What can a teacher actually do? OMG….what have I done?

It has been quite difficult for me to think of a new topic to write about.  I would like to call it writer’s block, but I am not a writer.  Of course, there is my recent unemployment issue that seems to be persisting like a bad pimple.  I have been a music/drama teacher for the last 16 years, and this is the first year that the school year began without me.  It feels rather odd not to be in school with everyone else.  Honestly, I have yet to figure out if I like the feeling or not.  I have very mixed emotions at the moment, and perhaps I will not come to a conclusion until the first vacation break I would normally have as a teacher.

So here I am, at the mercy of the job market with what seems like very limited skills or education.  I am 4 classes shy of having a Master’s degree, and a common response I have received from many of these job applications is either: You are not qualified enough, or you are over-qualified.  Since when does being ‘over-qualified’ stop a company from hiring someone?  That would be equivalent to a high school principal telling Albert Einstein he is over-qualified to teach high school students.  So, I suppose my true question is, “What can a teacher actually do?”

I have never thought of that question before, aside from contemplating a response to the popular comment, “Oh, you just teach music/drama.”  How does a person properly respond to that?

I think back to the many hours spent practicing choral music BEFORE having to teach the music to my classes.  I think back to the many hours of script writing for our many productions throughout the year BEFORE we even began rehearsals.  Prepare ye self for a plethora of memes that are about to bombard this post.  Sometimes the life of a music/drama teacher is best described in the many memes we like to post all over our classrooms.  So, what can a music/drama teacher actually do?

15a6c70a425a0e249dab09580ae7c238

Growing up with one of the best critics in the world, my mom taught me that every performance should be better than the last.  For some reason, I developed that same mentality with my choir ensembles and drama troupes.  I pushed my students every day so they realized that they shouldn’t be satisfied with just “ok”.  It is great for students to know that they must always do their best, but as a teacher of the performing arts, sometimes a student’s BEST can be pushed even further because they don’t always know that their BEST can become BETTER.  Being that pushy teacher means that they will hate you during the rehearsal process, but in the end they realize that you knew their true potential.  So, a music/drama teacher goes through all of the name-calling, the gossip, the bad attitudes,  etc., but in the end, they end up becoming the student’s best friend.  Well, I won’t go as far as assuming I’m their best friend, but at least they realized I pushed them so hard for a very good reason.  My criticism wasn’t to be mean, but I firmly believe that compliments are earned.  Today, students are awarded just for being present.  My students knew that when I gave them a compliment, it was because I truly meant it and because they truly earned it.  I never believed in giving them only positive feed back because that is not how the real world works.  Why sugar coat everything?  Why not be honest about your thoughts and expectations?

11ec924e4ae40f6a6d19081c0a07ea1a

However, kids will be kids, and 9 times out of 10 they would come to rehearsal completely unprepared.  The countless hours spent on preparing rehearsal tracks for their performance/competition music turned out to be time wasted on many occasions.  I can’t count how many times I spent my very own free time recording their music, only to be disappointed that they came to class without knowing their voice parts.  Nonetheless, a performing arts teacher works with what she/he has and rehearses harder than ever to make up for what wasn’t practiced at home.  It is not as simple as giving a student a 0 for their homework grade because that will never help for the competition that is coming up in 4 weeks.  Sure, individual tests and homework grades have a direct affect on their personal averages, but our performances and competitions were always for public display and a direct reflection on myself as a director.  Thankfully, my students learned very quickly that their performances were more successful when they practiced at home, and we polished and perfected the ensemble during class time.  Of course, with limited ensemble rehearsal time, that usually meant that we were required to have additional rehearsals after school.  Let’s face it, high school students love to talk no matter how great a teacher’s classroom management may be.  d9e780ef1e60d9544bbd3942c059ba2e

