Monday, 24 March 2014

Florida......

I've been a busy bee since I last posted on the blog, last Thursday saw me heading straight for my old crafty haunt to meet up with all my pals. They are now into making jewellery, so there is a lot less paper about than there used to be in my day! It was really great to catch up with them again....


and of course there have been a few visits to places like this....



where I have bought many objects that I never knew I needed. See the little blue round moulds? They are by Martha Stewart and I will use them with air dry clay to make some more embellishments. I rather liked the background stamps by Recollections (Michaels own brand), the two layer stencil is by Heidi Swapp, and the cute blue flowers were in the dollar bin, and cried out my name as I passed by. Be warned, this is just the first of a zillion photos of stuff that jumped into my basket......


Then on Friday, I headed to Orlando, more about the 'heading to' part later, to have lunch with a crowd of online crafting friends - we all go way way back, to the days when the Cricut forum was the hottest place in town to hang out, and we all keep in touch to this day on Facebook. I was especially delighted to finally meet Shirley aka Okieladybug, we have emailed, chatted on Facebook and telephone for years and never actually met in person, but when we did, it was just like saying hello to an old friend...... 



and here is the gang. We had a great afternoon, and please note at this stage that in the photos, I look cool, calm and collected.........I am on the left of the photo in the brown top for those of you who wouldn't know me from a bale of hay.......


So I set off bright and early on Friday morning, ready to make a two hour journey to Orlando, and armed with a friends Sat Nav (GPS). For some reason it took me along an isolated country road, where I came across a truck that had shed it's load of boxes all over the road, the driver and a cop trying to sort out the mess.

'You can't come through here' said the cop 'you have to take a right, then a left, then carry on through the woods until you get to the garage on the corner.....

'The woods!' I squeaked 'You are sending me through the woods? I can barely work out how to drive on the right side of the road, and you are sending me into the woods.......'

On and on I went, rabbiting on about how there may be a international incident involving Presidents, Prime Ministers and even, possibly a Queen, when it became known that a loyal British citizen had been sent into the woods and was never seen again.....

"I'm asking you to drive through, I'm not sending you on a hike' said the bemused cop

In the end, his buddy turned up in another car, and he kindly led the way through the woods, flashing his lights to send me on my merry way. So I had a police escort for that bit of the journey.....

Then I hit a nasty traffic jam and sat for an hour and moving about ten feet closer to Orlando in that time. Then it cleared a bit and I bowled happily along, still about 50 miles from my goal, but confident that I was on the right road and dreaming of coconut shrimp for lunch. Then another jam, this time it was a super humungous jam, people were practically setting up camps on the side of the road and having a party. Almost weeping by this time, I crawled off at the next exit and had a fabulous lunch of a burger with no pickle and a small fries (I thought I'd put in the tiny details just to check if you are still awake...)

So, after five tedious hours of this, I finally made it to Orlando. "Your destination is on the right' announced the GPS, so I swung into a Marriott hotel complex. No sign of Bahama Breeze where we were meeting for lunch. I spotted a passing hotel worker 'Are you checking in?' he asked
'Possibly' I replied in an exhausted voice 'I may be here for a while.........'

You'll be astonished to read that the journey back was a doddle, no problems at all!

15 comments:

misteejay said...

Eek!!! I don't think I would have wanted to drive off into the woods either...only you could end up with a police escort **giggle**

It looks lovely and warm there - hope you have thermals packed for your return journey...it's pretty cold here.

Toni xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Sounds like a nightmare journey but looks like you are having fun too x

Ella's Design said...

Good morning, Enfys! (Well it is here in the UK and a sunny one to boot!) Glad to see you're enjoying your stint in the US, despite the journey troubles and managing to find some crafty shopping time! Hugs, Lisa x

Marilyn said...

Glad you had a safe trip, adventurous but interesting!

nannapat said...

Great post Enfys. I remember the first time we went to Orlando, stayed in Kissimmee only 10-15 minutes from Disney. The first four times we went to Disney we got lost each time & the first journey took us an hour and a half. Long time ago and didn't have GPS then. Love the look of your goodies. Pat x

Sue said...

Oh my goodness Enfys you have a journey.Glad you have fun meeting up with friends and crafters.
Sue x

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh! What a journey. And I was awake... I don't like hot pickles... so not on the burger. But on the side is ok. lol I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. I'm sure your old friends had a great time getting you in the pix. TFS Hugs, Jess

BCGramma said...

What a great adventure! I'm so glad you made it to see all your friends. I used to follow you Okieladybug on the Cricut site way back when. You both inspire me.

Teri said...

Oh my gosh, you crack me up!! LOL! What an adventure, but how much fun to get to meet up with the old Cricut MB gang!!! Okieladybug!!!! I don't hang out there anymore, but I remember you guys from then! Glad you are having a great time, hope you brought along an empty suitcase for all your crafty purchases!!!! Hugs,
Teri

marlene kiley said...

What would us folks do without your wonderful sense of humor? Got a good laugh out of the cop telling you about a hike in the woods. Too funny!

Dianne said...

Hi, Enfys,

Glad to hear you are in the States. Sorry for the inconvenience in driving on the right side of the road instead of the left. Do I have that right? I know I would be in the same plight as you as I am not good at directions. Save for GPS in my new car and I am still not used to setting that up. Boy am I a dingo bat when it comes to computer things. And I love the police excort, that is a first around here in Florida. Glad you made it and enjoy your time here.

Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Oh dear me !! I love reading about all your adventures. Aren't you so important, police escort and all ! :) Well, at least you will have many memories of your trip here in the States ! :) Glad you didn't hit any of the boxes and add to the road block ! HA !
Anna N.

CraftyCooky said...

No pickle??? What a day for you. Glad you enjoyed it!

ionabunny said...

Oh, you are a 'it always happens to me person!!' It's good to have some lasting memories of your trip.

Kathleen Schriber said...

this had me in stitches! i'm glad you were escorted through the woods. it's a good thing you didn't have to go to the bathroom! i hope the rest of your vacation is fun.