American Pickers

Alot of Sunday afternoons we spend at my parent's house, since we usually end up going to church up near there. We do a variety of things - sometimes we watch a movie together, sometimes we play games, and we usually have good things to eat.

It's mainly just a time to relax after a church and a busy week. Nice lazy Sunday afternoons - it doesn't get much better than that really, does it?

Anyway, today I spent most of the afternoon on the couch with my dad, glued to the TV. Which is a little more unusual, just because alot of Sundays I spend more time just visiting with my mom and sisters.

But today my dad turned on the History Channel and a show called "American Pickers" was on the History Channel. Have any of you seen that show? We were fascinated.

My dad and I are kindred spirits in that we both get pretty interested in Discovery Channel or History Channel shows - and this show was like a perfect mixture of the two channels. Basically it's these two men who travel around the country and look for antiques. They buy them at good prices and resell them to "clients" who I'm sure include rich people who will pay outrageous prices for old stuff, because they sure sell some of those things for crazy prices.

Those of you who have ever driven through a rural residential area will, I'm sure, be able to testify about those people who are just junk collectors. You can tell just by looking at their yard. You drive past and they have all kinds of old cars, tires, furniture, and just all kinds of stuff just sitting on their property.

I always used to look at those yards and get slightly disgusted, wondering why they can't just get rid of all that stuff. One or two days and you could have it all hauled off to the junkyard. But that's just the point - they don't want to get rid of it. They get attached to all that stuff and just won't throw it away.

And those are the kinds of places that these "pickers" on the show find all kinds of antique stuff to sell. You'd be surprised at some of the things they find in those places, and how much they sell them for!

My dad and I had a great time watching the show yesterday, and it's totally putting me in the mood to go to the antique mall and see what's there. The only problem is that those men on the show knew what they were looking at - they knew their stuff. They knew how much they could sell something for, and they had to differentiate between junk that could possibly be valuable or just plain junk. If you don't know what you're looking at when it comes to old stuff, you could end up paying way too much for something that isn't even worth anything.

Maybe I need to read up on antiques (particularly teacups and books) before I go back to the mall so that I don't get taken buying something worthless. But then, I would mostly be looking for teacups I thought were pretty or old-looking books that I wouldn't mind reading, because I like to decorate with that stuff. So I guess it wouldn't matter too much if it was worthless as long as I liked it, no?

I guess I'm just like those "clients" that I criticized earlier, just buying old stuff to decorate with. Except I'm not rich; I would only buy a bargain, so maybe I'm not like that after all! That makes me feel better.

For A Laugh

I was cleaning the house the other day and realized we were out of all-purpose cleaner.

We keep a grocery list going on the refrigerator so I can make sure I get everything when I make a grocery trip. I walked over to the fridge to put 409 on the list, and this is what I saw:

See that last item before 409? Courtesy of my hubby. He makes me laugh!

It Can Happen

You know when you are just browsing in a store and you find a really cute dress? Then you look at the tag and realize that it's been marked down to $8?

Then one of the workers asks you if you're finding everything alright, and you ask her if the dress is really $8. And she tells you that it should be, and if it's not they'll give it to you for eight anyway?

Then you go to the register and the girl rings up your purchases - and she looks at the computer screen and back at you a couple times. Then she tells you that it says $8, but it's ringing up as $22.50, and do you still want it?

Then you tell them that they told you they'd give it to you for $8, and the cashier turns to her manager and asks for a price change?

Then you get the dress for $8?

You know, when that happens?

I love it when that happens.

Better Than Rubies

I'm doing this Bible study with my mom and sisters. We're going through a Proverbs study book, and it's really good so far. It's reminded me of the importance of wisdom and discernment.

When I was younger one of the qualities that I really desired for myself was wisdom. To be a wise woman was one of my goals in life. Wisdom is one of those virtues that helps you with every other virtue, and if you have wisdom difficult situations won't be so difficult. Difficult situations may not even arise in the first place, because if you show wisdom in different situations it's a good way to avoid complications.

Wisdom makes all the difference in knowing when to speak and when to be silent. When to share a concern and when to overlook an offense. What to say and what not to say. With wisdom life and godliness is just easier.

It's emphasized throughout Scripture that wisdom is better than any material possession. When God gave Solomon an opportunity to ask for anything he wanted, Solomon chose wisdom over riches or power or long life, and it pleased God (1 Kings 3:5-14).

Would I have chosen wisdom over anything else I could ask for? On some days I just don't know - but I would hope so. The amazing thing is that when Solomon asked for wisdom over riches or honor, God gave him what he asked for; but He also gave him what he didn't ask for (1 Kings 3:13). The Lord blessed Solomon for seeking wisdom; and I think He will bless any of His children who sincerely desire to please Him through wise actions and words.

