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Saturday, July 31, 2010

C: Indulgence

V and I had a wonderful Saturday!  Last night my two young nieces spent the night with me, the plan being to visit our local Farmer’s Market early, before the heat set in too much.  I invited MIL and my mother to attend—both declined, having heard the triple-digit weather report and knowing the energy and stamina of my nieces…

V, the girls and I were down there by 8:30, and the heat was rising already.  We breakfasted on pastry and French toast (the girls) then perused the lovely display of fresh vegetables and fruit and the array of  other goods in small booths. 

Mom had “ordered” some locally-grown okra and tomatoes.  She likes to make this stewed okra-tomato thing (ugh! I have to have my okra fried or in gumbo).  We found the former but discovered that there are NO local tomatoes.  The story goes that the heat here has caused them to split, so vine-ripened ones had to be trucked in.  Mom had to make do with tomatoes from the next state.

After our produce shopping, we headed to several small specialty shops—air conditioned, thank goodness!  We poked around, and one of my favorite parts of these trips is that when one of my nieces would admire something (within reason), we just bought it! 

Before you get too excited, let me explain that these were not expensive items (I did turn down the youngest one’s request for a largish plush dog—outside the “reasonable” price range.  I think she figured it did not hurt to ask!).  It was so much fun for the girls to know that their indulgence was part of the purpose.  Really, it did not cost me much, all told, and I think I  got a lot of bang  for the buck!

Here are pictures of them—you can see why it’s so easy to give in to them!

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I have other nieces (no daughters!) who live distant, and it would be fun to do the same with them.  I am planning to do just that when they visit! 

I am finding that nephews (and son, for that matter) just don’t have the same desire to browse and find inexpensive trinkets!

So, here’s to girl time—and indulgence!

Hope you had a great Saturday, as well!  Hope you stayed cooler than we did—we got sweaty several times.

V’s recovering from a hand/thumb injury that requires a brace and makes posting difficult.  Maybe you’ll hear from her soon.  C

14 comments:

Linda Lou Rogers Averitt said...

sounds like a fun time:) I so wnated to go to the Farmers market, but have not made it yet:(( thats bad news on the tomatoes, might need to pick them quicker, wish I had some to pick:) hugs

joolzmac said...

I love indulging my girls in little pressies every now and then. When they spy a bangle or a pair of earrings or a cute top (under $20) I love to spring for them. My wallet is still smokin' from the Deb Ball purchases!

Cheers - Joolz

Zuzana said...

It has been a while since I was to a real farmer's marked, what a lovely picture!
Your nieces are beautiful. I am traveling in about a week to visist my nieces that live about 2000 miles away. One niece I have not even seen yet, she was born last October.;))
I hope you have a great sunday,
xoxo

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Girl time is priceless indulgence!! I really miss going to the Canton Trade Days with my daughter and friend. Wishing V a speedy recovery!

Farmchick said...

Girl time is the best and I enjoy it with my daughter. The farmer's market looks so wonderful. Our heat here in Ky has been in the mid 90's, but seems to be letting up. Hope yours does the same.

Vee said...

Sometimes indulgence is just what we need. Your nieces are blessed young ladies and your morning sounds like great fun. Hope that V's hand heals quickly!

Deb said...

Hi, I just had to visit when I saw a "Stick Horse Cowgirls" comment on another blog. Enjoyed the visit and will keep checking back!

Karen said...

I'm a sucker for trinket shopping, and my daughter has always been my excuse :-)

I LOVE that DOG!!!

Robynn's Ravings said...

What a great, fun day! Every Saturday finds me at the Farmers' Market. When I miss we starve (sort of). And I love girl time. I'm gonna miss my Bo as she heads to college and work. Won't get to see her much but I LOVED working with her the last two weeks. We needs our girl time, don't we?!

Janean said...

Gentle hug for V & high five for you being so sweet to your nieces.

Agree tah okra should only be fried! :)

Debbie said...

C, like you, I love having my nieces (I have seven!) during the summer doing all the girly things we do. It's a huge party! My nine nephews make their own fun, and that's ok. Nothing like nieces, though.
I've been on a little hiatus, so I've caught up with your posts today. The story of the widow is, oh, so sad. If that precious lady had been my mom, I'd dig my dad up and spank him! The things people do for peer acceptance!

Debbie said...

Oh, P.S. Please give V my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Immigrant Daughter said...

I really don't mind the heat especially if I am up and running on strong two legs, but I do hate to be aching and not feeling 100 percent. I am glad you had a good time and I know it was.

Kim said...

I am C's sister and she has a long history of indulging my 4 children. In fact, when they return from a visit with her, my husband and I have to "deprogram" them from having their every whim indulged...just the same, we are grateful and so are the kids!

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