It was so nice to have a porch day yesterday. It was one of those picture perfect days outside and it was made even better when my crazy neighbors actually went away for the whole day. It was a day of sun and shade and breezes and hearing nothing but birds singing and sweet wind chimes. The gods of summer were smiling on me.
Oh, but wait! Look what joined me on the porch!
Could it be my old friend, the Sampler That Never Ends?
But let me back up a little. We had a wonderful stitch night this past Friday. I hadn't been with the Friday night girls in a month and boy oh boy, had I missed them. We had a nice sized group, including a new face or two. And a Panera customer who was also a stitcher walked by the meeting room door and saw what was going on and was sucked into the room right away! The reaction of her husband and daughter was priceless.
Daughter: "Look, Mom found a group of cross stitchers!"
Ok, I guess you had to be there.
So our little group is growing and it's very heartening. And it can't be just the free frozen lemonades...We're having a lot of laughs. Even stitching a little. I took along BBD's Rose Garden and I'm OH SO CLOSE to finishing. Maybe if I'd stop talking and eating so much...
Oh, I should back up even further and tell you that we went to Ocean City last week! Of course, I stuffed my face with crab cakes every day. But I also made my pilgrimage to Salty Yarns and as usual, Sally's place did not disappoint me. So much stuff and in such an unlikely place! On a boardwalk? Near a big french fry store? I know...go figure. But her shop is a delight. I was with my pesky family, so I didn't have time to scour each and every rack - kind of had to rely on whatever jumped out and caught my eye. But I bought a couple things, including a Pine Mountain kit and a patriotic styled Quaker.
What is it about being in a great shop that alters my perception of time? I swear, I was only in there maybe 30 minutes, but Dave insisted it had been over an hour. I think we stitchers need to develop our own time format. So when we tell our families that we'll be in a shop for a few minutes, they should automatically know to multiply that by at least 7. Like when we talk about dog years. It'd be only natural.
Busy week ahead - hopefully the days will go fast so that the nights can be for stitching. But right now I'm going to go find Rose Garden and pin it to my shirt so I don't lose it.
Till next time!