Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cupcakes anyone?

By Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / LL Bartlett

Drop_Leaf_Table_Walnut Well, what do you know--it's cottage season and I'm going to back there to write a LOT this year, if only because I have so many projects on my place, and it's quiet and I can get a LOT of work done.

The family cottage has always been a work in process.  Something always breaks and needs fixing.  I bought a drop-leaf table for the enclosed porch and two of the legs fell off before I could even get it home.  I have plans for my tiny office (a room 8 x 10 feet, which sounds BIG until you put anything in it) and our kitchen.  (New ceiling and lighting, new sink and faucet.)

But one thing I don't think I can fix this year is my calendar.
Cupcakes-old-fashioned_lg You see, I ALWAYS buy my calendars after Christmas.  I may have to change that rule.  After Christmas, the only reasonably priced (can you say a buck) calendar was tiny.  We're talking 5 1/4" x 5 3/4 inches.  Oh sure, it's cute.  The pictures are all darling cupcakes.  (Ellery knows the BEST bakery for cupcakes not far from her house.  They are to DIE for!)  I figured--okay, it'll have to do.

It's not doing.  (The calendar, not Ellery's cupcakes.)  It's so small, I can't see it from three feet away.

Wah!!  I usually buy my calendars from either Michael's or Barnes & Noble, but they had sold every cute calendar they had BEFORE December 26th.

What do I need a calendar for at the cottage?  To keep track of all the big events that happen in this neck of the woods.  The Strawberry Festival, The big Putneyville community sale, etc.

This year, I'm paying full shot for a very cute calendar--IN SEPTEMBER!

What is it that you regret NOT buying?

8 comments:

Rita B said...

Now you know why I buy my cute,big enuff to write on, calanders no latter then Nov. Sales are nice but when you can't get what you need they don't help.

Dru said...

I always regret not buying two or three of an item.

Aurian said...

What a cute cupcakes! I don't have much regrets, if I really want something, I buy it, even when I have to be really economic the rest of the month, and sometimes even the next.

Nanc said...

I regret not having one of those cupcakes right now!!!

Vickie said...

I am a calendar-aholic. I have five or six around the house and a couple of them at work as well as my Mom calendar by Sandra Boynton for my purse. The calendar in the laundry room is the main one for keeping track of the family. It's the bigger version of the Mom calendar by Sandra Boynton.

I have a few 'Oh man!' moments. This time of year is when I think I can go back and get the plants I saw at the nursery or at the grocery store plant setup and other gardeners have thought the same thing and bought them all...

Linda McDonald said...

I love calendars. I'm like you, I usually wait until the day after Christmas to buy some. As for regrets,I regret not buying this darling Christmas ornament that Kohls had last year. It was a little fireplace that plugged into the wall, and the flames lit up and moved. When I went finally went back sometime after Christmas, they were all gone. I'll look for it again this year.

ev said...

I've learned not to wait- on calendars or Xmas ornaments, esp those special Hallmark ones I have been collecting for years (Star Trek esp). Always willing to spend a bit more to make sure I get what I want.

Katreader said...

My mom used to always buy me a calendar as a Christmas gift. She stopped because she gets several from different animal/environmental charities to which she donates-so now she offers me a pick of one of those! I still regret not buying an art deco style lamp I saw in Toronto when I was in high school. Considering I just got an invitation for my 25th reunion, I've been regretting not buying that lamp for quite some time!