Sunday, March 7, 2010

March Madness Junker Style

In spite of the rain today, my spirits are high. Yesterday was gorgeous and productive. All my days are not so fruitful, but I'm always thankful for those that are. Cat Daddy and I went to an auction (wait until you see what we got...Oh---Em---Gee!), then to Tony's to freshen up our space and finally a run through Winnie & Tulula's to pick up some things. Can you say whew?

Our load is finally starting to take shape. I'm gonna tell y'all a little secret...I was more than just a trifle bit worried. It seemed like all we had were tables and more tables! (I swan...what are people dining on these days if there are so many tables to be found?) I always worry if we'll have the right merchandise (with C.D. around, I never worry about having enough stuff...just the right stuff), but we've found and bought some things in the past week I am proud to be loading on the trailer! We still don't have as much fluff as I would like, but I refuse to buy just anything to fill in.
I'm not going to let anything keep me from having a good time this spring. Neither rain nor snow is going to put a damper on this ol' gal! I'm on the hunt for a rain coat with boots to match...trash bags need not apply (unless it's one of these)! If I'm going to get wet...I plan on doing it with style!

(We'll be docking at the Mother Ship March 25 late!) It really is hard to believe we're less than three weeks away from the Greatest Show On Earth! This year I'm claiming no flat tires, easy unload/set-up and fun! Arrgh mateys, air you with me? (Psst...that's a hint for one of the things we bought yesterday and are bringing down.)
March is a big month for Texas. We declared our independence on March 2 and fought the battle of the Alamo, March 6. It's also the month when the wildflowers start popping up and the prediction this year is for a bluebonnet explosion! With this cold, wet winter, bluebonnets are expected to be a bumper crop. How nice to get one good thing from all the damp and cold, huh? Seeing the bluebonnets (and all the wildflowers for that matter) alone are worth a trip...throw in some great junking and you are in heaven!

~The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom is to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.~Jack Maguire

SQUIRREL ALERT!!!

I just have to tell y'all about a pet peeve of mine that I am trying really hard to get past. Please don't get angry with me for this, but it always launches me when I see folks plowing through the fields of bluebonnets on the side of highways for photo ops. I know, I know...it's so tempting 'cause they are so gorgeous...BUT...I know how hard it was to get them to come back. Back in the 50's-60's when the major highways were being built, the wildflowers were almost eradicated from the roadsides. What was once a slightly taken for granted sight was gone. We have Lady Bird Johnson to thank for saving them. Beginning in 1982, she and others worked to bring the familiar glorious azure blue back.

~Where flowers bloom, so does hope.~Lady Bird Johnson

It kills me when I see folks tramping through them with total disregard. I'm not saying no to photos...just be kind when posing. The bluebonnet seed need a little stepping on to help them germinate (just like Texas...they have a tough skin), but there's no need to smush the flowers. Enjoy them, take photos, heck you can even pick them, but try to leave them as you found them for the next person to enjoy (and remember we have fire ants, too)!

~We are obligated to leave the country looking as good if not better than when we found it.~Lady Bird Johnson

Okie dokie, I'll get off my soapbox now...it gets slippery when wet anyway...and get back to tempting y'all into coming to Zapp!
~When the sky falls on Texas.~A. L. Morgan

Yikes, speaking of flowers...do you know what I clean forgot all about? Jenn's giveaway...good grief...she's gonna kill me! For yesterday's addition to the Bella Bonanza, I was supposed to show y'all some paper flowers that are made by our friend Liz! Jenn will be tucking one or two of these into the gift bag as well for day six. Aren't they just beautiful? I sure hope y'all are leaving her comments, 'cause that gift bag is sure starting to bulge at the sides (kinda like my stretch britches)and she still has six gifts to add. Oh good gravy...today is the seventh! I've got to go take photos of day seven's gift! To quote the March Hare..."The time! The time! Who's got the time?"
I best hang up now and go take care of that before she fires me...AS IF!

19 comments:

Malisa said...

Can't wait to see all the goodies you have been storing up! I love love love auctions! I have really missed out on my junking expeditions this year that Lurch has been down and out! I am ready to get back on the road...just got to find somebody to haul the junk around. I think Lurch got fired from that job! Dang it!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I will miss the bluebonnets this year! :(

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I will be hunting you down, behind Zapp, behind T, to the right of Mindy.
Did I get that right? I did that without a GPS, strictly from memory. :-)

See you SOON!

