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So kind of you to stop by....I do enjoy the company.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Last week

Last Wednesday I drove down to Gwinnett to help a friend unload a van for the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo.  We got there at 9:00 and the person whose van we were going to unload wasn't there yet so we helped unload another van.  Our person showed up so we proceeded to unload that van.  I don't think there was an inch of space that didn't have something in it.  There were a LOT of boxes and wooden crates full of stuff.  I helped until noon, had some lunch, then went to help the Expo crew with their set up.  At 5:00 it was quitting time for me.  I went to the hotel to meet with another friend with whom I was sharing a room.  She was volunteering also and taking classes.  The next two days I was a volunteer "Ambassador".  Which means I directed people to where they needed to go as well as checking in other volunteers.  Saturday my daughter came down and we did some shopping at the mall, had a nice lunch, the went shopping at the Expo.  I had already done some shopping so it was mostly for my daughter.  Happily she didn't spend much of my money :).  We manned our guild booth for a couple of hours, dismantled it and took it to my van.  Daughter went home and I went back in to the Expo to see if I had won anything in the drawing (I didn't).  Then came time for break down.  I helped the Expo folks until 7:00 then went to help my friend break down the booth she worked in.  Last year they were there until about 11:00 and finally had help from one of the Expo folk.  We were allowed to drive the vendor's van in to make it easier to load.  Between the two of us we packed and loaded the van by 9:00.  I know the venue breakdown crew were happy because it meant they got out of there faster.  Needless to say, my friend and I were exhausted and every muscle ached.  My feet were letting me know in no uncertain terms  that they were very unhappy.  Concrete floors are not kind to feet, especially if you have been on the for more than a day.  Yesterday I came home, unpacked, slept.  I still ache but am glad I was able to help a friend.  And we'll probably do it all again next year.  Happily, though, the vendor's husband is supposed to be there.  Isn't it amazing what a couple of women can do?  And we're both over ummmmm 40.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

My day

I'll be going down to my daughter's this afternoon to have dinner with her and a friend.  First, though, I'll stop at Lowe's and buy a number of bags of soil and compost to take to her so she can have her garden.  She plans to use the oh so many pots she has instead of putting the seeds in the ground.  That way will cut down on the weeds.  There is already trellis material up so that won't be a problem for the climbers.
This morning I will work on the quilt that she promised a generous donor (for the band's CD production).  She doesn't have the time (or the inclination?) or she thinks I'll do a better job.  I'll at least get a few rows done before I have to leave.
So, that's my day.  What are you doing?

Monday, February 29, 2016

I'm back

I'm back from my week in Sanibel with my sister.  The week went by too quickly and I wish we were still there.  I think my sister feels the same way.  This is the first time we have spent any time together, just the two of us.  It was great!  We went down to the beach early in the morning to catch low tide.  That way we could find more shells that had been washed up.  Sanibel is famous for shelling.  We both found a lot of shells...so many that we shipped them home in one of the "all you can put in it for one price" boxes.  No way could either of us have brought them all home in our suitcases.  The only down side to the shelling was the chaffing on my feet from sand and water getting into my sandals.  Luckily there are now waterproof bandaids.  I had many on both feet.  The last day I went I decided to tough it out and went barefoot.  Needless to say the bottoms of my feet weren't happy since I don't go barefoot at home.  Also,  I found out that the calves of my legs are way out of shape.  After the first day of walking in the sand they hurt....oh how they hurt.  It wasn't until the last day that I could get up from a chair and walk without groaning.  I know of an exercise that will keep those muscles in tune so I'm going to try to do them every day.  We plan to go back again next year, maybe a little later in the year say, March, when it will hopefully be a bit warmer at sunrise.  It was quite chilly while there especially with the wind.  Also we may stay longer.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all the shells.  I'll thing of something.  I did find something quite interesting....the skeleton of a crucifix fish.  It looks like Jesus on the cross (I kid you not).  And the rattle represents the dice the Romans played with (these are pieces of bone that helped the fish keep its equilibrium).  Anyway, look it up if you want to know more.
Meantime....have a super day.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Me and George

Me and my friend George on Komodo Island.

There are more pictures but I need to figure out how to download them.  It was quite hot that day 104 so I think George decided it was too hot to move.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Where I've Been

It's been a couple of weeks since I've been online.  I've been away.  In Indonesia on a cruise.  It was nice and hot and humid.  Very hot and humid and, despite the fact that it was during rainy season, very non-rainy.  Yes, I was in Jakarta....but a week before the poo-poo hit the oscillator.  We had to bypass Surabaya because of it.  That was to be our last port of call.  Just as well as the good food and drink finally got to my lower gut.  All in all a great trip and I learned a lot about the art of making batik.  I even brought back some of the instruments used for such.  I tried my hand in Samarang but the results are not good.  Lots of places where the wax blobbed (is that a word?).  Singapore is quite the city/state.  Lots of places to see and two half days are not enough.  Our last night there we did a great tour.  All those lights!  Will tell more about the trip in the future.  Right now I really need to get my nails looked after.

Saturday, January 2, 2016


I won't be here for a while.  I'm heading far, far away for a couple of weeks so I won't be reading any of you.  I will have email if you want to keep in touch.  Hope y'all stay healthy while I'm gone.  Blessings..... silvina@aol.com