Sunday, December 17, 2017

Week 39 - Cherry Blossom Cookies

A twist on classic butter cookie...

1 C soft butter
1 C sugar; cream together and add
3 eggs
1 t almond extract

Sift together:

3 1/2 C flour
1 t baking soda
2 t cream of tartar
1/2 - 1 t nutmeg - I love fresh grated nutmeg so I used more

Blend together until well mixed.  Take a teaspoon size of dough roll into a ball and then into ground nuts, slice the cherry in 1/2 and push into the center.

Bake 350 - 6-8 minutes or until firm to the touch.  

I'm taking these to church today for the children's Christmas program.  I think they look Chrismassy.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Networking with Others

In my line of work, it's hard to network with others, as it is so competitive.  But why?!?  I truly want everyone to be successful in what they do - I really do!  I know there are only so many customers to go around....but, I will tell you....customers do get around.  I've heard many nice things about other individuals and shops in our area from my customers.  Remember, they share us.

Maybe, it's a lack of really understanding what it is.  The dictionary defines networking as:  "the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups or institutions."  Networking is just sharing.  I know, in sales, "playing nice" can be hard.  We all are selling something; an idea, service or product.  The customer who is researching, seeking something will chose one over the other, that is true.  But, that customer will remember that YOU shared it.  I know this to be true - it has happened too many times for me to count.  I've been reselling my wares since I could make Barbie furniture from 2x4's  and sell to the neighbor girls.  I've been picking and reselling almost as long - as my mom and grandpa did this.  So, I've seen all of this to be true.

Recently, I was called to a home to look at some personal property.  I didn't resell those types of items, so I referred it to 2 other dealers who did.  Did I charge the other dealers for a referral?  Nope!  I could have, people do this.  I didn't because, those dealers will network with me.  Share my name with someone who calls them to pick rusty farm junk.   This is networking.  Even if they don't share - I did my part - reap what you sow kinda thing.  

Just yesterday, I ran into a guy who came to an estate sale we did.  He asked me to come and pick some stuff he bought out from houses he was hired to clean.  He made a list of items I was looking for and said he would go dig them up.  He told me what he is looking for, what he resells.  I assured him I would be on the look out for those items or when I come across someone selling I would share his name.  We could even work out a trade.  This is networking.  

Don't be jealous of someone who is in your area doing the same thing you are doing.  Introduce yourself, network, "play nice," be a mentor to someone and help them.  In doing so, you really are helping yourself and your business.  So, let's share:  

"Hi, my name is Jacky, my business is Town Hall Trinkets, LLC.  I am an antique dealer and folk artist.  I am certified as a Personal Property Appraiser, help individuals and families in all areas of estate consulting, buy out estates and conduct estate sales.  I do event planning and promote many events in our area - starting the Ringle Harvest Day here at our farm.  I love to work with wool, needle felt, paint and re purpose items.  I also volunteer and have been hired to teach all kinds of classes in arts and homesteading skills.  I'm crazy about chickens.  My nick-name is Dicky Bird and this is my blog, which I love writing!"   

If any of this interests you, click on the links above to message me or leave a comment.  Thanks.  Let's work together!  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Friday, December 15, 2017

I'm a Dreamer

You don't have to read too many of my blog posts to know that I am a very spiritual person.  I am very "in tune" with my insides, soul/spirit whatever you call it.  

God has used dreams to reveal things all throughout the Bible.  Daniel had the gift of interpretation of them.  Daniel 2:28-29 "However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in latter days.  This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed.  As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughts turned to what would take place in the future; and He who reveals mysteries has made known to you that will take place."  

There are many, many other examples in the Bible, however it is this "He who reveals mysteries has made know to you..." I want to focus my post on.

If you have read the past few posts, you know situations in 2017 has made me grow, change and reflect.   While I did this awake, I also resolved some of these issues while sleeping.  Isn't our minds a wondrous organ!  We don't even tap into a small portion of it's potential.  I'm one who believes our insides - soul/spirit - is held within this amazing computer God gives us.  He should reside in our "hearts" and "minds."  He should be Lord over all.  

