I was reminded this weekend that you can find treasures in your own backyard if you look for them. I did a little digging on Friday and Saturday. What did I turn up? I went to the nearby city of Matthews, NC and found a couple of new consignment shops to fuel my obsession. Shopping often makes me hungry; I stumbled upon a 1950’s style diner where I enjoyed friendly service and a good meal.
On Saturday I had planned to attend the Hippie Fest with my family, which would have been a first for me. After waiting in traffic for 20+ minutes to get onto the property on which it was being held, for a possible parking spot, we decided to find something else to do with our day. We ended up in the quaint college town of Davidson. There just happened to be an Earth Day Arts and Crafts Show taking place downtown. We were able to meet some new artists and get introduced to their works of art and crafts, enjoy the sounds of a two-man band (guitar and saxophone), and visit with some friendly residents.
Take some time to explore your city and surrounding areas you never know what you might find.
I am a strong proponent of not living in the past, but it is good to visit there sometimes. So I paid it a visit today. I took a stroll down the proverbial memory lane, with music as my guide. Memories of when my husband and I first started dating, our wedding, and other highlights of our time together, brought both smiles and tears(happy ones). I sung in and out of tune, reminisced, and got that “old feeling” back. That feeling I had when I first fell in love with him resurfaced. Not that it had gone anywhere, but sometimes it gets buried under the complexities of “life”. No, can’t live there, but it felt really good visiting.
On my way out today I saw my neighbor outside working in her flower beds. I waved to her and said hello as I normally do and proceeded to my car. Then I stopped and decided to do something “new”. I’ve waved to and spoken to her in passing countless times since the almost two years we’ve been neighbors; Today I took the time and made the effort to go over and initiate a conversation with her. She’s a lovely lady, friendly and easy to talk to. Turns out we have a lot in common too. So glad I made the effort to find out.
In our “busy” society sometimes we choose convenience over quality. This is what helps keep the fast food restaurants in business, but that’s another post. So, those who really know me know that grocery shopping is one of my least favorite things to do. I like to cook the food and eat the food, but I don’t like to shop for it. Go figure. There was a time when I would go to multiple places for groceries. One place might have the best meats, another place higher quality produce, and yet another place the best prices on household products. Well that time has passed. Now I try to get it all at the nearest grocery store. That has resulted in me getting sub par produce at times, but it’s convenient. Today I went to a farmer’s stand for my produce after having gone to the store for my other items. One bite of my strawberries confirmed that it was worth the extra time and travel. My Day 12 “new” was simple, but it made me happy, and that’s the point of it after all.
I feel like the prodigal son returning home. I have been away from by blog for a while now-three months to be exact. I went away seeking new ventures. While I am finding success in these ventures and am continuing to pursue them, I felt a tugging to return back home. I fought it at first telling myself I didn’t have time now and that I had already been away too long to return. I lost the fight however. This blog is where I began my foray into writing publicly, my beginning in turning a hobby into a career. After some thought I decided to change it to weekly inspiration, posting once a week instead of trying to post multiple times a week as I initially intended to do. Please forgive my extended vacation. I’m back home now.