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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I'm excited!

Sooo....On December 29, my Vintage Farmhouse friend, Nicki, sent me a text.
She was so excited she was dancing in the parking lot at Burger King. 
 She sent me a picture of a camper that she had just bought.  The weather was horrible and they had a rough time getting it home.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, while she was at a market with her wares, in another state, she texted me her landlord said the camper has to go.
But wait...... things seemed to be working out.  Landlord was apologetic.
Then... last week on facebook Nicki posted that the landlord changed her mind.  WHAT!?!  We were all in a rage.  Beth told me to text her and tell her to buy my old house and move up here!  I did.  We were serious!

Now let's talk about me!
At the beginning of this year, when I made some resolutions (I always do),  one of them was to set up at a couple of markets.
And lately, I've been fretting a bit about all of this stuff I have. Some of it is no longer my style, I'm feeling overwhelmed instead of inspired, but the main thing is we are living in one room in the basement.  And this basement is full and we've started filling up the upstairs.  We thought we could move everything from a house with an upstairs, a main level, and a basement, into just a basement.  No can do peeps!   And My Shug cannot build the rest of this house with stuff in the way.  So, I've been talking about markets with a few of my friends.
Last Wednesday evening when I went to the Granny Bee (stitchery group) meeting, we were talking about the Vintage Farmhouse situation.  Funny how bloggers become friends and you think about them outside of just blogging.  
Two of the GB's kept saying....Cindy, that camper would be perfect for you. Through this entire situation, not once did I think about buying that camper for myself.  Who knows why.  I've talked about getting a camper since we bought this land.  I've even looked for one.
   "Think about it", Beth said..."your nieces would LOVE it."  And I said, "I could sell honey from it!  And maybe set up a couple of markets in my own back yard!"  Marilyn said, "I'd buy it if I had a job!" But then I said, "My Shug will never go for it.  The last thing we need is one more thing to do." As we're talking, I'm sitting in the meeting, secretly texting Nicki questions about the camper.  
But now is not the time.  And that's probably the reason I didn't think of it.
I came home that evening and my Shug and I talked for two hours.   It was so the good old days before clearing land, building a house, and his sucky work hours.  He is exhausted all the time now.  And to my surprise he said, "have her send you pictures."  I could hardly fall asleep.  I was so excited.  So the next morning, after waiting patiently for an appropriate time, I sent her a text requesting pics.
 My Shug had taken the day off of work, for a couple of appointments, then we were going to work on our house in town.
  After he saw the pics he said if I could find a way to haul it here, I could have it!  
WHAT!?!?!!!  I was standing there staring at him in shock. 
 I was afraid to be happy!  
So I texted her again.  "If I pay full price, could you haul it here?"  Yup!  
I was still afraid to be happy.  
Can we come and see it today?  Yup! 
I was still afraid to be happy!

It really was the last thing I needed to be doing that day.  I had a market to get ready for (set up was the next day) Nicki was in the same market (winter woolen workshop), and her and I both had other stuff going on in our lives. Big stuff.  My Shug found out that he had to have a stress test on Monday.  One hour at a motto this hour at a time.
 So after my Shug's appointment, and after we quickly unloaded the groceries, my Shug, my Dixie Doodle, and I took off to see a camper,
 an hour and a half away.  (I had some stuff in the car already for the Winter Woolen Workshop)

We even had a secret little pact that if he felt like it was too much, he would just say, "it's really too much for us right now".  So I was still afraid to get excited!  But he didn't say so!  He said, "it's fixable, if you want it!"

I paid half down, she said they'd deliver it Sunday.   Now let me add here, that all of this time I was feeling a bit bittersweet about the whole thing.  And I apologized to her to the point that she told me to stop apologizing.  I had encouraged her to get this camper from the the beginning.  Back when we were buying dress forms, and she was selling dress forms, and the money was going to be used for the camper.  I had no intentions of ever owning it.  Ever.  I even told her she was one of the most determined people I know, and things will work out.  She told me that she will be sad, but she felt like it was a win/win.  She still gets to visit the camper.  
(Marilyn, Grandma Pedens Porch, and I went together on a booth at the Winter Woolen Workshop)
Friday came and I set up at the Winter Woolen Workshop. 
Saturday came and I sold stuff!  I was excited.  
And more than anything, I was having a blast visiting with people I knew, and haven't seen for awhile.

Sunday Morning came....
and so did the camper!
I was REALLY excited.  I hadn't even seen it in the daylight. 
My Shug asked me if I was excited and I said, "like a kid at an amusement park!"
She dropped it off and we both left because we had to get to the Winter Woolen Workshop.
At the Winter Woolen Workshop some of us were trying to think of a name for her. 
 I kind of wanted it to be names of flowers or herbs.  
HollyHawk (we have a hawk that lives in the woods on our land)
Betty Bee
Chicken Little
The name we ended up with is Coral Belle.  
Thing is...she isn't Coral, 
but Blue Belle just doesn't have the same zing.  
And Belle, instead of bell, because she is the Belle of the ball (land).
What do you think....Coral Belle?  
Coral Belle Camper on Hilltop Farm.

