Plymouth Area News for the week of May 22nd, 2017 by Joyce Steiner

The Hancock County Retired Teaches will meet Monday, June 12th at the Living Faith United Methodist Church in Bowen.  There will be a catered dinner which has a cost of $10.  Reservations may be made by calling 217 505 1026.
Several days this week were spent packing boxes and loading for the first 3rd Sunday Market of the season-more later.
On Tuesday two gentlemen arrived at my antiques store to replace most of my light fixtures.  I had seen them working at Gentry Motor Company and asked if my business could also take advantage of the program.  I believe that Ameren will pay a portion of the cost of putting in more energy efficient lights for my stores.  I know that it is wonderful to have good lighting in two of the stores for a change.  The guys worked very fast and had the job done is less than one work day.  Come in and enjoy the new lighting.
One of my cousins, Kay Crain,  is an artist.  She works in oils and her paintings are just wonderful.  There is presently an exhibit of some of her paintings at the Art Center on the east side of the Macomb Square.  There was a reception for her and the other artist whose water colors are in the show on Friday evening from 5 to 7 pm.  Imagine my surprise when I arrived at about 6:50 pm and found the reception almost over.  I thought it was from 7 to 9.  Anyway I got to see several of my cousins, some former teacher friends and the paintings on display both oils and water colors.  Lovely exhibit.  If you get a chance, be sure to stop in and see the paintings.  The show runs through June 9th.  I even got to purchase a print by Kay of some chickens.  It is really cute and fits in with Plymouth Rock Antiques since a Plymouth Rock is a chicken.
Sometimes I think God just likes to “play with me” to see just what I will do.  I had some problems with tires during the Spoon River Drive last October.  Got them fixed and no problems since.  Got my van loaded for 3rd Sunday Market and pulled out of the garage on Saturday morning.  No problems.  Stopped by the store to pick up a few books and a couple of hats and headed out.  A ping!  The low tire light came on.  Called Gentry Motor Company and Rich said to bring it on in and that he could help me.  By the time I got to Macomb, the tire was pretty low so decided I should buy a new one rather than risk getting stuck in Bloomington.  Have you ever tried to buy a tire on Saturday morning especially when you are supposed to be somewhere at a certain time?  I can tell you it is not easy.  Rich called three businesses for me.  The soonest I could get a tire put on was approximately an hour later.  Now I have three matching tires and one new unmatching one which did get me to Bloomington and back safely.
Got set up eventually on Saturday and sold a few things.  Sunday sales were a bit slow but sometimes that happens.  Had some unexpected “entertainment” near the end of the show.  The entertainment turned out well except for the lady who was handcuffed and taken from the show by the police.   Good job.  Had a wonderful dinner with friends at our favorite restaurant on Saturday evening.  All in all, 3rd Sunday Market is always interesting and I do enjoy seeing friends and having the opportunity to sell and eat.  Figure loading and unloading beats working out at a gym.
Prince Harry was happy to see me when I got home. 
I dumped out a bit less than 1 1/2 inches of rain from the gauge but there was a leaf over part of the opening so that may have not been the correct amount.  There is a lot of standing water just east of Macomb.  That seemed to the wettest area I passed on the way to Bloomington.
Hope you had a good week.  Enjoy the flowering trees and the spring weather.  Scatter kindness.
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