Funny how things come up. Back at the end of June, Barb, the wonderful blogger from Made for Keeps commented on a video I had posted on my Facebook page of me zip-lining in Jamaica. Her comment was that they have two zip lines in Branson and that she wanted to try it. So ~squeaks and squeals~ (the rusty gears started turning in my mind-haha!), a thought emerged, and I sent her a message that I would be taking my daughter back up to Norwich University in Vermont at the beginning of July, we could route our trip thru Branson, MO so we could try out one of the zip-lines there. So plans were made. Now, Barb and I had never met in person but we had communicated thru out blogs and e-mails, then on Facebook. So, Shelbie and I got to Barb's house late in the evening, and I felt like I was coming to visit a friend I hadn't seen in a while, not like I was meeting someone for the first time. Barb is a such a warm, sweet person, and her husband Jerry is a delight. My daughter is contracted with the Navy, will commission as an officer when she graduates and Jerry is ex-Navy...so they had lots to talk about. I fell in love with Barb's crafting cave. Oh my, the goodies she has!
We spent two nights and a day with Barb and Jerry before continuing on to Vermont. During our day there, we did the zip-line from the 230-foot tower at Shepherd of the Hills. It is about half-mile long, takes almost a minute to get to the bottom. It was wonderful! From left to right in the picture is Barb, me, a charming young man who got stuck with us three ladies, and Shelbie. Jerry took this picture from the top of the tower. Such fun! We spent the rest of the day wandering around Branson, with Barb and Jerry showing us different sights and attractions. I felt a wonderful kinship with Barb, and I hope we get to see her and Jerry again soon!
In the interim since getting back from Vermont, making this card and intending to send it, job issues came up, Tyler was in an a bad accident and things just seemed to get derailed and I've had a hard time getting back on track. Tyler is doing well, seems back to normal though having some sleep problems (stress?). We got the police report and learned that there were six vehicles involved, not four like we originally were told. The person who caused the accident admitted he was distracted...saw a fast food restaurant and was thinking about getting a burger, when he looked straight again he didn't even have time to hit his brakes. So a big delivery truck at 40 mph causes a lot of damage, injuries, [and a fatality] to five vehicles in front of it who are stopped at a red light. I am so thankful Tyler is okay and doing well. But I had forgotten to post this card, and I finally remembered last week that I hadn't even sent it to Barb! Sorry!!
This card followed the Mojo Monday 146 sketch. I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the base and the vellum oval, slathered them with distress ink. The strips are from a DCWV pack, inked those edges as well. Sentiment is from Inkadinkado, stamped with distress ink, cut out/embossed with Wavy Squares Spellbinders dies.