Good old Mr. Don came through. I didn't know if he'd be up to making the long trek to the Olympic Stadium in Montreal where "our" Goddesschess 2012 Canadian Women's Chess Championship started yesterday, but he did, and he took photos and video! Those will be posted at our Chess, Goddess and Everything blog.
Thanks to Mrs. Dumont who received the box of goodies I shipped to Montreal and (with the help of her daughter) actually put the gift bags for the players together and got them delivered to the playing venue:
The saga of the bags not all being the same, oy! Originally I thought there were going to be 9 players, so I purchased 9 bags all the same (the black and white print with pink ribbon and handles) and that was the entire stock of this particular style of bag at the Walgreens near my home. When it came time to add more bags because there were more players (I only learned that 2 days before I shipped the items to Montreal), I did not find identical bags but I was thinking no sweat, I'll just get more at the Walgreens downtown near my office. Disaster! The day I went to that Walgreens to buy 3 additional bags, they had only a very small selection and none of the style I wanted! No black bags, either. I ended up buying the white bags with the polka dots on them as a neutral compromise and added colored tissue paper and shipped those with the rest of items and bags to be assembled. I did not want to wait an extra day to ship the box to Montreal (it went out FedEx last Wednesday evening) just so I could go to the Pick 'n Save near home and buy three more gift bags in a similar but not identical black and white print -- it would have been my luck that the Pick 'n Save would have had only 2 bags of that style left when I finally got there! It was nail-biting enough as it was to ship the box on Wednesday, and paying extra to get it to Montreal the very next day.
Mrs. Dumont did a fab job putting these together, and the white polka dot bags look great! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!
It was reported to me that the bags were a BIG hit, particularly with the younger ladies. There are a couple of 11-12 year olds playing in this important championship, and several other teenagers. Age, of course, does not matter across the chessboard - its your skill and steady nerves and a will to win that count there.
By the way, I don't remember if I mentioned this or not -- I did end up buying engraved silver-plated compact mirrors for each of the players, to accompany the little Sam Moon mini-purses/wallets and the cool crown style purse hangers. The engraved compact mirrors turned out beautifully. I neglected to take any photographs, though. That's what I get for rushing! Next time I will plan more carefully and give myself WAY more time to execute something like this. Whew!
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan