Saturday, June 13, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Tim is in Vancouver this weekend. Abi stayed out very late last night as it was her Senior Prom. We both slept in this morning then went to lunch at TaiKong Lu (a fun lunchy/shopping place) and did a little browsing. And...tonight we took Peter to dinner at a new place called Cool Docks. It is just across the river from our apartment. Swimming would be the fastest way to get there....but....we would die from the nastiness of the water....so....we took a taxi because the ferry was closed for the evening.
Friday, May 22, 2009
A crazy thing happened on the way to my hair cut appointment today.
I am totally fine....just a little "freaked".
What does one do when your taxi gets in an accident in Shanghai? I have no idea. So....I watched what the passenger in the other car did. She got out of the taxi crossed the road through the traffic and haled another taxi. So....I did the same thing.
I am still blogging like a mad women...and feeling a little smug and tech savvy that I "worked" the censor system.
Ta Dah!!! Isn't it a beauty?
It is like driving a very fast sexy sports car. Top speed is 5500 stitches per minute.
Strip piecing here I come! Watch out I am a wild women!
I am working on perfect 1/4 inch seam allowances while going full speed....well maybe not full speed. I don't have a 1/4 inch guide foot (yet) so this is a little tricky. Then.....my quilting friend Vreni gave me a great tip. Place a magnet on the throat plate at the 1/4 inch mark. The magnet sticks to the metal and works as a perfect seam guide!!! Wah Who!!! Full speed ahead!
In the storage room... Who has a room full of "models"???
Abi and Sally on the streets of Shanghai...
Here's our "Shanghai Gang"...don't we look pretty.....Okay...we always dress like this....NOT!
So here is the quick and low down on the Spofford family...
Tim is currently in the US...soon to make a stop in Vancouver and then in Bellingham to see Tucker.
Tucker is busy finishing many projects for school and looking for an apartment for next year.
Abi finished her last final and is writing her last essay (today) for her high school career. She is very excited to be done with the "school part" of school. She will start a two week internship on Monday at Hyatt on the Bund. She will then have one week of presentations and graduate on June 11th. Yippee!!!!
Tucker and Hattie will be here for Abi's graduation then we are all off to Tibet to climb to the base camp of Mt Everest. Tim will celebrate his 50th B-day at the base camp. Pretty cool way to turn 50.
How long will the Spoffords be in China you ask. Well that is a good question....stay tuned for the answer as it is always changing. We may have some firm answers in the next few weeks.
Okay...I feel that I have been "repressed" for the last few weeks so I am just typing a mile a minute just to get this out! I am sooooooo excited to press the Post button and see what happens!
I hope to post some pictures soon!
Friday, May 1, 2009
We have had gorgeous weather for the past two weeks. Spring is actually lasting longer than 3 days this year. Everyone is shocked! The smog has gone away thanks to the afternoon wind so we have enjoyed magnificent views. Currently there is a Blimp flying over the city and up and down the river. The sight for the World Expo (which will open exactly one year from now) is perfectly framed by the Nanpu bridge.
Abi has only 42 more days of high school. Wow! Tim and I have been gearing up to be empty nesters starting this summer. Hard to believe! Abi actually had to go to school today...it is a school holiday too....to take a test. It is so weird...this happens often here. Tests on holidays and on Saturdays. The kids don't seem to think this is strange....I think it is totally strange. Can you image a US school telling the kids that had to take a test on Saturday?
Speaking of Abi....she is home from her test and bugging me to go shopping for Prom shoes...better go.
Also....Congrats to Abi again. She has been accepted at UPS (University of Puget Sound). Western Washington is still the front runner.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I went to the Amish country last Saturday and I have lots of photos to share as soon as I have time to post them.
I am off to bed....it will be a short night.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I took this picture for my Dad....these geese were sitting right outside a restaurant close to my hotel.
While I was in Ohio at the quilting art workshop several of us took a break from class and toured some of the Amish area. Nancy Crow was a fantastic and gracious tour guide....so....we got to see many sights in just a short time.
rural area of Ohio
Shaker Furniture store
Inside the store.... the items were absolutely beautiful and impeccably made.
Shaker boxes in all sizes
Small items in the furniture store
tools for sale
href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nwUKCoqVqMA/Sdgp9PLrW8I/AAAAAAAAGP0/fSBLu54VbnQ/s1600-h/IMG_7047.JPG"> Next door to the furniture store
Across the street from the furniture store
Horse and buggy's everywhere...
Just like on the post cards!
This is for all our woodworking friends....We visited a family owned lumber yard/store that was incredible. I am not sure I can ever shop at Lowes or Home Depot again.
Welcome to Keim Lumber Store
Our next stop was a broom maker....