This year we made a grape vine Christmas wreath

"grapevine Christmas wreath hanging on front door"

 With just five days before Christmas, we finished making the wreath for the front door. Rather than pull out the wreaths we'd used in past years, we went with a more meaningful, closer to home theme. Earlier this month, on a day that felt more like Indian summer, my son and I cut long grape vine branches from the two grape vines in our backyard - vines that my grandfather planted more than 50 years ago, I'm sure. We stored them on the second floor of the garage until this morning when my … [Read more...]

Shopping at the Red Bird Market …

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Last night,  this was a busy place.  Julie, who owns The Red Bird Market, wasn't standing behind the counter.  She was hustling between the back office and the store aisles helping customers. The two guys behind the counter were busy ringing up sales.  And, the customers - my son and myself among them, were wandering the aisles as we figured out what to put together for dinner. There were moms with young children in tow,  a few 9-5 professional folks juggling boxes of freshly made pasta … [Read more...]