Saturday, April 22, 2017

Catching Up . . .

I have been essentially off the grid for the past 2 1/2 weeks.  Would love to be able to show you some fascinating thing that I have accomplished during that “down time” – unfortunately, I have merely been sick.  An icky chest and throat doesn’t sound like much – but for me, “sick” usually lasts for a couple of days and barely slows me down.  This time, I missed 2 1/2 days of work (which hasn’t happened in at least 30 years) and had next to no energy for the next ten.  Finally, I am approaching human again – with a very random array of tidbits to share with you . . .


Spring has arrived in Ohio – this from the dogwood in my backyard last weekend.  My white dogwood is really pretty, too – but the pink one is amazing.


The pipeline for Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads has finally reopened – the handful of orders including them that have not shipped are because we are waiting for something else to arrive.  Should have plenty of them in our booth at Adventures in Stamping in Akron next weekend!

And here’s an update on the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, which was originally supposed to arrive this month – Tonic Studios (the manufacturer) announced last Tuesday that the launch has been delayed until early June.  We will ship advance orders in the order they were received as soon as the platform arrives here.

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These pics are actually related.  While I was sick, I went to the doctor – and was informed that the practice is closing next month.  For the first time in my life, I am going to have to look for a new one, so I asked for my records.  The last nine years or so are computerized, but I picked up the rest – starting with my first visit (aged six months) on April 4, 1959.

This "calendar block" is my souvenir from the practice – it has been at the receptionist's desk for the past 25 years. The date was a day off when I went in last week, and as I corrected it, I was reminded of my son. When Ryan was little, he always checked it when we went to the doctor, and if the date was wrong he would update it. It got to the point where the receptionist and nurses would mess it up on purpose so that Ryan could correct it as we checked out.  It's a silly little thing that has no value -- but to us, it is priceless.


Made sour cream drops one evening when I had a bit of energy – actually mixed the batter and baked a couple of sheets one evening, then baked the rest four days later.  Discovered for the first time that these things are amazing straight out of the freezer.

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Emily stopped by the mail center yesterday so I could help her install a new tube on her bike tire.  Zoe was much happier then than she was this morning after I helped with her spring shedding . . .

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What I do with your change at shows – my nephew Conner collects coins, so any of the older ones that I discover eventually find their way to him.


For the locals – a week of Faber-Castell fun next week in our store, leading up an appearance by Jennifer Spoden from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and the beginning of the Spring Spectacular (Friday, April 28 through Saturday, May 6).  Here’s a link to a page on our site with all kinds of fun that’s in store for you at Marco’s over the next couple of weeks.

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