During my Arizona visit, we once again spent some hours at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction of all things western.  Everything from authentic Indian beaded cradle boards, guns, western movie memorabilia, and spurs to famous maker saddles and more is up for sale at the right price.  You can go the day/s before and view some of what’s for sale in a small venue, which is also a lot of fun and much faster than sitting through an auction with hundreds of items!

There are free chocolate chip cookies available, one of our favorite parts, and a cash bar (not for us.)  People-watching is the order of the day as well.  You’ll see lots of turquoise, bolo ties, cowboy boots, fancy western wear, plenty mustaches, and, naturally, cowboy hats.  Here’s a little something spotted horsing aroud in the hallway, but also for sale.

© janet m. webb 2016

 Links to other oddball photos of the week can be found here.

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Image  —  Posted: February 6, 2016 in Quotes
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“If I could save time in a bottle” is a line from a Jim Croce song.  Here’s one tasty way of saving time in a bottle, a time-less way.

© janet m. webb 2015

I know.  This doesn’t look anything like a garage door.  But trust me, it is…in a way.  This door leads to the (flat) roof of the garage attached to our house in South Euclid, Ohio.  The house was built as an experimental home in the mid-thirties, designed by Charles Bacon Rowley.  (This shot in in the link dates from when we actually lived in the house. The windsock is the giveaway.)  Our house was the first porcelain enamel house in the world, although when we bought it, the dark brown enamel panels had, thankfully, been covered with white siding.  One former neighbor referred to it as “the haunted house.”  Here’s a somewhat similar house, the Armco-Ferro House, using the same ferroenamel.  It was constructed for the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition as an affordable house that could be mass-produced.

The attached garage had a flat roof, accessed from the inside of the house through this door at the top of the stairs.  When we bought the house, we thought that perhaps we could make the roof a type of second-story patio.  That never happened, although I did plant lettuce and other veggie in pots.  Only pole-vaulting deer would be able to eat them there!

This shot was taken after we had the interior of the house repainted and I repainted this door, the metal railing and edging, and re-stained the stairs and all the original hardwood floors in the entire four-bedroom house prior to us putting the house on the market.  I always love the symmetrical beauty of the staircase and railing as well as the invitation of the door, drawing the eye and the viewer upward.

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Image  —  Posted: February 3, 2016 in Nature, Wordless Wednesday
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Among Cee’s weekly challenges is her “Share Your World” challenge.  While I’ve only participated in one of these so far, this one caught my eye.

If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and things stored on them, people or animals), what would you put on it?

If you had a box labelled ‘happiness’, what would you put in it?

What do you want more of in your life?

Daily Life List: What do you do on an average day? Make a list of your usual activities you do each day.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I have to admit that first one is a poser (in the sense of “a question or problem that is puzzling or confusing.”)  The books I’d like to put there won’t even begin to fit.  The English teapot from my great aunt would fit and as I use it every day, I’d best include it.  If I can’t have my books, I’ll include my library card and maybe, if I stack my journals on top of each other, they’d be considered one.  Hmmmmm.  I guess I should be thankful for the exclusions!

A box labelled “Happiness” would be stuffed full of faith, family, friends as well as travel/vacations, tea, books (yes, there they are again), food, photography things, being outdoors, wood-burning stoves and cabins in the mountains…enough.  You get the idea.

What do I want more of in my life?  See the above paragraph.

I work two very full days a week at a tea shop.  My other days tend to include a walk in “my” park, taking photos during that walk and at any other possible moment, time spent on my blog and trying to keep up with other blogs as well as other friends (via snail mail, email or Facebook), having tea, taking care of some part of the things that need to be done in the house a/o yard at that time, fixing meals, reading, watching something on Netflix/a sporting event/one of our few TV shows with my husband, using my rebounder while doing one of the aforementioned activities with my husband, lifting weights or just taking time to sit and think.

Last week I was visiting my parents in Arizona, with short visits with my brother and his family included.  That was a blessing.  Besides the family time, the warmth, various art shows we attended, and being able to pick lemons from the tree to bring home were all things for which I’m grateful.  This week I’m looking forward to spending time with my husband again, getting back to my job, starting to organize our tax things….STOP!!  I’m NOT looking forward to that in the sense of it being something I’ll enjoy, but it’s in my weekly plan.  :-)  I’m also looking forward to singing with praise team this week at church, something I really miss when I’m away, and getting back to our every-other-week Bible study.

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Welcome to February, the shortest month of the year.  This year, however, February’s not as short as usual, because it’s leap year.

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
February has twenty eight alone
All the rest have thirty-one
Except in Leap Year, that’s the time
When February’s Days are twenty-nine

This year will also have 366 days, rather than 365.  And if your birthday is Feb. 29, as is that of one of our friends, here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

A person born on February 29 may be called a “leapling” or a “leaper”.[21] In common years, they usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28. In some situations, March 1 is used as the birthday in a non-leap year, since it is the day following February 28.

Technically, a leapling will have fewer birthday anniversaries than their age in years. This phenomenon is exploited when a person claims to be only a quarter of their actual age, by counting their leap-year birthday anniversaries only. In Gilbert and Sullivan‘s 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic the pirate apprentice discovers that he is bound to serve the pirates until his 21st birthday (that is, when he turns 84 years old), rather than until his 21st year.

My nature macro to welcome in this unusual month is that of a wisp that didn’t quite make it past the cactus upon which it’s now resting.  No leaping for this feathery beauty.  It may, however, have been liberated by the wind by the time I post this.

© janet m. webb 2016

I had a wonderful time on vacation, but it’s also great to be home.  Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed!