We drove most of Monday and half a day today and are back in the Albany/Saratoga Springs area. We arrived here around 1pm and had a nice lunch at Olive Garden restaurant. I haven’t eaten there in ages and love their soup. We then took the afternoon to go through the large shopping mall nearby and just bummed around a bit. It was the first time we really had some slow time since we left two weeks ago and we just enjoyed it.
It rained pretty hard all day yesterday and driving through Ohio was really tedious. The roads were really wet and we just had to be careful, but it reminded me of when the car hydroplaned so I took it pretty slow. We stopped just past Niagara Falls and called it a night after 9pm. I didn’t write a blog because I was just too tired. We got back on the road again around nine this morning and although it rained a bit, it was mostly drizzle and not nearly as wet. It seemed everything drained so much better. The sun was coming out just as we were leaving the mall around 5pm.
Tomorrow is going to be a full day of teaching scroll sawing (10am until 6pm) and it should be a fun day. I am not nervous about this at all, as I look at it as a fun opportunity to meet and talk to people. I promise to take more pictures and if I don’t post them tomorrow, I will do so in future blogs. I have over 300 pictures so far and just need to organize them at home and load them up so you can see them all.
In driving today, I was mostly thinking about what a nice time this has been. I saw so many friends and met many more new ones and have visited my favorite places in Chicago, saw my children and my friends from there. The next four days will be great with the scrolling and painting classes and then I am sure I will be ready to head home. Lee, who is watching the kitties says they are fine, but miss me. He said he fell asleep there one day watching a movie and woke with Richard sleeping on his legs. I am sure they really do know we are away and hopefully they won’t give us the cold shoulder when we return.
I will be ready to get back into routine too. I can’t wait to use my new saw for the first time tomorrow, as I didn’t have much time to do so at the show. It will be fun and exciting for me to have something so nice to use in my work.
I am really happy and love my life. I know that may sound silly, but with seeing everything and having so many wonderful people in my life, including you all who are my friends here, I am a very lucky girl. I never take that for granted.
I am getting a cold, as my nose is stuffed and dripping at the same time, but I know it won’t damper the fun I will have tomorrow teaching the class. I can’t wait to see how everyone does.
So with that, I will sign off for tonight. I don’t know about a blog tomorrow, although I do promise to document the class for you all to see. I am also anxious to see how everyone will do.
Have a great evening and wonderful Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"