07 You Learn Listen to the tune! In typical Linda style, when I like something, I tend to really get carried away! It is so fun to collect! And what makes it even more fun, the big guy likes to collect too….one influencing the other, a dangerous combo! So we like to go to vintage shops, search for estate sales, look for rare finds and enjoy the history these old pieces offer us….and boy oh boy, if some of these old things could tell us their stories!
These are some of my letterpress wooden letters collection! (I have metal letters too!) My collection began by accident when I found some letters in a local vintage shop. We were shopping around Valentine’s Day and I found the letters XOXO! I thought, how cute to put these letters on my fireplace mantle! Well, it became an obsession for me…and the search was on! I began searching for big letters, small letters, upper case letters, lower case letters, metal letters, wood letters, drawers for letters….anything letterpress. (I’ve always been fascinated with the printing industry) This is my drawer of letters, I sort alphabetically (just like my spices!). So, in addition to my collection, I’m enjoying selling some of my letters also! It’s fun to see other people too enjoying these letters! I sometimes think….maybe I’m getting a little carried away, but just as I think I might have too many letters around the house, I have someone loving these letters too….and so the collection continues to grow!
a bit of radios and clocks
But, I’m not the only one that has a love for collecting. So does the big guy….aka Mike! He LOVES radios and clocks! The cool thing about his collection, he collects broken radios and clocks and then repairs them! These are just a few of his pieces!
Ok, so I think I’ve turned Mike into a foodie too! His last words to me this morning before he left for work were, “Well, maybe if you’re up early enough you can go get some corn at the Farmers Market.” It was one of those days, I wanted to start the day with cleaning and other things, but I thought, well, I better get the Farmers Market in before the corn is all gone!
So, I’m really a country girl! I’ve never lived in a big city, nor do I ever have a desire to! If I didn’t have to work for a living, I’d be living out in the middle of nowhere on a big farm! (Louise, remember we wanted an herb farm in the 80’s, man, should have done it!) But, since Mike and I are like most of the world, we have to live somewhat close to our jobs! We chose to move to a small town, McHenry, to raise our children in the 80’s….escaping Schaumburg which was once the small town we grew up in, as it was filled with commercial businesses and shopping malls. Well here we are 30 years later and have moved around within this beautiful county that has become our hometown! But I must say, Woodstock has become my favorite home town!!! It has a wonderful town square. Everyone here knows “the Square”! There is a pretty gazebo in the center, and park benches, statues honoring the soldiers ( Jaden used to think the Civil War happened right there in the Square, he loves the Square), nice restaurants, The Opera House, paved brick roads, people walking their dogs…..ah, I just love it, a great community! AND, that is where the Farmers market is held a couple days a week…on the brick road in Woodstock Square!
So, I always ask the farmers what their favorite is! They are all wonderful people! Today, I bought great colorful heirloom tomatoes, some wonderfully sweet grapes, potato cheddar chive bread, pumpkin break and of course what I went for the corn! Well, today, it’s going to be hard to pick a favorite, as they are all great! The potato cheddar chive bread….well the farmer recommended a crisp melted Grilled Cheese sandwish, oh wow! And the tomatoes, I can’t wait to make my Tortellini Pesto salad with tomatoes, black olives, fresh mozzarella and pesto…a great accompaniment to any grilled meal! The pumpkin bread, a yummy thing to pack for breakfast or for an afternoon snack! AND THE CORN!
This corn is unlike any other I’ve every tasted, it’s called Mirai Sweet Corn. (http://www.twingardenfarms.com/) The first time we went to purchase the corn, we wondered, how great could this corn be! So, the young girl offered us a taste! Here I am nibbling off the raw corn in the middle of the farmers market! Well, it was tender and sweet and I was certainly impressed! So we packed a bag with a half dozen and went off on our way! So today, I splurged and bought a whole dozen! We have a lot of corn eatin’ to do! Somehow, I think this doesn’t qualify for my lo-cal diet, but I might have to cut something else out!
So, now that I’ve got my veggies it’s time to go shopping for the rest of the yummies! Maybe a great grilled chicken made into a fresh salad with heirloom tomatoes, grapes, walnuts and some great blue cheese dressing! Maybe lunch will be grilled cheese on the Potato Cheddar Chive Bread! And maybe a steak with sauteed mushrooms and onions along with fresh Mirai Corn. OK I have to stop thinking about food!
So, today after grocery shopping, I’ll be doing chores and figuring out my dinners! And tonight when all the chores and cooking is done….maybe I can get into my jewelry making! I have a necklace to make for someone at my day job and I’m in the mood to do some new creations! Most likely I won’t finish this weekend, as sometimes the projects take a while to finish! But I’ll sure enjoy myself along the way!
So, when your chores are done, and you’re playing on the web, check out my Etsy shop with my Organic Natural Gemstone jewelry that I make! I love what I do, and I think you will to! So, enjoy the weekend and as always, Love and Peace to you all!
Ok, so here’s what I did with all those fresh ingredients I bought this morning….and a few more! Fresh Romaine lettuce, hard boiled eggs, fresh ripe blueberries, ultra sweet grapes, cucumbers, colorful vine ripened heirloom tomatoes, fresh made croutons from Tuscan Herb bread, pecan bits, juicy grilled chicken tenders and chunky Blue Cheese dressing! AND, sweet corn on the side! It was absolutely delicious!
I am passionate about the little everyday miracles all around us everyday! FLOWERS, rocks, the stars...nature! And, I try to keep those visions alive during my work day, as one always feels at peace in a garden, at one with nature.