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.