We Are Community for the week of July 25th, 2022, by Joyce Steiner

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Between Banner and the Pekin turnoff there was a constant stream of motorcycles coming toward me last week.  Must have been 200 or more.  Think I counted 16 helmets.  This is so scary as one unexpected rock could cause a crash.  Also noticed that in many cases the rider next to the center line was crowding it so much that his boot toe was in my lane.  Please ride safely as human life is  precious.

Get many emails about my businesses-one this week began “Me and my pardner are website builders”, nope don’t think so.

I am a “green sheet queen” as it is easier for me to do green sheets than to learn how to do some things on the computer.  Could not get my show to balance for a while on Monday.  Finally figured out that I had put a wholesale sale in the wrong column!  If that is confusing, a green sheet is a page from a columnar pad.

Had heard a lot about the movie “Elvis” so went to see it this week.  The acting was superb but the movie was pretty sad.  Also went to see “Top Gun Maverick” which though pretty unbelievable, was great.

Completed another trip around the sun this week.  Birthdays are special.  Some people do not get to have enough of them!   One thing that the internet is good for is letting others know it is your birthday.  Was really fun to get birthday wishes from about two hundred people.  Thanks to each of you.

More birthdays cause some to speak without thinking however.  Many people have a husband/wife.  Many people also have children.  Some of us do not.  Over 40 years ago now, my husband and I restored a building and started Plymouth Rock Antiques.  When he passed without warning just over 20 years ago, I was devastated and not sure how to go on.  Eventually I figured out that I had to do so and decided to continue both the antique store and the B&B.  I do antique shows and find that it is not uncommon for others in my situation to do the same.  Last week I had dinner with another widow and a widower.

I have three store buildings full of antiques and it has become all too common of late for people to come into the store and ask what I am “going to do with all this stuff”.  One lady this week asked that question and then just kept going.  Is this a mall?  Is this all your stuff?  What are you going to do with it all?  Do you have children?  “I hope you have good heirs then”.  God bless each and every person who comes to my store.  Hopefully however I do not look like I am going to die at that moment.

I have made many friends through the antique business.  Each of them is special as we have a common interest.  Since I do not have much family to do things with, I continue to run my store.  I enjoy it.  It is peaceful.  It is often fun.  I get to meet really nice people.  I can often help others to know what things which they have are valuable and which to just pitch.  I cane chairs so that family heirlooms may live on.  My store gives me a reason to get up in the morning and adds structure to my life.  I plan to run it just as long as I can so, please don’t come to my store and ask “what are you going to do with all this stuff”.   Rant over!

Enjoyed my annual birthday dinner at the Hotel Nauvoo.  Even got a carriage ride.

Have a great week.  Take time to enjoy the sunsets and other special moments.  It is not a sin to tell your friends and family you love them.    And sometimes you may want to think before you speak.  Scatter Kindness.

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