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I clicked My Heels Three Times and

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's good to be HOME!!

The Good Witch Wanda and I had a fine trip, and she brought me home safe and sound. And very happy.

I went down to CA because my quilt was accepted into one of the three larges international quilt shows on the West Coast. I also went down to see good friends.

So let's start at the beginning:

I KNEW my binding on the quilt had one lump in it, and I refused to fix it before I turned it in to the show. I KNEW there was a part of my quilt that didn't lay flat, and I refused to fix it before I turned it into the show.


Sure enough, I got dinged for both of them, which wound up with no ribbon.

Although I did get a wonderful report from the judges. They told me the binding needs to be straight with no lumps and that the quilt should lay flat.

They also wrote a note to me that if I had fixed these things, I would have gotten a FIRST Place award.

Yep. MY BAD.

I totally agree with them, and will promise to fix things that I KNOW need fixing before I turn anything in.

Another reminder of my character defect of procrastination. Geez Louise. Will that EVER go away? Probably not, because I am too impatient to move on to the next thing. Until I am willing to change that, procrastination will be my nemesis.

The show was wonderful with incredible quilts on display. I couldn't believe it........I only spent $125 with the vendors during a FOUR DAY SHOW. That is incredible for me, as I usually fall for all the eye candy and buy like there is no tomorrow. I feel good about holding myself in check, as quilters of all ages can recognize.

My dear friends Jan and Edna came up from the Monterey Peninsual to find me, and we had a fabulous time. Went out to dinner and then back to the convention center where we sat outdoors in the warm evening air and talked until 11:30. I'm pretty sure we solved all the problems in the world that one evening. Our government should just come to us and ask what to do, and then everything would be hunky dory.

While I was down there, I had a special birthday celebration of 29 years of unbroken sobriety. I went to the meetings in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara where I attended at the very beginning of my recovery, and there were folks there that helped me when I was a "newbie". I was so humbled and grateful to see them. It was a true blessing to be able to say "THANK YOU" to all of them, and see they too are continuing their own journey of this fantastic way of living.

I also went "home" to the meetings I attended when I lived in the Monterey Peninsula. My old sponsor and the ladies I sponsored all got together and gave me a wonderful birthday dinner. We then went to a Woman's Meeting, of which I used to be a "regular", and lo and behold, they had set it up for me to be the chairperson. That was VERY unexpected!!

We laughed and loved our way through another memorable evening.

WOWZA, the people in CA sure live fast!! They just zoom all around and are always in a hurry. I can't imagine living at that pace again.

The Good Witch Wanda and I arrived in Seattle, and DH was right there to meet me as I came out with my luggage. As we headed up to the Peninsula where I live, I could feel my heart getting very quiet and serene again.

Yes, I was coming home. I missed being home, even though I was having a good time. I missed the quiet, the beauty and the peacefulness my area delivers.

Got in to the house, and there was Winnie, all whining and shaking all over with joy that Mommie was home. He gently took hold of my sleeve and wouldn't let go for over an hour. He was SO happy to see me.

Then the catty girls saw me, and they too, welcomed me home. They were both talking up a storm to me, trying to out shout each other. I got all filled in on what happened while I was gone.

Have you ever tried to chat with DH when your critters are stealing the show? Both Ted and I got a big kick out of them needing to "be FIRST".

After sitting in the airport in San Jose, then boarding the plane and sitting for another 2 hours until we landed, then getting immediately in to the car for the 2 1/2 hour trip home, I was surely ready to take Winsten out of a long walk.

I marveled at the beauty of the changing leaves, the crisp Autumn air and the eagles flying over head.

Yes, I indeed did click my heels three times, and arrived right back home where my heart is.

It is good to be back in Spark and once again becoming responsible and accountable. I can't believe that all that eating in restaurants, and all I gained was one pound!

Yep, you guys were all with me, and I actually ate quite sensibly for the most part. But I DID have those three chocolate mousse cake pieces.........think that might be where the one pound tonnage came from???

