Spring and summer bring tomatoes, butter beans, peaches, lady peas, corn on the cob, watermelon—all from Nell’s produce stand under the red and white tent. 2014 marked Nell’s 25th year in business, and the anniversary was commemorated by her new neighbor, Chick-Fil-A. I just happened to be there that Saturday to pick up my usual weekly supply of fruits and veggies, so I stumbled across the celebration in progress.
Books! A girl can never have too many books. Well, I could say that about shoes too, but if I were asked to choose between more books or more shoes, I’d have to choose books. I know that neither my husband nor my girlfriends will believe that, but it’s true. I read at least two books a week, mostly mysteries. When I first moved to Dunwoody, Walden Books on Holcomb Bridge and Borders Books on Ashford Dunwoody were still open, and while I rarely paid full price for books, I bought plenty of their sale books. Since their demise, I can often be found at a Barnes & Noble location perusing their sale books.
This is another tale of making connections in the Dunwoody community. I haven’t used a travel agent in years, and way back when I did, it was just for airfare. Since then, I’ve made my personal travel plans using the internet.
When a few friends were planning a weeknight dinner outing, I sent out a list of options: Simply Thai, California Pizza Kitchen, Little Azio’s, Marlow’s, O’ Brian’s, Village Burger. I was surprised when a girlfriend responded that Little Azio’s had closed.
I consider myself fortunate to have made connections in the community in my day to day life and to occasionally connect with someone who has enjoyed my columns. Yes, I get a kick out of hearing from you guys, and I always learn something new. Not only was my last column on Assistance League of Atlanta inspired by a reader, so too were my columns about the Friends of the Dunwoody Library and the Dunwoody Garden Club.
I’ve made all kinds of interesting connections by meeting folks at yoga, the gym, our local shops, the Library Sale, and the Dunwoody Garden Club Annual Luncheon. Over the past few months, some of those connections have combined to inspire this week’s column. So, where to start?
I never cease to be amazed at and grateful for the many activities going on in our community.
Tis the season for hearts and flowers. In a little over a week, it will be Valentine’s Day. That may seem like plenty of time to get your act together, but with the special day coming on Saturday this year, dinner reservations will be hard to come by. To ensure you have your choice of dinner options and gifts, now is the time to start planning.
Late last year, I saw an intriguing idea on Facebook. It appeared around Thanksgiving and was called a Jar of Thanks or Gratitude Jar. The concept is that whenever something occurs that you’re thankful for, you drop a note in the jar, and then, at year end, you read the contents. Being the Pollyanna that I am, my thought was, “what a wonderful idea.”
My husband and I plan to be ensconced at the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge on Amelia Island by the time The Crier arrives in Dunwoody driveways. This Christmas marks the first one without my mother, so we thought we’d start a new tradition for just the two of us. For the past few years, either Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner has been at my house, and Mom would spend both nights with us, even though she lived in town.
Are you in the midst of holiday shopping or are you done? Somehow, I think most folks are still hustling and bustling to finish their holiday shopping, and according to the news, are spending more this year than in years past. What can be most daunting beyond finding the time to shop is figuring out what to get for the folks on your list. The good news is that we in Dunwoody live in the right place when it comes to shopping. Whether you favor shopping at the mall or visiting our small local retailers, options abound.