Thursday, October 19, 2006

It's been such an incredibly busy week! We barely got through the Feast of the Hunter's Moon when Pam Myers and hubby, Alan, made it into West Lafayette. They arrived just as my work day ended and I rode over to their motel with them so they could find it faster, and then we came back to West Lafayette and browsed in Von's for awhile, drooling over beads. Bette met up with us there and after much looking and a little buying, we walked over to The Parthenon, a Greek restaurant in the Village
After a delicious meal, we sat and talked tatting. Bette is on the left and Pam is on the right. I don't have a clue what we were laughing about but the white tatting in my hand is what Pam had tatted of Mark's bobbinlace-look-alike bookmark. It just dawned on me that I'm so red because I got a little sun at the Feast. I'd forgotten about that!

Pam and Alan were a pleaure to meet. I wish my week hadn't been so crammed and that I was leaving on Thursday. I would have enjoyed showing them around but we had a great evening! She's convinced me that I need to go to Ireland again!

Thursday I left for Kerrville, Texas with my sister and her husband. Our flight landed in San Antonio and we rented a car there and drove the rest of the way, a little over an hour's drive. We got there in time to see the deer that come up from the woods behind to get a daily corn snack from my uncle. This was a routine we watched every day during our visit with sometimes as many as 25 or more deer. My sister got all the good pics of the deer - my camera acted up when I snapped photos. We went to Fredricksburg on Friday and darted in and out of stores like monkeys! I found a parasol in one store, took it down off the mantle to look at the lace covering closer and discovered it was TATTED! And an antique at that! In fact, it was falling apart, so I quickly put it back on the mantle. I don't know why I didn't think to take a photo. I was so stunned to find it there, in a dress shop, and then I was afraid I'd damage it - I left it pretty quickly! I bought a tea-for-one in one of the shops but remembering I didn't have any room in my luggage, I kept purchases to a minimum. No thread or beads or such to tempt me here.

The next day we went to Wildseed Farm. They sell all kinds of wildflower seeds and herbs and gardening supplies. They also had a tea shop, which my sister and I love to go to, so we managed to secure a place inside the busy cottage that had just seated a busload and expected a wedding party later. We were lucky to get in. We had a wonderful meal there. My Uncle Ray is on the left, me, Aunt Mary, Rich & Linda. Ray's salad had flower buds in it and our dessert had edible flowers garnishing it too. The host was exceptionally pleasant considering how frazzled he was with all the unexpected business. He also kindly took our picture for us!

They also have a beautiful butterfly garden there. It was raining so they said the flutters weren't flying. We went in anyway and found some activity. Here are 2 beautiful ones!

I tatted a small doily for Aunt Mary while I was there, but didn't take a photo of it before I gave it to her. It's been so hectic catching up since I got home that I haven't done much else. This evening I finished up this motif that is part of an Irish Crochet bag. I will crochet the other side and then put them together. I'm looking forward to seeing how it ends up. It has a fring on the bottom and a floral strip along the top.

And it looks like it's bedtime already. The days seem to get shorter and shorter!


  1. It was a pleasure to meet you and Bette too, and turn 'virtual' friends into 'real' friends. You opened our eyes to the beauty of Indiana and your University, wow, what a lovely place to work.
    Vons bead shop was a big hit, I am working with my purchases today...honest!


  2. Anonymous11:11 PM

    I can hardly wait to see it finished. Beautiful job!
    Linda :O)

  3. Thanks for sharing the pics. Looks like you had loads of fun! Your Uncle Ray looks a lots like my dad with balding dark hair, glasses and full white beard......And the dad's name is Ray LOL!! Scaaaaary ;)


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