Oh MY Gosh!! I find it hard to believe that my last post was March 13th! I've never been MIA that long! Shame on me for neglecting my blog this long!
My day job - I'm a Registered Nurse who works from home (for the last seventeen months) basically on the computer and phone all day. At the end of the day, I can hardly wait to get away from the computer! If I could update the blog from my iPad or phone, there would be no lags. So, with that excuse...........
So much has happened since March 13th that I don't know where to start!
In March, my younger son turned 32! What???!!!!! How in the world did THAT happen!?? He's doing well and is now Executive Chef of a Brio Tuscan Grille in Charlotte, NC.
Easter weekend found me driving back to Virginia to take care of 4-year old Miss B (my granddaughter) while my older son, his wife, and Miss H moved from Richmond, VA to Fredericksburg, VA. Brian took a new job with the Environmental Protection
Agency in Washington, DC. It's a great job for him - he's once again working with bodies of water but now all over the United States instead of just in Virginia. Everything has just fallen into place for them - Eryn's job in Richmond worked w/ her so she doesn't have to drive in daily, the children are enrolled in a nearby daycare, and they got a contract on their house in Richmond in less than a week! Wow!
Miss B and I had a great time! I do not like being a long-distance grandmother and never thought I would live so far away from my children. The weekend provided my first overnight with just a grand and me! Miss B stayed in the hotel with me and we had so much fun! The next day we visited the Metro Richmond Zoo. I think the giraffes were our favorite but I was blown away by the peacock! I've seen many peacocks but never from behind. He was amazing! I wish I could post pictures but Miss B's parents would rather not have her plastered on the internet! You'll just have to take my word for it - she's adorable!
April 14th was Andy and my 32nd wedding anniversary. We celebrated by taking Mom and Daddy on an Ohio River riverboat cruise. The area where we boarded, separates Cincinnati, OH and Newport KY. The cruise we booked was the Dixie Land Jazz Band Brunch Cruise. Such fun and very relaxing. During the cruise, we passed the Cincinnati Reds baseball field and the Bengal football stadium.
April 16th was the Ohio Soapers Conference and I was one of the three hostesses. It was a GREAT day with lots of demonstrations, talks, tips, and tricks. We had 125 attendees plus the vendors and speakers. Can hardly wait until next year! So motivating! As one of the grand prizes, we gave away a Kitchen Aid Mixer!! It was a refurbished model that we had painted with bubbles in keeping with this year's theme - It's All About The Bubbles! The winner was so tickled!!!
April also brought with it our 28th Airplane Day. Airplane Day is the day we became a family - the day the boys arrived from South Korea. The year was 1988 - the year of the summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Seems like yesterday! Oh, if I could only turn the clock back!
And, now it's May! This month brought with it - Mother's Day! I was so fortunate to be able to celebrate the day with my mother! We had to take a Mother's Day usie!
This past Saturday, we headed to Cincinnati to Joseph-Beth Booksellers for a book signing with Susan Branch!!! Long admired by both of us, meeting Susan was a real treat!! Mom and I made a day of it - we left early, had lunch at the store's Bronte Bistro, thoroughly browsed the store, and then attended the book signing.
Susan Branch, for those of you who are unfamiliar, lives in Martha's Vineyard and writes the most charming blog. She is an author of wonderful calendars, cookbooks, and now novels. She illustrates her written word with delicate watercolor paintings and just has a delightful way of drawing her readers into her cozy world. I was surprised to learn that she didn't start painting until she was 30 years old! She told us that she has kept diaries / journals since childhood and often refers back to these many years of writing.
I gifted Susan with a piece of my soap wrapped in one of my handknit washcloths with a handmade paper card. I hope she enjoys the items as much as I enjoy her blog.
In a couple of weeks, Mom's sister, Nancy, and her daughter, Holly, from Mississippi are coming for a visit. Mom is SOOOO excited! We will have a great time! Mom is already cooking and planning outings. I'm trying to get the house and gardens ready for them. This is no small task!
Last week in May, I am scheduled for hand surgery to release a trigger finger. Thank goodness it's my left hand! I am SO right-handed that if I had to depend on my left, I probably wouldn't be able to even feed myself!
This Spring, the daffodils bloomed like crazy! They were so pretty! I wish they could last all year long.
I've gotten most of the garden things planted - veggies, herbs, and flowers. I still have a few pots left to plant and then I'm calling it done! Each year, I say I'm NOT going to plant as much and then I go and forget what I said!
I have rekindled a love of making paper. It's fast, fun, and amazing that you can make beautiful sheets of paper with nothing but trash! I've used grass clippings, flower petals, envelopes, napkins, tissue paper, bills, fruit peels, check stubs, receipts, menus, etc. It's just amazing!
Of course, I've been knitting - currently working on a cowl and a shawl.
What I haven't done but need to badly is make soap! Stock is very low and my fingers itch to get in the soap pot! I'm adding bath bombs to the shelves for sale and need to get busy making those, too!
Well, I hope this catches us up! Gotta get back to regular posting!!!! I've missed recording current happenings and looking back at past ones. And, I've missed your comments! Please catch me up on what you've been doing, also!
As always ....... thanks for reading!