Sunday, April 24, 2011

An Unexpected Surprise

I went to Sedona last week to scrapbook with some friends from my old store.  They had rented a house called Saddleback Ranch (I think) that is on the historic register in Sedona.  It was a charming old house on the mountain leading to the Sedona airport.  There is fabulous art in there...and it's rumored that John Wayne slept there when he was in town.  Very cool!  It had a pool, which quite honestly is where I spent most of my time.  A jacuzzi, which I used once.  And a nice big room for us to scrapbook, overlooking Coffee Pot Mesa.  

The ladies I went with were deep into their scrapbooking.  And I was not.  I mean, I made 8 pages & I put this year's photos into my album, but really, I was there to relax and I'm not to a place where scrapbooking is all that relaxing.  I'm sorry...but it's true.

Friday night Michele Fisher prepared a beautiful table & the best spaghetti sauce I have ever tasted!  When we went to sit down for dinner, I found a scrapbook in my chair.  I opened it up & saw a photo of me.  I even commented to no one in particular that hey, there's a picture of me in there!  Michele asked me to wait until everyone was seated to look at it...and then I knew I was in trouble.  Immediately I began to tear up.  I can't help it.  Honestly, I thought that no one missed me from my store.  And I was wrong.  Every page I turned made the tears come harder & faster.  At least they were silent...whew!  Here's a look at what they made me (I took the photos of the book in the flower bed in front of my house because the tulips are so beautiful right now):
I skipped the cover page with a photo of me...oops!

Michele Fisher.  She is a talented scrapbooker like no other.  Her pages are always so beautiful!

Vickie Campbell.  Our kids are friends & we've become friends through the store.  She has a deep, deep love for all things Basic Grey.

Vicki Wilcox.  An avid scrapbooker.  And reader.  I borrowed her Nook Color & read by the pool all day Saturday.  Best afternoon I've had in a long, long time.

Vickie Dyer.  I cannot remember a time when Vickie was not at the store for a crop.  Feels like I've known her forever.

Lyn Belongie.  We've been friends for years.  She was an invaluable help for me at the store.  Both personally & professionally.

Betty Groom.  She scrapbooks more than any person I have ever met.  She is passionate about it.  She cranks out so many pages I'm totally impressed!

Sarah Whitney.  She makes lovely pages!  She's so sweet & fun to be around!

Sherry Oien.  I met Sherry when she wanted to work at the store.  I could not have made it as long as I did without her.  She was so much more than an employee...she is my friend.  And I wish she hadn't moved back to Minnesota (I hope it snows all summer there :) )

Kerry-Lyn Love.  She's the organizer of the whole trip.  And she was FANTASTIC!  She should run scrapbook retreats in her spare time.  Seriously!

Judy Locklear.  I had no idea that when I told Judy she should print all her photos & put them into the photo sleeves that I adore that she would do just that.  And it's a good thing, too.  Her computer crashed after she had uploaded all her photos & she lost the computer...but not the photos.

I was so touched by the things they was overwhelming.  This is what I miss about my store.  I do not miss being a business owner.  Not at all.  I miss the people.  (Not all of 'em though, let me tell you!)  Thank you so much for including me in your weekend!  It was just what I needed & I can't wait to go again next year!


  1. SOO happy you had a good time and you liked the book. Also, glad my pages made it in time!
    I sure wish I could have been there. I will have to try and plan to make it next year. A weekend away for myself:) If they will have me?
    It would be alot of fun!!
    Miss you:)

  2. I hope you can make it next year! You are always welcome to come stay with me :) I keep hoping you'll hate Minnesota & come back & live in Flagstaff again...I know...but a girl can dream...