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How was your Thanksgiving?  Mine was great!  Bill and I drove down to Charlottesville on Thursday, where we enjoyed a tremendous Chinese dinner with my brother, Ray, and his girlfriend, Aleisha.  Then we went for an after-dinner drink at the Charlottesville Omni, which is apparently a Thing We Do when we celebrate Thanksgiving in Charlottesville.

We did the full-on traditional family dinner on Friday.  In case you were concerned, Ray roasts a hell of a turkey.  It was outstanding.  And there were oysters — both raw and grilled!  Gerry made a yummy potatoes au gratin.  Bill made bread (always a hit).  I made Arugula, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette, and somehow managed NOT to make the walls run red with the blood of my pomegranate.  Aleisha made green beans and pumpkin pie (that’s two separate dishes — not some green bean dessert atrocity).  Bill and I talked Ray out of making gravy out of an envelope, which meant we were drafted to make real gravy from pan drippings.  It was delicious, of course.

Saturday morning on our way out of town, Bill and I stopped at the Downtown Mall and discovered the Charlottesville City Market.  Lots of food and ideas for Christmas gifts.  One vendor that stood out was selling nifty handbags that were just the right size for me.  I am a minimalist when it comes to handbags.  I want only room for my wallet (itself of minimal proportions), my phone, my keys, my sunglasses, and my lip balm.  Unfortunately, I was too stupefied by the previous day’s extravaganza to consider buying anything.

Then today Bill and I made our usual Sunday morning trip to the Baltimore Farmer’s Market, and what should I see but those same handbags!  The very same stand, in fact.  So I surrendered to the forces of destiny and bought a bag.  I think I will like it because it has a long strap, which allows me wear the bag over one shoulder.  My current handbag — an Eastern Market purchase for which I receive tons of compliments — is the perfect size but is not a hands-free device.

Meet the New Bag. Same Approximate Volume as the Old Bag. (We won't be fooled again! No, no no!)

The handbags are sold by The Passage, of Richmond, VA.  Teresa told me she was working to open an Etsy store, so look for them on Etsy soon.  They do great work, and I’m sure she’d be happy to fill a special order.

Still Life With Handbag