Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's Like This Every May . . .

Some of you will notice that it has been almost a week since I last rambled incoherently (of course, others have enjoyed the silence) . . .

As soon as I finish this, I will go into New England Mode. This weekend is one of the biggest shows of the year -- we'll be at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts (in my neck of the woods, we call it a "Fairgrounds" -- in their neck of the woods, they call it "The Big E"). I have lots to do before the truck pulls out at the end of the day Wednesday. We'll have three demos in the booth this weekend -- Susan Pickering Rothamel from USArtQuest, Tim Hammonds from Scor-It, and our own Melinda Doster. And Tim is going to be doing a free make it & take it at his end of the booth all weekend long. You just have to see the gathering at the entrance just before the show opens -- the promoter lets everyone spread out just inside the building and at 10:00 it's like someone pulled the plug out of the drain as everyone streams up the aisles. I always look forward to it.

I would like to have gone into New England Mode earlier, but it has been a hectic few days. We still have a small print shop (that's where we came from) and I spent from Thursday morning until a few minutes ago setting up a recital program for the dance studio next door. I missed a gorgeous weekend while I worked at my dining room table. It really shouldn't take this long, and if I wasn't an old dinosaur from the pre-computer age it probably wouldn't. But I did the best I could and now it's out of my hands.

And today my dad went in for a stress test. He started having chest pains the weekend before last -- he knows what to watch for, since he has had two catheterizations before. We didn't expect him to do well, but he passed the stress test with no pains. So the tests continue, and it will be a few days before we know what comes next. In the midst of all this, my brother and I looked at each other and were thankful that this didn't come on while we were down in the Grand Canyon seven weeks ago!

Stay tuned for pictures and fun from Springfield -- or better yet, come out and see it for yourself!


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  2. Good luck to your father.
    I will keep him in my prayers.
    Judy Stevens
    Alma, MI

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