Friday, December 31, 2010

From Our Home to Yours

May the year ahead bring peace, good health, and much happiness to you and yours.

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day trip to Hereford and beyond

It was great to finally get out. No wind, not too cold and some sunshine. 1st stop; Cinnamon Stick, Hereford, PA. You all know Judy Doyle and if you don't, you need too. LOVE, LOVE her shop. So many great things to give to yourself, LOL or away. I suggest yourself, but that's me! And ladies when I say you need to see her new Make-Do Room on the second floor, well just get in the car and step on the gas. I want a room like that. I told Judy that I was going to come and just hang out up there and of course she said you go right ahead. Thanks Judy. After chatting and hugging goodbye we were off to our next stop, The Milkhouse Antiques Shop, sorry I forget the town, but it was on Horseshoe Pike, big, big old barn. Now, don't scream folks, but I was a bit disappointed. Loved the front entrance yard, lots of garden art peeking out of the snow and garden art is one of my favorite things, but, once inside I found too many repro's, not what a antiques dealer likes to see when they are looking to buy. Now, I know there are many reasons for what people sell and that is their business, but let's just say that we won't be going back too soon. Well enough of my goings on. Have a great evening

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Down to final hours. May all my friends old and new have a very Merry Christmas. Looking forward to reading what everyone got for Christmas, good or bad. LOL. Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Big Night in The Skys and Last Minute Things

Well, it's a good thing Old St.Nick isn't riding thru the skys in the next 24 hours or so. We have a Full Lunar Eclipse, a Full Cold Moon and the Winter Solstice all coming up. All we need is a big ole snowstorm (only kidding ladies), I would panic too if that happened. Still need to go to the grocery store this week. Gift shopping is all done, but then I only have Les to buy for, oh yeah and the cats and ducks. Cats will get a toy from the grocery store and the ducks will get some extra spinach, LOL. We don't decorate that much since we got our two cats. They are terrors and for the first time in years we put up a small tree, so far it's still standing and I believe that it will. They are not one bit interested in it, that is until I go to put a decoration on it, then they check it out, but checking is all they have done. Still need to do baking, but there again not alot. It will be just Les & I and we like things simple. My biggest love is sitting in my chair all covered up and watch old movies or reading a book on Christmas Day, dinner will be some type of pasta, nice and easy. I bought my book weeks ago, so I will be set. Work is picking up (this is a very good thing) and keeping me busy. I need to go and write out my shopping list, I know that I will be there a long time and I don't want to forget anything if I can help it. Have a good evening and keep plugging away on your last minute things.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Decorating the Kitchen

Good Evening All, Boy has it been cold here in Williams Township, a.k.a Hellertown, PA. A little too cold this early in December. I have been busy today decorating the my Kitchen. It isn't really Christmas decorating, more like Winter decorating. I have a bit more tweaking, then I will take pictures and post them. Along with decorating I made Tomato sauce & meatballs and Beef Burger Soup. I/we have a busy week coming up and at least I will have dinner made for he nights we will get home late. Thank you to the couple of new followers to my blog, I love it when I see someone is interested in seeing what I have to say. Now, mind you I don't have alot of followers, but I do appericate each one of you. I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday doing whatever makes you smile. Come back soon, for my Winter Kitchen Picture (s).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December, It's Here

For all of us who thought it would never get here and we had time for this and time for that, well gals, me included it's time to wake up an smell the coffee, or evergreen, or hot chocolate!! Very rainy day here and windy. Les and I are off to a Holiday Party tonight, hope the weather clears by then. I'm enjoying reading all of your blogs about your holiday decorating, it is getting me in the mood to pull out our decorations, mostly likely tomorrow and over the weekend. I will post pictures if I like the way it turns out.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Les and I are going out as we need all the time we can to get ready for our final antiques show of 2010. All in all in has been a good year for us at our shows. Many of the shows we have been doing 3 to 4 years and now we have a following (Antique Groupies) which is the best. Nothing like return customers, even if they just stop by your booth to say Hi. Our show this weekend is the 41st Annual Show & Sale @ Hunterdon Central Field House, 84 Rt.31, Flemington, NJ. Sat 9:00 to 4:00, Sun. 10:00 to 3:00.

