Monday, June 6, 2011

Jump Break

(Look deep into my eyes...deeper...deeper.

You're getting sleepy...sleepy.

You never saw me.  I wasn't here.  I was working my fool head off getting ready for Vendor Night at Paper Cowgirl and the Junque and Disorderly Sale at W&T's.

When I snap my fingers you will remember nothing...nothing!)

  Memorial Day weekend, instead of cleaning, pricing and packing, Cat Daddy and I decided we needed to light out in search of El Dorado.  After flipping a coin...and making a necessary phone call...we hit the hardtop heading north.   

Upon reaching our destination, the back of the truck was already half-full, but being a lover of animals...especially squirrels...I'll tell y'all about that later.  Right now, I'd like to tell you a little story.

While out to dinner with our new friends, the question was posed "What did we ever do before blogging?"  My first response was I.don't.know, but I quickly added that it had opened my life to a world I didn't even know existed.  The people, places, and dreams that lived inside my monitor screen were miles away physically...yet only a heartbeat from mine spiritually.

My beautiful, soul-eyed friend Debra was one of these people.  I've loved her from the first time I read her and dreamed of actually meeting her face to face.

She does posts about her lovely home and one room in particular is my favorite...the sun room.  Love it and always leave with a smile on my face when I've popped in.

This past November she did a piece on her sun room and when I clicked on...just for an instant...I literally saw myself in that room.  The surreal moment came and went in a second, but as I sat there staring at the screen ...I could still the warmth of the room...and her.  I'm telling y'all...I was there.

I know it sounds crazy...and we all know I'm more than just a little throwed off...but I swear up and down...I was sitting on this little loveseat with her.  I even had to leave a comment telling her about it! me crazy if ya want...heck...even call the guys with the nets, but guess what?

(all photos except this one...belong to Debra!)


Yeppers y'all...I made it to El Dorado...thanks to a certain Tom Cat and a red Ford diesel!

Pinch me y'all 'cause either I'm dreaming...or I've died and gone to Heaven...or I'm "Ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille" coo-coo!  Whichever...I don't care.  God gave me a peek into my future and then provided the opportunity to make it a reality.

Did I have the time to make a road trip?


Did I need to look for more junk?


Did I need to listen to His voice as He whispered "Call her...then pack your bags."?

Yes...a hundred times yes!

Life is a series of roads traveled.  Some uphill, some rocky and sometimes the ones less traveled bringing the sweetest rewards!

This particular journey, my friends, is something I'd never have without blogging.
Can you hear us smiling?

I have to add that while finding junk and friends on this trip was a breeze...finding a room...not so easy.  We didn't think about how close Joplin is to Springfield and while it did my heart proud as an American to see so many people (first responders, work crews, emergency workers, etc.) there to help,  it also meant we had to drive until 3:00 am to find a room in Muskogee.  Seems there also was a huge rock concert going on in Oklahoma.

Silly us for not making reservations, but would I do it again?




time worn interiors said...

Isn't it so much fun meeting other bloggers! I felt the same way the first time I met Sharon (Sweet Repose) and we've been best friends ever since! Of course you know this means you will be going back for more! More junk and more visits with Debra! You guys looks so cute in her sunroom! Glad you had a great trip and glad you found some junk! Word spreads quick about what you where doing on your trip! lol!

Anonymous said...

Two fab gals!!! Whah, I wanted to go to Papercow girls . . NEXT YEAR!

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls)

(Blogger won't let me comment so I need to comment anon)

Cindy said... cute are you two? Oh bring her back to Texas (and to PC!), I think she is one of the dearest people and I would love to meet her (in person). Glad it all worked out well. Looking forward to seeing you soon...speakin of, I gotta get busy too! :)


Olive Cooper said...

Look at the two of you! It is so fabulous you got to meet Debra. I can hear the two of you conversing right now...hehe. hugs♥O

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Oh you lucky girl.... Debra is one of the sweetest people ever, loved the pictures!!!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

The two lovely and most fabulous D's in that awesome sun room!!! Love it! So glad you and C.D. took that road trip - so worth it.

red.neck chic said...

Augh!!! Why didn't I answer the phone... why didn't I answer the phone... AUGH!!!

Deb - I'm green with envy!!! I have my spot picked out already in that there sun room! LOL Augh!!!!!!!

