Monday, January 16, 2012

BACK IN THE OLD ROUTINE


I am happy to be through my long, long drive home yesterday from Missouri!  I had a wonderful time with my grandkids and son for a week of baking and cooking in their household.  I probably spoiled the grandkids by picking them up after school with homemade cookies waiting the the back seat of the car!  I am glad my Daughter in Law arrived home safely from her trip to Ghana.


On the way home I was very sorry to see some signs of our bad economy.  The antiques shops in Ellis, Kansas - ALL gone!  I was so saddened.  I always stop where a dear lady imports from Scotland and she was gone.  Earlier, I realized the Smokey Hill Vineyard, near Salina, Kansas had been up for sale and all their outlets were closing. I was hoping to get some Sweet Lady Apple Wine for a recipe they had posted several years ago in the Kansas Visitors Guide for Sweet Lady SCONES.  I am very sad about our economy and how businesses are being impacted.



On one positive note:  A purchased what I consider a wonderful fundamental cookbook for only $19.88 at Barnes and Noble in Columbia, Missouri - with my card 10% more off.  Too bad I din't have that 15% off  coupon with me too!   


I'm back in the saddle again.............

13 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

So glad you had a lovely time with your family. I agree that it's sad to see so many closings of small businesses. So far, our area is doing o.k. and those shops are hanging on.

Best,
Bonnie

ellen b. said...

Glad you had a good time and made it back safely. My kids might be on some of those roads as they travel from Seattle to North Carolina later this week...

Linda J. said...

I am sure your son and grandchildren loved having you visit (and cook and bake) for the week. Glad you and your DIL arrived safely home. And yes, it is sad to see some of our favorite small businesses close in these difficult economic times.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Welcome home Bernideen! So glad you had such a special time with the family. We have lost many small businesses here in our area as well...and several stores are closing now that the holidays are over. So sad.
Ruth

Lavender Cottage said...

Welcome back Bernideen. The economy sure can play havoc with our favourite stores. We have a quaint village close to us that used to be THE place to go for antiquing. There's not one store left now and even our tea room there closed last year. :-(
Judith

High Heeled Life said...

It's always wonderful to spend time with loved ones. It's sad to see some many little shops closing down, it's the same here in Canada. xo HHL

Marilyn said...

Welcome home! I'd love to have some grandkids to bake cookies for--but I'm not telling Sarah about my wishes, (I think they're trying. For now, I'll spoil Alex and her.♥♫

parTea lady said...

Welcome back. I'm glad you had a nice time with your grandkids. Yes, it is a difficult time - my daughter-in-laws family deli business is struggling, like many others that haven't closed.

Beth said...

Hi Bernideen, Glad you got home to be with family. I adore the red and white plaid cookbooks. I received my first as a shower gift prior to marrying in 1976! I have a more updated version now, but I use both. Is this your first red and white? You are such a good cook! I always enjoy seeing what you are baking for tea time!
Hugs, Beth

Renna said...

Oh, how I wish I'd known about your shop last year when we strolled down the street in old Colorado City, a year ago last Thanksgiving. We'd cross over to the other side of the street every so often, and ran out of time before hitting all the shops. Actually, I did sort of know about it when Karen @ Over the Backyard Fence posted about you one time, but I just knew you were somewhere in the Springs. The next time I visit my daughter in the Springs, I'll get her to take me back there. Your things are so pretty!

Denise :) said...

I'm also glad you had a lovely trip and time...and saddened by the effects of the current economy. We've had quite a number of small, local quilt shops close their doors permanently in the last year.

Rizzi said...

WELCOME HOME BERNIDEEN.......YOUR TRIP SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY......I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN.......A LOT OF STORES AND A FEW BANKS CLOSED ON THE EAST COAST......VERY SCARY....I THINK IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE.......GLAD YOUR BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD TO YOURS POSTS.......RIZZI

Angela McRae said...

Glad you had a nice trip and glad to see you're back blogging, Bernideen! (Wishing someone would pick ME up with cookies waiting in the back seat!)