A beautiful warm spring day for driving….a long road trip ahead, and the sun is shining, and temps are climbing the closer I get to the Virginia/North Carolina state line.
I’m heading north on I-85 –I know this route like the back of my hand.
It leads me from Greensboro toward Raleigh/Durham and then north toward Petersburg, Virginia.
SO much history happened in this area.
Everywhere you look are signs for battle fields, military museums, historical markers and sites.
There is no time to stop – I’ve got to make it all the way past Richmond, Past Fredericksburg, Past DC…oh my gosh, DC…the worst traffic in the country!
Do NOT get stuck on this side of DC during heavy traffic times….I need to make it to Maryland.
Do you see this lovely Dogwood tree? OH my goodness – they are starting to bloom and they are such favorites of springtime.
Hello, my pretty!
I stopped at a rest area just short of the VA/NC line and these trees were blooming in the parking area.
It was a balmy lovely 74 degrees! Of course I didn’t pack more than a denim shirt to wear and ward off any chill on my drive. Temps are perfect!
There is an emergency sweater in my suitcase.
The crowning glory of spring time in the south. Red bud trees!
But from here…….to Richmond….temps DROPPED from 74 degrees to a chilly 50 degrees!
The blue sky went away, and grey clouds began to drizzle. Oh no! What happened to my beautiful day??
Richmond ahead in the yuck.
Someone forgot to send them a memo! BRING ON SPRING!
Can you see what this is behind the grey barren trees??
I’m getting closer to Washington, DC and temps are now at 49 and still dropping.
Yes, I passed monuments…in cold misty drizzle, temps at 45 degrees and dropping.
And I still hit DC traffic. I think they have traffic 24/7/365. 2pm and things are at a standstill.
I couldn’t make my exit because the line of cars was so long I missed my need to get in that lane…..and ooops. RECALCULATING!
The recalculating GPS took me up and around…..and THROUGH A TUNNEL! So I promptly lost signal.
I ended up in the wrong lane again…and because we were in a tunnel I had no signal to tell me to get in the right lane….and ooops! I missed that exit as soon as I came out of the tunnel and had service again.
I swear…..that GPS put me in the worst side of DC that you can imagine. Lock your doors and don’t look anyone in the eye! And I am almost out of gas at this point.
Find the cleanest looking gas station with plenty of customers and pump that gas quickly!
Find your way eventually back to the interstate…..Whew.
I made it. I white knuckled my way through most of this day, and my mood took on the color of the clouds and the rain and the mist and the dreary. If you think that color can’t dictate or influence your moods..think again. Think how color can make you feel. That blue sky and sunshine and blooming purple red buds and blooming ivory dogwoods had a definite effect on my morning drive.
The LACK of color and light and the fact that everything looked dingy and grey and dirty and industrial all the way through DC did a number on me. It erased all of the color that made me so happy on my drive.
So what am I going to do to make myself happy again?
Sew with COLOR!
The more color the better!
This is late because I just got back to my hotel after a nice dinner out to up my mood. I’ve got my school bus featherweight with me, and my Lozenge blocks to work on. Bring on the color, and color me back happy!
Oh…and light and sunshine always help too ---so remember this little goodie??
Magnetic push button battery operated BBQ light!
((Find this at Lowes in the BBQ aisle!))
It really does have a bright beam and makes sewing with the featherweight in a hotel room such a pleasure. I haven’t had a road trip in a while, and when I last went to Georgia I had taken the 301. This machine needs to come out to play….and the light was already attached from the last time and you know how it goes….What I had forgotten, is now new to me again!
If you can’t have REAL sunshine and color –quilt some up.
Bring on the happy!
Jammie and sewing time….tomorrow morning is a lecture in Columbia, MD.
Have a great evening, everyone!