monday--busy weekend and mystery SOLVED!

Monday, June 09, 2014

hi folks--hope everyone had a great weekend. we were busy here. Saturday I worked at the new kitchen store's annual event. Phyllis pulls out all the stops to put on a wonderful event for her customers. this year the theme was Scotland--and she had 4 bagpipers, a celtic society booth. a local scot's /irish restaurant did the food and there were samples and activities galore. rosie, nancy, Marianne and I were in charge of the food sample tent. was a bit on the disorganized side, but we made it all work--Phyllis was so frazzled and busy we weren't told how to set it all up, so while I was running around buying ice and finding scotch tape and scissors etc. the other three decided on what they wanted to do. so I spent all day Saturday talking to people and minding the food samples--while rob stayed here and hosted three sets of people who stopped to look around. he didn't sell anything, but I am glad he was here for the people who stopped. needless to say my food intake was just crazy that day--I didn't eat a lot while working, but I didn't eat any kind of balanced food the whole day. and I forgot to take something to drink--rosie gave me a bottle of water, but the rest of the day it was lemonade. but when I came home I (sort of) tracked everything. it wasn't pretty, but at least my spark streak continued on with tracking each day.
yesterday we ran some errands and got the three small jobs I wanted to complete done, along with a little bit extra. I did manage late in the day to run 2 miles at the park--so I felt like I got everything I wanted done on sunday completed. Phyllis stopped by on her way home from church to return my coolers and visit. we recapped the day--unfortunately the community isn't really turning out the way she hoped the last couple years, and due to the real expense these shindigs represent to her, she may discontinue all but her Christmas open house. I don't blame her at all. she sold a ton of stuff on the day of the event, but she told me that her expenses (the musicians were a big expense, the advertising and food expenses, tent rental, etc. and she always supports a charity at the event--and donations were lower than the amount she promised them, so she is making up the difference out of her pocket) were such that she will be happy if she breaks even.
but we had a nice visit--we are really trying to support each other--there are several really amazing small businesses in this area--there is a gal that runs an organic farm who sells produce, goats milk cheese and soaps that she makes on site, a number of fiber artists who raise their own fiber animals, woodworkers and welders--all kinds of gifted people. but we are at the very edge of the county we live in, and the "big city folks" think we live a million miles away (more like 25 miles) and they don't come this direction. Phyllis has some ideas to try and change all that--and this fall we are going to work on it.
so sunday was good--and then this morning I solved a little mystery. since the baby chooks have been moved into the henhouse, and the older battleaxe hens are in a temporary shelter until their house gets built--their egg laying has gone a bit awry. we built a nest box for them, but I had to move it a couple times and they quit using it. okay--I was sure they were still laying, but WHERE? this morning I hear some cackling and went down and sure enough--one of my early morning layers was missing from the group. I spotted her in a bed of perennials that I propagate from, and sure enough--under a big helianthus was a nice little nest with eleven eggs in it. bingo. took ten of the eggs and left the eleventh so everyone will still use the nest. the only other mystery is where in the heck my great grandma's china egg got taken to. I may not find it until fall when all the daylilies die back.
have a great day!
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    Oh...that's TOO funny about the hens and their nest!! Truly free range chickies I guess emoticon

    Maybe if all of you artisians got together to do an annual event where you could all showcase your wares together, advertize together, and plan it for a time when "city folk" are looking to go out and about?? Maybe early fall?? Ohhh I wish I lived closer!!
    1865 days ago
  • JANET552
    You area, with all those small businesses, sounds very interesting. The event you described sounds fantastic and I'm so sorry it hasn't worked out for her.

    You are taking as good a care of yourself as possible -- way to go!! I'm glad you solved the egg mystery (so funny!).

    Today I'm spending the day with my dad at the Clinic. I expect he will get a good report as his health is quite good for his age. My step mom and step sister will be along too. It'll be a long day for all of us.
    1865 days ago
    Great Day for all of you... and I'm sure you burned off a lot of calories too. I love the small, specialty businesses you have in your area... we have Weir's Lane, a lavender and apiary farm not too far from here in Ontario. Check it out, they make their own salves... etc.
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    1866 days ago
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