Frequent are the times in which I wish that I were a far better writer. It is, I would imagine, so very satisfying to be able to capture emotions and feelings accurately - in a way in which the reader is able to immediately, effortlessly grasp what it is you are trying to convey.
Unfortunately, I'm finding that I am having a very difficult time this morning - I've started this post 3 separate times, and then gotten frustrated and deleted it in a snit of disappointment.
I am learning that it is very, very difficult to express a very fun and positive experience without sounding gushy.
Or somewhat simple-minded.
Or - even worse - insincere.
So - that having been said, I'm apologizing in advance - because I'm probably going to sound gushy. And even more simple-minded than usual. But I'm digging my heels in for a fourth attempt, and - for better or worse - this one's staying.
I just hope it doesn't sound insincere.
'Cause I mean every last word...
Daisy and Cookie's Big Weekend of Fun???
I. had. the. best. time.
You could not ask for a more welcoming, inviting and charming family with which to hang out for the weekend. Truly, a lovely, lovely time.
It's funny - as the weekend drew closer and closer, I started getting a wee bit nervous and fretsome.
For starters, all the "jokes" that Bubba was making about how Autum going to kidnap me and keep me in a pit and fatten me up so she could make a purse out of me? Yeah - those got not funny in a hurry. I know, I know - he was just worried about my safety, etc. However, these wildly exaggerated worries of Bubba's paved the way for more realistic worries in my mind...
What if I got there and we didn't like each other?
What if we had nothing to say and just stared at each other awkwardly for the entire time?
What if? What if? What if?
Then I gave myself a mental "Snap out of it!" - ala Moonstruck.
Sometimes you've just got to take a leap of faith, trust your instincts, and do something that might take you out of your comfort zone.
And hopefully, it will turn out as positively as my weekend at Autum's.
Oh - we had big plans! We were going to craft, we were going to take pictures, we were going to craft some more, we were going to...
Well - let me tell you what we did do...
And talked and talked and talked. About everything and anything. Stuff important and trivial. You already know from Creative Little Daisy how articulate and thoughtful she is - she's also wicked funny, and smart. The conversation just flowed and flowed...
The house was toured - and it is every bit as beautiful as it looks in Autum's wonderful photographs.
There was much petting of small dogs, and large cats.
There was good eating - oh my word, such hospitality...
We went out for great Mexican food. We feasted on a breakfast casserole that Autum's sweet Aunt Mary brought over. And there was cake. There was an amazingly wonderful cake that I wish I had a huge hunk of right this very second now. (And yes, I realize that it's still breakfast time, and I don't care!)
And still there was talking throughout it all.
I think the only time that there wasn't non-stop talking was when we settled in for the night and watched Grey's Anatomy before retiring. And even then, there was still some talking. (Which would shock Bubba, because around here the rule is NO TALKING DURING GREY'S!)
So - yes. It was a lovely weekend.
I know the Internet is filled with horrible "I met this person via the internet, so we met in real life and it was a nightmare" stories. So, I thought that y'all might be happy to read an account of a meeting that ended happily.
No matter how awkwardly written...
END NOTE: I know, I know - those of you who have gotten this far are thinking "What the...??? Where are the pictures? We wanted pictures! Grrrr..." And I don't blame you. I always want pictures too.
There are a few reasons why there are no pictures.
- I didn't take my camera this weekend.
Bubba and Schecky took it to Space Camp for their "Boy's Weekend" Trip.
- I'm not sure how many pictures Autum has, either.
We seriously spent practically the entire visit just chat, chat, chatting. And forgot about cameras entirely.
I think that maybe Autum's daughter snapped a few photos as we dawdled over the breakfast table??? I'm sure that I have egg on my chin and my mouth wide open from talking in everyone of them, though... so I'm not so sure that these should ever see the light of day...
- There are no pictures of the scarf that I made for Autum.
Because I am a moron, and forgot to take any pictures before I went. That's the only explanation for that.
But you all saw the start of the scarf here.
(And wasn't that all sly of me? Pretty sneaky, sis...)
- There are no pictures of the huge, ginormous basket of loveliness that was awaiting me at Autum's.
Because Bubba still has the camera. Although, I'll get it back at some point, and will take pictures then. I've got to tell you, though, I am dying to dig into the basket and play with all my goodies - but am trying to show restraint because everything is so artfully arranged, and I'll never get it looking as nice again!