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Well, it's that time of year again already! Time to celebrate four years of drama and mayhem, trials andtribulations, survival, fun and adventure. At the moment it is hard to concentrate because it is so noisydownstairs as our landlord has resumed renovations in the basement and I am still recovering from mylatest carousel convention. Don't get me wrong, I had a fabulous time but all the drama that unfoldedon the last day has left me so drained and exhausted I'm seriously considering skipping next year'sconvention. Next year's convention will be in Kansas. Even though it is Wizard of Oz country and thehome of the National Carousel Association's archives, I'm not as tempted as I would be if we weregoing to New York or Wisconsin. And I know it won't happen for awhile yet but I certainly wouldn'thesitate at a chance to go back to the Spokane Washington /Montana region. I want to see the ThreeRivers and Butte Montana carousels up and running!! As you can see, across the top of this page, I've shared what has become a regular tradition with theCarousel Works Endangered Species carousels that I've visited in various zoos! The traditional“Elephant Trunk” photos. The NCA is visiting two zoos next year and several C.W Parker carousels. Iam mostly interested in restoration projects and new community carousels like the one I am dreamingof building.I would definitely have to say that my absolute favorite carousel on this tour would have to be theSilver Beach carousel in St. Joseph. They were the ones who hosted this year's event and their facilitylooks so close to the manifestation of my own visualization that I felt so much like I belonged there.Their carousel and its surrounding amenities is about the closest thing to my fantasy come to life!!One thing that makes a carousel even more extra-special to me is when I get to actually ride ananimal I've already embroidered on one of my quilts. Here I am in 2010 riding “Paint” in Missoula,Montana, right next to my embroidered likeness of him: