Once again, I am not doing the type of post that I usually do......
A very SPECIAL Lady passed away this week........
Our dear friend and neighbor, Elly, passed away at the age of 90 years old.......
If you follow my blogs, you may have heard me mention that Joe and I have been caring for my neighbor Elly's house while she had been in a Nursing Home due to Alzheimer's disease.......
It was the least that we could do for someone who was very important to us and for someone who truly shaped me into the person that I am today.......
They say "Friends are the Family We Choose for Ourselves"
We became neighbors over 35 years ago.........
Originally, she spent her Winters in Miami with her second husband who was an International Stock Broker and she would leave him there and spent her Summers here.....
When he passed away, she resided here year round........
As I continue, I will be showcasing some of the things that I have from Elly's home as her sons told me to take what I wanted since we were caring for home........
In fact, her sons told us to sell most of her furniture, which several neighbor's bought, and then to let neighbor's take what they wanted from the house.....
Her phone in the Kitchen now graces my Kitchen
A vintage Clorox Bleach bottle........
A tin and one of many vintage canning jars on my shelf in the Kitchen
She was going to Salvation Army looking for treasures over 50 years ago when it was frowned on to go to such a place!!!!
Her lamp now on my Kitchen counter
We would go to Yard sales together and have a wonderful time!!
When our local Red Lobster was remodeling, they had a "Yard Sale" in the parking lot and Elly and I went together to see what kind of treasures we could find......
We both came home with this sign.....
We paid $5.00 for each of the signs!!
I transformed Elly's sign into a Chalkboard sign......
In my Dining Room for Halloween!!
She loved magazines like Country Living and Country Home and copied the decorating ideas in her own home......
A basket of hers that I did a floral arrangement in.....
One idea that I got from her was how to make the windows in our townhouse look larger......
We have small windows.......
This is my Living Room window where I put up the curtain rods at least 18 inches on each side away from the actual window, creating the illusion of a larger window.......
I had never met anyone like this!!
My Mother regarded antiques and vintage items as just plain "old" things and she liked new things.....
She also thought of everything as "Dust Catchers" so Elly's style of decor in her home was amazing to me!!!
She decorated for every Season and Holiday and had numerous Collections!!!
And she continued to decorate and buy things for her home well into her late 70's and early 80's until Alzheimer's began to affect her mind......
3 of my most prized possessions are these 3 curios........
The first 2 are in my Dining Room but they were in her bedroom......
Even though these curios are now in my Dining Room, I was inspired by how Elly had used them in her bedroom......
A few years ago, I decided to do something similar in my Powder Room......
She was our dog sitter when we used to go on vacation.......
A photo of Cassie and Savanna that a Blogger friend gifted to me!!
It was Elly who fostered my love of gardening and perrenials.....
One of my favorite items that she gifted me is this garden sign......
It is because of her that I decided to turn our back yard into one large flower garden!!
The market umbrella was Elly's
This baker's rack was also Elly's
She also loved to spray paint things and if you have followed my Blog, you know that I say that Joe often calls me that "Queen of Spray Paint"!
That also came from Elly!!
She acted unlike any Senior Citizen I ever knew!!!
She always drove a red Sports Car and wore leather pants and a fur jacket vest in the Winter with high heel boots!!!
I always said she was the Coolest Senior Citizen that I ever met!!!
Now I would call her a bit of a hoarder because she loved to shop and could not resist buying items on sale "Just in case someone might need them someday"
If I ever need something I would go to Elly and ask her if she had it ...
She would say "Give me a minute" and then return with exactly what I was looking for!!
She was extremely organized with everything labels, boxed and organized!!!
I also learned this from her.......
My Craft Room
She was kind, generous and was always looking out for other people!
She also was a Strong Woman, having been a single Mother raising 2 sons while working full time in a factory after her divorce from her first husband....
That was another thing that we had in common....we both had 2 sons!!
As I mentioned before, She lived in Miami in the Winter while married to her 2nd husband.....
While in Miami, she walked the beach and collected tubs of shells which her sons were going to throw out!!
I made ornaments from those shells......
She lived for a few years with a local family member until that family member passed away.....
One of the greatest gifts she gave to Joe and I was on the last day that we saw her.
It was the day that her son was taking her to an Alzheimer's Facility to live by him near Phila.
Joe and I went over to say Good Bye and she recognized us and knew who we were when she did not even recognize her own son......
I will be forever grateful for that........
She truly was a wonderful beautiful Lady......
This is Elly's Wedding Picture when she married her first husband.......
I never realized how much Elly influenced my life until I started writing this post.....
Now I am even sadder for her loss!!
But unfortunately, we lost her several years ago when Alzheimer's took her away from those who loved her.......
We will miss her and I will never forget her and how she helped me to become the person I am today!!!!
And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!
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