Once again my friend reminded me that it’s been a month since my last blog post. I have been busy, but I really don’t like it when I go so long in between posts.
There is a slide show at the end of this post. :)
My sister, my husband and I took a trip to California to visit family, I am the youngest of six kids and my oldest brother is about 16 and a half years older than me; he lives in Iowa. Two of my brothers live in the Bay Area, and up until the past year or so the brother we stayed with had lived in Alaska; he finally retired and moved into the house my parents built when they retired and my sister and I live on the east coast. My brother’s house is just outside of Mariposa in the foot hills of the Sierra’s and about 35 miles from Yosemite. This is where my dad was born and as kids we spent many weekends and vacations in the cabin my dad had built as a young man. It’s hot, dry, and dusty there; you have tree frogs, salamanders, rattle snakes, bears and mountain lions and the list goes on. But there is no place like it; the sound of the wind blowing through the pines, the smell and feel of the air and the silence and it was great. When my parents retired, they tore down the cabin and built a house which my brother and his lovely wife remodeled. Anyway, as it turned out, all four of my brothers were there for the weekend, an event that hadn’t happened in 30 years when we had gathered for my dad’s funeral. We had such a great time together; a memory I will cherish.
After a week of great family time, we flew home with delays at both the Denver and Dulles airports. Once home we discovered we had a water leak in the pipe to our shower in our master bathroom; soaking the bedroom carpet and bathroom flooring. That’s when we started a new adventure! We had dryer people come in and they tore down walls and ripped up carpet and flooring and placed several big drying machines in the two rooms. The doors were kept close but whenever we went into the rooms it was well over 100 degrees. It’s not over yet; the repairs still need to be done to floors and walls. I could have looked at this as a disaster or as how I chose to look at it; as an adventure. I believe that when it’s all done, that I will see it as a blessing and how can you stress about that?
On the creative side of things:
I was able to finish the blue necklace in Kumihimo while traveling; it gave me something to do on the plane. Once home, I made the bail and finished the ends of the necklace.
There was a new bead shop in Mariposa, which was a delight to me and my sister.
I also signed up for one bangle class in July and four back to back classes in August on wire wrapping, honing those wire skills at Thistle Beads.