We are home… just a couple of days shy of five weeks away we pulled into our driveway last night with light snow falling all around us. Only a week ago about this time we parked our car and camper on a side street in Mendocino, CA and walked between quaint houses, B&Bs, businesses and along the rocky shore watching strong waves crashing into the cliffs below for a constant change in the landscape. An egret crossed our path, slowing us down to reflect and take in the ambiance. We spent more time than planned in this little town…
The rest of our journey went by in a blur. Once we left the Giant Redwoods behind the weather changed drastically reminding us that we can’t stay on the road forever. When we crossed into Oregon heavy rains forced us to change our course and travel inland toward Washington. The weather didn’t improve and we soon realized that our brief visit to Mendocino was the most beautiful conclusion to our long trip. A short visit with friends near Oak Harbor, WA included an afternoon drive to the La Conner Quilt Museum to take in Elin Noble’s exhibition “Vox Stellarum” which is well worth a visit if you are in the area. The exhibition will be up till December 28th, 2014.
A night in West Kelowna with a friend Saturday and one last stop near Cochrane Sunday night with old friends from our Calgary days concluded the journey. Internet connections were rare and I didn’t feel like wasting time in various MacDonald’s getting distracted and slowing down the trip – hence the internet silence on my part.
Life is slowly beginning to return to a regular routine now. Suitcases are unpacked, the camper is being winterized as I type my post, and I am looking toward November which brings on a full schedule of workshops. I will soon head back to Calgary to teach my Kantha Workshop to the Alberta Quilt Study Society. The last I heard there are a few choice spots still left in the class taking place on November 8th & 9th. If you are interested visit the Alberta Quilt Study Society Website for details and contact information.
I will stay on in Calgary for a couple of days after the Kantha Workshop to conduct my Introduction to Design to a keen group of 10 participants. The idea took shape while teaching in Calgary in September and before we all knew it there were enough students signed up to offer this class. It will be the first time I am delivering this intensive workshop away from my studio. I am mainly able to do this as I will in Calgary for three consecutive months always around the same time of the month. I look forward to meeting everyone on November 10th!
Well, before I close my check in post let me ask you: How is the Creative Daily Act Challenge going for October? The current theme is “Black Magic”. With Halloween just a couple of days away it is time to announce the November theme. The temperatures are dipping lower… this theme will surely get you “fired up”… November’s CDA theme is “Fire on High!” If you are feeling challenged, so am I. Enjoy the rest of your day. I am catching up on email correspondence and organizing my teaching supplies for Calgary!
October turned out to be a difficult month. Made worse by the killing of two Canadian soldiers. I feared for my sons safety. I got off to a good start on Black Magic but have yet to complete it. Still thinking of November theme, not started yet. I can only see your pictures and mine on Flicker. Am I clicking in the wrong place?
Katine, I am so sorry to about how October affected you. – I am not sure who all has uploaded images to the Flicker group lately. I know I have heard from a number of CDA participants – time is always an issue and when personal obstacles enter our lives we sometimes just have to take it easy! Don’t fret – do what you can and embrace creative moments.