Mr. Lucky had been gone on two trips in May so the latter part of the month was my turn to take some trips and enjoy girlfriend time. I first went to PA to visit my friend, Ann, who has become highly enamored with quilting in recent years. Ah, I'll be safe, I thought, I'm not a quilter and although I own some quilting cottons, feel no need to add to my collection. We spent a beautifully warm spring day driving through Amish country to reach the Dansko shoe outlet. I browsed idly while Ann bought some cute and comfortable clogs and sandals. I stock up on comfort shoes like these at the annual Dillards sale in Florida each Jan. 1 but eventually I did find something that had been on my "missing shoe list."
No, not Cinderella shoes, you know, shoes that you would like to have and only realize when you are getting dressed....as in what's missing from this outfit? I have wonderful tall and short boots but only in brown. Black would be nice. Seems like a splurge for something I'd only wear a few times a year. Well, since it was May and these boots were more than 1/2 off the retail price and there's no sales tax on clothes and shoes (or fabric) in PA, they'll last forever, we'll sell that Florida condo someday and there will be more winter weather in my year....I gave in. Oh my gosh they are comfortable and pretty chic, if I say so myself. And no fabric so far.
From the Dansko outlet we drove back and stopped for lunch in the very touristy Intercourse, PA (as the old joke goes, yes, it's between Paradise and Blue Ball, Pennsylvania) Picked up some delicious home made jam at the Kitchen Kettle Canned Goods and sampled many inspiring fruit combinations for my own summer canning.
|Imagine, I'm going to make a quilt!|
Yes, it's a wonderful New York print in my favorite colors of green, gold and brown and one of these days it's going to be a small sized quilt for our family room couch to replace the old beach towel currently in use for Lucky the rescue dog's cuddling time with us. Untouched bolt, 7 yrds, $23.00, mine. Even in a Pennsylvania Dutch traditional quilt store I end up buying fabric.
|In my mind this fabric is already a skirt.|
For those of you not fascinated by the mere purchase of fabric, here are some book recommendations from the last month. This one has been on the bestseller list for a long time and it deserves its accolades.
Scientifically fascinating yet filled with such a human story of challenges and determination. It is our book group selection for this evening, especially interesting since we all live, like the Lacks family, here in Baltimore where all of this happened. So very, very glad that I read it.
Another Baltimore based story is the latest Anne Tyler novel. It was sad and heartbreaking at times even if it does have a "happy ending." But again I am so glad that I read it even though it was rough going. A young man's wife dies suddenly and yet he sees her accompany him in his daily life as they discuss their short and less than perfect marriage.
I haven't seen the movie but when this book showed up available for my Kindle from the library I gave it a try. I was so happy to have discovered it. I thought the writing was wonderful and found it very compelling and complex. The reviews that kept referring to "a humorous novel" puzzled me. I thought it was sad, ironic, melancholy, angry, despairing, accepting and hopeful. Of course, I won't mind watching George Clooney now that I've read the book.
When I need totally mindless, light, and funny, then Janet Evanovich always pulls through for me. This latest Stephanie Plum book is as formulaic as the rest but sometimes I just need pure distraction and this one worked perfectly.
So what's on your summer reading list?