Thursday, April 25, 2013

It Might Be Time

I haven't blogged in awhile.
The Stereotactic Brain Irradiation Procedure has taken it out of me a bit.
I did work the Flea Market in our booth.
It was so great to see some great friends.
Jeremy, Mindy, Julie, Vic, Sylvia, Darwin, Brent, John, Kris, Barbara, Linda, Michael, Lori and the list goes on and on of such wonderful people who are our friends who stopped by the Flea Market.
The Flea Market was a huge success.  
We need to do that again before long.
At least I think so anyway.

Spring has truly arrived.
Rhododendrons have begun to bloom. 
I love this time of year.

The neighbors have this little beauty blooming right now.
I had to share.

We went by Bob's Beach Bookstore the other day.
We were getting a gift certificate for the Treasure Hunt.
I turned around and guess what?

A sock monkey.
They're taking over the planet.
I know it.

Thank you again everyone for all the support.
For any names I neglected to mention here I am sorry.
Short term memory loss is a real problem right now.
If not written down it may be gone forever.

I will try to blog more and get my business gear engaged.
You all have a wonderful day.

I will.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Update Time

I realized I had not blogged in awhile.
I also realized that some people get their information about us through the blog.
So here is a quick update.

This is a picture of my family & friends, like family, who came to support me one week ago.

As you know, I had a AVM Stroke on December 7th, my Pearl Harbor.

On Wednesday, April 3rd, I was given a
 Stereotactic Brain Irradiation Procedure utilizing a Radiosurgery Frame.

My surgery was done by putting bolts to hold a frame on my skull.
Radiation was then shot to my trouble spot using 
various angles using the frame to bolt me to a table.
Then the frame and bolts were taken off.

We won't know for sure for 2 or 3 years whether we were successful.

Today is the first day since the Radiation Surgery
 have I felt somewhat normal again.

So that is it in a nut shell.

The Mall is doing an outside Flea Market on the Holmes Road Side
 Saturday, April 20th.

I have full intentions of being at that fun event.

I hope I see you there.

I won't have the head frame on I promise!!

Sunday, March 31, 2013


Just a simple blog today.

Happy Easter!

Have a great day no matter how you celebrate the Holiday.

We are going to be open this year because it is Easter last day of Oregon Spring Break and first real day of Washington's Spring Break.  

I am going to be there.

Yes, I am going to wear a hat.

Have a great day.

I will!

Monday, March 25, 2013

We Haven't Been Sitting Still

We have been busy lately.
We have been trying to get a new site up and running.
The site would assist visitors or shoppers purchasing things online safely.
Those would be items in the Mall or just placed up on the site itself.
You would need to check from time to time.
We are getting close so thought we'd share the initial look.

We are getting there and we owe Alan Owen a huge THANK YOU
for all the help getting the site beginning.

That is what we are working on.
We hope to see you there and we call it
Little Antique Mall Market!

Meanwhile, Linda has been busy finding Siltez Indian Baskets.
Here are just a couple of beauties she has brought in lately.

No one has been slacking as you can see.  LOL
I know you have been busy, too.
We'll get caught up here on the blog soon.

Until then enjoy life

I do!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Card and Thoughts

I had received a card made by Paul and Mika who are 
Dealers of the Little Antique Mall.
It is so creative and special I needed to share it with you.
It is made to unfold and I can't show that but each page I can share with you.

Each page of the fold is imaginative and with wonderful words.
Each photograph taken by Paul and Mika are captivating.

There is joy in every photo.
It is whimsical, at times, which always brings me high spirits.

The last fold contains more gracious words from Paul and Mika.
Also a pleasant picture of a piece of Paul's art.
We are so glad they are in our lives and in our Mall.

It was one of the best created cards I had ever received.
Although I must admit I love all the cards & flowers I have been sent.

As you know I had a AVM Stroke December 7th, 2012.
I am at risk of another occurring if I don't follow directions closely.

April 3rd Stereotactic Radiosurgery will be performed on me.
It is a highly precise form of radiation therapy and they deliver
precisely targeted radiation.
It will be our hope that within several years my AVM risk will then be gone.

Until then I do what I am told.
Enjoy every moment of life.
Enjoy every one of you.

