Sheryl G. Wagner

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Berries and Mowing

Well things look different here as fall creeps up behind summer. Our “yards”–the ankle-bustingly lumpy, tree-free areas before and behind the dead mobile home–and pasture field finally got mowed. And a pleasant surprise occurred this past week or so: blackberries. Just like when I was a kid and we went over the fence behind the house and picked berries in the neighbor’s cow pasture. I have 13 quarts of them in the freezer. And we have eaten some too. Rick tells me there are a bunch more out back. So that is the next place I have to visit in my rubber boots and jeans for more bonus food.Barnside berriesAnd the mowing. Finally. Our neighbors had their pasture mowed in June. We held off because we weren’t sure about the expense. Then we decided it needed to happen for peace of mind. So we called Cliff, who said he could fit us in two weeks out. We didn’t want to wait that long, but put on our “oh well” faces. The day before he was to come, he called to say he’d been having some hospital issues and wasn’t cleared to return to work yet. So it was another couple of weeks before we heard from him. He and Cooper were here Wednesday and Thursday, and we have a park.

Cliff and Cooper, field mowing team

Cliff and Cooper, field mowing team

Of course it’s a field mow, so it’s the raw, unfinished sort of park one might ride a horse through or take a nature walk in, but maybe not choose for a romantic picnic. But the romance is all here. It’s heady. And despite the fact that we’re both in need of more work, we have the solidity of this beautiful land to give thanks for. 

late tomatoes

late tomatoes

Here’s how the tomatoes are doing–three of the 4 bushes have acquitted themselves handsomely considering the late planting, weird garden plot and rookie grower. We also dug around in the back yard of the mobile home yesterday and found the septic tank. I immediately broke a corner off of the lid with my shovel. Nice. Now we can bury it again and mark its location with some meaningful garden ornamental installation. But keep your suggestions to yourself.

tank lid

tank lid

Wagnerhof Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ad Copy Writing Samples

The following short descriptions were written in January and February 2012 as a freelance project for a local firm which represents a number of consumer goods manufacturers to a gigantic online retailer.

‘Rainbow Divine’ Lei
The first rainbow was a divine sign, so calling this rainbow lei “divine” may be an example of redundancy. Regardless of whether or not we’re repeating ourselves, the rainbow still signifies something good, like, say, a luau.

Coconut Shell Bra Top
Admit it, you’ve always wanted to endow yourself with a Hawaiian-hot little coconut shell number like this one. According to experts polled on the subject, this is ladies’ traditional luau garb at its finest. There’s more we could say, but not here.

Green Leaf Lei
Longing for a lifestyle change? This extra-long lei’s so long on the leafy greens you may get blindsided by a tropical wave of good health.

Beach Bum Cowboy Hat
Island, mainland or inland, beach bums are everywhere; rare among their numbers, however, are the cowboy kind. Ride to their statistical rescue in this wrangler-worthy straw cowboy hat.

Palm Tree Inflatable Cooler
With conceptual inspirations ranging from kiddy pools to the Vegas strip, this theme-building beverage cooler may have an inflated sense of its own importance. You’d feel important too if people mobbed you for hours on end like that.

Disco Doorway Curtain
This decorative idea probably comes from somewhere in Egypt, like maybe Cleopatra’s hairdo, but the fashion really took off in the 70’s, across that doorway leading into the hallway from the rec room. In other words, a 70’s party is the perfect party for this curtain of music notes, foil starbursts, and “70’s Disco” headline cutouts suspended across the door.

Disco Boogie Squares Scene Setter Room Roll
Disco was originally like psychedelic rock for people with jobs, so it shares a color scheme with the tie-dye crowd; lucky for us it’s also a happy party pallet. Baby, put away the pink, white or blue collar, get your sequins on and boogie away those day-job kinks.

Disco Happy Birthday Border Banner Roll
What could be better than a Disco Birthday Party? We think maybe a Disco Birthday Party surrounded by a border you don’t need to patrol, and all your friends gettin’ down with the fever that doesn’t need a cure. Catch the fever!

Sweet Little Cupcake Girl 1st Birthday Eco Party Plates
Make the sweetest first birthday for the little gal with a design that’s baby-precious and toddler-perfect. Dote on her with dots, scallops in two kinds of pink, violet, robin-egg blue and sweet-pea green. Speaking of green, these 100% recycled 10-1/2 inch paper plates keep the event earth-friendly while holding enough lunch for the grown-ups and providing sufficient surface area for the little one to create some (sugar-) high art.

The Party Continues “Over the Hill” Luncheon Napkins
Go ahead–do it up right with a full compliment of matching tableware and décor. The Party Continues “Over The Hill” coordinating Luncheon Napkins are a must-have whether the guest of honor is turning 30, 100 or some in-between age known only to their mother and the IRS.

Southtowne Bakery at P.C. Market of Choice

Your Perfect Wedding Cake: As Close as the Corner Market

by Sheryl Sandberg

Home of Southtowne Bakery, P.C. Market of Choice is a unique supermarket. They quote literature here. On the wall above the bakery is the following from G. B. Shaw: “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” Food and love make a merry match in a place like this. Personally, I think Shakespeare’s Orsino was on the wrong track: “the food of love” is not music, but wedding cake!

Whether a bride favors traditional sweetness, modern elegance or a sense of whimsy, cake decorators at Southtowne happily apply their expertise, flexibility and creativity to customers’ wishes. Decorator Linda Potter enjoys designing cakes as well as decorating them. Popular looks this year, she observes, are minimalistic, featuring smooth, borderless icings and fresh flower toppers. She enjoys delighting customers by blending their aesthetic wishes with practical suggestions, such as ordering a smaller tier showcase cake along with a matching sheet cake for more convenient serving and less expense. Lovely extras such as whipped cream or fresh fruit fillings add only a little in cost to the already affordable prices.

In its unpretentious location since 1988, Southtowne is an established source for high-quality, great-tasting, budget-friendly cakes. Cake decorators Mary Haller and Holly Harry have both been with Southtowne for about 10 years, providing creativity and continuity. Having sampled Southtowne’s cakes myself, I heartily affirm their outstanding reputation.

While the decorators produce fabulous wedding cakes, Bakery and deli Supervisor Debbie Brancato exhibits their handiwork out in the community, displaying Southtowne’s fine edible artistry at both of Eugene’s premier annual bridal shows: Emerald City Bridal Show in January at Lane County Fairgrounds, and Eugene’s Bridal Show in February at Eugene Hilton.

Those in the market for the food of love (i.e. wedding cake) should stop by Southtowne for a list of offerings. Make an appointment with a decorator, bring your ideas, browse through photos of wedding cakes past and sample the cake of your future.

You’ll find Southtowne Bakery in P.C. Market of Choice (previously known as Price Chopper), at Willamette Plaza, 2858 Willamette Street, (541) 338-8455; and at Delta Oaks Shopping Center, 1060 Green Acres Road, (541) 344-1901. This year, new locations will also appear in Cottage Grove, Ashland and Eugene on Franklin Boulevard.

Reprinted by the author. Originally published in The Bridal Connection magazine, Eugene/Southern Oregon edition, Summer 2000 issue.