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??!!