Sep 8, 2010

Pioneer Woman invited me back to the ranch!

Okay, Ree Drummond, aka, The Pioneer Woman, did not really invite me back to her ranch, but that did get your attention, didn't it? I know, not fair, but in my head, I really, really want to go baaaaccckkk! Maybe if I send out that vibe...maybe she will invite me to visit her ranch...maybe? Okay, she probably won't but if anyone reading this out there in blog land knows her well enough to let her know that I want to go back and take more photos of her mustangs and cattle...please let her know. Just want to get "it" out there.  :-)  But I really did visit with her, and she really did meet me, and if you run into her, here is a photo you can show her to remind her. I know, look at her...(sigh)...she's tall AND gorgeous, AND, she cooks, AND lives with horses, a cowboy, great kids, has great hair, big eyes, AND is really nice on top of all that...damn! You just want to smack her! But once you get to know her, you realize how much you really do like her because she really is the real deal. 




Me and the beautiful Ree Drummond.



Before I get too busy and too much time passes, I wanted to share with you, as promised, my visit with Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman. Now, let me back up for a moment and catch you up. I have been honored to photograph some studios for Where Women Create and Jo Packham, the editor and creator of this wonderful publication, is now creating a brand new publication, Where Women Cook (due out this December). A wonderfully new publication about women, cooking, their kitchens, and their journey with food and their love for it. (And by the way, I will be in the first issue!)





Jo calls me up one day, all excited and asks if I could fly out to Oklahoma and shoot for Where Women Cook and be one of the photographers for the photo shoot. I am not sure what could have kept me from not going, but of course, I my appointment book suddenly became cleared. I had certainly have heard of The Pioneer woman, in fact, I had read some of her stuff way back when, before she really became "known." And I will be the first to admit that I hadn't really kept up with her since she had really became "famous" and maybe that was a good thing because I went into the shoot only knowing she had a nice ranch, a new cookbook out, and is a fabulous photographer, and not much more. Later I learn that Sony Pictures is making a movie about her, People magazine has had her twice, she has appeared on The View and the Bonnie Hunt Show and the week I was there, she was getting ready for the Today Show. People who know me well, know I am clueless when it comes to this kind of stuff, just clueless. I thought I was doing good to know she had a cookbook out and a "popular" blog! It is better that I just think of people as people, because it is usually way after the fact do I get all worked up when I find out what everyone else knows and then get all disappointed that I wasn't star-strucked like everyone else was at the time. It happens all the time with me. 

So, I packed my equipment and fly out to Tulsa, Oklahoma and just pray that nothing happens to my carrying on bag...this is the first time I am traveling with every single piece of camera equipment I own in one bag. I have traveled all over the world and this is the first time I can honestly say I was really nervous about my one bag ever leaving my sight, getting kicked, some kid playing around it, or some idiot trying to cram his bag next to mine in the overhead bin on the plane. I was like a nervous new mother with a crying infant, wearing a maternity bra, constantly looking down, checking for leakage.

Once in Tulsa, I met up with Tiffany, better known as The Fancy Farm Girl, who was the other photographer. She is a fabulous photographer and we talked about our shooting styles and of course, equipment. We talked as if we have known each other a lifetime and I loved her immediately. Only about 30 minutes later, Jo and her assistant, Loralee of Loralee's Looney Tunes blog,  met up with us and off we go to get the rental car and on a new adventure!

Now Ree (Pioneer Woman) assured Jo that her ranch was only one hour and 20 minutes away from the Tulsa airport...but we took the "scenic route" and got to the ranch almost three hours later, with the help of a Kansas State Trooper. We had stopped at a tiny gas station to take pee break and both Tiffany and I spotted a muscular State Trooper gassing up. As we eyed him up and down...I mean as we noticed him, we both at the same time noticed his car had Kansas plates and I wondered out loud, "Why is a Kansas Trooper in Oklahoma?"

Just then, Jo, who drove the rental car, rolls down the window and checks with the trooper and it goes like this:


Jo: Can you tell me how far it is to Burnstown? (I don't remember the actual dinky town's name)


Trooper: Burnstown?


Jo: Yes, we need to turn onto 60 at Burnstown.
(Jo is now waving the piece of paper with the directions out the window at him, as if that was proof.)


Trooper: You mean, Burnstown, Oklahoma?


Jo: We aren't in Oklahoma?


Trooper: (With a big smile on his face as he bends down and looks at all us clueless women in the car)
Nope. You're in Kansas. You aren't in Oklahoma anymore.


