Celebrating Treasures

Happy Independence Day, U.S. readers, and a hearty hello to everyone else!

So far today I’ve been in a parade, eaten barbecue and red, white and blue cake, and had a nap. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than that. The only thing missing is fireworks, and I’m counting on that for tonight.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. You’re probably on the edge of your seats wondering what I’ve been up to lately. (And if you weren’t wondering, feel free to continue on with your day.)

Finding New Treasures

On one of my walks this week, I happened to find this jewel sitting abandoned on the curb.


It’s an old churn, minus the paddle. I have no need for a churn, with or without a paddle, but I couldn’t just leave it sitting there, could I? So I lugged it the remaining half-mile trek home. Those things aren’t exactly light, but it wasn’t as bad as the time I found the nightstand/printer stand.

I’m not sure how I’m going to use this treasure. For now it’s enjoying its new home on my front porch, where I’m thinking it might make a nice hiding spot for a can of bug spray. Or maybe a planter. I don’t know.

Parting with Treasures

I forgot to tell y’all about a treasure-hunting coup from a few weeks ago. Back when I was pet-sitting last month, I spotted a cute little table at the curb of a neighbor’s house and when I went to pick it up, I saw that there was a baby swing next to it and it looked to be in perfect condition! So, of course, I picked it up along with the table.

I’ll show you the table after its makeover is complete, but here’s a picture of the baby swing:

baby swing

Turns out, it’s some kind of fancy pants Fisher Price Swing that retails from between $55-$75. And with a new set of batteries (cost: $2), it worked just fine. Since I didn’t need a baby swing, I listed it on Craigslist and it sold for $25! Woo-hoo! Cammy-the-Capitalist wins one!

Now, if I can just have the same luck with my other listings.

Long-Distance Treasures

local culture frozen yogurt starksville ms

On a day trip to Starkville, MS this week, I found a nice little fro-yo shop, Local Culture. I treated myself to a cup of peanut butter fro-yo, and I’m glad I did! The work assignment I was completing ran over by three hours, so I didn’t get to have dinner until almost 8:00. Considering I’d had lunch at 11:30 a.m. (Wendy’s, New Albany, MS, Apple-Pecan Chicken Salad), I would have been a raving lunatic had it not been for the fro-yo. This experience has moved fro-yo from the “almost healthy” category right up to “potentially life-saving” status. I can’t wait until the next emergency! :)

Local Treasures

And that brings us to today. To celebrate the 4th, my neighborhood had a picnic with catered bbq and potluck sides. I took my Award-Winning Fruit Salad (yes, I pandered), which I would swear I took a photo of, but I can’t find it now. I probably ate it. :)

Anyway, people seemed to like it just as much as before. In fact, I’m pretty sure it would have won, again, if there’d been a prize. I added coconut flakes to it this time, and that made it even better. For a canned fruit pudding salad, that is. LOL

paradeIn addition to our meal, we had a parade of sorts. No floats, no band, no twirlers. Just a bunch of neighbors, waving flags at passersby and having a good time. The kids loved it (they were suspicious at first when they found out no one was going to throw candy or beads to them), and that’s what mattered most. We’ll work on making it slightly grander next year, but not much. It was kind of fun just the way it was.

As I watched the people around me laughing and enjoying their meals, and the kids playing tirelessly on the playground, I felt almost overwhelmed with gratitude. How fortunate I am to live in such an awesome little community in a truly great nation. (Not that there’s anything wrong with any of the other nations.) :)

To cap off this wonderful day, I’m about to go search for a vantage point from which to observe fireworks. And then the celebrating is over. Back to business as usual tomorrow.

How’d you celebrate the holiday? Or Thursday, if you’re in one of the other truly great nations in the world. :)

10 thoughts on “Celebrating Treasures

  1. I was thinking about you yesterday, how nice it is that you get together with your neighbors. Your salad sounds yummy! And I agree with your original article–its more like dessert, but whatever!

    Since you’re such an entrepreneur, I guess you’ve researched the churn? I would think that would be worth a lot!

    Froyo is potentially life-saving! Who knew? Must eat more!!!

  2. The one thing that’s always been nice about the Fourth of July, from the time I was a kid, is that it really seems to be a neighborhood/community thing. No massive traveling to celebrate, no mandatory family get-togethers; rather, you get a nice reminder of the melting pot that is our country. Your day sounds great!

    Btw, nice score on that baby swing…that’ll keep you in lifesaving (LOL) froyo for a while! :)

  3. What a great way to celebrate the 4th. I love that your neighbors were out celebrating in force. I really love that churn!!! With or without a paddle, and yay you for nabbing/selling that seat. Win/win situation, you got the cash, someone got a great swing for their baby at a good price!! Have a great Friday Cammy!!

  4. I love that churn – love it!! I could see you making it into a lamp.

    We had a very quiet 4th. I worked all day and all our neighbors were gone (or at least in hiding). Neighbors around here don’t talk all that much, which is surprising given that it is a small town. Of course, the house is vacant on the one side, so that certainly limits conversation 😀

  5. Wow, good job on the swing. I need to get you to sell some of my stuff I don’t want to move. Speaking of moving, you intuition was correct. New condo is almost directly across the interstate from where we enjoyed coffee. But far enough away that you hear nothing from the interstate or that commercial mess where we were. I can enter and exit that fray as I please!! Looks like you had a fun holiday. We are in full purging mode, but did take time to go to a friend’s house for a cookout!

  6. Yes, gratitude is always my overwhelming emotion on the 4th. The community coming together always reminds me that the kind, lovely people outnumber the pissy ones!

  7. I LOVE discovering treasures on the roadside too.
    much much much to the husbands chagrin :-) until they’re cleaned up and fancied.

  8. What I love about the 4th as a holiday is that we can make it anything we want to. We are not locked into rituals as much as we are for some other holidays. It feels very free spirited. Sounds like you had a good one!

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