Friday - Paperwork, Two yard sale prizes, and Inspector Morse

Paperwork. Paperwork. Paperwork. So we were not ready to leave for PA until after 1 PM. Friday afternoon on the start of a holiday week-end the traffic on Hwy 270 was heavy, stop and go in some places. This gave us a chance to enjoy the changing foliage. I love Fall when the trees begin to show their colors.

At Thurmont we noticed a huge yard sale on the other side of the divided highway. Not too hard to turn around and go back. On the flat top of a grassy knoll a dozen people had spread out their wares. My kind of place. We wandered through tables and peered down at blankets spread on the grass, searching for a find. I passed up a lot of possibilities but I came away with a surprise find - a 1930s scrapbook. The fragile yellowed pages are filled with greeting cards pasted in by someone - I am sure it was a woman or girl. They are carefully arranged and fill the air with memories of the graphics of the period. My two dollar prize. And timely, I have a collection of old scrapbooks and my interest in this has been revived recently.

And, just what I wanted - an eight inch cast iron skillet. The seller told me a method to remove the rust and restore it to fine cooking order. Its waiting for corn-bread batter. $3. An hour's worth of fun and two prizes for $5. Jim was grinning all the way back to the car.

As we came into Biglerville we stopped at the Thomas-Harbaugh Library to leave promo cards for my Second-Hand Rose program November 5. They also have a really good movie selection so last night we watched an Inspector Morse Mystery - "Greeks Bearing Gifts." We have missed John Thaw who created this wonderful characterization of Inspector Morse. Good plot and welcome to Oxford and environs.


Granny Sue said...

Good finds, Ellouise! and he was right about the cure for the cast iron. Works every time. When ours get too crusted I put them in the wood stove to burn off the junk, then re-season just as you described.

The scrapbook sounds like a real treasure.

Mary said...

What fun! At our last Java G's event, one teller shared the story of her grandmother's cast iron skillets -- I've just started using my mom's old one. I was dismayed when she said that at some point the iron gets too brittle and breaks. I had never heard that .. . at least I'm forewarned.

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