Saturday, June 06, 2009


Yesterday was a dreamy one.

A nearby country town held a town-wide yard sale, so over miles and miles of countryside Tom and I 'saled' through fields and farms and barns and old farmhouses and Australian Shepherd dogs on porches. We've lived in this area for 16 years and we never tire of miles of 1800's houses, all styles, and cute garden sheds and picket fences wrapped around gardens. How lovely that so many people still hold deeply to a respect for the old days and old ways. Many of these farms are well-kept, allowing us glimpses of what we would have seen while tooling around in a horse and buggy in 1900.

We love that.

Our favorite yard sale was at the decrepit farmhouse of two little old ladies, sweetest things ever, who had priced all their cool old stuff so cheaply... a quarter here, fifty cents there. I would take pictures of what we bought from them, but Tom and I are headed out this morning for another town-wide yard sale at a different country town.

We stepped into dark, dusty barns and inside an aging Victorian and into garages and gazebos. So much stuff and we wanted to hurry to see it all, but Time out in the countryside slows one down. Perhaps it is the silence.

We ate lunch at the most old-fashioned diner, probably served food there 50 years, where our waitress reminded us both of a young Flo from Mel's Diner. Or Fannie Flagg. The food was cheap and great and the waitresses called many customers by name, names like Mr. Walter or Mrs. Evans. I sat there sipping my decaf, listening to Life in that place, smiling.

And after hours and hours of tables of old treasures and dusty brown and green books we traveled home and arranged our new finds in our own house and barn.

Happy sigh... How nice to still have days like that one, trips to places where many people believe no longer exist. Let them think what they will while Tom and I keep enjoying our travels back in Time.

9 comments:

Rita said...

I wish I lived there and could have enjoyed those days right along with you. So very precious those days of peace. Thanks for sharing and will wait to see pictures of what you bought.

Pat said...

Sounds like perfection! That would be my idea of a day well spent, and oh...how I'd love to live in an area like that!

Jammie J. said...

I can just picture the two of you side-by-side driving along, looking at things, chatting and laughing with each other. It seems as if these outings are as much about the time you spend with each other as they are about finding something and agreeing to buy it. :)

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

So glad you two had another wonderful day together. It sounds so idylic. Keep up the good work!

Utah Grammie said...

Oh that sounds like such a great way to spend the day! I wish we had "sales" and "diners" like that around here. I can't wait to see what you got- all wonderfully loved items I'm sure :-)

Louba said...

I personally see it as a privilege to be able to have a perfect day like this with the man you love. It's nice to see, by reading you post, that you are aware of it. It gives me hope.

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

It does sound like a dreamy day. Sure with they had sales and places like that where I live. I just love the way your write. I can just imagine the scenes in my mind. Thanks for sharing.
Lisa in Texas = )

Elizabeth said...

How wonderful Debra. I want to go there!I enjoyed reading about it and would love to see more pictures,it sounds like just the place I need to be.Thanks for sharing
Elizabeth

Elizabeth said...

I would like to share soomething with you,if you will email me at elizabeth-savage@hotmail,so i can reply to it.Thanks,Elizabeth