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Friday, June 06, 2008
Back to Work
Well, sadly, the hockey season is now over, sort of. The NHL may be done but my son, Jamie, is off to Detroit with the AAA Midget Major team he coaches for a tournament this weekend.

I am so proud of him. He's only 24 and has already moved well up the ladder. He's been invited to his second year at the USA Hockey (the US's development program)camp in Rochester, NY as a coach and he went to Chicago over Memorial Weekend to coach a team of '93's (refers to age of players- those born in 1993) in the Selects Camp. He also was the track throwing coach for Portage Northern High School for 3 years and one of his "kids" took first in state in Division I for shot-put. There was a great write-up in the Kalamazoo Gazette with multiple quotes from Jamie (or "James" as he likes to be called professionally). But hockey is his first love and he announced his resignation from PNHS. His kids were not happy but they understood. Hockey really is now a year-round sport, for players, scouts and coaches.


Jamie also informed me I will be billeting an older player from their team this year. Last year we billeted Austin, who ended up not finishing the season due to an elbow injury. But he is still a part of our family.


Joey spent Christmas with Austin and his family in Casper, WY and I am picking Austin up in Grand Rapids tomorrow afternoon. He is also coming to see us in Nova Scotia in August- he's looking forward to being of legal age (he's 19 this month). Just what I need, another drunken male to keep track of! Austin's room was taken over by Ben, a 16 year old with a lot of promise. Very intelligent, hard working, clean living- a real anomaly for us! Unfortunately HE broke his foot when he was home visiting his mom so there went another billet. Anyway, I look forward to meeting our new billet. I love still being a hockey mom.

Now Joey thinks he wants to play again but he's going to have to wait until we get his medical issues resolved. He sees a rheumatologist on the 20th- I will be in Columbus so his dad has to take him. Anyway, his MRI and bone scan were both abnormal at the left SI joint and a marker in his blood for inflammation shows a possible auto-immune problem. No wonder the poor kid has been in so much pain! But, he's a gamer. Still wants to play baseball and hockey.

As for MY work, wow, spent 5 fabulous days at the Nancy Crow Timber Frame Barn taking a shibori class from Jan Myers-Newbury. Jan is the best!! And I'm not just saying that because she's from Pittsburgh either. She is a lot of fun. We had the best group of people I have ever met in a class- and I've taken a LOT of classes. Not only did every one pitch in but no one was worried about being asked to do someone else's work. We had to mix dyes in big buckets every 15 minutes among other things and you never had to worry if you couldn't get to your assigned bucket at the designated time- there was always someone willing to cover for you. Rinsing out and unraveling fabric is a big job but there were always more people willing to help than were needed. And there were no slackers at clean up time either. What a total pleasure!!

And the food. Well, if you have ever spoken to anyone who has gone to Nancy's you have heard them rave about the meals. Let me tell ya- it is NO exaggeration!! As a faithful "foodie" I can tell you, Margaret Wolf is a Goddess! The food was delicious, healthy and plentiful. Have a special need or allergy?? No worries, Margaret takes care of you. So, if you EVER have the opportunity to attend a class at Nancy's DO IT!

I have to get back to work here. I am packing for QSDS AND to go back to Nova Scotia AND I am scanning pics for my dad's 80th on July 5th....

Au revoir!

Rest in Peace, Luc Bourdon Reste dans la Paix
posted by Teri Springer @ 11:44 AM  
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About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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