I look forward to success.
I look forward to getting out and seeing how creative you all are.
I know you can't mail it all to me.  LOL

Thank you Paul and Mika.
Thank you to all of my friends and family here.
You all mean so much to me.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Quick Walk Around The Mall

I took a quick walk around the Mall the other day.
I couldn't help but notice the gym locker that was for sale.
They are hot right now and the price is good on this one.

If you didn't like the color it would be easy to paint.
I think they are so cool.
I use a swimming pool locker for my dresser and I LOVE it.

I found that one in our Mall, liked the color, so moved it right in.
Then you just decorate around it.

The little salesman sampler caught my eye.
It can't be over 12 inches tall.
It is to show a window with shutters.
Very unusual to see or to find one.

We have always enjoyed primitives.
In fact we've collected primitives for years now.
This screened cupboard is adorable.
Someone needs to get it before I can't resist the temptation.

The same Dealer brought in an incredible piece of majolica.
It is a cake saver/server and is in perfect shape.
I have never seen another majolica one in all the time 
we have been in business.
This photograph does not do it justice but it was the best I could do.
Enjoy this beauty.

It just doesn't show how large it is which is too bad.
Check it out when you come visit us at our Mall.

Easter is fast approaching so this sign brought in is fitting.
It is precious and won't last long during the Easter Season.

If I could only find a big enough spot on the wall.  

I hope you enjoyed the quick trip around the Mall with me.

I did!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Love of Aquariums!

I had talked about aquariums and love of salt aquariums.
Our dear friends Vic and Trudy came to the beach and made a visit.
Vic and Trudy had salt water aquariums and are quite knowledgeable.
They brought me a huge selection of equipment
 and books on salt water aquariums.

As a gift.
I kid you not.
I was so excited and so grateful.

I have enough equipment now to open a Sea World right here in my home!
Here is a picture of just some of the books
 and I didn't take any pictures yet of the equipment.

Vic and Trudy understand how aquariums can take your mind to a peaceful place.
He had aquariums for a long time.
Now their farm takes their time and love so they had stopped with the aquariums.

I became the beneficiary of their wonderful collection of aquarium supplies.
I realize, like any collection, I am they caretaker of it for now.
What joy that brings me.

Dan and I had a nice lunch with Vic and Trudy.
We enjoyed the time and it went so fast.
 I learned so much and I look forward to the next opportunity.

So how do I thank Vic and Trudy?

I will think of something.

But right now I say to them:


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Fish's Life

I have been busy setting up a small aquarium.
It is fresh water and just some relaxation nearby.
Also, to prepare setting up a salt water environment.
It has been awhile so easing back into the hobby.

We've lost a couple of fish.
I suspect a rough crowd in this small tank.
It has taken a lot of time away from blogging.

So I'm out to strike some balance.
There is also some stuff at the Mall I want to 
photograph and talk about here.
Until then here is a picture of one of the trouble makers.

I had lunch with Father Bob and Dan today.

I hope you had a good day.

I have!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Change has begun since my AVM Stroke December 7th, 2012.
The Mall needs to change. 
All things need to change and grow.

We have decided to leave Bridgetown Coffee after 14 years.
No reason to go into it just leave it at as change.
Change is good.

We are going with Longbottom Coffee and Tea, Inc.
They have a great product.
Based in Hillsboro and been in business for 32 years.
They know Coffee and Tea Products.

Matt, our representative from the Company, is also one of our fine Dealers.
Matt was never aggressive about doing coffee business with us.
But when we were ready for a change he was eager to have the business.
No one else had ever asked us before.
Thank you Matt.

Longbottom Coffee and Tea, Inc
does great work around their community.
In fact they work and assist around the world.
Their values reflect our values so it seems natural
 we should be in business together.

Come on in and get a cup of coffee, mocha or latte.
We believe you will love their product when you come to visit us.

We are in transformation.

This weekend the Beach Boys are performing at 
Chinook Winds Casino and Resort.

We decided to have a Treasure Hunt themed around the Beach Boys event.

We hid a red rubber duck.
If you find it you will win the Treasure Hunt Gift Package.

For this Treasure Hunt the package contains:

A Rolling Stones Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll
Beach Boys Greatest Hits CD
Little Antique Mall T-Shirt
Little Antique Mall Hat
Little Antique Mall Coffee Mug
1/2 lb. of coffee beans
$20 Little Antique Mall Gift Certificate

So change and a Treasure Hunt.

