I had a wonderful week in Mississippi and points south of KY, including a daytrip to New Orleans. Thanksgiving dinner with the Carter clan -- my friend Jennifer's extended family -- was a blessing of hospitality and fantastic food, including my personal favorite, chicken 'n' dumplin's made like my momma's!! I couldn't help but miss her -- she would have loved such a gathering of family and friends and food!
We stayed in a sweet little cabin just outside Hattiesburg, MS. Jennifer and I managed to hit a sewing shop, a quilt shop (Kelly's Pins and Needles -- I remember the name because on the web, the listing included gunsmith service!! I didn't see any guns in the shop, though!! :-D), a Hancocks and a JoAnn's with only minor whines from the teenagers. (It helped that the JoAnn's was close to a Guitar Center, and lunch was next on the agenda!! :-D)
Not that the teenagers needed shopping therapy....
They kept each other and us entertained.
I was very disciplined (for me!! LOL) in my fabric buying. Kelly's shop had a nice red Thimbleberries that I got yardage of and the Simpler Time line from Holly Taylor that I got a charm pack and enough extra to make a lovely Schnibbles. Not sure which one, yet...but something will speak to me, I'm sure! :-D
I also managed to get three Circuit Rider blocks done during quiet mornings at the cabin. Looking out the large windows at the lake beyond provided the perfect peaceful setting for hand work.
Since getting home on Saturday, I've not managed to sew a stitch, although Step 2 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Roll, Roll Cotton Boll, was calling my name! :-) I'll get to it sometime this week... perhaps later today.
In the meantime, I'm enjoying the simple pleasure of being home -- of walking through my house and rummaging through my cabinets to find something to eat, and using the Reading Room at my leisure. :-D Of ACT prep for Sam and school work for both the boys. Of walking in my sewing room and planning a shift in the furniture, organizing projects and getting back into the joy of accomplishing something!
The Psalmist writes, "How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple." (Psalm 65:8 NASB)