I met with my girlfriend G. Ann and made Valentine cards. I sent them before I took pictures.
With three other girlfriends I went to a chocolate party. Dinner was included with the party at the Hungry Drover restaurant. I had a yummy loaded baked potato. We made a gooey low calorie chocolate cake with no eggs or shortening (except for the real whipped cream on the diet cake). The liquid was coffee and I didn’t especially like that but that is my personal preference. Then we made little circles of chocolate,(think like pie dough) into what should have looked like roses. Mine were a dismal failure. Next on to making truffles. Oh my goodness, they were delicious. I did share those with Bob. We also made chocolate boxes with lids. Some were heart shaped and mine was a swan. Her head is on the left. Really pretty easy to make, you just need the molds which are pretty inexpensive. It is about 5″ wide and really lovely.
Last Sunday we went to the Warehouse Theater for Viva Las Divas, two women and a great 6 piece band that performed love songs from the 40’s and 50’s. A very enjoyable evening to get us in the mood for Valentines day.
In my OLLI history of the south class we are up to WW ll and the early 50’s. As horrible as the war was it really helped the south because much manufacturing was built here along with many military bases and the prosperity continued into the 50’s. I imagine the next class, which will probably be cancelled because of the snow storm, will be the Civil Rights movement. Can’t wait.
I took about 15 OLLI students to the History Museum here in Travelers Rest and then on to the Honey Bee store. People really enjoyed it and as always, I learned so much. Learned how the Swamp Rabbit Railroad got it’s name, because it was a small railroad and the cars kind of hopped down it. Does not sound like a smooth ride. Also learned that for a few years the city was divided in two because of a feud. Our speaker at the Bee store was fabulous. What incredible insects they are. The store sells all kinds of local honey and honey products as well as provides supplies to other bee keepers.
OLLI had a Chautauqua program featuring Madam Marie Currie. Those performers sure make history come alive. Also was appetizers and wine before the performance. I think this is the fourth Chautauqua program we have seen. Can’t wait for summer so we can go to some more.
Bob and I have become involved with a group at OLLI that wants to bring some programs or classes or field trips around 3 D printing. I have heard of it but had no idea it had grown as much as it has. The potential sounds like something from a science fiction movie. Definitely will be a disruptive technology as it continues to grow.
We went to see Eric Dittleman, a mind reader who was on America’s got talent, at Furman. We were the only two people in the audience over 20. He was great. Can’t figure out how he did most of his tricks. It was a cross between mind reading and magic. He seems to play mostly on college campuses but was also just on the Ellen Show. It was free!
On Saturday night we went to Newcomers Cocktails R US which is always fun. There were just the right number of people there, including 4 couples or singles that were brand new to the area and of course many people who Bob and I knew well. What a great group this has been for us to get to know people.
Also went out to lunch with a Meet Up group in Travelers Rest. Met a woman who is a middle person for the sale of hemp seeds. I had never heard of them but now I want to learn more. They are very good for you. It may be hemp but it’s not marijuana. I hope to get her to speak at an OLLI class. We had a very interesting conversation.
Of course there are the usual trips to Furman to go swimming 3 times a week and I have quite a few websites I am working on right now. Also still have meetings with our Travelers Rest Artist Alliance group and the OLLI Art on the Wall committee and the OLLI bonus trip committee. I had a hard time getting in my naps this week.
If you are wondering if this is an unusually busy couple of weeks the answer is no. Most weeks are like this. Bob and I continually say we can’t believe how busy we are and how much fun we are having. This week lots of things are being cancelled because of the snow and ice storm coming in. There are lots of big fluffy flakes coming down right now. We have plenty to eat and Bob has the generator ready to go if we loose power. Cats have plenty of food and kitty litter so they are happy too. Sabrina does not like the snow at all. Smoky won’t even venture out. We have dozens and dozens of birds at the bird feeder. They must be filling their little tummies to get through the storm too. The squirrel keeps trying to eat too. He crawls right in the feeder, it is just a domed open feeder.
Lots of bluebirds, cardinals, finches, wrens, tufted tit mouse, mourning doves and lots that I don’t know what they are.