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Garden Gate Country Cottage Goodies

skullcrowwreathpspork16Garden Gate Country Cottage Goodies

If you’re looking for homemade crafts and other nifty items, and live in the Tatum, Texas area, you might consider visiting Garden Gate Country Crafts, operated by hobby crafter (and friend) Gayle Young. This past weekend, I attended the grand opening, and of course, made purchases. Oh, yah!

Garden Gate Country Crafts is located in a two-story mini-house, still in progress. Gayle is attempting to raise funds to complete the little white house. The interior needs the walls finished with insulation and sheet-rock. Also, plumbing fixtures and bathroom/kitchen appliances are needed. Gayle is cooling the interior with a couple of air-conditioner window units and stand-up fans, and will probably use electric heaters for warmth as temperatures cool this winter. I think she wants an outdoor unit for cooling and heating purposes, but I’m not certain if that’s the case.frogcuppspork16

Yes, Gayle needs lots of things to complete her dream mini-home, situated in the country near her main residence, and she is willing to work hard to fulfill that dream. Employed full-time at a retail store, she doesn’t have much time for crafting or selling crafts, so Garden Gate Country Cottage is open only a couple times a month, on weekends. To offer more product variety to potential customers, Gayle is allowing other crafters (friends) to display items at the “cottage”. (For those interested, I have some Halloween-themed jewelry displayed there.) At this time, there are no consignment fees, and won’t be, unless Gayle decides to start an actual business, which really isn’t her plan; her main goal is to sell her crafts and use those funds to buy building materials for the mini-home.

The photos in this post are items I purchased at Garden Gate Country Cottage. The snowman and Santa photo holders were only $2.00 each. Besides for photo use, these could be used as jewelry displays. Duel purpose. Oh, yah!christmasstuffpspork16

The brass deer candle holder, with candle, was $3.00. I love brass animal figurines, especially deer and horses. I’ll probably cut the wreath off the deer after Christmas, and shine it up super good. Wish there had been two of these candle holders. Wah!

The frog cup ($3.00), so darling, I purchased for my daughter, who is a big time collector of frog products. She also collects anything to do with Yoda…guess because his face resembles a frog, to me. Hahahahah!

The Western-style wood box with horseshoe handles ($12.00) is one of Gayle’s crafts. Figure I’ll use it for holding fireplace tinder. May change my mind. You know how I am. Flighty thoughts. LOL!woodcontainerpspork16

The awesome Halloween-themed wreath (25.00), with plastic skull and feathered crow decoration is another of Gayle’s crafts. It’s for my granddaughter and her honey-bunny. They are soooo into skulls. This will be the first wreath for when they move into their new home. I guarantee you, the wreath will more than likely be displayed year-round. Weird, huh! But hey, everyone to their own thing, right? Right! I think they’ll love it. If they don’t, I’ll keep it. Brahahahahaha!.

skullcrowwreath2pspork16Also bought a soft, blue and brown plaid neck scarf, for two bucks, but it’s been washed and stored in a drawer, and I’m too lazy to get it out and take a picture of it. Love it! Can’t wait to wear it when colder temps arrive.

And, almost forgot…two fragrantly scented glass canning jar candles (by Gayle, $6.00 each – not pictured). Love Gayle’s candles! Can’t tell you how many I’ve purchased over the last few years. Whoo-hoo!

The Garden Gate Country Cottage is filled with neat stuff, like wall plaques and wreaths, floral center pieces, figurines, cups, candles, paintings and jewelry, with most products homemade. If you decide you want to visit and browse…

…call Gayle to find out when open: 903.576.5646.

Here’s the address:

16708 St. Hwy 43 E
Tatum, TX

If you do visit, be prepared to drive slow down the wood-sided country lane, since not paved and a little bumpy (okay, maybe a lot bumpy). You’re tough, so you can do it. Be well worth the time and bumpiness. Was for me, anyway. Yeeehawwwww!

Toodles for now,




Book Self-Publisher – Rama Kant Interview – 2016

 Book Self- Publisher – Rama Kant Interview – 2016

Rama Kant, the son of Radhey Shiam, was kind enough to provide insight about publishing works by his deceased father:

SPORKETTE: Why did you decide to publish a book of your father’s poems after his demise?

RAMA KANT: The idea to publish a book of my father’s poems was originated when my father was alive. When I started compiling, I had no inkling that my father’s end was approaching. After his demise, I accidently discovered a bunch of poems which contained poems composed during 1950s to 1970s. When I went through it, it raised my spirit and put me on different pedestal of consciousness. This prompted me to publish the poems.

SPORKETTE: What prompted self-publication for The Book of Life, rather than submitting a poetry chapbook manuscript to a traditional publisher?

RAMA KANT: It has been a sort of self-publication in the sense that printing and marketing aspects have been dealt with by the publisher.

SPORKETTE: How did you feel when you had the finished book in your hands?

RAMA KANT: The feeling can not be described accurately. It was, I think an amalgamation of thrill, achievement, and apt tribute to my father.

SPORKETTE: What is the current book project you’re working on now?

RAMA KANT: Currently, I am concentrating on sorting and compiling a new format of poetry called Tercets/Triveni. It has a three-line stanza but it is not haiku. Besides this, collections of tanka and hay(na)ku are also in pipeline.

SPORKETTE: How has your father’s poetry impacted your life?

