Saturday, January 28, 2017

ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL (whatever that is):

Another TNNA market is behind us!  I had a few bumps in returning this year.  First of all our hotel had no electricity all night the night before I had to leave- they did notify us but darkness is darkness.  I didn't really pay that much attention to the notice.  I forgot I had a 4am call.  Anyway alarm goes off on phone - there I am in total darkness.  So I dress in the dark and then open the room door to let the hallway emergency light in.  Luckily I had packed the night before.  And also blessedly lucky that the elevators were working!  So finally head out and get in a cab.

Halfway to the airport - no eyeglasses!  Have to turn around and go back to hotel.  No one has a flash light but they give me a glow stick!  (You are never too old for new experiences!). So me and my handy glow stick - which I have never used before - head to my room to locate my glasses - in the dark.  Of course they are not on the nightstand where I thought I put them.  Well, I had but I also had knocked them off onto the floor when packing my cPap.  No matter - I found them and off we go again.

Get to the airport - very inconsiderate and unfriendly taxi driver. Go drop off luggage.  Have wheelchair transport through airport.  Get up to security - won't let me go through.  My drivers license expired in August.  Now, why did they let me come to CA with an expired drivers license but would not let me come home on it?  Do I have another photo ID?  Of course not.  Do I have my passport with me?  Of course not.  So the young man informs me he has to call his supervisor and they pull me out of line.  While waiting for the supervisor the young lady handling my wheelchair said 'Ma'am do you have a Costco card?"  I said yes but I don't normally travel with it but I will check.  The gods were smiling down on me because I did have it with me.  Supervisor arrives and after much paperwork they decide to let me board my plane.

Then in Dallas Fort Worth, my wheelchair lady was so slow it was tempting to tell her to sit in the chair and let me push.  We get to the gate and they have already made the final call.  The terminal door was closed but the plane door was not.  I think they let me on because the sky cabs have to enter passenger pick up, etc in their iPad so I am assuming they knew I was on my way and dependent on their staff.  Anyway another disaster averted.

So happily I made it home safe and sound.  And, can you guess what the first thing is that I was going to do the next day?  You got it!  I was at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles when they open!  And I will always travel with my Passport as well from now on too!

Lots and lots of interest in the three new Online Mystery Classes that I have added for 2018.


The Moon Gazer                                         Steampunk Witch

The Moon Grazer is tentatively scheduled around the first of the year.  The Steampunk Witch is set as a class but the date is still kinda fiddlely!  The notification list is growing daily! These lessons may well be posted every other month instead of every month.  We'll see how things progress along those lines.

Also on board is the cute, cute piece from a new designer for our Online Mystery Classes - Love You More.  Aren't these snow-people just the cutest?

Snow Happy Trio

They are going to be a lot of fun!  The design area is approximately 9" x 11.5". Just email me at if you would like your name added to any of the above notification lists. This class will probably be early 2018 - gets earlier and earlier the more I play with it.

Finalizing kit preparation for my classes at the Blue Bonnet Retreat!  This is always a wonderful retreat and although working it is also relaxing!  Looking forward to it!  I am teaching two of Juli Poitras of JP Needlepoint .  Her delightful Black Beak Hooter and the regal The Black Queen!

Have a great week - email with any questions to - and remember to stitch with a smile!


The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Good Lord! No wonder I hate to travel! Glad you are home. Hugs!

Brenda M. Côté said...

I find it interesting that security is different from one airport to another. Glad you got home OK.

Natalie Bell-Kearney said...

Glad you diverted disaster! I've had the same inconsistent issues with an expired license... our flight from dTW to home got canceled once we landed so we drove. I had a great time meeting you and taking a class!!

jhm said...

Don't forget - if you are actually leaving the country, passports are not good if they expire less than 6 months from expiration date. Makes no sense to me why they aren't good thru the actual expiration dates but I don't get to make the rules.