Monday, September 27, 2010

Where Shall We Eat Today?

“Where are we going to breakfast?” Sally asked, as she opened the door and came in.

“Oh, we are going to a great place,” I replied.  “It is one of my Mom’s favorites!  You know, since she doesn’t have a car anymore, when I go work with her, she always likes to eat out.  So, we have a wonderful pancake place near her house.  You will love it, too!”

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“What makes this place special?” Sally asked.

“Well, for one thing, the hostesses, owner, and servers all seem to remember who you are.  They greet you with a smile, ask how you are doing, and are just plain friendly,” I said.

please wait to be seated lincoln square“Not only that,” I went on, “But they remember what you have to drink as well and check to see whether that is what you want that day.  And, for my Mom, who enjoys coffee, the pot is bottomless.  Servers continually carry a pot of coffee around and refill everyone who wants more coffee.”

“Do you go there often?” asked Sally.

“We go there two or three mornings a week,” I answered.  “However many days I’m working with my Mom, that is where we go for breakfast.”

“How’s the menu?” Sally wanted to know.

“It is wonderful, and very reasonable.  I especially like the waffle platter which comes with two eggs, bacon, and two mini waffles.  My Mom likes the sausage gravy and biscuits.  But, there is such a variety, and always so tasty!”

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“I asked one day how they could always have one or more vases of fresh flowers on the checkout counter.  The hostess replied that one of their customers sends flowers regularly.  Isn’t that amazing?” I continued.

“What else do you like about the Lincoln Square Pancake House?” Sally went on.

“Well, at the checkout counter, there are business cards for lots of different people.  Mine are there, too!  That is exciting for me that more people might find out about Etsy and all the great sellers there.”

“When do we leave?” Sally asked.  “I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!”

“We are going to go as soon as I show the folks at the restaurant some of the fabulous creations made by our Boomers and Beyond team.  I know that when they read about themselves on the blog they will want to check out our shops, too!


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scarf jnoriginals

necklace imaginuity

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necklace turtletreasures

neckwaarmer magdaleneknits

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'necklace figments

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“Those creations are wonderful!” sighed Sally.  “Wish I had them all!”

“I think the folks at Lincoln Square Pancake House will enjoy looking at them, too,” I said.  “Let’s go now.  I’m starving.”

“Where is it?” asked Sally.

“Lincoln Square Pancake House is located near the corner of Madison Avenue and Stop 11 in Indianapolis.  And I can’t wait to tell them about this blogpost!”

Sunday, September 12, 2010

S is for .......

I've been absent from the blog for a while due to 'circumstances beyond my control, however, it is sometimes an interruption in routine that causes us to find unexpected things.

So today - 'S' is for 'Something I wish I'd found a long time ago...!' 

Maybe I should have said 'S' is for 'So now, you can do it yourself!

Click on the Inlinkz button, copy and paste the link to your etsy item into the first field (it says blog url - ignore that), followed by your name and email.  After you click on the button you will be taken to a screen where you can choose your picture - choose the first one, press that buttone and it's done.
Try it - add any item from your shop.  The list will be open for a whole week. Just click the link and follow the instructions.  (And you will notice that my selections have very little to do with 'S' to make yours feel right at home.)  Sometimes the link doesn't show up straight away - if you get a little froggy all is well.  Just refresh the page and your item will be there.  It's very clever, too, it won't let you list the same item more than once...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Falling into Autumn – as Keat’s the poet wrote in ‘To Autumn’

‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core.’

Although sometimes a melancholy befalls some at this time of year when they see the passing of the summer season of brightness fade into the possibility of chill winds of winter looming on the horizon, for others they see this season as the most colourful, exciting, abundant and vivid time of the year!
Personally, I find this the most amazing time of year.  The colours take your breath away and the abundance of the harvest promises tasty dishes for the long winter months ahead.  Gone are the days when we wish it could be a little cooler.  Now is the time to go for all those long lingering walks to discover nature’s palette, pick fruit off the hedgerows and see how the colours change in the light which in itself changes by the season.
Autumn is the time of year when nature offers us all her fruitful gifts to which we give thanks.
Whilst I lived in the Middle and Far East this is what I missed so much.  The changing of the seasons, the renewed hope to look forward to the next adventure.
Talking of adventures and walks I decided to look for autumnal subjects/items for sale within the BBEST group.  The wealth of talent available along with the choices offered leaves me speechless!  Take a look at some of the examples I found:
Butterscotch Flower Earrings by ZudaGay
Bring the warmth of this colour to match your autumn wardrobe.
Autumn Leaf Original Photograph by BethPeardonProds
‘This leaf looked lonely but also reminded me that fall is here'.’
Caramel Apple Candle by Aromafields
Apples are always associated with this time of year and these would be scrumptious, if they were to be eaten!
Maple Leaf Magnet by Chris1
A pretty reminder of autumn to have on your fridge to keep those important notes handy!
Autumn Leaves Mandala – window cling sun catcher by ClingingImages
Typical colours to glow in the sunlight and spread the warmth of autumn.
Pumpkin Patch Original by Pfd Original Artworks
What a wonderful example of the abundance of the autumn harvest!
Indian Corn Matchbook Notepads by Circle in the Sand
Such a handy item to remind us of harvests.
Bunches of Sunshine by Yankee Girl
Some of my favourite flowers that follow the sun as it moves through the day.
Jumbo Perle Medium with fall colours by Sassalynne
A true reflection of the variety of warm autumnal colours.
After the Harvest by HeronKate
There is nothing quite like a freshly harvested field with the promise of an abundance of crops to take us through the next season.
Autumn Rose felted coasters by J N Originals
Autumn being a wonderful time for long walks, the temperature cools down once the sun hides behind the watery clouds and it is time to settle down indoors with a welcome warm drink.  These coasters make it all seem so much more cosy, don’t they?
Well, my BBESTer friends, what do you think?  Above is a selection of inspired items in the autumn/fall theme.  All catching the warmth of the glow of the diminishing sunshine but still giving us a wonderful sense of wonder at how clever nature really is!