I've been up since 5:00. I wasn't sure how early Cop Car would wake, and there was plenty to do until she was ready to rise. I worked on odds and ends, made my bed, put away clothes, read e-mail and blogged. I had toast with jam, and began to worry that CC wasn't up yet. Of course it crossed my mind.....what if she's.....NO! I won't think about that. I'd have to call her family and tell them, and I won't let that happen!
It didn't. She was up by 7:30. She deserved all the sack time she needed. After all, she had spent more than six hours in the car yesterday. By 8:45 we were both ready to face the day and joined my Mother in her sitting room to chat.
Mother has standing hair and nail appointments on Thursday at our salon. We dropped her off and made a bee line for Sur La Table, an upscale kitchen store. Cop Car scandalized one of the employees when she announced to me: "I don't cook!" I know he was itching to convert her. I bought gifts, and am proud to say I bought my first CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!
We collected Elegante Mother and headed for our favorite quilt shop. I think I may have been the big buyer, but Elegante Mother forgot that she needed a quilt batting, so it might have been closer to a tie if she'd gotten everything she needed. I thought I was done, and saw a fabric that Cop Car had chosen. That caused me to buy another five yards of fabric, the one she liked, plus a yard each of four complimentary fabrics. I must be nesting, getting ready for winter, because I've been padding that nest with a LOT of fabric lately!
By that time it must have been close to 1:00 and we were starved. We drove to Houlihan's for lunch. Thank you for treating us to lunch, Cop Car! I didn't think we dawdled, but by the time we got home, it was well after 2:00, and CC and EM were muttering about NOT being able to eat dinner.
We all found comfy seats for a bit. I was talking to Cop Car, and yawning. And yawning, and yawning. And at one point, I realized I had fallen asleep while I was talking to her. My eyes sprang open, and I looked over to see Cop Car sitting quietly with her eyes closed. Jeeze.....nothing like not being able to keep up. How embarrassing. How RUDE! She laughed off, and was a good sport. I'm surprised I didn't get teased about it every time the subject changed this evening. It's a wonderful guest who takes your dozing off in stride.
After my little nap, we worked on a quilt pattern that Cop Car wants to make. She's had the wallhanging designed for some time, so this afternoon, she began cutting enough fabric to make a trial block.
So far, so good. We talked about techniques for piecing that will save her time. We talked about rotary cutting techniques....the angle of the blade, and hand position on the Lucite rulers. We talked about stitching a true quarter-of-an-inch for the seam, versus a seam narrower by two or three threads. (The narrower one accommodates the fold or bend in the fabric when the seam is opened, giving the truer pieced measurement).
Dinner was supposed to be Parmesan crusted Tilapia, and assorted veggies. Instead, it was salad, cheese and crackers. Elegante Mother swiped Dear Husband's cheese and crackers. Everyone was still too full from lunch, and DH was more than willing to eat light.
Cop Car cut and sewed through the evening, and then we chatted for a few minutes before it was time for bed. I'd have been in bed long ago, but the cat stepped between me and the keyboard, and ONE of us.....hit something that deleted everything I'd written.
The day might have seemed dull in the reading, but I enjoyed every minute of it, and I think Cop Car did, too. Tomorrow we may have rain. I think all three of us will stay in and sew, and save the outdoor activities for Saturday and Sunday. I need to go to bed. I'll be falling asleep in my breakfast if I don't get a little more sleep.
Carolyn, quilting bees are one of those "Ya had to be there," activities, to be able to appreciate them. Most likely we will piece quilts tomorrow, so don't be surprised if it seems like a slow day.
I gotta go. I'm going to have to sleep fast to catch up!