Somehow I never noticed that I had reached my 500th post, but I did. Imagine that. Tradition urges me to have a giveaway prize for my readers. So I shall. Post on this blog and complete this sentence:
"The reason I read blogs is...."
We will pick a winner on Wednesday night. Okay? Good.
Oh and the winner will win a $30 gift certificate to Small Studio's Emporium. Anything you want. You pick. I will include shipping.
I had a lovely day today. I had lunch with my son Tim. I arrived at the restaurant first and watched him come in. Tim is 6'5" and a presence. I am so proud of him. He has turned into a wonderful young man. He is kind, funny, loving, accomplished and did I mention funny? He is a great dad to his little boys and a great husband to his wonderful wife.
I had the rare and excellent opportunity to work side by side with Tim for almost 10 years while we ran the Creative Block (our store), Stampers Anonymous (our stamp line) and Art Continuum (our art retreat). We were a good team and I enjoyed every day working with him. I miss that daily interaction with Tim. I miss the shop talk and hearing about his life daily and what cute thing the kids did. I miss his laughter and teasing and his good common sense. I see Tim and his family pretty often, but it isn't the same. There is too much to catch up with and there are a zillion interruptions. Once every couple of months we have lunch, just the two of us and I cherish those times together. Does a mom ever really see her children as grown-ups? I watch him grapple with life and want to help, but he can handle his joys and challenges without me. He is a good boy.
As John and I gear up for the shows and workshops, we have been buying stuff for you to make art stuff. Way above: old post office box doors and just above old doll parts.
Below old piano rolls. That is if I can part with them.....