“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” ~ Hans Selye
Well, our tiny heroine was back at the track this evening for the weenie dog race redux. I got sick yesterday and wasn’t sure I’d be there, but daggone it, I was determined. I should have maybe shared some of that determination with ‘Lil Bit. In her defense, this was her first race, and she’d been thrown off her game with the cancellation.
After a stall mid-field that seemed to linger, she finally figured out that running was the point. She was actually really fast, but since the winner had crossed the finish line 20 seconds prior, it was a bit late. To make matters worse for me, I arrived too late for on-the-rail seating, and every where I turned someone was in my way. Even the announcer blocked my view as Mayzie crossed the finish line. It was a bit like missing the kiss of a wedding. So, I was super bummed I couldn’t get better shots for Crystal, and super bummed that Mayzie didn’t qualify for the final race, but it was a beautiful evening with friends and that made me feel better. Now that Mayzie’s gotten the first race jitters over, next year will be her winning season.
“Let not kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck.
Write them on the tablet of your heart.” ~ Unknown
Have you ever wondered how dogs learn to beg? Wonder no more. Here we see Crystal Heis demonstrating proper begging protocol. Ever the attentive students, Wally and Bianka had gotten the hang of it by session’s end. Try it with your pets.
“As adults we try to relax from the never-ending quest for reason and order by drinking a little whiskey or smoking whatever works for us, but the wisdom isn’t in the whiskey or the smoke. The wisdom is in the moments when the madness slips away and we remember the basics.” ~ Willie Nelson
BFF Crystal Heis’ parents, Elaine and Steve, came down from Ohio and invited Stacy Yelton and I to Crystal and Ken’s for Cinco de Mayo fajitas and margaritas. I took the wrong lens with me. Pretend it’s a fish-eye lens. Anyway, we had a wonderful time. Stacy threw some of the funniest zingers yet. She had us howling with laughter. That’s just the way Cinco de Mayo is supposed to go. And it’s Steve’s first appearance in the outhouse – Bonus! I am so fortunate to have such good, honest, funny people in my life.
“You can’t make everyone happy. You are not pizza.” ~ Unknown
The artist’s reception for Sacred Spaces was held this evening at First Presbyterian Church’s gallery. Stacy, Marie, and Crystal took off work early to help me set up. I swear, I don’t know what I would have done without them. Annie Bassoni arrived with pinwheels and the most beautiful dahlia flowers. Jeanne Marie Hibbard’s incredible dips were a hit. Tamara Bayer’s enormous contribution of shrimp was enjoyed by everyone. I was, and am, simply humbled by their kindness. As the evening wore on, and I became more occupied with guests, I would catch a glimpse of Marie or Crystal from time to time. They were either refilling veggie trays and cider carafes, making coffee, or just making sure everyone had everything they needed. After the last guests left, I returned to the kitchen to find they’d already washed the dishes and bagged the leftovers. How do you ever repay that kind of friendship? Without their help I would have made a disaster of the evening, and I’d still be cleaning. Crystal and Marie leave me speechless, and I’m more grateful than words can convey to Stacy, Jeanne Marie, Annie, Marlon Hurst and the 50+ family and friends, new and old, that came to see the work.
“Remember that your natural state is joy.” ~ Wayne Dyer
I met Annie Bassoni at the Woodland Art Fair today. I had so much fun, and ran into so many people I love. It really did my heart good to hug all their necks. My favorite photo of the day, however, has got to be this little girl asking Bangaly Savané for ice cream. Or maybe she was just staring because he’s a totally beautiful human being inside and out.
I was crossing the street to meet Annie when I very nearly ran into Lori-Lyn Hurley, one of my all-time favorite people ever. She is such a light to the world, and just a joy to be around. She walked with us to Elaine Heis’ booth by the Christian Church where they met for the first time. Annie wanted to take our picture, and well, we had a good time with it (below). I love these women so much even though it’s obvious it’s time for me to drop some weight. I don’t care. I love the pictures anyway. Thank you, Annie, for taking the camera away from me and letting me be with my peeps.
The next people I ran into was Bangaly and Mamadou Savané. They had the brilliant idea of an ice cream booth at the fair. Sav’s Chill serves homemade gourmet ice cream, and what better for a hot summer afternoon than Bourbon Chocolate ice cream from these two sweet men? Not much, except talking to them, too. I’m so proud of them.
And then there was all the other favorite people I saw and hugged (apologizes to Deirdre Scaggs for not having the good sense to whip out the camera to photograph her with the awesome door wreath she’d just bought). I spotted Elaine’s daughter, Crystal, from a ways off. Mr. Boyfriend, aka Ken Trainor, saw me but played along. The surprise shot wasn’t worth posting, but their shot together was cute. And surprise, there stood Marlon Hurst. More hugs, and what a sweet, happy smile he gave me. I was honored to meet his girlfriend, Cathy, too.
There were three exhibitors I intended to see at the fair. The last to be found was David and Rebecca Campbell. We always joke about my stealth photo ways. I manage to catch them unaware, the results of which are not always their best looks. They’ve become pretty attuned to my sneaky ways as a result, but I caught them anyway (above). And I thought I was going to have to resort to a telephoto lens – guess not!
Finally, we found Deb Chenault at her booth, Twelfth House Designs. Like Annie before her, Crystal grabbed my camera and popped a shot of me with my peeps. Annie did not want to be in the picture, as you can plainly see, but she was very quick to show her disapproval of kale. I can’t say I blame her. I can’t acquire a taste for it myself. It was a great day. I loved seeing so many of my favorite people. I’ve included many photos in today’s post because I started my day having coffee over the phone with Angie Bliss Fanning. She wanted to see the festival. I wish she’d been here to go with us, so I hope the photos help bring her a little closer to The Bluegrass for a while.
“Be wild and crazy and drunk with Love. If you are too careful, Love will not find you.”
It was Phat Tuesday. My lunch companions for a second year was Crystal Heis and Ken Trainor. We’ve decided to make this our little tradition – the Terry/Trainor Phat Tuesday lunch. I can’t think of two prettier smiling faces with whom to eat maque choux and King Cake. We didn’t find the baby.