After such a long time of being away from the computer (for me, anyway!) it seems almost odd for me to actually sit down and write. It is funny how we fall into and out of habits – both good and bad – after only a few short days.
The last few weeks were filled with fun and adventure. Initially, I had wanted to log everything and keep up with you all on the computer, but it was so busy and by the time we stopped in the evening all I wanted to do was relax and recharge for the next day. So that is what I did.
We had a very busy and fun trip. Everything went pretty much as planned and the days seemed to fly by.
We drove through New England at what seemed the peak of the autumn colors. It was truly a beautiful experience. We decided to take some smaller roads and got off of the main expressway so we would be better able to see everything. It was a lovely ride.
We arrived in Albany the day before we taught a scroll saw class. Since we had the class scheduled for the evening, it gave us the entire day to look around and explore. The class went well we thought, and the feedback we received from the students was all very positive. Olson supplied us with scroll saw blades and Keith and I had the wood pieces ready for the students to use. The class went over many of the basics of scroll sawing, from choosing blades to applying the pattern to cutting. I think everyone had a great time and they said they learned a great deal. We are thinking we are going to go back in March to teach again with the same club, and look forward to that experience.
The next night was the painting class. Again, we were happy that everyone enjoyed the class and had a great time. I was surprised that everything went so smoothly, as we were only able to prepare for them for a couple of weeks. DecoArt came through with supplying the paint for the class and everyone loved working with the Weathered Wood Crackle.
After New York, we headed out to Chicago. The rest of the trip would be for the most part pleasure, and I would be able to visit with my friends and family.
We stayed with my daughter Danielle and her boyfriend John first:
We got to eat at some of my favorite restaurants as well:
Danielle had just got a couple of new kittens a few weeks earlier and they were both adorable.
The Siamese looking cat is “Link” and the tuxedo cat is “Scrambles.” They are brothers although they don’t really look like they would be. They were both fun and full of energy and made me miss my own kitties.
I also got to see my brother Bob, whom I have not seen in years. We had a wonderful visit together and caught up on lots. I don’t have a great picture, but he took one with his phone:
After a couple of days, we went to the other side of town and stayed near my son Phil’s place. I was thrilled to meet my new grand daughter, Willow:
She is just as beautiful and sweet as I thought she would be!
We had some time to visit and cook, and also went to the zoo. I got to see my favorite snow leopards at Brookfield zoo, including the new baby, “Everest”.
This was Willow’s second trip to the zoo already, and I am sure she will be a regular:
I am sorry to say that I didn’t take many pictures. I was too busy enjoying things to take time out for them. I think that is kind of a good thing though, and I am sure that there will be more to come.
It was a wonderful visit all around. I also got to see my long time friend Carlene and have a good visit. I have known her since we were both just starting high school and it was wonderful to catch up with here in person. All in all it was a great trip.
We left for home at 3am on Monday morning. We were both antsy and wanted to hit the road before all of the Indiana/Chicago traffic filled in I 80. We wound up driving 21 hours on Monday and finally stopped about midnight in the lower part of Maine (Portsmouth). We covered just about 1000 miles in a day and still had 1000 to go.
On Tuesday, we were on the road by about 8am. we drove through for the most part and only stopped at Bangor, Main for lunch and a final bit of shopping. We then went on until we arrived home just at midnight, after travelling another 1000 miles or so. It was two long days, but not unpleasant. It felt wonderful to be home.
Our own cats were thrilled when we arrived. They even forgot to ignore us and were all prancing around, meowing and head-butting us. I am sure they wondered what had happened to us and if we would ever return.
We have spent the last couple of days organizing and catching up on things. Being gone two weeks is great, but leaves a lot of things to do when returning. I have some writing to do today that is due for the magazine tomorrow, and I have some other paperwork that will keep me occupied for most of the day. We needed to shop for food, as we cleared out almost everything before we left and we also needed to organize our little place here as well. It will be very busy.
I have several new ideas that I am going to be working on for patterns though. With the beginning of November upon us, I realize that any ideas that I have for Christmas and the holidays need to be finished soon. Then it is on to spring designs.
While it was wonderful to be able to see everyone, it is certainly good to be back. I love my little place here by the river and I look forward to the next several weeks of autumn and even the upcoming winter. It feels great to be content with the life that I have.
It may take me a few additional days to get back to “normal”, but that is expected I would think. I am well on my way to doing so, only with a greater appreciation for the life I have.
Have a great Sunday. Enjoy that extra hour!
”Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.” ― Sarah Ban Breathnach
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"