On Sunday I did two new things. One was, I rode in a convertable car with the top down for the first time in my life. Now I know you are probably saying. "Where has she been?"
It's not that I wouldn't have taken the opportunity to ride with the wind in my hair before now, but the opportunity never presented itself to me before Sunday.
Peggy called to ask what I had planned for the day. When I said," Not much." I was invited to come shopping for fabric with her. She is working on making a quilt for her daughter and her son-n-law. And since we were going shopping in the area where my commission piece that I did for the hospital way she wanted me to direct her to the hospital so she could see it.
Coincidentally, her ancesters were Floyds, Prestons and Breckenridges, all founding fathers of settlements in the Kentucky and Indiana area surrounding the Falls of the Ohio River. The Falls area became a port were they off loaded goods and carted them up or down river to load them back on barges in order to by-pass the falls until the locks were built to raise or lower the water level, thus allowing barges and boat to safely traverse the falls. The port or Portland later became Louisville. The hospital is named Floyd Memorial and is in Floyd County not too far from Floyd Knobs a rather high hill above the Ohio River on the Indiana side.
I took her up on the offer. I drove to her house and we went in her 94 Ford Mustang. Top down. The day was partly cloudy and pleasantly in the mid seventies with low humidity. Now I know why convertable riders wear ball caps or scarfs on their heads. The wind whips your hair around and the wind has a nasty way turning each strand of your hair into a miniture whip that STINGS as it hits your face. It doesn't HURT, but it does get you attention.
Dispite that and me trying in vain to hold my hair down I had a great time.
We went to the hospital to see the quilt too. She was dutifully impressed.
I brought two cuts of a soft knit one in varigated pinks and the other in varigated yellows with short stripes of green for myself and some decorator fabric to make Kathy A's living room window treatment which I have been promising her I'd do before I left town.
With the fabric I brought I planned to make two summer weight shawls. I could have used one or both of them yesterday at the movies. The temperature in the theatre was set to freezing and if it wasn't for a little bit you could have seen our breath.
I figured the fastest and most professional way of finishing the edges of the knit fabric I brought was with a serger. I don't have one. Have never wanted one. And I have never used one. Peggy keeps two set up all the time, ready to go. One has light neutal threads in it and the other dark threads. I serged the edges of both cuts, taking less than five minutes to do each one. The yellow one with the neutral that was in her serger. She rethreaded that machine and I did the second cut of fabric. What fun. TWO FINISHED SHAWLS. The fabric was on a super sale and cost $2.07 per 60 inch wide/yard. Two really nice shawls for less than $7.00.
How good canit get.
It doesn't take doing something great to make my day. Just experencing something new will do it. Sunday was a very good day.