Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Bit of Nostalgia...

So in my old life...I had a large gift store with full service florist, upscale silk flower designs, home decor, jewelry and beads.  It was one of those "one of kind places" that you could get lost in. After 17 years, I decided it was time for a change...I was stressed beyond belief trying to maintain the business and trying to be a good mom & wife...so 4 years ago I closed it and took a year to reorganize my world.





It's been fun reinventing my artistic self and love this new way of life!  I dabble in photography, love to cook really good food, sew, bird watch, mushroom hunter, knit poorly,  dabble in soap making and really just enjoying all that life has to offer....it is so precious~




As for tradition, my husband and I grow fresh veggies in the garden and can some of our favorite recipes, we have a sour kraut stomp in honor of my father, so we carry on the tradition. We spend Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve with the entire Harner Clan (My dads side of the family) We read "The Night Before Christmas" every Christmas Eve...no matter how tired, we go to the Delaware shore every year for a vacation and we all want Chocolate Mayonaise Cake with peanut butter icing for our birthdays...... We are truly blessed!

6 comments:

Sharon P said...

You have a very creative and lovely life--thank you for sharing it with me!

Alice said...

Sounds like you are a very busy lady!

Raida Disbrow said...

Melinda what a lovely post! I am so ready for a change like yours in my life. Thanks for sharing.

BlueAntiquities said...

Melinda,
What a lovely post! I will come visit you one day when I finally head north. Do you have any more of those corn leaf wreaths from your store? Love it! haha You are amazingly talented and I'm wondering if you ever sleep...Laura

Melinda Orr said...

Raida...I'm lucky to have a great husband that helped me regroup, otherwise it wouldn't have been too easy....but it has made big changes ...I actually sleep most of the night now...:-)

Laura, I would love a visit! Maybe we could drive into NYC too..who knows it's only 3 hours! Unfortunatly all the green corn is an ugly brown now...and most is harvested...remind me next year and I'll send you one... :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh I love this Melinda. Makes my eyes leak, must be the genes I guess. Thanks for sharing...
-Amy :o)

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