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Just Chillin in Basketland
Monday, January 29, 2018
Just Chillin in Basketland

First or all, please let me thank everyone who has been kind enough to send well wishes, prayers, cookies, books, candy, balloons, cards, pound cakes, soup, home-made pot pies, Home Chef meal boxes, T-shirts, Books-on-Tape, etc.  Everything is very much appreciated, believe me.  It is very humbling to know that there are so many people our there rooting for you.  The recuperation is coming along pretty well.  They are increasing my physical therapy to twice a week, and are beginning the major push to get my knees bending as far as 90 degrees.  After that, the priorities are: Full mobility past 150-160 degrees! (ouch!), Strength, Stamina and Stability. We are walking outdoors every day when it is clear and dry, so I am beginning to throw off the cabin fever and claustrophobia that comes from being cooped up and not being able to move around normally.  Like I said before, I am amazed that someone sneaked into our neighborhood and increased the grade of our streets while I have been stuck in the house.  I am still in an elevated chair, I'm stuck on the first floor of the house, still using a cane, etc. but our spirits are good and we are very much looking forward to getting fully back to a normal life, doing normal stuff, going to wherever we want and doing whatever we want.  We still have a long row to hoe, but we are ...

Happy New Year from HNCB
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Just Chillin in Basketland

Hi everybody. Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and/or other Happy Holiday and that you all have a prosperous, safe and wonderful 2018.  We at HNCB are certainly happy that everyone in our family is doing well and enters the new year in good health, spirits and attitude.  2018 is certainly starting out COLD.  I know, I know...I mean COLD for NC! - Please don't send "you-don't-know-what-cold-is" emails.  My parents are from Detroit.  We lived in Delaware.  We have a pretty good idea of what COLD is.  Why do you think we live in NC? 2017 ended with a Whomp! here at Handmade NC Baskets, but I'm not going to yammer on about that.  Read the last blog if you would like to catch up.  I will just say that my physical therapy is progressing well, I can hobble around with a cane most of the time and the pain is pretty much gone.  We are still being given an up-to-6 month timeline to keep the braces on, and an up-to-12 month timeline before we can go hiking or biking vigorously like we used to do. Thank you to all my well-wishers and providers-of-snacks.  The snacks in particular were very much appreciated! Joni has pulled together most of our outstanding orders (and should have the rest done this week), so we should be up to date pretty soon.  We are not, of ...

December HNCB Update
Monday, December 18, 2017
Just Chillin in Basketland

Hello everyone:   It is just a week before Christmas and I wanted to give everyone an update on what is going on with HNCB.  We ended the year's teaching with the Michigan convention, an HNCB workshop in Summerfield, NC, at the SPCA in Aiken, SC and finally at the Deer Creek Guild in Abingdon, MD the week before Thanksgiving.  We had a great time at all these events and I believe everyone had a good time and made a bunch of nice baskets.  We have also added a new how-to video to our website, "Completing the Ice Bucket Lid" in the Downloads, Videos & Demonstrations Section.  I also want to mention that the GoFundMe site that was set up for Billy and Theresa Owens has reached $12,735!  In addition, we are aware that many individuals and guilds donated money directly to Billy and Theresa.  Joni and I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for helping Billy and Theresa through this really tough time with their house fire. The GoFundMe site address is GoFundMe - Billy & Theresa Owens House Fire We had planned to take some time off until the first of January, when the 2018 schedule was supposed to kick in.  However, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel all of our events until the middle of March (probably later).  Let me explain (the following description might be ...

Up North
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Just Chillin in Basketland

Hello everyone. First of all, I wanted to mention the GoFundMe site for Billy and Teresa Owens to help after their house fire.  We realize that Gofundme takes 7% for managing the site and collections, but went ahead with it to provide ease of accessing the money as a single lump sum (for paying contractors etc - we felt that might be difficult with individual gift cards).  Several people have sent individual or consolidated guild donations directly to Billy, and that is great too. We encourage everyone to help if you want too, in any way you can.  I think they are approaching $15,000 donated overall so far. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com and search for Billy and Tersea Owens House Fire.  Thanks!Joni and I are currently up north at the Michigan Basket Convention in The Northern Michigan town of Bellaire. What a beautiful place. It is getting chilly and the leaves are just past peak, but still quite nice. And what a great place for Fall basketweaving!We were able to stop off at Hartwick Pines State Park on the way, and hiked the trail through one of the last Old Growth White Pine and Hemlock stands in Michigan. I went there as a teenager back in the 70’s and it was nice to see it again.After this we will be back in North Carolina at our studio, then Aiken, SC, and ending the annual teaching cycle at Deer Creek Guild in Maryland. It has been a ...

Ahh, Fall has Fell....
Monday, October 02, 2017
Just Chillin in Basketland

Dateline:  Summerfield, NC  October 2, 2017.I will try to keep this apolitical, as most of you already now our views on assault rifles.  But let me first touch on the horrendous attack in Las Vegas last night.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this despicable act.  We are holding their hearts in our hands today.  Let us all strive for a country that is accepting of all people and provides all of us the space to live our lives in peace.  Our own personal issues are minuscule in relation to what has happened in NV.   And, as for personal issues, Joni and I have been in SC for a few days, helping my Mom who spent the last  few days in the hospital.  She is doing very well and is now resting comfortably back in her own home.  We are very lucky to have several siblings in Aiken near Mom, and my Indiana brother has just arrived to take over for a few days.  We are thankful for times like these when we can be with our families when they need us. As for baskets, we completed the week at John C. Campbell Folk School before heading down to SC.  Our four students completed a whopping 16 baskets!  I've included a couple of pictures of the proud students and teacher below.  The Folk School, new Executive Director Jerry ...