The Ultimate in Re-cycling

September 30, 2009

Indian Sari Dresses

As most of my friends and family know, I’m just not a shopper. ‘Things’ don’t mean much to me at all. I’m not about collecting or acquiring stuff…not clothing, not decorating items, not ‘toys’ (unless it’s for my grand-daughter) and certainly not knick knacks. I do have a weakness for books and cooking gadgets but even there, I’m kind of reluctant to buy ‘new’ things because I’m also cheap. BUT, you know, every once in a while a person has to buy a few pieces of furniture or something different to hang in the closet. There’s a place we have here in Cary where I’ve been doing business for several years, it’s called Consigning Design . Now, I’m sure you have consignment stores where you live and I know there are others around here but I LOVE this place! Our dining room set, our coffee table (which is one of the very few ‘things’ I own that I might try to drag out of my house if it was on fire) and our sectional sofa all came from this store. They also sell clothing, art and now, upholstery fabric (in the event you find a FABULOUS sofa that’s covered in purple and green paisley). furnitureSo, yesterday, I had an hour to kill and decided to see what’s new there…which is another fun feature of consignment shopping…the ever changing inventory. Always something new and sometimes something’s gone that should have come home with me last time I was there (happens to me ALL the time) and I vow to not let that happen again. I was looking for a couple business-type outfits since I’ve got this new career ; )  Anyway, there’s a little ’boutique’ section that has famous labels and ridiculous prices. Most of the stuff is so gently worn that I have to wonder if it was EVER worn. So, I found the perfect pant suit with the tags still on it. 100% silk in the boutique section for $48. The pants fit me like they were custom made! Now that’s not something that happens everyday to this old woman and NEVER does it happen with a pair of pants that are a bargain! SOLD! On my way to go pay, I found a perfect little caned seat stool for a friend of mine who just set up her own apartment…she mentioned needing a stool so that she could use her drawing table. $30…SOLD!

Here’s the thing for me…why not try a place like this first? It’s cheaper, it’s fun and it helps keep the landfills from filling up just a little bit. That’s what I call a win-win!

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Tennis Anyone?

September 29, 2009

Wow, the weather this morning is astounding! Tennis Racket and Ball on Court

Autumn is definitely in the air…which means the absolute BEST time for tennis. I can hear the courts calling to me as I type this. In particular, the courts at the Cary Tennis Park on Louis Stephens Rd. I remember the first time I saw the complex there several years ago…I was blown away that this was a PUBLIC facility! 30 pristine lighted courts, including a stadium court, a full service building with pros, equipment and showers. Somehow, all this has a tendency to elevate my game whenever I play there…I still usually lose to my son but it doesn’t feel so bad as you’re walking off these courts! As if this isn’t enough, Cary has 25 OTHER courts at 4 different parks. I’ve played on all of them and they are top notch as well, just not as new or set up so specifically for organized play. The one closest to my home, on Walnut St at R.S. Dunham Park has 5 lighted courts, 3 of which are individually fenced in-fantastic when you’re playing with a new player that has a hard time keeping it on your court! ; )

I can’t wait to get out there and whack the ball around! How about you?

If only…

September 28, 2009

gardening pic

But alas, I do NOT have a green thumb. My friends and family know that giving me something green and living…well, it’s a death sentence for the afore mentioned green thing! That doesn’t mean however, that I dislike green and growing things at all. On the contrary…it’s much the same way I feel about dancing and singing…I just KNOW I could do it if someone would teach me!

Well, I stopped in at Garden Supply Co. on Old Apex Rd in Cary this morning. I was hoping to find a couple nice mums to set out on the front steps-which I did, but oh my goodness! That place is AMAZING! I don’t know how big it actually is, maybe a couple acres outside but it feels so cozy and organized. There were tons of experts around to help the other folks who were thinking about actually planting something ; ) But then, I went in to pay and the INSIDE is like another world…they’ve got garden supplies of course, but the place is just brimming with patio and home decore…MORE plants and even more helpful folks. I recommend checking it out whether you have a green thumb or not.  

garden supply

Well, the sun came out today!

September 28, 2009

Sun and cloudsFunny thing…having lived here in Cary for the last 13 years, I’ve grown accustomed to the beautiful sunny weather we usually have.  This past week had far more cloudy, rainy days than sunshine. BUT, our skies cleared around noon today and I think, made the whole of Wake county smile! I know I put the windows down in the car and took the long way to church…drinking in the warm sun and coolish breeze. It’s starting to feel like autumn!

Up in the north, at least where I’m from (Utica/Rome, NY)  autumn was always bittersweet since it’s such a beautiful time of year only to  be followed very quickly by an insanely long, freezing cold winter. Here, autumn lasts for a couple months…beautiful colors, cooling temps and the great thing is…winter is so meek and mild, I hardly notice it.

Anyway, after a beautiful day driving in the country, eating at an outdoor restaurant and sitting on my deck reading…I got to see my adorable little grand-daughter, Mackenzie (who I’m sure you’ll be hearing about from time to time)! I took her mommy and daddy out for ice cream and we just enjoyed watching her try out her new walking skills at Goodberry’s http://www.goodberrys.com/ I had to stop and think…it’s the end of September! I LOVE this place!!!