Girls just want to have fu-un . . . and Guyday Friday

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Even when said “girl” just turned 52. I’m still just a kid at heart, of course. As most of y’all know, I went through a low period recently, and I have been actively working at cheering myself up.   Enjoying an afternoon at the hair salon today helped–I love having someone else wash and dry my hair. I could have fallen asleep in the chair if I’d let myself.

To have the white roots attended to, the bangs no longer trying to put my eye out, the eyebrows spruced up–it’s all good.  And Benny got his hair did, too! 😉

After a trip to Wal-Mart largely for toiletry items, we headed out to the county fair. I saw some folks I hadn’t seen in a while, got some hugs, and even discussed a possible collaboration after the first of the year on a children’s book about adoption. We strolled the midway, Benny using his mini-videocam to shoot some footage, took in the exhibits (the art competition is always my fave) and decided to forgo the Sizzler, our Ride of Choice, as my back still isn’t quite “normal” and that ride does slam a body around quite a bit.  Of course, we also had to check out the livestock shed, and meet the cattle, chickens, geese and a lone bunny rabbit on exhibit there.  Farmer’s daughter that I am,  I love cows. I miss having them nearby.

My favorite fair ride, the Sizzler aka the Scrambler. Courtesy of www2lj.com

Nothing like a hot, tasty funnel cake for dessert at the fair. Courtesy of columbusfoodie.com

We listened to some local talents perform country tunes on their guitars while enjoying the piece de resistance of the evening: a piping hot funnel cake liberally sprinkled with powdered sugar. I do not want to know the fat content of said treat; suffice it to say I never eat more than a couple a year. After all, if you are going to attend a fair or festival, you’ve got to enjoy the food, right? It’s some unwritten law, I believe.

In spite of the fact we didn’t ride any rides or play any games, between paying the admission fee and buying supper, the funnel cake and drinks, we still blew $30.

However, $25 of that went to the event sponsors the Kiwanis, who support several worthwhile charities here in the city and county. So I won’t begrudge them that buck for a canned soft drink.

We came home, tired but in a pleasant sort of way, and I remembered that Leigh had requested I have some photos taken after getting spruced up. Well, I ended up taking them myself (the wonders of a digital SLR) and having fun playing with the images.  After several hours of heat and humidity, my hair (and the rest of me, for that matter) did not look quite as glamorous as when I walked out of the salon. Still, I thought the old girl didn’t look half-bad.  And we can’t all be jaw-droppingly gorgeous like a certain Brit actor I know.  😉

Now I know what my hair would look like if I ever decided to dye it the colors of the rainbow.

And did someone mention “Jaw-droppingly gorgeous?” Oh, yeah, it’s Guyday Friday . . . enjoy.  😉 More to come later, of course.

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  1. Sounds like you had an excellent day. Do 4H and FFA still show their animals at the fair?

    I hope the children’s book project comes to fruition because (1) I know you’ll do a great job and (2) it’s a difficult subject for children (and grown-ups) so a good book would be helpful.

    Honey, if that’s what 52 looks like, I’m disgustingly jealous.

    Happy Guyday Friday!

    • It was a good day, a really nice day. It was good to get out and about and see some familiar faces.

      Re the fair, you know, Benny and I were remarking on how little participation there seemed to be from both 4H and FFA in recent years, which was certainly not the case in the earlier days of the fair. The one in Montgomery is much larger, naturally, and there are many more exhibits of all types. I know several people from here who participate in the that event in the food competitions. There is another large fair in the northern part of the state. I think some of the counties don’t even have fairs anymore. And everything seems scaled-down to what it once was.

      Susan (the lady discussing the book project with me) is quite the go-getter so if she wants it to happen, I suspect it will happen. She is quite familiar with my writing abilities. She herself was in foster care as a small child before being adopted by a prominent family and has always been a big supporter of the county’s foster parent program. I’d been feeling so down in the dumps that looking at the photos and being pleasantly surprised was definitely a mood elevator. 😉

      Happy Guyday Friday!!

      • Interesting about the fair. In some parts of the U.S., organic farming has brought out a new generation of people who actually want to farm, people who are raising some of the distinctive breeds of livestock and “heirloom” varieties of fruit and vegetables. I would have thought a county fair would be a good showcase for them.

        Friends in the U.S. have adopted recently, but they fostered their daughters from birth until the adoption was formalized in court. Foster care is a huge issue in WA because there are never enough foster parents and sometimes the system goes horribly wrong.

        I’m glad the photos lifted your mood. Lookin’ good, girl. And then there’s Guy. Just looking at that man lifts my spirits.

        • We actually have a farmer’s market now. For Several years, local farmers would bring their produce out to the fairgrounds each Saturday to sell but there was no covered pavilion in case of inclement weather. A group got together and raised funds and built a nice wooden pavilion with stalls for the trucks to back into on the land where the old jail stood before demolition. It’s operated seasonally for three days a week and it’s been quite a success. Along with fruits and veggies, vendors have also sold pecans, locally made honey, canned goods, herbs and other homegrown/made stuff.

          Re foster parents, one of the concerns here is that many of the tried-and-true foster parents are growing older and soon will not be able to take on the responsibilty. So they are trying to recruit younger couples to get involved. Thankfully, we’ve never had one of those horrible situations that you have spoken of here, but I know all too well it goes on.

