Over the last few years as we were traveling we'd zoom past cotton fields. Sometimes the fluffs were very tiny, and sometimes they looked ready to harvest. The common denominator for this was always the ZOOMING. The fields were on the side of the highway and we never found a good place to stop for a close up look.
That all changed a few days ago when Gregg pulled off for a break (coffee, gas, and a side trip!)
We were actually headed to the Good Earth Peanut Company just down the road. We had their Virginia grown Peanuts recently and were in LOVE with them.
But this was between Us and the Peanut shop ... COTTON!!
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Glorious.. lovely.. SOFT and fluffy... so much cotton!!! I shared a collage at the time and learned a lot from you on Facebook about your experience (or not) with cotton fields. And I learned it grows in Arizona! I don't know WHY that surprised me.. but it did.
It's actually pretty clean on the stalk. This kind of surprised me, but this batch was newly popped and ready to be harvested. Seems there is a cotton gin down the road and next time I'm going to look for it!
Then we headed to the Good Earth Peanut Company which is pretty darn adorable. Very welcoming! The lady inside shared samples with us, told us about the peanuts.. and then.. of course.. we mentioned cotton.
She said I was more than welcome to go close to that field.. AND there was pile of picked cotton the the front porch. I would I like to take it with me?
REALLY... how fast COULD I get out that door?
It is MUCH softer than I excpected it to be. This looks like it has gone through a harvest as it had dirt and sticks with it. I kept it and someone suggested putting it in a glass ornament for the tree!
When you visit to buy Peanuts, go in late November.. and buy the peanuts AND the Butter Toasted ANYTHING .. you can't go wrong!
The Shipping Department (Gregg) has a little product review for you!
We recently got the Belkin Portable Stage to try out for all the teaching we do. It is a versatile but simple stand that holds your tablet in position while you use it as an interactive presentation tool. It might be something to consider if you must have the latest high tech for your guild meetings. The Belkin Portable Stage is very well made and sturdy.
It has a solid base with two solid metal arms supporting the tablet tray.
The arms lock in position and have a button release to close.
The tablet tray is large enough for the large tablets and has non-slip coating on the top surface and the folding ledge to securely support your tablet.
It stands almost 10 inches tall. We found it works best from table top if you are standing.
The unit folds flat into a small portable carry-along package about the size of a few layer cakes. It is much heavier than two or three layer cakes, but if it was any lighter it wouldn't be nearly as sturdy.
We think the stage might be good for guild presentations if you use your iPad and want to project your meeting slides to a screen via your projector. You will need to make sure you have a way to transmit your presentation material to the projector (usually via a wifi EZcast or similar device which will accept the mirrored output from your tablet to the HDMI input on the projector).
This is a job for the tech savvy member of the guild. You may be able to direct wire it on some tablets but but not ours. Also, if you are doing a close-up demo such as a stitching technique, you can position the camera on your tablet to view through the tray to your work and then project it up to the screen for all to see. The tray is adjustable so you can position it just right to see your work.
The Belkin Stage Whiteboard and Camera app is available for android and ipad and it works well with the Stage. It has chalkboard and camera features that you can use with your presentation to highlight items.
Overall, at $99 it is a bit pricey for a guild. It is heavy duty and definetly could withstand the trip back and forth to meetings. If you are the super organized guild president or teacher and have everything on your tablet it may be the setup for you. However the neatest thing we see about it is the ability to do the close-up demos.
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