One Swell Foop

Published June 23, 2021 by rochellewisoff

It’s me again. Double dipping. When you read you might understand why. Nothing fictitious about this story…sigh.

Genre: Hysterical Faction
Word Count: 100


My husband and I raised our purple canopy for the weekly farmer’s market. A breeze cooled my back. “At least it’s not as hot as last Tuesday.

            Jan mopped sweat from his eyes. “Still warm and windy, though. Wish we’d brought weights to hold this thing down.”

            Then, he stood back and admired our handiwork—gridwalls loaded with framed works, tables full of books, notecards, and prints. “Nicest setup here.”  

Perching on my purple chair, I posted pictures and greetings to Facebook and awaited prospective customers. Suddenly a strong gust upended my tent. How quickly triumph can turn to tragedy.

To my honey who puts his heart and soul into the setup to make me look good. Note the gridwall. Some of those frames bit the dust, but the artwork is intact.
Moments before disaster struck.
We still carried on without shade. Next week will be better, right? New tent in transit. Plan B in progress. 😀

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54 comments on “One Swell Foop

    • People really don’t think of all the work involved setting up a market stall, generally, I have found. I love working in markets but never had an accident as major as that one. I can sense the experience behind just rolling up your sleeves and continuing…

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      • Dear Forestbathings,

        The wind flipped our tent toward the beginning of market. So we did go on. 😉 Yes, there is quite a lot of work involved in setup and teardown. Still, working markets is a great way to make contact, despite the hazards. We’ve been rained on and now blown away by them.




  • I was devastated while picking the broken glass up and digging out the pictures. The tent frame was totally destroyed. So… we ordered a much heavier commercial quality (expensive) tent and I just ordered heavy weights as well. Hopefully we will have better luck with this setup. It did not damage our drive.

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    • Dear Jan,

      And now you might be able to fix that which was thought to be destroyed. How lovely is that? And sooner or later we’ll get that industrial strength tent. And we still made a nice sale after the tent flip. 😉 We shall forge ahead. 😀 ❤


  • Dear Rochelle,
    “One swell foop” indeed. But you and Jan carried on despite the disaster. I bet it wasn’t a piece of cake sitting there unshaded in the sweltering in the heat.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Each experience we live through is a chance to learn and grow 😉 ‘Course, it would be nice for such learnings to not come at such a price. Sorry about the broken frames. Hope the next one is tough and I saw by Jan’s comment it will be… plus the extra weights should help!

    Shalom and lotsa well-weighted love,


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    • Dear Dale,

      The weights are in and filled with sand. Still no word as to when the tent will arrive. Talked to Eurmax company who referred me back to Amazon since that’s who we ordered through. Got the runaround. Robo chat assured me it’s being prepared for delivery. At least it’s Prime and free delivery And on the upside, Jan thinks, if he can get the parts, he can repair the windblown tent. And we did learn something from the experience. 😉 Some lessons are harder than others, aren’t they? 😀

      Shalom and lotsa braced and stable hugs,



    • Dear Laurie,

      It was very disappointing although the artwork was unscathed. Wish I could say the same for the tent and some of my frames. So I’m waiting on a new purple canopy and Jan thinks he can possibly repair the broken one. Thank you.




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