I can hardly believe August is on the downhill slide to September and I haven't done a single post. Now, I have so much news that I don't know where to begin!
When you don't know where to start, I suppose it's best to begin at the beginning.
We've been doing quite a bit of landscaping but I'll save that for another post.
The first bit of August brought us a new grandbaby! Another precious little girl born to Brian, his wife Eryn, and their almost 3 year-old Miss B. They ask that I don't post pictures of the girls so you'll just have to imagine how stinkin' cute they both are! Miss B. is tickled pink to be a big sister! I am making the trek to Virginia Friday and will meet Miss H., the new baby. Can't wait to see her in person!
My trip to Virginia also has another purpose. Taylor and his family will be moving to South Carolina at the end of month. This trip to Virginia will be my last chance to see my boys and their families in one place / in one trip. My goal is to get a picture of ALL of them together. With four children three and under, that will be a challenge!
I've been in Ohio five years Labor Day weekend. Still dislike being so far away from my children and now grandchildren. They probably could care less but I just can't find peace with it. We LOVE when Taylor and his family visit us - it's so much fun having the grandchildren in the house. Now, with everyone in two different states, my visits will have to be split and I'll only get to see each family half as much. It's also hard spending all my vacation time in Virginia when there are other places I'd like to explore.
Oh well. I can't fix it and it could be worse! It can always be worse!
Mom and I went to Sauder Village this past weekend to visit the village and also see the annual rug hooking exhibit they have. It was wonderful!!!!!! Rug hooking has come a long way since I started in 1990. The imagination and use of color and design was spectacular! There were so many stunning pieces on exhibit and many of them were hooked by talented women in the Dayton, Ohio area.
We didn't miss a trick! We visited the exhibit on Friday and again on Saturday, visited the classrooms on Saturday, saw several rug hooking teachers who have taught for me at my camps in the past, saw several other rug hookers we knew, totally supported the vendors ($$), and then toured the village. It was a wonderful trip!!!!!
Rug hooking was a huge part of my life from 1993 through 2009. When I moved to Ohio, my studio was sorted through, a lot of it was given away and the rest was packed up. Everything largely remains in boxes now. Well, it's time to dust off the hooks, frames, and cutters! I bought wool to do a rug so need to get going! Mom and I have found a very active ATHA rug hooking group in the area and plan to attend their meeting later this month. It will be nice to reconnect with the art.
Mom and I enjoyed Sauder Village just as much as the rug show. It was just great! It was so well done - everything! And, so interesting. We didn't get to see everything but we made a huge dent. The village was the brainchild and result of lots of hardwork and imagination of Erie Sauder. Started in the 1970's, Erie wanted to provide a place that depicted 19th and early 20th century everyday life. When you visit the village, you will see the cooper making buckets, the basketweaver making baskets, the potter making all kinds of earthenware, the glass maker creating beautiful works of art, the tinsmith making mugs and lanterns. There are buildings that feature spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, and herbs. There are one-room schoolhouses, churches, a depot where you can learn about sending telegraphs. Mom and I took a train ride around the perimeter of the village and got to see the pioneer homestead and other areas that we
didn't have the energy to walk to. We enjoyed ice cream at the Ice Cream Parlor. We stuck our heads in the Sweet Shop and walked through the museum where they have a fantastic quilt shop. The village has a beautiful inn and also a campground. There's a restaurant, a cafe, and a bakery on the premises.
Mom and I discovered one thing with this trip ----- we need to go back!
I'm still participating in the Waynesville, OH Farmers Market held on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. It's a very small market - first year. I so hope that people will continue to support it. It's so close to home for me and on a weekend when I can take part. That said, come see me! I'll be back at the market on September 1st.
Mondays are tough enough without receiving news like we got today. The house Mom and Daddy sold in
December, caught on fire this morning. Apparently, the owner was cooking and stepped out the backdoor of the kitchen and when he came back inside the whole kitchen was ablaze. There was significant damage and I so hope he had insurance to help him do the repair work. It tugs at the heartstrings because this was the house that Mom and Daddy built and moved into two weeks before I was born. It holds so many memories but not even fire or selling the house can destroy those. So glad the new owner wasn't hurt badly and we wish him the strength and determination that will be needed to fix the house.
Better end this now and will try to post about my trip to Virginia. Thanks for visiting!