Monday, September 16, 2019

Motivational Monday - It's Free

Do you love FREE things?  Well, sometimes, free comes with strings attached.   I don't like that kind of free.  My post today is about something that happened to me at the Fall Market Saturday.  

My being a vendor was rather last minute.  So, I just filled my van with tubs, that I have stacked and ready to go.   I was mindful to my set up and had designated $1 and 1/2 off tables on the side of my booth.  Most of this inventory has had it's moment to sell, so as I unpacked the tubs, I put those items that I really wanted to be rid of on one of those tables.   

In my years of experience, people love $1 tables.  I did a mix of actual dollar items along with some nice antiques that had to go.  Same with the 1/2 off table.  I was pleasantly surprised to see my regularly priced items clear out as well.  (wink, wink).   As the day progressed, I kept adding things to one of those tables and as 2 pm rolled around, my whole booth was 1/2 off.   I came with a full van, the kind where you can't see out the back window, to leaving with 2 tubs and a few chairs.  

We started to pack up around 3:30 and I made my $1 table FREE.  As I started boxing it up, a lady came over and said, "I'll take it all" - yay!  Her daughter backed up their van and she took it.  As we visited, I was just talking, being me....and her daughter says...."you know, you have the best personality for this type of job."  Aww....I said, "Thanks, but we all need to let our light shine in whatever we are doing."  Her mom says "amen!"  

So, how is this personal story motivating, you may ask.  Well, it is motivating as in, you should figure out what "baggage" you have in your life, reduce it, try to cut it 1/2 off and by all means let it go for FREE when it's time!  This, my friends, can be applied to many of life's situations.  You feel hurt, are you bitter, do you hold resentment....whatever your baggage is...set out a $1 and 1/2 off table....emotionally.  Open up those tubs of feelings, you can do's a #knowyourtruth kind of thing.  You have a right to feel however you want, but keep in mind, you also can give yourself the gift of letting it go.  In doing so, you will be doing "right" by yourself.  Best part, It's FREE!  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Reflections

As I sit here this morning, sipping my coffee, writing this post, I'm reflecting.   Yesterday, I was a vendor at District 3 Antiques - Nueske's (applewood smoked meats) Retail Shop in Wittenberg, WI.  I had a very uplifting, encouraging day!

Truth time, I've not liked 2019 thus far.  The past 8 months of resale, shows, our estate sales, buy outs, market trends, my gimply, old self and the social media hype, I've been rather disappointed in most of it!  

I remember years ago, watching some of the older vendors set up, their staging, styles, bad, Lisa and I, were the "young" ones.  We always staged our booths and truthfully, were at that time, one of the only booths like that.   Our booth never had the old "antique show" look...ours, looked like how you would decorate your home and we even snuck in a few hand mades (at that time, that was a NO/NO).  Setting up this way, was part of the creativity, we love that.  

Anyway, I promised myself way back then, that when we became the "old ones"  I wouldn't say or do anything to hurt the next group of "young" ones.  Because, truthfully, over the years, we've heard some doosies!  So, I've been trying not to do unto others what was done to me (us).  Thinking it....well, I'm not doing my best at that one.  I will only say this....just because there wasn't facebook or instagram back then to document EVERY SINGLE thing....doesn't mean it didn't happen.   (stepping down from the soap box now). new phrase...."must be menopause."  (wink, wink)

Lisa and I were just saying..."we don't know what anyone wants to buy any more!"  Lack of understanding the current market trends is very defeating.  To top that off....people are buying more place....groups....that takes the creativity and personality out of the whole thing.  So, that leads me to this.....

Sunday Reflections on, appreciation, friendship, acknowledgment, validation, creativity, was just like the "good ol' days."  I orginally, was supposed to be in South Dakota on vacation, but something came up and that left me available to set up in my own back yard so to speak.  It was just what the Lord knew I needed.  I won't say all of the "things" that happened, but I can say, it has inspired me to kick it up for the remainder of the year.  I will take my own advice, "put on my blinders, keep doing what I do best, let the rest do their best and just mind my own row."  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Motivational Monday - Tie a Knot

My brother, who is my pastor, inspired me to write this post based on his Sunday school lesson.  My little post won't go into all the details his lesson had, just a few thoughts to hopefully motivate us.

Have you ever started with your day and things were going super and you said "it's going to be a good day!"  Or, maybe the opposite is true too, "ugh!  it's going to be a bad day!" We've all had both.  

A day is 24 hours, 7 days in a week, 52 weeks in a year a total of 365 many days.  Good or bad, each teaching us something as we grow and walk along in our life.  

