Crossing my fingers, but other than the normal headache and stuff when the barometric pressure drops, I'm starting to venture out of bed more, making some forays into public, and I'm anxious to do things. Doing things might mean just sitting and knitting, or sitting and making jewelry, or sitting and chatting, (start small, think big!) but I'd love to start doing that with you. A little at a time, building up my strength, but so much more fun when there's a goal ahead.
To that end -- if you feel like making the trip to Easton, MD after October (I have a show I'm bound and DETERMINED to attend and sell my jewelry), I have three extra bedrooms and if you can handle cats, we're good. It would be fun to have some ladies come and visit, yes? And it doesn't even have to be overnight. Come for a few hours and we'll have fun. This offer stands all the time. You don't have to wait until next spring or fall (more on that in a sec.) We'll get to know each other -- the real Lori that's been missing and you, the friend I want to know better.
|Where will you come from?|
I have another idea in mind but this one will take a bit of planning and a bit more time -- like fall of NEXT year. I really want to wait until I've been "clean and clear" for a little longer, and I want to celebrate the healing with a workshop/hang-out with a small group, but just as importantly and exciting -- a hot air balloon ride. Once I start feeling right about making serious plans, I'll post more details. I've been in touch with the gentleman who runs the balloon company and he can create a ride just for us. To me, it's very symbolic -- rising above all the dreck that we've all been dealing with in our lives.
|Photo courtesy of our pilot, Delmarva Balloon Rides|
It's expensive -- at least a couple hundred dollars -- but I'm trying to figure out how to subsidize that to help everyone, and how to create a workshop that won't wear me out and is more of a celebration of fun and getting together and trading beads -- a real, live, Bead Soup HOUSE Party. You pack your beads, head here, and we'll have fun teaching each other what we know. No stress, just fun and laughter and learning from each other. (The balloon ride is not mandatory, of course -- if the idea scares you, just come out and take pictures and have fun together watching!).
|I live near lots of water and trees -- it will be gorgeous.|
And we'll have a post-ride celebration!
(Photo courtesy of our pilot, Delmarva Balloon Rides.)
So if you can, hoard a few quarters away, or whatever you can, in a special jar and start getting excited, because *I* am. And so is Zack, who will not be riding with us (unless you want to enjoy the entire ride filled with screams). He just wants to see you and your beads!!!!
(Edited: Depending upon the interest, there will be hotel rooms and I can get a project room for our beading.)
I am grateful to all of you for sticking with me. I'm even grateful for the true-but-hard-to-admit-to-myself emails I've had. No, I'm not over Lyme and Babesia but YES my life is pretty good, really, and I'm anxious to get back to it.
Oh.... I wonder if he'll let us bring pie on the balloon trip? HA!