Today was kind of wild and more than a little crazy. Shivers. I woke up fairly early for me - which was a surprise since my iPhone had run out of charge and my alarm did not go off. Shrug. As I got dressed and it did charge up, my calendar reminded me that I had a lunch date to meet with the Seminole staff in Catonsville for our quarterly get-together. Woops! Off I flew and arrived just in time.
Today we met at Little Phoenix resturant in Catonsville (excellent Chinese cuisine:). There were only five of us this time - but, as always, it was wonderful to see everyone who came. Alice Magorian, Daria Phair, Libbie Rollman, Patty Stenpeck and me.
Lunch was delicious and afterwards we had show and tell. I took my two little purple star charity quilts (but I've already shown them here so took no new photos).
Patty brought her church's raffle quilt to show:
Patty has been the chairperson of her church's quilt making group for years. They raffle off their quilt each June at the church fair (and I always buy tickets:).
Daria shared a bargello quilt made with a center that Patty started:
The fabrics in this quilt were very autumnal (unlike the usually very bright colors that Daria prefers).
Alice has been busy finishing things and blew us all away with what she has accomplished since our last luncheon:
Such gorgeous work!! :)
When I left the resturant, I discovered that my right rear tire was flat. Major sighes. I rolled carefully down the street one block to the nearest service station. The mechanic who helped me tried putting air in the tire but the sidewall was near to bursting so he changed it for the 'donut' spare and I drove home carefully along the backroad.
As I was waiting for the tire swap, I got two phone calls. One from my friend Barbara who thought we might go to lunch (it never rains but it pours, socially!) and the other from the BGE Home rep I had made a date with to get an hvac replacement quote. Sigh. Maybe we'll cross paths next week?
Now, remember, I had been planning to drive to Lancaster county, PA tomorrow for a four day quilting retreat. Here I am at the last minute with a flat tire, a spare that won't drive that far, and - on the way home - the 'check engine' light comes up on the dashboard. Oh, the joys of having an old car. I tried calling three places to see if I could get a replacement tire (actually two as I always buy them in pairs) today but everywhere I called was booked solid.
Then I tried calling to see if I could rent a car - that was going to be $250+ for the weekend which I thought was way out of line, financially. So I started calling all the other guild members that I know who are going to the retreat. Most of them were still at work (except for one who was already in PA:).
I pretty much thought I'd not be able to go on retreat after all ... until late in the evening when Janet S. called me back and we worked things out. Yippee! I get to go.
Of course, thinking that I would not go, I stopped packing ... so now I will have to get up early, early tomorrow morning to finish packing so I can be ready for a 10 a.m. pickup. We are going to meet Amy somewhere for lunch on the way. Happy, happy me - a chance to socialize all weekend. Color me excited after all.
PS Of course, when I get back I have an ailing car to deal with. Won't that be fun (NOT).