So, this past week I had 2 dreams that I know had meaning for me.  I don't seek spiritual council from ANY other than the Holy Spirit, so I pondered on these dreams.  Of course, you could google what does "..." mean?  Many studies have been done on subjects within dreams to find common meaning.  

With that tool, I prayerfully sought "He who reveals mysteries...."  Oh, how wonderful it is to dream!   One was very special, it involved my very dear grandmother and aunt that have passed on and they gave me a message that was so clear to me, I actually woke crying.  It was very personal and I LOVED it!  Thank you Jesus who gives "good gifts" to those that believe.  My Holy Spirit - the comforter - did just that!

The other, I did google what does it mean to dream of spider webs.  Oh boy, did that hit the nail!  In my dream, I was cleaning these huge, massive spider webs from the corners and tops of 2 windows.  I wasn't afraid of the spider that could be in the web, I just wanted to see out the windows.  You know, that is exactly, what I have been doing, untangling myself from some webs. I now can see more clearly.  My dream revealed the meaning of these actions.  It made perfect sense and I am at peace.  

I'm no one special, we all dream.  So, if you happen to dream of something that sticks out and you don't understand it.  Prayerfully seek council from HIM who gave it.  He has never failed in revealing mine in a way I understand.  When I was a child, EVERY night my mom and I would pray that I didn't have any bad dreams, which I did have many of.  I no longer pray NOT to dream - I think of them as they gifts they are.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Break

Well, I'm officially on Christmas Break.  I know, I'm self-employed and can take a break whenever I want, but I thought it would make a cute picture of Shannon and I.

This was us yesterday.  We had a snowy day, but we worked anyway.   I went out on a limb this year and advertised for a "summer intern," the response was good, but Shannon was the one who could come the hours I needed.  

I can't help but think of Kathy Marquardt, one of my mentors, when I think of Shannon's and my relationship.  Oh how time and the tables changed.  Even my sister Lynn said to me, "now you're Kathy..."  We did move a lot of inventory this year.  I was just looking at my calendar, I did 4 estate buyouts,  3 estate sales, 11 Theme sales, 5 Pop Up sales, 3 shows, 6 or 7 flea markets and organized and set up at Ringle Harvest Day.  In addition to that, Lisa and I had 4 booths at 3 shops.  I know everyone was saying..."you're sure busy...." well, it has caught up with me.  

I need to take a break from the "mall" type selling - it's not easy to keep up; not only with the booth, but pleasing the shop owner with fresh, new ideas and inventory.  It is demanding.  I'm better when I can sell what I want, where I want.  That's the beauty of self-employment.  We are not leaving because of lack of sales - to the contrary, we are leaving one mall with that mall's best month to date and our individual best months - we wanted to go out with a bang!

Lisa and I are working on a blog post, we hope to have it ready in January.  We have shared so much in these 25 years of junking and selling together.   We were going over all the things and ideas we've tried...I forgot about some them...not to say anything, but we were doing periodical barn sales 25 years ago - one at her place and one here - people forget stuff and new customers don't know it.  Also, there was no internet, instagram, face book or snapchat to brag on either....and it's 'braggin'...I don't like it!  It's all becoming too much!  Any who....

With my Christmas break starting today, I can work on my house.  When you resell, you start Christmas in early November, I've set up numerous displays, trees, etc....I am already tired of it!  I decided I can't stand to dig out my boxes of Christmas stuff!  I also don't have small children or grands, I really don't have anyone I "have" to do it for.  I was feeling kind of guilty about it, until I saw this on a vintage Christmas Cookies cookbook.....

....right there is very small print..."Your decorations need not be elaborate, for in simplicity the greatest art is expressed."  I LOVE that!  Not only for my lack of Christmas decorating, but in life!  It kind of brought this blog post full circle...I've had a busy year, but stepping back, reflecting, "in simplicity the greatest art is expressed" - that will be Town Hall Trinkets, LLC in 2018!  Watch out world....and no bragging allowed...only sharing.  When you brag it ALL becomes competitive and I don't like competition - I want everyone to do good at what they enjoy doing - 'share it' but, don't 'wear it' out!  Just me.... 

