Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sunny Day in Anchorage

It's that time of year in Alaska, when it's light out all the time. Lately I've been wearing this mask to bed at night, so that the sunrise doesn't wake me at 3 a.m. It fills me full of an urge to plant & play, & camp & hike. Maybe next summer I'll be able to hike again. I went for shot #2 of the Synvisc today. I think it may be already helping a little bit.
After the Dr appointment Warren took me to The Peppermill. It's actually a steakhouse, so we don't normally go there (we don't eat beef or pork either one), but Warren had gone there recently with his regular Wednesday lunch bunch, & he had something he liked, so we went there today.
With the glorious warm day we are having, we decided to eat out on their deck. The mountains were drenched in warm sunlight & so were we. Warren got a turkey sandwich that he raved about, but never offered me a taste. I ordered a strawberry & candied pecan salad, which was so pretty, I just had to take a picture! It tasted good too. Almost like dessert! The candied pecans tasted like Cinnabons. I ended up putting them to the side & actually eating them for dessert! My only thing that I might suggest they do differently with this, is plain bread sticks. The garlic just didn't match the salad.
We stopped in at the new quilt shop in the University Center Mall. It is a merger of my 2 favorite fabric shops, Seams Like Home, & Three Sisters. I will really miss Three Sisters, because it was so close to home for me. What was only about 4 miles is now more like 10.
I'm not sure how I feel about the new space. It certainly is a large space. It doesn't feel at all "Like Home" any more. I was hoping to get some threads, but they didn't have the brand I wanted (Bottom Line). It didn't seem to make much sense the way things were laid out either.
I felt lost, & disconnected...
Thinking about it on the way home, I wondered how I would do it differently. I think I would've made groupings, that went together, Like fancy trims & Crazy quilting stuff, in one area with the fancy fabrics. Right now it feels tossed together. I wonder if there was a master plan laid out, or if they just moved in a hurry, & will sort it all out later.
I wish them all the best of luck, because like I said, they were my favorite stores, & SLH is where I preferred to teach.
I sent "Why?", the quilt below, & "Oh! to Dance With A Dolphin", off to the Rockome Gardens show in Arcola Ill. today. It's the first show I've seen since I got "Oh! to Dance..." back from it's world tour, that would accept a quilt made more than 2 years ago. It's not a big show, but thought I'd enter it once more before it's retired.

5 comments:

Allison Ann Aller said...

Pretty salad and even more beautiful sunshine!
That quilt store needs to "season"...it's like when you first move into a house, doesn't feel lived in at all or homey. Over time, it will...

Your mask made me think of this link I saw the other day...

http://craftside.typepad.com/craftside/2008/05/winged-embroide.html

Allison Ann Aller said...

Oh heck, I will email you the link, it is too long for the comment box! Sorry... ;-)

Rian said...

Whenever someone I know is going to Alaska for a cruise I always tell 'em to take eyepads. Jim and I fought over the one pair we had between us when we were there in July. (several years ago) That sun just SCREAMS through the seams in the blackout drapes.

The salad looks good.

Elaine Adair said...

So many good subjects -- food, fabric, views, interesting projects, quilts. Maybe the new store will 'settle in' after a while, and feel more like home in time. They ought to 'borrow' that lovely swing -- that would make it like "home"!

I've driven through Arcola many a time - I especially remember an Amish horse team pulling a wagon, with the colt dancing alongside the harnessed mare, free as a spirit, no halter or rope yet!

Melodie said...

So, tell me about the synvisc!!! How much does it hurt? It is helping? Let me know!!