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garden girls

hey y’all!

hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. i celebrated by going to a movie (hangover, which was v. funny. oh, and bradley cooper wasn’t so painful to watch, either) in a cool, dark theater with my sweet, accommodating hubby. but for those of you who braved the extreme temperatures to see the fireworks, etc. … better you than me!

WHO can even junk in this heat?! not moi. i noticed there were only 14 yard sales (compared to 70-something on previous weekends) listed in the classifieds (okay, okay. i know i said i wasn’t gonna look, but i couldn’t help a little peek) for this weekend. doesn’t surprise me. even the most gung ho junker has to hang up her junking bonnet for a while when it gets this hot.

however, i did host a garden party a couple of days ago in honor of the july birthday FAGs , jannetta and bonnie. yes, it was hot as hell, but with the help of a patio table umbrella and a couple of oscillating fans, we managed to enjoy a relaxing and yummy brunch in my new garden area.

in an effort to duplicate a tea room atmosphere and menu, i served various flavored iced teas, chicken salad on a croissant, a baby spinach salad with fresh mushrooms, fresh-off-the-vine cherry tomatoes, black olives, and a banana nut muffin. for dessert, a yummmmmy fruit pizza.

my daughter tara volunteered her services as waitress (thanks again tara!) so that i could sit and relax with the girls. she wore one of my vintage aprons (actually she wore two because she couldn’t decide between them) and did an excellent job of pampering us.

it was a delicious brunch and a special time of making memories. i think the birthday girls had a good time and enjoyed their very own garden party brunch. happy birthday to my dear pals!

enjoy the pics. you can see that my garden is coming along. it’s a work in progress that will be years in the making. but i’m trying to enjoy the journey, despite the july texas heat.

love and hugs,
terry lee

“I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again”

the birthday girls are greeted with a lei ...

the birthday girls are greeted with a lei ...

... and a hug

... and a hug

let's get the show on the road!

let's get the show on the road!

our adorable and gracious waitress tara

our adorable and gracious waitress tara

the scene of the crime

the scene of the crime

hunkering together under what umbrella shade we could find

hunkering together under what umbrella shade we could find

lovely brunch served on my vintage pfaltzgraff

lovely brunch served on my vintage pfaltzgraff

jannetta takes it all in

jannetta takes it all in

gorgeous and delicious fruit pizza, made by my own two feet. i mean, hands.

gorgeous and delicious fruit pizza, made by my own two feet. i mean, hands.

jannetta gets silly with her lei

jannetta gets silly with her lei. it might be the heat ...

bonnie sits, contented and peaceful. just like a birthday girl should be!

bonnie sits, contented and peaceful. just like a birthday girl should be!

the birthday girls, full and happy

the birthday girls, full and happy

our pretty waitress takes a much needed break

our pretty waitress takes a much needed break

the official FAG ring photo (in case you haven't been paying attention, the Head FAG wears the pink ring ... that would be moi.)

the official FAG ring photo (in case you haven't been paying attention, the Head FAG wears the pink ring ... that would be moi.)

turn out the lights, the party's over ... one last pic before they leave!

turn out the lights, the party's over ... one last pic before they leave!

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paris roses

hey y’all!

wish i could stay on top of my junking trips and keep them all blogged up for you. seems i’m always running behind. almost wednesday and i’m just now getting to last weekend’s adventure.

the FAGs set off early saturday morning (8:30, that’s early for us). had a semi-agenda of which sales we’d hit and jannetta brought along her trusty GPS (that annoying, bossy, know-it-all woman who tells me where to go (!!) … “turn left then turn left then turn left.” geeeezzz!!)

but she (we call her the “GPS bitch” … or “miss thang” if we’re feeling charitable) did help us out a time or two. other times, she had us going in circles … over and over again. sheesh. you’d think three grown women would know better. “recalculating” she kept saying.

recalculate THIS, miss thang. arghhh.

anyhow, first stop (after the circling) was a little rummage sale put on by the east trimmier community center. normally, i don’t name names. however, i feel it is my duty to do so this time, in the manner of “yardsale bloodbath” (this blog is a HOOT. you should click over there … AFTER you read mine.)

it was a smallish affair, some furniture on the outside, a bbq grill smoking away with brisket (YUMMY) and a sweet old dog running around the grounds. inside there were several tables covered in your assorted yard sale crap. nothing spectacular. two or three women were roaming around, apparently running the show.

i quickly sorted out that i wouldn’t be buying anything, but since jannetta and bonnie were still looking, i tried to amuse myself with the junk. as it happens, jannetta found a little geegaw that she wanted; a wooden piece that she’d use in her laundry room. how much? 75 cents. sold! jannetta paid the lady and we took our leave.

we were seriously considering buying some of that yummy-smelling brisket, but as we were walking down the front steps to leave, one of the women inside came running after us.

