The least few days were spent on a whirlwind road trip to northern New England. Along with seeing some friends and family, I had a few errands to complete. I brought my lap quilt to a shop where I once did hand quilting on consignment. I'm thrilled to reconnect with the creative folks there and look forward to working with them again.
I also sold some sports equipment that sat in my storage room but the money from the sale didn't sit in my pocket for very long. It was spent at my next stop, a secondhand shop where I found the car-mount bike rack that I had bookmarked on my laptop some time ago. This very slightly used model was priced at one-fifth the online price :-D (And, of course, I wouldn't have to pay for shipping.) his rack doesn't interfere with the rear wiper and has side straps to prevent sway and tipping. But my favorite perk is the great clamps. It installs in seconds instead of a half hour of adjusting and tightening the straps of my previous rack.
Thursday evening was beautiful, cool, and crisp. We went for a walk around the shopping area in town before a light dinner. It was so enjoyable to see the shop windows changed for autumn and all the lights on the streets. I haven't taken many photos lately and had forgotten about the delay before the picture actually snaps on my camera. I apologize for the fuzziness on this photo. I guess I'll have to go back to get a better shot ;)
I did discover that 5:00pm on a Friday is NOT the time to drive through Northampton, MA. On my ride home I wanted to find Webs, enticed by the billboard on I-91 for this huge yarn store. Unfortunately, it took 20 minutes to drive about 2 miles off exit 18 and I never found the store. (I has passed the street where I should have turned.) Fortunately, because traffic was moving so slowly I was able to see a lot of interesting shops. I'll be taking a trip back there some Saturday morning with comfortable walking shoes.
I stayed inside today. The October snowstorm started here before noon and I really don't need to go out for anything. The tree branches (still in full leaf) are covered with snow and heavily bent. The predictions of possible power outages from toppled branches are coming true, many folks are without electricity. I'm all set with plenty of easily accessible food. I've just taken this Apple Almond Ginger Cake from the oven. It smells won.der.ful!
(Note: This post was delayed. The power went out 4 hours ago, as I was typing. This end of the city was part of the 500,000 homes out of power in southern CT.)
So far it’s been a good life. I’ve lived in both rural and metro areas, waited tables and reviewed chromatograms, rounded up loose sheep and spent beautiful summer evenings at concerts in Central Park. I’ve painted a house, kissed the Blarney stone, and pushed a lawn mower with a baby on my back. Currently I’m working 9 to 5, going to the gym, sneaking a donut, a good book, or a visit with my grown sons when I can. Where do I go from here? I'd like a small house with enough land to homestead.