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Friday, June 29, 2012

Squirrel's Nest Getaway - Day Five

I could just say that on Sunday I got on a plane and went home.  But that isn't the whole story.  How do I get my basket home?  Longaberger mail department gave me a box for my basket - no charge.  Very nice of them.  I get two free bags because son#1 works for the airline.  So no problem - except I needed tape.  The hotel was kind enough to let me have some tape to secure my box.  I tried to check in for my flight at the hotel but I couldn't. No problem, I'll check in at the airport.  I have to tell you that the very best time to drive through downtown  Cincinnati is 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.  There is construction but it wasn't too bad.  My BFF drops me off and I have lots of time before my flight.  I try to check in at the kiosk in the airport.  It won't let me, it says to see a gate agent.  My flight is overbooked.  So the gate agent offers me a deal. If I leave half an hour earlier and get home half an hour later, I get a 300 dollar voucher and a 6 dollar voucher good at the airport and I fly first class.  But instead of going through Detroit, I will be going through Minneapolis.  I think about it.  DH was going to pick me up just before a soccer game he wants to see but maybe he can pick me up at halftime.  Hmmm.  I say yes.  I have never flown first class and it is fun to get on the plane first and have a little bottle of water waiting for me.  I stitch another little strawberry on the plane.

  I only have 35 minutes between planes so I have to hurry.  But everything works out fine.

Ten Things I learned on this trip:
1.  How to do a hedebo stitch.
2.  Cincinnati is not good with road signs and many streets have more than one name.
3. The cherry berry chiller at McDonald's is good especially on a hot day.
4. It's a small world when it comes to the internet.  Hi Paola!
5. My BFF is a very patient person when it comes to my navigational limitations.
6. Aleen's Tacky glue works well and can be used in finishing needlework.
7.  I don't miss exercise class at all when I am away.
8. There are people who are way worse in their addiction to stitching stuff than I am.  Three curios - full!
9. I am a lucky duck to get to go to stitching retreats.  They are the most fun.
10. You can still enjoy a retreat even if you haven't made a single stitch on the project.  You can also hear about stuff that is going to happen like classes being offered and what is planned for next year.

Now I can start the countdown to the Needlework Guild of Minnesota's Retreat in August.


  1. Hi Amy,
    It's Paola. I am back and as you can see I am checking out your blog.
    It was nice to meet you in person though.
    Enjoy your stitching projects and have a nice weekend
    Bye bye

  2. Hi Amy,
    Great to hear you got treated with the respect and honour you deserve by the airline!! I did enjoy your "10 Lessons". Your retreat report was really really interesting.