Monday, April 22, 2013

Out and About

The last couple of weekends we have visited some places that have provided unexpected fun. We went to a model steam engine exhibit, a little church bake and rummage sale, and a small town chili tasting festival. We went to each place with a specific task in mind such as to buy a certain thing or talk to a certain person but we found extra entertainment along the way. I guess that is what happens when you take time to enjoy the moment and aren't thinking ahead to the next thing. If I do say so myself, I'm proud that I was able to do this. Being in the moment is not always my strong suit, but I'm learning.

Here are a few of the places we visited.

Last weekend Ward and I went to Cabin Fever with Theo. Theo was looking for tools for his clock making.

We found tools galore. Old and new. Small and large. Hand and power. Theo bought several things until his money ran out. One shopkeeper took a special liking to him, so he got some really good deals.

Unexpectedly, the expo was filled with fascinating engine models. Ward and I enjoyed looking at them and appreciated the ingenuity that went into making them.


Saturday morning, Miss Landers, Aunt Martha and I went to a bake and rummage sale to support a little local church.

I didn't plan to buy anything at the sale except a brownie. However, I found all of this fabric for only two dollars. I'm going to give it a friend who is into making bags right now. Aunt Martha saw an old friend that she hadn't seen for a while, and Miss Landers found a book that she had been looking for. A good time was had by all.


Later that day, Ward and I went to a Chili Cookoff in a nearby town. My plan was to be in and out and only talk one of the vendors there. However, we found ourselves enjoying a beautiful sunny day and sampling every kind of chili imaginable. We both found it a lot of fun and hope to go back next year.

This little dog was waiting for dropped samples. Unfortunately for him, not much came his way.

I voted for the chili that this man made as my favorite. His chili was mildly sweet with just a bit of kick.

Do you ever spend most of your time thinking about what you have to do next instead of focusing on where you are?