A lot of folks out in Blogland hold and participate in meme's. I've wanted to join in on a number of them over the last couple years but have generally held back and today's post is a good example of why. Every week throughout the summer months, generally on Friday, I try to post a Triumphs and Tragedies bit. This week is my second T&T post of the year and I'm only just writing it on Sunday! Unfortunately my ability to write a post in a timely fashion is severely lacking. Especially when my week has been as busy as this week was.
To start we have a Triumph. The banking has been completed and the funds are now secured for the new roof to go ahead. The exterior makeover on this house is about to begin and I'm extremely excited.
Another exciting venture this week that kept me busy was a huge auction sale. Two days of selling was full of highs and lows. Trying to decide what I want to buy, how much it is worth and how much money I have in my pocket to spend is a big puzzle that constantly keeps changing as items hit the floor. There were some minor Tragedies. Pieces that I loved but in the end could not afford. The moorecroft bowl that eventually sold for over $600. The large blanket box that also sold for over $600. And there were some Triumphs. Like unexpectedly finding a rain barrel in with all the antiques.
Purchased for $50 this is approximately half what you would pay in stores. I've been wanting to buy a rain barrel for the past two years and keep putting it off due to the cost. I can't wait to get this set up. I already have the spot picked out.
Another deliciously wonderful Triumph was finding a very special label. Every antique shop we walk into, every flea market, every auction - we always look at the labels. And have always walked away empty handed. Years ago our community of Canoe Cove was home to a lobster cannery. I am given to understand that the man who owned the cannery was also the person who built our home.
This auction, amidst the hundreds of antique signs and labels I found one, yes just ONE, label for the Canoe Cove Lobster Cannery. In near perfect condition. and I won the bidding to take it home. I was thrilled.
If the picture on the label looks familiar to you, it's because on the top right hand side of my blog I feature a photo of our community sign.
This sign features this very same picture as the label as recreated by a local artist. Isn't that something?
There have been some Tragedies this week too. After getting back very late last night from the auction we discovered that one of our semi-feral kitties had somehow gotten covered in motor oil. No idea how this happened but her back leg and side were completely coated and we spent several hours holding her down and playing beauty salon. You might remember we had a similar incident with some tar last fall that resulted in me wearing a cat like a hairpiece. I'm happy to report that although this was a difficult process our patient was much better behaved this time. Who knew a hairdryer would have a calming effect on a cat?
Another tragedy this week is that the downside of spending so much time at banks and auctions has resulted in a lack of time to spend in the garden. The weather is getting warmer each day and the garden (and weeds!) are springing forth. Just this morning I found the hyacinths have begun to bloom, the second bulb to open here after the squill.
Soon the muscari and tulips will follow suit.
I had better get outside and get working because next thing you know the veggie garden will need to be planted and I'm nowhere near ready for that!