Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Hello from Sarah Wray

When Bailey first asked me to help her out with her blog, I refused. I mean, what could I possibly have to say that would be interesting for someone else to read? I love to talk, don't get me wrong. It's just that I do my best talking to those I know. And I get along great with my customers. But then I can always talk about my merchandise. I'm not sure I have anything worthwhile to say on this blog. But she kept asking, and I ran out of excuses. So here I am.

Oh, I suppose I should properly introduce myself. My name is Sarah Wray. I own Simple Pleasures, the gift shop across the street from Java Joint. My customers like to tell me that they can always count on finding something unusual when they come into the store. And I work hard to make sure I don't get stuck in a rut with the merchandise. After all, if Kanner Lake's residents don't help support this business throughout the year, I'd be out of business pretty quick. So I'm always on the lookout for unique things. Right now, the oil lamp candles are real popular.

If you come to Kanner Lake on vacation, you'll have to come into Simple Pleasures to see the candles . . . right after you get a latte and sandwich from Java Joint. After reading your comments to blog posts, it will be like seeing old friends when you come to visit us!

You'll recognize me pretty easily, I think. I'm pretty short. I'm also a little on the heavy side, and I love to wear bright colors. Never did bother me . . . my weight, I mean. I figure the Lord gave me the body I have, I'll just make the most of it! So the brighter the color, the happier I am. Black, while it may be slimming, is just so depressing!

Bailey and I have been friends for a long time, and I was really glad to see her open up Java Joint. She loves people. And she felt it would be a good way to get to know folks, especially the tourists who come to Kanner Lake year-round. People seem to open up to Bailey. And a great cup of coffee plus a sandwich or pastry helps.

Going into Java Joint is like walking into someone's living room. Bailey makes it so welcoming and comfortable. Although now that I have my nice new helper, Paige Williams, I just send her across the street for my latte. Paige has been working for me for about two months. She's new to town. Quite shy. But, young men, she's single and beautiful! (She's 25.) Has the most glorious eyes. But she doesn't know she's beautiful, if you know what I mean. I like humility in a girl.

If Paige hears about this post, she'll probably want to shoot me, but, well, she knows I just love everybody and wish them the best, including her.

Readers out there--come to Kanner Lake and visit me and Paige at Simple Pleasures! We'll be delighted to see you.

-- Sarah Wray

Posted by ~ Bailey Truitt @ 7:00 AM
Hey Sarah,

Great job on the blog thing. I told you it wouldn't be that bad. And I should tell everyone, she's right about Paige. Quiet, keeps to herself, but she's a purty little thing. That is if you like 'em young and purty. I myself like a little meat on my woman's bones. Sturdy. There's a lot to be said for a good sturdy woman!
Posted by Blogger Jake Tremaine : 10:16 PM
I’ll be sure to stop by Simple Pleasures when we visit Kanner Lake this weekend.

My wife loves shopping for scented candles (and we have a 26 year old son to fix up with your Paige).

Just kidding.

No, I’m not.
Posted by Anonymous Curm : 12:39 AM
Oh Sarah, you just reminded me. I must pop in this week and pick up some more scented candles. When I bought that fabulous one last week I thought the scent would irritate Rick's sensitive nose, but no! He likes it. Now I can really indulge.

See you soon . . . and make sure you have plenty of those candles. I plan to buy up large. :-)
Posted by Anonymous Kanner Lake Resident : 4:05 AM
Lovely post Sarah. If it weren't for Simple Pleasures, I'd be in big trouble. Every year I seem to be right in the middle of a big story when my anniversary rolls around. Without fail, each year I forget until the last minute, go into a major panic, and crawl to Sarah for help. She always comes up with something that makes my sweetie smile. Thanks Sarah!
Posted by Anonymous Jared Moore : 8:34 AM
Running a gift shop and pleasing one's customers is a true talent. I watched one of my aunts do this for years. She knew all her customers and went out of her way to sell them what they needed rather than what they thought they wanted. There's a difference, you know.
Posted by Anonymous elizabeth monty : 8:37 AM
Hey you guys,

Uh, this isn't for you T's or tourists as we call you. But for the gang at Java Joint. Guess who I saw on the way home from there a little bit ago? The ol' bat! 'Course bein' the cordial kind of guy I am, I raised a hand in sort of a wave--yes, Bailey, I used all five fingers--and the old sourpuss screwed up her face so tight it looked like a sucked in bellybutton. It was so hideous it's hard to describe. But I tell you I'll never know how she got famous. I mean, I have to admit she had a great pair of legs in her day, but if anyone had known back then how she'd turn out--eeegads! Give's me the heebie jeebies.
Posted by Blogger Jake Tremaine : 8:39 AM
Anniversary gifts. Man, those are tough. And before you buy, you got to remember the date in the first place.