We all crack up laughing because we knew he was just dying to say that line.


Somehow, we drove almost 30 miles into Kansas with a car of four women, and not one of us saw the "Welcome to Kansas" sign. And what is really sad about all this is that we are in the middle of NO WHERE with only fields and farms, so we can't even blame heavy traffic on blocking the signage.

After the photo shoot, when I returned to St. Louis, I emailed this card from Jib Jab and sent it to Jo, Tiffany and Loralee, (Click to play and wait a second for it to start. Have your volume up.)



Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!


The card said: "We're not in Kansas anymore!" 




So back on the ranch...




We finally arrive at what is known as "The Lodge" on the ranch. This is the place where guests stay and the personal home, I am told, is a couple of miles away on the ranch. I am guessing there are thousands of acres attached to this ranch. Before I arrived, I was picturing dusty dirt, and dry land. NO, this is a lush, rolling landscape with green fields and a view to die for. We arrive in the dark and you don't know what dark is until you are in the middle of a huge ranch with no lights, no where.

The lodge is huge, with timbered ceilings, stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen (stocked for us), and four huge bedrooms, all with giant glass doors overlooking the rolling hills. We girls were in heaven. I went out onto the huge porch into pure darkness and stillness. The breeze was so nice and I don't think I have never been in such a dark and quiet place before. I sat down on a chair to take it in. Suddenly, I hear a little tiny trot coming towards me, and before I know it, I have a slobbery jaw on my knee and sad eyes looking up at me as if I were there for one reason only, and I better get to it. An old ranch dog came up out of know where to greet me. She/ he? (too dark to see the parts) looked like part pit bull, part boxer, part hound, part this and that. But mainly, big part lovable. I petted its head for a while and before I know it, she/he was gone. I learned from Ree later the next day, that I was petting, Hooker. Apparently she has had numerous litters and is a really "friendly" dog that has earned her name. I love it!

The next day, I wake up with light streaming into my room through the sheers. I almost forgot where I was. I suddenly jolted up and realized I had to get some sunrise shots! I jumped out of the most comfortable bed of my life and grabbed my camera and went out onto the porch in my bare feet and pj's. I had the entire porch to myself that morning. I am NOT a morning person and I told myself that I would just take a few photos and go right back to bed, but it was too beautiful to pass up, so I never went back to that really, really comfy bed.

I began snapping and couldn't stop. I padded around the porch and like an idiot, I kept thinking, I should put on some shoes, but never did and so I walked around on pebbles, thinking, I need to get shoes on, but again, I never did. Why do we stuff like that? I mean, I was only 20 yards away, but there I am, still bare foot. Below are some photos. So...on with some photos....














All this beauty, and I have to take photos of telephone poles...go figure. But the sunlight just made them look so mystical.










As the sun rose, the colors just kept changing and changing...




I am guessing, a ranch-hand's home...I'd take it!




Can't you imagine just how quiet it is in this scene?




The sun and sky just kept changing the scenery and this road went as far as the eye could see.








The Lodge.  Why anyone would ever leave this place is beyond me....








Does this look like Oklahoma? More like Montana to me....






The ranch is a working cattle ranch, has a wild mustang reserve, and more. It is a fourth generation ranch and I do believe I could give up city living...I really fell in love with it. As I sat there on the porch, taking it in, I suddenly hear a loud neeiiigghhhinggg coming from way down below. I jump up and looked all around...and then right there below me, is a horse looking straight at me, tossing his head up and down, neighing at me to get my attention. Then he just stopped and stared at me. He just stood there and stared at me and I just stood and stared back. Oh how I wish I had a telephoto lens! He was just saying "Good-morning!" Geesh, even the friggin horses are magical at this ranch. I was really happy to have that moment to myself, though. I just have to move there...I already have many cowboy boots, so I am ready.





Last night I had Hooker greet me (how ironic that "Hooker" was my night greeter) and this morning, this beautiful horse trotted up and waited for me to take note of him and wanted his picture taken too!




Okay, Randy, on my Christmas list...a telephoto lens, please!








The sun continues to rise and the sky and fields are awakening...




Cattle in the distant...I can hear them greeting me as well. (Please, honey, a telephoto lens!)




Can you believe that color?? And no, I did not add a single element to this photo. This is what I really saw when I stood on that beautiful porch. Breathtaking! And I got to see this beauty all by myself that morning. So nice.




