Day nine…. my roughest day thus far. But, it could have been rougher.
I decided to take a short cut. Through the States. I could see it would cut off a lot of time. My friends in Sault Ste. Marie strongly encouraged me. And, I had my passport.
I worked out my timing and thought, yay, I could have supper with my cousin in London, Ontario if I left no later than noon. Had a nice morning with my friends, some silliness, and pictures of my new quilt…. so beauuuuutiful!
Best laid plans.
Between me forgetting my wallet and having to turn around when I was half way across to the State border AND being detained at customs I LOST 3 1/2 hours and never made it to London.
So… what did I learn? DON’T be friendly, don’t be stupid and leave your cameras out everywhere, especially “on”, don’t say you’re an actor, and, well, just know that 60 little bouffon pillows may raise some questions. I do NOT want to experience this again. (just discovered they deleted some of my pictures!)
My anxiety was up for another reason as Dad had been admitted to hospital. We had been in contact every day so suddenly my invisible passenger wasn’t present, either. (thank goodness he’s doing much better today)
When I finally got reunited with Suzi 2 (car), I was determined to stop as little as possible and get the heck back to Canada. Thankfully, the drive to Flint, Michigan was uneventful with only two gas stops, but I still arrived at our border at night. Then had to find my way to Dundas, Ontario from Sarnia.
“Do you have any brandy?”, I asked. I was rewarded and felt calmer.
So… a good night sleep with the sounds of crickets lulling me in and out started to erase my icky across the border feelings.
And, today, day 10? The remaining ickiness got blasted away at the Dundas Cactus Festival. I found lots of people willing to have “Spontaneous Buffoonery” moments. And, I met some very intelligent and playful folks. And, heard some great live music.
Tomorrow, I have the privilege of giving a Buffoonery Workshop in Hamilton, Ontario to a group of people who have chosen to discover their bouffon.
So… off to bed I go!
Stay tuned, unbuckle for a day, and Bouff-ON!