Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Am I Jumping Around All Nimbly Blimby From Tree To Tree?

In answer to the above question in my title...You.Bet.I.Am!  Aren't I always?

Malissa at Moonlight Hollow (who just happens to be a hoot and a holler) did this announcement for me.  Isn't IT a hoot and a holler?  She will be at Zapp Hall (or as I like to call it....the Mother Ship) right beside the Junk Gypsy Company doing her Pent-Up Photos!  If you're going to be at the show or attending the girls' prom night...you really need to check her out for a one of a kind souvenir of the show!  Tell her I sent ya.

(It won't get you anything...but I love having my name bandied about!)

(Thank goodness for friends who help take care of me!  Love you Mal!!!)

Just in case y'all don't remember...we didn't do the Greatest Show On Dirt in the fall.  Needless to say...I'm working my fool head off trying to get ready for the spring show.  I tell y'all...it's like trying to nail jello to a tree or crackers to a wall some days!  (Aw...who am I kidding?  It's that way every day when one has SAD (translation...Squirrel Attention Disorder)!

We will be back in our same location right next door to Royer's.  If you come looking for ol' Trash and Cat Daddy, you can't miss us...just listen for the sound of music, laughter, and singing.  If you still can't find us...why then...just take a deep breath.  When you smell sweet buttermilk pie...look to your left and you'll see our grinnin' faces!

  If you still can't find us...you're in the wrong field! 

As I said, it's difficult doing a show this large for this long.  We'll be there for 10 days (YIKES!) and here in Texas the weather can (and will) change in the blink of an eye.  I have to pack to be ready for any kind of weather Mother Nature decides to throw our way and I do mean any!  We've seen rain, ice, snow, tornadoes...you name it...we've felt it!  It can be hot as blue blazes one day and colder than whodathoughit the next!  Needless to say...that requires packing a lot of clothes and shoes!  (Wish there was some way I could just express my closet down...sure would make my life a lot easier!)

I guess what I'm trying to say is sometimes...if I'm not watching...I fail to see the forest for the trees.

In the past, I pushed myself and set daily deadlines trying to accomplish so much in such a short time.  Six months sounds like time a-plenty between shows, but trust me...it isn't nearly long enough.

This time I'm trying to do things differently.  Instead of rush, rush, rush...I'm taking it step by step, trying not to get too stressed or overwhelmed...instead allowing myself time to breathe...and brush my hair!  Some things aren't getting done, some things won't get done, but that's OK.  No one but me will know the difference and it's more important to enjoy the journey...not worry about the piddly ol' stuff that doesn't amount to a hill of beans.  Besides...my tricycle didn't come equipped with bean-tread tires!

If I just focus on the work, I might find myself missing out on the little surprises each new day brings.  The show will be there when I arrive, but a little volunteer grape hyacinth won't be here when I get back.  Ya get what I'm saying?

  I know I have a tendency to sometimes talk in circles (heck...forget sometimes...try all the time), but it's my goal this year to zero in on what makes me feel content...happy...satisfied.  Stressing about the show doesn't make me happy...seeing my friends and show-family while I'm there does.  I'm going with an attitude that God will see to the business end by blessing our hard work and we will tend to the business of glorifying Him through honest work, done with grateful hearts.  He allows us to do something we love and blesses us with the hands and health to accomplish it.  The final ring of the cash register is in His hands...the way we treat our customers in ours.     

(Photographs courtesy of Foto Fabulous. Melissa does all of Bella's portraits. Aren't they Fab U Lous?)


I wanted to let all of y'all know that I loved all the sweet comments left for Bella.  Y'all make my heart jump for joy.  I'm trying to get around to visit y'all and send replies to each of your comments.  Sadly...this is one of the things I'm having trouble getting the time for.  I've tried to do it early in the morning or late at night, but I sometimes catch myself falling asleep at the keyboard!  Please...bear with me.  I promise you up and down...it may take me awhile, but I intend on letting each of y'all know how dear you are to me and my family.

(Jenn sent me these preview photos of Bella's second birthday. Aren't they Fab U Lous?)

In the meantime, these photos of Bella on her second birthday are my temporary way of saying Thank You!  I'm thinking (and hoping) she can buy me some time.  Am I right or am I right?
(This canvas pretty well sums up what I'm feeling right about now!)

I'll close by saying I'm also thinking of the people of Japan. I can't begin to fathom what they are going through. My prayers are with them and I'm sure all of y'all feel the same.  An antique fair in Texas sure seems trivial when I find myself looking at the forest and not just the trees.


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

O-my-lanta!! Does that sound familiar! I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Ms. Bella is just beautiful!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Have a GREAT show my friend..Hope your week is GREAT..hugs and smiles Gloria

Sue said...