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Monday, December 11, 2017

Celtic Christmas with MPK

I happened to hear a quick little blurb on our local Christmas radio station about a Celtic Christmas with MPK in Marshfield, WI.   They stated the band has the National Scottish Fiddler champion.  O.k. we are going!  

It was a lovely concert!   We took Josh, Justine and Marlene, my mother in law (it was her birthday gift).  We all loved it!  I had no idea we had this national talent in central Wisconsin.  Not only is Joanna the Scottish National Fiddler champion, she also is the composition champion - her original pieces are amazing!  The whole family writes their own music - wow!  Here is  her winning fiddle piece on YouTube:

This concert not only had great music, but a truthful message of what Christmas is all about.  I kept looking around to see who was "offended" sad to say, but that is the world we live in even in small town Wisconsin.  During the intermission I told Joanna how talented she was.  She quickly said "well, all glory goes to God" how refreshing!  I said "yes, He gives us good gifts and we should use them to his Glory.  Good job using yours!"  

I am so glad I heard that little blurb on the radio!  I am sure this is the first of many MPK concerts I will attend.  If you want you can check out their page here:

Christmas is HIS story - enjoy and rejoice in it!  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Hot Cocoa Mocha

I live in Wisconsin, however, it has been mild here.  Monday, December 4, we had a thunderstorm and rain.  Well, Tuesday, it hit us...freezing.  Anyway, yesterday the well pump froze, I am NOT mechanical...I tried to get it no luck...I came in so chilled and this came to me.  My coffee was gone - literally, we ran out - but, I have a small jar of instant coffee I use for baking.

Truthfully, I don't know how I didn't think of this before.  I'm sure others have - but, it's new to me.  I just put in 1 tsp. coffee to 2 tsp. Swiss Miss instant cocoa.  Yummy!  Hits the spot to warm you up and give you a "kick."  Is this why all those coffee shops and specialty drinks are so popular?  I don't indulge, I live in the country and my coffee limit is drank way before 7 am.   

I sent a photo to my daughters on a group text..."why are you drinking that in a 'cute' cup?"  I'm blogging it..."I knew it!"  Boy, do they know me!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wallowing in "it"....

Please go watch this little snip it of the movie; the beginning of this is what my post is about....

4:00 pm - Wallow in self pity
7:00 pm - Wrestle with self loathing

Come, that's funny.  I have been doing both of these lately and Al said...that reminds me of the Grinch!  Yes, it does!  Normally, I don't do this...but, like I've posted it's been a tough year!  However, this is it - my last post about it!  

But, before I move on....I'm allowing myself a little more self pity and loathing.  You know, I think self pity and loathing can do you good as long as you don't stay there.  Reflecting on what isn't working in your life - lamenting about it - wrestling with what to do - uncovering hurt feelings - revelation of your actual support group - dealing with failure - need I say more!  My mantra for this year has become clear to me..."people suck!"  Yep, some do!  

But, what I discovered is.....I'm pretty stinkin strong!  Yep, in dealing with what has been dealt me,  in a, how do I say this..."kind way" wasn't easy!  I have mouth on me...I recently saw a t-shirt that said "I love Jesus, but I cuss a bit" - I would love to buy that, but I don't need to advertise my lack of self control!  

So, this is it, I've allowed myself time to reflect, lament and now it is time to change and take from 2017's lessons.  I am in the process of an on-line-class; Life Under Construction by Allison M. Liddle  I want to end my post with a paragraph from her book that sums up where I am at - so I can move on:

"Finding supportive people on your journey can be tough.  When I was in some of my life's most transformational periods, I actually needed to break away from, or limit my time with, many of the people I used to rely on.  Not because I was mad or disappointed, but because I needed to surround myself with those who were positive influences and further along on their own journeys as I was."

I can now say, I'm "not mad or disappointed" - I'm just moving on in a more positive direction.  If you feel your "Life is Under Construction" you are not alone!  It's one step at a time...going forward...not back.  Thanks for putting up with these past few posts.  I actually am at peace with my decisions and where I am at - looking forward to what 2018 has in store for me.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.