Soon everyone is up and Ree arrives and greets us all with a big smile. She is very friendly and kind and soft-spoken. She is making lasagna and I will show you a few photos - but like always...you have to get the publication to see it all. :-)  After I came in after snapping the sunrise photos, I tipped-toed around the lodge while the others slept and quickly snapped these photos just for you...yes, that is right...I took these just for you all because I know how much you like the behind the scenes shots and I thought how fun it would be for you to see the lodge all quiet BEFORE the action even began. Besides, I wasn't sure if I would even have time to take photos after the shoot and the house, would most likely be a mess. So, here are a few photos of the inside with the bright morning sun shining in.























Can't you imagine a line of really cute cowboys sitting on these stools eating chow?








And just to really make you wonder who ends up sitting at one of those bar stools down at the end of the kitchen....and to make you go and reserve you a copy of Where Women Cook...you might want to see just who some women are cooking for and in particular, this special man...






























After several hours of shooting, out of no where, we heard him. You know, Marlboro Man. I didn't see him at first, but I heard his spurs on the floor. He is a handsome, rugged man that is truly in love with his woman - his Pioneer Woman. They are the cutest couple. I introduced myself to him, but mainly stayed back and took some photos. I hope the way he looks at his Ree is the way Randy looks at me after being married for 17 years. I believe no matter how much press and groupies that are bound to come their way once the movie is out, they will still have eyes only for each other, as it should be.

You know, so many women today, especially young women, are so against anything "domestic." Growing up in the feminist 60's and 70's I was raised to be independent and remaining in the home meant I didn't really succeed. And yet, look at the line of work I ended up in - basically, interior design - back in the home, the place I always wanted to be all along. Ree is a woman that I admire immensely. She has all the qualities a woman should be PROUD to have. She can cook, run a family, take care of her husband, raise her children, and yet, she is very much her own person. She isn't swallowed up by it all, rather, she celebrates it all by cherishing it, rather than running away from it like so many  can with busyness or hobbies. In return, she gets a husband who adores her, protects her and the family and admires her talents and allows her to be her. 

I have no doubt that she has her challenges just like the rest of us, but she seems to have taken on many traditional roles with such grace and with such a modern "flare" that makes domestic life almost magical - that is, if you include cow poop and a dog named Hooker as part of the fairyland. I don't pretend that her life is Martha Stewart on Horseback. I am just saying that in an era in which motherhood, housekeeping, taking care of your man, and cooking are deemed as duties on a to do list, rather than a passion, it is refreshing to meet a woman who is so front and center about what is so in front and centered in her life - her family and taking care of them with a passion and a great sense of humor on top of it all. If you haven't visited her blog, please do. You will love her sense of humor, take on life, recipes and just how she can take an everyday event and make it funny - like how her dog might sleep with its head turned so all its crooked teeth show and how it looks deformed. Stuff like that. Good stuff. 

Thank you Ree for allowing me into your world for just a short bit. I will value my time with you in so many ways.






Jo Packham, Ree Drummond and Me. Yes, yes, I added lots of "glow" to this photo. This was taken after a LONG day of shooting and I got up at sunrise at that. I mean, look at Ree. She just glows naturally.  I needed some glow too! :-)



The evening ended with Jo having to fly home with a family emergency and me, Tiffany and Loralee spent the night at a hotel near the airport since we all had very early flights. We all were yakking and comparing notes and photos and blogging....below is what Loralee called a computer geek's fantasy:









Me, Tiffany, and Loralee. Can you hear the clicking of the keys as we all three type? Can you believe we have known each other only 24 hours and here we are in bed together with our computers? Tiffany emailed this photo to Jo while we were still in bed and said, "Look how hard we are working for you!" And she texted back, "I want to know who's there taking that photo..." (I took the photo on my little pocket camera with a timer - but we left her guessing.) It was late at night, but we were all still high from the fresh ranch air, I think.






Story Time:


Photo from hitherandthither.net
There was a moment out of the whole adventure that meant a lot to me that I wanted to share, and then I will close with my own thoughts. On the evening that we arrived, as stated earlier, the three went inside and I stayed out onto the huge porch and enjoyed the breeze and complete, complete silence and darkness. I have never seen such darkness. I leaned on the railing, taking it all in and soon Jo and Loralee joined me and then later, Tiffany.

Suddenly, Jo points out into the wilderness and gasps a little and says, "What's that?" I cock my head and look out towards the horizon. We are all quiet as we stare out into pure blackness. And then Jo says, "Look, there it is again!" I am stretching my neck, and looking out into the fields and I have no idea what she is talking about and suddenly Loralee says, "I see it now!" I turn just in time to see Loralee and Jo pointing and smiling at a.....firefly!

