Saturday, November 13, 2010

Back in Kansas

The last few days have just been a whirlwind.  Thursday found us being picked up and taken to the photo shoot.  We drove across the bay to a beautiful home.  This picture is of the backyard.  I had been told there would be a trailer like one on a Hollywood film set that I would be using until they were ready to do my photo shoot.  When we arrived, we found out there was actually a guest cottage behind the main house and that was our space.  This picture is taken through the double french doors of the cottage.  Not a bad view, huh!  The cottage was darling--my first words were "This would be a wonderful quilting studio."  It had a main room with a beautiful fireplace, a very nice bathroom with a shower, a small kitchen area and a gorgeous bedroom.  What more could you want?  And of course there was the beautiful view from the windows and beautiful doors.  The main house was absolutely beautiful.  It has actually been used in Pottery Barn catalogs and ads.  All of the countertops in the kitchen were marble.  A family actually lives there and rents the home occasionally to a photo company to do photo shoots. 
Thursday was a very long and exhausting day.  Getting your hair and makeup along with a wardrobe is very hard work!!!  It was so much fun but we were very tired by the time we finished and returned to our hotel.
Friday morning we were picked up at the hotel and taken to the airport.  We flew back to a cold and rainy Kansas City.  That was a big change for us.  After so much traveling and activity it felt very good to be home.  Susan and I had a wonderful time and she was a huge help to me. I certainly could not have done all I did without her. We had fun laughing for 3 days, talking in bed after the lights were out, and eating delicious food.  All of the people that we worked with--and there were a lot of them--were outstanding.  They did their job very well but were really fun people to be around.  They said from the beginning "This is about you" and they certainly made sure it was.  We were a little disappointed that we didn't have time for sightseeing but we reminded ourselves we were there to do
 a job and we did it.  And after all, we did make it to a quilt store.  We took a lot of pictures although most of them were through a car window!  This picture of all the boats was taken from our hotel room window.  The view there was pretty good too.

All in all, this was an experience of a lifetime.  I am so blessed to have been able to go to California and participate in this wonderful process. Being able to share it with my sister was special.

I feel very strongly that we are all on a journey.  More importantly, we need to find meaning in the journey.  I know the meaning of my journey and the last few days has only added to my knowledge.  May you find your meaning also.