Sunday, October 9, 2016

Oh Lowes, I've missed you

Its nice to know Lowes continues to deliver the creativity even when I don't visit! Look at how on-trend these air plants are! 

This window looked odd to me until I looked at it from inside and:

GLASS LEDGE! GLASS LEDGE! Think of all the african violets I could fawn over here!

My light lifting duty is over now...just in time for fall clean-up *sigh*

Saturday, October 8, 2016

I thought we were hoarding all the Blendo

Princess House crystal set - 7.99
Blendo Pitcher - 3.99
Green baskets & Red shelf - .99 each
Murano vase - .99

I didn't recognize the hallmark but lead crystal jumps out in any setting!

Thanks to the thin neck of this vase I can't reach in with a magic eraser to get rid of these marks. I may end up donating it.

I am sharing at Vintage Charm:

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cochlear Implant Activation Day

I finally got so frustrated with my hearing aid I went for a cochlear implant. The procedure was completed about a month ago at New York Eye and Ear. My original ENT passed away since I began seeing him so my new doc was Dr. Weber, who kind of looks like Jacob from Lost.

The procedure went well (I was told) and recuperation was as trying as you'd expect having the back of your ear sliced, electrodes inserted and an implant stuck to your skull. The worst were the brief albeit strong headaches I would experience when moving my head. As you can imagine I perfected my posture that week!

Mostly I've just been tired. After two weeks the swelling was sufficiently reduced that I could feel the implant under my skin. It was an odd sensation after half a month later. The area is covered by hair so I didn't even realize I was swollen...until I wasn't!

Today was activation day and I have never been more grateful for a "good" ear!

All voices sound like Alvin (yes, from The Chipmunks) running auto-tune. There is also a small delay so everything on the implanted ear plays like an electronic echo to my good ear.

I didn't realize how much I was relying on my good ear until I started using a device which would stream bluetooth audio directly to my cochlear implant.

Well, I played Kanye's 808s and Heartache - aka my favorite album of all time and could not tell a single song apart from my next! I couldn't even distinguish the beats! I know sound recognition will improve and I can always switch to my "good ear" when listening to music but it really makes me empathize with profoundly deaf people who would be able to hear but not know what they are hearing.

The stitches behind my ear (no photos but feel free to google cochlear implant stitches and squirm) are still very sensitive and the device area feels bruised at the lightest touch. The audiologist suggested I cover everything in moleskin to provide padding BUT but look at my cheat:

This probably won't work for people without hair as ridiculously curly but I just tucked it a bit lower inside my hair and let the battery dangle. Again - its not kosher but I need to listen with my device as often as possible so I can get rid of the synthesized chipmunk effect. Looking at the picture I bet I could rest the battery on my bun when using the device inside the house.

Just don't tell the audiologist!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Does this look depressed to you?

.40 at a garage sale

It looked vintage to me but I can't find it on eBay.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Oh Mickey You're So Fine!

Planter - $2.99
Mickey Mug - .49

 Not a huge savings but I am in a plant state of mind!

Mickey stuff is over saturated but I'm hoping his vintageness will push him out the door!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chime on, Chime for the Seasons

My husband says the popsicle holders are unitaskers but I disagree - one side can hold icecream cones! Plus they can be stood on counters. I think my nieces will like them.

I've become a decorative plate owner *GASP* Something about this one spoke to me. I love rain, puddles, galoshes and the colors overall.

I also dig the world's most tangled windcatcher!

Sweet little porcelain birds cheer my soul.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Well lets go here

We have a volunteer at the Little Thrift Store who spends all her time visiting thrift stores. She has finally made me curious to run into some dinky little ones I occasionally see:

$2 for the lot

I get the feeling these guys sell storage unit stuff because it was mostly furniture. I wouldn't go back although I found a match to the wine holder I bought the other day!

Organic white breakables are my weakness.

Last I checked anything Friendship was eBay's.