Monday, October 31, 2011

She's Not Normal

Rachel mentioned to us a few weeks ago about a desire she has to travel to India this summer and volunteer with a medical team there. I admire so much her ambition to follow her heart and seek out that which is often only found on the road less traveled. She's not normal. Can I say that? Tammy made a brief mention of Rachel's budding plans for India in the video I posted to my previous blog entry which prompted a couple of responses from family and friends. Rob from work commented on how his daughter did much the same thing by traveling to India a few years ago as a college student to study and the life experience that it was for her.
He gave me his daughter's contact information to pass along to Rachel. I'm hoping she seeks her out for any and all advice she has to offer.

Speaking of Rachel: for all the many times I mention her here, I was surprised to find that when I did a wordle on the content of my blog, Rachel's name barely registered. I don't understand that. I would've thought her name would be in huge screaming letters obvious to even the most cursory glance, but it's not. She's there but you have to look closely.

We've been taking advantage of the cooler weather to spend more time with the pups at Ritter Farm Park in Lakeville just a few miles from home. Toby is so cute. No matter where we go walking he always has to pause somewhere along the way, make eye contact with me then jump up to give me a big lick on my face. I've always taken this to be his little way of thanking me for taking him on the walk. The last time we were at Ritter I got three separate kisses from him. I love that little guy so much!

I stitched together a panoramic view of the park last week. Click here for much greater detail but do give it a little time to load as it's 12 MB large but (I think) worth the view.

More views from the park.

I was very happy with a couple of vases I did last week. The steel blue color is a little different than what I've been working with and it's quickly becoming a favorite. I hope to play around with it in combination with other colors over the next few weeks. I'm so glad we didn't wait until we're retired to begin this adventure like we'd originally planned several years ago. There's so much to learn here and we're both happy for the headstart!

We took part in the Lights Out Halloween party at Foci Friday night. I resurrected my Austin Powers identity for the night while Tammy stitched something together more in the spirit of the occasion. We had fun watching as the too few people we actually knew had to do double-takes to recognize us. It was a much larger crowd than I think either of us anticipated.


Marielle said...

Great video as usual! And your vases are beautiful! Fun to follow your progress and see the different shapes and colors you combine!

Keep up the good work my friend! :)

Oh and nice panorama view of the park. And so cute story about Toby!


Kevin Gilmore said...

Thanks, Marielle for your comments and encouragement!