Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The Sleepover

 Saturday was a huge day at the shop. We had prepped for it all week…Pretzel Fest 2022. We made two dips for the event. The first was Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough served with cinnamon sugar pretzels. The second was Ranch, Bacon and Cheese served with traditional stick pretzels. We needed approximately 550 servings. For the record that’s a lot of dip!  And then it was portioned out into 2 ounce lidded containers. The pretzels were portioned into baggies and a business card magnet went in the baggies as well. I tell you that so you can get the picture of Mom and I for two evenings mixing, scooping and bagging. 

Finally Saturday came and it was great. Our efforts were rewarded nicely with grateful comments and seeing those in the event enjoy the snack. 

The shop was exceptionally busy so I was going nonstop all day. 

However there was more fun to come!  Merryn and Roy had been planning a sleepover for months.  They had their movies chosen and books packed. Clothes too…but I think Chelsea might have had more to do with that part. 

We had a great time. I might have fallen asleep a smidge before they did …or just at the same time.  As soon as they were quiet for more than a minute I was out! I sleep in the recliner when they are over. This time I put one of them at each end of the couch as Merryn has outgrown the Pack ‘n Play. 

Watching Monster’s Inc. I think it’s probably going to be tradition. We showed it to them at their last sleepover and they requested to see it again.

Sure do love being a Mimi. It’s even better than advertised!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022



I woke up tipsy.  The newest way my migraines present, I guess. This is the second time.  So mom is at the shop and I’m letting Max out. Except I think I’m enjoying the outside more than he is. He wants to go back in the house. 

I’ll wait him out. It’s very comfy and pretty out here. Sooner or later he will do what he is supposed to do. Haha!

The neighbors got miniature goats and they are bleating like crazy over there. Cute! 

As for the migraine, I guess my sprouted bread eating experiment is a fail. No bread for me. It will be worth it if it stops these stupid migraines.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

No More Plexiglass

Some views of the shop yesterday. 
I came across some photos the former
Owner had online when she was listing
This building for sale. 
So I took photos from the same angles. 

I would be very tempted to share all of her photos to show you the differences but some are just too dark.
The stairs before.

The stairs now.  We painted them right away. 
It’s probably the most drastic change we made. 
These colors were fun and made sense with her Fairy Garden decor. 
They just didn’t make sense with our merchandise.
And best of all we took down the pandemic 
Plexiglass at the register yesterday.

We kept that gorgeous antique piece from a church on the hall wall. Warren put a top on it and matched it so perfectly. It’s stunning and is the ideal use of space. 

 We are smitten with this room. In January Chelsea made it into the Stationery Room. We will keep tweaking it to add more of our favorite things. But will keep the center open as it allows for the increased foot traffic we see these days.

This building holds my heart. From the squeaky floors to the balcony overlooking the garden. I’m deeply in love. 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Author Photo?


I think I should write a book. This photo reminds me of the back cover photograph on so many books. 

Maybe in a few years….  Smile. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Hang On!


It’s cold here.  And misting. Spring’s tease was real.

Tomorrow they are calling for 69 degrees and severe thunderstorms. What are you going to do? Hang on, I guess! It’s a real changeable end to March.

I’m still losing hair post Covid. Like half of it is gone. Hoping I’m nearing the end of the great shed. Thankfully I started with a lot so with a hair product that adds body it’s not too noticeable.  It’s just unnerving to see it visibly getting shorter and thinner. A friend sitting near me in church did laugh as she compared me to Pigpen in Charlie Brown for leaving a trail of hair wherever I go. Again, what are you going to do?  Hang on!  This too shall pass….and I’m here to experience it, so there’s that.

Candle orders are going strong. It’s keeping me busy in the evenings. Thank goodness for the ability to just walk downstairs and go to work. And it smells good too! 

Have a delightful day!  If your circumstances call for it…Hang on!!  Hold tight to someone else if they need it. We’ve got this.  The world may be crazy but our foundation can be solid as a rock! Set your feet on that sure foundation. 

Monday, March 28, 2022

Hats & Personas

 Some of us wear hats well. 

Some of us do not.

Merryn does.

She was always putting a basket or purse on her head like a hat so Chelsea found this one for her. 

She will turn 2 next month.  She’s so stinking smart. Taking after her smart older brother, I would say. 

He is apparently on his way to 
becoming a financial guru. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

The Only Constant

The only constant is 
From a crazy winter storm 
To a Spring like week. 

Life keeps us on our toes.

This weekend our daylight shifted
By one hour 
Toward evening. 
Made hubby so happy!

Our world is undergoing
Significant change.
War hurts.

The change I seek is a 
New heart.
One that seeks His will first.
Not mine.
This sounds so cliche.
But it’s a constant struggle.

“Change my heart, Oh God.
Make it ever true.
Change my heart, oh God.
May I be like You!”
Eddie Espinoza