I Prefer Thinking Of These Things
You know what I like to do when I feel completely crummy? When I’v been sick for 6 (!!!) days, and even a visit to the doctor (my typical measure of last resort) says there’s nothing to be done but ride out the snot-riddled nastiness? When I find myself up against a wall, or more like settling into my couch in resignation, I do two things: I look at pretty things, and I plan trips to fun places.
Because I’m a sharer, and because I’d much rather chat with you about the pretty things in my life right now than the goings-on of my sinus passages (UGH!), I want to share one the prettiest, and most personal, things I’ve come across recently. Several weeks ago, Cyn Thomas, of River Dog Prints, graciously sent me a care package. In it, along with a wonderful book for Huxley, were the canning and gift labels shown above. Just look at those honeycomb patterns! I mean, come on. How much more pretty, or perfect for my interests, could those labels be? As the holiday season approaches, if you plan to gift any home-canned goods, I suggest you stop by Cyn’s site and take a look. Loads of good choices there!
Secondly, I’ve been completely internet-intrigued by Helen, GA. In 1968, a few local businessmen decided, in an attempt to reinvigorate main street in the sleepy north-east Georgia mountain town, to renovate the whole of main street in the style of a Bavarian town. I! Know! Zoning laws were passed and now all buildings in Helen (or perhaps just in the downtown area) resemble chalets and Alpine inns and Bavarian brewhouses. Also, and this is the big clincher for me, Helen holds a Christkindlmarkt over two weekends over the holiday season. Styled after the holiday markets common all over Germany and parts of Europe, Helen’s Christkindlmarkt claims to offer “everything from unique gifts and decorations to an assortment of savory and sweet foods, drinks and candied treats” (per the chamber of commerce website). Also, there are things like freshly made stollen and Bavarian pretzels and spatzle and bratwursts there! Any of you dear small measure readers ever gone? Worth the 2+ hour drive, or all flash and no sizzle? I don’t mind if it’s touristy, I fully expect that. Is it fun, though? Does it feel authentic? And, most importantly, how are the pretzels?