Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday evening I picked Tuffybird up at the airport and we headed to Shipshewana, IN to meet up with some other great spark friends. We had a 3 1/2 hour drive so it gave us lots of time to get acquainted. Since we have "talked" to each other for over a year on SP, conversation came easily and the time flew by. Before you knew it, we reached our hotel where Sharonsparkle, Lilygal and MSWeezer were waiting for us. We visited in Weezie's room for a short time and called it a night, planning to rise at 6:30 am for an early morning walk.
We met in the hallway Tuesday morning for a brisk, early morning walk only to find Lily was going to have to walk in flip flops. I'll let her tell you that story. So we had a "semi" brisk early morning walk since flip flops generally are not as easy to walk in as athletic shoes.
After the walk, showers, and breakfast we headed to the shops in Shipshewana. We were the first ones through the doors at Lolly's at 9 am.
All of us bought something at the shops with most of us bringing home a project or two to work on. It was alot of fun to shop with the gals--we laughed and laughed as we explored all the shops around Lolly's. My highlight was trying the "barefoot" shoes. What I discovered is I cannot wear them because my second toe is longer than my first toe. They are designed for what I guess are "normal toes." But I did discover there is a new "barefoot" shoe by Merrell called a Pacer Glove. It, too, is a "barefoot" shoe without the toe "fingers". It looks like a regular shoe only it allows your toes to splay as if you are barefoot. I did not purchase the shoes there but am going to get them in my area (just in case I want to return them.) It's hard to know if you really love a shoe in 5-10 minutes of wearing it in the store. I want to be able to try them on my carpet in my home for an hour or two and have the option of returning them if I decide they are not for me. But I'm looking forward to giving them a try.
After lunch, we headed to the ever popular Shipshewana Flea Market. It was a perfect day weather wise, 70's with a nice breeze. We had a blast looking at all the stuff that people sell at flea markets. We made a few small purchases then came to the booth which turned out to be the highlight of the day--a wig booth. Now these were not the wigs from the 60's and 70's, these were beautiful wigs with modern hair styles. Tuffy and I were interested and after looking at a few, decided we wanted to see what we'd look like with different styles. Weezie, Lily and Sharon joined us and offered compliments and opinions. Even though they gave me some kind compliments on one, I quickly gave up the seat to Tuffy. Wow, you should have seen how a couple of the styles enhanced her beauty. It was so fun, and all our comments and compliments to her began attracting more people standing around and watching. By the time we were done, Tuffy had a totally new look. I am sure she will share her story, but here is her new picture:
How can you top wig shopping? Since we were starting to get a little too much sun and beginning to feel weary, we stopped to eat dinner at the first restaurant we came to. It turned out to be quite good (and we were pretty hungry!) All of us but TB had an Amish piece of pie--no calories of course!
Weezie, Lily and I walked back to the hotel (a mile or so) and Sharon and TB drove the car and treasures back. We met in the lobby and once we sat down, it was all over for the day. We took a few pictures and called it a night before it was dark!
Weezie and I got up early on Wednesday for a quick 2 mile walk and after breakfast we made one last trip to Lolly's and the flea market. It began to rain just as we found what we were looking for at the flea market--flip flops that you can change out the straps. By 11 it was time to pack up and say goodbye.
We had a great time visiting, shopping, eating, and laughing together. I'd love to be able to do it again--maybe next year--with even more spark friends!
Here are Sharon and Weezie in Sharon's really cool Mustang!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Well, today I ventured out for the first time with Addie, age 13 months. We usually hang around the house when I babysit but today we took our first adventure alone. First we had to find shoes, then pack a snack and a sippy cup of water, then find the diaper bag. I threw my purse and the diaper bag on my left shoulder, her on my right hip, locked the doors, then loaded up the car. Putting a baby in a backward facing car seat in a Camry is a little awkward but the princess was patient with Grammie. We made it Walmart, grabbed a cart and my list and we were off. Found everything, got in line then realized I needed 1 more thing--in the back corner of the store. I debated whether it was worth the trek but decided I'd probably get 500 more steps on my pedometer--so I went for it. By then Addie was getting a little antsy. Singing helped! We made it back to the car then I had to relearn how to unpack a cart with a baby in it. On a hot day! Bags first, then diaper bag, then take the cart back to the cart return with baby in it, then take baby out and load her in the car. It's amazing how long all that takes. We take for granted these days of jumping in the car and just heading out. It brings back memories of raising children and all the WORK that comes with it. Glad I'm a Grammie nowadays! For all moms out there--I applaud you.
By the way--my son did this yesterday with Addie. He lost her "lovey" (which she takes to bed with her) somewhere in the store and came home without it! DIL was working, called the store and someone had turned it in. He was amazed someone would turn in a "ratty" looking blinkie. (Probably a mom!) After getting it back and getting Addie to bed, he crashed on the couch. DIL came home from work and the first words out of son's mouth were "I'm exhausted!" Welcome to motherhood!
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