Day 2 At The Vineyard & No Balloons!

Sun. July 29, 2018

Today started like every other day. 

I woke up at 8:15am to get ready for work. I had to leave at 8:45 but left later than I should have. I had a half an hour to get to the lady I work with.

Unlike yesterday, everyone was making their way down the parkway. I assume to the shore but the weather, yesterday, was way better for it than today. The forecast was about the same but the air felt less hot. I guess that would be less humid.

I got to her house right on time. Pulling into her driveway at 9:30am. I could tell from the looks of things that she was ready to go. When she walked out of the house, she had nothing more than a purse across her body and phone in hand. The truck was already loaded and set. It was just missing our bodies and the key to be put in the ignition.


(photo found on Google images)

Today was day two of being at Unionville Vineyards. We were invited to vend for their Summer Artisan Market where they had craft and gourmet vendors along with live music and wine tasting. It was truly an honor to be asked to stay for the two days. But before actually getting there, we made a few stops for the important items we were going to need. For example, we went to Target because they had a Starbucks. It is hard to start a day without a good cup of joe. Like I said yesterday, Dunkin’ Donuts was not an option. Next, right across the lot, we walked into Costco for cases of water. We learned that water was a very important product to have since everyone was outside.

Then from there we continued our course.

We’re back baby!

We made it to the winery at 11am, way before the estimated time of arrival. With an hour to set up, we were ready within 30 minutes. We even opened up earlier than we had to. It was a beautiful sunny day without the heat and she wanted to get started as soon as we could. I would have preferred to prepare more but I was okay with it.

Just as yesterday, a few towns over, was a balloon festival.  Once again, we assumed most people would be there instead of hanging out with us. Not to blame them because if I had the opportunity I would have loved to see a few hot air balloons take off in their mysterious fashion. I have only seen it in video but I have heard in person is much better.


(photo found on Google images)

Today’s business was just about the same as it was yesterday. We were on and off. We would get short burst of people come and order to then go dead for minutes. The upside was that she left her son home so it was not too crowded and air could flow nicely. I did miss his company though.

The other vendors knew a secret that we did not.

We could see a few of them start to pack up. We wondered why did not look too hard into it. We just figured they had sold out or simply had to be on their way. It was not until 4:50pm that we informed of the secret by a customer. A customer who paid close attention their newsletters. He was the one to let us know that the winery actually closed early on Sundays. Instead of it closing at 6pm, like yesterday, it closed at 5 today. At that point we shocked. 10 minutes till closing?

We headed out around 6pm back her house. If we would have known about the hours sooner we could have left sooner. Once there I unloaded her truck with the help of her son. I was glad to see him but he had this heavy aura on him that made it seem like he did not want to be bothered. Not wanted to force a conversation out of him, I left and went straight home to shower.

The rest of the night I sat in front of the computer looking up USB Type-C charging cable and articles to post on the Motivation page. I might have found a few that I like.


(photo found on Google images)

At The Vineyard & IHOB!

Sat. July 28, 2018

No office.

After having such a motivating weekend in Georgia, I wanted nothing more than to be at the office creating some activity. Unfortunately, the other job has to take priority right now.


Bitmoji alarm ME

I woke up at 7:30am to get ready for my day. I had to meet the lady I work with by 9. After fighting to get out bed I had less than a half an hour to walk out of the house. I think if I did not have to wake up for work I would never get out of bed in the mornings. But today was not the day so I had to leave.

Too soon.

I left earlier than I needed to pulling over and parking a few houses down from hers. Normally I am early, she expects it, but today I was 15 minutes ahead of schedule. I thought people would be headed down to the beach since it was going to be a hot day but the parkway was clear. Maybe I was up too early for them.

When I finally pulled into her driveway I could see her son getting things ready. They were basically set to leave. All I did was adjust her truck in a way for us to finish loading and by the time she came out we were set to go.


On the way to Unionville Vineyards we stopped at Panera Bread for breakfast. The lady I work with was tired of eating the usual Dunkin’ Donuts and wanted a change of taste. I was more than happy with it because I love their Superfruit smoothies. I do not know how they make them but I taste Greek yogurt.


(photo found on Google images)

Finally, at the site we set up in between a wooden fence opening, with the best view of their property. Open field, nicely stained picnic table, beautiful tree line, it was an ‘awing’ moment. After taking it in we started our shift at noon with a slight concern if whether or not we would be busy. There was a balloon festival happening not too far from where we were and expected most people to be there. On top of that the forecast had a slight chance of rain that we really did not want to see come down.

With those thoughts in mind the three of us pressed on. We serviced the customers the best we could and were grateful for each one that came out. Even the other vendors with the ‘knick knack’ tents enjoyed what we had to offer. Since it was a bit slow we even enjoyed a few things they had. Now that I think about it, I wish I would have saved the name of what I ate. All I know is that it was a peach bread with 90% of it being peaches and the rest of it flour to hold it together. This cake or bread was so moist and delicious I hope she is back tomorrow.

Time to leave the beauty for the day.

Around 5pm we started to clean up. The crowd died down substantially. When 5:30 came we could see the vendors packing up, getting ready to head out. We knew that was our cue. At that moment we started to move a bit faster so we would not be left behind. The lady I work with, her son and I packed up so fast that we actually left before a few of the other vendors. It was great.

On the way back to her house we made a group decision to stop and have dinner. It was actually her son’s idea but we had no objections. I was tired, wanting to go home, but I knew I needed something in my stomach. It was such a hot day that for 6 hours I did not eat except for the piece of peach bread and a chocolate chip cookie.

To fill our stomachs, we stopped at IHOP. It was along the way and sounded good. There is nothing quite like breakfast for dinner. I had the stuffed French toast with strawberries. My ‘go-to’ meal. It never fails to keep me entertained one fork after the other.


(photo found on Google images)

Back at her house, her son and I unloaded the truck before I left. I was exhausted wanted nothing more than a cool shower. Having my want fulfilled I then sat in front of the computer looking through Amazon for a charging cable for my new phone. I might need a spare wall brick as well.

Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.