Aside from my choral duties, being a drama director meant that there were always more rehearsals scheduled other than class time and after school.  I know that everyone looks at teaching like many other careers–you chose that career, so you shouldn’t complain about your decision.  I completely agree, but unlike many other careers, a teacher does not get paid for the extra hours invested.  Sure, teachers have 3 months of vacation time, but most teachers work during that vacation time planning for the new year.  This was the first summer I did not spend my entire summer planning and practicing music programs for the upcoming year.  I realize that music is not an English class, but there still is a tremendous amount of preparation time spent on selecting concert music, festival music, competition music, practicing all of the music selected, play writing, setting up budget expectations for the year, etc.  Then there is the fundraising aspect of the job for a performing arts director.  Most clubs have fundraisers for different little things they do throughout the school year, but we had to have fundraisers because we didn’t receive a yearly club stipend and still were expected to put on performances.  Fundraisers were the only way we were able to purchase music, props, set designs, pay festival fees, pay competition fees, assist with travel to festivals and competitions,  etc.  We did not have a booster club like the athletic department or the band, so we had to do everything ourselves.   This required more advertising on my part, and a way of implementing sponsorships from local businesses.  2f1a91259f036193d8f7b053622c5386

Upon deciding to be a performing arts teacher, I never realized that I would have to be skilled at management outside the classroom along with being very financially savvy.  Creativity was always a strong suit, but I thought that creativity pertained to the performing arts programs.  I never dreamed I would have to be creative in the business aspect of it all.  After all, I am an educator, not a business manager, right?

f053761701c2fded7254ea8d64c9cc74

(Please excuse the grammatical error in this meme.)

That brings me back to that commonly heard phrase, “Oh, you just teach music/drama.”  Seriously?  When someone decides to become a teacher of the performing arts, he/she must realize that it is so much more than just teaching the art.  Unfortunately, very few know the work put into every single performance because they are not at every scheduled rehearsal, they are not there for every phone call made, they are not there for every scheduling session, they are not there for every fundraising activity, they are not there for the constant brainstorming sessions, they are not there for the phone calls from parents wondering why their child didn’t get the lead in the play, they are not there for the student breakdowns when a student is just wanting to give up instead of working even harder, they are not there for all of the drama that takes place off stage, they are not there for the numerous counseling sessions required to get students to work together instead of tearing each other apart, and they are not there for the countless evenings and vacation days spent at school preparing for everything coming up.  The only thing they see is the final performance, and they automatically assume the end result just ‘happened’.  So, I can see why it seems like I only teach music/drama because the end result looks like so much fun and just so easy.  Would you like to try it?

Wait, there’s more!  The school district in which I was a choir/drama director did not consist of only teaching at one school.  At one time, I taught 5 classes at the high school and then 1 choir class at two different middle schools.  That meant that there were no daily lunch or planning times.  Most of my plan time had to take place after school, and my lunches had to be consumed in my vehicle while driving to the next destination.

f747a236be2f411b4f7ce7a874db79966418253c82c8b6ba7c8d32402bdcebaf

Most choir/drama teachers with a tremendous load of classes would have an assistant, but that was never in the budget for my location.  As expected, upon returning back to the high school at the end of the school day, I would have a small window of time to make copies before our after school rehearsals began.  Needless to say, Bob Marley and I became best friends because we always met after school for a little ‘jammin’ session.  Not only did I have to plan for my choir classes, but I had to prepare for my Fine Arts classes.  Seeing Bob every afternoon did not make any of this easy.  Perhaps that’s why it seemed like he was singing my favorite song everyday.

bob-marley-quote-dont-worry-about-a-thing-every-little-thing-is-gonna-be

Let me clarify, I am not writing about this because I am complaining.  Honestly, I loved my job as a high school choir/drama director, and I truly miss this position.  Sadly, I think that my biggest regret was leaving it for an elementary music/fine arts position.  I think back to those countless Fine Arts classes while teaching at the high school, and I would give anything to go back to that.  Throughout the years, I complained a lot about teaching high school Fine Arts because the majority of the class consisted of students who did not want to be there but needed an art.  I would give them various writing assignments, and I would dread grading these assignments because they were so horrific to read.

