No Mo Trash!

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I stumbled upon this grosso little bookshelf at a garage sale in my neighborhood.  It was the last half hour of their sale, and these women were more than happy to get rid of this eyesore.

dirty little piece

Of course I offered them a ridiculous price (one that I thought they’d never consider) since they were asking only $5 for it.  Yep, $2 exchanged hands as I proudly meekly, and awkwardly carried the bookcase to my car.

They were happy to get rid of it, and I knew I had my work cut out for me.  There were spider webs, grit and grime, but this didn’t stop me from seeing the true potential in this bookcase.  It was made of solid pine, and solid wood is always a plus in my book.  The top and bottom moldings added some nice interest as well.

I scrubbed her clean, then my husband repaired the imperfections with wood filler.  He also hammered in some new nails to keep the trim work nice and tight.

After some sanding, I primed it, and gave it two coats of a lovely, creamy white paint with a smooth sponge roller.  After lots of time drying, she was given a few coats of polyurethane to protect her as books and other accessories were soon to be slid over the wood shelves.

Now she’s a beauty!  It doesn’t even look like the ratty piece of furniture that I began with.

sparkling and new

Cost breakdown :

$2.00 for the bookcase

free  primer – already had this

free  paint (house trim color)

$4.00 (or less) worth of polyurethane

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Grand Total:  $6.00

If you have the energy and are willing to invest some time (now that I have plenty) on a neglected piece of furniture, then you too can have a lovely result in the end.

I’m looking forward to filling the shelves with books, photographs and other accent pieces.  Its home will be in a reading nook in our office.

Go me!

Autumn is in the Air

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I think that my favorite season is autumn.

The warm golds, oranges, reds and yellows of this season surround me with

the feeling of coziness, and beauty.

fall on the peak to peak ~ September

The change of seasons is in full swing here in town.

Enjoy the changing leaves, warm sunshine and crisp fall air.

Vegas Trip

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Five days in Las Vegas flew by so fast!  I had so much fun!

storms brewing around Vegas

My sister and I were so lucky to not only get to take a little vacation, but to have the entire trip be a gift from my parents who served as our tour guides.

Everything was amazing,  minus our landing … or not landing… when flying into Las Vegas.  We hit some serious turbulence and when we were about to touch down, the plane was tilted severely to the left (just outside my window).  The enormous wing nearly hit the ground as the landing gear barely tapped the runway.

I turned to my sister and was about to tell her that it looked like we were about to crash.  Just then,  the pilot pulled that huge jet abruptly back up into the air.  I have no idea how he was able to pull that stunt off.  Then there was complete silence … for about 10 minutes.  It took the pilot that long to get back on the intercom, to announce that due to unfavorable winds, we would need to circle back around and try to land on another runway.

Everybody was scared to death!  It’s a funny feeling to know that there’s not a dang thing you can do when you’re high in the sky with no other way out but to land.  When the pilot finally tried it again, landing was a bit shaky, but successful, so everybody on board cheered.  Weird story but true!  Our parents had been trying to call us unsuccessfully and it freaked us out to finally hear the fear in my mom’s voice message.  Many passengers were in tears after this fiasco.

new architecture City Center

My parents have been going to Vegas since the late 60’s … back when Elvis, Tom Jones, and all the other big stars were frequenting the city that never sleeps.  My mom and dad actually saw Elvis perform on numerous occasions, as well as many other celebs.  Those glamorous times of old Hollywood/ Vegas are gone.  Things are super casual now.

My folks own a time share condo right on the strip and that’s where we got to relax between all our fun, entertainment, eating, gambling and running around… oh yes, and more eating!   Our parents are two of the coolest people I know.  They’re known to outlast all the younger folks with their ability to stay out super late and have a good time.  (Just ask my daughter).  They know all the ins and outs of Vegas.  We got to eat at all the great places that only the locals know about.

For entertainment, we got to see the “Fab Four” Beatles show.  That was just incredible to listen to all that old music performed by quasi-look-a-likes.  We also got to see Max King, a comedian/magician.  If you haven’t had a chance to see him perform, do it!  He’s hilarious.

The very best entertainment of all was getting to see the musical Menopause.  This performance was done by four sassy ladies who had me laughing so hard, I was crying.  They sang songs with altered  lyrics, about the “change”.   Because I am such a “risk-taker”, I volunteered to get up on stage for the closing number and danced alongside the cast and other crazy ladies.  Woo hoo (earned a button for this one)!  Loved this so much!  If you ever get the chance to go see this musical when it comes to your city, go!  After the show, we ran into two of the performers in the casino, and  got to chat a bit to one of them … what a lovely woman that Skye is!