I love you - and I love Debra - and I love you - and I love the Daddy Cat - and I love you and Debra and the red ford diesel. When are you going back? I'll stow away in with the junk...

;-D xoxoxo

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is a sweet picture of you two. I'm glad you got together. I'm not surprised you had that experience through the computer screen. Debra's arms can reach right through and give a big hug! Looks like you got fun stuff too!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You shame me, woman!
You did exactly what I wish I had the cojones to do, which is hop in the car and head off on an adventure.

I'd have given anything to be sitting pretty in that sun room with two of my favorite gals in the whole wide world!!!

P.S. Love the awnings. All the cool kids are scooping up awnings these days.

Gracie's Cottage said...

Well how fun! (Except for the 3 a.m. finding a hotel part...I'm impressed that you were up so late. The last time I was up til 3:00 a.m. was three decades ago!)


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Don't you love the life of a junker. I spy some sweet awnings in the back of that truck? Glad you had a good time.

Debra@Common Ground said...

NOOOOOOOO????? All the way to Muskogee, honey, you guys must have been wiped out!!! When you two drove off, I watched your tail lights and prayed you'd find a room. I feel terrible. you should have just stayed here at the house. I had no idea there was nothing out there!!!!!
Please forgive me, next time I promise I'll be feeling better and be a better hostess!
love ya bunches and have lots of fun this weekend!!! D

Margo said...

How wonderful of you to take this trip, Good junk and great memories.

Love ya,

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Look at you & that sweetie Debra! Did you hug her neck for me? That is wierd to be in a room you've read about for ages. I felt like that with Ann Perry. I know you & D had a blast, up until the alnight hotel run. Guess what, I blogged about our sanford & son sale, tell Cat there's no getting out of it now! Lisa

A Cottage Muse said...

Bet you came back full of energy to finish up the tasks at hand!!
You two look so cute together ~ glad you had fun!
Keep meaning to tell you that when I drop by to visit I always listen to Ray sing For the Good Times ~ it was my parents song and I hear them singing along in my head. Thanks for the memories!!

Sue said...

Damn, you forgot to pick me up!! Remember, I was the one whining about never having "time" to do anything but work? Next time, turn that truck of yours around so it points to sunny SoCal and come pick me up, deal?

Take care, Sue

Prior said...

Way to live in the moment! and I love Debra, too. I would have rode in the back end with all that junk, you know I love junk!

Laura said...

Miss Pill Pot , Greedy Gus here.
I want to go!!
I want to see Debra!
I want to see how many stops along the way you make!

I want to see your new stuff!

Love to you both while I try to be more mature,

Laura Belle

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

awwww....this is so special! Glad you took off and glad you met a blogging pal. I can just hear y'all laughing now. :)

susie said...

SNAP!!!! I am in COMPLETE agreement with you sweet Texas girlfriend!! When I think about where blogging has takin me, most importantly to TEXAS, ;) I am so overjoyed to be a part of such an amazing communitity of women & like you said so perfectly...that can be worlds apart from me physically & yet only a heartbeat away.
I am sooooo HAPPY you were able to sit in that room & meet your wonderful friend & make a couple of your dreams come look sooo happy in your picture girlfriend...I LOVE IT!!!!
Hope I can come & see y'all soon, I know it's hot...but I'm a missin my Texas & all my girlfriends that live there!!

Carole said...

You two look so cute together. Must have felt surreal to finally be sitting there in that now famous sunroom!

sweetpea said...

that's so cool that you just went with the idea! you two look like you are havin' a great time and you got some great stuff too! looks like the year of the awning, i recently scored a pair too!



Richard said...

I enjoyed reading!

Jill said...

This is such a neat story. Who know what He'll whisper but you knew it was Him. This was a blessed adventure!

DEB said...

WOW Deb..You was right by me girl!! I live in Jenks OK. 40 mintues from Muskogee...did ya see me waving??? LOL Sooo glad you listened..did both your hearts good:) Neat story sweets!
Deb:) xox

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad you took the time to follow your heart and go visit a friend, that's what life is all about! And yikes about trying to find a place to stay, but happy it was all worth it!

Kat :)

Pam @ Frippery said...


Pam @ Frippery said...

What the heck is with the all caps? Sorry I must have been carried away!