After going to Philly for a birthday party last Saturday, we drove to Dover, Delaware on Sunday for the Fedex 400 Autism Speaks race. As you can see, it was a beautiful and sunny day. A bit breezy, and that made it perfect. I wilt in the heat....and whine like a three year old. So that breeze helped me a lot.
Anyway, I never thought I'd enjoy a Nascar race but thanks to everyone's good advice, I really had fun. I was diligent with the sunscreen. I wore my super-awesome beach hat. I had ear protection (otherwise I would have had to leave....ear protection was absolutely essential). And I observed the crowds. People sure are funny.
I think we had very good seats, too and that made it more enjoyable. They were at the end of a turn and directly across from the pits. Being at the end of a turn meant that as the race wore on, I'd get sprinkled with tire rubber from time to time. But being across from the pits was cool, because watching the pit stops was pretty amazing. Talk about specialized skills! Wouldn't it be awesome to have that kind of efficient group around when you clean your house?
All in all, a good day!
At the end of the day, we drove to Alexandria, Virginia, where we had an amazing dinner. Then spent the night in Old Town and went to Woodlawn Plantation for the Needlework Exhibition.
What can I say? Fabulous! Interesting! Inspiring! But sadly....no photography was allowed. There were several original works displayed, and although I understand why we couldn't photograph them, I sure wish I could share some of my favorites with you.
You'll just have to suffer through with my inadequate words.
So - You know how I adore samplers and there were plenty of those to drool over. And some stunning canvas work (which may be in my future - they looked like they were so much fun!) And smocking and goldwork and Japanese silk embroidery. Seriously amazing stuff. And there were guides in each room who pointed out special aspects of the exhibits and answered questions. They even walked over to the needlework with me and shined flashlights on them to discuss details and techniques. It made for a delightful experience.
Oh, and here's something exciting and kind of unusual. The Best in Show Award? It was awarded to Karen Phillips-Schwallon, from right here in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Years ago, I took several classes from Karen. She was a quilter and she loved to go nuts and embellish her quilts with all kinds of embroidery. Her classes were always enjoyable and completely pressure-free. So, congrats to my fellow Fayette County embroideress! One of these days I'll have to dig out some of the work I did in her class. In particular, Karen helped me design a "white on white" baby quilt for Colleen. It's one of the best things I've ever done.
Now, where's that camera?