Branching out - that's the thing that has been happening for us this weekend. On the one hand, Hubby and I are trying to explore in larger and larger circles from our home. On the other hand, we seem to be constantly looking for the things that are familiar and comfortable.
We hit the jackpot today by driving to Connecticut to go to Costco. Oh sure, there are warehouse stores nearby. But they feature brands we have never heard of, lack basic customer service, and could benefit from a good sweeping.
It felt so good to wander up and down the wide, well-lit aisles. Our basket brimmed with pantry staples and cleaning supplies. Of course, no trip to Costco would be complete without the purchase of a ginormous package of toilet tissue. We even found a Starbucks nearby. Nothing like a nice hot beverage on cold day to perk up the long drive home.
Yesterday I spent the day at the quilt shop in a class with Jackie Paton. Who would have thought that I could do this?
Using Jackie's drawing, we learned how to cut our own stencil from freezer paper. Wielding a palette knife, we learned how to mix colors from oil paint sticks and stencil right on the fabric. After at least one more day of drying, I can heat set the paint on my panel with an iron. It will become the center of a wall hanging. Fun, huh? I would have never believed I could do something like this.
On the kitchen front, we are in a bit of limbo right now. The counter top and new lighting has been installed. The appliances are back in place. But we are not quite satisfied with the finish on the floor. It should be MUCH closer in color to the existing wood floor in the living and dining rooms. While we wait for a resolution (which will most likely be sand and start again) we are waiting to put everything away.Still it is so nice to cook real meals. And clean up is a breeze - no more washing dishes in the little bathroom sink. The first official dinner was Mickey Mouse waffles and bacon. We love breakfast for dinner, how about you?
First Friday at Quiltworks
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