Sounds like a fun weekend to me.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blog Block!

I have had a block trying to come up with a blog lately.
Sometimes it just requires me to start something.  


So I am having coffee early this morning in my office upstairs.
I look across the room and there it is.

A very small baby sock monkey hanging on the corner of a window.
You all know about my sock monkey fixation.

Where did this baby sock monkey come from?

What is going on?

Dan is battling a mean one at our Mall.

We have a family of sock monkeys here at the house.

Now a baby one.

Sock monkeys are taking over!

Oh dear!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Aquarium Time

I have been busy setting up an aquarium.
One of those new modern ones that are pretty cool looking.
I hear watching fish swim help diminish stress.
I am all about no stress these days.

I am about walking the dogs, too.

Lincoln City Antique Week was extremely busy.
Dan is still putting all the numbers together and getting the Mall put back together.
It looks like people had fun and booths need to be freshened up.

This weekend is Newport's Seafood and Wine Festival.
I will have some more to say about that event.


Our new Coffee company which is so GOOD!

LONGBOTTOM Coffee and Tea, Inc.

You will be hearing a lot more about that too.
You are going to love the new coffee and tea.

Hope you are all having a good day.

I am.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Quick Blog Today

Yesterday was a beautiful day.  
A deck day.
Not quite as nice today 
but my sister is coming so I will be busy!

My pictures aren't too good today but it is spring.
Daffodils have begun to truly bloom.

Even the miniature version of the daffodil is blooming in the yard.
They are so cute.  
So tiny.

Our southern property line is planted with Camellia bushes or trees now.
There must be 8 or 9 of them and they, too, have begun to bloom.

It is truly spring in the air.
I love Camellias and there are over 3,000 types.
Camellias originally came from eastern and southern Asia.

In a week or two they will be just covered with beautiful flowers.
The few peaking out now gives me hope.

The Wizard of OHSU has given me a path to follow.
5 or 6 weeks of more stress free quiet.
Then radiation while my head is bolted to a table for 8 hours.

Then we wait for a long time to see if it did the job.

That's it in a nut shell.

I am happy to know what I will be doing next.

I hope you are having a great day.

I am.

A Quick Movie

I made Dan act in my movie yesterday at the Mall.
He was a good sport.
I had fun and it is showing up everywhere
So I thought I'd better put a link here, too.

It is fun.
I'll blog more later today.

I hope you laugh.

We sure have.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Have I Turned Into A Crafter?

I realized tomorrow was Valentines so I needed to gather 
my home made cards for people.
I had them sorted and out for Daniel to take to work for me.
I had worked hard on these little cards.
The first time I have done that in years.

I took a picture for the "record."
And then found myself wanting to take a picture of cards we had made recently.
What is going on?

I haven't crafted anything since the 70's and it was macrame!
I think I'd better keep an eye on this new craft thing I seem to be picking up.  LOL

On another note I purchased a new dresser.
It is an old swimming pool locker for visitors.
It is just perfect and I had started to work it into the room when I took this picture.
It is so cool.  
I love it.

When I'm all done it will look perfect.
And the function to hold socks and things couldn't be better for me.
Old and funky too.
It's a winner.

Tomorrow, early, we have to meet with the Wizard of OHSU!
We are getting all the data on radiation treatment as a possibility.
It is the last bit of data we need to make the next decision.

I am ready to move on so let's get the rest of the info.

Let's make that decision!

I hope you all had a good day.

I did.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Robert's Bookshop

Robert Portwood has owned Robert's Bookshop for over 25 years now.
Yes the Bookshop is an institution and deserved its own poster!

Robert's Bookshop is located at:
3412 S.E. Highway 101
Lincoln City, Oregon 97367

Just coming close to his building you realize it is a special place.

We have left the car in the parking lot and rounded
 the corner to find the front door.
Yes I will repeat we knew we had found a special place.

Mermaids are magical at the beach.
This one is beautifully painted near the very front door.
You must pause and check it out as Dan did.

The building is huge and every nook and corner is filled with books.
I swear if it has been published there must be a copy at Robert's Bookshop

There are thousands of books.
Many hard backs but soft backs, too.

Robert has just acquired a huge collection of paper back books.
These books are very rare and are mostly science fiction, gore and pulp fiction.

