The second-hand espresso machine we were counting on has fallen through. In lieu of actually opening I decided to organize a one day Christmas craft sale last Saturday. I invited local crafters to participate along with members of the Carlton Trail Agricultural Society (who sold delicious cherry products). Tyler, my father (visiting from Alberta)and I stayed up late on Friday making sure the shop was ready for the public. On Saturday I woke up at 5am to bake lemon loaf and apple cinnamon muffins (and cookies which I burnt in sleep deprived fog). Luckily my father made sure that there was hot coffee available throughout the day. The morning of the sale was a little slow but things livened up in the afternoon when Bernadette the cowboy poet showed up and brought her friends! Thanks to Monique, Bergit, Laurel, Marjorie, Kevin and Edie. As far as the espresso machine goes it looks like we'll have to invest in a new one, which will require a loan, so it's off to the bank.