Friday, August 01, 2014

It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

The day started out a little bit shaky -- cell phone charge didn't take, congestion at the gas station, line at the bank, uncertainty about the route . . . .

But boy did it turn around!

I took a new route to Lancaster County today, and it turned out to be just wonderful. Bucolic vistas along the way, no zoomy trucks, cows (the black and white kind) in abundance. Just gorgeous.

I got to the meet-up place, The [new] Old Country Store well ahead of time and leisurely selected fabrics for my three remaining monsters, for Elizabeth's Bee Blocks, and just a couple of black-and-whites for me. The [new] Old Country Store preserves the spirit of the original with a few tasteful touristy items. I didn't go up to the second floor, but the fabric selection was abundant and nicely priced. Two delightful surprises: (1) the gracious clerk at the check-out happily allowed my phone to charge in her spare outlet while I shopped (Thank you, Lavinia!) and the cutting table personnel now cut 1/4 yards!

My dear niece showed up right on time and we tried to figure out how long it had been since we had done this. It had been too long. We bought some amazing little soft-bristled sponge-like things for removing silk from corn, and headed over to The Kling House where we began with chilled peach soup (astonishingly good!) and then shared a grilled sandwich while we caught up. Next we perused the Kitchen Kettle Village shops. Each of us had a specific errand: She needed to get a chain refinished at the Brighton store and I wanted to visit the pocketbook shop. I'm fed up with Vera Bradley's bags at present -- the fabrics are hideous and the prices exorbitant. I have a summer purse I bought at the KKV shop prolly five years ago and it is still serving me well. Today I bought one in late summer into autumn tones.

Had the presence of mind to stop at the Flourtown Farmer's Market before coming home, even though I was tired, and picked up some poached salmon and hand-made whole wheat pasta. I then thought to look at my phone, which I hadn't done all day, and there was a message from the library that the books I requested were ready for pick up. So I stopped there, just before the cleansing rain began.

I'm so tired I need a bit of a nap. But -- oh my goodness -- I've got two new books to read, ten quarter-yards of assorted fabrics to fondle, yummy fixings for an easy dinner, confirmation that the new route to Intercourse is excellent, and memory of a truly lovely visit.

What a wonderful day!

15 comments:

Marilyn Kalinowski said...

Sounds nearly perfect once underway!

Janet O. said...

Fulfillment!

AnnieO said...

Good fun! Sounds lovely, and revitalizing!

Quiltdivajulie said...

All good ...

cityquilter grace said...

good news about the 1/4 yards....enjoy your new goodies!

Brenda said...

Really? You were at the Old Country Store on Friday? I was there around 12 noon -- how could we not meet?
I'm still in Lancaster today. where are you?

Barbara Anne said...

You're so right: what could be better?!!

So glad your day was wonderful and that the "adventure in driving" (as we call a new route) was rewarding in every way!

I agree about the VB fabrics and prices. Mercy! Think I'll look to see if your KKV shop is on-line as I need a new case for my glasses.

Hugs!

Char said...

We've found a new way to Lancaster also. We just don't want to use the turnpike! I went to the Sauder Store warehouse sale in June and went back a few weeks ago when the quilt show was in town. Did not know about The Old Country Store making 1/4 yard cuts. It's been some time since I've shopped there. I usually go to Zook and the Lancaster Yarn Shop. Glad you had a great day!

Sue Slater said...

I am thrilled that the Old Country Store is back in business and am glad you enjoyed your day. I agree about the VB bags and have been making my own for years now. They may not last as long as the VB but I get to choose the fabric and can have seasonal bags.
Sue

Denise in PA said...

Well, what a nice day it turned out to be for you! I love days like that. o:)

Judi said...

A new route to Lancaster sounds wonderful - please share!

Love,
Judi

Patty Nordahl said...

Your day sounds wonderful. We stop in Lancaster every uear on our way to Savanna to visit DS#2. I have made note of the stores you mentioned. Thanks for sharing what route did you travel

Gretchen said...

Perfect summer day!!

Laura said...

It sounds like you had an absolutely lovely day!

antique quilter said...

sounds like the perfect day to me, one I hope to do very soon myself!
Kathie