03 August 2010

A day off

I had my first vacation day off in two months yesterday. I needed it! I'm beginning to forget what it is to have a day off without having to deal with wedding details. Of course, the regular weekend was taken up with wedding planning. We spent Saturday doing invitations, and ran out of wedding stamps after the post office closed, so my usual weekend day off was not that useful, except I did get to watch HTB put invitations together. He was pretty good about it; after I told him to stop trying to fold 10 inserts at once and use the bone folder I bought specifically for this, he stated the bone folder looks like a shank. I agreed. He then requested a union break. I told him that he was in management and management does not join the union. And then he made a pizza and I let him have it. I'm not an ogre!

I found a candle holder that looks like a birdcage on clearance at Michaels on Thursday. The slots are wide enough to allow flowers to be put in there and, worst case, we could partially deconstruct the cage to fit the flowers. My florist had found cages for $19.99 online that I liked but these were 7.99, so I now own 8 birdcages. I still have to find others, but this is a good start and we're better off than we were before.

So I earned a very lazy day yesterday. After I bought the rest of the stamps we needed for the reply cards, I went thrifting. Ostensibly to find storage for my room, but that was pretty unsuccessful. I went to the Salvation Army in Frederick for the first and last time. Nothing there I wanted. Then went to the Goodwill in Westminister. I picked up some knickknacks there: a Charming Tales bunny and ornament for $2, a jewelry case with the center gone, perfect for mountin stitching, two candle holder things that I see all the time, and would be good for mounting stitching, and a book. All together, I spent $7. Not bad, that Charming Tales bunny probably is worth that.

On the way there, I detoured and snapped a picture of this little schoolhouse I put in the blog title. I found this thing on a backroad-running day last summer, and part of me wants to snap a photo in every season. It's such a pretty little building, built in 1854. I love living in a county where there is still so much open farming land. It grounds me, not that I was flying away living in the suburbs, but it just makes me feel calmer to smell fresh-turned earth in the spring, to see the way the colors of grain stalks change as a breeze blows across them in the summer, to hear nothing but the sounds of snow falling in the winter, and to be in the middle of October color. It's sensory overload, but in a good way.

I have managed to put more stitching in on the pandas. They're getting so complete now, but I'm into the troublesome area of the bottom foliage. I just have to keep plugging away. I told HTB last night that I feel better without the fair monkey on my back. Much calmer. I do have to put this aside because I have a quilt square that needs stitched, and then I signed up for a Samhain Exchange as well. I was a bit worried about that because I'm not pagan, but my stitching pal Jamie told me that it's mostly cats and apples and pumpkins so I can do that. LOL

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.


Bette said...

I love the picture in your blog title. Very peaceful and rustic and nostalgic. It sounds like you had a wonderful day off. We all need a mental health day once in a while.

Patty C. said...

Your pandas are looking wonderful ;)

Blu said...

Your pands are looking wonderful.
*Grin at the Samhain confusion!*

Donna said...

Love the photo of the school. And you certainly deserved a day off!

Pumpkin said...

Your pandas look fabulous! I'm sorry they won't be ready for the fair this year :o( There's always next :o)

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls