54/365 Half & Half

The 6:30 AM wake-up call from the motel switchboard was not a welcome sound, but I figured I’d function a great deal better after a cup of coffee. Hmm, what’s going on here? I plugged the coffee pot in. I turned the switch to “on” . . . .well, there weren’t actually any labels visible, but I turned the switch in the direction opposite to where I found it. I watched . . .I waited. . . I think I actually vocalized a plea or four – but no luck, No Coffee!

New Goal: Get washed, get dressed, get packed and get to the “complimentary breakfast” FAST! Since I start off rather stiff and slow in the morning, *fast* was a challenge; I think I may have set a *personal best* record in this morning’s quest for caffeine
😉 After joining around 35 fellow miniaturists in the motel’s ‘cozy’ breakfast area (at least 15 more than the area was designed to welcome in one sitting) and gulping down some steaming hot motivation, it was time to storm the fortress. Huh? Oh, right – we are ladies and gentlemen all. . . .it was time to drive to the site of the 2008 SAM’s (Society of American Miniaturists) Birthday Party!

Finding working space for 110-120 people & good lighting on a small budget is always a major challenge for the host club – this year’s committee met the challenge admirably. A little bit of quick-stepping to a certain table directly under a bank of bright lights made the set-up even better! After nibbling on fresh fruit (and securing more coffee, of course), it was time to get down to some serious work on this year’s project; a half-inch scale Christmas living-room with a fireplace, corner bookcase, holiday table, table-top tree, armchair and large mullioned window. (” ‘Tis The Season” is the theme.)

I didn’t finish my room box completely in the 8 AM-4 PM workshop, but I spent some time visiting with buddies I seldom see and looking at all the wonderful raffle items on display. There were several boxes I put one or two raffle tickets in, but the was one special item which garnered a fistful of my tickets! It was a beautifully finished half inch scale house with wood flooring and fresh wallpapers. Because I wanted very much to win it, I was resigned to the fact that it would go to someone who placed one ticket in its box. That’s Murphy’s Law, isn’t it?

By 3 PM, I was half-finished with the project (well, sort of; I used the floor piece as my back wall! Will have to redo that at home.), running on only half my cylinders, and relaxing while applauding the raffle winners as they were announced. As one of the truly special raffle items which were donated, the half-inch scale doll house was one of the last items to be raffled off. Our chairwoman announced, “The winner of the doll house is. . . .”, and I uttered a quiet “Any one but me” which was only heard by those sitting nearest to me. When she announced “Christy Blackburn”, my shocked & delighted scream was heard throughout the room!!

My driver was ready to leave early, too, so we bid goodbye to as many of the group as we could get to and took to the road. Traffic was light (and our route was a great deal better!) – I was back at Casa Blackburn by 7:30 PM to show off my “half & half” to DH & DD. I even got some hugs & snuggles with “The Pixy” (aka my grand-daughter.)

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