Looking forward to seeing some of our good friends from NJ who will be stopping by.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Can't Last Forever

The beautiful days that we have been having here in PA are what can't last forever. So, this morning (late morning I should say) after I returned from the grocery store, outside I went. I decided to run the lawnmower one more time, actually to run the gas out before its stored for the Winter. But, before I could do that I needed to move all the garden art. Benches, boxes, wagons, you name it, it's out there. Someone should keep an eye out on me when I'm at a auction, way too much "stuff" comes home with me. LOL!! So, after running the lawnmower out of gas, which happened to be right in the middle of the front lawn I needed to fill it with some more gas, but I was smart and only added a small amount. It is amazing though how far a little bit of gas goes. But, the lawn is mowed and "stuff" is piled in the rear of the yard waiting to be put away. And I feel good, weather is beautiful outside, and I was able to get things done. And besides I didn't want to do all the tasks waiting for me inside!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

One Down, One To Go

Antiques Show that is. This past weekend we were in Allentown, Pa @ Ag-Hall annex for Antiques in the Lehigh Valley. It was a so so show for us. What we would call a fair crowd, but not too many buyers. Therefore, we came home with just about the same amount that we took. But, in all honesty this has been our first off show for 2010, so we can't complain too much. I will post our next upcoming show in a few days. Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween, now to get ready for turkey day!! But, first gotta knock off some of the candy.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Veggies

We are having some warm weather here in the Lehigh Valley (PA) and my neighbor stopped over yesterday to give us some of the bounty that he had collected from his garden. The tomatoes & sweet peppers are from our garden, the rest was from the neighbors. I took the picture with my new Blackberry, I just love that phone!! Hope everyone is have a great evening.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Upcoming Antiques Show

Here is info on our next Antiques Show.
Antiques in the Lehigh Valley
Agri-Plex Agricultural Hall
17th & Chew Streets
Allentown, PA

October 29, 2010 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
October 30, 2010 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free Parking, Admission $5.50.
If you need more info, leave me a comment and I will get back to you.

Hope to see you there. And by the way, its across the street from the Allentown Farmers Market, another great reason to stop by!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What Will The Room Become

Many of you know that Les & I have a antiques business. Most (and I do mean most) of our inventory is stored on our property. Two sheds and inside of our house. In our home we have what I'm guessing would be called a Living Room. It has a door to the outside (our front yard) a large window facing our front yard, two side windows that look out onto our Mud Porch, a doorway to the Kitchen, Family Room and my home office. The stairs also come down into this room and there is a door to a very, very small closet (original bathroom). This is the room where the pieces of furniture that go to shows with us get deposited. This room also has my 45" loom in it, spinning wheels (one is for sale), etc. We have never used this room as a LR and now we are think that we should set it up more like a Antique Shop. The idea is growing on me. When I can I will post before and after pictures. Stay Tuned.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Getting The Ducks Ready For Winter

With the beautiful weather we are having today I decided it was time to clean out the duck pens. So, early this morning "The Girls" went outside. They are slightly younger then the boys and can get around quite good. DD aka Danger Duck has been lame for quite sometime now and I decided that he and our other boy would not venture out. The pens were not that bad, considering they have not been cleaned out for quite sometime. It's not a easy task when you are trying to clean around two ducks who need to see what you are doing. But, they are all done and fresh straw is now in place. This will probably the last time they will get cleaned out this year, but when the ducks don't go out every day and don't eat or drink in the pens, they really stay quite clean. There was a time when I had my dozen or so ducks that the pens were cleaned every weekend!! But no more, I have learned alot since those days. My fun will begin in a little while when I try and get the girls back in. But for now they are enjoying their pond and just maybe they will wear themselves out and want to head in to the Duck Hilton tonite. I have posted a new header picture, Fall at Ginnysyard. Enjoy your day!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Fall Everyone

But, it was more like Summer today. Low 80's and a bit humid, tomorrow should be more humid!! Then we are back to more seasonable temps for the weekend. Les and I have been quite busy with our Antique Shows and going to auctions, flea markets and yard sales to re-stock. We have had some really good shows all Spring & Summer and the Fall looks to be just as promising. On Saturday we are heading back to the town we grew-up in, Metuchen, NJ. There is a rummage sale that we are told we should not miss and then the whole town is having a town wide Yard Sale!! Sounds like fun. We may even meet up with my sister and have lunch. This is just a short post, but I hope to get back in to the swing of blogging again real soon. Enjoy your weekend. P.S. My calendar tells me it is a Full Harvest Moon tonite, I gotta go see if is out, it was pretty cloudy before.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Our Next Antique Show

