The first real holiday weekend! Well, I only had Saturday off, but who’s counting?
On Saturday, my mother and I went to the Shirt Factory, which is a giant old building where they used to make shirts, oddly enough. It now houses artists and their studios, along with a few other businesses. It is really neat that such a small community really supports their local artists/craftspeople. Each year, they host an open house and then also have other artists come and you can do holiday shopping! It is 2 building with 4 floors and really hard to get through all in one day.
The tea shop, where I picked up some gingerbread tea and cinnamon plum tea. Yum!
Zumba classes are held here
There was a new tenant of karate studio, and the owner was posing with his dragon he got in from China. That was fun.
There was a person using a loom and selling knitted shawls.
A really big quilting store (thought of you Debby)
More pottery and some sculptures.
Plus a bazillion jewelers. Such a neat place and I have a wish to someday have a soap shop in there. It would fit in there so well.
Mom and I went for an uber late lunch/early dinner at Rock Hill. This is a cinnamon raising bread ham and cheese sandwich with honey mustard grilled up.
It was delicious and it wasn’t turkey! Yay! There was a maple biscotti on the side which somehow didn’t get pictured, but I ate it
We spent the evening in watching the African Queen. Have you seen this movie? You should (Bogie’s only Oscar).
On Sunday, went to Panera and they have 2 holiday bagels now. The gingerbread and the cranberry walnut. Oh, which to choose now?? I went cranberry today.
Then I set to work today while John hung up the outside Christmas lights.
After work ran out, I made a BBQ turkey salad for lunch from the neverending turkey stash.
And it was time to decorate the tree!
While I would love a real tree again, there definitely are some advantages to having an artificial: No watering, no drying out/fire hazard, you can put the tree up whenever, and the cat stays out of it. So, I guess John’s allergies have some benefits.
Now I am biting my nails because I need the Colts to win tonight for me to win the football picks this weekend. I do not want to lose 4 weeks in a row!
Question: Does your area support local artists?