Monday, September 16, 2013

mama's happy...

there's this teeny little town way out in the country
west of where i live called independence.
once a month several woman come together
in the old creamery there and blow me
away with their creativity, camaraderie and
imagination in re-purposing cool old things.
it's called:

and it does make me happy. every. single. time.
last friday they had their fall market, under the trees on the grounds
surrounding the store. it was a beautiful cool fall day and a girlfriend
and i took the scenic drive out there past bucolic horse farms and
rustic old barns. here's some of the fun from our day.

there was a dude playing guitar and singing and this pretty
woman (who was selling her decorated hoops) just quietly
and magically did her thing out there in the open~ it was beautiful
to watch -like ballet almost and she stopped long enough
to answer some of my questions about how to do more than
just hula with my hoop around my middle. she's just moved here
and teaches private lessons. girl could charm a snake, she was
that good. i admitted to being a closet hooper and she showed
me a few tips and techniques. i came right home and tried them.
ahhh- yeah- not easy, not even close. she made it look easy
and peaceful. it's a wonderful workout. i'll probably have to
stick to the old hip-sway hoola hoop around my waist for now.

loved the art work of a young guy named evan. i purchased a limited edition
print of the cow in the lower right. i grew up on a farm. we raised black
angus. this kind-cow face-spoke to me.

oh fall i love you! everything that was orange and gold and brown and
fallish just looked so welcoming after the hot humid summer here
in Minnesota.
someone very clever painted this botanical illustration of an
acorn on an old suitcase. I KNOW- who thinks up these
great ideas?

this funster walked by me and when i saw she was
carrying two rogue arms i asked her if i could take her
picture for my blog. she not only said "yes", she
totally got into it. she posed many different ways and i wasn't
the only one taking pictures by the time the hilarity was over. 
:  )
i wish i would have asked her what she planned to do with them.
*maybe just entertain at events?
cindy and i had what i like to call
our own 
"independence day"
and it was great. i arrived home with a few new treasures
and a smile of contentment on my face.
how was your weekend?
has the weather cooled off where you live? i actually
wore jeans for the first time in months and it felt wonderful
to sleep under a quilt at the lodge.
i drank hot tea and gathered arms full of
zinnias and sunflowers from the garden-knowing
full well that it could freeze anytime now.
we celebrated the 30th birthdays of my daughter and the
love of her life chris, plus our grandsons.
more about that in the next post-but till then
 have a great day and throw open your windows!
xo, beth

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