A firefly. I discover they have never seen a firefly before. When I tell them they are looking at a firefly, they both turn into little girls. I feel honored to be there to witness the first time they have ever seen a firefly.

Jo says softly as she watches out into the fields, "I always wondered if they were just a myth."

You see, Jo and Loralee live and grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah. Fireflies don't live there. I don't think I had ever met anyone before who had never seen one. I just found this so fascinating that someone could live an entire life and never had seen a real firefly. Growing up in Texas, I guess, I just assumed everyone grew up catching fireflies in the summer.

Jo asks me, "What do they look like?" She never takes her eyes off the fields.

Oh, how I wish I could catch one, but they are way down in the field and there only seems to be two or three way down there. I explain to her how I still catch them on my front porch to this day and wait for Randy to come out and show him all in my hand, blinking. I tell her stories of my growing up and putting them in mason jars with holes punched in the lid and having "lanterns" for the yard at night. I tell them how I used to love catching them and then scattering them in my long hair as a little girl and pretend I was a fairy as they blinked their way out of my messy, sweaty hair on a hot summer Texas night. She and Loralee listened to my stories as they lean on the railing and watched the few fireflies blink in the distance.

And that is the beauty of this wonderful world of ours. No matter our age, no matter how much we think we know, we can still find wonder and amazement at the simplest things. But those simplest things can become so fantastic when shared with someone we care about.

A firefly. A tiny, twinkly fly that shined in the night amongst thousands and thousands of dark acres. It just did what it was created to do, and nothing more. Yet, it managed to catch and hold our complete attention. Can you imagine for just a moment how we must fascinate God when we shine with not only what we were created to do, but also with what we create from our hearts as well?

Maybe that is where that term, Shining moment comes from? Whether we live in the middle of a beautiful ranch with a cowboy, or in the center of a huge city with a roommate, or in a small bungalow with a barber husband, the point is, our shining moments are more brightly lit because we have someone we are shining for. Just something to think about.

This Friday, I believe Design Sherpa will be announcing its top 10 winners out of the 100 winners to go on to phase two. I am honored to have made it to phase one, so click on the site on Friday and see if I am in phase two, or if they announced it yet. I will be no where near a computer - I will be with a bunch of wonderful women out in the middle of no where in Arkansas on a women's bible retreat, boating, swimming, and laughing (and eating)! So I will have no idea until I get back what is going on - so I hope I have good news waiting for me. Thank you all for the lovely comments you left me on Design Sherpa's website, I appreciate it so much.


May your shining moments be often, and may they be witnessed by those who truly love you.

From my house to your house,


Elizabeth

39 comments:

The Little Red Shop said...

What a lovely sentiment, Elizabeth! I hope you have a beautiful time at your retreat. Your time at "The Ranch" sounds pretty wonderful....Hooker and all! I visited with Tiffany at Barn House for a wee bit just after she returned from OK. It will be so much fun to see what ya'll created for the magazine!

: )

Julie M.

ps My best friend's company is called "Four Fireflies" and she absolutely ADORES Pioneer Woman!

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Thank you Julie! Tiffany was great to work with. We had so much fun. I just visited your blog and fell in love with it! Thanks for sharing and visiting.

Big hug
Elizabeth

Raised In Cotton~Carol said...

Oh Girlfriend what a MAGICAL trip you had~ plus the added bonus of meeting Ree and spending time with her on that beautiful ranch. No wonder you girls were glowing~ simply stunning photo's as always:))

xoxox, Carol

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Hi ELizabeth!
Loved this post. Your photos are always a treat, but your narration on this particular post is inspirational as well.
I am still trying to get a grasp on the fact that some people have never really seen a firefly! Who knew?? Like you, they were always a staple in our central New York childhood. Although I'm still amazed by them and can watch them for a long time sitting on my porch, I guess I sort of took them for granted. Now, I realize how special they really are.
Have a great time on your retreat and good luck in the Design Sherpa!
**Tami

Claudia said...

What a gorgeous post, Elizabeth. That ranch and its views - unbelievable. That Pioneer Woman has to ask you back!

I grew up with fireflies. After living in California for a while, I was so thrilled to see them here in NY State. In fact the first night we lived here, we let the dogs out and they ran in the yard with fireflies all around. Magical.

xo
Claudia

PS - Your blog is looking pretty snazzy!

