The Summer’s End
The Summer’s End
© Pat A. Fleming
The familiar rhythm of the cricket’s chirps
Create the soundtrack for each day,
Echoing Summer’s end
And that Autumn’s on her way.
The stifling heat of the summer sun
Is now tempered by the clouds.
Those fluffy, cotton August clouds,
That soft breezes push about.
Shadows falling everywhere
As the sun plays peek-a-boo.
Losing her strength with each new day,
A sure sign that Summer is through.
As the lazy, care-free summer days,
Reluctantly draw to an end.
Excitement grows for what’s ahead,
As school days and the Fall begin.
And no matter how the years may pass,
And how old I come to be,
I’ll always love this time of year,
As it holds such fond memories
Of sitting with my childhood friends,
Recalling all our fun
While running, swimming and riding bikes
Beneath the summer sun.
And sharing all our hopes and dreams
As the future stirs us on.
Knowing as we sit on that late, August eve,
Summer’s ending, but her memory lives on.
But there’s also a haunting sadness sometimes
That I feel when those dark shadows fall.
And that my greatest adventures in life
Are just memories, now aroused by those sweet cricket calls.
Visions of Summer Glory
Have you ever felt like you had so many projects going it was like juggling oranges? Oh, we all have at times, I’m sure.
Right now, I’m enjoying that heady experience of spring in the air. It’s so much more fun to walk the dog, and wouldn’t it be neat if I could run and skip and jump like I did–nope I’m not gonna say how many years ago.
But there are other projects that grab a person’s attention. Today I am rejoicing because the wildflower seeds in the planter sprouted.
Yes! It worked to plant them in March! Let’s see if they actually will shrug off the frosty nights!
Visions of hot summer glory spilling out of the planter fill me with anticipation. My life is so much like a garden but hopefully, it’s more organized than this!
(They told me this was a free image so I’ll take their word for it.)
My days are colorful, to say the least, and yours are too, wouldn’t you admit? What cheerful summer project are you pulling towards?
I glance at the computer and think of the stories dancing in my head, but nah, not at this time of year. Some of the other ideas I have are almost as imaginative though. How ’bout making a lily pond where we used to grow potatoes and corn? Wouldn’t that be cool? (Quite literally if you fell in.) And what about learning the Green Thumber’s art of propagating through taking cuttings? Imagine all the lilacs, roses, peonies and flowering crab apple trees that would magically appear around the lily pond!
Don’t worry, I won’t feel bad if you are rolling your eyes. Maybe just maybe I am too, but hey, dreaming is fun. Let’s make something special happen this summer!
And oh, by the way, when you want to take a break from one of your hot, sweaty projects you’ve been joyfully pursuing, make sure you have a tall glass of an icy cold drink on hand and…one of my books. They’re found on this website: www.marilynshistoricalnovels.com.
Guess what! I found this unusual and charming free image on Pixabay.
P.S. I know someone else who has big dreams. She wants to see to it that Mary’s Diary gets published in the Philippine Islands!
A special thanks to Marilyn Friesen for sharing this Article with The Village! If you would like to share an article/story/poem for the SignBoard, click here to find out how!
Happy Birthday to The Village!
Happy Birthday to The Village!
We here at The Village of Artisans are excited to announce our Annual SALEabration! It is starting April 1 and will continue all week until the 6th! There are many shops having great sales in honor of the 1st Birthday of The Village! Some are starting now and some are extending all month. The plan is to have an Annual SALEabration every first week of April to commemorate the launch.
We, at The Village, can hardly believe its been a whole year already! It has been a great year of lots of new things and we have grown alot and come a long way! We hope you can have fun shopping and find some great sales during our Birthday SALEabration!.
Dick and Jane’s Mother
By Liz Jantz
I feel reluctant to listen to my first grader read about Dick and Jane. The stories are tiresome but it is the pictures that have bothered me – especially the pictures of their mother.
There she is kneeling in the garden, in her print dress, sun hat and gardening gloves. The next page would show her standing at the kitchen sink in a ruffled apron. Her hair was in neat waves and she wore black pumps on her feet. I would see her at her sewing machine, shopping or out for a walk. What a lovely picture she made!
I envied her collected existence, her ladylike appearance. In many ways, her life was remarkably like mine. She had a husband expecting supper at six. There were Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff. She had a home to manage. Why didn’t I feel like she looked? She was always so appropriate.
