Fun, With A Touch Of Bittersweet

Friday, I left you with two cliffhangers, one being whether or not my friend, Donna and I would dress up for the Halloween Farmers Market on Saturday. (The other is the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Calendar contest, which I’ll write about on Friday.)

The answer to the question of us dressing up is: “sort of”.  I wore a witch’s hat ($6.00 at Target), but Donna was a bit more festive with her spider eye tattoo and necklace  and her Halloween shirt.  Since the pointy part of my hat didn’t show, I  looked more like a hillbilly.  A hillbilly wearing an autumn scarf.


Now to change gears a bit to share with you something that happened at the Farmers Market.

One of the first booths we stopped at when we arrived at the market was the “Simply Kalina” jewelry booth.  It was our first experience with this lovely couple. As we were oohing and aahing over their beautiful jewelry made from vintage silverware, a pendant caught Donna’s eye.  The scene on it was so touching, she wanted me to see it and handed it to me.

I gasped.

Then I asked the jewelry designer where she got that picture. She said that a customer had asked them to make the pendant as a gift.


I said: “That’s my late father-in-law and my great nephew.”  This is the photo that was inscribed on the pendant.


As it turns out, the parents of Josey (the little boy in the photo) had the pendant made as a Mother’s Day gift for his grandmother.  (The one we saw Saturday was just a sample showing some of the work that is available.)

We were amazed that, of all the jewelry in the booth, that pendant in particular caught Donna’s eye, and the designer was surprised that I immediately recognized the photo.  I must admit, it was a touching moment for me, as well as for Motor Man when I shared the story with him later.

Following the market, Motor Man joined us for lunch. Then the three of us visited a nearby farm market/pumpkin patch, not for pumpkins, but rather for their delicious pumpkin ice cream.


And a photo op for the scarf-wearing hillbilly and her hubby.

~These Days Of Mine~

11 responses to “Fun, With A Touch Of Bittersweet

  1. I love the pendant and bittersweet story. Beautiful tribute to your late Father in law. What a wonderful piece of jewelry and such a sweet surprise.
    Your life is filled with so many charming moments.
    It’s a shame about your hat point, however I think a scarf wearing hillbilly is a super fun costume too.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday! 🙂

  2. Donna the witch

    I am still laughing at you calling yourself a hillbilly! The first booth we walked, actually it was the wonderful pendant booth said “so how are the witches today” It never occurred to me we would be considered witches…at least I think that’s what he said. No I am sure he said witches because we heard other times. I don’t do Halloween so I enjoyed. The pumpkin ice cream was to die for and quite upsetting there is no more! We had our caricature drawn, my first, couldn’t ell which was which and quite amusing (oh mine had freckles and a necklace). But the kids were the real show and the dogs. Another fun day at Smithfield Farmers Market with my hillbilly friend Dianna!

  3. You are an adorable hillbilly. 🙂 That pendant is amazing and what a sweet thing to see that picture and be reminded. Love it when things like this happen to remind us of how small the world really is as times.

  4. The pendant was an amazing find – I’m curious though – what was said beneath the engraving done from the photo? That’s just plain SPECIAL that Donna saw it. I’m sure MM was touched by it too……..


  5. What a precious ‘appointment’ to find that pendant. I just LOVE the story. …And the Bible verse inscription on the pendant is perfect – how true. Looks like a special day all around.

  6. Just amazing. Such a sweet story. Both you and Donna “Red” have a good eye.

  7. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What a special treasured adventure you too had with the pendant. It is so precious. I am sure it meant so much to JR too. As far as the costumes go you both were as cute as could be! hillbilly or not!! ❤

  8. That is a good eye … & it looks like a well-made pendant !
    It’s too bad we can’t see the rest of your headgear in the photos – it is a fine witch hat ; )

  9. Great story about the pendant. I bet you couldn’t hardly believe it!
    You guys looked great.

  10. That story of the pendant is just precious. What a beautiful thing! And hillbilly witch or not, you look great, my friend.

  11. Hillbilly! LOL I love Donna’s eye spider! What a wonderful image for that special pendant.

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