Thursday, August 19, 2010
Close to Nowhere
Jack Benny is still 39!
Anyone else out there old enough to remember Jack Benny? And Rochester?
My dad loved Jack Benny and my brother and I also liked him. And, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve appreciated some of his very dry humor just a bit more... 39 for example.
Benny claimed to be 39 for at least 60 years. Me? I’ve only been 39 for roughly 20 years.
I recently celebrated another 39th birthday. I made myself poppyseed chicken and green beans — I did forget to make me a birthday cake, but Sue and I, who share August birthdays, had a beautiful birthday cake at the office — and we’re so lucky. Beth Breithaupt, a world class cake baker and decorator, is our friend and co-worker!
Kris, my son, never forgets my birthday. Technically, neither does Pop, but Pop and Kris’ ideas about birthday celebrations are vastly different than mine!
Dana, our daughter, took me out to lunch Friday and suggested we go visit fabric stores. I thought, “Aha, she’s going to buy me a birthday present at the fabric store!”
I was wrong on that “aha” though. She did treat me to lunch at one of our favorite Chinese places in Oxford and from there, we drove on to the small town of Sherman, right next to Blue Springs.
As a long-time Toyota devotee, I’m delighted at the plant there. And it didn’t interfere at all getting to Sherman, so that was just fine.
The discount fabric store in Sherman is called Premier Prints (I think, don’t make me swear though). They sell mostly cotton drapery and upholstery fabric. Quite a bit of the cotton drapery fabric works for many other things also.
Dana had a brainstorm while we were there. She sells some of her hand-dyed and hand-spun wools on a website called “Etsy.” She’s decided that Meredith, my oldest granddaughter, and I, can keep ourselves in fabric by making sock bags with the drapery fabric, sell them for a small profit and voila’ — a cottage industry is born.
It’s a really nice fantasy, but I’m sure, along with most of our cottage industry fantasies, that’s what it will remain.
Oh — a sock bag is a small fabric bag that a knitter keeps wool and needles in while knitting a sock.
All in all though, my 19th Nervous Breakdown — oh wait — that’s a Rolling Stones song — my 19th celebration of my 39th birthday was a nice weekend.
I enjoyed a great homemade meal, a great Chinese dinner, got a new DVD from son Kris and more fabric for my stash! — All I needed!
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