“Fill your life with adventure, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” ~ Unknown
These two guys right here: best dudes ever! EVER! I love ’em a lot.
Making my way to the Drum Center who should I run into but BFF John Johnson. It’s always a great day when I get to see his smiling face, and today was a bonus day for yours truly. Finally, I got to meet the love of his life, his wife, Michelle! I loved her immediately, and not because he loves her, but because I could see she that loves him, too. Warmed my heart to the core. When she realized who I was she stuck out her arm to hug me. She is such a sweet soul. Johnny has told me for years how much he adores Michelle, and it’s just a crying shame it has taken this long to meet her. I hope we’re able to meet up again when work isn’t involved so we can all catch up with one another. She’s a keeper, just like him.
The Brothers Hurst don’t live their lives like everybody else. Oh, they try, but clearly they’re not always successful. That’s just one of the many reasons I love them so. Every once in a while I’m lucky enough to have time to join in their vinyl listening parties. Thus was such an occasion here. A right and proper way to start the summer I think. I feel like the luckiest gal in the world when they invite me over. I always leave feeling better than when I walked in. Good energy. Good people.
Deb took us by the former home of Churchill Weavers in Berea. If you’re not familiar, Churchill Weavers opened in the 1920’s by, who else – Mr. and Mrs. Churchill. They’d been missionaries in India where they came to respect finely woven materials. Back in Kentucky, Mr. Churchill built the looms and Mrs. Churchill provided the designs. Their wares became known the world over and they were located right here in tiny Berea, Kentucky. After many decades, The Churchill’s sold their highly respected and successful company to other Berea locals. They eventually sold it to a company in Atlanta, Georgia who then managed to lose money from the company, forcing it to close its doors in 2007 after 85 years. It broke a lot of hearts around here, and around the world I suspect. Today, the building is used for special occasions like weddings and such, but mostly, instead of large looms making beautiful cloth, it’s just large empty rooms. I wish I could have seen it when it was in full operation. I bet it was something to see.
Stacy needed to install some gear for Deb, so I tagged along to see her new house. It’s absolutely fabulous. In fact, it’s spectacular. I also got to see her beloved Banjo, best friend and protector, and her 16 year old cat, Sophie who met us at the door and welcomed us in. Banjo, well, he’s just a ball of utter delight. No wonder Deb loves him so much, and he obviously loves her, too. I’m like Banjo: I love and adore Deb. A good time was had by all, including the pets.
I mentioned last week that Danielle won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance. Earlier in the month, one of her students, Johanna Ball, won the libraries’ awesome student award (it’s not really called the awesome award, but since I can’t remember the exact title right now, I’m going with awesome). Danielle and I took her out for lunch on her last day. We had a great time together and a really fun time doing some shots back in the office. Danielle and I have both been really fortunate to have great students like Johanna stay with us until they graduate. That was long enough for her to consider library school as a graduate goal. She’ll keep that consideration in check while she enjoys the summer. We’ll miss her good work but I have no doubt that she’ll do great whatever she decides to do.
Danielle, being one of the most thoughtful people I know, gave me my first orchid. It was one of the most awesome gifts she could have given me. Secretly I have wanted an orchid for a very long time, but with cats and a fear of killing it, I abstained. I love this orchid so much I had to name her. I call her…..wait for it….Iris. Probably only the truly weird will see the humor in that. Everybody else will roll their eyes. But you know what they say, “You’re not going to be everybody’s cup of tea.” I’m totally good with that. Sadly, I can’t bring her home because the cats would have a field day and Iris would be no more. Instead she brightens my office and greets me every morning. I love my orchid, Iris. Thank you for being so kind to me, Danielle!