It has been a world wind around here, lately. Craziness at home, craziness at work, a big move coming up, new patterns for market, and a general insanity feeling going on, but i was lucky enough to get away for a week. I visited some friends (both old and new), met some new people, and spent some quality time working on things I love. It's not too often that I get a chance to really devote large amounts of time to sewing (or if I do, I'm giving up sleep and cheerfulness), but I was lucky enough to spend a couple of relaxing days working/playing in the Dallas area.
I visited a friend that I hadn't seen since high school. Rhonda and I were best of friends in elementary school, and her family moved away after 6th grade, so I didn't see her much during middle and high school and not at all after that, but we reconnected again through facebook last summer, and since I was going to be in Dallas anyway, we got together. I must admit I was a little nervous after 15+ years, but it was pointless, we might as well have seen each other last week, it was that easy and simple. It was also that reminder that Southern Hospitality and life-long friendships aren't just fairytales, they are actually quite real, and incredibly awesome. So, Rhonda if you are reading this, we must get together again SOON. So excited that my business will bring me to Dallas quite often. Kinda feels like a fate thing, as corny as that sounds.
On the other side of the fate thing is a relatively new friendship -- she and I met at a retreat in Montana two years ago. We're both Judy Niemeyer stalkers (yes, I admit it, no, I will NOT join a support groups, I am perfectly happy with my addiction). We've both made 10+ Judy quilts, and you can never learn too much, so we agreed to meet up for a class at Stitchin' Heaven in Quiltman, just an hour from Terri's home. I got to meet her family, and take a tour of a catfish processing plant (that was interesting, seriously, it's hard work), and visit a little east Texas town, population 600+. I hadn't been in the rural south in quite a while, and I had forgotten how friendly people are, how noone is a stranger (or they won't be for long) and how everyone has manners (and all the kids have chores). It was totally refreshing and a great visit. Reminded me to be proud of being raised in the south, of my old fashioned southern values.
And just like that the visit was over -- 9 days gone in a flash -- and as soon as I figure out ICloud, I'll show some pics -- until then you'll have to imagine it all.....and if anyone has any pointers on ICloud -- send them my way.