Maybe I've just been married too long. (Don't tell my wife I said that.)
Posted by Anonymous r.j. hager : 8:40 AM
Mrs. Wray, you sound like one of my mom's friends. I'd love to see your store. I really do want to visit Kanner Lake sometime, and I'll be sure to stop in.

(I have to visit, because I HAVE to meet S-Man!)
Posted by Anonymous carly suggs : 8:45 AM
Oh, my, sometimes it's hard keeping my bloggers in line. Jake, I'm going to let your comment stay since it's your opinion, but really--calling Edna San an "old bat" is not exactly kind, now is it?

To all our readers--I have spoken with Edna San myself and really enjoyed our conversation. She has been very gracious to me. It's true she doesn't speak with folks in the community much, but she did move here to retire from the world's eyes upon her. Imagine if you'd spent your whole life being scrutinized as a world-renowned movie star.
Posted by Blogger ~ Bailey Truitt : 8:49 AM
Oh good grief Jake Tremaine!
Everyone in town knows who you're referring to and Edna San got famous because she deserved it. She was as good as Betty Davis, and maybe if you'd been hounded by paperazzi, and people trying to get a piece of you all the time, you'd turn sour, too. And I'm not so sure I believe you were using all five fingers when you waved at her. If your wife finds out what gossip you spread on this thing, she'll biff you up side the head and you'll deserve it!

Hi Sarah, nice blog post.
Posted by Anonymous Martha Kindle : 8:50 AM
Well, how do you like that? Attacked in my own home by two women I can't even see! I won't take this abuse no more today. I'm going fishin'. Wilbur, if you're reading this and feel sorry for your old buddy takin' a tongue lashing from them two, I'll be down at the slough tryin' to catch Jonah. (To you T's, Jonah is the giant catfish I planted in the slough years ago. I don't know how he lived this long without getting caught but he's grown to the size of Leslie's VW bug and that ain't no lie!).
Posted by Blogger Jake Tremaine : 9:04 AM
Land's sake, Jake...hummm that seems ta' rhyme, oh, never mind...As I was sayin' Jake, I sorta' half agree with ya'.

Edna is an ol' sour puss...and I'll tell ya' Sarah, I've seen her treatin' your help, real disrespectful like when they were trying ta' be nothing but helpful as far as I could see.

But Jake, behave...no name callin', ya' old coot!

Oh, geez Louise, I was writin' to congratulate you, Sarah...the new quilt display is just beautiful...very inviting!
Posted by Anonymous darla bloom : 11:03 AM
Now Bailey and Martha, you shouldn't be harpin' on old Jake thataway. He didn't say nothing we all ain't said before. Just because he's man enough, or rude enough, to say it in cyberdom doesn't mean what he said's not the God's honest truth. The thing he said that's a dad gum lie is that he put that fish in the slough! I'm the one who put Jonah the Whale of a Catfish in the slough back in the summer of '96. Oh Jake was there alright--dove right outta my 14 foot aluminum boat trying to catch it before it got away. Cried like a baby, he did. 'Course it was only a little bitty feller back then, maybe 6 inches long. But whatever he's been eatin' in there has turned that fish into a world record I expect.
Jake, I'll say a prayer that the good Lord doesn't strike you down for tellin' a fishin' lie. Other type lies are forgiveable but a fishin' lie is whole nuther thing. I expect Pastor Hank will be seein' you in church Sunday--and I'll be out fishin' for Johah!
Posted by Anonymous Jeb Johansen : 11:15 AM
Hey, Sarah,I'm making my weekly trip into Kanner Lake tomorrow. Have anything extra special for a eleven-year-old girl? My niece has a birthday coming up. Something grown-up-like that won't turn her into one. And she loves bright colors and glitz like you.
Posted by Blogger Cora Paxton : 12:02 PM
Great post Mrs. Wray.
My mom used to run a small antique store.
Posted by Blogger AnnaMaria : 12:06 PM
Cora, don't treat that girl like a sissy! If she likes bright colors and glitz, what's better than a fishing lure? Spinners, buzz bait-- they even got some colorful rubber worms with glitter in 'em.
You take my advice-that girl wants to go fishing!
Posted by Anonymous Jeb Johansen : 12:19 PM
Wonderful post Sarah, and indeed your store is full of Simple Treasures. If it weren't for my busted leg I'd spend a little more time in there.

