In The Middle

Life, Family, Yoga, Stuff


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Gettin’ Crafty With It

This past weekend was the Craft Fair in Ozark, MO.  We met a lot of really nice people, looked at some really cool stuff and of course, some not so cool stuff.  I purchased the neatest bird feeder, made from a car tire, cut to look like a sunflower. It’s amazing it really is!

This was our first venture and man was it a success!  We’ve already reserved space for next year and plotted our marketing strategies!  We had a small space and we’ll keep it that way, low cost.  On Sunday, the people on one side of us left, so we scooted over.  We were really packed in there tight!  My pictures reflect that empty space and we could no longer utilize our pretty back drop.  But you can get the idea of what we were doing a little bit anyways.

We could’ve really used the space behind us, or set up a bit differently too.  But we had no idea what the “barn” looked like, or how it would feel.  But now we do!  It was a lot of work, especially on Friday.  It was super busy and we had BOTH girls with us most of the day!  Thank god for the park and the river, without that, we would’ve never made it!  The weather was great the entire weekend.  I somehow managed to get a few photos.  I wish I would’ve had the time to take some more.  There were a LOT of dogs there.  Dogs wearing visors, dogs wearing sun glasses, dogs being pushed in “dog strollers”, and dogs wearing outfits!  Instead of people watching, we were enjoying dog watching, too funny!

Now it’s back to yoga and chilling with my sister the rest of the week.

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Company Times Two

My sister and her daughter arrived safely!  I took a road trip to Bentonville, AR to pick them up on Sunday.  Closer than driving to KC or STL for sure!  Not a bad drive.  She had free air miles, so they were both able to fly from Florida for $50!  Of course, we’ve been exhausted ever since and we need to get some serious energy!  The craft fair in Ozark is this coming weekend and we have LOTS to do!

Today is pick up things we need to finish and make more things.  I have a sub for my class tonight, the only one I’m not teaching during the two weeks they are here.  On top of the craft fair, I have my annual check up this week, Lauren has open house at school, and Jordan goes to OK on Friday (sometime) to stay over night for a cross country meet!  Oh, and there’s no school on Friday either!  We will have to take both girls with us to the craft fair.  Since my sister lost her job, her husband is pulling the load and was unable to vacation with them.  I seriously am wondering how we’re going to pull this off.  But ya know what?  We will and we will be laughing and having a great time all the while. 

On a different note, our parents are closing their video store this week.  It’s their last store, soon to be zero.  Our mom seemed distraught when she called last night.  You would think that their life is going to be over with tomorrow!  And to them, it probably feels like it.  They’ve been in the video business since 1984.  It’s all they’ve done (since then) and they’ve been super successful.  I know they are having a hard time letting go.  But I hope they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  What they will gain, will long overcome the joys and sorrows that they’ve experienced with that business.  No more free movies for us!!

We’re off.  Wish us much luck, we’re gonna need it!


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Spontaneous Entertaining

I’m exhausted.  Maybe it’s from riding my bike to work four days in a row.  Maybe it’s from trying to dig a hole out of this clutter.  Maybe it’s from cleaning non-stop yesterday due to last minute company showing up!  I think number three did me in.  Our house is not large.  In fact, I think it’s the smallest home I’ve ever lived in.  Not a lot of closets, only one bathroom, one living space and a one car garage!  I like to be crafty, and my husband likes to “fix” things (electronics of all sorts, mowers, you name it).  This stuff takes space and sometimes, it really stresses me out.  More so, when I have last minute notice of “by the way, we’re having company for a cookout tonight!”

So, I cleaned and I cleaned.  Some things, just don’t look clean.  The hardwood in our front room has yet to be refinished, so it’s dull and pretty much lifeless.  We tore out our kitchen linoleum so we are down to the original flooring from 1954.  It’s the color of diarrhea decorated with paint and spackling.  One person actually thought it was stained concrete!  Bless…..that…..person!  We live in our house, and I do not mean that lightly!  It was a chore.  I got it clean.  It needed to be done.  Today I’m looking around here, actually glad we had company (as much as I wasn’t looking forward to it).

The visitors were friends of my husband, from KC.  They have a new baby, a little over a month old.  I was thankful, even though the house was clean that the baby wasn’t crawling.  I can’t picture a toddler in this place!  Danger, danger lurking everywhere.  We grilled pork chops and I wilted some baby spinach.  They’d never had it, and I could tell, they were hesitant to try it.  But they did, and they liked it.  I wilted it in a little bit of ghee, with some Indian spices and cummin seeds.  It went well with the pork. 

Today was more entertaining.  We (the girls) did lunch and hit a flea market where I scored a cute little wine rack that will hold three bottles.  I have a super cool one that my dad made me out of horse shoes, but it’s large.  I really need to find a place for it, as it’s special to me!  After I got home, I was exhausted and couldn’t get motivated.  Slight problem when you’re entering a craft fair in Ozark the first weekend in October!  I just couldn’t focus and all I ended up doing, was carding some of my hair barrettes.  My sister, on the other hand is blazing.  She’s having to ship all her stuff here ahead of time.  There’s a West Elm store in her town.  They sell these bags of pods, unscented mind you, for $20.  Happens to be, she has a tree loaded with these in her backyard.  Score on the pods.  Bagged and ready to go, don’t they look good?

Tonight is Saturday night, and a beautiful one at that.  My husband will be at his workplace until closing or later.  The freaks come out on days like this.  Someone actually tried to run him over with their scooter today.  That’s just one incident.  I don’t know how he does it.  He’s into helping people and keeping them safe.  I guess I should be thankful that someone does that job, as I sit here blogging away!

Tomorrow is the Global Yoga Mala at 10:00 a.m.  This is the first time I’ve felt like skipping out.  I always bring the flowers for the event and today I hit Wal-Mart for cheap flowers.  I made a neat arrangement of white Mums, light yellow Carnations and orange Gerbera Daisies.  Lovely and therapeutic if I might add.  As of now, leading 27 sun salutes sounds absolutely atrocious.   I’m sure when I walk in the door of the Firehouse, my mood will lift.  The drums will be beating, people will be hugging and the vibe will be all around be good.  Nothing like a mala for renewal.  After all, tomorrow’s a brand new day!