Somehow I've lost that desire for wisdom in recent years. I think it's just because things have gotten so crazy and busy for the last, oh, three years, and somehow I just forgot about the importance of seeking wisdom.

That's shameful isn't it? How can one forget to pursue something that's so important - something that has been so important in the past? I don't know, but through this Bible study with my mom (who is a very wise woman) I've remembered that long forgotten desire of my heart: to grow to be a wiser woman.

Anyway, Proverbs says that those who seek wisdom diligently will find it (Proverbs 8:17). What a wonderful promise.

I think think the Bible study we're doing on Proverbs, reading Proverbs daily, and praying for wisdom are a good start, so that's what I plan to do.

You'll probably be reading alot of posts inspired by Proverbs in the near future!

A Twittering Imposter! ( I Sincerely Apologize . . .)

Oh my goodness, Guys, I was just updating some of my sidebar items and noticed that my Twitter feed was full of different items - and it never is.

Then I read some of the Twitter updates and realized that I had not posted those! There was alot of cussing and stuff - and you guys know that I wouldn't cuss, right?

I was wondering if someone had hacked into my Twitter account or something, but then I clicked on the link and figured out what happened.

Well, I changed my Twitter username a few months ago. It used to be something different, but then I changed it to CallieNicole7 for the sake of unity between my Blogger username and Twitter username.

I noticed that my Twitter updates never seemed to appear on the sidebar, but I just thought it was because I tweet rather infrequently.

Well, I discovered it was because I never changed my Twitter username for the little sidebar gadget. And someone just recently picked up my old username.

Someone who uses foul language.

Someone who is in no way connected with me or the blog!

So if any of you have noticed inappropriate Twitter updates in my sidebar, I sincerely apologize, and it wasn't me! I hope I didn't lose any of my subscribers over this, but I wanted to set the record straight.

Serves me right for not being more on top of the housekeeping aspects of my blog. I've learned my lesson.

It's fixed now, in case you were wondering.

Truly Delightful Snacks

Have you ever had those little Quaker rice snacks? They're called Quakes?

I love those. They're like little mini rice cakes with flavor.

Well, if you like those, wait until you have Quaker Quakes True Delight rice snacks.

Oh my goodness. They are delicious. They're just like the regular Quakes, except they're in these gourmet flavors.

I just tried the Blackberry Pomegranate and Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, and I think I'm going to have to buy the Vanilla Creme Brulee one next.

The best thing is they're pretty healthy. Much healthier than chips. They're baked instead of fried, and they have about half the calories of chips.

They're just wonderful all the way around. Quakes have always been one of my favorites, and now the True Delights just may have moved to my number one favorite.

I promise I wasn't paid to write a review of them, guys - I just really like them!

Any other scrumptious snacks you can recommend?

Finishing the Basement

Drumroll, please . . .

Derek and I are finishing our basement this Spring!

Our house is a raised ranch, and it has an unfinished basement. When we bought it the basement had a rough-in for a bathroom, so basically we have to put up the wall, sheet rock and paint the walls, pick out all the stuff for the bathroom and get that put together, and put carpet in.

It'll be really nice when we're done, because it'll add a laundry room, a coat closet, a family room, a master bathroom, and two other rooms down there that we'll use for bedrooms! They aren't officially bedrooms because they won't have closets, but still. It'll double our square footage and put alot of equity into the house, so we're pretty excited.

Derek is doing alot of the work himself (I'm so glad that I have a husband who can do that stuff), and my dad works in the construction business, so he's helping us alot too. We're going to pay my dad for his help, but even so, we're saving alot on the labor by doing it this way, so it'll be great!

I introduce to you the first of my "Renovation Diaries". Basically my own little version of a home improvement show - only I'm not really giving out tons of tips, just showing you the progress of our own renovation story.

I can assure you that at some future point you'll see me freaking out about what tile to pick for the bathroom, because I'm already freaking out about it - and I'll try to extend these Diaries through the decorating process, which is where my expertise will come in (the construction part of it is Derek's job, then I get the "making it livable" part).

I hope you enjoy my antics in these videos! Not the greatest quality, and definitely not professional, but I know you'll still be my friends anyway! In my defense for this first video, I really couldn't tel how dark it was down there through my camera, and I filmed at night because that was the only time I could do it - so, yeah. That's my excuse. Without further ado:

Renovation Diaries 1 - 2/28/2010 from Callie on Vimeo.

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