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Getting Back to Basics

I was never really one for being earthy or growing my own potatoes – that was more left to the ex-wife – but the kids have been showing a lot of interest recently and I want to encourage them in something as positive as this.  So I was really happy to learn about the nearby BeeHaven Roadside Market.  Set up by Rick and Jennifer Rutherford this past summer, I paid a visit to this cute oldsy-world general store and actually surprised myself by the delight and joy I experienced.

For me it was like taking a walk back into my childhood with the hand-printed sales signs, old ice-boxes housing eggs and meats, etc.  But for my kids, it was something altogether new and they got such a kick out of the whole encounter, especially when they noticed the candy sticks and other classic treats I remember from way back when.

All the stuff is sold by the locals – anyone who has made something they feel is worth selling and the whole store is just getting increasingly popular as the months go by.  There’s such a pleasant energy there, a feeling of being transported back to a simpler time, when one just sold a few goods in their store until teatime when they had made enough to live for the day.  Oh how things have changed.

True, it is unlikely that the Rutherfords will be able to retire with the money they make from this venture, but the BeeHaven Roadside Market will probably become the talk of many dinner party conversations in Harrisburg.

“We have gathered what we feel like is the best products from local vendors, ranchers and farmers,” said Jennifer. “It gives them another place to market their products. Out here, every opportunity helps.”

Rain, Rain Go Away

It seems that 2011 marked Harrisburg’s wettest year in a long time.  The city was said to have encountered a record-breaking 73.73 inches of wet weather in 2011. Apparently it wasn’t all snow (if that were the case we’d be digging our way out of 61 feet of it!).  The average amount of precipitation per year for the city is 40.66 inches, so 2011 really did witness a lot more. So I’m hoping that this is going to be the end of it although it does seem that since we’ve only just hit January there are probably some even wetter days ahead over the next couple of months.

It’s fun.  Well, at least the kids like it.  I guess it’s probably time for me to invest in a decent umbrella though. I found a nice one online – and it’s very masculine-looking – I wouldn’t want one that will make me look effeminate; that certainly wouldn’t go down well with the kids.  I may get it from Macy’s though next time I’m at the mall as it sells there and for sure the Harrisburg Macy’s will be carrying it during this wet weather.  Either way hopefully by the end of this week I’ll have it.  I don’t like the thought of going out in this weather without it!

Happy Rainy Days from Harrisburg!

Post-Holiday Shopping

I sure am glad that the holidays are over.  I’m looking forward to going back to work tomorrow.  I did actually end up having a pretty good time though at the comedy I went to last night and like I planned, I didn’t stay too late either.  I also got a lady’s phone number, so we’ll see where that goes.

I wanted to get a new briefcase for work. My kids kept telling me the one I have is really old-fashioned.  I know I shouldn’t, but I do probably overcompensate in how much I want to make them happy; my therapist tells me it’s the guilt associated with divorce. Anyway, at the end of the day, I don’t want my kids to think I’m an old man; I want them to be proud of me.

So I looked at the Harrisburg mall and apart from coming out with a coffee from Subway I left without anything.  I decided instead to look for what I wanted online.  I found exactly what I was looking for – although it was somewhat pricier than I had hoped – and ordered it.  It should get here in a few days.  It is the Amerileather Traditional Double Slip-in Executive Briefcase in burgundy.  Hopefully it will suit my needs perfectly; I do like the fact that it has a strap on it as well. I guess I’ll just have to wait for the true  judgment from the kids!

Flash Mob in Harrisburg

So I just spoke to my kids today after they got home from school about their weekend.  What an adventure they seemed to have had!  Joanne had taken them to the Harrisburg Mall for a spot of shopping (for her I suspect) and then a bite to eat. Just after they finished eating, a flash mob appeared!  They had absolutely no idea this was going to happen and were completely in shock. In fact, they had been so absorbed in their burgers, they didn’t even notice how strangely quiet the mall seemed to be for a Sunday afternoon or a bunch of kids decked out in bright orange shirts.

Moments later, Reel 2 Real song ‘I Like to Move It’ started blaring out from some speakers right by the movie theater.  The orange-shirt-clad-kids (it seemed from their description that there were some adults amongst them too), thereafter began moving and boogeying along to the music!

It sure was a first for my kids to see a real live flash mob.  They’ve heard about them and watched them on YouTube, but never actually seem them “in real life” as my 7-year-old enthusiastically said.  Well, good for them.  They can tick that off their “things to do while I’m alive” list!

Harrisburg’s Gift Shop

For both visitors and residents alike, Harrisburg’s Bare Wall Gift Shop is a must-see.  It’s a very cute store which is home to lots of different gifts ideas. But it is also a place where you’ll be privy to all sorts of interesting conversations.  Some Harrisburg residents have been shopping there for years – others just happen upon it after having walked past it without acknowledging its existence.

Whether its jewelry you’re looking for, cute cards, something to make your little ones smile or a gadget to make working in the kitchen easier, the Bare Wall Gift Shop has it all.  It must have something to it as today it ranks as the second top rated place to visit in Harrisburg.  Store managers Ronn and Bob have a reputation for being extremely helpful too; just ask them for help if you need something particular.

As well as getting something great to take home or give to a friend at the Bare Wall Gift Shop, you will be privy to the latest Harrisburg news from old-timers Ronn and Bob.  It’s for sure become a part of Harrisburg culture.