Are you old enough (I am:) to remember _this_ trend in beachwear? Crochet swimsuits (now there is a real mis-nomer ... nobody with any brains tries to actually SWIM in this kind of suit!). Sorry ... gag me with a spoon as the saying goes (went?:). Where did I find this project (sorry, out of focus - could pretend I took the photo that way on purpose so you wouldn't have to bear the full force of the ickiness, but really the fan was blowing to hard:)? Stay with me here - bit of a story.
Today was an interesting day in several ways. For the past four days I have woken up between 8 and 9 a.m. without any difficulty. Alarm beeps, I wake up. Today, when I want to get up and be out the door by 9:30 ... I don't hear/wake up until 12:30. :( Major Sigh! My original quilt guild meets weekly - actually twice a week - and the morning/day group gets together on Thursdays at 10 a.m. I had wanted to attend and see quilting buddies. Oh, well, my body had other plans. :(
I also had a luncheon date (doesn't that sound grown up? My 'inner child' may be the oldest tween-ager on the planet:) at 12:30 with three members of my staff from Seminole. Hard to be on time for lunch when you don't wake up until the dot. So...I called Piece a Pizza in Catonsville and warned them I was running late ... and managed to arrive very fashionably late. :P
One reason I love to eat lunch at this resturant is that they have, hands down, the best salads in town - fresh ingredients, lotsa choices. Yum! Today I ate Orange, Nut and Honey with grilled chicken ... but no photos (scarfed it down too fast:).
It was amazingly, wonderfully great to see Alice M., Daria P. and Libbie R. for lunch! We sat until 3:45 and chatted and had a hard time dragging ourselves away even then. I do so miss them all - over the course of many years of working together, you get to know your co-workers really well. :) I enjoyed seeing grandchild photos, hearing about aging relatives, comiserating over health problems, talking about the quilting world - what's new, what's new yet again (we've all been quilters for many years and have seen several cycles of 'new' come and go). Heavenly!
Since I was in the neighborhood, I stopped down the way to visit with Melinda and her staff at The Stitching Post, and then Amanda (with Charlotte and Oliver:) at Cloverhill Yarn Shop (I missed getting to see her partner, Wae, by a few minutes). I did notice that the space in which my store was housed for so many years is now filled (after two empty years) by a medical staffing company. End of an era. Sniff.
Melinda's shop specializes in cross stitch and needlepoint with a bit of other fiber goodness thrown in ... and carries a wonderful assortment of threads and beads for stitching. Here's what I bought there:
The brown and beige background items are perforated paper sheets - I want to use these in working on my embroidered story book. I bought size 3 perle cotton to make more kumihimo braids (I'm thinking bracelets:) ... and the DMC multicolors just because they were pretty. :)
Amanda was busily feeding Charlotte and Oliver their lunches (her children:) and helping customers. I didn't stay long - just breathed in the fiber/color air and bought three things:
These two summer magazines (I am a magazine junkie:) ... and a set of pretty stitch counters that were handmade. As you might have guessed from the title, the gasp-worthy swimsuit-that-isn't came from the issue on the left (crochet, don't you know:). There was one short sleeved cardigan sweater in that issue that I liked and might try to make....and several tank style tops in the knitting mag that I might try to create for my daughter (I find dresses cooler to wear than shirts/shorts or pants ... and no one in their right mind wears sweaters of any weight in Maryland's summers unless it's indoors in the a/c:).
All in all, it was a great afternoon out - I didn't get home until nearly 6 p.m., just as my husband was leaving to go to his summer league bowling. Such a fun day!
Tomorrow I plan to stay home, wash dishes and laundry and pack to go back to Ohio on Saturday. I hope the weather has been as nice there as it has here this week!
PS I heard back from the vet this evening ... my poor kitty does have hyperthyroid and maybe a bladder infection. Treatment is to irradiate the thyroid until most of it is destroyed (so the amount of thyroid hormone her body makes is lowered back into the normal range) - same treatment as for people. It is expensive in the short run but cheaper than drug therapy in the long run (especially if she lives eight more years like Bright Eyes did:). Poor baby ... that will be one of my jobs next time I come home.