Thank goodness we didn't have any shows in July, I'm not sure how we would have made it in all the heat and humidity we had. But, now we are on to August and we have shows coming up. two this month then one every month thru November. Here is the info for our next Show;
29th Annual :"Antiques in August", Sunday August 15th, 10 am - 4pm, Outdoor Show, North Hunterdon High School, Rt.31 Annandale, NJ. Homemade Food available all day. $6.00 addmission, $5.00 with ad card. Send me a e-mail @ and we will get you a ad card if you are interested in coming. This benefit the Hunterdon Helpline. Les and I shopped this show before moving to PA, we always found something, hope you do as well if you come.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

So Long July...I will miss you.

Oh not the heat and humidity that we experienced here is PA, but all the memories that were made this month. We started out with a "Friends Reunion" on the 10th of July back in the town of Metuchen. NJ where Les & I both grew up. This reunion was a group of the people that we went to high school with or friends that we made when we were out of school. We had people come from Wisconsin, Colorado, Maine, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey. It took place in Metuchen at a very special couples home. Plenty of good friends, good food, good times. Our friend from Colorado came and stayed at our house for a couple of days, so there were more memories made. Then today we had childhood friends of Les' that he went to grammer school and beyond with, along with their Mom, who was very good friends with Les' parents. We had a good visit here at the house, then lunch at the local diner and onto showing them the sites of Hellertown and Bethlehem. So........that's why we will miss July. Our only hope is that we all can get together again and share this month's memories and make some more.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Antique Show

That's where we will be this Sunday June 20th. Hunterdon County Antiques Fair, Rt.179 (just off Rt.202) Ringoes, NJ. It benefits Hunterdon County 4H Leaders Assoc. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will be located in Pavillion "B". So, come on out and bring Dad, he just might find something that he would like for Father's Day!! We are not far from New Hope, PA and Lambertville NJ, make a day of it. Have a great weekend.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Gone Too Long

That's me, gone too long from blogging. I do read everyday all of the blogs that I follow, but I guess I didn't have anything to say. Still only working two days a week, so that is a bummer, but our Antiques Shows are now in full swing and that is keeping us busy. We were at Tinicum Park on Route 32 in Erwinna last Sunday and boy what a show we had. Our best ever, EVER!!! We started off to a slow start this year but after Sunday, we have happy faces :) :). We are also getting are house ready for a house guest in July. We have not seen a very dear friend in just about 40 years, so we are excited about that, but oh does our house need attention. I think it would be easier to throw out all the stuff that is in my way and start over. My garden is growing, got a small tomato on my Early Girl plant and the pepper plants have flowers, we are doing the pepper plants in containers along with a tomato plant, something new for us, but a less work work when you have rocks for soil :(. Tomorrow we are off to a auction, Les will be working the auction and with any luck I will be spending. We need to stock up after Sunday, a real problem that we are low on inventory (yeah right). Have a great weekend and don't for get to fly your flags on Monday, it's Flag Day!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

They're Hatching

The goslings that is. I went out this evening to throw leftover corn from my ducks out to Mr. & Mrs. Goose and there it was. One fluffy gosling sitting on Momma's back. I watched for a few minutes and left them alone with their new babe. I'm sure there are more, but there is always one that is a rebel and has to break loose no matter how young they are. I will try and get some pictures posted this weekend of the whole family.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Show Time

Good Morning All. Shortly we will heading off to New Hope, PA for our Saturday Antique Show @ Eagle Hall Firehouse. It is located on Sugan Road and Route 202. This show supports pediatric aids, great cause!! Truck is almost packed, just need to add a few more items and that will be it. I have a new header picture, thats our Red Bud tree with the pond behind it. Les needs to fix the picture for me or at least show me how and then you might even get to see the goose sitting on her nest. She has eight eggs and is being a very good Mom, gets off only once a day to take a bath and eat some grass or corn that I have left over from the ducks. Well, I need to get a move on. Have a great weekend.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ducks, Geese, Peepers, Oh My!!

