Yesterday went by without a post. Did you miss it? I know I did! I woke up late yesterday morning, needed to get my stuff packed and out of the hotel --- and there wasn’t time for editing down the photos I had taken at Sunday’s Nine Patch Split workshop!
And I was --- and still am --- MOVING. SLOW!! Yes, the tired muscles have totally kicked in and are complaining loudly…but other than that I feel good. Stairs are the hardest part >_< The hip flexors just feel a bit abused. Time may heal all, but I won’t be doing another 12.5 miles any time soon! But --- See this pic? I did get some of the deer in the park!!
The best part about sleeping late, and waking late? I had NO trouble finding a luggage cart! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone down to the lobby to get a cart to haul my stuff back to the car, only to find that no one returned them to their rightful place the night before. What is with people sleeping with the luggage carts in their rooms? In my book, that is #1 on the list of just PLAIN OLD RUDE!
But there was a cart, and I loaded up Shamu, and off we went. And because I was so tight and sore, I stopped every couple hours just to get out and walk around a bit. Sitting for long periods of time made me feel like my body was being permanently formed to the shape of my driver’s seat!
I stopped in Richmond, grabbed a sandwich, and enjoyed a picnic lunch in a park nearby. Lots of kids in the playground, fun watching families play now that school is out. And I felt right at home amongst 12 other minivans in the parking lot! LOL! ((Yes, I feel like I've joined a whole 'nuther club ;c) ))
I drove another couple hours, time to stop for gas, and across the street from the gas station?
SONIC!! And this is how I know I love the camera on my phone…isn’t that a tempting picture?! I know I get teased about taking pictures of my food, but next to fabric, food is life’s “other” greatest pleasure! ;c) I enjoy food –—so the pictures of things I love aren’t likely to stop any time soon. Of course, I enjoyed this delicious caramel sundae by matching it with a route 44 diet cherry limeade….it cancels out the calories in the sundae that way, you know? :c)
While I am driving, I love watching other people and seeing what THEY are driving…look at this little bug I got stopped at a light with:
Grocery store delivery car? How many groceries can they fit in this bug? LOL! And I love the caption above the license plate…Spread Peas on Earth….LOL!!
I also love seeing vintage cars on the road! This one had FINS to die for! Little old couple in the front seats. I like thinking about where they might be going….how long they’ve had this car? Are they the original owners?
We were moving very slow, and that is how I was able to get the pictures…Turns out this truck pulling a trailer had blown a tire and caught fire and we were down to one lane….UGH!! Burning rubber is NOT a nice smell! The fire was only on the one trailer tire…but it sure made a slow down on the road while everyone had to rubber neck and see what all the fuss was about.
As I got closer toward Raleigh/Durham yesterday, some really BAD storms blew through…rain was pounding like crazy, thunder and lightning to beat the band, and I just couldn’t hardly see the cars in front of me…so much water! The wind felt like it was pushing the minivan this way and that way...SCARY! So…I pulled over…at Cracker Barrel! I just thought I’d wait it out. Turns out that even after I ate dinner, and waited and waited, the rain was still not letting up….but by that time much of the traffic had cleared out, so I slowly made my way home. It’s the biggest storm I’d driven through in a long time, and if there is anything that scares me, it’s driving through a storm….
This morning? All gone! I’ve unpacked the van, the re-settling has begun, there will be laundry commencing, and things to catch up on ----
And THIS girl hopped right into the van and seemed to say “You are not leaving WITHOUT me next time!” I think Sadie really misses having Jeff around. She’s become very clingy to anyone who is near…doesn’t seem to matter who, just as long as someone is here. She needs her nails trimmed, and I hate to do them, and because she loves to go for car rides, I might just take her up to Petsmart on my errands this morning and let THEM do her.
Oh, and I guess you are waiting for these! Here are the workshop pics…and because I have a penchant for taking pictures of food…don’t forget to check out our buffet tables! We had salads to DIE FOR! I absolutely love summer and all the opportunities for yummy salads. And WATERMELON!! Yep…it’s summer all right, it’s watermelon season!