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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Tribal visit

Last week I had some blogging friends come and visit me.  It was the first time most of us had met, during this trip they took.  From left is me, Uta from Australia (yes!  Australia!!) Glenn from Seattle, Elena from Chicago or thereabouts and Robin also from thereabouts. (click on their names to go to their blogs)  Oh, and the red dog Sadie! These photos are all taken at my place, this above one in front of my studio.

The Tribe, feeding my llamas

Down by the river

We got in a little studio workshop!

We Skyped one of the missing tribal members so she could bear witness to our attempt to cut Glenn's hair.
 Even Chainsaw man got in on the act!

Uta did a pretty good job on Glenn's hair and beard.  He does look a bit stunned though.  His daughter is getting married next month so he is getting cleaned up for the special occasion.

They only stayed two nights and the time flew by.  We had such a good time, with no awkward moments.  Uta had flown in from Oz, stayed with Elena and other friends in the Chicago area, meeting them all in person for the first time.  Then she, Robin and Elena took a train to Seattle, stayed with Glenn who showed them the Seattle sights.  You should take a look at Uta's blog,  And Then She Said... 
to see the further adventures of the group. Robin and Elena are back in their homes now while Uta is staying at Glenn's.  We were blessed with perfect weather, barely into the 80's.  It was such a good time!  Bloggers are the best!

I haven't posted much since my Rocky boy passed away.  I had a bout with Shingles and believe me that was no fun.  Lucky those things happened before my visitors were due to arrive.  Well, lucky isn't quite the right word for it but I'm glad I was feeling better by then.  Frankly I was terribly depressed for awhile but seem to be getting back to normal now. Sorry I haven't been visiting your blogs much lately, I'll try to get back in the swing of things here soon.
The weather here in Oregon has been mostly cool with a few days of sun here and there.  I feel badly for those of you suffering in the hellish heat zones elsewhere.  Hopefully your weather will moderate and enable you to enjoy the rest of the summer.  Or your winter, as the case may be.  Until next time,
Be well.
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sjmcdowell said...

Hi Jan,

It was so good to see your new post today!!! I have been thinking of you and praying that you are getting back in the swing of things!! I think the prayers have helped!! I am glad you are feeling better my friend!!
Wow....I wish I could have come to your Bloggers retreat!! Wow you and your Bloggy friends look like you all had a great time together!!!
I also posted a little bit today. Between pain and going to physical therapy three times a week and trying to keep up with my crafts and an Antiques booth...I am too busy!!:)

Big (((hugs))) to you Jan...

Your friend,


Maggi said...

Thanks for letting me see your blogging friends as well as hear about them. Glad you had a good time. Might even be able to get my shorts out here soon as well.

yoborobo said...

What a great group! I'm glad you all got to meet and enjoy each other. :) We are still sweltering!! Enjoy the river - that looks so cool! xox

april said...

Oh my gosh - what an informative post! Thank you! have been waiting for pictures and a journal. Good job, Jan! Loved seeing everything. Your studio is wonderful, those llamas beautiful, hi to Sadie, and so good to see you!

april said...

good job on the haircut!

Robbie said...

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time with your friends!!! I certainly can identify with the depression from losing Rocky. I STILL think of Mandy daily and cry so often when thinking of her. They are so special to us...another animal can't take their place in our hearts...they can only build a new place. And the hair cut is amazing!! What a difference!!! Glenn looks great!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Sounds like you had a great time with your tribe. So glad you all got together for some arting and fun.
So sorry you had shingles and weren't feeling well. Glad you are on the mend. Have missed you and your sweet comments. Take Care.....and come by and see Celebrate Oz tomorrow if you are up to it. Oma Linda

Uta said...

Love you precious friend :)

Beadwright said...

Fabulous!!!! I love it when I can meet up with people I have been chatting with on line. Looks like a great time.

Glenn Stenson said...

Pleased the hair ritual humored everyone, but I want my hair back!

Corrine at said...

How great is all of that, wow, life is really good when folks come to you from all over. I was just in Wisconsin doing the same thing. You look good. Hope you are all better and back to your old young self. I looked at your mini blue heart this morning, I have it up with some other hearts and I couldn't help think how something so simple could make me so happy. Thanks for being you. xox

Judy Ziegler said...

Jan, loved your last blog and glad you're doing better. I did the shingles thing so know what that's all about, sorry, so sorry.


Laura said...

Good to hear your feeling better the shingles and blues are passing. What speciall time you had with the tribe there on their visit...good for all of you.

Tam Hess said...

Hi Jan, Glad you got to "play" with some of the blogger folks in person. I agree it's fun to have a group of people you can trust and invite up to your home. Lucky them! Sorry about your Rocky boy. Shingles are the worst...I too have had struggles with them.

maddyrose said...

Hi Jan,
By the looks of it you and your tribe had a good visit and even got some arting done. Love the photos of the lot of you. Every time I see photos of your place and the surrounding areas I want to come out and spend the day. It looks like an amazing place. Sorry to hear about your bout with shingles. Those things are my worst nightmare. Have a great week and enjoy this great weather.

emma-alittlebitofeverything said...

Sounds like this visit was well timed, giving you a little more tie to recover from things - we all deserve a treat. You visit when you can, we all know you're still there ;)

audrey said...

Hi Dear Jan.
I cannot believe that two weeks have gone by since I read this post. I had intended to comment long before now, but such is life.
What a wonderful visit. How exciting to actually get to meet some of your Blog friends. And, how sweet of you to have them as guests.
I am happy to hear that your shingles are mostly a thing of the past and that you are feeling better. Life around here has been busy and crazy. It has remained hot for most of the summer and I eagerly await the arrival of Autumn.
I will be emailing you soon.
♥ audrey

april said...

Okay now - what's been going on there lately? No posts?

yoborobo said...

Hi Jan! Just popping in to say hi. I hope you're well and having a fun-filled end of summer. xox!