The collection is still being unpacked and put on book shelves in order.

This room will be a private room once ready for the public to enter.
Again I stress they are still arranging, cataloging
 and placing the books of this collection.

This room will have the best protection of the entire Bookshop.
I kid you not.  Just check this out.

Dan is trying to exit the special room and 
found he was locked behind the old jail door.
It will be used and is being used.  No one just enters or leaves at whim.
They will have a staff member with them in this part of the Bookshop at all time.
I can't wait to spend some time there in the very near future.

Linda is a long time employee of Robert Packwood's at his Bookshop.
Linda has also been a dear friend of ours for many years as well.
We were so happy she took the time to show us around.
It has been way too long since we visited the Bookshop.

Robert's Bookshop also has an amazing collection of 
Pulp Art used for books in the past.

I know the pictures of this art would be better with a real camera.
But my cell phone is the best I can do.

Check out the art for sure.

Robert even has some vintage entertainment posters.
There is even antique toys here and there.
The Bookshop is a must stop.

I know I can spend more then just a few hours to do Robert Bookshop's justice.
It is incredible.  It is fascinating.  It is awesome.
It is a most astonishing shop.

You will never tire of the experience and you'll always see something new.
Plan on spending some time and not to be disappointed.

We hope you will enjoy it.

We did!


Valentine is coming up on us quickly.
Danielle just put up a great look at heart shaped objects on her blog.
I love it and I hope you will check it out. 

Danielle used to work for us and we miss her so much.
She has returned to Arizona but she is still on log and in our hearts.
I will do another blog right behind this but Danielle deserves her own mention.

We love you Danielle and Kirk, too!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Paul and Mika Create!

Paul and Mika are Dealers 13 in our Mall.
They have been with us for a number of years now.
I can't remember exact time but they are part of the Mall family for sure.

Paul and Mika decided to take more space..
They took a corner booth in what we call our "back" room.
What a wonderful surprise they did with their additional space.
I mean look at this.

Paul and Mika repurpose old objects.
Reinventing their purpose.
So clever and such enjoyment.

Look at their sign.



Paul and Mika take an old window.
It now has new life.
You may see it in a home kitchen or a restaurant maybe.
It is just plain cool.
That's all I need to say. 

The new "EAT" sign awesome.
All looked over by a parrot.

Dan is busy enjoying all the discoveries in this new booth.
Objects are now linked together for a improbable but genius use.
You could hang it anywhere.

Lighting fixtures are available.
Some made out of odd objects now have a new life as a lighting source.

Again objects linked together and hung.
Could be one or a curtain of them anywhere in the home or office.

And Dan is still exploring and excited with what he is seeing.

Me, too!

Even objects are grouped together, unlike, but perfect for the atmosphere, the mood, the eclectic sanity.

I think we have a hit here and you are going to want to come in soon 
and see it for yourself.
It is bedazzling to me and exciting.

And yes Paul and Mika are geniuses.
We are fortunate to have them in our lives and in our business.

Thank you!

And you should know I am working as much as I can in the Mall.
Often in the morning I am doing the cleaning.
Helping Dan with the books.

There were three options to fix my health issue.
After the tests on Tuesday the Wizard at OHSU has proclaimed 
we are down to 2 options now.

We are optimistic.
Besides it finally gives me time at home to work on a blog.
Time to maintain our ever so important Facebook presence.

I look to the future with eagerness.

I hope you do.

I do.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Things To Do While Out Antiquing!

It is important to do some other things while out shopping
 for Antiques and Collectibles.
At least it is for us and generally it involves food. 
Not always but food is at the top of the list for us.

I will be listing our favorite places as if entering Lincoln City
 from the North on Highway 101.

Our first stop would be Wildflower Grill.

4250 NE Hwy. 101

Vicky and Chuck own the restaurant.  They do a great job with food. 
 They also have a charming glassed in dining area 
where you overlook a wonderful small pond.  
You will see all kinds of wild animals and birds.  
A must experience to be sure.

Virtually next door to our business the Little Antique Mall is

Rockfish Bakery Cafe.

3026 NE Hwy. 101

The Rockfish Bakery Cafe is just south of our business.
Danelle Lochrie & Ethan Granberg are the owners.

Their bakery and cafe are awesome.  
From the fresh breads to the daily lunch specials you will love it.

