Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'

The autumn winds are blowing up in here today - and it's got me half crazy feeling with the thoughts of apple butter, mums and pumpkins.  I know, I know - it's August 20th - but I'm hankering for a Pumpkin Spice Latte like nobody's business.

What is it that creates such a frenzy in my heart for fall?
I'm literally aching to get my hands on yarn...

But...alas...this is the Year of the Mallow.

Take a gander here - 

I reckon the editor of the paper had a s'more at one of the markets, and I got a call...
how fun is this?

I feel really humbled, and oh so grateful today.
I'm doing a couple of markets in Fort Wayne and South Bend, and I heard from a couple of you darlings - so excited that I'm coming that way - and it just warmed my heart SO much - and it made me remember the days that I sat here pecking away at these very keys - sharing my heart and soul with y'all, and oh how I remember those days with such fondness! I just know in my knower those days will be here again, sooner than later.

But for now - I check the weather, make mallows, load up the Heep and do markets.
I'm up to five markets a week now.
I know.
It's utter ridiculousness - but it's just for a few more weeks, and then the markets start dropping off.
My next real day off is Dec. 15th, and I'm okay with that. 
I dog-eared this year for all of this - and I will finish what I started. 
I'm enjoying it all as much as I am not - if that makes any sense at all.
For every achy tired bone - there is a blessing.
My heart is filled with wonder at the people I've met.  
I hope that I can write all the stories out sometime this winter.

At times I question myself, and wonder if I've gone completely batty - by doing this - but then I remember 'the goal'.  The goal of debt free living.  It's been so elusive for us since Glenco's hours were cut a few years back.  Oh - and don't it just be figuring that he's been doing overtime since I started all of this mallow madness?

And so that just proves my theory.
I have absolutely no control over anything but my thoughts, actions, attitudes and reactions.

I saw this and thought it was awesome...

Money won't make you happy quotes

I still have a very unrealistic image in my head of life - of a time in my life when I can say 'I'm done'.
I'm done with the house.
I'm done with the garden.
I'm out of debt.
I'm done working on myself.
I'm done.

I think the light is finally turning on in my brain that the day I'm done is the day I enter eternal rest - and will I?  For those of you that really know me - you laugh at the thought - me, resting....I'll get to heaven with me sleeves rolled up looking for something to do I will!

As it is now - I long, and I do mean long - I LONG to clean the house!  I look at my stove and refrigerator with a lustful feeling inside - imagining the day I have the time to give them a proper deep cleaning.   I long to restore order.  I long to simmer soup and press pillow cases again.

It's hard to believe it's nearing September - and I'm welcoming it with open arms.  
Live life open my friends.
Open arms.
Open hearts.
Open minds.
Forgive yourself - over and over.
Stay present - find something beautiful in the ordinary - 

and realize the absolute truth of this statement:

If you want to be happy.

I miss you all!  I responded to all of your comments from the last post - in the comment section...

Til soon..

(and slave)


  1. Jayme- I just have to say it again...I'm so proud of where you are taking this mallow business! I may only know you 'virtually' but you feel so much more like a kindred spirit! I long for fall and slower days too! Our orchard is keeping us hopping this time of year, too! Until then..keep mallowing on! You rock sista!

  2. So proud of you Jayme, this had to happen, the world was missing something not meeting you! But this is all for some reason we may not know now. It's good to have a little money so that you can go back to being the farm girls this winter. God Bless you in all your endeavors. PS, we are not idle in Heaven, we will talk about it some time!!

  3. I love your photo at the top. I'm anticipating autumn myself. It's been so humid down here this summer that it's just miserable out. If there is anything I've learned from ready your blog over the years it's that you will get done whatever you set your mind to. I don't know many people with such determination. You truly are an inspiration!
    ~*~ you ship those mallows? :-)

  4. Jayme, I am so happy with your marshmallow success! It is for season and next year you can decide how busy you will be. I'm sure the marshmallows are delicious but who wouldn't want to buy from you? You make the business a success! How awesome for Glenn to be hands on and help so much!! What a blessing. And yes, you will not be done until you enter eternity, like you said. :)

  5. You replied to everyone but me! HEY!!. The article was great!! Congratulations! I am so happy for you! How is the manchild? My sweet boy is almost 6 foot tall, wait till you see him!


  6. I too LONG for fall, but it's still in the 90's here in Pasadena, California. Triple digits expected in a few days. UGH! The pictures of your s'mores are delightful. Exactly what I expected them to look like after having seen your blog display your beautiful aesthetic for years. I love that you write down your life goals for all of us to see. It makes it more real don't you think? Thanks for sharing. If I haven't said it before....SO GLAD YOU ARE (KINDA/SOMETIMES) BACK!!!! XoXo

  7. SOOOOOOOOO good to hear from you my marshmallow making buddy!!! Sounds like you ARE busy and that can be O.K., for awhile. Enjoy the busyness, enjoy meeting all the wonderful folks, enjoy the extra money helping you get to your goal. And then, you will know when enough is enough. And I'm with Sandy Lee . . . we are gonna be busy in heaven . . . but the BEST kind of busy!!! Blessings my sweet friend. I selfishly and looking forward to more blog posts from you :0! You always inspire me :)!

  8. I'm so happy you're doing so well in your business; I just wished I lived closer so I could visit those markets too. Your products sound devine, and that article was fantastic! What great publicity for you. Congratulations on your well deserved success.

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  11. Running into you at one of the markets would be sheer delight.
    I will have to check out your "market circuit!"
    I am thrilled for you and your MALLOW success . . .
    Loved the Zig Ziggler quote!

  12. I love your life and the way you think!

  13. This is my first time visiting. You have a lovely blog! Now I'm going to check out the article about the marshmallows, something I have always wanted to make but haven't yet tried. It's good to meet you :)

  14. I too am dreaming of Fall!
    I've already gathered all the decorations and hid them under the bed.
    Mr Grumpy Pants wants to wait for mid-September : (
    I may divorce him.

  15. Well I was under the assumption Jayme that I was glued firmly to the sweet heat of summer, but, after reading your post, you've drummed up Autumn's cardigan sweater cozy in me! :o) Only proves the skills of a fine writer -- paint the picture through a story and the reader can be swayed----present company included!! :o) It was a lovely 'read'......
    Keep 'mallowing on' Jayme -- the world is your oyster/marshmellow; you're doing a smash-up job kiddo!
    PS - such a complimentary article on your business Jayme - your dedication to detail can only point you in the direction of success........

  16. First - that photo! Makes me yearn for chillier temps! (90 in Ohio today 0 ugh!) Also, absolutely thrilled your mallow venture is going so well! You deserve success and happiness and every other great thing! SO very happy for you!

  17. So nice to see an update from you! I think it's great that you are reaching your goal and then when you do have time to simmer soup and press pillowcases (two of my personal favorite pastimes) you will appreciate it that much more!

  18. You are famous! I may have to check these mallows out. I adore your Fall vignette.. such a multi-talented chick you are! :) -Tammy


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