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Carol, Tami, and Claudia,

Thanks for the nice comments. Yes, it is a magical place. I took fireflies for granted too. I still remember Jo's smiling face filled with wonderment as she stared out into the night at the small twinkle down below in the field. It never occurred to me that someone might think they were a myth.

But when you stop and really watch them, they are magical and beautiful. We are just so used to seeing them. How plain our summer evenings would be without them. I would miss them and I am glad to have had that experience with Jo and Loralee - it made me appreciate that little twinkle fly all the more!

Elizabeth

Debra@Common Ground said...

Elizabeth, what an amazing experience. I had no idea that Ree lived in OK. I'm still laughing hard about you all ending up in Kansas! (loved the e-card). Wonderful shots of the gorgeous country and lodge, I'm looking forward to this publication, but I have to admit I don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen anymore. So I'll just live vicariously thru everyone else, Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip!
xo,
Debra

Tamra said...

What a great post. And from everything I've read about Ree I bet you could show up unannounced and she would be thrilled to have you show up and visit as long as you'd like!

And the "Computer Geeks Fantasy" still has me laughing. I can only imagine the fun you girls had.

I can't wait for "Where women cook"

As always, thank you for a great read E.

Tamra
The Gilded Barn

Jenny Danna said...

As always your photos and words make me feels as if I am right there with you! Only you can take something ordinary and turn it into a meaningful story. I could picture their faces as they watched a firefly for the first time and I would of loved to have seen yours as you watched theirs. Have fun in Ark. We are all praying you move on to phase two! Thanks, Jenny Danna

Gail said...

Elizabeth,
What a magical post! I lived in Texas and remember firefly's too.....miss them now that I live in Oregon.
Looks like the ranch is to die for, what a great opportunity to be there, meet Ree et al., and photograph such a beautiful place. Good luck with the next phase of your journey!

Becky C said...

Oh my! I have to admit to you by the end of "story time", I had a few tears...just a precious, meaningful story. I love how you write. Amazing how you compared fireflies with how God must see us. I believe that with all my heart. The most simple things in life are most important. My heart longs for the simple life. Funny how God puts people who love Him in our path. I began following you after WWC magazine came out. Your words inspired me so much, that I started my own blog...and am working towards my dream to own my own shop one day. Thanks for that.

And wow, what an incredible person, that Ree! I've not seen her blog, but now plan on spending some going through. She has inspired me to be all that you said about a mother, wife, friend.

You've made my day.
Blessings,
Becky C
Buckets of Burlap

Tiffany ~ The Fancy Farmgirl said...

Oh Elizabeth!! Thank you fo rletting me relive it all again, our fabulous, fabulous trip.....Yu are a gem, I am so glad we met and got to share the experience together!
Hope all is well!
Oh, and I loved seeing the jib jab card again!!! Wish we could meet for more pistachio gelato.....
xoxo, Tiffany

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Debra!
I laughed when I saw the e-card again too. And you can live vicariously all you want...I know I did while I was at the ranch!

So glad you stopped by!

Love
e

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Tamra!

How nice to see you! Yeah, us three in bed was really funny. Tiffany is the one who said, "I wish we had a picture of us three sitting here typing, laughing and gabbing." And there we had, two photographers...but too comfy to get up. But, we couldn't let the moment pass and I am glad we didn't.

I am glad I had it to share.
Thanks for stopping by to visit with me.

Big hug
elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Jenny and Gail,

Isn't it funny about fireflies? I will say that I think I was very blessed to be right there at that very moment to witness the whole magic of little lit up bugs that lit up two ladies for a moment in time. It's nice when life works out like that.

Thanks for lighting up my day! :-)

elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Becky,

I am so happy for you working towards your dream. Those tears you shed while reading were your hopes being built up. I've shed the same ones so many times when I have read something that helped me to keep going - that is just tears of joy in knowing that your dream is still alive and not far down the road.

So glad my words helped you to remember that your dreams are really near and to never give up!

Stay in touch with me,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Tiffany!

Hi! I am so glad to see you again! I am slow at getting things out, but like you said, it is nice to relive it all over again. I did laugh again at the e-card and when I saw the three of us in bed.

I really hope I get to visit you in Washington someday. I am sure I will. You are just a doll. I am so glad to have met you and thanks for stopping by.

Love
Elizabeth

Jackie said...

Hi Elizabeth! What stunning photos of Kansas!!! Oh yeah, Oklahoma, lol, That is soooooooo something I would do/have done!
I just adore this post and meeting your new friends! What a time y'all had!
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful words! Your writing is so soulful!

