Last night Judy and I had the best time! I'd received email a few weeks ago from my friend Bonnie Hunter that she was going to be in the area, speaking at a guild not too far from Near Philadelphia, and she wondered if I could come over. Could I!
I've been wanting for some time to get involved with a guild. I'd tried one several years ago, the one I believed to be closest to home, and let's just say it was not a good fit. Turbo and I had heard about another guild not terribly far, but the location involved some driving that was more complicated that I care for. I think I'm starting to sound picky. Oh well.
Judy drove and I navigated and through our joint effort we got to Newtown, about 40 minutes away, about five minutes before the meeting. The place was packed! We were signing in and paying our guest fees when we spotted Bonnie, who came over and gave us a couple of big hugs. The meeting started on time and people were surprisingly respectful of the president, who kept things moving right along. We were immediately impressed with (a) the scope of opportunities and projects this guild presents and (b) the friendliness of the members. Bonnie sat with Judy and me and led the cheering section for the show and tell portion of the meeting, at which point we were dazzled by (c) the talent of the members!
It's funny how you can know someone for a long time and think you really know her. Bonnie and I have been friends for about ten years. But I'd never seen her give a presentation before -- and she was excellent! Readers, I tell you, if you have an opportunity to hear her speak, do not stay home. She had us laughing and taking notes like crazy.
Judy and I didn't get home until about eleven o'clock, pretty late for both of us on school nights. But we came away with
--appreciation of a new aspect of our friend
--a thorough understanding of the fabric food chain
--a determination and vow to spend 15 minutes per day -- starting today -- organizing our scrap systems
--knowledge of a lovely group that we both want to join!