Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Quick Hello

I have terribly neglected my blog for the last couple of weeks or so. There's been a lot going on which is really no excuse. I do have some things to post just need to get motivated and do it. I do have some exciting news to share with my blog readers.

I belong to SplitcoastStampers, an online community for stampers and other paper crafters. One of the members sent out an email to other members of SplitcoastStampers who live in the Sacramento area. She wanted to know who would be interested in participating in a Shoebox Card Swap. She suggested a few dates and wanted people to vote on which date they would want to hold the Swap. Saturday, April 18th is the date that has been chosen. The swap will take place at her house in Rancho Cordova.

What each person that attends does is make a card then prepare all the elements to make that particular card for each person attending. So if 20 people are attending, then there needs to be supplies for 19 people to make that card. Each person would go home with 19 cards plus the one they made for the swap.

A potluck is planned for lunch as the swap will be held from 10 am to 4 pm. At this first swap, there will be discussion about holding these swaps on an ongoing basis. I have offered the clubhouse at the mobile home park where we live as a place to hold a future swap.

My friend Michelle is going with me. I am really looking forward to this and it should be a lot of fun. Candice is the name of the person organizing this first swap. She is also compiling a list of Stamp Stores in the area that people shop at and has asked that we submit our favorite websites that we shop at too. She is going to make a list of those places to hand out.

I will certainly post and let my blog readers know how it turns out.

My husband has been in Boise, ID on a ski trip with some of his kids and grandkids. This is a yearly event that happens the weekend of Presidents Day. He and his son Jason who lives in Roseville decided to drive this year. They left here last Tuesday evening and are heading home tomorrow, Thursday 2/19. Erik, his oldest son lives in Mt. Home outside of Boise and he is the one who organizes this trip each year. Another son, Keith, who lives in Ft. Worth, TX comes along with Wendi and Joyce, daughters who live in So. California. Joyce's 2 daughters, step-daughter and husband are there too. Erik's 4 children are there too for part of the time. This year, a former daughter-in-law joined the group for a couple of days. They rent a couple of condos at Bogus Basin where they go skiing, snowboarding and tubing. It's been a long 9 days since my husband left and I will be very happy and relieved to see him tomorrow night. I don't do well while he is gone on these trips. This is his 5th trip. On this trip he was able to get a season pass to ski free because he will be 70 years of age this year. This season pass is good for next year too. He was pretty excited to get that. Next year the original group will celebrate 10 years of these ski trips.

Of course with him being in Boise, we missed seeing the Tour of California, a bike race, that started in Sacramento last Saturday, the 14th. Weather wise, it was an awful start for the race, as it was non-stop rain and high winds. Today the race started in Merced and ended up in Clovis and it was a beautiful day with lots of sun and dry roads. While in the mountains east of Merced there was still snow along the side of the road and the higher mountains were covered. The scenery was beautiful. Tomorrow they head back to the coast from Visalia to Paso Robles. The race ends this coming Sunday in Escondido which is in north San Diego County. My husband is an avid cyclist and so we have enjoyed watching the Tour in person at some point along the way since it started 4 years ago. All the big names in cycling are in this tour including Lance Armstrong coming back from retiring 3 years ago.

I will be posting some new projects soon. Until then take care and thanks for reading my blog. Leave me a comment, I love to hear from my readers.


Elizabeth said...

Bogus Basin Bash 10 year anniverary...I wonder what they will do to celebrate?

jalna said...

The Swap sounds like a great idea. I can't wait to see what you come home with.

Betty Townsend said...

I wish you and Leslie lived here, Jalna, we could go together!!

Kathy and Bobber-Wobbers said...

Hmmm - the card swap sounds fun. I LOOK at Splitcoasters, but I'm not a member. Cool stuff to be found there - but some of the computer stuff is a bit complicated (hmmm - or perhaps I'm just a dork). I've been really busy and haven't had a chance to look at my favorite blogs, but WOW - what a treat to see your new stuff Betty - BEAUTIFUL work (can you post a photo of the inside of the post-it holders??). Looking forward to your swap card & seeing how it goes - have FUN, FUN, FUN!!