After over 5 weeks away I came home to the coldest October day since the 70’s – which I didn’t mind.
My two youngest met me at the airport which was lovely. They had to wait a while as my bags were lost. I was not surprised though, I mean I only waited in LAX for 13 long hours to connect from my United Airlines flight from Washington to a Qantas flight to Australia. One would think that was enough time for my bags to make the flight.
After getting out of customs and reporting the bags, seeing my gorgeous kids along came my eldest, Ari!
Not quite due home for 2 weeks after backpacking through Europe for 5 months, he was pretty home-sick and decided to surprise me at the airport.
It was amazing to see him and cuddle him after such a long time.
I was so proud of myself – only initiating 2 calls the entire time. I let him do the phoning.
Thank goodness though, another test of motherhood over.
Just prior to leaving LA I had the opportunity of meeting Tally.
Tally had written to me some 8 months prior to me getting to LA - a fellow blogger. So we met up, she met my kids and ex-hubby drove us around LA, took my daughter and I shopping and we had a lovely day.
Then I headed for Portland.
"Gruppe de Stace" as I so fondly call her was kind enough to pick me up from the airport. We spent some time together with her family and I finally got to meet her kids and hubby Rob.
The next night was Jewish New Year, Rosh HaShanah.
I felt very out of sorts not being with my family and doing the famililar religious rituals that come with such a Holy day.
But Stacie and I went shopping and together with Rob we cooked up a feast.
As we shopped Michael called and said he was delayed leaving Missoula so he would not make it till at least 9.00 that evening.
So we get to Stace’s place after a rather extensive shopping trip and Rob’s in the back garden.
I thought he was an easy going fellow.
Rob kept calling me to come outside whilst I was laden with bags in my hands.
I was busy organising things but he kept insisting on seeing me and NOW.
I thought my radar must have been off – what could be so urgent? Wht was he hassling me.
I kept saying in a minute but
he kept calling
I gave up and went outside trying not to grit my teeth...
Then all of a sudden
“It’s a bird”
“It’s a plane”
Out from behind the house jumps
Well, almost superman!
My super man.
Well Rob, that was one big surprise – I had no idea. It was so nice and I sooo believed the story Michael told me about why he was delayed.
We all caught up and had an amazing Rosh HaShana feast together.
Afterwards I took Michael off to the great hotel where I was staying - here.
A bit bright in colour for me - but it was in a great location and I could go to my favourite French Patisserie every morning and get my much needed coffee.
The rest remains behind closed doors.
The following night we ventured off to The Embassy suites to say hi to whoever was getting free drinks at the bar. It was there that in the distance I noticed some woman was waving this green bag at me. As she got closer I recognised THAT BAG from her blog.
She promised me she would bring it and it was great to meet up with Cindy Dean after such a long time of blogging together. Loved Cindy's sense of humour.
I then finally met Shirley McCutcheon who I have been longing to meet up with for so long too.
What a gem of a woman she is. I recall admiring her work for so long and remembered when I first commented on her blog – you know that comment when you wonder if the other blogger thinks you are some freak commenting on her blog so many times and never having met.
Alas over such a long time we have got to know each other but it was so lovely to meet in real life.
Off to the new W hotel for drinks hosted by the one and only Carol Parks
I’ll be teaching at Carol’s place next year probably late August.
Then I finally got to meet LK Ludwig – yaah another blackaholic.
It seems we both pack a similar bag of either black or white clothes. LK is lovely and we had the chance to meet up several times over the week at Art and Soul.
I spotted the ever-so-gorgeous Katie Kendrick who I had the pleasure of meeting at Artfest earlier this year. Yet another sweetie.
Chatting away with LK, Bee Shay, Leslie Marsh and Leighanna Light.
Without Bee Shay I doubt my Art and Soul experience would have been the same. She was amazing to me and made sure everything went smoothly. Thanks Bee - you really were so good to me and I thank you so so much.
What a blessing you were and are!!!
Ah Leslie, it was great catching up again. Leslie appears later in the week and also in Philli too. A lovelier person one would be hard pressed to find.
Leighanna, the effervescent and oh so bubbly one. How great it was to finally catch up too. I would love to have some of your energy - amazing! But next time we meet we will need to spend more time together.
That's kind of what its like at Art and Soul - a frenzy of activity, art making, meeting people and fellow bloggers. Rushing from here to there, grabbing a fellow artist for a precious few minutes just to say hi.
The story continues but at 2.00am now I will call it a night for now.