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June 15, 2015

Coop Girl Hattie

Coop Girl Dorilla

It was another spectacular weekend in these parts.  Sun, a light breeze and warm temps.  The perfect combination!

Saturday was a busy day full of running errands, making product for Sunday's market and we spent some time at our Veterinary Hospital's open house.  We didn't take Oliver and Emerson with us but we did contemplate taking Jack.  Jay {jokingly} suggested we take Jack all dressed up in his handsome cowboy hat and bandana to see if some poor unsuspecting family might find him so handsome and hard to resist that they beg us to take him home.

That didn't happen.

We didn't take him.

Although when it was first suggested I had visions of sleeping through the night, no more missing receipts/money/rubber bands/jewelry, etc. that he thinks he needs to stash.  Then the reality set in.  It would only bring us happiness for one day.  Or two.....and then he would indeed be missed.  Him and all of his crazy antics.

Sunday was another very busy day at the market.  I have had numerous people ask me if we do "well" at the market.  When I answer yes, they ask how much soap, for instance, does that mean?  So I figured you all are asking the same question.  We typically sell over 100 hundred bars in the 5 hours we are open.  That in addition to our men's products, lotions, lip balms, scrubs, deodorant {which has been a HUGE hit}, bug spray {has sold out 2 weekends in a row}, laundry products and more.  So yes....... we are busy.  That's just Sunday's sales.  I said to J, as we looked at each other completely exhausted on Sunday around 2:30 p.m., I guess this tells us we are a legitimate business.

Needless to say, the Coop Girls are less than impressed with the business taking up so much of our time.  The more time we spend working on product means the less attention they receive.  And they like attention.  The dogs feel the same although I think Cait and Jack are ok with it.  They seem just fine checking in from time to time to see if we need any supervision.

My garden is now just about 50-50 weeds to veggies.  Ok, so it's not quite THAT bad, but it sure feels like it.  For some reason the bed with the melon plants in it is the worst.  The birds stole most of my sunflower seeds which means we won't have the array of 30+ sunflowers I planted.  I think we're down to about 1 dozen.  My strawberry patch has been slowly getting smaller to the point that this year it's virtually non-existent.  That's the benefit about being vendors at the farmer's market - you can pick up whatever you need from the others!  I told J on Sunday I really want to make Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam.  He looked at me like I had lost my mind.  I had.  Temporarily.  There just aren't enough hours in a day......we'll be buying it this year.

On the menu this week:  Beef Fajitas with fresh salsa, guacamole and Mexican Rice; BBQ Chicken Quarter with Roasted Potato Bites and Grilled Zucchini "fries"; Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs with Mac & Cheese and Asparagus; Chicken Teriyaki with Veggie Stir Fry and Rice; Asparagus and Gruyere Ravioli with Fresh Marinara Sauce and Strawberry Salad.

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend too!

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