Monthly Archives: November 2011

scenes from the farm

Every year we transport ourselves from the middle of the country to pretty far down the southeast corner.  It’s a huge gathering of family on my father’s side, and my grandmother who is nearly ninety-seven, is still there in the center of it.  We left colder weather and left our coats in the car.  We ate barbeque till our hands and cheeks were stained, and left plates full of bones.  We found the dirtiest, rustiest, simplest things the most fascinating, and we wandered around the cotton and threw frisbees and footballs and tried (almost successfully) to avoid the fire ant beds and the bees.  And of course, we ate way too much – which is a testament to those who do all the cooking and the baking.  If I could figure out how to balance a triple layer cake on my knees for seventeen hours in the car, I’d be all over some of those recipes.  But we just stretch our legs out, run a few circles around the yard to get the circulation going again, and then feast.  And there’s a whole lot of gratefulness while we’re doing it.

(last) friday finds: nothing "black" about it

We skipped the crazy crowds on Friday and opted to do our shopping and eating in a downtown not too far from the farm.  We found ourselves on twisty stools eating ice cream before noon.  I’ve really come to love the habit of finding interesting and unique things while I’m wandering around on Fridays, and although this city is nowhere near my local (think 33 hours spent in the car over the five days!), it’s still a nice collection of small businesses, and not a line (or parking lot) in sight.  We had a hard time pulling ourselves out of that bookstore, but lunch (a real one, not an ice cream one) was waiting.
I hope you found something interesting and unique last Friday – whether it was in the crowds, or well outside of them.  Share if you’d like.

back from the farm

We’re back from the farm, and a little bit cleaner.  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.