Just like the past 42 years, come the 3rd weekend in August, the blacksmith leaves me for a week.
So what am I to do?????
Besties from high school!
Monday I surprised my high school girl friend in Washington, Missouri with a visit. Her sisters, Ruth and Betty, helped me pull the surprise off. It had been years, way too many years, since we had seen each other.
We first went for lunch at Aldo's Pizza. After lunch we checked out several antique and resell it shops.
It was then decided to treat ourselves to a little dessert. Joe's Bakery in Washington Missouri was the place!!
It was a hard choice . . . pies and more pies.
Strawberry shortcake . . .
At noon I met my friend Deanna (forgot the picture) for Chinese buffet. I gave her some chambray shirts to embroidery.
After lunch I headed north by about 10 miles to meet my friend Di, in person for the first time! Yes, we met through Facebook, via a friend who knew we both quilted. Thank you Rita H.!
This is a work in progress. I only wish I would have taken a picture of her hand applique work.
We then went shopping at Quilt 4U, a new shop to us both. Our last stop was Apple tree Quilting shop. Whew, three shops in a short period of time.
On Wednesday I had to take some time with my hairdresser. A girls best friend!
Their businesses are all lighted by gas lights. Look at all the kerosene lamps.
It only took me two stores to find the blue jean rag rugs I love. They wear like iron, can be machine washed and hang to dry. The most expensive was $27.50. What a bargain.
I also bought a jar of spiced apples, only they are really made out of cucumbers. My son Jeremy loves them! I made them some years ago. It's a long process of soaking in lime, draining, rinsing, soaking, etc. When you can them you also use a whole package of red hots.
Now let me back up a day here, and show you how moving Ronnie's visitation was. He was a Vietnam veteran. His fellow service men came out to honor him. The sidewalks were lined with flags and veterans.
Rest in peace Ronnie Saucier 1947-2015.
I had my favorite, Taco Al Pastor. It is spicy pork, sometimes served with pineapple, onions and cilantro.
That my friends, was my Girl's Week! On Sunday, the squirrels hunters returned about 1:00 PM, 47 squirrels later. From the stories I heard, he had just as much fun with his guys as I did with my girls!