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Bryant Fall Fest 2013


This years fall fest went without any issues. The weather was warm and beautiful compared to last years rainy, windy, and cold. Though this year didn’t seem to have as many activity booth’s set up as last year. I’m hoping there will be more next year as there was a HUGE crowd that turned out.

The red and blue things that are behind me in the photo is for laser tag, which is a set up by the Timberland Paintball. They opened a new location here in Bryant, Arkansas.

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I had a booth set up, selling paracord bracelets and paracord keychains, as well as my children’s book Dana’s First Fish. I am happy to say that I sold quite a few books and almost all of my bracelets. I know now to make more smaller bracelets than what I had, as they are more popular with the younger kids than they are with the teenagers and adults. Quite a few people placed special orders, as well as requested that I put them up on my facebook, selling them all year around. Doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

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Another thing I need to make sure I have next time is my canopy. I sat in direct sunlight, getting a nice sunburn. Actually, sunburns are not really nice at all as my chest is on fire, but you can get the meaning. I had not thought to bring sun screen, nor did I think to bring the canopy. The forecast said it was going to be cloudy. I’m not sure who typed that up, but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Still, I shouldn’t have forgotten the sunscreen, right? Though there were a few clouds and quite a bit of wind in the early morning, the sky was clear and the sun was hot from about ten AM on. I also wore a short sleeved v-neck shirt, receiving a sunburn on my arms, neck, and chest; my chest being the worse. In a few days it’ll look a little like a farmers tan.

Another return to fall fest was the pumpkin bling contest. I had entered last year, as did my nephew Hunter, and my daughter. My daughter won first place last year in the children’s category and I had won second place in the adult category. This year I made a Cinderella coach, winning third place in the adult category. My daughter made a black cat, but did not place, and my nephew made a pumpkin eating zombie, coming in second place. It was a tough competition this year as there were so many pumpkins that were beautifully decorated in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

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Cinderella’s coach

I am going to rethink next years pumpkin bling, as well as make a check list so as not to forget anything…like sunscreen and shade. I hope everybody is enjoying the first days of Autumn. Happy Monday everyone!

Our hands


Do you ever pay attention to your hands. I mean close attention. Not many people do. Our hands are something that we’ve become aware of since we were infants. Some of us, such as myself, are aware of our hands before they come in contact with certain things, ie. trashcans, raw meat, tissues, the toilet, etc. These are the hands that usually get washed several times a day. And sometimes they’re quite dry from being washed too many times a day. I’m guilty of having dry hands. I have a habit of washing my hands at least ten times, if not more, just while I’m cooking or baking.

Our hands come in contact with so many things just in one day that we really don’t pay attention to that. We touch, brush, grab, grasp, tug, pull, push, wipe, squeeze, scratch, pick, hold…the list goes on.

Yesterday I started to make paracord bracelets and keychains for my upcoming book signing event at Fall Fest in September. Last year was my first time going to our Fall Fest here in Bryant, Arkansas which gave me an insight, and a plethora of ideas, on what I could have set up at my booth this year. Though I’m big into crafts I don’t really want to crowd up a table with too many things. I’ll be selling my books at my booth, but I want more than just that at my table. So, I also decided on making paracord bracelets and keychains, as well as bottle cap necklaces to sell.

I found out that even though it isn’t hard to make a paracord bracelet, but it is hard on the hands. It takes roughly five minutes to make one bracelet, but within those five minutes I was breaking in new calluses on my hands. After I made about four bracelets I noticed my hands and fingers were tender to the touch. Looking closely to one finger I saw that I had a nice sized blister. I cleaned it up, put some neosporin on it, then wrapped it in a band-aid, and continued on making more bracelets.

This morning my hands are now quite tender and feel like I have severe arthritis as my fingers ache to bend. They now feel the way they look, rough. I’m not a nail biter, but I am a guilty of chewing on the sides of my fingers, making them raw and irritated. There’s just something about the skin around my nails that just makes me pick and chew at them. Maybe washing my hands many times a day isn’t a bad thing after all.