I was happy to be back home with my girls and grands. I started to choke up about four blocks from Holly's home. John could not drive the motorhome fast enough through the busy Indianapolis streets to suit me.
My plan was to surprise Holly, Lucy and Ross. The house was dark. The surprise was on me. The kiddo's gymnastic classes are now on Wednesday nights instead of last year's Monday nights.
The "surprises" for our firstborn, Karen on Thursday since it was her birthday. Now, that surprise did work out. She was totally surprised and her mom had wet cheeks, once again. A year is a long time not to see one's children. I have no idea how we ever went so long without seeing Jojo.
Karen is assistant director of an inner city center for the homeless and anyone who needs emotional, spiritual, economic help for their families.
For the children in the area Karen is using her artistic abilities to run a very successful program called Art in the City. She teaches the students all forms of art. Many of her lessons are based on the works of famous artists. The photos speak for themselves.
|An example of Karen's talent.|
|A student's work in progress|
|"Angry Birds" ready to be fired in one of the kilns.|
Students learn that they can create art from anything, even cardboard!
|This is a project, again based on a famous artist's work. It was made from recycled plastic bottles that were, cut in spirals, painted then hot glued together|
When our visit was over, we went into Indianapolis and Stout's shoe store to try to find hiking shoes for this winter. Stouts is touted to be the oldest shoe store in the United States. Stouts opened their doors in 1886 and survived two world wars and the Great Depression. I remember shopping there with my grandmother as well as my parents.
When I visited I would always visit with the store mascot, a Parrot. Today, Ripley, a Macaw is the star of the show.
Next on our route was to finally see Holly, Lucy and Ross. It was a very quick visit as they were on their way to get hair cuts.
Last on our list was to stop at our granddaughter's home to see Megan and Harper. Adam was at work, so we missed him.
When we left for the southwest in December, Harper was an almost two year old that chose not to talk. Let me tell you, this little one has found her voice and uses it every minute she is awake. And not one word at a time either. She carries on in full sentences.
What a fun day Thursday was! Wow, we were tired puppies Thursday evening.
Friday started another whirl wind day. We drove to Indiana's first capitol, Corydon, in southern Indiana, not far from the Ohio River. We wanted to visit with our fiber friends who were at the Southern Indiana Fiber Festival, and felt we catch up with many friends in one day trip.
It was wonderful seeing so many of our friends and to hear them tell John how great he looks. I am sure that John was greatly encouraged by all the comments.
Of course, I could not leave empty handed. I am now the proud owner of a Tapestry Loom. The history of this loom goes back to ancient Egypt and to the Native Americans right here in the desert southwest. It is a smaller loom. I will be able to weave tapestries up to two feet long.
Yesterday, Saturday, was shopping day. There is an International Market nearby and we were able to stock up on many Thai, Mexican, Chinese, fruits and vegetables that we have not had access to since we left California.
Afterwards, we finished our shopping at Wally World and found that items that we did not purchase due to the "high" prices were lower than Wal Mart's. Lesson learned for the time we are here.
Today, we go to Megan and Adam's to play with Harper and to watch the Colts / Denver Bronco's game. Peyton Manning was a joy to have as quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and we were so sorry to see him go. Tonight we will be rooting for the Colts and Peyton. We just do not want the Broncos to win.
Till next time....God Bless you all and be safe in your travels.