0845f8b56ed8b58d88abf94a07002343

I often wondered what they learned in their English classes because some of these papers were extremely difficult to understand.  Of course, I am not an English teacher, and I am the last person to criticize what and how they teach.  I know that they have an extremely difficult job, and I would never assume that my job is more difficult.  Unfortunately, I’ve learned that there is a tremendous amount of competition amongst faculty members.  Even though everyone is working towards a common goal–educating students, too many teachers compete with each other about who is the better teacher.  Sometimes they compete with each other about who is teaching a more substantial subject area.  I believe this is exactly why the arts suffer the most because it doesn’t receive the credit it truly deserves.  If only every teacher looked at every subject as substantial as the other, we could accomplish some pretty amazing things.

Anyway, this last year, I found myself missing not only my choir and drama groups but also my high school Fine Arts classes, regardless of their lack of writing skills.  Instead, I faced general music classes filled with kindergarten through third grade students, squeaky recorder classes, and Fine Arts/Drama/Music classes (with out a set curriculum or IDEA of a curriculum) filled with fifth through seventh grade students (the majority wishing they were in P.E. everyday).  It never failed, whenever a holiday was approaching, these students would come to class, and I wished they were in P.E., too.

3875241

You know the saying, “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side”?  Well, as much as I loved my kindergarten through third grade classes, I couldn’t help but feel that I didn’t belong.  I missed my busy schedules, the drama both on and off stage, and all of the business aspects of my job.  I didn’t leave this last job because I thought the grass was greener somewhere else.  I left this last job because we decided to move away from our little bayou community and try life elsewhere.  Do I miss this last job I held?  Unfortunately, my last year of teaching almost seems like it was a wasted year for me.  I feel as if the lack of the busy schedule and the endless rehearsals made me seem rather lazy.  Of course, elementary/middle school is very different from high school.  I miss everything about my job as a high school music/drama director.  So, I can’t help but wonder–OMG, what have I done?  Luckily this last year wasn’t a COMPLETE waste.  I took  that curriculum-lacking, nonexistent, Fine Arts/Drama program and caused them to want to continue it the next year instead of trashing it.  I was able to put on 2 play productions that required students to actually ACT and do much more than read lines from a piece of paper .

Being a high school music/drama director has enabled me to learn so much more than education alone.  However, in the current job market, it seems as if being a high school music/drama teacher doesn’t mean anything at all.  Employment positions that require something as simple as a high school diploma and a few years of experience in a certain field leaves me with being an applicant who is not experienced enough.  I know I could work circles around many people they may possibly hire, but because I do not have experience in the field they consider me not qualified.  Really?!

16shyd

It is frightening to know that many people that are hired in different positions have less work ethic and drive than someone who doesn’t have “experience” in the field.  As a teacher, we learn new things every day, every month, every year.  Please give me a solid explanation as to why a teacher–in this case, a high school music/drama teacher– does not have required experience in management, budgeting, scheduling, marketing & advertising, sales, recruiting, publishing, customer service, etc.  A teacher can be taught rather quickly because we are constantly battling the ever-changing education field and all of the new paperwork that comes along with it.  Why do employers think a teacher is not qualified?  Besides, how did they get into the position they are in to begin with?  Don’t you think they all have to thank a teacher for TEACHING them?  Perhaps there is more to this ‘not qualified’ excuse.  Maybe, they are afraid of teachers because teachers CAN do ANYTHING, and just maybe THEIR skills are limited to that particular field because they are NOT a teacher.  All I can say is, just give a teacher a chance because teachers are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet.  Try to realize that teachers are more qualified than you can possibly imagine.  Of course, if you never give a teacher a chance, you will never find out the true value they can bring to a company.

handel

Needless to say, my job search continues.  For now, I am unemployed for the first time in a VERY long time.  Please keep your fingers crossed because this Disney addict needs revenue coming in so she can support her need for Disney all the time.  Haha!

