A quick catch-up
So much has happened in the last month or so and I’ve been remiss in not posting more frequently here on the blog. I thought about writing a long follow-up about my trips and teaching engagements, such as the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston with tons of photos, but it would take me several hours. And honestly, that was just one of many things happening for us here in the past six weeks. So I’ll just write a quick catch-up since you are likely as busy getting ready for the holidays as I will be, starting later today. So, in a nutshell, here you go:
- Quilt Market – It was great to see old friends and meet many new ones. It’s always like “old home week” each year in Houston when I’m able to see, hug and greet so many friends and acquaintances in the industry. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the Janome booth as their National Spokesperson meeting so many Janome enthusiasts, dealers, and customers, too!
- Quilt Festival – I was thrilled to teach 5 1/2 days of completely SOLD OUT classes in the fabulous Janome classroom! (I heard afterwards that every single machine was adopted and found a new home, which thrills me no end!) To cap off the fabulous week, I presented my Jelly Rolls + Precuts lecture to a large audience on Saturday evening. It was a whirlwind and super-fun week! And such a blessing that my voice held out until Sunday after it was all over and we were flying home.
- I organized a Progressive Dinner for our neighbors the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving and we had a great time going from house to house for appetizers, the main course, and dessert. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful neighbors and new friends here in South Bay!
- Happily, I spent some a few days at the cabin after Houston was over before our son, Andrew, came home for a quick break at Thanksgiving. He worked at Disneyland all week (and loved it!) and we had a very low-key, quiet Thanksgiving lunch, just the three of us.
- We celebrated Andrew’s birthday a bit early while he was home since his actual birthday falls when he would be back at school. I can’t believe this young man turned 20 this year. Where, oh where, has the time gone?
- We took a spur of the moment trip to Virginia to see Andrew march once more this season. We flew out on Friday, and because of a snow storm in the midwest, our flight was cancelled until Monday. But it was all worth it in the end!
- The week after Thanksgiving was busy meeting many work-related deadlines and submitting my proposals for next year’s Quilt Market / Festival. All computer work and no sewing, unfortunately. I was busy, busy. But then,
- We actually took a week off and went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a fun vacation with some dear friends! We shopped, laughed, ate amazing gourmet meals, and went scuba diving where we actually heard the whales singing in the distance; a first for us! It was fun to unwind after the hectic year we’ve had. The only down side was coming home with a difficult middle ear injury from the diving but I’m on medications to hopefully get me, my ear pressure and hearing back to normal soon.
And now? Our son is on the plane at this very moment flying home for Christmas break and our other son will be joining us this coming Sunday for a couple of weeks. And with this post, I’m wrapping up my work and computer related tasks. I intend to jump into full Christmas preparation mode to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest. I’ve got Christmas music playing in the background as I write, a lovely peppermint vanilla-scented candle burning, and some twinkle lights in my studio turned on at this very moment.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas filled with blessings, happiness, love, and a gentle reminder to keep Christ first in Christmas!