Boris and his best pal Sweety the Stuffed Cat (who apparently thinks it’s someone’s birthday-he’s always ready for a celebration) wish you all a Happy New Year filled with snacks and scritches, and most of all, love. Can’t have too much of that.
Happy holidays from South Philadelphia! Things have been a bit unwieldy around the house since Boris published his little Christmas story, How the Tabby Got Its “M.” He’s walking around with his tail in the air, and expects us to wait on him hand and foot. Like we don’t do that already, right?
Thinking that I need an excuse to build my character, I have decided to sort out and organize the mishmash of files that have become more unruly with every computer upgrade. They go back more years than I’d like to count, to the days when the Internet had no pictures and some people with dial phones accessed on-line bulletin boards with gizmos from Radio Shack (not what we called it) that emulated touch tones.
But not everything new is an improvement. That’s why I love my neighborhood, especially during the holidays. Besides the abundance of Italian delicacies, the Ninth Street Market and surrounding neighborhood is packed with Asian groceries, Mexican groceries and food purveyors from all over the place. Buying from local on-the-street vendors, bakeries, butcher shops and so forth must be what food shopping was like in years past before everything got sorted and shrink wrapped. I realize that big food is likely here to stay and some of it does make its way into the market. The vendors are in business and they have to make a living. Still, I feel so lucky to have such a treasure within walking distance.
The market’s been around for a long time. Take a look at some older pictures here.
My cat Boris originally wrote this non traditional version of the first Christmas story as a guest blogger. But he wanted to turn it into a little book so human kittens could hold it, turn the pages, and look at the pictures. If you’ve ever shared your home with a cat, you know how persistent they can be.
So after much nagging from Boris, we turned the little story into a little, illustrated book. If you’d like a copy, you can order it here.
And while I have you on the phone, thanks to everyone who attended Fleisher Art Memorial’s Handmade Art Market last Saturday. I pretty much sold out.
Fleisher Art Memorial’s Handmade Art Market is only a few days away. This Sat, Dec 11 I’ll be vending at HANDMADE with the rest of the Open Studio Potters. @fleisherart’s annual creative market, curated by @allcapstudio! I was on a teapot making spree earlier this year and will be offering a few of them for sale.
Come hang out and step up your holiday shopping game with beautifully crafted goods by local artists. @snacktimephilly will be performing, @persimmoncoffee will be popping up to sell caffeinated beverages, @pecelndesousa will be selling Indonesian food crafted with love! Event runs from 11am-4pm.