Good Morning Everyone!
Gosh it's been a long time since I blogged to just blog...This morning I find myself sitting on the side porch with a cup of coffee and Buzzy the cat wrapped around my feet as if to protect me from all the frogs that are around.
It's a nice morning in Central Texas. A bit warm but totally manageable. A slight breeze that's starting to smell a bit like Fall. I don't know how, but there is a certain smell to Fall right? Weird! Blooms from the Madevilla vine send a smile to my face and you just want to say...Ahhhhhhhhh and Thank You Mother Nature! So pleasant right now...and I say right now because an expected 90 degrees for the rest of the week with a high of 95 next Monday!...So much for cooler Fall weather but, I have a great imagination...so dreaming of crisp fall days...
We arrived home from Kansas on Monday. I've been so proud of myself for flying from place to place this year without ANY airplane medicine...Last year it was all about the Xanax to calm my nerves as we flew through the lofty heights of 30,000 feet. Lawd help me! I think it was about the take offs, the landings and the obvious...TURBULENCE! When it was calm it was cool. When not, I could literally feel the blood rush to my head and the sensation of immediate heat and sweat would pursue.
Flying now is not such a big deal..The take offs can be exhilarating. I find myself amazed at the true POWER of the plane's jets forcing air through them to cause lift from the ground...Now, I'm not saying I'm not praying during this whole event, but it's kinda cool. I also found out that anytime you see a cloud and you go through it to expect some bumps. As soon as the cloud clears the wings, all is well again. If it's rainy on the ground I know that in a few seconds we will be above it all and will have sunny skies. I just talk myself through it.
So, with flying under my belt, I hopped on a totally small aircraft (three seats across) at the Kansas City International Airport headed for Houston. I had been told that larger planes were easier on the turbulence, so being on this small aircraft had me a bit jittery. I had my headphones wrapped around my balding head... journal and pen in hand. I'm set...Some old Jo Stafford tunes playing in my ears...We are ready for take off...I look over to my left and see the lady in the one seater row with her sweater up and around her mouth. Weird I think to myself. I look back to discover she is ON HER PHONE! This is after they requested or demanded that all Cellular devices be switched to airplane mode! Now folks, I don't know what happens if anything when a cell phone is on during take off. But I wasn't going to chance it! We are on a small plane that could crash at take off due to a person on a cell phone!
Call it hysteria or panic...For the first time in my life I told a total stranger that she needed to HANG UP HER PHONE NOW!!! This was, in my mind, a life saving strategy! I had the call button ready to be pushed and I was ready to stop the plane is she should persist... Later, after the airplane was on a smooth ride to Houston, I felt kinda embarrassed. The panic-manic of flying is still alive and well...Just suppressed... I would like to talk myself into thinking it was none of my business, but like I said above, I have no idea what speaking on a phone will do to a plane on the run way taking off and that the pilot might need all the signal strength to get us in the air...God Help Us! LOL!
Whether I was right or wrong, there are rules to flying in a plane. When they say place your phone in airplane mode...Please put your phone in airplane mode...There are those crazy passengers that have a fear of flying and this makes them calm enough to not have to look for parachutes to escape the plane!
Backing up a bit to the weekend before...Classes at Stamper's Ink. I want to thank the owner of Stamper's Ink, Tanya for having Cesar and I...I had so much fun! We pulled out the Graphic 45
goodness and built stuff...Here are a few pictures of the classes...
Y'all have a Great and Amazing Day! Thanks for coming by!
The Gentleman Crafter