It has been a busy few weeks since my last post. After getting (somewhat) settled into the apartment, it was time to knuckle down and study really, really hard for the third test in my General Insurance Designation. This section covered Commercial Insurance, which was all new material for me, and it seemed so much harder to learn because it was so unfamiliar. I was cramming for that test every spare moment, and really sweating whether I would pass, but....I DID! Wooo Hooo! I did a big happy dance for sure! I was so thankful to get it all done!
The day after the test, I hopped on the plane and flew down to Phoenix, Arizona to spend some time relaxing with my parents at their winter home. It was so nice to get away for a few days, and not have to worry about anything but having fun and resting.
I had a wonderful view of the Grand Canyon as we flew over.
We went up into the hills one day to Tortilla Flats to have lunch. Here is a picture of Mom and Dad in the restaurant. All the walls and ceiling are covered with dollar bills...it's a pretty interesting place. Then on the way home we stopped at a lake that has a paddle wheel boat tour....a beautiful 90 minute cruise on a gorgeous lake...here is some of the scenery.
The next day we went to a "ghost town" that has been turned into a tourist town, the buildings are now used for shops and restaurants...it was kind of fun.
Since returning home I have been spending most of my time and energy in getting two new leaflets ready to publish. "An Elegant Occasion" is finished and ready to go to the printer. It is done entirely in white and ecru and sparkles and glistens with Kreinik's fine braid encircling silk ribbon flowers.
"Honey Romance" is nearly ready for printing, I have to write a few more directions...it is a delicate and beautiful stitching pocket and picture in Hardanger and silk ribbon embroidery.
We had an early spring this year, and our mild winter produced incredibly beautiful blossoms this year. We were all in awe of the flowering plums and cherry trees...how gorgeous!
I became a great-aunt again last month...my sister Nancy has a new granddaughter, Taylor Marie...she is so pretty, and I can hardly wait to see her in person! Congratulations Sarah and Chris!
Well, this has turned out to be a photo heavy post...so I will close for now. I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter tomorrow...we are planning on getting together for dinner with everyone in the family who can come. Should be lots of fun!