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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Recent finds, and a few Re-Purposes, and a Tribute to My Daddy





I know I haven't had time lately to post any recent finds or projects, so here goes.
This was a good Garage Sale Weekend. Here is what I found on Thursday & Friday. LMK if you see something you like. I will take some of it to the booth later this week.

A whole box full of Santa Mugs from the 60's

Love the numbers, and the Turbine

2 sets of bicycle baskets, an old side table that needs some TLC.
Not to mention a lantern, I love old lanterns.

An old Lard bucket with great graphics


And here are a few things I picked up at last weekends Winnie and Tulula's Grand opening.

This is an animal waterer I got from Mindy

Now it's a place for paper and pen in the guest room.

I got this grate from Mindy too, I've been looking for one of these for awhile now. I think they are great if you like to change things a lot. Just hang the new stuff from the grate, which stays on the wall. That way you don't put extra holes in the wall. I promise I did hang it strait, I just didn't hold the camera strait:)

The little metal wall pocket I got from Talking Trash Debbie

Perfectly Industrial Shabby.

I've coined a new word for our style at Winnie & Tulula's "Decorator Junk".
Be the only one on your block with "it" whatever "it" is.

Happy Father's Day Daddy

All of these items belonged to my Dad. His boyscout handbook, Pilot Log book,
Slide Rules, Camera, Watch (there's a story behind that watch). The framed picture
is of his HAM radio group in College, and the little boy is him as a toddler.

This day is bitter-sweet for me. You see when I was 18 My Father passed away at the age of 39. He had a very short battle with Leukemia. Dad and I did not always have the greatest relationship as I was growing up, but he was always there for me. He never missed an event, cheerleading, choir, Indian Princess (he was the chief), he was even an honorary room father when I was in the 5th grade. He was usually taking pictures and all of these events and I am so blessed that I have all of these pictures. He could be a lot of fun too, I especially remember riding a mini bike in a field on my birthday, and lots of tickle fights.


Dad was many things, a computer pioneer in the 70's, raced motorcycles, and learned to fly both hang-gliders and airplanes, an avid photographer, Woodworker, HAM Radio operator, a genius and a member of MENSA.



And he built a business that employed over 200 people at the time of his death.
read about that here

He's been gone for 26 years, I've know life without him, more than life with him. However, he was there through all those influential moments of my youth. Dispensing wisdom whether I wanted it or not (I do remember those pearls of wisdom even today).

I'm mostly sad that my kids never got to know him, he would have been a wonderful Grandfather. He loved life, and enjoyed each day. Sometimes his temperment would interfere with other's enjoying each day, but we can overlook that. He wanted each experience to be full and complete, and packed a lot of living into those 39 years.


My youngest Son recently said "When I die I want to meet 2 people in heaven. Elija and Your Dad." Wow!! that got me. Here's to you dad, you continue to influence me even though you are not here.

Happy Father's day to my wonderful husband Roger and all the great Dad's out there, who keep everything working, the lawn mowed, the cars humming, and the greatest tools stocked for us junker wives. Take a day off, you deserve it.


6 comments:

trash talk said...

Margo,
Great finds and I love how you used all your purchases...very clever!
Reading about your father was like being in a time capsule. It's sad you lost him while you were still so young, but wonderful to read what the important years were like with him. Your love and pride in him rings through loud and clear. A beautiful tribute.
Debbie

Cammie said...

Love the story of your dad. I lost my dad 3 years ago June 30, he too is an inspiration to me each and every day of my life. Isn't it weird how even though they are gone they still are with you every day. Thanks for sharing.

David said...

Your dad sounds like a really cool guy! I'm sorry that you didn't have more time with him.

sinnlighet said...

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Vee said...

What a great tribute that isn't all frippery and flowers. Obviously, you speak highly of your dad as your son wants to meet him one day. (And now I know where you get your creative genius!)

Vickie said...

Amen & Amen. Good tribute to your dad. I'm sorry he's gone from your life but I'm glad that you still have good memories to share with your boys and to keep in your heart. I enjoyed reading about him!

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