out of the wind.
I have better pix of this wonderful little church – but of course can’t find where they are hidden on the computer!!!
While the winds are whistling and the snowflakes are falling outside – now is the perfect time for staying inside!! The pews will stay where they are- so the wind doesn’t attack them again!! I’ll check on them later when I make my last trip out into the cold to say goodnight to the horses!
Right now, happiness is a good book, a hot cuppa tea (Peggy Krantz’s Chapped Chick Alfalfa Tea), and a warm dog!!!I’ll repeat that scene tonite after visiting the horses – but we’ll add a blankie and a hot fire to the picture!!!
All is well at Mountain Meadows on this last day of 2008….Happy New Year to all – and if the sky is clear tonite – watch out for the meteor shower- it’s supposed to be visible thru January 4th! What a way to bring in the New Year!!!