Happy Memorial day weekend! While of course we all enjoy the time off, and the picnics and parades, we also look back on the lives of loved ones gone and celebrate the duty of our military, and armed forces. Sadly, in April I lost my beloved Charlotte. Many of you have heard about her over the years. She was my mentor in the antiques business, my dearest friend and soul mate. I met her when I was four years old and she was building her historic Royal Barry Wills Gambrel in N.M. She had a wonderful antique shop on her property and as soon as I was 16 and could drive, I spent many a weekend with her. Our relationship only grew stronger over the years and I built her Gambrel home on our property in Central Texas. I would not be in the antiques business, the magazine business, nor would I know any of the people I know today if it weren’t for my Charlotte. She introduced me to Cheryl Jones and Jimmie Cramer. Jimmie and I always said that she was really our mom and he and I were brother and sister. But she was ready to go in the end and be with Jesus and her beloved Tom. This photo is from last June when we had such a wonderful visit. So next week I will go “home” to New Mexico and say goodbye for the last time and get some things that she left me. Until we meet again my dearest – I know you are with me and continue to guide me through this journey of earthly life.
A couple weeks ago I made my annual trek to Ewing, VA with my friends Josh and Gary and Todd to see the Raid at Martin’s Station. Once again it didn’t disappoint. Lots of you who follow this blog see my photos each year, so I will only post a few here. It is one of my favorite events of the year!
My boy, Folsom, continues to be a great blessing. He is so smart and fun and funny! He has taken to farm life like he has been here since birth. He loves to do chores, ride in the 4-wheeler and eat cow feed!
Lets see, what other news do I have? Not much really. Lynne, Jimmie, Patsy Martin, Eddie Shoop, Annie Conlow and I had a great time last Monday up at Patsy’s new-old log cabin in PA making scarecrows for the upcoming Fall issue. We laughed so hard and made some great specimens! And of course we ended the day at the best ice cream shop in nearby Shippensburg, PA.
On that note, the Fall issue is coming along very nicely and sneak peeks will be coming your way soon. The Fall issue is easily my favorite issue!
Lynne and I have been having fun making lots of new jewelry and added LOTS of necklaces, bracelets and earrings to our website last night. Take a look over the holiday weekend if you get a chance!
It’s raining here this quiet Saturday afternoon … a perfect cool day for a …. NAP! Hmmm…. if only ….