And guess what? Now... I am jumping up and down with excitement!  
When we finish her, she will reside on the edge of the bee yard.  
I'm going to have an open house, 
and markets, 
and sell honey, 
and of course, 
my nieces will love her!

But first, we need to fix her up. 
 When Nicki was texting me the stuff wrong with her,
 I said, "I ain't afraid to seal windows,

 or paint, (she's been primed)
 or of that ceiling.  I'm helping build a house,
 I can fix up a camper!

Cindy Bee

PS.  My Shug had to have a heart cath Monday.  You can imagine how we felt. I kept thinking of Kristi.  My Shug apparently failed the stress test.  I spent Monday at the hospital.  The entire day.  With no yarn, no magazines, no books. It wasn't our plan.  Praise God my Shug did not have any blockages.  His heart is healthy, which is good to know.  But he is stressed, and he is 55 acting like he's 28!  We are done with time deadlines. One of my resolutions was to get the house on the market by March 1.  We are still pushing to have it for sale in March....sometime.  There are more important things in life than time deadlines.  AND  We are post-poning the moving sale until the following weekend. 


  1. Same wave length I think....I just posted about it going to it's new home! ♥

    1. I saw that...Glad I got my blog updated!

  2. Oh, I am jelous! I have been wanting a vintage camper for a few years now. I think you better go through some of the things you are selling and make sure you wont need any for the camper! Glad everything is good with the Shug. I am going on a big trip in May! Two weeks in Hawaii. Have to save my pennies! Going with my best friend, family friend has a home there and we have it for free for two weeks! First I was not sure, lots of money for the plane fare but hubs is buying my ticket with a bonus he gets next month, so I just have to get over my fright of being in the plane for so long!

    1. WOW! Good for you for going to Hawaii! Tell your Dr. you are concerned about flying and he'll prescribe Xanax. Low dose, cut in half, works wonders!!! My parents and I were going to take them on our flight to Italy...I thought I was going to have a heart attack before getting on that plane. Anxiety at the airport. I don't like it but it's what I do, every time. I used to make fun of my ex-husband for being that way, so it's probably pay back! Anyway, we didn't take the drugs. My sister brought her i-pad and we watched a couple of movies and several episodes of Downton Abbey. I crocheted. Just stay distracted and you'll do fine. You must take lots of pics!

      Cindy Bee

  3. How exciting!...have fun...happy for you! I keep trying to get back to granny bees...always something going glad your shug is ok.

    have a great day!


    1. Hi Ronda,
      Haven't heard from you in ages. I hope all is well. I understand being busy. If I don't MAKE myself take time out for me, then it would never happen. I wish my Shug would learn that. Oh well....How is Karter?

  4. Glad to hear your Shug is OK, Cindy. And the camper looks like loads of fun for the future. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Fiona,
      Yes my Shug is doing fine now. I hope you are doing ok. You haven't blogged in a long time girl....thinking of you.


  5. First tell your Shug there is nothing worth risking his health have some fun and relax already, you can tell him I said that I have one just like him. Smarten up work is work. Ok now

    Can you see me dancing I am so excited for you. Coal Belle is perfect and yes you can fix anything Yup dancing here in the kitchen Yeah I cannot wait to see what you do with it. Happy girl here.
    Hey Shug I am sorry if you thought I was lecturing you BUT I care about our Cindy Bee and she loves you, you have to take care of yourself OK.

    Hugs B still dancing.:)

    1. Buttons,
      If he doesn't listen to me, then he ain't gonna listen to you! And if you have one just like him, then you get it.

      I can see you dancing! I see you dancing in the bush though, not in the kitchen....there is a bear behind a tree laughing at you!!!!

  6. CORAL Belle is what I meant to type:) B

  7. Oh Cindy - so sad to hear about your Shug's health - so glad to hear his heart is good though! That Stress thing is not easy to control - you stress about being stressed etc. -but with spring around the corner, more sunshine, less deadlines, and maybe even a few daytrips here and there that can be helpful? We go hiking for FUN lol instead of work, and pack a picnic for just a few hours when we can - it helps to see other things besides what needs to be done for even just a few hours... and tequila once in a while. its organic you know... ;)

    That camper is WONDERFUL! And her name? she doenst have to be the color coral because coralbells arent necessaryily coral !!!

    1. I think the tequila would be a good idea. Accompanied by a lime (fruit is good for you) and maybe some salt. And sunshine...we need sunshine bad! I don't like to be cold, so hiking is out right now.

      Thank you for the website with the blue coralbells! I looked it up...and someone else sent me an e-mail and said to paint a coral bell on the side of the camper. Love the ideas you all have.


  8. I'm so sorry to read about your Shug's health and stress and with both of you only the best.

    I was bouncing up and down in my chair reading about your new camper and can feel your excitement from here; good for you! Now maybe I can attend one of your markets!