64b86f4717600c34809b9a077f3d784a

 

Duffy the Disney Dog

As promised, today I want to introduce you to our newest family member.  After the loss of our sweet Reggie, we were undecided as to when and if we were ever going to get another dog.  Months later, I saw a picture of some cute little pups on Facebook (when I had Facebook), and I just couldn’t pass it up.

This is Duffy, and he is our sweet little pup who has LOTS of personality.  He is a Shihpooh, which is considered to be one of those ‘designer’ breeds.  I don’t know about all that though.  It seems like it is just a fancy way of calling a mixed breed a ‘mut’.  Nonetheless, we love our little ‘mut’.  Duffy is now 5 months old and is the calmest puppy I have ever encountered.  He does love to play, but he loves being around people more than playing.  For some reason, he is completely content just laying next to someone, or laying on the floor as we cook or get ready in the mornings.

Duffy came from a place that made me feel like I was actually “rescuing” him instead of purchasing him.  I had no idea this place was what many people would consider a “puppy mill”.  Honestly, I didn’t really know what that meant until I saw this place.  My mom came along with me for the journey, and she just about died when she saw this conditions of this place.  While in the owner’s house signing papers, it took everything in me not to vomit from the pungent urine smells.  I have never smelled anything so horrible in my life.  It was actually worse than a backed up sewage drain.  The entire time we drove home, my mom kept telling Duffy in a soft voice, “You are so lucky that you are rescued from that horrible place.  You are going to feel like you live in a palace now.”

Well, here we are 5 months later, and Duffy does indeed feel like he lives in a palace.  Our 700+ square foot apartment is HIS palace.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

He knows that we completely spoil him because we can never go to PetSmart without getting him a new toy, collar, treats, etc.  He has brought so much joy to our lives, and he always looks like he is smiling at us for some reason.  He is our little fur-baby, and he is more human to us than dog.

So, why is his name Duffy?  Well, it is only natural that a Disney addict would have a pet named after a Disney character.  After all, he does look like a teddy bear.  It’s quite humorous because there are many people that comment how much he looks like a plush toy.  “Duffy” is a name that suits him better than I would have ever expected.  He is “Duffy the Disney Dog”, and he is having many great adventures.

It’s all about teapots…..

time-pocket-watch-tea-cup-vintage

89693f976b21277b87846056eb0f8fcadecided that I needed a bit of a break from blogging about New Year’s Resolutions because it is easier for me to avoid the fact that I am not doing so well with my own since Reggie’s death.  So, I’m going to talk about my teapots.  I absolutely love teapots that are vintage or unique in nature.  Since I’ve inherited many vintage items from my mom, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, great aunts, etc., I have been drawn to pastel colors…mostly.  I suppose that is mainly because everything I have inherited is more on the aged side and includes many soft colors.  But why teapots?

I am a Disney fanatic!   As a  child, I absolutely loved “Alice in Wonderland”.  The Disney animated movie was so full of color, and even though I was too young to actually drink tea….I loved the tea party.  It was complete with talking insects, animals, flowers, cards, and royalty.  Who could ask for anything more?

ALICE IN WONDERLAND, March Hare, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, 1951, ©Walt Disney Pictures/courte

Sure, my love for Disney goes far beyond “Alice in Wonderland”.  I didn’t go to Disney World until I was 36, but it didn’t seem to matter because I fell in love with it and vowed to go back as often as possible.  I ended up taking my choirs to Festival Disney because I wanted my students to be able to experience Disney, also.  Let’s be honest….I had my motives for going to Festival Disney.  Yes, I wanted my choirs to have the performing experience, but I longed to be in Disney World more than I longed to sleep.  Before going to Disney, all I could ever do was collect Disney memorabilia.  I had a huge Disney plush collection, but I ended up giving it all away at one time because I didn’t have money for Christmas gifts.  I refused to show up empty handed.  So, the massive plush collection has been gone for quite sometime, and I am now starting all over again.

