We just got back from a big breakfast at the church. I won’t have to eat until dinner. But the best part was a talk on the meaning of Memorial Day. I am truly grateful for men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice and for families that have lost loved ones. I’m mindful today of those in active military service and all those that stand ready to serve — I try very hard not to take the freedoms I enjoy for granted.
It’s raining (which is what it is supposed to do all week) so I have nothing preventing me from tackling my list of inside projects. First and foremost my new upstairs office. This is the first post I’m writing from my new computer. It’s only connected wirelessly right now and needs to be networked, but in the meantime, we’re becoming acquainted and I’m very much looking forward to functioning fully in this new space. I can’t go visit graves of any relatives today, so I think I’m going to paint my grandmother Addie’s plant stand — a bright happy yellow — seems appropriate for Memorial Day, don’t you think? It will sit in my office, as a daily reminder of her!
We’ve had a good weekend.
Friday night, my heart was set on a picnic, which I had all packed when Geoff came home. After a long day of surgery and patients, he was less than excited, but I had called and warned him of my intent, so he was supportive. It had rained on and off and there was a lot of cold, blustery wind. Nevermind. I wanted to picnic. I decided we didn’t have to go far–just to the top of our development, to a little park we rarely visit (it has a picnic table.) This way, if it rained, we wouldn’t have much invested and could dash back home. Geoff said the prayer and gave thanks for “this fun family activity” (his voice btw didn’t sound very grateful) and right then, the clouds parted and the sun broke through. We enjoyed a cold, windy but sunny picnic that lasted maybe 20 minutes. Then we headed home with a happy mom.
Yesterday I got to meet Kathy and her whole family. They were visiting Spokane from Great Falls, Montana, but are preparing to move to California. Katherine has read my blog for years and let me know she’d be in town. She asked about local scrapbook stores– but I wanted to meet her too, so …
I said, “come by on Sunday” and she did! We make so many friends online, via blogs and message boards, etc… and it is such a treat to meet these friends in person. Isn’t Kathy pretty? And while her adorable kids, Josh and Victoria were a bit unsure of the whole adventure, we really enjoyed meeting them too. Taft made a double batch of cookies–forgot to double the egg though–so they were a little weird, but still very yummy. Mike, Kathy’s husband and Geoff were the photographers and I’m really bummed I didn’t get a picture of the whole family (sorry Mike!) Kathy, if you put me on your Christmas card list, I’ll be fine–And, thank YOU so much for coming to visit!
I’ll sign off with a picture of Taft and Freddy. They (with my help) are working their way through the pre-class assignments in Tami Morrison’s summer workshop, Kidding Around. This class is one part of my plans for summer break, which I had hoped to unveil today, but … I’m not quite ready!Note: I LOVE these Sweet Summer Scallop Circle tags from Sponsor, Elle’s Studio. This is the kind of thing I look for and purchase to add to my color bins!