John 20:30-31 "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
Outside mywindow...a beautifully sunny but cool 30 degree morning with temps headed to a high of 52.
I am thinking...that I will wait until it's a bit warmer before planting spring flowers in my front porch watering cans. Below is another year's workday...I checked the date, and it was May 17. A whole month from now!
I am thankful...for family, friends, good health, and my home here in the Valley.
In the kitchen...Chicken Pot Pie tonight - snitching a couple of Sarah's pie crusts she made for Market. She's fine with that!
I am wearing...everyday clothes: navy skirt and green turtleneck, navy Crocs.
I am creating...haven't started the 7th row of the Row-Along which is leaves, but that's the one I'll be making before next Friday.
I amwondering...where I will plant the clump of Siberian Iris that my friend, Sue, dug up and gave me yesterday. Can't wait to dig in the dirt!
I am hoping...that the huge load of mulch will be delivered soon! Love the smell of fresh mulch!
I am looking forward to...Tom having a day off for Good Friday. He'll probably work in his shop sanding the 40 soap dishes he's making for a customer.
A favorite quote for today...
One of my favorite things... getting together with friends: Sue and Nancie at Panera Bread yesterday. I've known these ladies for 35 years.
A few plans for the rest of the week...a Tea Party at a friend's home tomorrow to welcome Granny back!
A peek into my day...a bit of clean-up, writing this blog post, 30-minutes on the treadmill, welcoming Tom home for lunch, organizing my desk, making supper.
How was your beautiful spring weekend? Ours was a busy but fun blur of activity! We were so thankful for the delightful weather that made our excursions enjoyable.
Early Saturday morning Jonathan and Sarah left for the downtown farmers' market with two loaded vehicles full of baked goods and soaps. Jonathan was in charge this weekend of setup and selling soap for Hannah since she would be elsewhere selling. Meanwhile, Tom, Granny, Hannah, and I made our way to Dayton's Redbud Festival with two loaded vehicles full of baskets, soaps, a big tent, tables, chairs, signs...and all the "stuff" that goes along with setting up a booth for a craft show!
Here's Granny awaiting her first customers. Isn't she beautiful at almost 86 years old? One of my favorites of her baskets was the yellow-handled potato masher basket on the second shelf of the baker's rack.
The potato masher baskets were quite popular, and six of the eight she brought sold!I don't know what we'd do without Tom helping with the heavy tents and all the unloading and organizing. In fact, we couldn't do the show without him and his toolbox! Here he is hanging some of the baskets for display:Here's what early morning on College Street in Dayton before the festival begins looks like...lots of white vendor tents. 100 vendors were scheduled to be at this event--much smaller than the fall festival: Here's Hannah getting her side of the tent ready with her soap. She was very pleased with some contacts she made--customers who came by asking if she could customize bridal shower favors using the small bars she sells--Yes!:Here's another view of the main setup before the festival started. Vendors often stop by each other's booth before the customers arrive because it's hard to get away once the day gets going: This lady thought Granny was a real salesman! It worked! She bought a basket! I'm not much of a salesman at all! I'm mostly there to take their money and bag up their purchases:Hannah and Granny--two entrepreneurs extraordinaire: The breeze was blowing just enough to direct the wonderful scent of Hannah's soaps toward the customers. These friends below stopped by to sniff her wares: And the folks were there as you can see below...although we've found that the Fall Market does much better with sales since customers are thinking ahead for Christmas gifts:Would you like a chance to win one of Granny's potato masher baskets, two bars of soap, and notecards and photo cards made by Hannah?
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Well, the redbuds are not quite in bloom in our area just yet, but tomorrow we celebrate spring with the annual Redbud Festival in Dayton, Virginia.Since Granny and I returned from SC, we've been busy getting her baskets together...tagging, pricing, and packing them up in anticipation of coming home with an empty car after tomorrow's festival!
Hopefully, I'll be able to take some photos tomorrow of Granny in her glory surrounded by her baskets and Hannah selling her soap!
Come join us on College Street in Dayton, Virginia! Hours of the craft show are 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
I arrived an hour early to get a good front row seat and started taking photos of the nice setup that Barnes & Noble provided.
Here's a photo of a wall of her books before she arrived:Once she breezed in and greeted us, she just let loose talking and thoroughly entertained us with her stories. So very interesting!Here she is autographing her new cookbook for me. I also brought her first cookbook from home, Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family so she could autograph that, too!And here's the page she signed complete with a scripture reference in Philippians 1:12 which says, "But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel." Thanks to my sister for taking this picture of Christy posing with me: What I liked about her down-home stories was her emphasis on family. Her love for her husband and children was evident in everything she said and every story she told.
