Fall in Illinois is my most favorite time of year. I have waxed poetic about Autumn my whole life. Partly to blame is Ray Bradbury, an Illinois writer that I fell in love with when I was in jr. high. He loved fall and seemingly, also loved Illinois. His words were sticky caramel with sea salt on a crisp apple. Your mouth would water thinking about the bite you were about to take. And then the flavors would explode in your mouth. The tang of the apple, the crispness… The sweet sticky-ness of the caramel with a bite of sea salt. Heaven.
But I’m not ready for summer to be over yet.
Because I’m very ready for my store to be open. And… it’s not.
So my mom called me yesterday and said “honey – what is going on with The Butter Churn?’ Which means a handful of other people are wondering the same thing.
We broke ground as you know, the foundation has been started. Our plans are for a 40×40 building. Set back a bit from the sidewalk so that we can have fun things in the front area throughout the year.
And we’ve submitted a loan request for what we need to finish the building, and be open. So right now we’re waiting. Not very exciting, but that’s where we are. If the request doesn’t go through, then there is going to be a flurry of activity as we try and figure out the rest of the financing – but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Someone asked me yesterday if they could still contribute because they meant to, but didn’t get a chance to – and I said “Heck yeah! We still need all the help we can get! 🙂 ”
I remind myself that it’s been less then a year since I approached the Woodhull Board of Trustees with this idea. And I know we’re doing okay. We’ve been flexible where we needed to be flexible. And we’ve been steadfast and determined in the other ways.
The colors are changing and there is a crispness to the air. And our building and dream is very much alive and well.