I’ve never been to Vegas in Autumn. The temperatures were in the 70s, just perfect. The Bellagio is one of my favorite casinos. Classy all the way. Their gardens were so gorgeous. I especially love the ceiling in their lobby, because it’s filled with glass flower petals that serve as both a piece of art, and a source of light.

lobby ceiling of Bellagio

Not to be forgotten, are the dancing waters out in front of the casino.

New Vegas:  Cosmopolitan due to open January 1, 2011

new Vegas

Old Vegas:  older than me!

old Vegas

Street Art:  done with cans of spray paint … no lie!

I still love this 60s look, now making an appearance in a current ad.

retro 60s look

We had a simple dinner our last night … one that I’ve been curious about for a very long time.  In and Out Burger! This was the exact opposite of  a flat  McDonald’s style burger.  The restaurant only offers you three choices of sandwiches, which makes ordering easy peasy.  Yum, is all I can say.  This burger cost less than two bucks, making it the cheapest Vegas meal on the whole trip.  The only draw back is that when you eat in the restaurant, the neon bright florescent lights inside nearly blind you throughout your meal.  Other than that, it was very much worth the wait.

In and Out Burger

Well I can hardly wait to go back to Las Vegas.  It was magnificent!  Here are two big fat kisses for my parental units.

hugs and kisses to my parents

Smooch!

Viva Las Vegas!

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Elvis circa 1968

Viva Las Vegas

Bright light city gonna set my soul
Gonna set my soul on fire
Got a whole lot of money that’s ready to burn,
So get those stakes up higher
There’s a thousand pretty women men waitin’ out there
And they’re all livin’ devil may care
And I’m just the devil with love to spare
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

How I wish that there were more
Than the twenty-four hours in the day
‘Cause even if there were forty more
I wouldn’t sleep a minute away
Oh, there’s black jack and poker and the roulette wheel
A fortune won and lost on every deal
All you need’s a strong heart and a nerve of steel
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas with your neon flashin’
And your one armbandits crashin’
All those hopes down the drain
Viva Las Vegas turnin’ day into nighttime
Turnin’ night into daytime
If you see it once
You’ll never be the same again

I’m gonna keep on the run
I’m gonna have me some fun
If it costs me my very last dime
If I wind up broke up well
I’ll always remember that I had a swingin’ time
I’m gonna give it everything I’ve got
Lady luck please let the dice stay hot
Let me shoot a seven with every shot

Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas,Viva Las Vegas
Viva, Viva Las Vegas

welcome to sin city

Yep, I’m going to be spending some time in the heart of Vegas, baby!

The Las Vegas Strip is where I’m going to call home for awhile.  I’ll keep you posted … or not.

Peace out

Lions and Tigers and Bears … Oh My!

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This time of year, I’m particularly aware of the bears that are coming into town to feast on the easily accessible garbage in the neighborhoods.  They’re simply doing what they need to do in order to fatten up for the freezing cold winters in these parts.

bear in town ~ Spring 2010

This bear unfortunately ended up in the middle of town in spring.  That’s the other time of year they need to load up on the calories after winter hibernation.  It looks so cute and cuddly right?   …. WRONG!  They can be dangerous, especially if you end up between a mama and her cub.

Flash back to  August, when Dave and I took a couple of days to go camping in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, which are just in our back yard.

love this canyon

Our first stop was a hike at Grizzly Creek.  Now, my friend suggested this hike alongside a rushing river, so I shouldn’t of been concerned.  After all, she came out alive and was able to talk about it.  I still wondered how this particular trail got its name.  Hmmm.

Grizzly Creek

Since I’m trying to be braver than I never am, usually am, I agreed to go.  The surroundings were filled with greenery, the scent of pine, and general mountain splendor.  The rushing water was so refreshing on this hot and humid summer day.

brave me in the enchanted forest

We kept hiking past bushes filled with a variety of plump, ripe, berries.  Oh how ripe and juicy they looked.  There were even wild raspberries.

I was enjoying these splashes of color along the trail until…

I  found a great big pile of  bear scat.  Oh no!

very berry bear scat

We were about 30 minutes into the hike, and the pile was relatively fresh.  That meant that the bear was probably not too far away.  I daringly trudged on, while telling myself, if I’m attacked, “it’s a good day to die”.   I think this came from “Little Big Man.”  A little drama couldn’t hurt, right?

I’m glad the hike was so beautiful, because it made that feeling of fear inside me, a lot more tolerable.

So get out and enjoy the awesomeness of autumn.

We’re lucky to be able to enjoy the bears’ turf after all.