Love little Bella and Malisa too. I have the same fairy but with different wording! I think it was just the right wording I needed over the week-end! I hope you all do FABULOUS and hope one of these shows to be able to come see everyone.

Take care, Sue

Anonymous said...

Miss Bella makes up for a lot, but no excuses needed. Take all the time you need, as long as you SHARE afterwards. I'll probably be sitting here in a snowstorm wishing I was there.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Deb, Bella is growing like a weed and is just beautiful!!! I know you are excited about the show....so, take a breath and ENJOY! You know it will be FAB!!! I am jealous! Take lots of photos....if you have time!


Lou Cinda

red.neck chic said...

Debbie - I love your take on the show preparations. I had to come to grips with it all this past week-end and after sleep sewing for a few weeks (and missing a few weeks of my son!) - I arrived at your conclusion. Can't beat the family and friends... and that is my favorite part of it all! So - I'll see ya in the grass under the big tents!!!

I'm praying as hard as I can for Japan - Bella is sho' 'nuff proof that prayers are indeed answered!!!

;-D She's just GORGEOUS!!! Like her Mama and Grandma!


Anonymous said...

The pictures of Bella are gorgeous! Great Mark Twain canvas. Best wishes on your long show.

Nancy's Notes said...

Okay Miss Trash Talk, it'll be a great show with you and Fat Daddy there! One day I'll make it there to see your smiling and happy face! Maybe you'll even do some trash talking or sing or somethin'

Oh that little one of yours, is just a little peach!


Peridots Garden Blog said...

Dear Deb,

How beautiful Bella is! She must get it from you!

Love your plan! Have fun! I was hoping to get there this year to meet y'all and other bloggers as well...but...perhaps next year!

Thank you for your visits and your comments always put a smile on my face!


time worn interiors said...

Praying for some sunshine here! Hopefully we will see some tomorrow, so we can unload and start reloading the box truck! I have a nervous stomach because of so many things left to do! Hoping to leave on Monday! Not long now girl! Can't wait!

sissie said...

Hi Deb,
I think you have the right idea. Just trust that all will be well and know you've done your best. Sit back and relax and enjoy the ride!
Your show will be fabulous!

Your little Bella looks so sweet. She is just a little precious darlin.


Beth Leintz said...

I like your plan- I usually get squirrel brained trying to get ready for these things, too- but when I do remember to slow down and take it easy- it usually goes just fine- and I enjoy myself so much more. Good luck with weather and sales- wish I was going to be there!

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Well, crum. I came to your blog because I was trying to find out when Zapp Hall, etc, was scheduled. I thought it was spring - but I was so hoping it would turn out to be late May or so. I've never been and I was hoping this might be the time that I could! But I'll have to wait till fall.

My hubby retired from the Air Force in Dec, and he just took a new job. He can do a lot of his work from home, SO...we get to move BACK HOME TO DALLAS!!!! I'm sooo excited!!! We are staying in Wichita till mid-May because one of my daughters graduates from WSU in May. But in May, I WILL BE BACK HOME!!! I'm counting the hours!!

Sometime this summer I'm going to find out where Winnie & Tulula's is, and when you will be there, and I'm gonna come and meet you!

The Primitique said...

Nailing jello on trees? Uh huh. I hear ya! See you soon!!!!!! ~Mindy

Debra@Common Ground said...

I have the solution for your clothing woes. Just wear about 6 layers, then peel off or put back on weather deciding, now you may have to take the shoes with you. good idea?...
Your forsythia is gorgeous, mine is just starting although I've been forcing some in the house.
Sending prayers for your sanity! te he.

Debra@Common Ground said...

p.s. LOVE the Bella pictures!!

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

What a great post...
I am so happy for you that you are making this show. I can not even imagine (maybe a little) how hard it is to get ready for a show that big. It is all I can do to keep up with the two small shows (one day---ers) that I do. We have to stop and tell ourselves to just relax and breath.
God surely has blessed little Bella...so sweet.

Laura said...

I get what you're saying..
Boy, do I .


Faded Charm said...

So glad you get to do the show this time. I hope Cat Daddy is doing well. I can't imagine doing a show for so long, but I'm sure it is worth it in the end.

Enjoy the ride and leave the stress for someone else(words I need to remember more often). I only wish I could be there in person, but since I can't I'll be here routing you on. Be sure and take lots of pics to share:)


Olive Cooper said...

That's right, forget about the piddly ole stuff. Be kind to yourself friend.

Malisa said...

"I tell y'all...it's like trying to nail jello to a tree or crackers to a wall some days!" OMG, that is the funniest visual image and yes, that is exactly what I am trying to do! Every night I go to bed with a dilemma about how to get such and such ready and each morning I wake up with the thought, "I really don't need that." Guess we do what we gotta do...unless we are coloring!

Can't wait to see you, girlfriend, and I am anxious to hear that cocktail shaker in action!