Have you ever tried to climb a rope?  I hated that in gym class, probably because I've always been chubby and it's hard to pull my weight.  Anyway, climbing a rope is so much easier when it has a few knots for your feet to grip onto.  I would get so jealous of the kids that made it look so easy.  Now, rope climbing day, that was a bad day!  

Let's think of our life like a rope.  While climbing, when it becomes hard, if we could just remember to tie a knot, we could rest and pull ourselves up a bit more.   However, sometimes, we let the difficulty of moving forward, climbing on, overwhelm us and we fall off the rope.  I actually remember sliding down with rope with burns on my hands.  

My Motivational Monday - Tie a Knot is to remind us that when difficulty comes our way, hang on to the rope and tie a knot.  It may be a bad day, kids were late for school, boss is yelling at you, you forgot to pack your lunch....stop....tie a knot on your rope....hang's only a day.   

You may think well that's an easy one.  Trust me, I've had to face days of a child battling cancer - my rope has plenty of knots!  If I didn't have knots and my not having faith that Jesus was holding the other end, I know I wouldn't be writing this blog post for you today.   

Those bad days are way down on my rope now.  However, I can look back at my rope full of knots and know, I made it through all of that (with the Lord's help) and I can make through this bad day too!  

I know this sounds simple, but it is simple.  When your day offers up bad news, stop and tie a knot.  Hang on to the rope and keep climbing it.  Have faith in the One holding the end of the rope.  

Blessings from Ringle, WI 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Proving my Theory - Your Junk Finds You

I really believe this.  It's happened to me too many times not to.  Your junk finds you.  That is, the things that are supposed to be yours, find a way to you.  I don't know what you call it, don't call it, I don't care, I just know it to be true.  

Yesterday, I was visiting our youngest daughter on her only day off and we went to a thrift store down by her new hobby farm.  I was looking at the furniture and Anna says, "Mom, look at this book, it is from Wausau."  Truthfully, I didn't "look, look" but put it in my cart to purchase - it was from Wausau afterall, I grew up and live in the Wausau surrounding area.  

It wasn't until today that I read the forward.  Are you kidding me, the creation of this Rural Writers Association of Marathon County was from a John Lonsdorf of Ringle!  Here I sit, a rural writer (blogger) in Ringle today!  It just made me happy!  

Ringle is about 15 or so miles from Wausau, but they do have a connection on  many levels.  Our founding family the Ringle's owned a brick yard and manufactured bricks here.  John Ringle, was elected Marathon County Clerk, Wausau Mayor and post master and served the state assembly.  So, Wausau and Ringle have always had a unique connection.  Even today, Ringle has the right clay soil not only to have made bricks, but to "house" the Marathon County Landfill on hundreds of our acres.  

It had my thinking, I sure wish there was a club like this now.  How many of us bloggers....still left....if you've been a blogger  know what I mean, wouldn't love to join a club like this!  You know the "writing bloggers" - I know that sounded snobish, but blogging is afterall writing.  

I think the over stimulation of ALL social media has really ruined the writer.  This book, was just the spark of inspiration I needed to keep writing!  I can't wait to read the poems and short stories in this book!  Thanks "junk" for finding me.  

Who knows, maybe it will develop into a new "club" of amature writers.  Creative stories and poems from the heart.  After my 35th class reunion, a class mate started to follow me.  She asked me "were you good in English class?"  "Heck NO!" I said "truthfully I stuggled to even read in class."  She then paid me the nicest compliment, "well, you have a way with words that are so honest and heartfelt."  I about cried.  I write this blog for me, but it was nice to hear.  

I've been thinking more about what I actually want to spend my time on and doing.  Writing this blog is one of them!  I do miss all the other bloggers in my favorites feed!  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Monday, September 2, 2019

Motivational Monday - Labor Day

Today is Labor Day.  A holiday that creates a three day weekend that to most mark as the end of summer.  It is actually a day that we reflect on the laborers, working people.  I know many think this idea to celebrate the "working party" was originated by a political movement.  Nope, God has always had a plan for work, rest and compensation.

My dad was a union steward.  He spent all of his working career trying to make things better for all the employees of their company.  He took that responsibility to heart because he, in his life, had worked for or seen unfairness in the workplace.  He was also from the generation that worked, knew how to work and did it.  He was a good example.

So, for this Motivational Monday, I have been thinking about labor - working hard.  When I first quit my job to become a stay at home mom, everyone said "good job."  When my girls started school, everyone said "when are you going back to work?"  When I chose to become self-employed and start my little business Town Hall Trinkets, LLC, everyone asked "what is it you do?" and "when are you going to get a real job?"  People? Right!?  

