It’s that time of year when there is always something to do! I try to embrace it and just go with the moment. It isn’t always easy when it feels like the to-do list is miles long, but I am working hard at practicing daily contentment and gratitude. Writing out these intentions at the beginning of the week and then reviewing them during the week is helping with that goal.
Last Thursday I went to karaoke with friends. I don’t sing, but one of my friends is really good! Loved his cover of Bruno Mars’ covering Valerie by Amy Winehouse.
Saturday morning I visited one of my favorite farmstands to get more vegetable plants for the garden, some herbs, and flowers. Love their selection and the sweetest cat ever lives at the farmstand. I’ve never seen an animal that loves to be pet more, love it.
After planting flowers and doing some housework, it was off to my Dad’s annual feast with his Boy Scout troop. They’ve been doing it for quite a few years now and it seems to improve each time. He is the baker and helps the kids prepare the breads and pies in outdoor ovens that he made. It’s always good to see old family friends.
My nephew surprised me with a card and bracelet for Mother’s day! I thought that was sweet since I am not officially a Mom. But I am the best Aunt ever! hah.
Then Sunday we took my parents out for a day in Philly. First visiting the Art Star Craft Bazaar, which is a market of high quality crafts and arts. A lot of the vendors just blew my mind with their creativity.
I was happy to grab some sage and a new print for my house. The olive print is by Marcella Kriebel. She is very talented and has a variety of vibrant food and recipe prints. Check her out at www.marcellakriebel.com.
Another vendor, Jamie Langhoff, makes these beautifully sewn, fabric wall art pieces. Check her out at www.seeinginfabric.com. Her method is very unique.
And these quilts by Sammi Nguyen had different designs on each side and were absolutely exquisite! Her site is www.grouphugquilts.com.
I don’t receive anything from these vendors for mentioning them, I just have to share when I see this level of talent.
We continued our visit in Philly with a trip to Yards Brewing Company. It’s a local brewery and though we have enjoyed drinking it for years, this is the first time we visited the headquarters and took a tour. We lucked out being the only group during our tour and got a sneak peek into the large refrigerator. It was interesting to hear the story of the company and how it remains sort of grass roots by not using preservatives and finding ways to recycle everything, even the used grains. It’s amazing to think of all the chemistry that goes into producing a nice, cold draft.
After all our tastings –which I gotta say my Mom is not a beer drinker so it was so awesome of her to be into such an event for Mother’s Day — We ventured over to Pat’s Cheesesteaks in South Philly to grab a sandwich. I think it goes without saying that you have to try a cheesesteak when you are in Philadelphia. I have tried them all and prefer some more off the beaten path places – if you are interested in my recommendations, let me know!
The weather was beautiful, it was more like summer in the 80s and sunny. We waited for the sun to go down before finishing getting all our vegetables in the garden. Here’s hoping for a good crop! I can’t wait for my Jersey tomatoes.