Archive for June, 2013

Momma Lloyd’s Report: (Much More Ladylike Than Mine Will Probably Be)

As you may know by now, this weekend we had a very special guest:
Babybloomr’s own Queen Mother, Momma Lloyd came to Bell Buckle!
I can’t even describe how much fun it was to have her and Beth (THANK YOU Beth, for making this possible) here. The first evening they arrived, I was so excited that every so often I would look across the room and suddenly yell, “Holy cats, Momma Lloyd is actually sitting in my parlor!!!” Hopefully she correctly interpreted that as an expression of how happy I was to see her.  Although it also could have been interpreted as some sort of hostess Tourette’s– either way, she didn’t run screaming out of the house, so you know… Win/win.
I’ll write up my own recap later, but I wanted you guys to read Momma Lloyd’s version first– and I’ll share a couple of photos, too! Here goes:

Barbara M. Lloyd

On June 15, 2013 another page of history unfolded in the adorable little town of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Russ and Tori Taff had barely settled in their new home before finding themselves nominated King and Queen of the R C Cola and Moon Pie Festival. Proudly, they sat on the back of a convertible, while throngs (well, there were a few visitors, too) of adoring subjects clapped and cheered. The handsome King and beautiful Queen smiled and royally waved as they passed by their people and not a drop of perspiration dared to make an appearance on that hot, humid day.

Soon after the grand parade, there was the official coronation, where their royal crowns were placed on their heads. It was at this moment that the handsome newly crowned king performed his first honorable and exquisitely perfected duty. He caught his Queen’s already slipping crown. (oh dear…so soon)

A little later in the day, they performed their first official duty by serving their subjects pieces of a huge moon pie baked especially for that day. They did this with grace and so much class that the waitresses at the famed Bell Buckle Cafe stared in disbelief and in hopes of picking up some valuable tricks of the trade.

That evening the Queen whipped into perfection with her own dainty little hands a huge banana pudding…while the King literally sang for his supper nearby. You see, this was necessary because the Queen, in their move to Bell Buckle, had lost all of her pots and pans.

As the day came to a close, family and friends of the royal family said their goodbyes…and the King and Queen took their pretty princesses back to their warm and charming palace….knowing that all was well in their kingdom, after a day filled with fun and love.

**Here’s Momma Lloyd shooting the breeze with my sister Carolyn while they wait for the parade to start. Carrie and her husband David came all the way up from Arkansas just to make fun of me, because hello, we’re FAMILY.

**Not the best quality, sorry. Obviously Momma Lloyd just said something REALLY FUNNY!
**Also a little blurry, but I still love this one!

God Save The Queen

Hey! I’m over here! *waves both arms over head*

Yeah, I know– long time, no write. I’m sorry, I suck, forgive me, mea culpa. I have time management issues. And moving? Is HARD, ya’ll!

Settling into the Buckle has been idyllic and lovely as well as crazy busy. The boxes… Aye yi yi, THE BOXES! Remember how I told you guys we had waaay too much crap? Well, after a massive (and successful– thank you, Michael Taylor Estate Sales!) moving sale we still have a POD that’s only about halfway unpacked and a storage unit that frankly, I’m askeered to go look at– I’m kind of delicate that way, you know. I’m prone to swoons. I guess there might be yet another sale in our future, though I don’t think I can get away with calling it an ‘estate’ sale again. I’m thinking more like, “Please Buy All Of My Leftover Crap Sale.” Marketing, people– it’s called marketing.

We continue to be delighted on a daily basis with our new/old house and our town. As I told Russ, “Yes, I realize this is the honeymoon phase, but hey– I like honeymoons! I’m going to enjoy every minute of this honeymoon!” I’m dying to share some photos with you of our progress, but the problem is that every picture I take of some new improvement (We hung paintings! We put up our chandeliers! We filled up two bookcases!) always has some big honkin’ unemptied box or stack of miscellaneous odds and ends lurking around the edges of the photo, which bums me out so much that I don’t post it. I think I’m just going to wait until I have at least ONE unobstructed shot of ONE completed thing… and hopefully that will be before Jesus returns.

Everyone has been so warm and welcoming. Russ and I have gotten in the habit of taking a stroll around town almost every night after dinner, and we are now starting to match up which people go with what house, which dog belongs to what family, and who owns that way-too-enthusiastic rooster I hear every morning when I have my coffee out on the porch. It’s so much fun to stop in and say Hi to Billy at Phillips General Store, grab a latte at the little coffee shop, and go pick up my mail at the Bell Buckle Post Office– which actually CLOSES FOR LUNCH every day, I am not even kidding. Yesterday I walked down to the town hall (located between the Cafe and an antique store) to pick up a building permit for the fence we’re putting up in our backyard.  A couple of Sundays ago we visited the Bell Buckle Methodist Church, and enjoyed the service so much– lots of friendly folks there, too. I’ve been invited to be on the Arts Council and to join a dinner club. That’s what life in the Buckle feels like– home.

So, until I’ve got some good pictures of our house to share, here’s a little taste of the town from our friend Billy Phillips, who has lived in Bell Buckle all his life. He’s giving a little tour of the General Store, and also the Bluebird Antiques and Ice Cream Parlor that his mom and dad own:

Don’t you just love it?! We sure do. In fact…

Bell Buckle has embraced us so completely, I guess it is time to make an official announcement– and I fully expect all of you to be suitably impressed, so please arrange your faces into an appropriate expression of “OH MY GOSH!!!!” Ready?

Here it is: Russ and I are going to be the King and Queen of Bell Buckle’s own RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival this year!

That’s right. You are now reading the blog of the upcoming Moon Pie Queen, who is married to yes, the RC Cola King.


Practice your curtseys, folks– I’m planning on milking this for all it’s worth.

You may hereafter refer to me as Your Royal Heinie.

(I’ll keep you updated on all the doin’s– apparently there’s a parade, WOO to the stinkin’ HOO!)

If you’ll excuse me, I have to go practice now…

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