Today I finally got to meet up with a bunch of the women I used to hang around with a lot back in my union days, either working on committees, on the Board or lobbying in Tallahassee. I sure miss seeing them too. They meet up once a month to scrap and I've never been able to make it before so was so happy to go today. Several of them just got back from a 3 week trip to Australia and New Zealand. This group travels a lot and have also been to China, on an African safari and in South America and the Galapagos Islands as well as Ecuador.
Charley, whose house it was held at, works for Florida Education Association and travels a lot and most of the other girls, but not all, are now retired too. Here's a pic of some of them there today who went on the last trip...
That's Charley on the far left side. Kathy, second from the right, used to be our President in Pinellas and then State President and on the NEA national board for several years. I worked on many campaigns for her and she was an excellent leader.
They carried out their "down under" theme today with the food which was neat. Jana (in blue shirt above) made this NZ dessert- pavlova which is a meringue-type base served with fruit and it was delicious!
While they were all together today, they skyped with their tour guide from down under,
whom they all grown very fond of over the 3 weeks they were there. It was cute with them talking back and forth and each showing the others the inside of their houses on Charley's IPad.
Even the headboard and the curtain "rod" was made by him!!
Her whole house is furnished with momentos from her many trips abroad.
I think there were about 12-14 women there in total today and we all fit comfortably in her living room which was nice. I worked on a couple of gifts I wanted to make for Valentine's day today and got them done.
So fun day with a great group of ladies!!
I talked to Linda briefly, who is at her crop in Sarasota and she really had a full house down there today. I know they're having a ball and I'll see them all next weekend at the big crop.
Beautiful weather all day- typical, fabulous Florida winter time!!