Time Away

Wow!  I am so happy to be sitting down at my computer today!  I have been working so hard for the last six weeks on things unrelated to my design business.  It feels wonderful to be back at my desk!  I am always aware of how happy I am when I am working.  I love doing what I do, and I look forward to waking up every morning and working.  That feeling is especially evident when I've been away for a while. 

So, what have I been up to?  Well, in mid-June I left Memphis and drove back to Oklahoma for both a family reunion and my 25th high school class reunion.  Both were wonderful!  The family reunion was great, even though it was held outdoors in 106 degree heat!  I saw lots of family that I hadn't seen in a long time and lots that I had never met (spouses and children).  The class reunion was especially nice.  I went to a small school in rural Oklahoma where there were 45 people in my graduating class.  Although I started school there in the 6th grade, the school is K-12 so most of those that I graduated with had been together since kindergarten.  I hear/read lots of things about going to class reunions and a lot of what I read is negative.  I really love them, though.  Yes, the earlier ones were a little painful.  I remember my 10th, and I don't think we'd grown up enough at that point to appreciate each other.  But each one since then has gotten better and better.  I feel genuinely close to the people I graduated with.  Of course, not that many people showed up-- there were less than 10 of us at dinner and only a few more joined us afterward.  Still, it was lovely, and I look forward to the next time I can spend time with these friends.

The next part of my trip was only partially lovely.  I left Oklahoma and drove to my mom's house in Archer City, Texas.  It was great getting to spend time with my mom, but most of our time was spent packing her belongings to move her back here to Memphis.  And, oh, what a chore!!  It was weeks of going through things, donating things, returning things to people who'd left things at her house, packing things, loading things--it was a very stressful, very trying time to say the least.  Amidst all the stress, there were some highlights, though.  First of all, Archer City is a beautiful and completely interesting small town.  It was the setting of the 1971 movie "The Last Picture Show", co-written by Larry McMurtry, based on his book of the same name.  I actually got to meet and spend time with Larry and his new bride, Faye Kesey, when they came to my mom's house to purchase a large part of her book collection for his store, Booked Up.  Larry and Faye had just gotten married the weekend before I met them. 

I put together a little slideshow of my time there.  (The controls will appear as you hover over the photos.)

 

That's all for now!  Time to get back to work!  By the way, I did find some time to add my upcoming fabric collection to the fabric section of my website.  I'm really excited about this one!  I know I say that about all of them, but I can't help it!  You can view it here:  Power Pop by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabric!