What’s the funniest thing you saw on the road today?
Eric: The huge Obama billboard that a farmer put up on his land beside the highway: “The Private Sector is Doing Just Fine.” —Barack Obama
Q: How many dogs do you think were at the hotel we stayed at last night?
Eric: Not sure. There were so many. If I had to guess, I’d say 30 or 35. (Editor’s Note: There was a dog show going on at the fairgrounds in Pennsylvania and it appeared that all the dogs were staying at our hotel! Eric said as he was walking to the room, he saw two huge Great Danes and one of them was on the bed looking out the window! Makes you wonder who or what was in that hotel bed before you!)
Q: After your first workshop starts tomorrow, I am driving to Chicago to visit my sister and nephews. Are you going to miss me?
Eric: Yes, lots.
Q: Can I stay longer in Chicago? Like maybe until the second workshop starts?
Eric: No. (Editor’s Note: He’s the boss.)
Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: You know… I cannot think of one thing! (Editor’s Note: It’s a miracle!)
We are safe in Pennsylvania. However, we planned on driving to Ohio before we pulled over for the evening. However, from 2 pm on, we were listening to the radio reporting tornado watches and severe storm warnings. And then, I pulled up this image on my phone and we both said “we’re getting off the highway now!”
Where the #3 is, that’s where we were on the highway, about to be in the thick of this nasty storm. So we pulled off at the next exit which happened to be Danville, PA. And as I was entering the hotel lobby, the door flew open from the strong winds. I then became a little nervous. Well, maybe a lot nervous.
As soon as we got to our room I turned on the television and all the local channels were showing this image. I was about to hunker down in the hotel bathtub (and for those who know me, I have this weird thing with public and hotel bathrooms — and the tub would be the LAST place I would find myself in!)
We were both relieved that we pulled over when we did since the storm was following along the I80 path, the same highway we just exited. And as we propped the door open to watch the storm, it was very windy and heavy, pouring rain. The news footage of the highway, flooding and backed up traffic confirmed our good decision.
However, tomorrow, we will have a long drive to Tony’s in St. Louis.
It’s time for Eric to let his latest exhibit basket go (well, temporarily). The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s fair is about to open for its 79th year from August 4th to the 12th.
Founded in 1932, the League of NH Craftsmen is one of the oldest and most prestigious craft organizations in the country. Their Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair is a nine-day event that showcases the work of more than 350 craftspeople’s items made by hand. It’s the place to see an incredible variety of beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative and built to last.
Eric has one piece of his work that will be displayed in the “Living with Crafts Exhibit.” This exhibit consists of juried members demonstrating the use of fine craft in everyday life.
Eric’s new basket “Morning Song”, will make its debut this Friday night. The Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (rain or shine) with a $10 admission with a discount for students and seniors. It is worth every penny! If you’re in the beautiful Lake Sunapee area, check it out!
More info for the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen here.