Sunday, July 17, 2011

Buckham Alley Fest 2011!

Well I got a few pic, thanks to my friend Tanja of Pristine Baskets She walked around and got a few shots for me.

Regardless of some of the conditions, the HEAT (ugh), and the cramped quarters, it was great and I would be glad to d, o it again next year.

My banner... did have a spot for it so I had to improvise. Looks a little chatty up there, but I wanted to use my banner, so there!

I don't know what I was looking at but this terrible pic of me makes me look like I was lost in space. I had such a headache from the heat and no matter how I tried I couldn't keep my table straight. But oh well, I managed to pull it off and be bubbly with the customers and not pass out from heat exhaustion.

Here are some random people and performers...

This poor kid, what where they doing to that little boy? LOL!

Some family and friends stopped by...

The even had a craft tent...

Finally a couple of other vendors and they even had an adult spelling bee.

All in all it was a great day! I enjoyed the atmosphere and hope to be there next year! Go FLINT!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Green Thing

I thought this was interesting - How quick some of us forget... Watch who you are talking to.

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "*That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."*

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day. Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana..

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service..

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

*But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then? *

*Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart mouth young person.*** Author Unknown

Friday, July 8, 2011


IF YOU ARE LOCAL, DON'T MISS IT. (Maybe I'll take pics this time O_0)