2/9/11

Our Weekend Away: The Farmer's Market

One of the things Mark and I did on our weekend away was to stop by the local Farmer's Market...interesting place.


After being ushered to a parking spot by a young lady wearing a "Staff" t-shirt and a head full of blond dreads tucked under her kerchief we made our way pass the cute warning sign...


...and on to the market...


where we saw beautiful flowers...


and artists...


antiques...


different foods (we bought garlic cheese curds)


...and musicians


pretty neat place :)

2/7/11

Our Weekend Away: Driving and Dinner

Mark and I had an empty nest this past weekend so we thought we would take advantage of this rare event and take off for a weekend away (so rare in fact that there have been more solar eclipses during our almost 25 years of marriage than weekends away...)

So we headed to a coastal town near our home and spent a couple of days doing nothing.

nothing. nada. rien. nichts. niente.

no laundry. no dishes. no cooking. no paying bills. no refereeing. no reminding young adults to turn off lights. no telling teenagers to pick up their dirty clothes. no driveway that looks like a used car lot.

*sigh*...it was heavenly

We took off on Friday as soon as Mark got home from work and headed into the big city. And on our way we saw this guy...

Now it had been foggy and misty all day long last Friday and by 5:30 in the afternoon it was starting to get a little chilly outside so you can imagine how cold and wet this poor guy was by the time we came upon him on the interstate. And to be willing to sit on the back on truck that 1. has no sides to keep you in, and 2. has you surrounded by things that could quite possibly impale you should your driver stop quick, makes for an interesting dude. Plus you add the weather, traffic, weird chicks taking your picture and that he probably had been up since the crack of dawn, you kinda feel sorry for the guy.

Oh and he was smoking. Yep, as we passed the truck and its water-logged stowaway I looked over and there he was, just a puffin' away on his soggy cig. How he kept that thing lit, I'll never know.

So we left our wet willie and headed towards our first night's dinner date. "The dinner" that came with a gift card. "The dinner" that began with the words, "how many in your party?" and wasn't answered with our usual "table for 19 please"

"two please, a table for two"

I'm giddy just from the memory of it...

And finally "The dinner" that ended with this...hubba hubba

I think our weekend away was off to a pretty good start...



2/3/11

Candy. That Is All.

I have a candy dish that sits on my desk...all day...every day...


...we have a love/hate relationship

I keep it filled mostly with chocolate candy and an occasional "hard candy" (as my granny used to say) and most days my hands stay out of it...but not today.

I found lots of reasons to indulge in my little pottery bowl of sugary goodness...

The phone ringing? Peanut butter cup please. The copier jammed again? Two pieces of Hershey's Dark. The books we ordered didn't come in? A handful of M&M's.

I can see a day when I might have to ditch the dish...maybe when I retire.



Life With Hayden: The Favorite Factor

I have a white board at my office, where I write all sorts of reminders to myself...because apparently that part of my brain no longer functions at its former capacity. But that's another blog post...anyway I have this white board and as you can see, lots of notes and scribbles...


But when I came into the office on Monday morning...I found this little treasure, tucked away at the top, written to me by my baby boy...my 6 ft 4 in, gallon of milk every day and a half drinkin', spaghetti-o eatin', ukulele-playin' baby boy


and that's why he's my favorite child...this week ;)

2/2/11

Two Guys and a Ukulele

The last Sunday night of each month, our church has what we call "Celebration Night". Our church body gathers together for supper, and then we have a time of testimonies, songs, readings, and such. And usually we finish the evening with Believer's baptism. It's a great time of fellowship and we really enjoy it.


This month, Hayden and Jesse worked up a cover of "O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing". I think David Crowder recorded this hymn too but I don't think his cover featured the ukulele...

yep.. the ukulele

So I thought I would share their performance on Sunday night...the video is from my camera so the quality stinks but a better version (of them practicing) is on my Facebook page :)






A simple shopping story...

Her cart was dripping. The grocery cart she was pushing around the produce section of the big box store I had just entered was drippin...