“excuse me! did you PAY for that item?!” she yelled at jannetta.

oh. my. gawd. she did NOT just ask that question.

jannetta replied, “yes i did. i’m not a thief!”

by the time i processed the situation (my brain is often foggy and cob-webbed), it was over. but i turned around and said, “how insulting!”

geez. great comeback. of course, after the fact we thought of all manner of things we could have said. or done. but you know what they say about hindsight. 20/20 blahblahblah something.

so we didn’t get any brisket. but we did get an apology from a DIFFERENT lady. she was working the sale and told us she was sorry for how we were treated. she had overheard it all. it helped, but our feathers were pretty much ruffled by then. being accused of stealing (ANYthing, much less something at a yard sale for 75 cents) really is … well … insulting.

they obviously did not realize with whom they were dealing: the FAGs. yard sale aficionados, veterans of the junk wars. we have seen it all, bought it all, sold it all, lived it all. we have no desire or need to steal a 75 cent laundry sign.

having said that, i am happy to have shared our experience at the EAST TRIMMIER COMMUNITY CENTER in KILLEEN, TEXAS with all my blogland buddies.

don’t. mess. with. the. FAGs.

okay, on a positive note, as we were leaving said sale, we saw the funniest sight. my bad, my very bad for not having my camera in tow. just across the little country highway (a very small two-lane job) there were four cows, all lined up in a row, as if they were watching the sale. but they were smelling and watching the bbq grill, smoking away with the delicious smell of … their brother? cousin? friend?! yikes! it was sooo funny. a priceless picture. and i missed it. damn camera-less FAG that i am.

we made the yard sale rounds that morning … from east trimmier to belton lake to belton proper. met a few v. nice folks and found even more treasures/bargains. oddly enough, i didn’t buy all that much. usually my junk takes up most of the space in my trunk. this time bonnie and jannetta found more than i did.

whatever. it’s not the junk that counts. it’s the fun and fellowship of friends.

and getting even.

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

the yard sale pics are scarce so i added some random things around my house … enjoy!

sum total of my yard sale loot. $2.80

some of my yard sale loot. a giant quilted tote, a chenille sham, a retro turquoise compact, and a lovely white laced runner. $2.80

turn your head to the left. see the wire holly hobby figure. see the wooden handle. see the yellow ribbon. take a good look cause the next time you see it, it will be painted pink or white, sans yellow ribbon. LOVE this old piece i found at one of the yard sales. wouldja believe 15 cents?!?!?!

turn your head to the left. see the wire holly hobby figure. see the wooden handle. see the yellow ribbon. take a good look cause the next time you see it, it will be painted pink or white, sans yellow ribbon. LOVE this old piece i found at one of the yard sales. wouldja believe 15 cents?!?!?!

close up of the white runner with lovely lace. 10 cents.

close up of the white runner with lovely lace. 10 cents.

love the retro color of this sweet compact! has dual mirrors. 50 cents.

love the retro color of this sweet compact! has dual mirrors. 50 cents.

hold the phone. forgot about this little treasure! a little rose saucer. wanna guess? FIVE WHOLE CENTS!! my kinda sale!

hold the phone. forgot about this little treasure! a little rose saucer. wanna guess? FIVE WHOLE CENTS!! my kinda sale!

sweet pillow that i re-covered with an old piece of white chenille and wrapped up with some pink tulle

sweet pillow that i re-covered with an old piece of white chenille and wrapped up with some pink tulle

FANTASTIC retro turquoise salt and pepper shakers and hand mixer ... bday gifts from bonnie

FANTASTIC retro turquoise salt and pepper shakers and hand mixer ... bday gifts from bonnie

my foyer (entrance area) display

my foyer (entrance area) display

close up of one of the displays

close up of one of the displays

sweet cup with roses

sweet cup with roses

gorgeous white vintage candleabra, a birthday gift from jannetta

gorgeous white vintage candleabra, a birthday gift from jannetta

lovely hand with pearls

lovely hand with pearls

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terry lee and elvis

hey y’all!

what do you get when you cross the FAGs with an Elvis impersonator (i mean, elvis TRIBUTE ARTIST)?!

a hunka hunka burnin’ FUN!!

if it’s wednesday nights at giovanni’s in copperas cove, tx, then it’s ELVIS night! pal and fellow FAG bonnie was already an elvis-night veteran and wanted the rest of us to experience him. i mean … it. the show.

before the concert, “elvis” welcomed me to the show and i promptly told him i was an “elvis impersonator concert virgin”. whaaa?! where did that come from?!

he asked, “what are you?” i guess the noise of the restaurant kept him from hearing my comment. but could i just leave it alone?! no. i could not.