img_2017-01-17_06-23-11

Yes, I am aware that Agnes and Minions are not Disney, but I adore the “Despicable Me” movies.  That lovely giraffe was purchased at Rainforest Cafe, so it is “Disney” to me.  I am truly a child at heart.  I suppose I can easily relate to Peter Pan because I am NEVER growing up.  I’m hoping that this next Disney trip will bring home many more Disney goodies for my collection.  Nonetheless, thanks to the Mad Hatter…I have a great love for teapots and tea.  Although, I just can’t seem to bring myself to ride the tea cups at Magic Kingdom because I already know the end result.  During one of my Festival Disney trips with my students, I came across a wonderful find.  I was so excited when I purchased my first “Alice in Wonderland” themed tea cups.  Anytime I use these, I can’t help but feel as if I am actually having tea with the Mad Hatter & friends.  Crazy?  Maybe, but I’m okay with that.  After all, “We’re all mad here…..”.

img_2017-01-17_06-20-31

With that being my first, official addition to my tea cup/tea pot collection, the indulgences began.  I started inheriting things from my relatives, and then I introduced myself to the wonderful world of antiquing.  I also dug up my old miniature tea set, and so the craze began with the tea pot decor.

img_2017-01-18_05-44-47

However, I knew I hit the jackpot when I found the perfect lamp to set the theme for my entire collection.  (I will have to find the site in which I found this precious gem because right now, I cannot seem to remember it to save my life.)  I do remember when I opened the box and pulled this beautiful lamp from its dark, cardboard, prison.  I fell in love with it even more than I did from the image on the site in which I found it.

img_2017-01-18_05-45-37

Perhaps, secretly, I just want to have tea parties everyday.  My cousin came over to eat right before Christmas, and while we were having lunch she kept commenting on how she felt as if she were at a tea party.  I had to laugh because I wasn’t even serving tea, but it made me think.

How do I incorporate tea parties into my life?  Until I figure out the answer, the teapot collection will continue to grow.

Have a fabulous day everyone.  Till next time…..

img_2017-01-05_08-31-41

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 

112_wine_dine-911996-twobyoneMy plan was that my next blog would be about my New Year’s Resolutions, and how they affect me as an entrepreneur.  While I do intend to blog a little about that at some point, I am impacted by how difficult it is to give up certain things we love….mostly because it is a comfort rather than an addiction. Not being able to give up comfortable things hinders our ability to stick to our New Year’s Resolutions.  There are 3 things that have always been my weaknesses: Coca-Cola, ice cream, and coffee.

 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love coffee!!!!!  Although, I can’t help but laugh at the images above because that is how most people feel about coffee, or caffeine rather.  However, my love for coffee is simply because I love the way it tastes.  I have never been the type of person who needs coffee to wake up or stay awake, but I do know that some people are definitely like that.  Coffee is just so much fun because there are so many different flavors suitable for various personalities.  Besides, coffee helps your body function properly….if you know what I mean.

mug_ad

Who doesn’t want a mug like this? If anyone knows where I can get this mug….please leave a comment below.  Thanks!  So, needless to say, out of the three things that I consider my weakness, coffee is the hardest to let go.

In many ways, Coca-Cola became a love of mine like coffee has been.  However, at one time I switched to diet drinks because everyone talked about how many calories a regular Coke contained.  So, for a while, all I had been drinking were diet drinks.  Then a very good friend of mine enlightened me on how bad diet drinks actually were, so I quit diet drinks altogether.  Unfortunately, it was difficult for me to kick the Coke habit because it was such a comfort drink.  During those hot Louisiana afternoons, it was habit that I would stop at a convenience store on my way home from school and pick up a cold Coca-Cola to drink during the ride home.  I thought I was doing better because I wasn’t drinking diet drinks anymore.  My motto was, “If you are going to drink a Coke–it might as well be a real one.”  My Coke intake started increasing because let’s face it, something sweet tasting is so much more interesting than plain ole’ water.  So, I lived with my Coke habit, but I was suffering tremendously from it.

large

It had become a bigger addiction than my love for coffee.  You see, if I don’t get to drink coffee some days, it is no big deal.  I don’t feel like I’ve missed my daily vitamins, or anything like that.  On the other hand, if I didn’t drink a Coke one day…..I felt the bad headaches come rushing towards me, like the herd Scar sent running towards Simba in order to kill him.  It’s completely insane how one thing can affect us so much.

