paper or plastic?

I shop.  I shop for food. Every day. I shop a lot!
Since it has become fashionable – in America – not to use the bags from the grocery store any more,
I am happy to use bags that I bring from home.
Most everyone has a basket for their grocery shopping in Germany, so this was nothing new to me.

I still have my basket. These days we use it to carry around the finishing touches that are needed in the cottages.
Oh, you know the creamer, sugar and coffee and some soaps and shampoos that are needed in the bathrooms.
It was extremely expensive when I bought it the year Mike and I were married and very heavy. The basket has been through 3 moves.
1 across the Atlantic, and 2 across the U.S. and there is still absolutely nothing wrong with it.  The only problem I have right now is  –
I cannot locate it.  I must have left it in a cottage last November, when we closed.

Without further delay, here are the bags I am using at the moment.   I love them and I am always on the look out for new designs, that are not like the ones that the grocery store sells

1. the bag from World Market.  It is woven of cotton – I have 5 of these.

2.  the bags from Barnes & Noble.  We shop there a lot for books.  I have 2 of these.  I really like the design, can you see the books?

3.  The Mickey head tree bag from Ivanka. There is one checker at Glen’s who always comments on that one.

4. the  new Mickey head bag bought at World of Disney in N.Y. by Kirby

And last but not least, the bag that you have already seen.  I love this bag!

A fashion statement!

The Barber Shop

Elberta’s barber shop –

I see the inside of it allllllllll the time.  I am there because Marc needs his hair cut every 2 weeks and then Ty, occasionally, needs a haircut as well.

This is Joel, he took over for Phil who likes to go hunting and fishing and that’s exactly what he does with all his time now.
The boys have been going to this place since they were 2 years old and I always loved the interaction between the much older Phil and them. Marc always wanted a Mohawk and Phil wouldn’t give it to him because he was afraid of mother’s wrath.

Well now Joel will let him have what he wants…

I hate it but there isn’t much I can do about that now, is there? – the boy is 16!

Here he’s giving me that “na-na-na-na-naaaaa-na” look

I took some pictures out of the windows.  Betsie Bay is not really frozen any more.

Ice floes – everywhere you look.  Polar bears would love it here!

And then I went home and found these great new re-usable shopping bags with my latest Disney obsession:

Alice in Wonderland

An acquaintance from New York City went to the World of Disney store for me and sent them to me.  How very sweet.

All together I own 4 bags from Disney now.  My friend Ivanka sent me one a long time ago.  I can see that I need to devote a whole blog to my shopping habits :mrgreen:
I have the shnazziest shopping bags in town.

Shiver shopping continued

I left you yesterday after shopping for rustic rolls at the Crescent Bakery.

Next I went across the street and into Olsen-Sayles to see what was new there.  There was, though not new, Tina.  She was all alone in there and the place was teeming with shoppers


Wow, they had a lot of good stuff on sale.  Except I forgot to get some.

And now on to a store that opened last summer and this was the first time I had ever had time to go in and introduce myself to the owner Greta Bolger.

This is a great store with some really beautiful clothing and art works form Guatemala.  So, without further ado, here are some photos of her merchandise.



Greta is a photographer as well

Everything in this store is so colorful and happy.  I had to buy a duffel bag for Ty.  We had seen it in the window a few weeks ago and he really liked it.  I should have gotten one for Marc as well but, there was only this one left (sorry no picture)


The store’s name?

Maxwell’s on Main

And then I went back home only to find a glass of juice with mold on top in my sink. Not exactly something to boast about, but this one fits my artsy fartsy mood today, so I am going to share this picture with you…

Produced under the pool table in the man cave.  Guess who had to spend most of their Sunday morning cleaning up in there, muahahahaaaa