Yesterday was Sunnie and Sam's Reception. The day started with some ominous clouds building up over the mountains and there were showers. During the reception it rained a lot but thankfully was not windy. We stayed nice and dry in our pavilion and the table cloths all stayed on satisfactorily. Lots of people came to celebrate with us and and we had a lovely afternoon. We had a beautiful cake and there was no smooshing this time: Today we have been absolutely shattered, but we went to see the happy couple open all their wonderful gifts - they have a LOT of Thank You notes to write!
I am hoping I will feel more like writing up a bit more about the wedding itself tomorrow when things have quietened down a little.
If you are one of my PIF Exchange partners, please bear with me - I promise I will be in touch soon!
The final countdown to Sam and Sunnie's Wedding on Friday has begun. Sunnie had her Batchelorette party in Park City on Friday and Sam had his Batchelor do on Saturday. I did not attend either but can pass on that a good time was had by all at both events.
Gary's Mum and Sister are somewhere over the Atlantic at this very moment and are due to arrive here at 10.30 tonight.
Tomorrow night all the girls in the family will be throwing Sunnie a Bridal Shower. I have never been to one before but it sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I have completed Sunnie's bridal mittens - can't show you yet because the groom musn't see them. I am not sure if Sunnie reads this so I can't even show you this other thing I have made just yet either as part of her gift for the shower.
Wednesday is the first night of Scouts for Edward - nothing whatsoever to do with the wedding but will be a fun evening round the camp fire. Thursday we might get a bit of a rest, and then Friday is the day and Saturday is the reception so two very busy special days to look forward to :D
This was our sky on Friday at about 7pm (click for the whole embiggened panoramic view). It wasn't raining at our house but you could see it in the distance. It looked like the clouds were literally falling out of the sky and there was the most spectacular lightning!
I saw this on Whimsical Knitting and thought it was such a lovely idea that I had to join in straightaway.
It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of
the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done
without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope
that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. You all know
I’m already a PIF type of person. So here’s how it works. I will make
and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to
this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not
know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month,
probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and
that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it
forward by making the same promise on your blog.
Our heating system decided to malfunction last Friday. It may have been linked to the new super-duper high tech digital remotely readable electricity meter they installed that morning - or it could have been to do with the thunder and lightning we had last week that definitely caused Sam's computer's power supply to die - or it could have been just a coincidence. Or it could have been because we had a guest due to stay for the weekend. I say this because although it doesn't happen every time we have guests, we have had guests due to arrive every time it has happened. To be fair the first time was not this actual heating system or even this actual house. It was when we lived up the canyon near Soiltude and our heating ran on Propane gas from a large tank in the yard. On this particular occasion it was deep mid-winter, we ran out of gas but the driveway was too steep and icy for the gas truck to get to us and Gary's friends were due for their annual skiing holiday. We had no hot water or any heating for ages while we arranged for the Sherrif to put cones out so the gas truck could stop on the road and fill us up from there.
The second time was this house and this system and was when my sister and children came to stay. It was May so not so cold but hot water would have been nice! Our system was state of the art in 1980 when the house was built but it turned out to be the Betamax of heating systems and now when engineers come to fix it there is a lot of sucking in of breath and shaking of heads at it because they have never seen one like it before. Spare parts are also hard to come by and it took six weeks to obtain the necessary bit that time. We went swimming a lot!
This time of course my friend Linda came to stay and again no hot water. It was the weekend so no one was available to fix it and we had to wait for them to come on Monday and they went away to get a new ignition doofer to replace the defective one and did not return until very late on Tuesday afternoon. At least we were only a few days without this time, but it is so good to get under a nice hot shower when one has been deprived. I vow never to take it for granted again!
I had a very exciting weekend - my school friend Linda and I were reunited after 32 years when she and her Dad visited Utah to attend the Motorcycle Speed Trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats last week. We last saw each other when we made history being the first year to take A-level Computer Science. We got back in contact a few years ago through Friends Reunited but this year her Dad asked her to go with him to the Salt Flats and she asked if she could visit us while they were here. Of course I said yes and we spent the weekend reminiscing and catching up with what we and our families had been up to in the intervening years.
Here we are in 1973 (Linda is on the right kneeling at the front)
I took that picture, but someone else took this one of me:
I make no apologies for my uniform "enhancements" - all I can say is it was 1973! It was the end of the school year after we did our O-Levels.
And here we are now!
We did a favourite tour of ours to show off our beautiful mountains, which are extra lovely now as the fall colours are just starting to show, around the Alpine loop taking in Cascade Springs (which really has actual cascading springs), a ride on the chair lift at Sundance, a stop for ice cream in Park City followed by a look round the little museum housed in the old jail, the shops, and finally home in time for dinner.
Penny the kitten took a shine to Linda and snuggled up under the duvet with her. I expect she thought she had found her own special human that she didn't have to share with Charlie or Desi who are much more pushy about getting attention and she will miss her.
They flew back to England yesterday and are safely home again. I hope it won't be another thirty years before we meet up again!
Numbers Five goes to Terri Knits for doing a great job moderating on Crafty THreads 'n' Yarns and for her fundraising efforts for Autism.
Luckily Auntie Noo has already received a Rockin' Girl Blogger award - otherwise I would have had to break all the rules and award her one as well.!
I didn't know what to do for the best at the dog park yesterday but I had to do something! When we arrived there was one dog already there but no humans at all. The dog didn't have any tags either. We were there for 30 minutes and no sign of an owner so I called the Police to come and get her. She couldn't stay there forever. We left after an hour and she was still there and the police must have got her shortly afterwards because they rang to check which dog it was. She was a beautiful and very friendly dog - maybe a German Shepherd mixed with Labrador and she had one blue and one brown eye. I hope she was left due to a misunderstanding and wasn't simply abandoned and she is reunited with her owners soon. If she was abandoned I hope she gets a new loving family soon.