I can always find some odd little thing that inspires a new thought on Saurian culture.
Posted by Blogger S-man : 12:19 PM
Cora, I have to agree with Jeb on this and I don't agree with Jeb on much. But what could be nicer than that little girl's aunt spending an afternoon fishing with her. You could pack a picnic lunch and make it a special day for the two of you. I've done it with each one of my grandkids, boys and girls alike, and every one of them enjoys their day with Grandpa. How many of the other relatives will think of such a personal gift. Sorry Sarah, I know you don't sell lures so we may have cost you a sale, but I know you'll appreciate this idea.
Posted by Anonymous Art Baliff : 12:38 PM
Fishing! I'm an eleven year old girl and she will not want to go fishing! Bright colors and gliz are earings, jewlery, hats, clothes (with rinstones,....)
You have some crazy ideas! Want to go and have a nice evening? Go shopping and have a dinner!
Posted by Blogger AnnaMaria : 1:44 PM
Sorry, Art and Jeb, but I have to side with Annamaria. My husband tried to take her out fishing with the other kids a couple years ago. She caught a fish, took one look at it, and squealed, dropping the fishing pole and all. (It was big one too. You should have heard my husband when he stomped into the house later that day.) So somehow I don't think fishing lures are quite what my niece had in mind.
Posted by Blogger Cora Paxton : 2:11 PM
Cora, I have lovely, glittery bracelets for your niece. I also have rhinestone-studded address books. The girls go crazy over those. Also I have lots of pretty things for a girl's bedroom. Come in and see me!
Posted by Anonymous Sarah Wray : 5:00 PM
Hey, Sarah. I don't know if you remember me or not, but you sold me the cutest little americana wall hanging last year. I get so many compliments on it. I've sent so many people your way--I should get some kinda discount next trip in. LOL. kidding. Love your store. Can't wait to see you all soon.
Posted by Anonymous Katie Bedford : 5:05 PM
Earrings? Phooey! I don't know what kind of dad gum girlie-girl would choose earrings over fishin' lures. Must be a danged Californian is all I can say! Hey Art? Did you hear the one about the 3 Californian's and a broken potato peeler?
Posted by Anonymous Jeb Johansen : 6:08 PM
Now Jeb. Some girls have different likes and dislikes, that's all. There's nothing wrong with that. Earrings sound like a fine gift to me, ladies. I'm sure Sarah will set you up with some real sparlies, Cora.
Jeb, you can tell me about the Californian's and broken potato peeler later. This isn't really the place for it. By the way, how did your colonoscopy go?
Posted by Anonymous Art Baliff : 6:15 PM
Sarah, I'm so glad you don't wear black. It just doesn't fit your personality! Being roly poly myself, I like those bright colors. They can see me coming!
Posted by Blogger eileen : 6:22 PM
Great globs of gravy, Art! What the heck're you thinkin'? You don't go blabbin' about a mans bowels to the whole danged world. Good grief! You lecture me about tellin' California jokes, then ask about my butt's medical testing in the same breath? It turned out fine I expect, but it weren't no fun, that's for sure. How about your dialysis?
Posted by Anonymous Jeb Johansen : 6:37 PM
Hmmm...I see what you mean, Jeb. It is a little unnerving having your medical problems discussed in public, isn't it? I think I'll shut this thing down and watch a little T.V. You folks have a good night.
Posted by Anonymous Art Baliff : 7:59 PM
Hey, wait a minute! I'm from Colorado, not Califoria!
Posted by Blogger AnnaMaria : 11:51 AM
Good grief! This is sounding like I've opened a can of worms--or should I say lures? LOL

Anyway, thanks for the good suggestions, Sarah. I'll be in either Friday or Saturday to check them out. I'm sure I'll find the perfect item.
Posted by Blogger Cora Paxton : 12:41 PM
Sarah, you did a wonderful job of posting. I found it quiet interesting. I can't wait to come check out your store and meet you and Paige. I love unique items and bright colors. And I like that you are comfortable with yourself the way you are. Some of us would do well to learn that. :D
Posted by Blogger Pammer : 8:40 PM
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