Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PTG TatDays 2014 - Tatting Tea & Toffee and much, much more

Have you seen all the work that's gone in the website 2014 TatDays? Donna and Jeff have done a tremendous job ... as always.

Great list of teachers and some fun classes! I still have my old dilema ... How can I clone myself so that I can be everywhere and see everyone. I've volunteered as Registrar so be a little patient with me as there are some of the background things that I'm just getting used to doing. That means my better half will be busier than every in the vending room.

If you're thinking about coming, check out the website and register. There are some of the classes that are nearly full. Key vendor again this year is Tatting Corner and we really look for to seeing Jennifer and Jerry again.

Very eventful year as our older son and his lovely wife moved to Rock Hill, SC. It's so nice to have them nearby. Certainly 40 miles beats the heck out of 740 to Arnold, MO. Both our boys are motorcycle techs and doing great! Our sweet daughter-in-law is working as a risk analyst and doing more work on her book. She has a book of poetry that she published several years ago. Very talented ... sometimes it's hard to believe that they haven't been married quite three years.

The biggest event came when hubby FINALLY retired from his job! Probably the best day in both of our lives. One week out of the trenches and then we left on our annual trek out West. Had a wonderful time and guess what? No work laptop and no cellphone. I had threatened to throw his Blackberry into the head waters of the Missouri last year!

Had a wonderful visit with everyone at Camp WannaTat and learned some new techniques. After leaving the Flathead lake area, we spent quite a bit of time in and around Yellowstone National Park. Not all the roads were open yet when we where there. Yellowstone Lake was still frozen and there was LOTS and LOTS of snow! Hubby got to stop in at Blue Ribbon Fly Shop in West Yellowstone and then we went over to Ennis where hubby fished at the Varney Bridge on the Madison River.

We met two wonderful couples while we were at Ennis. One of the guys (C.G.) makes beautiful, hand-crafted fishing nets. He's made a lot of the furnishings in their Ennis home. Caroline (C.G.'s wife) made me feel at home and as though I had known her for my whole life. Most of the year they make their home in Orange, VA.

The other guy (Ken) is a professional photographer and will soon publish a coffee-table style book. I can't wait to get it. We got to see a preview of some of the photos and they are STUNNING. Ken and his wife Penny made us feel at home as well ... heck, they're transplanted Texans as we are. Ken hails originally from Lockney and Penny grew up in Monahans.

Ken even took a slide show of hubby fishing (and yes, CATCHING) and put them on his site. If you're interested, go to See I Told You So! I was actually sitting and tatting in the SUV you can see in the background of some of the first pictures in the slideshow.