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Well, we move to a motel in 8 days and that means quite a bit of housekeeping needs to get done.  I am not actually talking about cleaning the house, but rather how to manage being without one for 6 weeks.  To that end, I decided I could either tote my totes in the back of my car for 6 weeks to handle online sales on Etsy, or I could pack them away and deactivate Etsy during this time.  What I wound up doing was deactivating Etsy and consigning the bags to a store in Fayetteville named Four-Legged Bird.  That killed the proverbial two birds with one stone.  If you can’t get to Fayetteville and you really, really need a bag, you can always contact me and I can mail you one!  If you can get to Fayetteville, check out the Four-Legged Bird.  It is truly an awesome place with something for everyone.

The other housekeeping I handled was to make motel/hotel reservations at 3 different places in 3 different towns!  We need a place in Tulsa after the furniture is loaded, a place in Fayetteville for when the furniture arrives, and then a place to spend the Memorial Day Weekend.  The 3 reservations will almost get us to the end of May.  That just leaves half of June left for our homelessness.  “Woohoo”, she said laughingly, with no conviction!

Okay, with those worries solved, it was time to have some fun.  We went to Fayetteville this last week to attend several events:

The Spring Banquet was wonderful.  I saw people I hadn’t seen since May of 1979.   Several of the people attending were from my class, oh so many years ago!  How come I aged and they did not?  Life can be so mysterious.  The food was excellent, the drinks were wonderful and visiting with long lost friends was priceless, even though it cost us money!

Now the strange part of our visit was the weather.   This is May.  We all know May.  May is warm and can be very wet.  However, because we had so many things planned for outdoors, May decided to be weird.  Since record-keeping began in 1819, it had never snowed in Arkansas in May.  But for our trip, mother nature decided to break a few records and bring snow to Northwest Arkansas.  It didn’t just spit snow, it snowed up to 5″ before it was done.  In addition to the snow, ancient temperature records also fell.  It was the coldest first week of May on record.  This did not bode well for outdoor activities.  Everything was cancelled, moved indoors or in the case of Foam Fest, held anyway!  Here are the pictues:

May snow in Fayetteville

Another view of May snowfall

Another view of May snowfall

Yes, it was cold, wet and gray all four days we were visiting.  It seemed like November instead of May.

After a fun visit to the ceramics show (why yes I bought something, are you surprised?) we went to Foam Fest 2013.  We joined hundreds of craft beer connoisseurs at the Walton Arts Center parking lot to sample over 250 craft brews from around the world.  The beer was great, the crowd was large and the weather was lousy!  Luckily, the rain that fell was more of a mist then a downpour.  It was a great time and a great fundraiser.

At the very beginning

At the very beginning

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Randy and James getting ready to sample

Randy and James getting ready to sample

Picking up the free hand warmers!

Picking up the free hand warmers!

The crowd just kept growing.

The crowd just kept growing.

Suffice it say we enjoyed the “cold” beer at Foam Fest and hope next year it will be a tad bit warmer!

We also got to spend some time with MJ and Ray.  Ray has painting deadlines in his classes and MJ is pretty tired of seeing so much of us that we kept the visiting to a minimum.  However, we did manage to get in three meals with them, so it all worked out well.  We also got to have lunch with a friend on Sunday and watch the OKC Thunder win.  Good times were had by all.

Well, feel free to drop by and pack a few boxes.  I always have some kind of candy on hand to share with “packing buddies”.  As always, I love reading your comments.

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6 Responses to A Little Housekeeping and a Beer Fest!

  1. Beth Burkard says:

    Cathy, reading this particular post has me very excited to visit Fayetteville. We are going to tour the school in June, hopefully you will be in town and we can visit for a bit. I won’t ask you to entertain us as it sounds like you will be in the process of moving.
    love you,
    Beth

  2. mj says:

    No, not tired of seeing you at all!! This head cold just got the best of me…. 🙁

  3. Christian says:

    The beer fest looks great! Wish I could have been there for that one. And I know how you feel on the snow, pretty wild to get that much in May here in KC too.

    I hear my mom’s house will be one of the motel/hotels you all are scheduled to stay at while the house is being done. Looking forward to seeing you all and having you in town.

    Good luck filling those boxes!

  4. Charlotte Liddeke says:

    I think I’m living vicariously through you all!! I am just so excited and know your retirement years are going to be so much fun! Looking forward to seeing you all at the Liddeke Hotel soon!

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