Well Spring is here. Boy, it was a long Winter, I know I have heard this many, many people. But, here in Ginnysyard Spring is Springing up all over the place. For the last seven or eight days we have had a pair of Canada geese, and a pair of Mallards on the pond. I'm sure they are checking us out to see if our pond is fit to raise their young ones.  Other then cutting grass around the pond, which won't be happening for a while (I hope) the wildlife will nest in peace and quite. Also, peepers (little frogs) have been singing their little song for a few nights now, we have heard them in the surrounding ponds and I sure it won't be long before they are singing in our backyard as well. Daffodils are blooming as well!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

They Have Arrived

You ask what has arrived at Ginnysyard? Red Wing Blackbirds, the offical bird of Spring in Pennsylvania. I read somewhere last year, I believe it was the local newspaper that it was not the Robin that announced Spring in PA but, it was the Red Wing Blackbirds. So, this morning as I was looking at the birds eating the seeds at the feeders there were two male Red Wing Blackbirds eating the seeds on the ground. So, can Spring be far behind? Temps this weekend are going to be in the 40's and even dare I say? Approach 50 on Sunday. So, here is a big THANK YOU to the Red Wing Blackbirds for coming to my feeder today and making me smile.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Full Snow Moon

Tonight February 28, 2010 is the Full Snow Moon. It is called the Snow Moon because heavy snows usually occur during the month of February. If you live anywhere on the East Coast, I believe this year you have experienced some type of snowstorm this month. We have had off and on snow squalls all weekend long, they don't amount to much but after the storms that we have had the past couple of weeks, panic sets in when you see in coming down. We did mange to get out to the shop today and get a few pieces of furniture ready for our booth at Weil Antiques Center, the snow storms has stopped us from getting in to our booth to replenish.And with our antique shows starting up in about two weeks time will be tight, but hey if we didn't like this life we wouldn't be doing it! I have been drooling over Country Sampler Home Tour edition in my spare time, I'm not even halfway thru, I'm reading all the stories and tips and enjoying the pictures. I'm still looking for the new magazine Flea Market, can't seem to locate it in our area. Well, I need to read some blogs and see what auctions are on the agenda for this week, have a Good Evening.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Spring, Please Hurry We Need A Bath

Hi Everyone, We are the ducks from Ginnysyard. We live in the Duck Hilton during the Winter months and in the evenings in the warmer months, Mom (aka Ginny) doesn't leave us out during the Winter, cuz we really can't walk in the snow too good and then in the warmer months we have to go in at night because there are things outside that like to eat ducks!! But, we really need Spring to come so that we can go in our big pond and take a bath. Three of us really don't show the dirt, but boy that Danger Duck (White Pekin) sure does. Well Mom wants to read some blogs and look at the new Country Sampler Home Tours Edition and we need our rest, we are only ducks you know!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fastnacht Day

Fastnacht Day is a old German custom, which translates into clearing the house of fat on the day before Lent starts. Or Fat Tuesday. Growing up in NJ this was a new custom to me and my family when we moved to PA over 20 plus years ago. But, it was a custom that we grew to like very much. Everyone has their version of fastnacht's I'm sure, I usually pick up ours at the bakery in our local Giant. I think someday I would love to try a homemade one. It is snowing here in Williams Township once again, this is getting really old and I and Les are getting ready for Spring and once Spring starts so do all of our Antique Shows! We are less then one month away from our first. I will post info on that show in the next week or so. Have a Great Fastnacht Day!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Good Morning Everyone, enjoy the day with your special love, whatever that may be. It's cold and windy here in Williams Township. Les and I will be going over to check on our booth at Weil Antique Center, we are having, along with the rest of the antique mall a Winter Sale through tomorrow. We are having 15% off anything over $15.00, so if you are in the area, stop on in. Our booth number is 145.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Put Your Red Dress On!!

Tomorrow 2/5/10 is National Wear Red Day. To show your support for heart disease which is the #1 killer in women we all need to wear RED. It is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck. I will be going to Weil Antique Center the antique mall, where we have our booth (#145) and it is a big old warehouse which tends to be a bit cool, so I know I will have a sweatshirt on and it will be RED!