i replied, “i’m a virgin.” WTF?! then i added quickly, “of elvis impersonator concerts.” sigh. let me try one more time: “i’ve never been to an elvis impersonator concert.” geez.

well, the virgin part didn’t seem to bother him. he quickly proceeded to explain to me that he doesn’t like to be called an elvis “impersonator”. he prefers “elvis tribute artist” … because no one can truly BE elvis, blahblahdiddyblahblah.

okay. strike one for terry lee. the concert hadn’t even started and i’d already insulted elvis. criminy.

i apologized profusely and even promised to shine his blue suede shoes (haha) … then he went on his merry way to change into full elvis gear in the restaurant bathroom.

let. the. show. BEGIN!

it was a total blast! elvis (aka johnny memphis, aka “i could tell you his real name but then i’d have to kill you”) his gorgeous self was QUITE the showman. ohmy! even though i’ve never seen an elvis tribute artist in person, i’d seen plenty on tv and the internet. this guy is one of THE BEST. he not only looks the part, but his voice is practically dead-on elvis.

since it’s a small venue, “elvis” walked around and interacted a lot with his audience. naturally, he gave OUR table quite a bit of attention. who could resist three middle-aged FAGs (aka mature, beautiful women)?!

okay, fine. my gorgeous 26 year old daughter (tara) might have been the reason too.

anyway, took lots of pic and videos which i want to share with you. hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed the experience. and if you’re in central texas … GO see him at giovanni’s (yummy italian food!) in cove on a wednesday night.

the first video is “elvis” singing “jailhouse rock” with a sweet little old lady dancing her heart out. it also includes tara, jannetta and bonnie having fun:

the following video is “elvis” singing “are you lonesome tonight?” he’s working his way to our table when some (damn) ladies get in his way. he finally makes it to me (holding the camera) and then there’s an awkward crotch shot (UNintentional ………… or was it?). hahaha! enjoy:

thankyou. thankyouverymuch. 🙂

love and hugs,
terry lee

love me tender, love me true

love me tender, love me true

bonnie! stop staring at elvis for just a second! The FAGs ...

bonnie! stop staring at elvis for just a second! The FAGs ...

playing a 'little' guitar ... haha

playing a 'little' guitar ... haha

elvis with my baby girl (she's an angel, but the devil in disguise!)

elvis with my baby girl (she's an angel, but the devil in disguise!)

elvis getting serious as a heart attack

elvis getting serious as a heart attack

this little lady never stopped shaking, so enamored was she with elvis. bless her heart.

this little lady never stopped shaking, so enamored was she with elvis. bless her heart.

bon and terry lee

bon and terry lee

FAG jannetta and FAGette tara

FAG jannetta and FAGette tara

after the show ... a little closeup time with elvis

after the show ... a little closeup time with elvis

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trade days

hey y’all!

the FAGs have returned from fredericksburg’s trade days and i’m just guessing, but i bet frederick and his little burg will not soon forget the FAGs. when we hit a town, we HIT it HARD.

okay, sometimes harder than others. i’ll admit to some shananigans here and there across texas but i must say we (the FAGs) were rather docile this weekend. it might’ve been the rain on saturday. the cooler temps. the swampy, muddy muckiness that we had to traipse through to get to the vendors/barns. i don’t know. but in that true FAG spirit, we persevered. can’t keep US away from The Junk Hunt … nor rain or sleet or snow, blahblahdiddyblah blah.

it seems The Head FAG (moi) was the only one wearing sensible footwear (my skechers running shoes … not that i EVER run … with lots of arch and heel support) for that kind of slogging and slopping about.

FAG #2 (let’s call her Bonnie for laughs) wore FLIP FLOPS. cute. v. v. cute. pink, even!! and cute pink toenails to match!! on ANY other day, she would’ve been stylin’. well, she was stylin’ … but after smushing her way through the mucky field of ankle-deep muck, she wasn’t feeling so stylish after all. bless her heart.

FAG #3 (jannetta, by default) wore her funky (but stylish!) TOE sock shoe thingies. i don’t know what they’re called. but they’re not toe socks. they actually have a rubber sole on them. they just look like toe socks. she was pretty mucked up too, as it happens.

now, having said all that, we didn’t let footwear (or lack thereof) nor the rain, nor the v. cool, breezy weather keep us from FAGGing away at trade days.

the vendors were marking things down because of the rain. “rainy day specials!” some of them called it. i’d never been to trade days or anything like it and i was, well, slightly overwhelmed and overstimulated. 6 barns full of junk. acres more of outside vendors (they were rained out on saturday but up and running on sunday). oh my!

by mid-afternoon, my poor old bones (and muscles and joints and every other fiber in my tired old body) were creaking, aching, throbbing, SCREAMING at me and i had to raise the white flag. sorry FAGs. yes, i was the party pooper. ME.

