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SUCCESS.....!! I laughed so hard at our recent Family Fun Fest at our Short Mountain Trading Post that when I took a deep breath for air, I think I swallowed
a hummingbird !! This was probably one of the funniest events we ever had here at the Barn. Hysterical things happened beyond our control. We had wonderful
vendors and wonderful visitors. Folks found some exciting purchases and truly enjoyed the FREE lunch at JD's Grill. Tons of free cold sodas were handed out and the super Angus hotdogs and side of honey baked beans by Savannah were a hit !! I mean to tell you, that big baked bean dish was scraped clean !! Lipsmackin' good !!

( a quick interlude: )

I remember one time I was preparing a gigantic corningware casserole dish full of baked beans to perfection for our church
function. Just as we were ready to leave, I heard a huge explosion.

Yep....baked beans lined my oven from top to bottom including all the glass from the bake ware that was marked oven-proof.

We had to hurry onto to church....and the mess awaited me when I got home !! My two sons and hubby laughed at such a
total disaster in Mom's kitchen...and very much relieved that it wasn't them that got blamed for all of it.

OK, back to the Family Fest Day. Lisa Wisdom who has the last booth on the left features gorgeous handcrafted jewelry. Her prices are unbelievably reasonable considering all the artistic labor that she puts into all of it. On top of that, she has the most absolutely wonderful stained glass pieces. Special orders are accepted.

I am having her make me a frosted rose piece to hang in my living room window. I am very impressed with her work. She was so excited when she sold her
first piece over the week-end....along with a special order. When Lisa first arrived to her booth on Saturday (Family Fun Day) she rushed out and practically tackled me with the news that something or someone had been in her booth and a fancy pair of earrings were missing....things were tossed on the floor and really shiny jewelry ornaments were gone.

I reminded her of Rocky the Raccoon who inhabits the Barn on a daily basis. He has been known to consume several bars of homemade soaps from the Krafty Kitten Booth, Savannah's Loft Styrofoam Christmas ornaments and several scented candles.

Now, the earrings are another thing: an all out bulletin is posted throughout the area: If Large Male Raccoon with Earrings is spotted...please notify the Trading Post ASAP !!

It's actually not the fact of the missing earrings, it's the raccoon "wearing them". Along with his eating metal balls off another pair of earrings it just might be a
little rough on his hinney. Either this curious raccoon has guts of steel or is just plain stupid....only the Barn knows.

One of our customers found a camouflage skirt and held it up for her husband to see. She said: Does this make my stomach disappear ? Try again, he said.

Another very nice gentleman told JD that he had read my column that mentioned the little black and white kitten that showed up at The Post.

Well, he had that one run off and he has the other kitten that goes with that one. Do we want the other one?

Another couple came into the Loft and asked if I ever have found a tomato masher....a back in the day one....She already had searched the entire kitchen area for one of, after I had her explain exactly what she was looking for....I simply walked over to the kitchen wall and found one.

Her leaps of joy were overwhelming and after she had looked in every antique shop in the area....she said it just made her day to have me find it. Along with the fact that it only cost: $6.....her day was perfect !! She celebrated with another angus hotdog and beans.

A return antique dealer was very exasperated over the fact that she could not find an antique oval wood frame anywhere. Whoops...looks like Savannah had another hit in the Loft !! And another very happy customer !!

We now have men's camouflage boots and jackets for sale at extremely good prices. Don't miss out.
Women's clothes, jackets and shoes are priced soooo...reasonably. Lots of ladies items at $1.00 apiece. Excellent condition and you can't lose !! Purses also
are really inexpensive. Brand names. Drop in on the days we are open: Thursday thru Saturday 10 to 5.

Our next event is scheduled for Saturday October 10 from 10 to 5. It is our first: Country Christmas Bazaar. Everything you can imagine will be for sale relating
to Holiday décor, tree decorations, wall hangings, wreaths, cookie jars, dishes and glasses, jewelry and so on. If you wish to participate and have a booth to
sell your items or crafts relating to Christmas collections that folks will be looking me: 615-464-7824. Our list has begun, so please join us at NO CHARGE for your space...all monies are YOURS...a great opportunity to relieve your closets and sheds of past Christmas items you no longer need or those special crafts that you create especially for the Holidays. Don't be shy...we have a great time here and it certainly is worth the effort to set up a table and sell your special items to those excited buyers !! Free Lunch, warm coffee and loads of fellowship makes this event extremely worth it !!

Uncle Festus and Aunt Martha are planning to put some things in the Bazaar. So, stay tuned for that excerpt. Martha recently sent away for the Butt-Butt
trimming videos to help in her ongoing weight loss efforts. A fellow from Brazil has put this into the works. I watched it and I think it truly is a good idea.... if you are fifteen. Martha says it even came with the elastic stretchy bands and rollers. Festus loved the video with all the South American models and exercise queens. Martha has since broken the stretchy bands and slipped on the rollers. With her broken ankle and sprained knee, all she can do is keep watching the video with Festus over and over again. Well, at least they have found something they can watch together......(Sigh....)

It appears that the weather is becoming more comfortable at night and slowly staying in the mid 80's. Kids are back in school and football on the

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