          Yeah, Sir Guy does all sorts of things for me, frankly. *sigh* *drool* *thud*

          • There’s a great farmers’ market in Cortes de la Frontera, and in Ronda, there’s an indoor market with lots of stalls in the parish of San Cristobal, right near the national police (think FBI) offices. But the fellow who comes around with his truck on Wednesday afternoons has good produce, too, just not a wide selection. I confess I do miss pecans; they’re almost unknown here.

  2. What wonderful photos of yourself Angie !!!! I’m happy you enjoyed your birthday and happy Guyday Friday !
    What did Sir Guy give you for your birthday if it is not indiscreet ? A cake baked with love especially for you ???

    • Thank you, Nadia. 😀 Happy Guyday Friday to you, too. I will fill everyone in on the birthday details this weekend. Guy gave me a lovely present suggested by Mistress Leigh. And we had quite the raucous time of it with the various ChaRACters and Thorin’s buddies. A real party!!

  3. It sounds like you had a lovely day out, and the photos of you are great! If I get a nice head massage at the hairdresser’s when they wash and condition my hair I’m in heaven…it’s the best part!
    Good to hear you’re feeling better. *hugs*

    PS Thank you for that pic of Guy with that tempting little bit of flesh. Happy Guyday indeed! 😉

  4. You are truly beautiful. My first thought when I saw the second photo was that you would definitely catch Thorin’s eye. You have a twinkle and a sweetness to your expression that would make a certain Dwarven king take a second look. You aren’t all skinny and underfed like those bloody Elves either. 🙂

    I love county fairs too. I’m from northern Indiana and am used to 4-H fairs with lots of livestock and tons of farm-related things. Being nuts about any animal I always headed for the livestock, especially horses and goats. We have the Big E up here in New England and they have big draft horse hitch contests that are incredible to attend. The ground shakes when those horses thunder by. I’ll let you keep the funnel cakes and keep all the cotton candy to myself.

    Wouldn’t you just love to take Thorin & Company to a big county fair? We’d never get Bombur away from the food concessions.

    • Awww, thanks. You are very kind. My husband has always liked that twinkle in my eye. 😉 And I am DEFINITELY not “all skinny and underfed.” I could stand to be a bit more that way, I have to say. But I would love to get an approving smile from a certain handsome warrior dwarf . . . 😉

      I remember when we lived in Dayton (OHio) we went to their fair and it was quite a nice one. I loved the lambs and watching the youngsters showing off their prize livestock. And yes, the dwarfs would be great fun at such an event. Although, as you say, Bombur might be too busy cutting a swath through the Polish dogs, nachoes, cotton candy, caramel apples, funnel cakes and who knows what else. 😉

      We have something here in the county called Old-Time Farm Days and it’s a wonderful event which has grown every year since its inception. A group of local farmers and businessmen went together and one of the farmers leased some of his land for a very low price as a permament place to hold it. You have mule and horse teams from all across the region. There is a petting zoo with lots of cute and cuddly critters. Antique tractors and farm implements are also on display and the tractor parade is an annual event.

      I am proud to say one of my dad’s old John Deeres was part of such a parade. A local farmer had purchased it after his passing and restored it to its original beauty. I wept a little when I saw it.

      It is a two-day event with Friday set aside for groups of school children to attend, and Saturday open to the public. They’ve built an on-site kitchen with a large pavilion and picnic tables where folks can enjoy sweet tea and homemade cake along with the requisite hamburgers and hot dogs. They have beautiful handmade quilts suspended overhead at the pavilion, and it’s quite a colorful sight.

      Along with such such items as hand-crafted birdhouses and beautiful baskets woven on the spot, you can purchase freshly made syrup, home-canned products and even try your hand at milking a cow. There are also children’s games like the peddle tractor race. There’s something for all ages to enjoy.

      • Sounds like a great way to keep the traditions alive and remind folks that not everything is agribusiness and plastic packages. There’s something about things that are handmade with care and skill, whether they be food or quilts or baskets, that can’t be replicated.

    • Awww, thanks, Serv. I have somewhat of a fear of heights so stuff that spins rather than soars seems to work better for me. 😉 Although I did love the Runaway Mine Train rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Georgia.

  5. Wow, you look stunning! Great photos! I’m so glad you had such a fun time at the fair. What are 4H and FFA? I guess the latter has to do something with Farmers Association? 🙂

    • 4-H is an association that encourages children and teens to learn how to raise farm animals; the kids show them at fairs in competition for prizes. FFA is Future Farmers of America, an organization with similar programs. They were very popular when I was young, but that popularity may have waned with the advent of agribusiness and many family farms failing in its wake.

      • 4-H also has a lot of other stuff besides farm animals — all of the preserving and culinary arts, plus things like photography. It’s a sort of skill-based scouting program for rural kids but without camping and all the paramilitary things scouts (used to) do, and you can join very young. FFA is more for high school kids.

  6. Angie
    You look great! What a trip to the hairdressers can do for a person. I just when today for my color and cut. I also got my hair straighten for a couple days. I have not been to the county fair for years,but sounds like you had fun.

        • LOL He really doesn’t mind them if they don’t get too unruly. Truth is, both of us were overdue to get haircuts. I’d had to resort to trimming my bangs and he’d chopped off pieces of his own hair here and there. It was the earliest I get us an appointment. We like to think we clean up nicely. 😉

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