On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
eleven ladies blogging
This past year the Cat Man and I were blessed by getting to meet face-to-face some of the most Fab U Lous women out there in blogland. If you're like me...you wonder if someone will meet your expectations. I picture each of you in my mind's eye and try to imagine the sound of your voice, your mannerisms, the sound of your laugh. (Please don't think I'm some kind of a scurvy lurker...'cause I'm truly not. I'm just a little bit throwed off in my way of thinking...but totally harmless!)
2010 was a banner year for me. The opportunity to meet not one or two, but eleven of y'all was beyond anything I could have ever dreamed. (The actual count was higher, but this song only goes to twelve days. Besides...whacha gonna do...sic the blog dogs on me?)
When Jodie sashayed into my tent at Zapp last spring it was like being reunited with another daughter that I didn't remember birthing. She's the Tabasco in my taco...she spices up my life like no other.
Just when I thought my day was complete and couldn't get any better, I see the most beautiful face peeking around the corner of my tent. People...I couldn't speak...all I could do was stand there crying. Laura is everything and everyone I want to be when I grow up. There just aren't words to describe her and what her friendship means to me. 'Course that could be 'cause she possesses every word in Roget's.
This past summer an opportunity presented itself by none other than my darling Jodie to meet this gal...my sister by another mister! Oh mylanta...when I saw her looking over the balcony at me...again a big ol' cryfest! Pam isn't Southern or Texan, but that's just geography. From the top of her head to the tips of her feet, this woman can "fixinta" with the best of us! Heck...she's even learning to talk with a drawl! Either she's gonna have to move to Texas or I'm gonna have to head to Ohio...and learn to eat stuffing! The best part of doing the shows at Zapp are the people who come to shop from all around the world. It provides me the chance to meet folks I would never get to otherwise...like this beautiful lady. I think we can all agree...I think Rebecca is the real deal. I'd probably embarrass her (and all these fine ladies for that matter) if I were to put into words what I feel about her. She is a true lady and angelic (no matter what you say R.E.!).
Again (yippee!) another opportunity presented itself this past fall with an e-mail from the cute chick on the right. I had met Lisa in the summer when Cat Daddy and I crashed the Paper Cowgirl Retreat. I was instantly in love with her, so-o-o when she contacted me and said she'd be traveling through Athens...I jumped at the chance to see her again. The fact that she threw in the big bonus of getting to meet Dawn had nothing to do with it. (Yeah right...and I got some property in the swamps I'd like to sell ya!) I would have crawled over glass for the chance to meet up with these two for lunch and a laugh.
Now how on earth did that stinkin' face get in there? I told y'all...I love my baby girl!
(I stole, I mean borrowed these photos from all over the place and as soon as I remember where...I'll return 'em! I promise y'all!)
The spring show provided a bumper crop of people I was dying to meet including Gale. She and I may be miles apart...but I feel such a connection to her.
If you knew Susie like I know Susie...oh, oh, oh what a girl! She makes me double over with laughter and feel the need to make a Walmart run for Depends. Outrageous, outspoken and out of this world!
I didn't get to visit with Beth and Karla very much while they were at the show, but I felt so at ease with the two of them...that probably was a good thing. I would have ended up telling them all my secrets plus I got a really good hunch these two are some mischief-makers deluxe. These four (of course...there's my Crazy Cajun again) are the most talented ladies. The Fantastic Four...that's them!
Jill and Beth are just what you picture when you see their photos. Yes...they are that darn cute...and yes...just that adorable. The fall show yielded some major talent walking the fields and these two were leading the parade.
(Well, obviously a lot of these photos are Rob-Uh-Lyn's...hence the duct tape! That's one way to mark your territory!)
God blessed me this past year with the perfect timing to meet all these wonderful ladies (and a few more I couldn't find photos of, but I'm still looking Tamarah). Remember me saying that I always wonder if what I have pictured in my mind will be the reality...well...they are! The memory of meeting each and every one of them will keep me warm this winter.
My Christmas prayer this year is that in 2011, He allows me the privilege to meet more of y'all and make my little world even bigger!
Tending to business
Nine reindeer name games
Eight ways to Sunday
Seven secret Santas
This chick a-crafting
Two naughty lists
And a snow-clad lady at W&T's
(I sure wish I had thought to chronicle everyone I met in 2009...stupid, stupid, stupid!)