It’s Sunday and I was up early with the sunshine, sipping coffee, packing for my week ahead and thinking it’s about time for 5 Random Ramblings from my world. Pour some coffee and join me, will ya?
1 ) A Family brunch yesterday had a host of familial layers all at the same table: Uncles and Aunts, Cousins and kids, Step-in-laws, son’s girlfriend and me. Uncle Ron sat next to Hubbs who sat next to cousin Johnny who sat next to me. Facing them was youngest boy, his girlfriend, an Auntie, Grandpa, a cousin and another Auntie ~ I nodded my head to the youngest ones to get them to look ~ and they caught it — all of the guys, various ages but similar in looks, structure, and all folding their arms up high on their chests, head tilted just so to listen to the story being told. The story-telling was being done by another cousin, directly across from them, whose arms were no longer folded. Like them, when talking, his arms and hands were wide open and out as he drove home the point of the story, “and then they brought ME the mailbox they’d ran over like I’m supposed to go back and fix it!” Laughter filled the restaurant and diners nearby looked our way, mostly with understanding, one with annoyance but many with longing. Family. It’s big and it’s noisy and it’s wonderful. Gotta love it!
2 ) Fall is here and glorious ~ colors are magnificent, the sky is blue and deep and wide and the air is dry and crisp. It won’t last, I know. But windows are open, supper is in the crock-pot and I’m loving every minute of it. Fall is my favorite season and I wish it could stay just a little longer …
3 ) With Fall’s arrival comes the start of indoor trade shows ~ I remember going as a girl with Mom & Dad. This is shopping I love — wandering around from item to item, chatting with people and trying new things. The shows we attended were Agriculturally focused with cattle breeders, farm implements and a host of novelty items targeted to the wives and kids accompanying said farmer ~ the latest & greatest “as seen on TV” gadget, smoked meats, candles, jewelry, make-up, toys, knives, you name it. One such event rolled into town this weekend and a friend and I decided to go — and yes we saw the latest & greatest “as seen on TV” gadgets, sampled smoked meats, smelled the candles, laughed at the toys and books and “man-cave” items and more. The usual suspects were there ~ selling Cinnamon almonds, home-baked goods, and of course, knives. I came home with jewelry, Avon hand lotion, a pie and some herb-flavored butter. Fun!
4 ) Traveling this week to a corporate conference ~ I’m looking forward to seeing my colleagues again. I’m sure to learn a few things and I’ll do my best to avoid snakes (lipstick can’t cover fangs). Over my working career, I’ve dealt with my fair share of Rats and Snakes and there’s always been a part of me that wants to ask this question, even though another part of me already knows the answer:
“Were you always such a snake,” the child asked, “or did you grow into what you are?”
― Dean Koontz,
5 ) At the Flea Market yesterday I bought my friend and I each a sweet potato pie. “Uncle Calvin” was selling them and promised the pies were his “Momma’s” recipe. That’s enough for me.
Before anyone freaks out about my non-sweets craving self enjoying a pie, I’ll share some perspective:
Yep, I’ll scoop out the contents, skip the crust and enjoy every morsel. It’s a taste and that’s enough for me.
So what’s new in your world? Had any pie lately?