Whew, what a blur the last two weeks have been. I’m grateful for every moment, but they went by so darn fast!
Let’s see, I’m trying to reach back into my brain to the last week of October. Oh, the big thing that happened was Halloween! We were supposed to go to a party, but our neighbors came over and stayed later that evening. It’s a blast hanging with good people, and I’m fortunate that we had lots of wonderful offers for good people and good fun.
And uh, I’m also grateful that my unemployment tax audit was cancelled that last week of October. Although, that’s really a mixed bag, since it was rescheduled for this week! I kinda wish it was done over already, but this week is definitely much easier as far as my salesroom schedule goes. The lady that’s doing the audit is super nice on the phone, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well.
Last week was the real doozie as far as activities goes. Most everything went smoothly, but with activities every evening plus busy daytime schedules I was in a blur!
One inspiring thing from last week was the YMCA Trout Lodge strong community campaign dinner on Monday night. That is a really long-winded way to say that we went to a scholarship fundraiser for the Y’s summer camp program! Tim Ezell (a color-commentator on the St. Louis fox news station) was the speaker, but Clyde and I didn’t enjoy his speech near as much as the MC’s jokes and the little girl who went to ‘hand camp’ using some of the scholarship $$. I loved hearing her speech for the dinner crowd. Plus, they had a video of a kid this past summer who was wheel-chair bound. He really, really wanted to be thrown in the lake, just like the kids do to the camp counselors, so they showed a video of the big lake toss. Set to music. Yep, tear-jerking for sure.
But, I didn’t cry since I just can’t give Clyde the satisfaction of teasing me about being sappy. However, I might have experienced a lump in my throat. 🙂 I’m not completely cold-hearted! In any case, I really enjoyed the dinner, the presentations, the people we met, and the cocktail hour. A fun and inspiring evening.
We served dinner to the SIU edwardsville wine-tasting class on Tuesday night, and then joined them for the wine dinner on Wednesday. That was fun, although this is the least organized I’ve ever seen that tasting. I’m proud of myself for recognizing wine varieties much more easily than ever before….although forget knowing regional differences still!
Saturday was our last big event for the year, and it was definitely the best ever. Julie friends came down and were a big help. She also turned us on to a new band, and the everyone that came loved it (or at least, claimed to love them!). Bob & Terry topped themselves as far as dinner went; and with every seat taken in the house I’m calling our 2009 cellar party a complete success. The 76-degree weather might have played a big part of that though!
Finally, and I realize that I am now encroaching on Week 45, but who knows if I’ll ever blog again, so I’ll just state it here. Saturday night, a grade-school friend of mine called to say she was staying the night in Cuba, MO, and could I meet she & her dad & brother for breakfast the next morning? And then could they come down to the winery? (For my family – this was Corinna who called)
Oh my gosh it was so cool to see her again. She had a cold, which I was not afraid of getting because I think I caught everything that’s been available to catch in September, but was looking forward to a kayaking/hiking vacation with her family in Arkansas. I wish we’d had more time together….I have just got to get up to Michigan when she’s up there again so we have more time to catch up. She looks the same. THE SAME! Two kids and I believe she weighs the same as she did in high school. I don’t even think she has wrinkles. Of course, she doesn’t have teenagers yet. 😉 I’m definitely grateful that I had a chance to see her, however briefly. (AND DANG IT, I forgot a camera. ARGGGHGHGHGH. Not at all grateful for that!)
Well, hopefully I can get back to blogging more now that the bulk of our events are out of the way. Hope everyone has enjoyed a wonderful start to November! Cheers.