Thursday, February 23, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Saturday I finally met my niece Sister’s new, 5-year-old granddaughter, new daughter-in-law and a bouncy lump that will soon be a brand-new granddaughter.
Blake is Sister’s oldest son and he and Sarah live in a wonderful house on a lake with a deck overlooking the lake – in Nashville, Tenn.!
I’ve always enjoyed trips to Nashville -- good restaurants, the Parthenon, a couple of great fabric stores, etc., etc.
Saturday was a flying trip -- straight to Blake and Sarah’s house, couple hours to visit and straight home again. Didn’t even get to go to the Aquarium, one of my very favorite restaurants in Nashville. (While the food there is good, the attraction for me is the scenery -- walls and walls of fish aquariums with every kind of aquatic creature imaginable swimming by while you eat -- gulp -- fish.)
All that was worth missing. Shaelin, the 5-year-old, is an enchanting, beautiful little girl. Long blonde hair, big eyes, and, most importantly to me, red sparkly shoes!
Shaelin and MeMe (Sister) have hit it off wonderfully well. Didn’t take long for the bright child to figure out that this was an adult who would play on the 5-year-old level. Most grandmothers are like that!
Shaeline and MeMe ate their lunch on the patio in a 5-year-old sized pink princess tent. Blake, Sarah and I ate in the dining room, with windows all around to enjoy the view of the lake.
I have no idea which lake they live on. It’s not too big, just about the right size for a neighborhood. I used my “Navigator” to get there and Sister had to get me out! And people think getting to my house is hard! Whew!
Sister had been there visiting with them for several days, and I was picking her up to bring home. I drove up by myself, bringing along Hello Kitty fabric for a quilt for Shaelin and a Sunbonnet Sue book of patterns to make a quilt for Evangeline (Evy) the soon-to-be-here new granddaughter.
Shaelin loves Hello Kitty and so do I! Blake and Sarah both loved the Sunbonnet Sue patterns, so I am a happy quilter! I have wondered if Sarah thinks Evy’s quilt will be ready by the time she gets here. Sarah doesn’t know me well, or know anyone that quilts. She might not understand that many, many quilts are given “while under construction,” and quickly snatched back to be taken home and theoretically finished.
The big excitement on this trip to Nashville was sitting in the dining room, gorgeous view all around, and mine and Sister’s hands pressing on Sarah’s bouncing belly -- Evy was saying “Hello!”
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