Well, I just kept doing things that added income for our family.  It just happen to be a really cool job, one I REALLY enjoy!  I even was blessed to have both of my parents help me out at sales and such in the beginning.  My mom loved it.  

As the years went on, I just kept working.  Each year offered an opportunity to grow, learn, prosper and fail.  I let the Lord be my union steward, trusting in him to guide my steps.  The 30 and 40 something me, didn't always understand that.  I tried to be in control of everything....just ask Lisa!  "I'm the boss here today!"  I may have shouted that or...."my sale, my rules."  Anyway, the 50 some year old a bit wiser....(wink, wink).  I now know I'm NOT in control of really ANYTHING and that's o.k.  As long as I get up, put one foot in front of the other and and take the next right step.  I know I've said this before in a Motivational Monday post, but this "next right step" concept has become my mantra this summer.   It has really put my days in perspective.  

I would add that lately, people say "when are you going to slow down?" or "are you ever home?"....if they only knew, this is the pace I've always worked - actually, I have cut back this year.  This from the same people who earlier asked, "when are you going to get a real job?"  tehee.....  

So on this Labor Day, Motivational Monday, think about your work ethic and the effort you put into whatever it is you do and take the next right step.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tips on Tuesday - Onion Braids

My 2019 garden has produced some beautiful onions.  I haven't braided onions for years.  I have such wonderful memories of onions drying in the sun and watching my dad braid them into these beautiful ropes.  He always had a huge garden and my mom would do canners full of all of it.  I was so blessed to be a part of all that and learn these things.  Granted, when I had to break beans and my friends were at the pool, I didn't think so.      

Onion braids are so easy to do and it's the best way to keep them longer.  First, you have to plant some...tehee.   Let the onions dry in the sun, right on top of the dirt.  Or, if the weather is looking wet, pull them and let them dry inside.  However, don't let them lay in a pile, put them up on a screen so that the air can circulate around them.

Pick 3 of the biggest ones to start your braid.  I tied on a piece of jute to each in a triple knot.  Then you just braid, one side over the middle, make sure each group has the jute.  Then when you cross over, add another onion to that group.  If it gets too crowded, just keep braiding the onion tops until there is room to add more onions.  

Once braided, hang them up to continue drying.  I can't wait to see these hanging downstairs next to my other provisions from our farm's bounty.  I love it....complete from seed to this case...braid.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Monday, August 26, 2019

Motivational Monday - Walking in Faith

It is my hope, that this Motivational Monday Post, will give you some food for thought.  

Gardeners believe that their seeds will grow into plants.  
Baker's believe that yeast will make their bread rise.
We believe that flipping a switch will turn a light on or off.

We know these things to be true, because we've tested them.  

Same can be said of FAITH.  I'm going to use the word faith as a verb: the complete trust in something or someone; for this post.  

As children we had faith that our needs would be supplied by our parents.  As youth we had faith to know if we studied for a test we would get a good grade.  As adults we have faith that our employer will pay us for our work.  We don't need to worry about it, because we have an understanding of the experience - because we've tested them.  

"Oh, have faith in the process,"  or "have faith, it will all be o.k."  Truthfully, when you are the one in the situation, those types of phrases are just empty words.  You might think, "how can I walk in faith when I'm afraid this or that is going to happen?"   

As babies, we didn't start out running, we crawled first.  Walking in faith is just like that.   Taking each lesson, experience, trial or triumph and keep it in our hearts and minds.  So, that when the next thing comes up, we can think back and have faith that we can do this or that too.  

You might say, "well, I had faith and it didn't end up the way I wanted it to."  That's not faith, sorry that's being a baby.  Faith isn't what you want, it's the lesson, experience you gained in whatever "test" life threw your way.  

Now, walking in faith is this:  my opinion was asked about something this past week and I told this person, "all you need do today, is put one foot in front of the other and keep walking one step at a time in the right direction, God will handle the rest."  "Dont' worry about the end result yet, you're not there yet."  "Worring about it isn't going to help."   Now....people, I couldn't have said....and believed it....if I hadn't been tested....and trust me I have been.  

Worrying doesn't help.  I know, I fight my anxiety.  The older I am, the more at peace my walking in faith has become.  I wake each day, taking one step at a time, in the right direction....stumble or fall I may....that's O.K....I just brush myself off and keep taking my steps.  Walking in Faith, you betcha!  One step at a time.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin