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
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!
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?"