I wasn’t going to write today, as I am in the midst of the chaos of my little space here in “pre-trip” mode. As most of you know, we have a small place, and normally we keep it pretty organized. I like a clean environment to work, function and live and while I am nowhere near a “neat freak”, you can usually walk in on any given day and there is some resemblance of law and order. As I look around today, that is not so much the case.
Yesterday we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at Bernie and Ellen’s camp cottage on the lake. As usual, it will filled with scrumptious food, as well as wonderful company. Ellen outdid herself with her wonderful cooking and we all indulged a bit more than we probably should have. But that is part of the day.
It was a much enjoyed rest before returning home to the long list of things we need to do before we leave for our three week trip on Tuesday morning.
I have already been up for a couple of hours, and I did get a good deal of computer work done. I just finished making a fresh pot of coffee and I am looking around and trying to do the quiet tasks, as Keith is still asleep. He stayed up late last night chipping at his own pile of tasks that he needs to do before we leave and I retired around midnight. We usually work on opposite sides of the clock in that way, and I expect that he will sleep a little longer anyway. So I thought I would write.
I did get my new project oiled yesterday and I needed to allow it to absorb in for at least a day before applying spray shellac. The pretty ash I used looks even more beautiful now, with a light golden sheen. I am excited about this project and it will feel good to get it completed today.
I also need to finish up the Heart Key and Lock project by embellishing them and adding the ribbon. That will make them look even nicer than they do already I believe. :)
We have two classes booked for later on this week. We will be just outside Albany, New York and will teach a class on scroll sawing on Thursday night and a class on painting on Friday night. Then on Saturday we will be on our way once again to Chicago where we will spend about 2 weeks with my children and visit friends.
We are hopeful that the leaves are still on the trees as we pass through New England. I have always heard of its autumn beauty and it will be thrilling for me to witness it myself.
Once in Chicago, we have many plans with the kids, like visiting Starved Rock park, Brookfield Zoo (they have a “Boo in the Zoo” festival which is ongoing), and I want to go up to Gurnee and spend the day at Six Flags, that has a “Fright Festival” in progress. I am sure there will be other wonderful adventures as well, and we plan many visits to my favorite restaurants and shopping haunts. We will be staying with both my son and his family as well as my daughter, which will give us all some nice visiting times. And of course, I will meet my new grand daughter, Willow.
It will all be good.
I know once we are on the road, my apprehension will disappear. I feel somewhat silly because I am concerned about leaving my “fur babies” behind for so long, but I am assured they will be well cared for by Lee. Hopefully they will sleep most of the time and not think much about our absence. :)
While we are gone, I will report in sporadically. We are bringing our laptop with so we can keep up with orders and things and also post if time allows. Of course, if we are busy than I will catch up when I return. I hope to take lots of pictures of everything for my own memories.
I am going to put an announcement on our site that those who order may not receive their patterns with the lightning speed that they are used to from us. They will go out each evening, but I know we kind of spoil our customers because on a typical day I am here and they get them within minutes. I hope that everyone understands that and doesn’t worry.
It feels odd to plan being away so long. Communicating here is a large part of my life. But I am sure that you will all understand and we have already been sent good wishes by so many that I know that you are all cheering us on.
I’ll post some pictures of the finished box tomorrow, as well as my new keys. It will be a nice goal for me to get everything buttoned up today in preparation for the trip. I really think I am going to have a great time and enjoy it.
Here’s a picture today of my son Phil, his wife Briana and little Willow, now a month old. I can’t wait to give her a little squeeze! :)
Have a great Sunday!
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