Monday, March 30, 2009

Farmers Market Meeting

Saturday was our annual Issaquah Farmer's Marker meeting. This is the meeting where the market manager goes over the rules for the market and new craft vendors get their crafts juried to see if they will be accepted to the market.
Before I left I checked out some of the items these new vendors had to sell and I'd say 80% of the items were jewelry items. Just what every market and craft sale needs is more jewelry.......NOT!!
Every craft show I participated in, in the last few years, has had an abundance of jewelry. So much so that I think a lot of people don't go to craft fairs very much because of this.
Does anyone else feel this way?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Leavenworth, Washington

One of my favorite places to visit here in Washington is Leavenworth. After browsing through my photos, I thought I'd post some of the photos I took on a day trip there.

This is a photo of a painting at the entrance of a restaurant......

This is a picture looking west from the center of town. Those are the Cascade Mountains. Seattle is about 2 hours away in that direction.......

Leavenworth is a Bavarian style tourist town. Any building or home built in the town has to be in the Bavarian style. It's a very beautiful place. Here are two examples of the building in town.....

And here is a picture taken that day of one of my dogs, Rocky.....

Just west of Leavenworth is Lake Wenatchee......

If you would like to read a funny story about this day trip just visit The Diego Dog blog at

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sign of Spring

It's that time again. This Saturday is the kick-off meeting for the local farmers market. It's a time when we all get together and renew friendships from last year. The market officially opens for business on April 11. There are a lot of us vendors that have been with the market for years. Our market is evey Saturday from April to October.

I am not a farmer. I sell various items that I make. Right now I am working on checkbook covers. I don't know how well they will sell at the market but they have been selling so well at the local Senior Center that I have to make more for the market. If you'd like to see a couple of examples of the checkbook covers check out my Etsy store....

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Feeling down

I just deleted the posting I planned to write today. As I explained in that post, I have been feeling a little depressed and thought I'd write about the things I've gone through in the past few years. I started writing an essay about it all but found I couldn't do it. I don't want anyone reading this to get bored. I don't like feeling sorry for myself and giving a detailed essay is not something I can do. Friends say I should write about it. That it is good therapy and would make me feel better. So, I decided to write the abbreviated version. Here goes....

Blacked out at work
Diagnosed with fibromyalsia
Quit job
Went on disability
Diagnosed with melanoma on my face
Had large portion of cheek removed
Diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer
Had to have all teeth removed before radiation
Couldn't eat
Feeding tube for 9 months
My Dad died
My sister died
Had knee replacement
My Mom died
Had to have knee replacement redone
Stopped breathing twice
Developed blood clot that went to my lung after surgery
That takes us to just about present time.

Please don't feel sorry for me because one thing I learned when I was going through cancer treatment was that there is always someone worse off than you are. No matter how bad I felt I could look around and see people sicker than I was. Feel sorry for them, then find someone you love and give them a big hug and let them know how much they mean to you.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Red Sox

A few weeks ago I was at church when someone who knew I was from Boston asked if I was a Red Sox fan. Now I have to admit, that since I now live in Seattle, I'm not as big a fan as I was when I lived in Boston but "Once a red sox fan, ALWAYS a red sox fan". Due to health reasons, I haven't been to a baseball game in a few years. When I did go to a game between the red sox and mariners I'd wear both a red sox and mariner hat. Half the inning the red sox hat, half the mariners hat.

When I was young I was a big sox fan. I used to go on the weekends with my sister Mary or my friend Kathy. We would usually sit in the bleachers behind the bullpen. It used to cost $1 to get in. No just handed them a dollar as you went in the gate.

I'd give anything to go back to one of those days!!

I had a big crush on Tony Conigliaro back then. If you're not a red sox fan or you don't know Tony's story, you should google him. His was a life too short with an amazing story.

Things have changed a lot since then. Those $1 seats now cost at least $26 if you can even get a seat. Mary and Tony are gone. I'm 3000 miles away from home. The red sox actually won a World Series.

Not a very good photo of Tony & I. This was taken when I was 15 (1967-before Tony's accident) in the player's parking lot at Fenway Park. After Tony's accident, I received a post card from him thanking me for a gift I sent when he was recovering.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Woman of the Future

When I was in high school I wasn't a standout at ANYTHING. I wasn't on any sports team (mostly because I worked after school). I wasn't one of the "popular" girls. So, you can imagine my surprise when one day I came home from school with my friend Kathy and my Mom said "You have a letter from City Hall". I opened the letter and I said "This has to be a joke". I handed it to my Mom and she and Kathy read it. Kathy fell on the bed and started laughing her head off.

The letter said I was named "Woman of the Future". It said two students from each high school in the City of Boston were named Man & Woman of the future. We had to go to city hall on a certain day to receive our citation from Mayor Kevin White.

I tried to find out how it came to be that I was chosen but never did.

All in all it turned out pretty good. Mom and Dad went with me to city hall and were very proud when they saw the write up in the Boston Globe. And Kathy and I got one of the best laughs of our lives.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009