A Little of This, A Lot of That

It’s been busy here at Chez Kirks and I haven’t taken time to blog. I do have a great post, which I will write soon, but it involves scanning photos and I haven’t had the time to do it. So here’s a little bit of what’s going on in my life.

I’m getting ready for a fundraising event tomorrow. The bookkeeper and administrative assistant for Harem & Co., Kelli Stewart, has been dealing with her daughter’s leukemia for the past couple of months. Kali, the daughter, is five years-old and had just started kindergarten when she was diagnosed. Kelli and her husband Kendrick are spending a lot of time in St. Louis at Barnes Children’s Hospital while Kali receives chemotherapy. Neither one are able to work during this time, so I wanted to do something to help them with their expenses. Tomorrow, November 19th, Red Bee Designs and Harem & Co. will have a fundraiser where half of all sales will benefit them. I’m hoping for a great turnout and have my jewelry supply well stocked for the event.

Last weekend Valerie and I did our usual Saturday flea market outing and this time we had some great results. I scored a felt and sequined Christmas card holder, a plaster mushroom wall hanging (very 70s), a 1970s acrylic photo cube, a great book on disco dancing, a swedish Christmas wall hanging, and three very funky wise men candleholders. I’m getting ready for the season and it’s going to be great! I also won an 8 foot aluminum Christmas tree off eBay. It did not have the original box, but all the branches are in excellent condition and even have the pom pom ends. I’m so excited for it to arrive!

I’ve been searching and searching for a new purse and have not found anything I love in my price range. My standards for accessories are quite high! I have come to the conclusion that Coach has jumped the shark with their latest creations. What happened to the fine leather goods I fell in love with so many years ago? Gone are the classic styles in favor of ones that are too trendy, covered in logos, encrusted in sequins and way overpriced. It’s really sad, so I’ve been looking on eBay at some of the older designs. I get impatient and want a new purse NOW, but realize that I need to wait until I find what I really love at a price I can afford.

Along the lines of searching has also been my quest for new boots. It’s the same story here: I can’t find what I love in my price range. Plus, these boots must be designed by men because all of the heels are so high they are impossible to walk in! I have rediscovered my beloved Frye harness boots and have worn them almost more than my cowboy boots lately. Again, I’ll wait until I find something I really love to invest the money.

Steve spent last Saturday with our neighbor, Brent, and his 15 year-old son, Tucker, chopping and hauling wood for the fireplace. Brent has a friend with a lot of land that needs the dead trees removed so they were able to get wood without any cost. I think they’ll return for another load before the weather gets too bad. I’m excited for all the wonderful, cozy fires we’ll be enjoying this year! Our old fireplace had too many issues to be used regularly but the one in this house is perfect. Bring on the cold weather!

I’ve started my Christmas shopping but still have a long way to go. I wore my sister down and got permission to buy the girls a cupcake baker/decorator unit. It’s so cute! Ralph didn’t want it because it would be too much work for her, but I pestered her for three days until she relented. I also assured her I would help the girls play with it and clean up the mess. I still have a long list of people I need to buy for and I have no idea what to get them. Usually, I like to think of things on my own that reflect the person I’m giving the gift to, but I’m stuck this year. Mom, I need ideas for you. Ralph and Blair, send me something. Steve, I need your list, pronto! Now I just hope everyone is reading this blog.

Well, that’s my past week in a nutshell. Hope all’s well with everyone. I promise the next post will be a little more exciting and a little more timely.


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2 responses to “A Little of This, A Lot of That

  1. Carrie

    Hi Tammy,
    Just a little suggestion for Kelli, but if she hasn’t done so, she should refer Kali for a wish from Make A Wish. It sounds as though she certainly deserves it! My nephew got his because of his Leukemia diagnosis. It really became something exciting and positive for the whole family to focus on while going through treatments. (and by the way, a common misconception is that we only grant the wishes of children that are terminal. This is NOT TRUE!) Okay, couldn’t help it. Love connecting kids with their wish! Have a lovely day! 🙂

  2. Great idea, Carrie! I’ll mention it to Kelli today. She’s hoping to come by the store during the event but it all depends on how Kali feels.

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