The DC kids kindly came up to visit on both Saturday and Sunday which was lovely. Big Cousin has grown more each time we see him and this time had overtaken the WT - he passed me in height when he was about ten!
Monday dawned gorgeously bright and sunny, just the day for visiting with friends old and new! So after a good luck text to the Second Treasure who was beginning a new job that morning, I set off on the MARC to meet DJ and have coffee with her before meeting up with Astrid at The Stitching Post. It was lovely to put a face to the name, DJ and Astrid met via Friendly Stitchers the yahoo group we all belong to and discovered they lived not far from each other!
The Stitching Post is a delightful shop and has certainly increased its inventory since the last time I was there (about two + years ago). Lots more specialty threads, but annoyingly I had left my small list of two or three AVAS threads behind in the hotel :( Didn't succumb to any more charts but Inspirations magazine caught my eye as soon as I walked in....... along with the latest Just Cross Stitch. Those together with some needles and three threads was IT, very restrained, wasn't I?
|Can you blame me for picking|
this up - doesn't it look wonderful?
After lunch we said goodbye to Astrid and made our way to DJ's former place of employment to pick up some stitched pieces that were on display there. DJ - remember Matthew 10:14! After a cuppa at DJ's house the day ended with DJ driving me back to Baltimore - apparently with my trusty (!) phone GPS I took her to parts of Baltimore that she had never visited...... hmm, is that so? We had dinner with the WT then put my dear friend back on the homeward path. And yes, she did dump us by the side of the road, sob, and yes, we had to find our way back to the hotel! Just joking, thanks for a LOVELY day!
Wednesday, oh yes, that was the day that Storm Saturn was supposed to bring the East Coast to a halt, ha, well, not where I was! All the schools and government offices were closed and trains ran on a limited schedule and not a flake to be seen, at least in Baltimore. Took me an age to get into and back from DC with a very short visit sandwiched in the middle with the DC Treasure at *her* new restaurant, James Hobans. And who might he be, I hear you ask? Well, an Irish architect who designed the White House, that's who!
We're back home now and were cheered to see these in the garden......
despite all the snow we've had, these little daffs are nearly in bud! The ugly grey pole is the D**r**T TV dish that we want to remove as we don't have cable or satellite TV! Now we will have to wait until the flowers are finished.
Hope all is well with everyone, spring IS on its way, honestly and I'll be back soon with a mid month update on March Madness from Themalicious - with which, fingers crossed, I am keeping up!