2153507

Sometimes it is easy to give up certain habits, but at other times it is as if it takes an act of Congress just to decrease them.  Ice cream was definitely one of those things that Congress had to step in to help me kick the habit.  I grew up in a family that ice cream was part of our nightly ritual.  My grandmother loved ice cream so much, that even during the coldest of winters, you’d find her sitting next to the space heater eating her ice cream.  Unlike Coca-Cola, ice cream was definitely a comfort food, and it seemed every night I needed comforting.  By all means, I had to have my ice cream!

So, how does one stick to New Year’s Resolutions when things such as these are comforts and addictions in daily life?  I had no idea how I would kick these habits.

I was in desperate need of a change in my life.  I had never been one to include exercise in my weekly routines because I was blessed with good genes, so I never had to really work out to stay slim.  Then I turned 40!  My 40th year wasn’t so bad because I was still able to eat what I regularly ate without it affected me too much.  Towards the end of the 40th year, I was beginning to notice that my body was changing.  I’d eat what I normally ate, but for some reason I started gaining weight.  I tried decreasing my portions, but that didn’t seem to make much of a difference either.  I was still drinking Cokes, coffee, and eating ice cream pretty regularly, but I wasn’t willing to give it up because I loved them.

Thankfully, I came across a company called It Works, and I found out that they promoted health and wellness products.  I was always apprehensive of many health products I came across over the years, but after researching this company, I was intrigued by the naturalness of it all.  My first priority was to find a way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in my diet, but fresh produce is not always the cheapest thing to buy every day.  It Works had a fruit and vegetable blend called Greens, and I found out that it would give me my 8 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.  That was right up my alley.  So, I started taking my It Works Greens daily, and felt that I was on the right track.  I was beginning to feel better and had more energy, but I still had to do something about the rapid weight gaining problem.

I recently started on what It Works calls, Triple Threat.  Triple Threat includes the Greens, Thermofit (helps to increase metabolism), and FatFighters (helps to decrease the amount of fat and carbs in your meals).  At first I wasn’t noticing a difference in my weight, but I have recently made some changes that is a positive result of Triple Threat.  I gave up Coca-Cola.  I eat ice cream on very rare occasions, and my coffee intake has decreased to a cup a day–IF I even manage a cup a day.  I don’t crave any of my three weaknesses any longer, and I am feeling great.  I am also exercising more than I ever have because I have tons of energy now.

I have tons of resolutions I want to achieve this year, and weight loss is one of the major ones.  I didn’t want a product that was going give me a rapid weight loss because we all know what happens when someone loses weight quickly.  Once a little weight begins to come back, it hits you like a eighteen wheeler.  Before you know it, you gained the lost weight back plus some.  Besides, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  A healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight.

3dacc33e8ce5f70cbd191abf48647d88

Sometimes New Year’s Resolutions require baby steps.  You won’t achieve your goals by expecting them to happen overnight.  Just because your success doesn’t happen instantly, don’t give up on the bigger picture.  Track your daily journey.  It is okay if you have a setback.  You mustn’t be hard on yourself when there is a set back here and there.  The most difficult thing about health and wellness is starting.  So, once you start towards a healthier you…..push forward and keep going because then you will never have to ‘start’ again.

If you would like more information about the health and wellness products It Works offers, please feel free to visit my site.  There is truly something for everyone there.  What is even better is that if you become a loyal customer for only 3 months, you will be able to purchase products at my 40% discount instead of retail price.

