FUNNY THE WORLD
18 June 2005
When a bunch of (mostly) post-menopausal women sit around having an uncontrollable giggle fest, either things are going very well, or it's time to pack up and go home. In our case, I guess it's a little of both.
Though the plan had been to watch a movie tonight, by the time the fantastic pasta dinner Michelle had cooked had been consumed, we all sat around the fire that Phyllis lit and were too tired to move. So we started chatting and one thing led to another and pretty soon Sharon was talking about her Uncle Wandering Bull and is wife, Harriet-the-Catholic-girl and one thing led to another and before you knew it, we were laughing uncontrollably over something as inconsequential as who was going to watch the fire when the others went to bed.
It was, in other words, a great way to end this four day "Condo Camp" and we will all be packing up and heading out before noon tomorrow.
We started the morning by learning a new craft technique from Michelle and before long we were all scratching photographs with sandpaper and painting them to see what would happen.
After showers and a yogurt parfait lunch, Michelle, Phyllis and I set out for Truckee while the other three stayed at home. (Why does this make me want to chant "this little piggie went to market, this little piggie stayed home..."?)
The weather was grey and parts of the road were under construction so we had to drive through "new" Truckee to get to "historic" Truckee but when we got there, the sight of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains beyond the railroad tracks was just lovely.
Phyllis went off on her own while Michelle and I set out to investigate the shops. We first visited Scraps Dog Bakery and General Store, where they sell specialty items for dogs. I can't believe I bought Sheila a "pupcake" and a "chocolate eclair" (made without chocolate).
Over at the wood craft shop, we met Woody, the golden retriever, who sleeps right in front of the door and doesn't move when people move in or out. The owners of the store says he's the best diversion for small children while their parents are shopping inside.
We did our bit for the Truckee economy, as we had done for the Tahoe City economy but were being run out of town by the cops because there is a big bike race around here today and they expected some 60 bikers to be arriving Any Minute Now and cars left parked after 3 p.m. would be towed (or ticketed or something).
On our way back to the condo, we took a slight detour to make the loop through Squaw Valley and the Olympic Village. Even though it was very grey with a light rain falling, the place is still so impressive.
We stopped at the store to pick up yet more groceries for Michelle's special pasta (actually it's her aunt's special pasta and it was yummy) and then while she began to fix dinner, I dived back into crafting. It seems that the 3 who had stayed behind had been working on craft projects nonstop while we were gone, and I had some catching up to do.
Saturday is Sherry's birthday, and so while we were in Truckee we spied a couple of things we thought she might like and decided to surprise her with them. When dinner was over, Michelle started singing happy birthday--which, in itself, embarrassed her. And then I gave her the package from us and the card Michelle had designed. I think she was suitably touched and pleased.
Finally we all checked e-mail, Michelle finished cleaning the kitchen and we sat down to end our four days here with camaraderie and lots of giggles. It's been a very good trip.
PHOTO OF THE DAY