It was a bittersweet day. I had to drop something off, and I wanted to visit the person; however, they had recently been exposed to COVID, so that didn't happen. So I drove to Orillia to one of my favorite quilt stores -- Thimbles and Things. Sue has sold the store and is retiring! While she will be working in the store from time to time, we are not guaranteed to see her smiling face when we walk in the door! ACK!!
Many years ago, the first time I walked in the door, they had little sections for all the fabric. Then they got more space, and it opened up, and a classroom was added. As it wasn't my go-to store, I don't remember those changes happening.
Many people were there when I arrived, and people were parking on the road as the parking lot was jammed when I got there.
I got to meet Paula, the new owner, IN PERSON. I've met her several times over Zoom, but it's not the same! And so many people came and introduced themselves to me from the Zoom classes. It was so nice to see real people!
There were lots of people in the "receiving line!" Drat --- I did NOT get a picture of Sue and me.
|A jam-packed store|
I got to say HI to Emma, who used to own Fireside Retreat, where we spent many great days sewing. While we have moved to new retreat houses, it's never going to be the same, and we'll just have to make new memories in the new places!
Let's say that Sue, Emma, and Tony will be sorely missed, and Paula has big shoes to fill! But I'm sure she'll settle in and create her own atmosphere in the store. The best news is that the Zoom classes will continue, and I will continue to teach there, albeit at a somewhat slower pace!
I picked up a few things, including boring white! I swear I am constantly running out of white, so I buy a couple of yards here and there so I'll be ready for the next project.
|Two pieces of white fabric|
I was just fine in the car yesterday. No tiredness! I must be getting used to driving longer than to the gym!
It was a bit later than planned when I got home, and I was going to sew, but I decided to sit in the backyard instead. Of course, the girls did not fail in their duty to entertain me.
Lexi came and sat with me, hoping to scoop some of the cauliflower that I was having as a snack. Murphy -- well, she grabbed her ball, and OOPSY, it went in the pond.
|Mom, Murphy dropped her ball in the pond|
|MOM -- a bit of help here. The ball is in the pond!|
|MOM --- come and get the ball!|
|Hmm, how am I going to get that ball?|
|MOM -- Help me -- please!|
Good grief -- she looks like a polar bear in that picture! Don't polar bears enjoy the water? Perhaps I should let her go in the pond, then she'll tire of dropping the ball in the water. I doubt it!
|Blocks for the butterfly quilt|
|A courtyard in Libya|
|Getting ready for the walk|
OH --- you really have to watch the price of gas. Yesterday on my way up the highway, I spotted a station on the opposite side of the road with $169.9. I popped in to fill up on the way home. The next station, about 3 KM away, was $179.9. Yikes!!! And all the others were at least $174.4. That is PER LITER if my American friends think we have cheap gas here! Thank goodness for small cars and another reason Zoom is a good thing.
Well, it's time to get the day started and try and empty some of those design boards so I can cut more fabric. NO -- the focus is to finish those embellishments for the Cherrywood Challenge, and I've come too far to not finish it now.
Have a super day!!!!