Loralee Choate said...

I MISS YOU!!! That was seriously so much fun. (And whenever I look at your magazine cover in the office I CRACK UP THAT I DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS YOU!!! Heh!)

I adored the time we spent together and man, those fireflies are MAGIC. Everyone who is blessed to see them regularly should count themselves lucky. :)

Okie Chic said...

How funny!!! I live about 30 minutes from the pioneer women. And your photos really bring out how beautiful Oklahoma is. Thank you!!

clustres said...

Elizabeth, thanks so much for this post! I almost felt I was there too! I follow Ree's blog and yours so I thought it was doubly entertaining! And the fireflies just topped it off...I'm a Texan too!
Pam

Farmgirl Paints said...

What a fun adventure. I "met" the Pioneer Woman and her Malboro man when I stood in line for 5 hours to get her to sign her cookbook. Your experience looks a tad better:) What a funfilled day. Those shots were dreamy. I would have been in heaven. To me nothing is more beautiful than wide open spaces just like that. Congrats on an opportunity of a lifetime.

Elizabeth @rosalilium said...

This post makes me want to upsticks from the city and live on a ranch, although I we don't really have ranches in the UK, so maybe it will have to be a farm. Both you and Ree are totally inspirational women, doing what you love.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Elizabeth.x

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

What fun, Elizabeth!
I adore Ree and her blog, so it was great to get a behind the scenes peek.

And yes, honey definitely needs to gift you with a telephoto lens. I'll chip in. :-)

I love your firefly story, magical!

Hugs,
Anne

rozetta said...

Beautiful story Elizabeth. I always enjoy your writing. It's so magical.

~elaine~

St. Nicholas and Christmas said...

Your photos made me sit back and sigh... really lovely. Thanks for sharing your inspiring visit!
Ann

St. Nicholas and Christmas said...

Thanks for sharing your inspiring visit! I really enjoyed this posting.
Ann

Mrs.B said...

Beautiful photos.

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Loralee!

I miss you too - you made me laugh so much while there. I am glad you stopped by. Just got back from being out of town and so happy to see the comments.
Big hug to you!!

Love
E

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Okie Chick,

I will have to take up residence at your place then...if Pioneer Woman's land is anything close to the rest of the area around her...then I am heading over to your place! :-)

Thanks for visiting,
E

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Elizabeth,

I LOVE the UK, now you have me in a pickle....ranch...UK...ranch...UK...man, that is a toughy, I need me a really rich barber so I can afford to live on one and fly to the other :-)

Thanks for visiting from across the pond!
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Anne!

Your comments always make me smile so much. Yes - a telephoto lens is on the list - now - if only I can make sure it is OFF the list after Christmas... :-)

I saw that I was your "blog crush" and when I read that, I just smiled, and said to myself, "Oh, that Anne, she is just too much..." but I love you all the same.

Here is a big hug to you (and you FAB house!!)
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Farmgirl Paints (love the name)

Yes, she is WORTH waiting 5 hours, I am sure you found out. She is by far, one of the most real people you ever hope to meet. I fell in love with her immediately and could see why everyone who meets her or reads about her does as well.

It was a dream come true!
Elizabeth :-)

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

What a beautiful and uplifting post, just filled with inspiration! That winding road with those beautiful mustangs...absolutely breath taking! Then your delightful firefly story....your Texas roots are showing my dear! :)

Thanks for the treat tonight Elizabeth, just a joy to read! You are certainly shining brightly! ~LA

larajanepark said...

sigh. That was lovely. Thank you so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I miss you and I love the way you write. You really should have won the design contest.

Kim Hess

Nella said...

Dear Elizabeth, here I am again. Just had a few minutes to visit, but the firefly post got me. You have seen my blog, and you know the garden, well every June the fire flies light up my garden at dusk like it is Christmas!! I go outside and sit there like I am in a stupor, totally transfixed by the beauty and gifts God has sent me to see!! Not everybody gets it, because I drag everybody around to come and see the show!!!
How can you not be happy and grateful and transported when you see these little magicians weave their magic every summer? Thank you Elizabeth, I get it. Nella xoxo

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

HI Nella,

Thank you! I love it when people "get it" I love those fireflies too!

All my best,

Elizabeth

Ilona Katalin said...

Elizabeth,

only now I saw your photos and all else! I just loved it all, your writing was just as if we could see your thoughts and feelings! Such a wonderful and pretty place!! I loved it!! Thank you four beautiful everything!!

Ilona

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