for the Autumn/Christmas Perry Hall Craft and Gift Show. While getting the display up, I chatted with the two gals, Sheila and Darlene who started this show over 30 years ago. The first time I participated, my oldest daughter Holly was just about two years old. I remember that because I took her with me while I set up very different products from what I make today. With books, some toys, crayons and paper, Holly kept herself occupied while I did my thing.
While Sheila and her husband John are still running this show, Darlene and her husband have retired to FL. However, Darlene still ships her wares for both the Spring and Fall shows. She was in town visiting relatives and was at the show setting up her own display. The three of us did alot of reminiscing of past years and past shows.
Lou and I were able to get everything up and ready for opening day and will be restocking every 6 days or so.
The best part about doing a consignment show is that we don't need to physically be there.
and I am still having a problem with what happened on Saturday night, a week ago. Lou and I had made a trip to Thurmont, MD to visit with friends who had set up a booth at Colorfest. We had a lovely dinner with them, catching up on each others lives. After dinner we headed home. By 10 o'clock, Lou was asleep and I was watching a show on tv. Lucy wanted to go out after the local news went off. Usually Lou takes her out in the "middle of the night" but as he was sleeping soundly, I took her outside and 11:30 really isn't the middle of the night. I'm standing on the side porch, waiting for her to finish her business when I see a man in a hood, come around the side of the shop at the back of the yard. We do have houses behind us, however their back yards are are a steep downhill. Directly behind us, the yard has gone wild. It would be strange to see someone come through the yard in the daytime, but at night it was a shock. I screamed for Lucy to come in and am so glad that she didn't see him and run barking at the intruder. I also yelled at him to get out of my yard...this just popped out of my mouth. I couldn't see a face...it was too dark. The really scary thing was that he just kept walking toward me, didn't stop when I yelled. He had to see me as I was on the lighted porch . I was able to get Lucy and myself through the door and into the house before he made it to porch. I was screaming for Lou who came stumbling out of the bedroom. The figure just casually walked passed the porch, down some steps, across the front yard and down the street.
I really do believe that it was probably a teenager cutting through our yard. Although, the yard behind us is overgrown, the house next to them does have a set of stairs from their house to the top of the hill. We are the only house on our street, for 3 houses on either side that doesn't have a 6 foot fence across the back of the property so that makes our yard the perfect place to cut through. But I am still shaken by the encounter. I would have thought the person" would have stopped when I yelled out or at the very least said something like, "Hey, I just cutting through." I am now afraid to walk to and from the shop at night and with with the coming of winter, it's getting dark sooner. I'm worried about letting Lucy out at night...she will be on a leash if I'm the one to let her out so that I can drag her in if necessary. My Mother asked me why I didn't run inside when I first saw him come around corner of the shop. I told her my concern was for Lucy at that moment. I never would have left her outside. Lou will be installing more motion detector lights this weekend. If there is something moving through at night, that yard is gonna look like a lighted football stadium.
Seems lately I need more hours in a day...some things just aren't getting done around here and my blog appears to be one of those things. Also, Lou and I have been talking for weeks about taking a few days off and heading for the beach. We always have a place to stay. My family has a trailer just outside of OC, MD. But I am always the one who says, "Maybe now is not the time."
Tuesday morning, early, I was putting up some new listings on the website. I had the tv on, listening to the local news when the tv screen went blank and I realized I was no longer connected to the internet. Checked the land line and didn't have a dial tone. Seems a moving van took out the the fios wire... pulled it right out of the box on the pole. When Lou contacted verizon, we were told someone couldn't be here until Friday to look at the problem. I thought, now would be the perfect time to run away for a few days ...mentioned it to Lou and in one hour, he had the truck packed, had Lucy and me buckled in, and we were heading "Down the Ocean, Hon!" (that's a Baltimore thing)
As it turned out, it was the the perfect time to make the trip to OC. After September 30th, dogs are allowed on the beach and boardwalk, so Lucy girl could go everywhere we went. The weather was perfect. We were up early to see the blood moon eclipse. An amazing sight for sure. The photo would have been clearer if we had taken the tripod, but this isn't bad for elbows on the hood of the truck.
We then headed to the beach to see the sunrise... Lucy's ears were flapping in the breeze.
That evening, the 3 of us sat on a bench on the boardwalk and watched the moon come up over the ocean.
And on Thursday, before, heading home, we discovered that vintage cars and trucks were gathering at the inlet parking lot for Cruisin' Weekend.
Several days away did wonders for us. So sorry that we couldn't have spent a bit more time at the beach but when you run a Mom and Pop business... Mom and Pop have to be there to keep it going.
and when we got home we had been re-connected to the world of technology.