Sunday, February 24, 2019

Always busy!

Sometimes when I haven't blogged for a long time, it seems a bit overwhelming to get back to it because I really don't know where to start.  I feel that 2019 has been rushing by in a bit of a whirlwind.  I had an awful lot of work in the first 8 weeks - some regular contracts and then a few other projects I took on....a few too many I think.  I also had to travel several times so far this year - including to Charlottetown, PEI and Fredericton, NB - both to help facilitate workshops, and then I also went to Iowa for several days - primarily for 2 days of business meetings.  I was also able to visit friends along the way because I drove there.  In addition, my Iowa client is a former colleague who  hired my former administrative assistant, and we had a group meeting with a former attorney friend, so it was like 'going home again' in a way, sitting around a meeting table with people I hadn't seen in 8 years. 

After my work meetings were finished, I had a lovely time visiting with Teresa at Eden Hills, in particular helping her with an antique spinning wheel she had purchased at an auction.  Her Dad helped us out a lot too, and by the time I left, everything was working except the bobbin tension.  I need to do more research on that.  For the full story and pictures on the day of the wheel, Teresa's blog is the place to go, right here:

I had a lovely time visiting with Teresa's goats, llamas, chickens, cats, and of course, her lovable dog, Sky.  I think his one-ear-up-one-ear-down appearance is just so endearing. 

I also caught up with my friend Anne, a flautist who plays at the Des Moines Area Community College gourmet dinner series that I used to attend.  It was so lovely to see her and hear all her news.  Then I enjoyed a great visit with my former colleague Kathryn at a local barbecue restaurant - I do love good midwestern bbq!  It's really lovely to be able to catch up with old friends, even if it's only just a brief visit.

On my drive home again, I visited with friends in New York just briefly, since I had to be back in good time for a meeting in New Brunswick, so my visits were sadly short.  However, I got to cuddle with mini horses and goats along the way.  What better way to break up a long drive?!

Some long-time readers may remember the blog of Isobelle Golightly the Beautiful Goat.  This picture is with the mini horses where Isobelle lives.  Well, technically the one on the left is a mini mule, but they're all more-or-less horses!

I'm still in the midst of many work projects but I am hoping that things will ease up a bit in the coming weeks.  I'd really like to stop and smell the roses.  Well, not that we have any roses, because my yard has at least 2 or 3 feet of snow throughout, but I do have a lovely amaryllis blooming indoors, thanks to my mother who bought it for me for Christmas.  What a lovely blossom!