We had a week long deluge of heavy rain last week, some of it from the effects of the passing hurricane so it was also weirdly warm, muggy and humid, so when Saturday rolled around in all its sunny, cool, Fall glory, I think the whole city of NY cheered. Maybe this was the reason why the Chile Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens was packed. As you may recall, last year’s event was a muddy wet mess, but still with an awesome turnout. This year the weather was perfect and the turnout was off the hook crazy. It’s been a really long time since we sold out our table. We did it yesterday in about 4 hours. By the time the girls and I got to there around 4pm, the table was sad with just a few random packages. The place was still teeming with people. We didn’t even have any postcards left.
It’s such a crap shoot figuring out how much to bring to markets and fairs. Obviously it’s far preferable to sell out than to bring products back (although if you’re our neighbor, you certainly benefit from the overstock, which is a win/win for all because if it weren’t for you guys, I would eat all the cookies myself. Seriously, I would eat. them. all.). It does feel like a missed opportunity though, to make more cash when you sell out of your limeade and pumpkin cookies just 2 hours into the event. But you can’t beat yourself up for not having enough time to make more stuff. Just like raising the kids, we’re doing the best we can.
Mia and I came home Friday evening to see Claudine at the table finishing up dinner by herself. Mark wasn’t in the kitchen or the office so we asked her where daddy was. She said he was on the bed. Mark never takes naps! But I think the long hours and night shifts are taking its toll.
It’s going to be a long Fall and holiday season.