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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Members of the Family and Central Valley

The trees you see are almonds and pistachios in the Central Valley of Calif. I think most of our vegetables, fruits and nuts come from this area along with southern Calif. The branches of the pistachio trees hang to the ground heavily with so many nuts when they are just about to be harvested. I absolutely love the look of them full, but then I love pistachos. Did you know the pistachio is an evergreen and a relative of the cashew nut?? Interesting.

This is just heading up the Grapevine - Interstate 5. We used to have to go 99 freeway through Modesto and Fresno and they had the most wonderful fresh fruit and juice stands along the way; I miss that a lot. The 2 lane road can be seen off to the side and I remember coming up that old road. Today it's an 8-10 lane freeway.

The Red Barn Antique Shop is where we went yesterday. I'll have more than enough photos of it tomorrow! I'm tempted to go back but I can only get so much in our Toyota Camry and I have a chair, table and other large items now. I may have to strap Jack to the top for sure now. At least I won't have to listen to him complaining about what I've bought.

Now to introduce you to our 2 granddogs! This is Brownie and she's very old - muddles around, walks sooooo slowly, poos on the rugs in the kitchen, sleeps a lot and won't go for a walk because she just couldn't make the walk. Whooooooa, that sounds like ME!!! Nuuuuuuu, I don't go on the rugs.........uh hmmmm...... Anyway, Brownie was a stray and is known as one of the homeliest dogs in the world with a huge underbite. But our daughter-in-law would put up a pretty good fight is anyone tried taking her now!

This is Pepper and was left here by a friend of our 19 year old grandson who couldn't take him to Georgia where he was moving with his mom and was going to send for him. That was about 8 years ago now. Ya think he'll return?!?!?!

This is just one of the "stalls" at the antique/flea market. It did have that adorable settee though. just wouldn't fit in the car!!

I passed over this little rose tea pot but Love Bunny kept giving me the "eye", which meant NOT TOO MUCH, Connie! I'm sorry I didn't get it though - only $7.00.

Daughter and I hung these little vintage hankies before we left her house to head south. She's had that 4 panel trellis and painted it green. I didn't even know she had a stash of these gorgeous/beautiful/lovely old hankies!!!! Does she let her mother know anything?!?!?!? Nuuuuuuu.....!!!

This is part of what I bought in N. Calif. last saturday. There are a lot of cheese domes or cloches in the bags or suitcase. Now I've added to the stash. I got that wonderful little clock for $2.50!!! Oooooh, be still my heart......I've been looking for one for quite a while, chickadees.

Another stall at The Red Barn. I liked that little table also, but IT WON'T FIT IN THE CAR....SOB...SOB.....SOB..... Hmmmm, I just realized something about the "sob" - I'm meaning I'm crying not calling someone names!! Yikes. Ooooooh, I can't wait to show you some more things tomorrow!! I'm soooo excited with what I bought!


  1. OOOOH !! Love the sweet Granddoggies !!! Too CUTE !!! :)

  2. Hi Connie! I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Oh, I love the antique mall you went to. It's so hard to 'watch it' as my Mr. Precious says. I tell him I'm always looking for bargains, therefore I'm saving him money. He doesn't always see it that way.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Oh my~ I think you need to trade the car in for a truck, that way you can pack home those big things! I love the settee and I love to go shopping too! Can I go with you next time :) xoxo

  4. Hi Connie,
    I'm loving going on vacation with you. Boy, we are having some all the treasures you are getting:) I think Brownie is a beauty, and also part Jack Russell terrier. We got our 1st Jack in 1994 and we are always looking for them:) We have 3 now, and that's plenty. Looking forward to more fun stops on "our" vacation. Warmly,

  5. Connie I think you should have hired a trailer from U-Haul so as you could buy all those gorgeous things.
    Definitely strap Jack to the roof of the car!!LOL

  6. Looks like you had a great time antiquing! Hope you are having a great summer and thought I would stop by for a visit!

  7. Connie~
    Sounds like you are having an amazing vacation! Can't see the rest of your new treasures! What a pretty new clock!

    Happy treasure hunting!

  8. Oh Connie; I love your goodies you bought on your trip. The barn looks like a great place to get some pretties. I am glad you had a great time, and don't tease so much, I can't wait to see the rest.


  9. Hi Connie, thanks for the award, so lovely, I'll post it as soon as I can. I tried to get by last night but my internet service was acting up and today the kids wanted to play games on the computer and I'll do anything to keep them occupied. I enjoyed your trip to the flea market and can't wait to see the things you got there. The doggies are so cute, but still glad I don't have any. Sorry about your rugs. I'll try and get by tomorrow to catch your finds. Deb

  10. I read that you raised a US Marine... congrats! Me too, my son too went to San Diego, graduated Aug 17 last year. He is in Okinawa, and I am so proud. Where is your son serving now? I wish you and him (all your family) very well. Any pics of him?

  11. I haven't been to a flea market or antique mall in so long!! Good for you for finding all those goodies!

  12. Give Brownie and Pepper hugs and pats for me!!!!

  13. You are having just TOO MUCH FUN! Love the sweet puppies.

    And a few of us out here probably deserve to be SOB'd every now and then.

  14. Now why did you not put this post in my PET SHOW yesterday?!? Your little granddog would have won first place in the "Chubby Waddling Dogs Who Poo on Rugs" category. Oh well - next year! Nancy

  15. PS - I just love it when I can comment and I don't have to enter all those illegible letters to post it. You are sooo trusting! Nancy


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