Today’s Name Day is:
Swedes like to celebrate. So with a Name Day Calendar you can celebrate not only your “birth” day but your “name” day as well! Extra coffee and cake for you on your name’s day! Today there are so many new names that a name’s day calendar can’t possibly list all the names. The traditional names listed here reflect old Norse culture as well as earlier influences of Christianity. If you know anyone with a name similar to one listed here, surprise them with a “happy name’s day” greeting or sing them “Happy Birthday” in Swedish (Ja, må du leva)! Of course I know a Hans!! Grattis Hans!!
Today I am thankful for: good nite’s sleep
Thought for today:
Here is The Denver Chronicles!
We — Maud & I — left last thursday around 1020. Before I even got out the door the nurwing home called to say that Mom had fallen out of bed & was on the way to the ER. Turned out she was fine but sure gave me some stressful moments. We had an uneventful trip there. We are staying in downtown Denver. Had to take I25 to get there. I hate that route. It is too busy for words. So the traffic was bumper to bumper in all 6-8 lanes including all on/off ramps. Where we are staying is in an old historic building that is now suites. Our room is very nice. There is one computer down the hallway so I did check my email. It started to rain on us around Limon Colorado. Nice, but could not see the mountains.
Friday was set up day. It stormed during the nite & there was even snow in the mountains above the treeline, but today is sunny. The trade show is in the Denver Merchandise Mart. It is huge!! One building has permanent vendors but where we were with all the temp vendors. We worked from 9am – 3pm with a lunch break. They supplied tables, etc. for us. I think we did a nice job. I helped with the unpacking & Maud arranged things. We brought Bra Sko clogs, hand felted hats & boiled wool sweaters from Finland, & gift items from Sweden. We had beer & pizza for supper.
Saturday the show started. Our show neighbours are all nice. Across they aisle are some reps to souvenire items. Unfortunately, much of the stuff is from China. I have made a decision to no longer buy things made in China. To our right is a farmer from Texas who raises organic cotten then makes it into t-shirts. To his right are 2 guys who make wonderful sleds & things from wood. Nice work. To their right is a guy who sells scarves & pashminas. To our left are 2 ladies from Egypt who sell leather rugs, foot stools, etc. Across from them are 2 guys who were selling dolls, all made in China. Great people watching. It would have gone much better for me IF my knee was only mildly achy instead of severly hurting. Pain is not good.
In the next room was a Cash & Carry area where everything was cash only. All at wholesale prices. I got some nice bargains. I got a bracelet from Tibet, 2 scarves, & an appliqued jacket. On the last day, I got 2 pashminas from our neighbour. We were not allowed to sell anything until the last 2 hours on the last day. We were there to take orders only.
Sunday was pretty busy. Maud trusts me enough to run the booth while she looks at other booths. She found some nice things for the shop in Lindsborg. A friend from Denver took me out for lunch so I got a nice break & some good conversation. The Denver Merchandise Mart fed us that evening. They had 2 kinds of sallad, fruit, grilled vegetables, 4 kinds of cheeses & crackers, & breaded chicken filets. For dessert 3 kinds of ice cream with toppings. All drinks were free — including beer — but had to pay for hard liquor. They also had a live band for entertainment. That nite it was time to pack up. During the nite a life watch helicopter landed at the med center across the street from us. I have never heard anything sooo loud!!! We were not sure if it was going to crash on our building or what.
Monday was really busy. We did sell lots of our things so less to pack. Then a rep took many more things to take with him to try to sell in his area. Then we had to tear everything down & repack. Lots of work. I took Maud to a hotel near the airport. She flew to meet her husband at a state fair where he was selling clogs. I drove their van home. I only made it to Limon Colorado. It started rain as the show ended. It kept on raining & got dark & I was tired. After I checked in I felt my throat get scratchy & my nose get congested. Great.
Tuesday I woke up early & just stayed up. I definitely have a cold. Not too bad, though. No rain today. Bright & sunny. I stopped in Hays Kansas for lunch. I was really congested & was ready for a break. I called a friend going to college there & had a nice chat before he went to class. I had just gotten my food when 3 people walked in. I could not believe my eyes. They were friends from my hometown!!! They looked as shocked as I did! They invited me to join them. Having a pleasant meal with nice conversation really helped. It woke me up & I felt really good on the way home. BUT. The wind was horrid. It was hard to drive. I turned off the interstate early & took a back way home.
Ruffa was glad to see me. I was so glad to be reunited with my laptop!!!! I tried to take a nap but Bill came in & we were discussing his wedding plans. Jenn has many things taken care of but there is more to do. They are setting a date in february. Bill has our fave band booked for the dance afterward.
My congestion got really bad in the evening, but when I went to bed I could actually breathe & slept well. I am going to take it easy today. And tomorrow. I should be good to go by friday.
I woke up this morning to temps in the 70s & rain. Ahhhh. Wonderful!World Clock
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch!