HOME     TUTORIALS
PRINTABLES     PRICING CONTACT

March Madness

April 10th, 2016

image

Two months. I made it two months. It’s a record actually. I kept a New Year’s Resolution for two months. Technically a little over two months if you’re keeping track. You may remember that resolution, the one that said I was going to blog at least once a week from here on out. Well it lasted two months and then I descended into “March Madness”.

No. I haven’t been sitting around watching college basketball (well maybe just a little bit). My “March Madness” involved stressing about coming up with something “new”. Painting frantically into the wee hours of the night. Fighting with my Silhouette machine (which was supposed to make my life easier). Making Saturday runs to either Lincoln or GI for craft supplies because HOBBY LOBBY ISN’T OPEN ON SUNDAYS!!!! (have I mentioned that’s a pet peeve of mine? I think maybe I have.) And finally, inhaling so much glitter that I’m starting to sneeze rainbows.

image

The “Madness” was due to the looming Willow Station sale date on the horizon. And because of that the blogging fell by the wayside… again. Sorry about that.

Instead I was busy painting signs…

image

image

image

glittering words…

image

image

 

image

decorating eggs…

image

and going a little bit mad for plaid…

image

Oh and then I had three solid weeks of “Special Sections” (the bane of my work existance). One a week for three weeks in a row, and not just some little six page tab, the biggies… Business Viewpoint, Ag Viewpoint and Spring Sports Preview…

image

notice Bob of “Bob’s Burgers” down below in his little leaf undies? He and his family get me through the long hours. I tend to “listen” to TV shows more than music when I’m burning the midnight oil.

As the day’s trickled away and Sale Week loomed closer my sister Kris was finishing up a big ol’ batch of carrots and packing up her family to head our way for the week. City kids get an entire week off for Spring Break you know. They planned to drive on Sunday and I texted her right after church asking if they had left yet. She responded saying they had and were actually on schedule for once. Well….. that soon changed.

They were coming in two vehicles, Steve and Kris’s pickup, because they needed to haul some bigger items and my niece Shelby was driving her car filled with baby paraphernalia, oh and her baby Maverick. They were just an hour down the road when a vehicle two cars ahead of them slammed on the brakes causing a four car pileup. Luckily no one was injured but the first two cars (a Lexus and a BMW… of course) only had minimal damage while the two Newman vehicles were totaled. So my last text from Kris said they weren’t coming after all. We were all bummed. By the next morning however, they had discovered they could rent a van from Costco, of all places, and were once again on the road, taking the highway this time instead of that dastardly I-35.

So now they were a day behind and minus some of the cargo they had started out with but still showed up in time to help with Sale Setup. First off we all got to meet little Maverick for the first time…

image

a little doll baby right?

While Maverick was motoring around exploring a brand new house (and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day)…

image

Kris and I finished up pricing all of our products and when Wednesday rolled around we headed out to the farm to set up. Dad and Steve had hauled all of my display pieces out there earlier so we set to “setting up”.

image

image

I went a little more neutral this time. Lots of black and white with stained frames.

image

But I couldn’t completely contain my need for color. Thank goodness for Easter eggs…

image

image

image

image

and carrots… cute, adorable carrots…

image

oh, and the glitter… let’s not forget about all of the glitter…

image

and then there were my “seasonal inserts”…

image

image

They are usually pretty popular and I enjoy coming up with new designs for each sale but I ran into a little snag this time around. The day I had been dreading coincided with the first day of the sale. My beloved, wide format printer, that I use for everything, inserts, price tags, invitations and all of my family prints (except for the 24×36 posters) decided to breathe it’s last breath. Or I guess, print it’s last print. I had been babying it along for years, always whispering encouraging words as it struggled desperately to keep up with my printing needs. “Come on girl, you can do it! Just a few more and I’ll give you a rest.” (I often talk to my car this way as well). Well on this day, she made an odd little “whoonk” sound and then decided to print every straight line in a wavy pattern. Thus, I didn’t get as many inserts made as planned and I knew where all of the profits from my sale would be going.

Since it was a Sale Weekend the weather decided, as usual, to be uncooperative. We set up in an un-heated  and un-airconditioned building so we’re either hot or freezing. Thursday afternoon and evening weren’t too bad because we were busy and the body count kept the place warm enough but Friday was another story. Friday’s are long, I’m generally there from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with sporadic shoppers throughout the day and when I arrived in the morning we could see our breath while sitting in the building. To top it off the howling wind is always amplified inside a metal building so it sounded like a tornado was getting ready to set down on top of us most of the day. We actually had blankets along that served as lap robes while we sat behind the counter. You’d have never known it was a “Spring Sale”.

Luckily we cut it a little short on Friday. My niece Morgan and her family had arrived that morning and since Kris and her entire family were here as well we decided to have Easter a week early. We gathered at my sister Kelli’s on Friday night for an old school Easter meal of ham and fried potatoes…

image

and for some reason Coy just felt the need to rub Maverick’s head… often…

image

image

and we celebrated Miss Sawyer’s third birthday which was coming up…

image

image

image

image

with a delicious Diane Thieszen cake…

image

image

image

which I think Sawyer kind of liked…

image

The next day Coy and Maverick got to know each other a little better…

image

image

… annnddd… did a some more head rubbing…

image

silly Coy Boy.  And that night we tied on the old feed bags yet again, German style this time. We headed to the school for the 60th Annual German Smorgasbord only to discover the line was already out the front door of the school, you need to understand, the line STARTS at the back of the school…

image

it was a long wait…

image

but well worth it, as usual…

image

notice the t-shirt Ang is wearing? Do you recognize it from my previous post? They sold like gang busters with all profits going to the band program. I enjoyed seeing all four designs walking around in the different color combinations.

It was the first Smorgasbord for the Kaufman kids who I can report cleaned their trays…

image

image

image

and started to clean off the tables… notice Coy with the cups? We stuck around for the concert…

image

and watched while Mom was honored as one of the members of the 1956 band. The first year the Smorgasbord was held…

image

and we then proceeded to leave her standing in the lobby after the concert waiting for a ride home. Can you believe that? Here she’s honored, gets a corsage, has to say she played the clarinet, into a microphone no less, and we all just leave her standing in the lobby. We didn’t even realize it until later that night when we were hanging out at Kelli’s and our friend Joel told us we had left her at the school. He had offered her a ride before he remembered he didn’t have a car there. Plus she didn’t even have her cell phone along and had to borrow one to call for a ride. Aren’t we horrible, terrible children? I blame it on all the heavy food and a weekend full of  “March Madness”.

Leave a Reply