I love to volunteer at the Second Hand Rose. Lately, we have had a wonderful bunch of women who have gotten to be a nice group of friends. Over the past few years. employees and volunteers have come and went, and the ambiance changes with each group. But one thing has stayed the same: Jenny, the tiny, sweet little Filipina who has been the manager.
We just had a potluck Christmas lunch and party and with the mix of people we have now, we had an awesome bunch of food: Filipino dishes, Puerto Rican, an awesome coconut flan from Zonie (I don't know where she's from but she speaks Spanish with Brunnie, and most of the time I can understand what they are saying unbeknowst to them - ha ha), a fabulous bunch of desserts along with some ole American classics like baked ham and bean dip.
I was a "secret Santa" for Mari - here she is holding up the table runner I made for her. The rules were that we couldn't spend much on our gifts - they had to be something we bought from the shop or something we made or whatall. Mari has just recently moved here and craving something red, or something Asian-themed for her place.
It was nice to have everyone together at one time, decorate the shop more than usual, and see everyone dressed up a bit - more than the usual jeans and sweatshirts we wear to the shop!