I have been a slug for the past three days. Sigh. Yesterday, the 27th, was our 41st Wedding Anniversary. Did absolutely nothing. More major sighes. Last year (our 40th), I was in Kansas with my brothers for holiday and so we did not celebrate. This year I was just depressed - NOT because of the anniversary, just from holiday/winter blues.
My husband and I got married in 1975 in Wisconsin, on a day with lots of snow falling earlier but the sun came out for our ceremony. Beautiful blue skies. Like all marriages, we've had our ups and downs ... but there has never been any question that we would last. :) I warned him when he proposed (in Great Hall at the Memorial Union at UW-Madison, where our daughter got married in 2008) that he had already contributed to the divorce statistics (having been married once before) and that I had no intention of doing so ... so he'd have to be resolved to working through any differences we came up with. Has worked well for us. :)
Today was sunny and bright - maybe the only day this week that we _will_ have sunshine according to the weather forecast. :) The high was about 50 degrees - pretty nice for recently. I had decided last week that I wanted to take a trip to Westminster, about 40 miles to the west/north of my home. There's a quilt shop there I haven't visited in a while and I need more neutral fabrics for my En Provence project. I invited my friend Genie C. (from Sew&Tell) to come with me and have lunch. Gosh we had a nice day together! :)
It is about a half hour's drive from Genie's house in western Howard County to the town of Westminster. I picked Genie up around noon (after making at least one wrong turn and missing her driveway:). We had originally planned to go to a resturant called Rafaels on West Main Street (I don't know Westminster at all so I googled and looked through the places to eat available along Main Street). I hear it is good and we might try again some time in the future.
We parked in a little lot at the end of the block on West Main and noticed Jeannie Bird Bakery right on the corner (Rafael's was a few doors farther down). Glancing in the windows we could see lots of happy people eating so we decided to try the place. What a great find!
Number 42 West Main Street, Westminster - a great place to eat!
Oh, boy was the food good!! We bought Pulled Pork and Apple Spice Turkey Salad and split with each other. Hard to say which was better - incredibly tasty food! The place was busy (it being lunch hour) and there were few places to sit - the two of us perched on stools and ate happily at a sideboard while we were there. Oh, gosh, I'll go back there in a flash. :) I'm salivating as I write just from remembering the food. :)
After lunch we drove back to East Main street, almost to the turn for MD97, to Blue House Fabrics. I've been to this shop a couple times before - they specialize in 'modern' fabrics and have a really nice selection of prints. I was in search of more neutral prints (and whatever else might happen to jump off the shelves into my arms:) and Genie was looking for good birthday gifts for quilting friends. We were both happy, happy when we left. :)
I especially like the kitty faces (fifth from the left above). :)
I also found a pattern and purse frame for what I think will be my next clutch - the sample hanging in the shop knocked my socks off (as the saying goes:). I've been browsing for a new bag pattern for a while.
I'll definitely make a review of this pattern when I take the time to make it up. :)
Genie found a good gift for her next birthday quilter, too.
We missed our turn on the way back from Westminster to Genie's house ... and ended up driving along Liberty Road in Eldersburg (I'm not sure how we got there - I was just following Genie's directions). I've been in that neighborhood before and pointed out the scrapbooking shop as we were passing. On impulse, we pulled in to the Photoscraps parking lot. That was serendipity for me as I needed more page protectors for my (6"x8") album of Little O photos. :) I bought some stickers, some much needed paper glue and other embellishments, too (hard to see so many pretty things without buying something). While we were in the area, we drove down to The Knitter's Nest, too - just a few blocks up Liberty Road. Sadly, that shop was closed 'to honor the life of our brother.' Not only sad that we missed the visit but sad for the reason they were closed.
The drive home was sunny and pleasant. Quite a good time! :)
Rather than drive straight home, I turned on my Maps app and found my way to the Animal Control and Adoption Center for Howard County. The back seat of my car has been making all kinds of rattle-y noises all the time we're larking about today as I filled it up with assorted items to donate to the shelter - a big metal dog kennel, several good quality pet feeding dishes, a case of cat food, three big decorated tins, etc. They had me pull in the driveway to their garage for easy delivery. Sadly, the drive is very curved a the exit point and I embarassed myself by not being able to back out ... eventually had to get someone from the agency to come out and remove my car from their driveway. I felt slightly better when the woman who backed my car out told me that they have this happen at least once a week. I was red faced! Sad.
After that episode, I drove home with my head down, hoping for no more excitement. :P Since I got back, I've been reading email and writing this blog. When I finish, I am going downstairs to do more sewing on Clue #4 for En Provence - I started sewing on it last night and have a ways to go yet. :)