i left Sharon and her family on monday afternoon *sob sob* and headed to Appleton, WI for two days at a hotel.. a little shopping.. and a little rest til i get to Marquette, MI to my friend Traci.. who i have known since i was 14.. Appleton was nice.. i relaxed at the hotel.. did some shopping found a yarn store *gasp* and did a little knitting by the pool.. so wednesday morning i checked out and headed on up to the UP.. what a gorgeous drive !!! absolutely beautiful.. not that wisconsin wasnt pretty but the colours had started to change and i got to drive up the coast and see water for a bit of my drive.. I made it to Traci .. in decent time and you know.. i got there and it didnt seem like it had been 8 years since we had seen each other.. it was like we had never been apart.. that was nice.. i met her husband Hugh.. and her son Jason(11).. and saw Stephie(15) again for the first time since she was 3.. wow..
We got me checked into the hotel there.. which by the way ..l.looked scary on the outside but was quite nice on the inside.. my "suite" was as big as my first apartment.. actually i think it was bigger.. LOL.. the place i stayed was officer quarters at one point for a military base that was up there.. so it was nice.. and not expensive AT ALL.. i paid less than 60 bucks a night for an apartment ..and went to dinner at a nice lodge like place.. where we got to see deer graze as the sun went down out of the big expanse of windows across the back of the resturant
so then thursday and friday were spent getting ready for her reception.. Traci and Hugh had gone to San Antonio and gotten married the last weekend in August and from all reports.. i had MUCH better weather in Michigan than had i made the trip to texas.. it was really pretty up there and i was so glad i could help with the party preparation.. and among all this .. i taught her son to knit..
I had planned on leaving sunday but with all the prep for the party.. i decided to stay sunday and chill and wind down .. and that was really nice to just relax and be a slug all day with my friend.. who by the way informed me she was pregnant!! so i have already started some stuff and ordered some more yarn for ALL THE BABY stuff i am gonna get to make !! I am so excited...
they were also having an addition put on their house that was fantastic.. oh did i mention hugh is a taxidermist on the side.. i saw some animals in his work shop that were the stuff night mares are made of LOL.. and also saw some really nice stuff.. i saw a blue water buffalo that was actually really pretty .. and there was a buffalo in there with an afro .. but was the SOFTEST fur i have ever touched.. i need to see about getting some buffalo hair to spin..
i digress.. it was sad to go .. but i had to .. on monday .. i was going to try to make it all the way home .. 860 miles.. but it started raining on me the minute i hit wisconsin and it didnt quit til i hit chicago.. and no i didnt take the 294 aroudn this time LOL.. so i made it down thru chicago and i was beat .. so i stopped at about 11 got a room rested and headed the rest of the way home on tuesday .. so i was gone for 13 days.. i loved my trip.. but it really was good to be home and my babies missed me A BUNCH!!...
so there are some other exciting things i wanna share.. i bought and Ashford Joy while i was in West Bend with sharon.. it got here a couple days ago.. i have been so busy i havent gotten to play with it..
and then there is THIS no i havent gone insane.. i had been planning this for a while i just didnt think one this nice would fall into my lap.. ihave my helmet.. my jacket.. boots.. and my safety course all lined up .. and this baby should be at my house by the end of next week so i might have a few pretty days of riding .. before it gets really cold out..
so anyway .. i think i am almost caught up with every thing !!