As my child read, “Look! Look!” I would look and wonder. What did she want to teach me? Get up early. Think about your day and dress accordingly. Comb your hair. Put on some nice shoes. They will make you look ladylike and help you act that way, too. But my feet hurt at the thought of wearing heels all day and it was easier to dismiss it with a sigh. I’m so busy. Does anyone care much about being ladylike these days?
But I could not dismiss this woman so easily. Styles may change but values stay the same throughout the ages. She makes homemaking into a profession. I would try to be more professional. It’s only laziness that allows me to go around in a wrinkled dress and scuffed shoes. Clothes like that may have a place somewhere but not at the kitchen sink or on a trip to the grocery store. I could clean my shoes and iron my dress. Then I will be ready for whatever the day brings.
Yet, her attraction was more than nice clothes. She seems to remind me, “Take some time to keep a quiet place in your heart.” Calm hearts and proper clothes compliment each other. Though I may never be exactly like her, I am thankful for her reminders to dress neatly, have a serene outlook and stand straight in whatever shoes I’m wearing.
A special thanks to Liz Jantz for sharing this Article with The Village! If you would like to share an article/story/poem for the SignBoard, click here to find out how!
What will 2019 hold for The Village?!
I suppose that is the big Question! 🙂 Well as for us over here in the Admin Department, we have some new things up our sleeves! We hope to let you in on them here as soon as we have a time frame for when they will be rolling out! Just a little hint here though to keep you guessing… It will make it nicer and easier for you shoppers, more convenient for Shopkeepers, and all around better for the whole Village! We hope you will be as excited about them as we are! Remember if you have suggestions for us on things you would love to see new in The Village, please use the Contact Us Page to drop us a line. It can be Products you would like to see for sale, Features for shops or the whole Website, or something else, etc.
a bit on 2018….
To tell you the truth we have been so thrilled with how everyone has rallied around their friends and families and their small businesses! When we launched The Village of Artisans on April 1, 2018, it took off and grew faster than we ever dreamed it might! You all have been Fabulous!! And Thanks to you all, The Village is still growing with new shops and businesses still popping up! We were very impressed with how so many of you wonderful shoppers remembered your friends and their small businesses at Christmas Time and “Shopped Small”! The sales were beyond what we could have believed for the first Christmas Season for The Village!
Thanks for a great year! and we hope to keep seeing you around…
We hope you continue to come to The Village throughout 2019 to find those special quality one-of-a-kind items for sale here. And spread the word about Us to all of your friends, neighbors, family, the lady in the Checkout at Walmart, etc!
~ Valerie & Monica (The Village Admin)
How to “Search” in The Village.
We have gotten some feedback that some of you are having trouble finding what you want when you are Shopping in The Village. Here are some screen shots to help you out.
There are several ways to search for a Vendor/Shop:
To Search For Products:
Hope these can help some of you out! 🙂
HEY! LAST MINUTE SHOPPERS…
There are a few last minute sales that are going on now! There are still a few shops that can ship items to you in time for Christmas! Go take a stroll around The Village and Check out the New Shops and the new things some of the old shops have posted! And Thanks for Shopping in The Village and making this year a Success! We couldn’t have done it with out you! 🙂 We are looking forward to the New Year and all the Great new things that it holds for The Village!
~ Valerie & Monica
Would You like to get The Village Updates?
Would you like to get notified by email when The Village has new features or a new SignBoard post?
Would you like to know which Shops have Sales going on that week/month and what coupon codes you can use for great discounts?
It’s super easy!!
Well here are the “Wish Lists” quite a few of you have asked for!! Just in time for Christmas!!
You can now “Like” items by clicking the small heart in the top left corner of the item’s picture.
The items will be saved and listed under “Wish List” in your Account.
You can easily “Add to Cart” when you decide to buy the items in your Wish List.
You can also “Share” your wish list with your family for Christmas gift exchanges.
Enjoy! and continue to send us your requests under “Contact Us” for things that will help to make your shopping experience in The Village even more enjoyable!
Cool New Features…
Cool new Features that make it even more easy and fun to shop in The Village!
It is now even easier to find the shop you are looking for right from the main page! At the top of the Featured Vendors there now is a search box. You can start typing in the name of the Shop you are looking for and the shop will pop up.
Also at the bottom of the page, under the Featured Products there is a new button, “View All Products”. This button takes you to a page where you can see all the products for sale in The Village in order form Newest to Oldest. Check back often to see what all is new in The Village! We will randomly choose from a few newer products to use in the Featured Products on the Front page.
As always, we want to thank you for shopping in The Village and helping to support some small business!