They also do a special dinner one night a month.  
Prior reservations only and limited space so book quick 
or you will miss a dinner that is extraordinary!

Heading south on Highway 101 we find another favorite restaurant.
I told you for us it would involve food most times.  LOL

Blackfish Cafe

2733 NW Hwy. 101

Rob and Mary Pounding own the Blackfish Cafe.
There menu is excellent and the quality astounding.
Rob and Mary are very special to us as is their cuisine.

Not far south you will discover

Barnacle Bills Seafood Market

2174 NE Hwy. 101

I must admit I have forgotten their names 
and will remember them the moment I post this.

I apologize.

I can tell you this Seafood Market is excellent whether you want fresh
 Dungeness Crab, Salmon, Halibut, Shrimp and many other tasty things. 

A must stop!

Yes we do eat at home.  More so then people think.

 Kenny's IGA Foodliner

2429 NW Hwy. 101


4845 NW Hwy. 101

The produce is always so fresh and beautiful.

Kenny still is around making sure the store is running correctly.
Andy Morgan, his son, runs the store day to day and does a great job.
Thank you Andy.

Sometimes it is pleasant to find another activity besides eat.

Bijou Theatre

1624 NE Hwy. 101

The Bijou Theatre is owned by
Keith and Betsy Altomare.

They do a fantastic job entertaining us with films and their knowledge of the films.
Keith and Betsy have also been celebrating the 
75th anniversary of the Bijou Theatre.
Stop in, grab some popcorn and enjoy an entertaining film.

Back to eating now.

Jasmine Thai Restaurant

1437 NW Hwy. 101

Great spicy food. 
We like it there a lot and getting food to go is easy here!

 I need to clean up my hair and face on a regular basis.

Sizzor Hands

1221 NW Hwy. 101

Lori is the gorgeous lady who handles the appointment books.

Making us look grand are:

Cary, Rachelle, Erin or Jeremy.

The four of them are all good looking and captivating!
I love them all.

These hair stylists are first rate.
And on me they work miracles.

Now that I am looking good again I am back on Highway 101 
but I still feel a little tense.

So it is time to head to

Back In Touch Therapeutic Massage

1140 NE Hwy. 101

Owned by Rob and Lori Hollingsworth 

They do a great job.  Rob is very talented chiropractor and Lori as a very professional Therapeutic Massager.  She has several associates who help keeping the business fully staffed at all times.
Need to relax call Rob and Lori.  It will be taken care of for you.

You got it... I am hungry again.

Kyllo's Seafood and Grill Restaurant

1110 NW 1st Ct.

Owned by a brother and sister
Craig and Pam Kyllo.

They run a sensational dining room and small bar area.
Literally Kyllo's is on the ocean front.
Magnificent views of waves, people, seals, seagulls and whales.

A little piece of history.  
Craig and Pam let me wait tables 3 or 4 nights a week.
That way I could work our new small shop in the days and earn money at night
to help pay the bills.  It was an instrumental part of our story and I have always been grateful the Kyllo's let me work to give me the income, along with Dan's, to build our dream.
An Antique Shop which grew into the Little Antique Mall today.

I like puttering in the yard and I like planting new flowers or vegetables.

Bear Valley Nursery & Landscaping

2114 SE Hwy. 101

Scott and his wife do one heck of job.
I love their nursery and I always look forward for a visit to their business.

The first year round Christmas store in Oregon was in Lincoln City.

Established in 1974  it is the

Christmas Cottage

3305 SW Hwy. 101

Owned by Barb Jenkins the Christmas Cottage is an institution indeed.
You can shop 363 days a year.
It is a very special place to visit and 
find Christmas decorations that also make special gifts.
Check it out.

As we travel south we get to see one of my favorite views along our part 
of the Central Oregon Coast.  It is in the Taft area and is
easily seen from your car.  
An easy place to park and enjoy the view.

I never become bored with this view.
It is dynamic and changing sometimes moment by moment as the Siletz Bay
filled by the Siletz River empties into the Pacific Ocean.

And the Pacific Ocean always gets us in the mood for this.

Whether looking for fishing floats, fun junk, sticks for the dogs to catch or 
just walking quietly we love the beach.

We hope you enjoyed our little blog about some of our favorite places.

I did!