RAMA KANT: My father’s poetry has influenced me deeply. I have often found expressions in his poetry echoing somewhat similar sentiments in my heart/mind. His poetry consoles me, encourages me, calms me down, and again and again lifts my spirit.

SPORKETTE: Thank you, Brother, for your time…and your devotion to your father. You honor him greatly.


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Universal Law by Freya Pickard and Patricia Spork (poem)


by Freya Pickard and Patricia Spork



leafed tree:
metallic showers


pumpkin grimaces


moon smiles
sheds silver
light, promise of


dry land…
barren fields
moist from midnight’s


growing green shoots;




dies, one
lives; this – the




©Copyright 2015-2016 Freya Pickard and Patricia Spork

Universal Law” first published July 18, 2016 at  Dragonscale Clippings. Lantune sequence poem: first, third, fifth and seventh verses by Freya Pickard; second, fourth, sixth and eighth verses by Patricia Spork.

Read “Parasitic Predator” by Patricia Spork and Freya Pickard.




Congratulate me, for I’m blessed to be a great-grandma, but how the heck did I get stuck with the nickname Gam-Gam? Sounds more like a brand name for jawbreakers. You recall those hard candies? Think I’d rather be Bam-Bam, since I’m starting to feel like an ancient, cartoonish cave dweller. LOL!johngracelynn2

Gracelynn is an honored fifth-generation child. She is the future of this world. I’m becoming the past. Sobering thought. But that thought does not blemish the grandeur of her birth, or of my blessing to see her, hold her, get to know and love her in days or years to come. Many, many, many moons ago I prayed to live long enough to have grandchildren. That prayer was answered. Now, look at me, with a great-grandchild. Who’d have thunk it? Not me, for sure. Thank you, Lord!

carlagracelynnLittle Gracelynn has been born into a world filled with horrors unimaginable in her infant mind, but I’m comforted thinking she will traverse all obstacles in a positive manner. As long as I’m alive, I will show her light overshadows darkness, beauty…found in the ugliest of things, hope…in deepest recess of sorrow and pain, and how to laugh when all else seems to fail.davidgracelynn16

The photos shared in this blog post have tattooed Daddy David holding Gracelynn right after her birth; Grandma Carla watching Gracelynn suck her thumb for the first time; Great-grandpa John smiling big time with Gracelynn snuggled in his hands; and of course, Gam-Gam (Yucko!) peering down as she holds Gracelynn for the first time. Also, our first four-generation photo with proud Mommy Madison with her first child, our dearest Gracelynn. Hopefully, within month or so, I’ll have a five-generation photo to post here. Oh yah!4generation16

Back to the “Gam-Gam” mess. Grandma Carla wants to be called “Honey,” which we won’t allow to occur, even though she’s come up with some honey and bumblebee song she sings to Gracelynn several times a day. “GG” is great-great-grandmother’s nickname, since she posted “gg grandma” sign-off at FB. Those two got cute names, and I got stuck with Gam-Gam. Grrrrrr. Be assured, Gracelynn or me will come up with something more suitable, even if it has to be Bam-Bam.

So, do you know my great-granddaughter’s name yet? Heheheheh.

Blessed be the children,




Patricia Spork Update – August, 18, 2016

2FrickinKoolPatricia Spork Update – August 18, 2016

Hey, hey, hey all you cool people! How ya been? Hope great!

Me? I’ve been wracking brain and consuming time with newest online store effort. Previously, I closed down a storefront I’d started elsewhere. For various reasons, just couldn’t get enthused working it.

Anyhoo, the online service I’m using now allows a free storefront for up to 20 products. They have a decent selection of store themes and a theme editor. Tried to go with an all white background, to use with one of my logos, but it caused the button colors to be white with only button text appearing. Sooo, chose a color that kind of matched a different logo banner and colored the buttons. Bright as heck, but hey, they’re sunflower colors, so goes along with the Sorrel Sunflower biz name.

I could have paid to host the domain and installed everything needed for a store, but would have taken much more time and effort. By going the free route, I’m more limited to site design, but everything else needed for store operation is handy-dandy. As for product amount, prices are reasonable, so I can pay for other services as the store grows.

Call me a dummy, but some things, like postage “bands,” I couldn’t get to work properly, and rather than going back and forth with support team, opted for different route that should work for me. So, for multiple orders and less shipping fees, I’d have to be contacted for combined shipping rate. Yes, will probably lose me some customers, but anyone truly interested in the products would take the time. Or they could pay for all shipping fees in the basket. In a circumstance like that, I’m the type of person to refund any amount I feel was overcharged. Of course, most people wouldn’t know that…to my detriment. Positive note: One product purchase is the usual for items I’ve offered online, so guess that’s why the I’m not overly concerned. Depending on my needs, I’ve done the same when shopping online.

So far, Sorrel Sunflower has four patriotic jewelry products. One product is a “bundle,” with some non-jewelry items included. The bundles can save people money, since each item would cost more if individually offered for sale by me. Another good thing about the bundle is it offers several giftables, for self and others. I think making themed bundles is going to be a lot of fun for me.

If you get time, visit Sorrel Sunflower and consider becoming one of my customers or subscribe to the up-coming monthly newsletter by providing name and e-mail at bottom of store’s homepage. Hope to have the first issue ready to send within first week of September. But, my great-granddaughter is due to be born the end of this month (Whoo-hoo!), so first issue may not be sent until mid-September.

Sometimes, you may find information about newest store products by following me here.

Dogs need to go out, so ending this post.

Take care and enjoy your family.