In conclusion, don’t allow the challenges to become overwhelming.  Approach those resolutions step by step and keep track of what you are doing to get to the end result.  Ya’ll, we can do this.  We can achieve every goal we set because we have the tools and power to do so.  I believe in you.  Do YOU believe in you?

img_2017-01-05_08-31-41

 

It’s just ‘old-fashioned’ junk.

I don’t want your junk……

It is quite humorous when talking to someone about anything vintage.  If I am talking to someone much older than me, it is obvious that the term vintage is not regularly in their vocabulary.  If I am conversing with someone much younger than me, it is also apparent that the term vintage is not a common vocabulary word for them either.  So, how do these two different age categories describe vintage items?  Reflecting back, I can remember my elders always classifying aged and worn-out items as ‘antiques’ or ‘priceless treasures’.  Unfortunately, I related more to the mindset of the younger individuals.  As a youngster, I never viewed vintage items as antique and priceless.  Instead, like many of the young today, I looked at those aged and worn-out items as out dated,’old-fashioned’ junk.  It belonged in the garbage.

Trash-can-full-of-trash-keeeeetooo-21950089-600-456

I can remember wondering why my mom kept many of the things she did instead of just throwing it out to the garbage.  I also remember thinking that my maw-maw (the term many cajuns use instead of grandmother) had so much junk that it was a miracle she could ever find anything.  Many of us think of hoarders when we think of people who collect a lot of things and never throw anything away.  Honestly, if there were television shows about hoarders back then, I probably would have called the network because I believed some of my own family members were hoarders.

Now please do not misunderstand, her junk was ‘organized’ junk.  There was never one incident where I walked into my grandparents’ house and found a mess.  Her table tops were always clean and ready for lunch, dinner, or a regular game of pedro.  Her countertops always consisted of the same items: canisters for coffee, sugar, and rice, their rotary telephone, two telephone books (local and long distance), a towel near the sink for drying dishes, and much later a microwave oven.  Every bedroom was always neat and tidy with perfectly made beds as if she had just put fresh linens on them.  Her sewing room was so organized and put together that it never looked like she was working on anything.  The only evidence of her crochet projects was the storage contraption she kept on the side of her rocking chair.  She was always working on a blanket for someone, so that storage bag was never empty.  She was the prime example of someone who had ‘organized’ junk.  She had closets full of things that she considered priceless antiques or valuables.  Everything was worth something to her, and she knew exactly what she had.  If one piece of priceless ‘junk’ went missing, she knew exactly what was missing.  Of course, now I can’t call any of her things junk, nor can I call any of my mom’s things junk.  Instead, I am just hoping that I can inherit as much of that ‘junk’ as possible because I now understand the value of these precious treasures.

3903653867

Hello!  My name is Tansy, and I am addicted to everything vintage.  I now find myself regularly visiting antique shops and flea markets in hopes of finding more of my precious treasures.  It is both fortunate and unfortunate that many of these vintage treasures are priced the way they are.  Luckily, there is a wonderland of vintage goodies both expensive and non expensive available to us.  Naturally, surviving on a teacher’s income prevents me from buying any of those expensive treasures, but that doesn’t mean that the less expensive things are worthless.  I know there are many antique connoisseurs, but my love for vintage goods has nothing to do with value or how much money it can make for me.  I honestly do not care if a vintage tea set is worth $30 today, and it is worth $20 in fifty years.  If its vintage character suits whatever my decorating theme may be, then that is more valuable than its price.  I have a great love for ‘junk’.  I am a firm believer in the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.  So, if you see someone digging through your trash one day, do not automatically assume the worst about their situation.  They just may be digging for some treasure you threw away that is indeed PRECIOUSSS!  So, I must ask….

junk-removal-300x199

Every day is a beautiful day…be sure to find the blessings and beauty in it! Happy Decorating!

Stay tuned for my next blog on: The Truth About “Vintage”