A Stormy Autumn Welcome Changes Weekend Plans

So, our Pink Saturday theme this weekend is – this weekend – and how we expected to be welcoming in the season of Autumn – time change and all.

This would not have been an issue for me since I had great plans to share NEW photos from our annual Ladies’ Retreat at the fabulous Victorian Flanders Hotel on the historic Ocean City Boardwalk at the New Jersey shore.  Of course – if you’ve watched the news at all you’d know – our dear Ocean City just ain’t what she used to be in the wake of record breaking Hurricane Sandy.  What might have been sights that looked like this . . .

One of the mini-golf arcades on the boardwalk – 2011.

The Flander’s Hotel – tallest building in town – just off the boardwalk.

The famous family friendly boardwalk in Ocean City – November 2011.

A calm sea, dunes, and November mums in the foreground, 2011.

This weekend looked like this . . .

That’s beach sand – covering the streets – unless the street is underwater.

Knee deep sand – the beaches now carpet the streets and first floors.

The boardwalk is largely intact – though with much structural damage.

A blast from the past with this vintage 1962 newspaper front page taped on a storefront window detailing the last time a similar devastating storm blew through the area.  Even so – it was no match for Sandy.

Limited accessibility as all the roads onto the island are strewn with debris . . .

First responders & clean-up crews are working tirelessly – keep them in prayer!

And, thus – our retreat is cancelled.  I have cash back with which to pay bills . . . and, a Plan B – for Friday, at least.  You see, normally on this weekend I am welcoming Autumn at the Vineland Woman’s Club Annual Antique Show.  The clubhouse is located just down the street from where I live.  Because I had planned to go to the retreat extra early on Friday this year, I was going to have to miss the antique show.  But now . . .

You got it – I’m there – by 10am Friday morning when the doors open!  And, just look what I saw in the foyer as I entered . . .

Um . . . I. Want. That. Cabinet.

However – even at the deal of a price (compared to others I’ve seen) it was still beyond me.  I was looking for single digit goodies today.  This, however, did not stop me from taking down seven digits and a dash adding up to the dealer’s phone number in case the new year brings bounty, so I might be able to treat myself to this functional vintage kitchen cabinet in my new sewing room.

OH!  Didn’t I tell you I was getting a NEW sewing room?

Well, what else would you do with your daughter’s bedroom when she gets married – in two weeks!!!

Sewing/guest room is in the planning stages and will be in the works by the end of the month!  More on that metamorphosis in upcoming posts.  But, now – back to the show!

I look forward to spending the morning visiting with many of the same dealers who come every year.  We chat about old and beautiful things and I always learn something new.  Dreidre ALWAYS has the best hats – I know she picks one or two out that she knows I’ll just love.

And, Jackie brings interesting ephemera of local history that I like to add to my collection for some of the local history displays and speaking programs I do.  Many have news you can really use these days, too!

Linda of Grandmalay’s Daydreamsthe lady who first inspired me to blog at the Spring Antique Show in 2011 – is there with vintage jewelry, textiles, china, and memorabilia.

Always a delight to visit up close and personal with Linda outside of Blogland . . .

Marian has scads of vintage jewelry – love her cameos!

There are always baked goods for sale, soup and hot dogs and tea and coffee – so I usually plan to hang around through luncheon and chat with the many ladies about town I run into while looking for that “just got to have it” antique something or other to add to my collection.

Perhaps another teacup and saucer?  For some reason there was a plethora of tea items at the show this year and I was hard pressed to narrow a selection to only one.  However, this particular ONE had colors that totally captivated me!  My favorite colors to wear!

It was tough!  There was also this little lady – a 1950’s lipstick holder –

Whom I’ve had my eye on for the past two years as she makes an appearance each year and I end up passing her by for something else.  There’s just something in her delicate expression – she needs a name . . . a story . . . I’ll let you know when I come up with one.  She made it home with me for $8 this year.

Yes – I passed up the circa 1970’s dummys . . .

And – though this trio’s price was a steal – passed on it – a lovely sky blue and taupe rose Staffordshire china set, too . . .

Thought I might survive without pink elephants on my tea table this year . . .

Or, these stylish shades . . .

 Already have a vintage cardboard village with lights so I passed the Christmas kitsch by, too.

Have plenty of sewing notions – from mother and two grandma’s . . . so . . . no . . .

Almost took this bubble bath dolly home, though.  Been seeing her at the show for a couple years, too.  I had one when I was a kid and looking into her face is like a time machine taking me back . . . but . . . mine had brown hair.

Only took home a few random things . . . single digits . . . blog worthy material for the future – so I won’t spoil the story here.

As it turns out then, whereas I originally had other plans for this weekend welcoming Autumn at a woman’s retreat in an historic and restful setting – well – I sort of am STILL doing that.  Shopping at this annual show is decidedly a personal retreat for me in an historic and restful setting.  Inspiration and story are bound up in every piece of our past on display.

It was a lovely way to spend the morning.  Looking forward to the spring show in March, too –  my Blogoversary month!  And, next fall, perhaps I’ll be giving this show a miss and be on my way to Ocean City – with less sand – all cleaned up and ready, once again, for visitors.

Blessings of God’s mercy and miraculous provisions to all who are rebuilding their lives, homes, and livelihoods along our devastated Jersey shoreline.

Sharing Stormy Autumn Welcome Changes Weekend Plans with Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

Photo Source for Ocean City Pictures by Douglas Bergen HERE of the Ocean City Patch.

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. So sorry your plans all got washed away…but love all of the beauty you captured with your camera. Hope March brings bright blessings for a grand time! Hugs!

  2. he pink lady is pretty! Happy pink Saturday.

    Pink at my page.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Hi Kathy,
    What lovely pieces from the antique show you’ve shown us…..especially the cupboard…it’s beautiful!!
    My prayers are with the victims of the hurricane and it’s far reaching effects.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  4. Those images of Sandy… could the name be more appropriate? My goodness. Incredible challenges. Many prayers!

    I’m glad you had fun though! Keeps a smile on your face!

    And the wedding’s down to the wire! Sneak in naps when you can!

  5. So very glad to know that you are OK. My son was in Boston during *Frankenstorm* – not much impact there.

    I’m sorry you missed your retreat. But, I have to be honest, the alternative antique show looked quite relaxing and fun!

    So very glad that Lipstick Lady came home with you this year! Can’t wait to hear her new name and story! (By the way, the 70’s dummys were kinda creepy…)


  6. Dear Miss Kathy, I have been waiting to hear from you. So glad you survived the storm, but oh, your wonderful part of the world has suffered so. I love all your pix from the antique show. I always feel like I am there with you! I love the lipstick girl. Oh,the cameos!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love ya,

  7. Lovely post!So nice to meet you. I am now one of your followers.Please visit when you get a chance-Denise of Coffeeberry Cottage

  8. Thank you for following Me,so sweet of you.I went to sign up to follow you and found I already had been following you for quit a while . That’s been happening a whole lot lately–EEks–I know it’s My age showing ; )Denise

  9. What a lovely Plan B you have had. Strolling through the sale items with you was relaxing for me, too. And i had the same bubble bath doll–brown hair and all.

  10. Hmmm I thought that I left a message here?! Well I’m gald that you had a plan b – it seems that it was a wonderful time too!

    Hope that all is well!

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