I've been doing a lot but you wouldn't know it from my blog! I think there might be some spider webs in the corners if you check real good!
Its November 22, 2011 or 11/22/11 as Joanie told me. Today our fourth granddaughter just might be born! What a year this has been! I've been embracing new things, trying to get use to the idea that I'm 60! The fit is pretty good, I'd say. But all of a sudden, I had a shock last week....I'm almost 61! Jim turned 61 on November 4th. Interesting side note: Joanie was born when her grandfather was 61 and actually on his birthday! Now Joanie is due, actually overdue, and her dad is now 61. Little Addie (Adelyn Gayle) will have a grandpa that is 61 just like she did!
I'd like to state some events that have taken place this past year that I don't want to forget.
In January, I went to see Picasso! Took a train into Seattle with my daughter -- I love our times together! Got to see work by Picasso, had some lunch and came home. Lots of quotes, fun quotes, and what a variety of works in various media. He wasn't afraid to try anything it seems. What a great example!
In March, my big 60, and at my birthday party Joanie and Josh announced the coming of their baby! What a surprise! So happy for them! Tim and Abby gave me tickets to see Mary Poppins at the Paramount! That is going to be so much fun! Jim and I went away to Long Beach for a vacation and ended up being evacuated because of tsunami! What an eventful birthday! At 4 a.m., the phone rang and the desk clerk said, "don't wait". I don't ever think I'll forget those words!
In April, I started working, and pretty much ended up working most of six months! That was really good for the checkbook!
In May, Jim and I went to see Mary Poppins at the Paramount. We had dinner at the Palamino, and then went to get our tickets. We parked in the lot across the street and were amazed that we didn't have to pay event parking prices! Perhaps it was because we got there early on a Saturday afternoon. We went to get our tickets and the door was locked. People were lined up but they weren't letting us in. .... We were there on the wrong day. In talking we realized that our tickets were for a week later and we were actually to be in Tacoma for Hello Dolly! Would we make it? Let's give it a try! Traveling down I-5 about Des Moines exit, Jim look and we were traveling with an empty tank and the light was on! Got off and filled up with gas (only had 1/2 gal in the tank), and we arrived with plenty of time to catch the 8 pm show in Tacoma.
In July, I got to have a "girls night" with Margy Hesse at the Clarion in Seattle. We were at the Paramount once again, and we saw the opening night for Aladdin! We weren't able to get seats together, but so what! We went to Palamino again because Chris Ruth Steakhouse (just across the street) was $40.00 a plate! Well our meal was fabulous! but Margy spent $50.00 and I spent $75! We laughed about that alot! But what a fabulous meal and what a memory!
In August we went to Leavenworth to visit friends and see the Leavenworth Summer Theater! Normally our friends were involved, but for one play they were able to join us in the audience! That was fun and what a wonderful show. We saw My Fair Lady and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. We had planned to be on vacation the last week of August but plans were interrupted, and we said our temporary goodbyes to Jim's dad. The Pacific Northwest Quilt Show was in Tacoma this year, and I LOVED seeing that! Another bus ride down, and a time of just being by myself and enjoying my surroundings! Met a new group of people from Hamilton, Montana that give opportunities for people to learn new techniques in mixed media art quilts. The group is called "In Good Company" and people that join their group are called "TARTS", Textile Artist. Why is it that all these fun things have weird names, like TARTS and MEOW (Machine Embroiders of Oregon and Washington!).
September brought the end of six months of work and a chance to catch up on making baby items for Joanie. She is due November 16th. Renewed a friendship and perhaps a new quilt art group in Tacoma. I would love that! Isabella and Hadley came to visit for three days and two nights! What a fun time!
In October Bible study started and we also we took a week's vacation to go to Colorado to see Tim's new home and celebrate Avery's first birthday. Abby is such a wonderful mother! Her mother is such a dear woman. We are friends, and how I wish we could have more time together! Had to have a few nights in a hotel at first just to slow down and get some rest. We stayed in their home on a blow up mattress! Our first night there a gas leak was discovered in T & A's apt so they spent time in our hotel room. We visited Denver Art Museum, ate at Jelly's, and got food from Pho (which sounds like fuh), Botanical Gardens, walked around town, went to for a "moderate difficulty" hike to Bierstadt Lake at 8800 feet! The walk was 1.2 miles -- lots of switch backs...so good for us! Went to another place but can't remember it.
And so these highlights make up our year so far. But the best is yet to come. Adelyn Gayle is on her way I believe....and I'm so excited. Granddaughter #4! My name sake -- which means the world to me!
This sounds so much like a Christmas letter, but I'm actually just trying to document some important things in my life.
That's all for now!