Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February Retreat Update!

Good morning all!  As you can see, I missed a week writing on the blog.  Not the plan for this year, and I have to tell you, I almost talked myself out of writing today.  I have plenty of excuses.  'my phone isn't working, I can't take any current pictures', 'I don't have much to say today', 'I am feeling pretty blah - do I really want to share THAT?'  But, my commitment this year was to write on my blog, to show up, so, that is what I am going to do.

I know you are dying to know why I didn't write last week!  LOL  Well, let me tell you, getting ready for my SPRING RETREAT  takes a bit of time.  Combine that with a week of work and hanging with my D-I-L and grand daughter, and time really gets away from me.

Confession time.  I only manage to inventory my stamps and get them scanned before retreats.  I don't know why I feel the need to add this stress to my life just before retreat, but I always do.  I think right now I have about 90% of my stamps scanned and on my computer.  That is good.  I still have several out in WORKSHOP bags and I have several in my storage unit. So, I am not totally on it like I would like to be, but moving forward, and that is the goal for this year.  Keep moving forward.  Starting with my next order, I plan to scan every stamp before I use it or put it away.  Maybe I can stay current that way.  Such a big project!  But, now that I know how to do it with my MAC, which was a learning curve for this PC user, I should be able to do it every month!

RETREAT!  What a great time - every time!  This time was exceptional!  We had a very small group which made it much more intimate and calm.  I think all of us got a lot done, and enjoyed the fellowship of other scrappers and the wonderful setting of STORM MOUNTAIN.

What amazing talent I have coming to my retreats!  These ladies totally rock!  Beautiful pages and cards came out of Storm mountain this weekend.

Personally, my goals were to finish Christmas 2015, November 2015,  and January 2016 for me and for each of my boys.  I think I got all of that done.  I also wanted to do the WORKSHOP YOUR WAY for my Club this month.  I did get that done.  (LOVE IT by the way - think the new workshops ROCK!)  I wanted to get the Constant Campaign Card gifts done - didn't.  Didn't even start them.  Not sure why.  Did get my planner all caught up.  Not the plans for this week, but the decorating for last month and all the pictures in it.  When I have my phone back and can take some pictures with it, I will share.  And, I wanted to get miss Z's 1st year albums caught up for me, Gary, her mom and dad, and her other grandparents.  A total of 4 albums I am making almost exactly the same for each of us.  I know it might be silly, but I wanted her other grandparents to have one since they don't live here, and it just kind of grew from there.  ( some one shoot me please!  LOL)   Any way, I didn't touch her album.  That must be a project for my next retreat!

I slept this time at Storm Mountain.  A new experience for me!  The C-pap I got in Oct.  has made such a difference in my life it is amazing! Not being sleep deprived is such a new experience!  Usually I get about 6 hours all weekend.  I think I slept 6 hours each night.  I know I felt much more rested, more energetic, and less stressed.  A big benefit for me and the girls who have to work next to me.

I am already looking forward to the next retreat I host in October!  I am putting some plans in place and jotting down ideas for fun gifts and goodies.  If you have any in put on what you would like to see at retreat - give a shout!  I'd love to hear from you.

Well, that's probably enough rambling from me today.  LOL   I should get going so I can work on my taxes.  I really don't like this time of year!  Another area I need to learn to stay caught up on!  ;-)

See you soon - keep playing' - connie

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