And if you live in the Northeast, you need to run out and get Milk, Bread and Eggs and anything else that you can't live without, because it's coming, SNOW!! It has been the only thing that the weather weenies have talked about for days. It was almost as bad as all the hoopla over Tiger Woods. Well, I need to get things done, so I will close for now. Have a Good Evening.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chicken Dinner

Good Saturday Evening All, I had to post and tell you about the great dinner (if I say so myself) that we had. I picked up a Oven Ready Perdue Chicken Breast the other day and thought that I would give it a try. Here is the best part (I think) you can roast this chicken while it is frozen!! It comes in what I think looks like a bowling bag, with Perdue's yellow and blue colors on the bag. The chicken is inside of this bag in a roasting bag all seasoned.  You place the frozen chicken in a baking pan for 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours at 400 degrees, let it rest for 10 minutes and then enjoy. It was sooooo good, the skin on the breast got nice and crispy and the seasonings were good. I added to the chicken to round out the meal, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and hot biscuits. Les said he could eat this meal every week!! I forgot to mention that the chicken breat was 3#'s whihc was plenty for us with some leftovers. I hope everyoine is enjoying their weekend. It has been very, very cold here in PA, suppose to get better just in time for everyone to go back to work. Can Spring be that far away??

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rainy Sunday & Comfort Food

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Here In Williams Township it has been raining since about noon. On days like this I think "comfort food". So, in the crockpot is a beef stew for later in the week, we think stew always tastes better if you let it sit for a day or so. On the stove is Macaroni & Beans, for dinner tonight and just out of the oven is Bread Pudding for dessert. My receipe for bread pudding could not be easier. Here is the receipe.

7 or 8 slices of white bread, 3/4" size pieces (I use a mixture of Italian and White bread, and I make sure it is stale)

3 cups of hot milk
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs butter
1 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp baking powder

Coat a 9" x 12" casserole dish with butter. Pull bread into 3/4" pieces & put aside. Combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Add the bread and mix well.

Add to casserole dish and sprinkle with nutmeg/cinnamon (I use both)

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

We like it when it is warm, but it is good anytime, Enjoy!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Top 10 of 2010 Collectibles #2

According to Country Sampler insulators are one of the 2010 hot collectibles. But, what do you with with them. Place them on a window sill? Place them on a bookshelf? Well, we came up with another idea. Let me explain. First you take a clean insulator clear or colored your choice and you tie a ribbon or raffia around it, like below.

Then you get a battery operated tea light. I picked up ours at The Dollar Tree, two in a pack for $1.00. They should have 60 hours of light. We will see.

Turn on the tea light, place under the insulator and there you have it. A safe, pretty light accent for your Primitive or Country home.

At our last Antique Show we placed these in between boxes, on shelves and tables and they looked great. They caught many a eye and we even sold a couple of them. I am going to be offering these for sale on my ecrater store in the very near future.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Good Evening All. I have waited until the Holidays were over to post this blog simply because I did not want to put a downer on anyone's celebrations, including my own. Some of you may know that I work in new home construction. Need I say more!! I have been working four days a week for the last  1 1/2 years and grew a custom to one day less pay, etc. Well, now I'm down to two days a week and will be collecting unemployment for the other three. So, will there be changes? You bet. Some will be tough, cutting back on expenses for one, though Les and I are pretty much home bodies, we do attend auctions for our Antique business, BlackDuck Antiques and at times it can get pricey, like when you have to have that great looking piece of agate and so does some other lady and you have to battle it out!! But, I'm also looking forward to blogging some more, getting more items posted to my e-store as well as our e-store for BlackDuck Antiques and whipping our booth into shape at Weil Antique Center in Allentown. So, while I don't think I will be bored because I can always clean up the house (that will be my last resort) things will change, but one never knows, it may be a good change. Have a great evening.

Monday, January 4, 2010

My On-Line Store

Well we have just finished putting the final touches on my new on-line store, GinnysYard I have about 20 items listed for sale and will be adding more just as soon as I get them out of storage. Not all of the items are old, but hopefully there is something for everyone. And if you can't find what you are looking for, send me a e-mail and I will try and help you find it. You can preview the items on my store at the very bottom of my blog page.