A Sure Sign of Spring

The swans have come to the park. That's a sure sign of spring around here. They only stay a few weeks, then move on to greener pastures. I would like to know where they go. I would also like to know why their heads are rusty colored this spring!




It was 80 degrees on my thermometer when I got home from work today. That's plenty warm for April. Hope we don't have scorching summer; I'm a big sissy when it comes to meltingly hot weather!





Lights Of My Life

I got a fresh, new Country Living magazine in the mail the other day, and for the first time in a long time there were several things that I really enjoyed. That makes me happy, because I miss all the wonderful publications that bit the dirt when the economy took a dive several years ago. Then when things started to pick up a bit, and there were a few new home decor magazines that started showing up again, I was really kind of puzzled and, maybe grossed out is too strong a sentiment, but really not connecting with or appreciating the turn decorating was taking.

Anyway, one of the articles they had in this month's issue was a collector sharing her top 10 best finds in all her years of collecting. I thought that would make a great blog post, and started sorting in my mind what I thought my 10 best finds would be.

And I thought, and I thought.

I've come to the conclusion that there is no possible way I can narrow my vast array of things down to gleen just 10 favorites. So, I decided maybe I could do categories of things, and list 10 +/- of my favorites in that category! And I have many, many categories of things in my house! So that should give me blog fodder for years to come ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I decided to jump into it with my favorite lamps. Yup, they are yet another of my fixations.

This is probably my favorite lamp because not only is it pretty, and very old, it has a lot of sentimental value because it belonged to my Great Grandparents. My Grandma told me she can remember when she was a very little girl seeing her Mama doing her mending next to this lamp.

This teepee lamp is one of my all time best finds. For several years I had been coveting these same types of lamps at a very highfalutin furniture and interior design store over the hill, but they wanted nearly $200 a piece for them! Given, they did have Indian hyroglyphic thingies painted around the bottom edge which made them a smidgen fancier than mine, but I paid $192 less for my unembelished teepee lamp! The gal I bought it from at a flea market (they had at our civic center) had lived in Yellowstone Park for years with her Ranger husband. She had collected a lot of YNP memorabilia and said at one time, many years ago, Park officials had decorated the common area of (if I remember correctly) the Old Faithful Lodge with many of these lamps. Since they are fairly small and a bit fragile-ish, not many made it thru intact, given all the bazillion tourists handling them over the years. It is made of rawhide with metal poles, and holds a small watt light bulb inside. I feel super lucky that not only did I get mine for a steal of a deal, it is an actual YNP relic!

I got this lamp at a rummage sale a few summers ago. It has a leaded glass shade, and a bronze colored metal base. It has probably been featured in a few magazines because the folks I bought it from have a business called Head, Heart, and Hand, and they make phenomenally beautiful craftsman and mission style furniture (they have a web site, headheartandhand.com, you should look at how beautiful their stuff is – I'm not advertising for them, they don't know me from Adam, but their stuff is gawk-worthy!) and have been featured in several magazines, I'm sure using my lovely lamp as a prop! They had a small shop downtown for a short while, and this lamp sat on some of their gorgeous tables in their display window. So, yes, I do own a semi-famous lamp!

Made of metal with a rusty finish, I bought this lamp for $20 at a rummage sale. I think it is so pretty! (Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!)

Then, a few years later, I found this rusty metal fish lamp at a rummage sale, as the fellow was just bringing it outside. I told him he didn't even need to set it down, I would take it right then and there (very brave on my part since I didn't even know how much he wanted for it). He told me he couldn't sell it yet because his wife wasn't back with their change and stuff, and she was the boss of the sale. I asked him how much he was going to want for the lamp, and he said oh, about $2. I said, how about I give you $5 bucks and we don't have to wait for your wife? He said AOK, we were both happy, and I was on my merry way to find more bargains! (That cool little canoe, and all the fishes also came from various rummage sales later on!)

This photo doesn't show it too well, but this little lamp is a bear. I collect bears, too, so he was a must have. The shade is pretty nifty because when the light is on it shows trees and more bears!

I showed you all this cool lamp a few posts ago. It lives in my Cowboy/Indian bedroom.

And the beaver chewed log lamp that I got at the fancy pants thrift store. I love that no one else in the whole wide world will have a lamp like this one.

Last, but not least, this itty-bitty lamp I keep on the mantle in my bedroom for a night-light. Little lamps are the best to make even the dark corners of a room have a cozy glow.

I have lots more lamps in my house, but these are at the top of my list for favorites.


Teresa ๐Ÿ™‚



Country Churches, Country Blessings

I thought, since Easter is just a few days away, it might be fun to see a few Montana Country Churches. I'm sure many will be visiting churches this Sunday; you can see if your own Church is similar to any of these by chance.

This is the St. Francis Xavier church in Missoula.

A true country Church, the D'Aste Church near Charlo, MT

St. William's Church in Gardiner, MT, in all it's springtime splendor!

The inside of the St. Ignatius Mission, St. Ignatius, MT. Aren't the paintings beautiful! There is wonderfully interesting history that goes along with this Mission.

The Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Missoula, MT. I bet a lot of rice has been thrown outside those doors!

This little Church near Malta, MT is so lovely. The photograph is by a photographer named Todd Klassy, and I found online he has many beautiful country church photographs from all over the state that you can buy.

And probably the most grand church in the state is the Cathedral in Helena, MT. It is extremely beautiful inside and out. Probably doesn't much fall into the Country Church classification ๐Ÿ™‚

All of the above pics came from Google Images.

All of the following pics I took in and around our little town.

This is the church I went to when I was a little kid. I remember sitting in the balcony, listening to a serman delivered by our very hot tempered Irish priest, which was full of fire and brimstone! I couldn't have been much more than 4 years old, and let me tell you, it certainly made an impression on me! (ie: scared the daylights out of me!) They later sold this church and built a new one on the other end of town. This Church is now called the Living Hope Church.

Pine Creek Methodist Church is in Paradise Valley, about 12 miles from town. They have a most awesome fall auction every October, where they auction fresh pressed Apple Cider, chocolate cakes that at times have fetched up to $100.00 plus dollars, split firewood, even cow dog puppies one year! The ladies in the church get together and make a quilt every year to be auctioned. The event is just like something you would see in Country Living Magazine. Free sandwiches and chips for lunch, a many feet long table covered with a huge variety of homemade pie slices for just $1, and just good old fashioned socializing! So fun!

If any of you saw the movie “A River Runs Through It”, this is the church they used in the movie. Brad Pitt's character's father (Tom Skerritt) was the minister of this church in the movie. It is the Redeemer Lutheran Church.

This is a window in the Holbrook United Methodist Church, which is located directly across the street from the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Guess that's small town for ya! Many churches clustered together in one part of town; many bars/saloons clustered together in another part!

Here is the pretty little church (I showed you all a few posts back) in Melville, MT.

And, from the same road trip, the church in Lennup, MT.

The First Baptist Church, here in town, has a faux bell tower. But they used to “broadcast”, over speakers that reached every corner of town, recorded ringing church bells. I just loved listening to them. But some folks must have complained, or the church's equipment gave out, or something, because they quit doing it. ๐Ÿ™

This is the only pink church we have in town! It is St. Mark's Church of the A M.

Personally, my favorite church is the one the Good Lord provided free of charge!

The one with the sky for a ceiling…

And the good earth for the floor.


Where the mountains stand in for altars –






And all of nature surrounds us, reminding us of the many, many blessings and gifts the Good Lord has given us! That is where I have my best conversations with him ๐Ÿ™‚

Wishing you all a very happy Easter!