This weekend, the City of Addison in North Texas hosted its annual, 3-day Taste Addison festival. And quite honestly, festival season can never arrive soon enough for me. That's because I'm a ... well, um ... somewhat of a "Festival Junkie." Ask anyone who knows me, and he or she will vouch for my self-imposed label. Today, Lorrie Semler, my friend, ActiveRain comrade, and a Keller Williams' Addison specialist, graciously invited me to join her for some tasty food, refreshing drinks, and lively entertainment.
While walking around the festival on what can only be described as a glorious, blue-sky-picture-perfect-day, we encountered Jinki Yan – a delightful Chinese artist situated under a shady tree – eagerly painting Chinese calligraphy for festival patrons. After she asked me to write "Carie" on the page of a spiral notebook, Jinki created an exquisite work of art – personalized especially for me. I must admit, I never imagined how beautiful the name Carie could be – as it is translated and illustrated in Chinese below. Plus, if you look closely, you will see an arrow pointing to a red image on the lower right side of the picture. Using a stamp to make this red impression, Jinki explained that the resulting image is a symbol of good luck. Of course, I asked her to please make sure she had plenty of red ink on that stamp of hers. Because, like most everyone, I can certainly use all the luck I can get.
Thank you, Jinki, for the latest addition to my collection of "Carie" keepsakes.