Thursday, April 30, 2015

The results are in……


…..and we will NOT be trekking in May!!



The Representative from REI called this afternoon and said that they have decided to cancel all of their treks in May.

While we are disappointed, we feel sure that this is the best decision for now.

So, now we are trying to decide whether we are going to move the trip to the first two weeks in October, adding the time on to our already planned month in Bangalore, India.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of details that we have to work thru, including filing insurance claims for the trip that we missed, changing our already booked trip home from Bangalore and finding flights from Bangalore to Khatmandu!!

So, once again we just have to be patient and see what happens…….


Monday, April 27, 2015

To Trek or Not To Trek


….that is certainly the question on our minds right now!!

We are booked into a Himalaya Trek starting 4 weeks from today and are trying to make a decision about whether or not we will travel to Nepal in the aftermath of the Earthquake.

If you had asked this morning, I would have told you that we probably were not going, but this afternoon we talked to the people at REI and they have given us a little bit of hope  that we may still be able to make the trip. 

The earthquake was centered between the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, but apparently the waves moved mostly to the East (to Kathmandu and Mount Everest) and did not affect the Annapurna Ranges which are Northwest of Pokhara.   This is the area that we will be trekking in.

REI has spoken with their workers and guides in Nepal and reported that all of their assets (hotels, roadways, etc) were unaffected.  They have cancelled the Trek that was supposed to start on May 4th, but are still hopeful that the next one will be a go.   They will make their final decision based on the conditions as time progresses.  They will especially monitor any damage from aftershocks in the next few days and also will want to make sure that bringing “tourists” into the area will not hamper the relief efforts.

SSOOOOO……we wait….maybe not so patiently!!!!   But maybe we will still get to see this before long…..

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Two months at a glance

You know how you can buy “week at a glance” calendars…well since I haven’t posted for almost two months, I guess this can be a “take a glance at my life” post.

First of all there was a quilt show and I was the chairman!!!   I had a wonderful time working with our guild members and the show was very successful.

I enjoyed working with judging…..


With photography……


and totally enjoyed the show…..


I was excited to win two Blue ribbons…..



Our “Best of Show” quilt was a gorgeous Modern Quilt made by Sylvia Shaefer….


It has also been accepted into the Paducah show.


Next, I have been preparing for our Himalaya hike by climbing stadium steps a couple of mornings each week…..

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photo 1

The view from the top of the steps isn’t bad, but I am expecting much better in the Annapurna’s!!!


We  have continued getting our equipment set up for the trip and bought a camera last week.   We decided on the Canon EOS 70D and I am pleased with the first few photos that we have taken…..



I haven’t had much studio time and had decided back in January that I would make a hand detailed postcard for each of my committee chairmen (all 37 of them), but soon realized that I would NEVER get them finished. So, I boxed them up for another day……DSC04175

Then I had the idea of making badges for each person so cut up the postcards and added a fabric transfer with the show logo…..DSC04357

Each ribbon has the name of their committee.   It was fun to hand them out and watch people proudly wear them during the show!!!

And, in between times I have been sitting/standing at my desk and madly preparing income tax returns.  There are 10 days left and I have 12 in progress or ready to start and 5 to come!!!

I still don’t have any great expectations of getting into my studio, but am enjoying life greatly and looking forward to the next few months.  Before I know it, it will be October and all of our travels will be over but my mind’s eye will be filled with so many creative ideas!!!!

Until next time….and hopefully it wont be another 2 months!!…..

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