    1. Thanks for the best wishes...and I would love to have you attend one of the markets! We should have a blogger market get together! We talked about doing that years ago, but I have to help build a house first. lawsy it's taking too long....


  9. I am happy and excited for you!!! This will be so much fun to watch the transformation. Perfect for you!

    My prayers for your Shug and you!

  10. That camper coulda been mine......someday....

    1. got a store, you don't need a camper!

      Cindy Bee

  11. I like the camper....though...and I am glad D. is ok

  12. So glad Dave came out OK and now to stay ok!!
    Next::the camper OHH MY golly::you finally found and got one:::sooo coool!!
    a good name:::but here are couple of others--
    DizzyBee 0n HillTop Farm
    BuzzyBee on HillTop Farm

    The color is cool and so vintage!!
    can't wait to see it
    the cuz from the other farm that use to have an ole camper but bright orange long time ago

    1. Yes I do remember that orange vintage camper. Twas cool...and it matched the orange vintage truck! Even cooler. I doubt I'll be pulling this one anywhere. Thanks for the other names....but I don't want to be reminded of dizzy or busy times! Peaceful, relaxing, and fun times....


  13. Congats on your camper! I LOVE that you had to name her ~ I seem to name everything.... I had a little camper named Daisy, I'm sorry everyday that I agreed to sell her... You shouldn't sell things with names, it's just wrong. I love that your farm is called Hilltop (I adore Beatrix Potter) and how groovy is it that you keep bees too! (on my to do list!) Lots of inspiration here! Glad I found your little place in Blogland! :))))

    1. Hi Melody! Nice to meet you. So sorry that you sold Daisy. Maybe you can get a Daisy II someday. I adore Beatrix Potter too. And thanks for the inspiration comment. I appreciate it!

      Cindy Bee

  14. I happened onto your blog through Debra (the City Farmgirl) and just had to come over to see your new camp trailer. You see, this summer my husband and I took the plunge and purchased a 1965 Ideal. I couldn't wait to begin the repairs and I am really looking forward to the interior work and decorating. So far, hubby has taken out the front window and repaired the leak. He is sanding off the roof and in the spring we will apply new roof coating. Unfortunately I had some health issues (we're in our 50's too! Yikes!) and he has done the repairs on his own.
    I am working on a cowboy/western theme since our trailer came from Helena, Montana. Maybe she will be 'Helen'...You will have so much fun and enjoy the creative aspect of your journey! It's nice to be so excited about something! Just like having your own adult playhouse...

    1. Hi Janice,
      Nice to meet you! I think you should name your camper Helen. Sounds perfect. I don't plan on redoing our camper to it's perfect condition. We don't plan on pulling it. We have land that we can camp on and that's about as much camping as I'll do! But I want to sell my honey from it and have little markets and such. It should be fun. SOrry to hear about your health problems. I hope whatever is going on is better now. Take care of yourself.

      Cindy Bee

  15. Sorry, I meant to say Rebekah, the City Farmgirl!

  16. Cindy Bee,
    I'm so happy to hear your husband is ok. Having heart issues is serious business. I see him resting in a car outside of Coral Belle and sweet talking ladies into buying your honey.

    She's a beauty and full of history that you're going to add too.

    1. I know Julie! Try to tell my husband it's serious business. I try and he doesn't listen.

      Cindy Bee

  17. What a neat camper! I bet you are so excited to fix it up. I can't wait to see what you do with it! Coral Belle is the perfect name for her :)

    PS - I was sent here by Buttons! She commented on my post about getting into beekeeping and said you are the smartest bee lady she knows so I should get connected with you. I'll have to look through your bee posts! We have our hive and are getting bees here in a couple weeks. We're excited!


    1. Hi Tammy,

      One thing about beekeeping....I need to know where you are from...what zone you live in. I'm in Indiana. Beekeeping, like gardening, has some common factors, but zone/region makes a bit of a difference. I will gladly help you out as much as I can though. I love my bees and I miss them in the winter months...about now. Beekeeping is a fun thing to do and I have found out after ten years, that it's different every year. The one thing I always highly recommend is to find someone else that beekeeps in your area and get together with them when you open hives. It made all the difference for me.

      Cindy Bee

  18. Hi Cindy, Wow . . . I have not visited for a while . . . so I've been going through a lot of your past posts. Busy girl :)
    I love the trailer and will be watching to see the transformation. We are thinking about buying an older wooden sailboat to bring back to life. It hasn't been in the water in years, so we want to be sure it doesn't take in water before we hand over the money. So next we'll laugh it long enough to see what condition the haul is in. If it is good, we can do everything else . . . fun, fun, fun. We will have to compare make-overs through blogging.
    I love visiting and seeing your pretty smiling face again. Have a wonderful weekend . . .
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

    1. Connie,

      Buy the sailboat. You only live once! Do it!
      I'll pop over and say hi soon.
      Cindy Bee


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