I think that Billy missed me so much that he is scrared to let me out of his sight. He follows me everywhere and cries if I don't let him into the room I'm in. That rather sounds like a dog, doesn't it! Thanks to Billy, I'm pretty tired today! Guess who hid away last night so as not to be kicked out for the night! I closed the bedroom door thinking that my furry friend was out of the room and discovered, at 1:30am, that he wasn't when he jumped on the bed and walked all over me, bumping and purring and wanting some loving! I was way too tired to get up and kick him out and so he woke me wanting petting all night long! When I finally did kick him out he pounded on the door to be let in. Not this time, kitty, your "staff" needs some sleep!
I've been working on restarting my scrapbook business up here. It's important to me to do something both creative and that will earn me a little money to pay fort my scrapbook hobby! No, no, don't even think that it should be described in other terms, my scrapbooking friends!
I've just signed up for a typepad business blog and am also working on a french language blog that I hope to work on with Marie-Laurence. One of the things I really need to do today is go down to the studio and get things organized, work on class samples, and yes, that again, the heritage album! But, sad to say, I'm not that motivated today! It's a veg type day!
I know, I've been home less than 48 hours and back on the road I went! To put it in perspective though, when you've driven 933 mi – about 14 hours 27 mins nonstop or 18 or so hours with stops, what is a mere 99.9 miles?
Anyhow, I went, walked around for a couple of hours and came home. Was it great, no, not sure it was even good. It seemed like most of the booths were selling page kits of various kinds, or stamps. There was very little from the Winter CHA new products on display. Perhaps it was too early for that, but one would have thought that the manufacturers would have made sure that that these retailers were towards the top of the shipping list given the importance of such conventions in generating local interest in their products. But what do I know!
I was facinated by a little stamp company that creates stamps that work with the spellbinder nestabilities and decided to get a wholesale account from them. Here are a couple of pictures of what they've done with the stamp and die. I'll be working on posting the stamps and nestabilities for sale perhaps tomorrow. Today has been long enough and a good Canadian must watch the curling finals...
It was so wonderful to be able to see so many of my friends! Not all, and that is always the thing when you are just visiting, but so many! I was able to:
Spend some quality time with Ashley and Shaun:
Celebrate Janie's 65th birthday:
Attend the Hilltop "Winter Retreat" scrapbooking extravaganza:
Host a crop of my own for my scrapbooking friends:
and most importantly,
make peace with my move to Kentucky!
I say make peace, because being in Florida made me realize that it is no longer "home" to me. Even walking around the "house" that we still own, my heart didn't recognize it as "home" anymore. Life for me now, is here in Kentucky, though there is no doubt that I miss Shaun and Ashley, Janie and Marie-Laurence and Alicia, my wonderful neighbor from Florida, Joe, and all my FL scrapbook buddies. While in Florida, I discovered that I missed not only Hubby and Billy, but my home, my friend Charlene and my new scrapbook buddies! That is a good thing and as it should be!
So today I celebrate my forever friends in Florida and my new friends in Kentucky, without forgetting my forever friends in Arkansas, Kenda and Debbie or all the friends I've left behind in Canada when I moved here! I'm also lucky enough to have some truly forever friends online that I know I can count on now and always. I can only hope that my friends know that they can count on me, now and forever! Lucky? You bet I am!
Savannah is a the little girl of a friend of mine. She has been through so much as has her family. Yet they are blessed since Savvy did get her liver transplant. However, the care of a child with a liver transplant doesn't stop just because the child has a new liver. Until she can grow her own liver, and I hope that someday science allows us to do that, she will need constant and expensive care. And so I hope that you will consider Savannah's COTA fund when you are looking for a charity to support.