Sunday, March 26, 2017

Outdoor Creativity...

Still waiting for all the snow to melt. So for now, I've been clicking through Pinterest and enjoying all the photos of green grass.

"Brick Books" for your garden.

Happy Sunday, everyone!!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

May joy and peace surround you,

Contentment latch your door,

And happiness be with you now,

And bless you evermore.

– Irish Blessing

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We're all a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Random Silliness...


I'm hoping to see him, too.

Happy Thursday, all!!!

Stay warm!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

And The Survey Says...

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Thirty inches of snow is a lot to contend with.

I noticed some news media kind of poo-pooing the storm since it didn't hit NYC as they had predicted. But it packed a wallop north and west of the Big Apple.

So please keep everyone here in Central New York and other northeastern states hit hardest in your thoughts and prayers. Especially the elderly.
Many counties are in a state of emergency, including ours.

Now they are predicting an additional 4-8" of lake effect snow in our forecast for today.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb."

Really?? So what the heck do you call the middle of the month??!! In like Godzilla??

Man, Nor'easter Stella has been relentless!! I swear it has not stopped snowing since early this morning and we have more on the way.

I snapped this photo of our stone front porch when I opened our door.

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Our area is going to have a lot of digging out to do when all is said and done.

Stay warm and shovel on...

Smiley from Millan.Net

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ol' Betsy's getting some bling...

Most of you know Betsy's my Jeep YJ. Man, I do love her.

While Jeep owners of all ages really love to deck their vehicle out, I'm a bit more reserved and tend to focus more on the details.

But when I came across this awesome distressed, etched glass American flag hood decal, a light bulb went off in my head!!

I contacted Brian at Vello's Vinyl Lettering in PA and asked him if he could bring my light bulb idea to life.
He did exactly that!


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Since my Jeep is an old timer, the hood design is different. So I wanted a smaller decal.

I also got her some side steps. Ummm... actually they're more for me than her. But hey, she looks pretty spiffy!

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So for now I will curse the bitter cold and snow storm that is about to hit us and wait (very impatiently) for warmer weather.

Happy Monday, everyone!!!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

What to do as we wait for the Nor'easter to arrive...

Paint something, or course!!

I decided to lighten up my old sewing machine cabinet. Like myself, she has seen better days.
But she's sturdy and can still handle the job so she's a keeper.

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Did you know this massive winter storm is named "Stella?"

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Couldn't be more appropriate!!

Happy Sunday, all.

To those in Stella's path... batten down the hatches and stay warm! Hopefully it won't be as bad as they predict. We all know too well the media hype that is always thrown our way.

Just remember the ol' Boy Scouts motto, "Be prepared."

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy Monday, all!!!

I'm back in the saddle again. Feeling much better and thrilled we hit 47 degrees today!! Woo hoo!!!
Hey, in Central New York in the month of March, we'll take anything over the freezing mark.

Stella is driving me crazy wanting to go outside and play fetch. The only problem is she is now in the habit of retrieving her ball but not wanting to give it to me. She'll place it by my feet and when I bend down to pick it up she grabs it then spins around like she's all that and a bag of chips. She used to do it occasionally. Now it's all the time. I can't believe I have an 18lb. dog who likes to break my chops.

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Wishing everyone a terrific and productive week!! Man, I've got a lot of catching up to do!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TONIGHT On Early Work Mercantile

What president can quite literally give you his two cents?
President Abraham Lincoln, of course!

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To go directly to my selling page, please click on the banner below.

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Sorry I haven't been posting. I've been a little under the weather. But hopefully I'm on the mend.

Wishing everyone a terrific week!!

Get outside and enjoy life.

Monday, February 20, 2017

How many can you name??

No cheating.

Enjoy your day, all!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Friday, February 17, 2017

"We talked the matter over...

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and could have settled the war in thirty minutes had it been left to us."
~Unknown Confederate Soldier referencing a meeting he had with a Union soldier between the lines.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


February 14, 2017 — Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs because it may be contaminated with pentobarbital.

What’s Recalled?

Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs
12 ounce can
Lot Number: 2415E01ATB12
UPC Code (second half): 80001
Expiration Date: December 2019

About Pentobarbital

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.

To date, no complaints have been reported to Against the Grain for this single lot number nor any of Against the Grain’s pet foods.
Where Was It Distributed?

The recalled product was distributed (in 2015) to independent pet retail stores in the following states:


The company has verified that the affected lot is no longer on any store shelves.
What to Do?

Consumers may return any can with the relevant lot number to their place of purchase and receive a full case of Against the Grain food for the inconvenience.

Customers with questions may contact the company at 800-288-6796 between 11 AM and 4 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yet ANOTHER Dog Food Recall...

Blue Buffalo Company has issued a voluntary recall for specific lots of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight due to possible aluminum metal contamination.

What’s Recalled?

The recalled product includes:

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables
12.5 ounce can
UPC: 8-40243-10017-0
Codes: Best By 08/03/2019

The “Best By” date is on the bottom of the can.

No other Blue Buffalo products are involved. The company has not received any reports of illness or injury as a result of the problems giving rise to this recall.

What to Do?

Customers are invited to return the impacted product to your local retailer for a full refund. For additional information, call 866-800-2917.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Please pass along.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

My sweet hubs surprised me with this lovely vintage Americana eagle milk glass lamp shade!

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Actually, he doesn't know it yet.
But that's just a minor detail. ((hee-hee))

He's also surprising me with a smaller version of this same vintage milk glass lamp shade! But it's not arriving for a few days.
Can you believe it??!!

Again, he has no idea. And again... just a minor detail. ((giggle))

We don't normally acknowledge silly Valentine's Day.
But today I'm glad I
(ummm make that) WE did!

Hopefully he'll grab me a box of chocolates on the way home, too.
But no worries, I already did.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

My apologies, President Lincoln...

I'm a day late.

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Happy Birthday, sir.

Friday, February 10, 2017

On a boring and bitterly cold February day it's either...

stuff my face or paint something.

I went with the latter.

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I decided to lighten up my (matte black) vintage Murphy ironing board. Man, you have no idea how much I love this thing and will never part with it. No I don't love to iron. I love the fact that it hangs on the wall yet it is tucked away and isn't seen. Genius!

Those who live in old houses know there is little to no closet space. Anywhere. You have to make due with what you have and get very creative with storage. So having a closet to store a large ironing board is quite lavish to me. ((hee-hee))

After 17 years I still haven't figured out where to put my vacuum cleaner.
I don't think I can get away with hanging it on the wall.

Happy Friday, all!

Stay warm and think spring!

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