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Christmas gift splurge……

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Trying to shop for the perfect gift at Christmas for my husband is more difficult for me than  the “Secret Santa” game.   This year since we are now “empty nesters” I decided to get really extravagant.  Since he does not care for caviar, Brazilian coffee or gourmet cheese from southern Italy it took some thought.  Easy enough,  I shopped at local homemade soap boutique and splurged on a  $60.00 per pound  bar of Lemongrass scented soap that weighed in at 1/4 pound ($15.00)   I carried on and filled the gift bag with cotton candy bath bombs, eucalyptus foot cream, spearmint lip balm, and still had change left over from my $100 budget..

I tried my best and failed at extravagance, but I bet I have the best smelling husband at the New Years Eve celebration….Happy New Year y’all from Savannah, Georgia USA🎉

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

Most people enjoy a frightening fireside story about a haunted house. Stretch your imagination a bit let’s talk about the friendly ghost in a home that occupants typically learn to live with and accept their presence. Yes, they can be disruptive walking around the house at night turning on lights or opening doors and cabinets […]

via Not so scary haunted homes — EasyRealEstate

Friday the 13th…..It’s what you make of it

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Although I have never experienced anything unusual on this day it may be because I drift through the day with extreme caution.
My Grandma Rose was extremely superstitious, she believed every Friday and every 13th day was unlucky, so I had lots of practice never making any big decisions on these days.

If you have an Italian Grandma you probably know these do’s and don’ts

  •  drop a dish towel (unexpected company will come over)
  • go to bed between 11:55 pm and midnight (will have bad dreams)
  • buy a broom in May, (you’ll sweep someone away)
  • wash blankets in May (you’ll wash someone away)
  • go to the zoo or look at monkeys during pregnancy, (it will affect your baby’s behavior)
  • sneeze at the breakfast table (bad spirits will be with you all day)
  • carry a shovel thru the house (you’ll be digging someones grave)
  • walk under power lines that crossed (just plain unlucky)
  • seat 13 at a table (one will die within the year)
  • drink out of a cup with a crack (just unlucky)
  • wear red or purple to a funeral home (means you’ re happy they’re dead)
  • cross knives (you’ll get in a fight)
  • stir your coffee 2 or 4 times around not 3times (uneven numbers bring bad luck)
  • we could only live in houses with even street numbers,
  • use white sheets and pillow cases only (bring good spirits around)
  • no dirty dishes over night in the sink (unwanted company will be coming)
  • the foot of the bed could not face the door, (you’re on your way out)
  • never wear a hat in the house (going to a funeral)
  • if you enter the house through the front door had to leave through the front (or more people will keep coming)
  • sweep the house out every New Year’s Eve (get rid of the dirt)
  • buy a new broom every time we moved (don’t take the dirt with you)
  • move the furniture around in her house because we would change her good luck

Grandma lived happy and healthy until 85, and when we giggled about all this she would always say a few choice words in Italian and then say “someday you’ll miss me honey”
She called that right and I’ll admit I always wash my blankets in April.

The mystery of the history of the chair

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I would never want to seem ungrateful for a gift but this one has sort of become a nuisance.  My 90 year young father in law tagged this chair for me while prepping his home for an estate sale.  I’m really touched because I know how much it meant to him since my mother in law took such great care of it and it was passed on to them  from his mother.

As the story goes, the chair was from a brothel near the train depot in Laramie Wyoming in the 1800’s.  It somehow came into the family through an uncle that worked for the Union Pacific railway.  My father in law believes the brothel was located near the depot, since it was a common gathering place for the rail workers.

Anyway, it really doesn’t flow well with my decor.  My youngest daughter won’t  let my grandchildren sit on it, and my other daughter took it to her home for a brief period while I was downsizing and sent it back because she said it was creepy to look at.

I move it from one room to another and it never looks good.  If I have a guest who happens to sit in it and I tell them where it came from they usually jump right out of it.

I myself have never sat in it, although I’ve been curious to see if it would change my mood at times. 😉

I’ve googled brothels, chairs, Laramie , Laramie antiques and can’t find anything to match it up with.  My only conclusion so far is that it was either foyer or parlor furniture.  In that case to stay with tradition it will remain on my first floor.

If only chairs could talk, it would be a hoot to listen to this one