Anne

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I can't wait to see what goodies your taking to Warrenton. I love those flowers that Liz makes, what a wonderful gift to add to the giveaway!!! Blessings.... Daphne

Cottage Rose said...

I love the Bluebonnets,,, I planted some last year in my large flower pot,,, they looked so pretty.... wishing you lots of luck with your March Madness coming up,,,,I so can't wait to see every thing you have.....

Hugs;
Alaura

Linda said...

I am so excited to see the bluebonnets! This Texas Gal living in Georgia is heading to Texas tomorrow for a nice long visit with my Mom. Maybe I will see ya there!

sweetpea said...

oh darlin' i am totally in the same place. i can't wait to see what you bring and to hug your sweet neck.

see you soon,

shelley

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Hi Deb! Seems like forever since I've 'talked' to you...lol. Gosh, I wish it was flea market season around here! We did good (for March), and it's still 45* out (it's almost 8pm), but there is still about 15 or so inches of snow in my front yard. Not to worry, it'll leave soon and be all sunny and springy.
Next week is an antique show and maybe, just maybe I'll be able to get a fix on my vintage desires.
By the way...I purchased a very nice vintage ironstone platter from that beautiful daughter of yours...love it! Come on people...keep that Momma Jenn home with the beautiful Bella for a while longer....BUY! Buy! Buy! :-)

Janet said...

if i win, i'm wearing that paper flower! i don't know where or how, but i'm gonna do it!

Margo said...

I wanna see what you got.

I think I may actually make it down to Round Top this year.

Margo

The Green Pea said...

I love to go to auctions. They are so much fun. Will you post a few photos so we can see what you are selling at Warrenton? How about some of the tables, I love tables......I hope you have a great show. sandi

AuroraSuzette said...

People are dining on really tall pub style tables apparently! Good for us, right?

Lauri Evans said...

Oh Trash you are so right, there is nothing any prettier than those Bluebonnets, well with the exception of YOU! But, I do love that last 90miles of my drive from Houston to Round Top in the spring to see those bluebonnets, and I am with you about folks trampling them, and then you will see somebody takin a picture of a DOG of all things, in the middle of them. I just don't get it, they are beautiful all by theirselves. I just can't believe it is time to go, I can't wait to see you. And tell CD I might need a table or two if he can spare some to go in my space just don't know if I have enough stuff. I will be there on Friday, yayyyyyyy, WEll that is if I don't get locked up for driving to fast!!!!!! see you then,lauri

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Whew! Tell me about that whole time and behind thing! I'm behind on most of my blogging buddies. My trailer is behind schedule on getting topped off. And, like you, I am just now starting to breath easier about having a decent load. Whew! ~Mindy

Yaya Chique, Home of debi lynn designs said...

Hey girlfriend!
I missed ya'll last year, because I came early at opening and didn't get back that way...went to other areas. So, I plan on making a "special trip" just to meet up with the "Triangle" (LOL). Only tell CD not to "sell" my stuff that I hide behind the counter! LOL Love ya'll....Texan hubby says "hey" and will see you soon! Have a safe trip down here to my part of the world! xo...deb

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Debbie, I can feel the excitement all the way up here in Canada. Can you feel my sadness and disappointment that I won't be joining all of you at the greatest flea market show? I know how much fun you're going to have and your booth is just filled with amazing big treasures, my friend, manned by the most stylish and awesome you (of course C.D. plays an important supporting role too).

Dar said...

How I'm missing Texas...it will be Oct. before I see her again. It has been many years since we have been there during the Bluebonnet Bonanza...they are just breath-taking and I don't blame you for wanting them to be tread-on-lightly. I am happy to see your fall display of blanket flowers, cactus, yucca and Indian paintbrush...heck, I love Texas...there, I said it, from way up north in WI...we have beautiful green summers, but there is something that always begs me to come south...and it ain't them fire ants, scorpion, or the black widow spiders....it's the pure hospitality and the laid back God given days....thanks for sharing

Anita said...

Hilarious! You so crack me up. So much going on. I sure wish I was headed to Texas this month- hopefully this fall you'll see my smiling face...Good luck gathering and hoping for good tires, safe travels and sunshine!

red.neck chic said...

WHOO HOO!!! I get to raid your junk and your space CONSTANTLY!!! I'm so excited - and you get to kick me out as you need to! LOL I'll make you a rain coat... and some galoshes.... I think you need polka dots with rhinestones in each dot! Are ya with me?

I'm plotting... I'm plotting...
And I love the flower!!! LOLOLOL
Now I'm back to plotting...

;-) Robelyn