Monday, October 7, 2013


Hey, Y'all! Oh my goodness-just like that we've slipped from September to October! I lost track of time, news headlines, and the latest TV drama because Mattie Mae (my old SUV) kept taking us south toward the "pastures of plenty" almost every day for a week and a half. Not that I minded. As a matter of fact, it was like driving to junkin' wonderland everyday! I used my drive-time to appreciate the blooming cotton fields that looked like fresh snow. I listened to Austin radio and caught up on lots of great live music performed at Austin City Limits. I snacked on almonds, apricots, and drank gallons of tea. I even worked on plotting for my latest Jimmie Rae adventure, VINTAGE MURDER and I drove...and drove!
As I veered off the Indy-paced Texas Highway 290 and onto the take-your-hat-off-and-stay-awhile pace of Texas 237 my heart always fluttered in anticipation of what junkin' happiness could be awaiting in those fields of plenty
One day I took a gravel farm to market road and after a washed out bridge, 'road closed' sign, and a few other country road detours, I arrived at The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell

 It was worth all the extra miles!

The Prairie is truly a special place. If you can't make it there in person--Rachel has a new book featuring The Prairie and all things Round Top, Texas. 
On other days I hit the fields with my trusty shopping cart looking for unusual and needful things...


However, most importantly, I hung out with lots of great junkin' friends--like Betsy from Sisters Treasures at their booth at Zapp Hall Antiques Show. Yes, it was warm and humid as most days are in south central Texas, but we had a great time visiting and meeting shoppers from one coast to the other...lots of new junkin' friends. 

And on Saturday evening, a glorious "Northerner" came through and left us with this beautiful sunset and cooler temps!

Here are a few of my fresh picks.Betsy sold me the wonderful vintage metal peacock garden love seat which I lovingly crammed into the back of Mattie Mae. She actually sold me two! I'll sell one and keep the other...for now. 
 Until next time sweet friends, 
Peace, love, and 
all the good stuff to y'all!


  1. Sounds like you had a great time and got even greater treasures. I am proclaming it now-i'm coming next year! I am excited for Rachel Ashwell's book.

    1. Hey, girl! YES! You must get to the fields of plenty in the spring! I'm planning to have a launch party for Vintage Murder and there's always, always incredible people and fabulous JUNK to see! (Rachel's new book is my "happy place" before I drift off to dreamland at night. The photos are wonderful and the narrative is captivating!) ; ) Hope to meet ya one of these days, Holli! xxoos

  2. Thank you so much for the blog and even more for your presence and help during the Zapp Hall antique show. Betsy & I really appreciate you and all your amazing talents. I am so ready for the next Jimmie Rae mystery!

    Again, 1,000,000 ++++ thanks!

    1. Howdy, Elaine--The pleasure was completely mine! I really enjoyed hanging out with Betsy at your wonderful booth. With regard to the next JR's coming! :)
      Peace, love, and all the best life stuff to you, sweet friend. xxoos

  3. I echo Elaine's thanks, dear Junkin' sista! What a fun time we had and I can't thank you enough for all your help and support. The peacock bench looks beautiful all "gussied- up" with garden "junk" finery! Just in case you feel the urge to come join us again in the Spring, we crazies signed up to do it again. This time Elaine's son Dan is joining us as well with some of his amazing repurposed creations with reclaimed finds.
    Great blog by the way. Take care.. blessings to you,
    Your junkin' sista,

    1. Hey, Betsy--We did have a fun time! And I did a lot of "research" as well--both for my writing and for any potential Garden Cat presence at Zapp. I really appreciate you selling me the gorgeous peacock benches. It will be difficult to even part with one...I love the rusty crusty on them. :) I'm thrilled y'all are doing Zapp again in the spring--I'm hoping to get a place there too. Do I hear JUNKIN' PaRtY??
      Thank you for putting up with me...I'm sure I'll be seein' ya again soon down the blacktop!
      Peace, love, and all the best life stuff to ya, sista. xxoos