The 2013 Taos Wool Market Show is over. This is the first year in (I really can’t remember) that I did not attend as a customer or participant. Elaine and Ivy participated as usual, but Flood Monner forced me to stay home.
We had arranged for friends to take care of the house and livestock, and even found a wonderful person to work in the store. Everything was looking good for the family to head to Taos. And then here comes Flood Monner.
Of course, the flood is long gone but the work is just getting started. I can gladly say that I (along with a lot of help) am finally finished with the clean-up. I have removed sheet rock, carpet, a ton of trash (literally) and gave a bunch of stuff to the local thrift shops.
I’m ready to start rebuilding. I couldn’t let Taos interfere with that, plus I have a pushy friend volunteered to come up and help me rebuild. (Remember the quarterback story? Yep, that’s the guy.)
The twins weren’t at all disappointed to miss Taos. Taos has always competed with the School fundraiser, the Pie Auction. If they weren’t going to Taos they could attend the Pie Auction. The twins are in their last year of elementary school, so I guess it is fitting they get to attend the last pie auction opportunity.
Oh yeah, I had one more reason to stay home. I needed to re-attach the door on the chicken coop. I’m not sure how the door of the coop fell off.
Ivy: Hey dad, since you are staying home, you might want to put
the door back on the chicken coop.
Ivy: I’ll see you when I get back, love ya!
While Elaine and Ivy were vacationing in Taos, the twins and I did our best to hold down the fort. I insisted Elaine and Ivy keep their cell phones near by in the unlikely event something came up that I could not handle. Several times, I took the liberty to check on them in Taos. Most of the phone calls went something like this.
Ivy (or Elaine): Hello, do you need anything?
Me: No, I just wanted to see how it was going in Taos.
I or E: Great, do you need anything else?
Me: No, things are going well here……..(click)…..Elaine, Ivy are you there?
I guess they didn’t have time to talk to me, so I just went back to working on the coop door.
Elaine and Ivy were able to talk when they were in the motel at night. Elaine and I were recapping the day on the phone. Elaine mentioned another vendor really enjoyed some of my stories. I might have been glad to hear that someone reads this stuff.
Elaine: D____a said she laughed out loud at one your stories.
Me: Really? She reads the website?
Elaine: No, she read the story in the Taos Wool Festival program.
Me: How did it get in the Taos program?
Elaine: I designed and edited the program, I put it in.
Me: Haven’t you heard of copy write protection? I didn’t give permission for those stories to be reprinted.
Elaine: I used your photos, also.
Me: I think I need a lawyer.
Our crazy lives!