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June 20, 2017: IL to VT to NC to KY to NC
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
June 20, 2017:  IL to VT to NC to KY to NC

Dateline: Summerfield, NC  June 20, 2017: We are going to have a bit of a Catch-Up Blog today.  We left off last month in Chicago, on our trip to IL & VT.  We pick up in this blog on our trip across IN, OH, PA, NY and VT to Stowe, and on home again. Although we were traveling from one work event to another, we had 8 days to get there, so we treated it like a vacation.  As mentioned last time, we stuck to US and State highways as much as possible, and when we had the time.  We have often talked about how much of America you miss on the Interstate Highways, and this was an opportunity to see a little bit more of our land.  We headed across US Route 30 through Indiana and Ohio, then up the Lake Erie coastline, across US Route 20 and down to the Finger lakes, then over into VT and up VT 100.Along the way, we hit as many of the National and State Parks as possible, as well as museums and other interesting places. The list of places we were able to go to on the trip to Vermont and home includes:Yerkes Observatory, the Johnny Appleseed Grave Site, the location of the Shawshank Redemption filming in Ohio, the Ohio State Arboretum, the NFL Hall of Fame, the McKinnley Library and Memorial, Presque-Isle State Park for hiking and the lighthouse, the Teddy Roosevelt Inaugural National Park, Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen ...

Northern Road Trip, 1st Leg
Friday, May 26, 2017
June 20, 2017:  IL to VT to NC to KY to NC

Oh my.  Time does fly when you are having fun, working in the shop, spending time with the grandkids, gardening, etc.  Its enough to make you forget that you are supposed to write a blog!!  Sorry about the delay folks.  Since February, we had a workshop at the house, went to NCBA and Stateline, and helped teach Kamaya and Kingston to ride their bicycles.  I am also proud to say that I taught Kamaya to drive.....a go-kart anyway.  Truth be told, she is a natural.On April 30, we headed off on a rather long road trip of 3 1/2 weeks to Chicago, Stowe, VT and back home.  This blog is the first part of the trip.HNCB Northern Road Trip of 2017, 1st Leg:  After a little excitement at and after Kamaya's soccer game (the last of the season that we were able to attend), we headed north.  We had planned for warm Spring-like weather and had packed accordingly.  Little did we know that the weather everywhere in May was not like it is in NC.  After driving for two days through a stiff crosswind and driving rain, my arms felt like rubber.  We visited my brother, Danny, and our sister in law, Sally in West Lafayette.  Danny is the swim coach at Purdue, and travels about as much as I used to before I retired, so we have a hard time getting together.  Aside from a great visit and a very good steak ...

GBA and Florida!!!
Saturday, February 18, 2017
June 20, 2017:  IL to VT to NC to KY to NC

Dateline NC, GA, FL, SC.  February 1-16, 2017......Three Events, 16 Days, 2000 Miles, 6 New T-Shirts:Joni-Dee and I left for a 16 day/three event trip on February 1.  First stop was in Clemson, SC for a day to walk down Memory Lane.  I graduated twice from Clemson, Joni once (3.5 years), her dad spent 3 years there, and our son, Craig, spent a couple few more, so we have significant history in the town.  All in all, Joni and I spent 7 years there.  It has changed very little since.  We visited our departments and I even met a faculty member from the Entomology Department who was there in the 1970's.  Unfortunately, the Clemson Student Union snack bar is a Coke facility, no Diet Pepsi, so that was a downside.  Seriously, though, as with everyone I am sure, it is enjoyable to visit places from your formative years, and this was enjoyable all around.Next stop was at the GBA in Marietta, GA.  The committee once again did a great job, Joni met up with Denise Bendelewski once again, and the classes were all enjoyable.  As usual, the students are what makes it really fun for Joni.  And the baskets of course.  Several of Joni-Dee's classes were student's choice, of a combination of set baskets and student;s choice.  We particularly enjoy this sort of set-up because each student gets to make ...

Happy New Year!! 2017
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
June 20, 2017:  IL to VT to NC to KY to NC

Welcome to 2017 everyone....it was a great year for many of us (but with a particularly sad finish for the Rosses).  Joni and I enjoyed seeing everyone in the basket community this past year, and we welcomed our third grandchild, Aariona!  However, our family lost our good buddy, Cooper in December, to pneumonia and a blood clot.  While we do not want to imply that losing a pet is anything like the loss of a parent, child or relation, we will particularly miss our shop-dog, Cooper.  Many of you met him at events at the house, and many have heard stories.  He was 12 years old, was almost daily in the shop/studio, and was a boon companion to our grandchildren.  We thank everyone for thier kind thoughts and wishes in this regard.  He was a good old dog. OUR thoughts go out to the folks in eastern TN following the horrible fires late last year.  We have many good friends in that area and are glad that they, at least, are safe. Our prayers are with the families who lost loved ones and property in that terrible time.   On to happier news!  We start the new year with an event in Aiken, SC before heading to Guilder's Weave in Virginia.  We have cut back slightly on the number of events Joni will teach at in 2017 in order to give us a little more family time.  However, we will still be on the road a lot in 2017. ...

Eine Klein Studiozeit
Monday, December 05, 2016
June 20, 2017:  IL to VT to NC to KY to NC

The calendar finally says, "A Little Studio Time".  While we had a blast in 2016, we were both really looking forward to some time at home.  Since the last blog, we held an event here in Summerfield in our studio and shop, then went to the Deer Creek Guild in Abingdon, MD.  The event here was one of the HNCB Nantucket Workshops that Joni and I put on ourselves.  This was a lot of fun.  It was during this event that Andy Ash, husband of one of the weavers, Mary Ash, brought over his restored 1960 Triumph TR3.  Many of you probably know that I am in the process of (very slowly) restoring one of these myself, and it was great to be able to see (and drive!) one that is fully restored (Wow! A roadster with the top down is a really really fun to drive!!)  We held three of the HNCB Nantucket Workshops in Summerfield this year, and will bump it up to six in 2017.  One of these is a private event, and some others are starting to fill up, but there are still slots open.  Take a look at the website for available dates.  If you are interested in attending, call Joni or submit a workshop form.  These events are limited in size (8-10 maximum so that everyone gets personal attention) and all food is provided (except Saturday dinner).  We also have full access to our own shop and studio, so most projects can be ...