In fact, it seemed she could hardly wait to get home from all her book appearances to cook supper for her family!
Here she is interacting with some folks in the audience: I was so excited to find out that Christy was going to be in SC exactly when I was visiting my sister. Too bad they didn't give away a free book to the person who had driven the farthest to get there! Ha!
We've had some fun times. Tomorrow I'll be winging my way back to Virginia and bringing Granny home with me. Talk at you later after we get settled in!
Okay...I know...this definitely isn't the best picture to exemplify spring, but I wanted that snowy scene from a few days ago to be replaced by something much more enjoyable!Yesterday I traveled south to my sister's house in SC, and the farther I traveled the more spring-like it became. The trees and flowers along the interstate were just beautiful! She and Granny have been enjoying lots of spring weather already!
The photo above is the redbud tree just outside my bedroom window here, and I loved seeing it first thing this morning.
Meanwhile back at home...Sarah was up bright and early today starting her baking for Farmers' Market which starts the season tomorrow! I'll miss hearing all about the girls' adventures on their first day.
Well, we plan to have some adventures here, too! Hopefully, post worthy! :)
Snowy Sunday morning in the Valley!We were heading south to church this morning; and the farther we drove, the more wintry the scenery became. Soon we received the call that services were cancelled today, and we followed this truck off the interstate and turned around to go home.
Quiet and relaxed...an enjoyable Sunday with just us!
And now we're anticipating Wednesday's temps of 76 degrees! Maybe today really was winter's last hurrah!
I've been sewing rows of butterflies, apples, flying geese, and cups of cocoa. Our schedule has been a new row every two weeks.
With snow on the ground again earlier this week, I was busy inside trying to sew a bit ahead for the row that will be due while I'm picking up Granny in SC. Here's a sample:And here are all six rows I've completed below. I'm not sure which is my favorite--maybe the apples! In other crafty news, this week I sewed the 12th and final Block of the Month for our Saturday Sampler class at Patchwork Plus. Class is over...but much work still to be done to sew them all together for a quilt!And finally, this week I put the binding on the table runner I made for my sister. The charm pack was a Christmas gift to her with a promise to make the runner and deliver it when I visited.
The fabric is Kate Spain'sSunnyside, and it's the easy Disappearing Nine-Patch pattern. Since my sister has a new yellow kitchen, I tried a bright yellow tablecloth to see how it would look:And here's another shot that may show the fabrics a little better: So the sewing machine, long sewing table, and scraps of fabric have all been put away for a couple of weeks. More sewing projects when I return.
In the meantime, the girls are gearing up for the first Farmers' Market of the season--next Saturday, April 5th! Is it that time already?!
If you're local, why not visit them if you're in the market for Hannah's wonderful homemade goat's milk soap or some of Sarah's delicious pies and cupcakes. The Mountain Musings' kitchen is destined to be hopping!
March 21, 1979...Tom and I met each other for the first time 35 years ago today at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in my hometown of South Boston, Virginia, when he arrived from "up north" as a college senior seeking an electrical engineering job.
I was the secretary who arranged his flight, rental car, and hotel for the interview...and the one who had thoroughly read his resume. :)
When Tom ended up turning down the job offer in order to be closer to Langley Air Force base in Hampton, Virginia, where he would be helping lead Bible studies for the military guys, I was impressed that a college student without a job would turn down the offer of one because he'd promised to volunteer in a military ministry.
I'm very grateful to my boss (Hi, Ron!) who passed along Tom's letter to me because he thought I'd be interested to read the story behind his decision. I decided to drop Tom a quick note--knowing I'd never see him again--just to wish him well and to tell him I'd be praying for him to find a job closer to Hampton.
Well, who knew he'd write back?? That began a penpal relationship many years and many memories ago. We tell folks that he turned down the job, but he took the secretary!
Today we celebrated our first-met-each-other anniversary downtown at a little lunch place called Pampered Palate: And here's a view from the opposite direction. The building was built around 1840 and is part of the downtown Historic District. I've brought many friends here for lunch through the years:Here's that young college student treating me to lunch as we together remember our anniversary: The tables at Pampered Palate include a round piece of glass overtop the tablecloths, and patrons can leave notes tucked underneath. Today I left this note: "March 21, 1979 ~ Tom and Deb first meeting. Celebrated at Pampered Palate today, Friday, March 21, 2014. Fun 35 years!"
That's been my Friday. It's been good. How was yours?