Thursday, April 24, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Yes, I copied Barry’s headline. It’s so appropriate to both our columns this week.
But where do I begin?
Last Thursday, my youngest granddaughter Remy, my son Kris and my two brothers went to Anniston, Mo., to visit our sister Jackie. We weren’t fortunate enough to know Jackie very well as children, but we’re making up for lost time now.
We had a great visit. Both my brothers enjoyed themselves a great deal. Jackie and I always enjoy ourselves, so when her son Duke and the two brothers enjoyed themselves, it was a plus to a good day.
Meredith’s 12th birthday party at Wall Doxey State Park was a whole lot of fun Saturday. We were nearly blown into Spring Lake a couple times and many times, books, food, drinks, etc. were blown off the picnic tables at our pavilion (the one with the big fireplace, near the fishing dock -- it’s our favorite!). It was a good day!
Wednesday was Binky’s actual birthday. I’m sure she had a good time that day also.
Thursday, Pop and I were married 38 years. Yes, I am that old. That was a good day also.
I wasn’t at home those two momentous days however.
My boon traveling companion Jane, her sister Katy (who actually knows how to get places) and I left early Wednesday morning for Paducah, Ky., and “the” quilt show.
Jane and I begin to get excited about Paducah as soon as we get over being tired from the last trip.
The past week or so has been nearly unbearable. We’re taking several classes and Jane has made wonderful schedules with where each of us is supposed to be at what time for every day.
Sewing machines are supplied for these classes, which is a huge plus. The first time Jane and I took classes we had to take our own machines. I thought we must look really strange with cutting boards and various rulers and other quilting necessities sticking out everywhere in our luggage. That is, until we got to the classes. Everyone taking the classes looked just like we did.
This year, we’re just taking “BSS” -- basic sewing supplies; plus a few added fabrics, etc.
“BSS” entails thread, scissors, rulers, paper scissors (never, ever use fabric scissors for anything but fabric!), needles, thread, pins, fabric markers, thimble and a paper bag for trash. Also, note-taking supplies.
Then, each class needs its own speciality fabric. So, we’ll each be hauling bits and pieces of fabrics. (We’ll be coming home with considerably more bits and pieces of fabric, I’d bet.)
Are we having fun yet?
Well, Jane, Katy and I are! And since we stay with Jackie while in Paducah, I hope she is also.
Staying with her just adds an entire ’nother dimension to our fun!
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