On an absolutely lovely spring day, Lou and I went with our neighbors of almost 40 years, to the beautiful Longwood Gardens. This trip gave us time to visit as it seems we only get to wave and say hellos lately.
We have been a bit crazy around here. Lou and I decided, after over a year of not doing any shows where we set up our display and peddle our wares, to actually book a show in Ocean City, MD. We have done seasonal consignment shows, where we drop off our products and the owner of the show sells for us and then we pick up what hasn't sold, and wait for a check.
So for the last several weeks, we've been getting internet orders made and shipped out and making extra items for the OC show. Crazy long hours in the shop and trying to do normal people things during the rest of the time.
Daughter, Holly,son-by-love, Chad and the grandbabies offered to come down to the beach to help us set up and break down the show and also get a few days away. However, the Darling D had his end of the year celebration at his pre-school on Friday, so plans changed a bit and the two old people and Lucy set up the show on Friday morning. I do have to say that Lucy was just the perfect pup...She settled down and watched us lug in the display and the merchandise and took a nap while we set up.
Holly and Chad, the kids and granddog joined us on Friday evening. We were able to go out and have dinner together and then back to where we were staying, drop into bed and pass out.
Up early on Saturday morning and off to the show for Lou and me.
The kids, grands and the dogs went off on adventures of their own.
After dinner, a stroll on the beach and toes in the water...
and a gorgeous sunset on the bayside.
Lou and I spent Sunday, again at the show, and when it was over, we had lots of help breaking down the display and getting everything back into the truck and trailer.
We had a wonderful time whenever we weren't at the show. Time with the family is always special. However, because the weather was gorgeous, very few customers came through the show.
There are reasons we stopped doing shows and decided to sell online... like how physically hard it is to set up and break down and how you can never know how successful or unsuccessful a craft show can be due to good weather or bad weather. Seems in our old age, we forgot those reasons.
First Lily of the Valley to bloom in the yard.
The scent from these little beauties always takes me back to
childhood. In my parents yard there were hundreds of them every spring.
Funny how a scent can take you back to another time...
We had a little storm blow through early this evening. A few drops of rain, one rumble of thunder and it was over. But for those 5 minutes, we had the most amazing sky. Dark clouds and a vivid rainbow quickly changed to white clouds and a blue sky.