The Bainbridge Farmers’ Market is BACK tomorrow! I am so excited for market season. It exemplifies everything I love about Fall: people milling around downtown on a sunny fall morning, hot coffee and cool temps, fresh veggies and baked goods, and people I haven’t seen in a while coming into Maiden South to chat and shop. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
We will be open at 8 am alongside the market on Saturday, so be sure to stop by and say hello while you do your market run! It’s our last Saturday before our grand opening in the new space, so perhaps come bid adieu to #onetwothree so you can say hello to Maiden South next door next week!
Ever been tagged in a “What I’m Doing Now” post? I have once. But today I’m tagging myself in one here. I haven’t shared much personal stuff on O&P in a minute, so I thought it was appropriate. I also am gearing back up to bring you some more stories about people besides yours truly, which I’m really, really excited about. As y’all know, O&P changes along with my interests, and I love, love, love learning about new things, trying out new hobbies, and sharing things that tickle my fancy in this space.
So, here is #whatimdoingnow, in no particular order:
1) Baby loving
My niece Elah is just the sweetest, cutest baby on the block, and none of us can get enough of her. And check out that adorable newborn Easter dress!
We took her for her first #ladieswholunch outing in Thomasville at Jonah’s Fish n Grits last week, which was an awesome break from a long work week.
2) A little thrifting
I haven’t done much thrift shopping as of late, but I did make a quick pit stop into Kaleidoscope last week and scored these bee needlepoint smoking slippers (that fit perfectly!) for $20 bucks. I almost can’t wait for fall to wear them. Almost.
I mentioned this before, but I’m just so grateful to have finally found a form of exercise I really identify with and love. It’s made such a drastic difference in my body, as well as in my mental and emotional health. I also want to give a shoutout to my awesome yoga instructor and owner at Lotus Yoga & Holistic Wellness, Lindsey. I’ll be sharing more about her as she opens her new studio, but until then you can find her current class schedule here. She’s helped me reach yoga goals that I never, ever would have thought I could do when I started back in January.
And speaking of yoga… I’d like to be
4) stand up paddleboarding.
I learned how to yolo/sup/stand up paddleboard last weekend at the beach with some gal pals. It is SO MUCH FUN. After seeing it on Instagram, I decided to also try some SUP yoga… Talk about a core workout! I promptly began saving my pennies for my own paddleboard.
5) seeing the Avett Brothers
A couple of weekends ago, we were lucky enough to go see the Avett Brothers in concert in Tallahassee at Cascade Park. They put on a great show and we had a blast.
Have I mentioned that Wheat broke his neck as well? Yes, this freak accident happened on Easter weekend. Boys and girls: never carry heavy, wrought iron chairs over your head… especially whilst walking on slippery, wet decks. He has a slight compression fracture in his C5 vertebrae,and we’re hoping he’ll be out of that awful neck brace very soon!
We participated in the downtown Bainbridge Art & Wine Walk last weekend and it was so much fun! We love having Mills Brock’s photography in the shop. Come by and see if it you didn’t make it in last weekend! We’ll actually be closed this Thursday night, but we’ll be open Friday and Saturday!
7) Spring Beekeeping
It’s spring, and our sweet bee hive has swarmed no less than four times and is still kicking. With all the rain, we haven’t been able to check our two backyard hives in a couple of weeks, which we thought would be a real problem. But the sun came out yesterday and we got in both hives, and they’re both doing great. No queen cells really to speak of, and we met the new Queen Bee in said swarming hive. Meet Beeatrice!
8) Hitting Pause
Trying to make a conscious effort to hit the pause button and enjoy pretty little moments like this view of a sunset and some Lady Banks roses a couple Fridays ago at the Bainbridge Country Club.
I thought it would be nice to pop in and let y’all know I’m alive.
I’ve been busy hanging with lots of family for Thanksgiving, cooking, traveling, knitting, working, and working some more.
This week I’ve been busy helping Jess get the shop ready for the Yuletide Jubilee and our Wish/Wonder/Wine event tonight! Stop by from 5 to 8 this evening for wine and wishlist making, and you can also watch the Christmas tree lighting on the Square, shop at the other downtown shops that are staying open late, and check out a couple of the pop up shops – including one by the Humane Society!
And don’t forget this Saturday the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market will be open for business with lots of fresh veggies and baked goods and more!
Speaking of food, I cooked a delicious new casserole for Thanksgiving that I’ll be sharing on the blog when I get a second to write about it, as well as an old cake recipe that I brought out of the archives. It was a big hit on Turkey Day, so I thought I’d share it here, too. All in good time – which I don’t have much of these days!
We had our grand little opening at Maiden South a couple of weeks ago. The shop has been keeping me extra busy, but in a good way!
And in my spare time (?), I’ve been knitting up a storm! It’s so relaxing. I am pretty sure the Good Lord knew I was going to need something to relax me in this season of my life, so he pushed me into the Fuzzy Goat right when I needed to be there. It’s been such a stress reliever, and Cadence has become a friend and a mentor, business wise. Or at least, we’ve become sounding boards for each other! And in knitting news: I knit a hat! Ya know, in case you didn’t see me broadcast it across all of social media. Double points don’t scare me! (anymore…)
Actually I knit two hats and started my third. I told you, a knitting. storm. It is raining yarn at my house. Have I mentioned that we should be friends on Ravelry?
It’s been beautiful knitting weather, too. It’s actually felt like fall here in SoWeGa lately (until this week, anyway).
The cotton is always beautiful to me, and the gingko trees downtown on the Square are amazing!
And speaking of this season, I am trying to keep this little blog a priority around here. I’m swamped until January, as there’s lots of exciting things happening in my life at the moment: it’s my first Christmas in retail, I still have a full-time job in Thomasville, my sister gets married to Marc of Southern Restoration Furniture two days after Christmas (yay!), two close friends are getting hitched the first weekend of January (actually, make that four close friends – two weddings), I’m planning a fundraiser for the Humane Society at the end of January (more on that later, but let me know if you’d like to help!), our French Brittany field trials are in January and we’re hoping Juin will make us proud, my sister’s baby shower is in February (baby knitting!!!!)… and those are just the major events. This season in my life is busier than it has ever been, and I’m trying to keep swimming and enjoy it. My postings here may become infrequent and less often, but please know that I’m not going anywhere! I’ll be back consistently in February and plan to have lots to share. Until then, I’ll pop in when I can! Thanks for being such an outlet for me the past two years, dear readers! This blog has helped me through hard times and good ones, and I don’t plan to let it go just yet.