we checked into our hotel and i rested while the others went on their merry way. good! y’all go on, little FAGs and have fun. after a hot shower and popping a pain pill, i crawled into bed and tried to sleep. TRIED being the operative word. seems as if we had some sort of motorcycle gang-like people next door and they were on the noisy side. arghh. do i complain NOW, or LATER?

please don’t misconstrue. i am NOT anti-motorcycle gangs. honestly. i don’t personally own a hog, or whatever the hell it is they call them, nor do i especially enjoy the *noise* that they make, or the black leather and chains and studs and bandanas that the riders wear, god bless them. it’s just not my cup of tea. however, i DO take issue with noisy people at hotels. even if they’re driving a mini-van … heck, especially if they’re driving a mini-van.

thankfully, as it happens, the motorcycle “gang” quieted down and we didn’t hear or see them until we left our room to check out. they were hanging out next to their cycles, preparing themselves (bandanas? check! mirror-reflective sunglasses? check! ciggies? check! tight-jeaned b!tch? check!) for the day’s adventure.

bonnie and i edged quietly past them, heads down, trying not to stare, while loading up the camry. when we got in the car, we felt safe enough to take a closer look at them. sheesh! they were about our age (grownup hippies) and were very subdued and civilized with their bottles of evian water (which they probably used to chase down their morning blood pressure pill and anti-depressant).

no WONDER they were so quiet last night! they were SLEEPING! so much for my “motorcycle gang” story having an exciting ending … haha.

it was a fun weekend, as it always is when FAGGing. even if we didn’t land in jail (haha) or have a tumble with a gang of hog-riders, we did get lots of treasures … some to take home in my camry, some to store in our hearts forever. wouldn’t trade THAT for anything.

enjoy the pics.

love and hugs,
terry lee

KILLER rug!! have been searching for the perfect colors/roses on a rug for my paris room. found her!! used and a bit scruffy, but oh-so-lovely. and it wasn't for sale. had to do a little pleading with the vendor ... but in the end, she sold it to me. for a SONG!

KILLER rug!! have been searching for the perfect colors/roses on a rug for my paris room. found her!! used and a bit scruffy, but oh-so-lovely. and it wasn't for sale. had to do a little pleading with the vendor ... but in the end, she sold it to me. for a SONG!

another view ... it is PERFECT in that room!

another view ... it is PERFECT in that room!

v. pretty retro ottoman ... love the color!!

v. pretty retro ottoman ... love the color!!

gorgeous pink chandie, i'm thinking it'll find its home in my bedroom

gorgeous pink chandie, i'm thinking it'll find its home in my bedroom

another view ... i LERVE it!!!

another view ... i LERVE it!!!

v. sweet little girl (that blonde ponytail and bangs is SOOO lil' terry lee!) with clock and cat. too sweet to pass up. her clock doesn't work, but when i got home and pulled her at of the bag, she was TICKING!!! and then she stopped. hmmmph.

v. sweet little girl (that blonde ponytail and bangs are SOOO lil' terry lee!) with clock and cat. too sweet to pass up. her clock doesn't work, but when i got home and pulled her out of the bag, she was TICKING!!! and then she stopped. hmmmph.

one of my fave pieces of the trip. had a NFS sticker on it. whaa?!?! when it finally (duh) occured to me what NFS meant, i KNEW i had to have it! she's too lovely. and PINK. little old lady vendor at an antique mall didn't wanna sell her, but as usual, my wicked wiles prevailed.

one of my fave pieces of the trip. had an NFS sticker on it. whaa?!?! when it finally (duh) occurred to me what NFS meant, i KNEW i had to have it! she's too lovely. and PINK. little old lady vendor at the antique mall didn't wanna sell her, but as usual, my wicked wiles prevailed.

another view ... so bel et féminin!

another view ... so bel et féminin!

woohoo! found a PINK lu-ray platter for a steal! will add her to my growing lu-ray collection that started with my mom's blue platter. love those pastels!!

woohoo! found a PINK lu-ray platter for a steal! will add her to my growing lu-ray collection that started with my mom's blue platter. love those pastels!!

lovely pink flowered platter. a gift from jannetta, thanks!

lovely pink flowered platter. a gift from jannetta, thanks!

sweet hand-crafted piece ... love the colors in this too! rainy day special: $3

sweet hand-crafted piece ... love the colors in this too! rainy day special: $3

another cutie by the same vendor. goes perfectly in my paris room! $1

another cutie by the same vendor. goes perfectly in my paris room! $1

ATTENTION!

ha! i bet you thought i had finally stopped talking. well, almost.

if you’re interested in a fantastic blog contest with a super-duper prize, check out my sister’s blog, Welcome to My World to read all about it!

okay, now i’m done. 🙂

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