Monday, September 24, 2007

Changing leaves

I spent last weekend in Des Moines at a craft show selling my polymer clay figurines. I do some of the same shows every year so it is always fun to see some of the "regular" crafters and customers again, but it is also completely exhausting. We (My dear darling sister Marie and I) started out early on Friday, we made a stop in Iowa City to visit with a lady who may purchase some of my fiber boys, left Iowa city and drove 2 more hours to Des Moines, got checked in to our hotel, set up my booth at the show on Friday afternoon and the show started at 5 p.m. continuing until 9. Then it was back to the hotel, I tried to sleep while my dear darling sister was snoring in the next bed LIKE IT WAS HER JOB! Thankfully the hotel has a new policy, instead of supplying two standard size pillows they give you 4-5 small ones, not what I needed for sleeping, but they were GREAT ammo for throwing at my sister to jar her from her snorry slumber. Saturday the show started at 9 a.m. and ended at 5 ( same hotel, more pillow tossing). Sunday started at 10 a.m. and finished at 4 p.m., followed by a frenzied packing of all of my figurines and display tables trying to load the truck and get out of the parking lot before the other 199 crafters, then the grand finale of driving 2 1/2 hours back home ( it actually took me two hours, really, I wasn't driving fast or anything, really).

We did have time to walk around the fairgrounds Sunday morning before the show started. The APHA futurity show was going on, so I had to see all the pretty Paint babies all fancied up. Talk about some gorgeous horses! I was also lusting after this horse trailer......not that I would NEED anything like this, but LOOK at it! As much as I love my "average Joe" horses, I think that they would look a bit out of place coming out of a trailer like this LOL.

Even though it was 90 degrees on Sunday and didn't FEEL much like fall, the subtle signs of fall provided some enjoyable scenery along the drive home.

I noticed a lot of changes around our property too when I returned home....
My fall asters are in full bloom, they are pretty, but they kind of say "hey, summer is over".

The Black eyed Susans are dying back and looking a little anemic.

These are the last few blooms of my variegated False Sunflowers.
And I noticed how the leaves are changing............................................................................

Ohhhhhh, were you expecting pretty maple leaves or something??? Did I NOT mention that we live in the middle of a bunch of corn fields?? Now, I'm not going to lie, we do have a few trees, but they aren't doing anything yet. The corn harvest is in full swing though, we are serenaded by the constant hum of combines and the neighbors corn drier day and night, and when you drive anywhere around here you have to allow a few extra minutes for "farm implement avoidance".
Happy fall!


Michelle said...

I hope you sold more at your show than I did at mine! You know, that trailer doesn't even tempt me, because I wouldn't want to have to HAUL something that long! We're starting to see, and certainly FEEL, fall around here; that will be the subject of my next blog post, now that I'm caught up on reporting the show.

~*Sarah*~ said...

I LOOOVE that last picture!!!

And I think I've found a solution. Buy the horse trailer, take it to your out of town craft shows, you can haul your stuff, AND make Marie sleep out there if she starts shaking the foundation!

See? Easy. :)

shepherdchik said...

We are in full corn harvest mode here on my side of the state too. I too am wanting one of those fancy trailers. I don't have any horses, but I saw a similar trailer recently that was designed for either sheep/goats/hogs. Very fancy just like the horse trailers but a shorter (in height) version. I don't haul my sheep around much, but I'd still like to have a 'pretty' trailer.

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