The best part of going away is coming home! My plan was to be packed up and on the road by 2:00 PM. I was the last one to leave, and it was 1:45 -- perfect.
OH -- before I forget, I checked the app on my phone, and my Sonos speaker works with my Alexa app. I know -- it belongs to that online conglomerate. More on that another day, but it works! I just need to connect it. So many little things, and it's hard to keep on top of it all.
It took me forever to get home as I had to make a detour to pick up something that I had forgotten to get when I was at the training earlier in the week. Sigh............. The GPS took me on a very scenic tour of the area, and I passed several barn blocks.
|A barn block|
I love how the colors in this one match the barn. This was the only one where it was safe to stop and get a picture. The rest of the roads I was on barely had any shoulder on them, and I wouldn't stop.
I picked up my new metal hoop for the embroidery machine, and then I was on my way home.
So I have been trying very hard to pack light for the retreats. This is what the car looked like on the way there.
|Lots of room on the way to retreat|
It was packed but not uncomfortably full. And I was getting rid of FOUR sewing machines/sergers packed in the car. Phew -- the car will be that much emptier (or so I thought) on the way home.
NO -- I picked up four boxes of stuff at the training session and a HUGE sewing machine in a box. Needless to say, the car was jammed with things on the way home.
|Packed even tighter on the way home|
It was packed even tighter on the way home. Sigh.....................
And when I got home, it took forever to unload it all.
|All this fit in the car|
I had removed some of this when DH walked by and said, "what is all this?" He even questioned how I got it all in the car. As if! I'm good -- I played my share of Tetris when I was younger! Besides the extra boxes and sewing machine that I brought home, there was the coffee maker and the humidifier that I always take to retreat. My bag of foodstuff, my clothes, and my office backpack. I had two bags of projects and a couple of oversized pillows that I demoed in the training session, and it all took up a lot of space! Because of the training, I took the PFAFF creative icon 2 and the embroidery unit with me, as I usually wouldn't take that big machine.
The next retreat will be better -- less stuff and a smaller sewing machine! I HOPE!
Let's just say the two girls were quite happy to see me. Even Miss ALOOF Lexi came for a cuddle and stayed to get more. Murphy was just Murphy! But once I started to carry stuff in the house, they left me alone. That's boring stuff!
But at dinner, she was by my side! Silly girl!!!!
OK --- so I totally slacked off on the walking this past week. The numbers are the lowest I've done in years. It was 4:30 by the time I got home and had everything out of the car. I was going to take the girls for a walk, but I had bought tea, and I needed to sit down and regroup. Then it was dinner, and I didn't go for a walk! I'm heading to spin class this morning, so I'll be back in the groove this week.
Now that I'm done the virtual walk across Canada, I don't need as many KM in a day. No, let me rephrase that -- I don't need as many WALKING KM -- I still need CARDIO KM, so I might get my bike out as I'm behind in my goal for the year by about 300 KM. The biking will give my legs a bit of a break from walking.
I took a couple of pictures at the retreat before leaving. This is Kathi's thread stash! It's a great way to store thread, and she has a LOT of colors.
|Kathi's thread stash|
|The scrap behind Katheleen's spot|
|That's a LOT of lint|
|My pinwheel quilt|