Who doesn't love a road trip in the fall? For that matter anytime the seasons change. After several months of hot and rainy days, these cooler colorful days are a blessing. Soon the colors will be gone and we'll be anxiously awaiting the first snowfall to paint the browned landscape with a glistening blanket of white. I can hardly wait. But for now I'm enjoying the scenic views of Autumn.
What makes a road trip even better is sharing it with good company. Yesterday it was my youngest child Trever. This 25 yr. old is full of life and exciting stories of adventure. When he heard I'd be near his home shopping he immediately wanted to ride along with momma. To be honest I was kind of leery of letting him tag along. What 25 yr. male wants to spend the day with momma shopping for quilt supplies and home goods? My son! As we walked into Hobby Lobby he said he and his girlfriend made a pack to never shop here again because they both spend way to much money. I was a woman on a mission for the same reason, looking around is dangerous, but he was like a kid in a candy store. Every 5 feet he would say "Hey Momma, LOOK AT THIS!" I don't know how I did it but I managed to leave the store with only the things on my list. Our trip to Tuesday Mornings was just as eventful. We looked at EVERYTHING. What a great shopping buddy. Our last stop was Klaiber's Sewing Center. Again I was a woman on a mission, just a couple of parts for my Bailey Home Quilter and leave.
Oh my goodness.....color heaven! So much fabric they didn't have enough shelf space. This is my kind of store. Oodles of bright fabrics. Immediately my eyes went to the much needed blues for the Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt, Good Fortune. I could feel my heart rate rise and a warm feeling flow over my head....oh I'm in trouble! I wondered if it was noticeable to the others in the store that I was in Textile overload. Who Cares! How could they not be as giddy as I?
As I tried my best to keep the squeals under control I spotted some sweet little prints that screamed "YOU NEED ME!". Oh you shameful temptresses! I'm here for machine parts....... what is taking that repair guy so long? Doesn't he know I'm slowly loosing control out here? Well sure he does.
My son at this point has wandered off looking at sewing machines. I must find him, if I stay with him and focus I can get out of here without damaging my budget. But let me tell you....those fabrics ganged up on me, I could hear them, some with whispers affection, and others with demanding statements of love. "If you love me you will take me with you!", "You want me, I know you do.", "Come on just a fat quarter bundle, it'll make you feel good." Please lord give me the strength to not fall under their spell. Finally my son spots this transformed sewing machine. He was so taken by this little cutie...I imagine it was whispering to him as well. As he looked it over he said "You know Momma, I think I can make one, I gonna make one!" He began taking pictures as the serviceman came out with my sewing machine parts.
Without hesitation I paid for the parts and headed towards the door. Have you ever noticed in most quilt shops the register is in the middle of the store? This is not by accident. We continued our fight toward the exit, it was just a few feet away. With each step the whispers became louder, and as the door closed behind us we could here the load screams......YOU'LL BE BACK....YOU CAN'T STAY AWAY.....WE'LL BE HERE WAITING....YOU LOVE US....WE LOVE YOU!
The door closed and we were free! No more whispers, no more screams. Awe...it feels good to defeat them. I did it! I left with exactly what was on my list. Why do I feel so bad?....Yes, I'll be back for you lovely ladies, until then if you find another that will love you as much as I, by all means, GO WITH THEM!
We had a great day, why was I so leery?