Today has had its ups and its downs ... to say the least. (Not my car but definitely as flat as my tire was - see below.)
I've been down for the count for most of the past week with a really bad, terrible, horrible, rotten, no good cold. Worst I've had in at least twenty years, I think. Yuk!
Because of the evil germs, I passed up both of my quilt guild meetings last week, and my Sew&Tell group on Sunday, and the monthly meeting of Mimi's Grad Class today. I was really feeling sorry for myself when I woke up this morning. Whine, whine. :)
Luckily, I felt better enough after a long night's sleep to get up and take a shower and actually put clothing on (instead of just another clean nightgown which is what I've worn for a week). I read my email and daily blogs and ate breakfast and was still upright ... and the sun was shining .... so I decided to go out for a short errand to my local quilt shop. It was about 2 p.m. when I went stumbling out, feeling a bit tottery still but determined to at least move around for a while. My poor old PT Cruiser had been sitting in our carport for almost two weeks without moving. Sadly, I forgot to do the usual walk-around check-it-out that I generally do before turning the key.
By the time I had driven to the main road, the car was making strange noises. It was driving steady and there was no wheel wobble or bumping, so drove to the local gas station about 3/4 of a mile away from my house. When I stopped by their air pump and got out to look, the car's right front tire was flat, flat, flat. I guess it had a slow leak? The very kind attendant brought out a jack, heaved it up and put air back in my tire and told me to be really careful and not drive far ... and to check the tire again tomorrow morning. The only good thing about that episode (besides the really nice mechanics that work there:) was that I got to stand in the sun beside the garage door and soak up some rays while he worked.
So, carefully, quietly, I drove to Springwater Designs which is maybe a mile from the gas station, maybe. I signed up to participate in a new 'bee' with the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild that starts in February. It's called Quilt in a Box - you put specified amounts of fabric and a stitched up 12" block into your box to begin with - with as many or as few ideas/restrictions you want for your project - and each month the boxes get exchanged. You make at least one block for each box that you get using the fabrics/ideas in that box. :) The project will run for 10 months.
That beautiful puple fabric with the butterflies from the Sleeping Porch collection I bought last week (?) has been eating into my brain. I thought I'd use it for my focus fabric and went looking for a nice background to go with (I like scrappy so don't have a whole yard of the same fabric to work as a background for my box). The minute I walked into the shop (thankfully very quiet with only one other customer and the sales staff) the first shelf I looked at had the entire collection of the new Saturday Morning assorment designed by Basic Gray for Moda. I flipped on the spot - love the stuff! Don't know why but at this moment my heart is beating really hard for puple and green - especially these purples and greens. :)
I dithered over buying the amounts specified in the directions for what to include in your Quilt Box ... but I liked _all_ of the prints (which almost never happens to me:) ... so I gave in and bought the entire fat quarter collection. Another thing I almost never do (especially now that I'm paying full retail for my fabrics:). I guess I'm going to make a bed quilt with this project in the end. Grin.
Barbara (who was working in the shop) showed me the sample she had made up for that framed clutch purse I bought in the dark background people print above (oh, sorry, it's covered by the Fat Quarter shop logo - thanks to them for the use of their photo:). Anyway, I might use two fat quarters from this collection to make my clutch before I trade my Box.
I went it to the shop with an actual list - needed some fusible interfacing, a chalk pencil, and a few yards of fabric for my Box. Found the other things, too -- as well as a pattern I was admiring the last time I was there called Book Nerd.
By the time I finished shopping, I was pretty tired and very hungry (had not eaten anything, yet). So I drove past a fast food place and got a light lunch ... and then took it down to Dockside to sit by Lake Elkhorn in the sunshine and eat.
Just to the right of the end of the dock you can see in this photo is a grassy area with benches and a picnic table (under tall trees). I sat at the table and at lunch, basking in the sunlight, and watched folks walking their dogs, kids, riding bikes ... everyone was clearly enjoying the nicer-than-usual-lately weather (at about 60 degrees:). Very restful!
I did have another errand I wanted to do but was way, way too tired to do any more so I drove carefully home and settled in for a quiet rest of day. Whew! This cold has really hit me hard and worn down my stamina. Yuk.
I heard from my niece Amy that she got the package I sent her so now I can share the small zipper purse I made for her from the scrap found in a friend's give away pile. I thought of her instantly:
My niece is very fond of fairies and especially Tinkerbell. :)
I also got to talk to my daughter via FaceTime. She's also been down with an awful cold, poor woman. Ear infections, sinus pains, the whole nine yards. Might even be the same germs that got us. Double yuk. Her sweet husband made her something warm and comforting to eat so we didn't talk for long. Her birthday is coming up a the end of this month so, as usual, I'm over-creating stuff for her right now. :)
My knitting output has definitely been on hold this past week as I've been too out of things to even count properly (not kidding there - caught myself counting one, two, three, five once). Anyway, when I decided to watch a movie, my fingers were twitchy (another sign that I'm getting better), so I dug out some nice bamboo-cotton yarn I have a single ball of and knitted Eva a facecloth while I watched. I took a photo after I put it to block (didn't take long to make - it's only about twice as long and as wide as my palm):
It feels soft and sort of nubbly (from the slubs in the yarn) so I think it will work nicely for a face cloth. We'll see how she likes it. I have other projects underway for her, too ... including two new books that I hope she doesn't own yet. :) Will report on those later.
Tomorrow I'll probably stay home and do a bit of light housework and some sewing. I'm grateful that today ended better than it started. :)