NAW. Couldn't be from CHOCOLATE!! After all, we ALL know that chocolate is a major food group, right?

I am now going back to my pears, apples, salads, grapes and all that wonderful way of eating. I am NOT going to allow that one pound to get comfortable on me! After all, WHO is in CONTROL here anyway??!!

I AM!!
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    29 years of sobriety....YEAH!!! It is always great to rejoice with friends that milestone!

    Great job at the show, but I'm sorry you didn't get a ribbon. Sometimes the choices we make (not fixing the binding and "lump") cause consequences we wish we could change. But, aside from those 2 "flaws", you had a WINNER! It's such a beautiful quilt!

    So glad you're back and enjoying the quiet of home. There really is no place like home!
    2342 days ago
    So glad you had a good time in California, and even more glad you are back--I've missed you! I'm sorry the quilt didn't take a ribbon, but getting that note from the judges, you know you did a fabulous job on it--and what kept it from winning. (I am SO much the same, by the way!)

    Oh, and chocolate is TOTALLY a major food group!

    2343 days ago
  • GRANDMA1951
    Congrats on making it to the international quilt show. Just goes to show that you have the talent. Am glad you had a wonderful time with friends while you were there but that you appreciate the quiet and less-paced life. It's always good to get home and back to a routine. You'll loose that 1 lb in no time - just take Winnie for lots of walks.
    2343 days ago
    Awesome blog!! Good for you to enjoy your travel and sobriety!! What an accomplishment one day at a time!! Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2343 days ago
    Welcome back, from a fellow Silicon Valley ex-pat. I, too, have found my home. It is in the quiet of the Pacific Northwest. We haven't been back to the Bay Area for over three years.

    I'm sorry that your quilt didn't win. In your heart you knew you didn't deserve it. Now you know that others recognize it as well. The next quilt will be ribbon material for sure.

    Congratulations on your 29th Sober anniversary. That is so very special and obviously your friends know it, too. They certainly love and admire you to have gone to all the trouble to make your journey so special.

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    2343 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    That is such a funny, positive and uplifing blog emoticon
    And I find it interesting that I should find your blog today, when just waking up this morning I was wondering whether I could possibly start quilting myself... I need to look into that :-) emoticon again!
    Have a great day and emoticon
    And, I love your background pic :-)
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    2343 days ago
    CONGRATS For the 29 yrs of sobriety !! WOOHOOOO thats HUGE my friend,, HUGE !! SO NEAT you got to celebrate it with those you started it OFF WITH !! Thats BIG !! WOW !! NEAT !! I've now got 11 yrs as of this month !!! WOOOHOOOO !!!!!! I am PROUD OF THOSE 11 YRS !! NOT always easy, but ALWAYS WORTH IT ! As I KNOW you will AGREE !

    LOL Aren't the animals FUNNY when we get home !! LOL Wincey is a RIOT when I come home after being away for some time. She is ALL HAPPY HAPPY !!! To see me,,,than she TURNS INTO A SNOB for a few days, than she's ALL APOLOGIC for being a SNOB !! LOL its HALLARIOUS !! SO glad your HOME AGAIN And all is WELL !!!! Hey the lesson learned on the quilt is a lesson learned, and to KNOW in your HEART you WOULD of WON FIRST PLACE is ALSO TO BE CELEBRATED cos that SIMPLY means you CAN EASILY the next time, and PLEASE do NOT be down about not this time,,,it was simply a lesson that needed to be gone thru,,,and without learning it now,, imagine when a bigger oportunity comes along,,,and IT WILL what would happened then, if you hadn't learned it? WOOHOOO YOU ROCK KIDDO !! YOU ROCK !!

    2343 days ago
    I am so sorry you didn't win :(

    Naw - I doubt the 3 chocolate mousse cake pieces did anything :(
    2344 days ago
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