Friday, September 9, 2016

New life ~ New Places to Shop

A new place to live and some wonderful places to shop...

Well we are absolutely thrilled to be in our new home state of Missouri. We have traveled here on and off for over 20 years now and lived here twice before. This time seems to be a little sweeter than the rest .. like it's the right time, the right fit, and we're where God wants us. Such a good feeling !

Well we know so many of the antique malls and flea markets from shopping here throughout the years. Some have come and gone as small businesses do and others have stuck it out for the duration and we still go back to shop and then a whole onslaught of new flea markets and vintage stores have popped up in the last year or so .. and it's been so fun !

The newest store on our radar is "The Vintage Peddler"

They are actually an antique mall/ vintage marketplace .. Shelly the owner wants to set her marketplace apart by having vendors that stylize their shop and only offer antique, vintage and rustic offerings .. no flea market items .. which we love. This neck of the woods has alot of flea markets to choose from so having a place that's all vintage is a nice change of pace !

Well we stopped in for the grand opening and I took lots of pictures to share .. At first as I was going through my photos many of them just didn't turn out .. I didn't know rather it was the new camera lens or the low light because I didn't have a flash with me .. I re-visited the photos today and realized more came out than I thought yippee so here they are for your enjoyment !

Seriously Love the Market Carts for shopping ! This place is big and what a cute idea  !

They have 2 checkout counters .. Loving this checkout made up of a long buffet with the vintage chandelier and rustic wood wall !

There were some amazing rustic fall displays ...

and this space which my full photo of didn't turn out ( sad face) ... is a big raised front porch with galvenized top .. it's way cute gals .. next time I'll try another shot at it.

Wether you are looking for furniture, some glitzy mirrors, advertising, kitchy goods, old quilts or rustic finds .. "The Vintage Peddler" has you covered !

They also have a plethora of spaces available .. which I want one so bad .. almost rented one last week but Logic took over and said wait till you're in a house. You know the whole don't get the cart before the horse theory .. seriously that can be boring LOL ! You never know I may change my mind tomorrow ! ..

Well if you are local or just passin' by the Springfield, MO area .. maybe you're making a trip to Branson for the fall and the changing of the leaves .. be sure to put this on your to do list !

P.S. please feel free to pin any of the photos .. I just ask you don't remove my water mark or alter them and that you would kindly keep them linked back to my blog ..

Hugs and Blessings Y'all !


Sweet Flossie ~ My blessing from Heaven ~ Chronicles of an English Springer Spaniel

Well Hey there Gals ... I thought I would give you all a bit of an update on my Sweet Flossie .. truly my blessing from Heaven. Did I ever share with you all that when I knew I was getting Flossie .. well I didn't know I was getting her. I was only given the choice to have a female out of her litter at 4 weeks old but didn't know what female would be assigned to our family. So I just prayed every night that whatever one was supposed to be mine that God would make her special for me and that I could be as much a blessing to her little life as she could mine.. Well I can't tell you the inumerable blessings she's been to mine .. and I'm glad I got her to be a blessing to hers with this disease she now has.

So many of you sent well wishes and prayers for her and honestly that just meant the world to me !

We are now headed into the 5th month since Flossie became so ill. She has been doing really well and has done better than expected. We just recently completely weaned her off the steroid which was very scary wondering if her body would go back to attacking itself without it. Now mind you she was still on another med. but even with that one it was worrisome. She did well coming off the steroid and so far so good her body is readjusting well and so far no attacking itself. And 1 week ago today we started weaning her off the last immunosupressant. This morning she had a blood test to see if her blood level held steady over the week as we dropped the dosage significantly. I think it has.  She's good and red and her energy is up and she's actually returning to her old self. For the first time she jumped on my bed last night in one straight up in the air bounce. I was stunned ! But so very happy. I think that means her muscle mass is re-building from the break down caused by the lengthy time on steroids .. woohoo !

(no she's not playing ball yet.. just a pict from before she got sick)

We still have a ways to go .. April 24th of next year (2017) before we cross the 1 year bridge with this disease. Basicly they consider her in remission like cancer patients and the 1 yr mark with no relapse will be a better chance she won't relapse in the future. This is a life long disease that we will have to watch for the return of. Some dogs relapse often right from the beginning and others can have 1 bout with this disease and go the rest of their life without relapse. There's no rhyme or reason and no cure. Just veterinarians who treat it in various ways to save the dogs life and then try to manage it if there is relapse. I am praying we are on the side of just this 1 time for her whole life. I never imagined the day I got her, that 3 years later I would be laying on the ER floor outside her kennel with blood transfusing into her leg hoping and praying she would make it. 6 days in the ER and now almost 5 months later we are in a much better place .. Thank the Lord ! It had been such a short time since I lost both our Goldens, 1 to old age and 1 to cancer ... I couldn't imagine 3 losses in such a short time. Well I'm feeling so blessed I didn't have to go through a 3rd Loss.

Thank you again to all of you who left comments and said prayers ! You know Prayer is an awesome thing ..  and uplifting someone with positive words is so helpful. I am ever so grateful for all of you !

Well it's a beautiful day here in the Ozarks .. a little rain this morning ..Some sunshine right now and some more rain tonight .. that's what makes this part of the Heartland so so beautiful !

Have a great day and I'll be back with another post about a sweet vintage market that just opened in our area with pictures shortly !