Solar butterflies.

Good morning, Friends. Once again, we’ve lost a friend but Heaven has gained an angel. John Crank passed last week and was laid to rest on Friday. John’s mom is Darlene Kovacs (pianist at First Christian Church) and he would often attend with her and step-father, Robert. Listening to friends speak at the service, we learned that John was an avid golfer, was loved by all who knew him, and had a fabulous sense of humor. Our love and prayers continue for Darlene, John’s sister Lara, and his many friends.

Some ‘happenings’ around town last week: Congratulations to Big Sandy Wildcat Band members and their awards at UIL Region 4 Solo and Ensemble contest. Check The Journal next week for details. Uncle Mike’s Italian Café hosted the Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce and celebrated their Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting. Also, Big Sandy ISD held their annual Coronation Saturday night. All the beautiful young ladies in fabulous dresses and the young men all decked out in tuxedos. Magical! Elvis was in the house at the Big Sandy Music Hall Saturday night. I talked with Sonny Parsons after church Sunday and he said Gib Maynard gave a great performance as the ‘King of Rock and Roll.’ (If it sounds like I only read about some of these events, you’re right. Saturday night Michael and I had supper with Chris, Kelly, Zach, Seth and Kelly’s folks, Mike and Peggy Rochford from Liberty City. Getting together with my babies trumps everything!)

Well, it’s time for a HUGE “shameless promotion” of Nanny’s Porch! We opened our doors again (Tuesday, February 6th) with a new look and lots of new goodies. I’ve posted a few pictures and a video on Facebook and the video of the spinner has really taken off. Is it a good ‘sign’ when you have to increase an order before the store even opens? Hope it is!

Spinner stake.

It’s still a little early (COLD!) for some plants, but Jackie will be visiting our growers soon and bringing in some beauties. In addition to plants, we’re going to be carrying some Vital Earth products. I talked with Scott Hammer last week and he recommended we start with their Premium Potting Soil for plants and hanging baskets and the Landscaper’s Peat Replacer. The Peat Replacer is a complete soil renovator. It builds soil organic matter, holds moisture, aerates the soil and provides soil fertility. For mulch, we selected their cedar mulch. It is aromatic, insect resistant, has weed control, and will not float or wash out. Vital Earth is a locally-owned company.

Flamingo bag.
Suncatcher stakes.

I’ve included some pictures, but you really must SEE these fun and functional gifts to fully appreciate them. The solar lights are really cool, along with the suncatcher stakes and windchimes, rain chains, bird houses, and the Flamingo bags! Come by, have a cup of coffee, a muffin, and look around. I bet you’ll find something you just can’t live without…just ask Liz Elkins! (Love you, girl!)

Don’t forget…our hours are 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 8am-2pm on Saturday. Y’all be blessed, and as always…see you at Nanny’s Porch!