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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Full Disclosure

It is only fair to disclose the full truth of our knitting/spinning vacation to you, the reader. The photo above, of the sweet knitted pumpkin (2inchesX2inches) is the only knitting or spinning I did on the trip. That includes 20 hours of drive/ride time and 4 days/nights of farmstay. I had great expectations of producing much, much more. In fact, I brought one needlepoint project, enough yarn to finish 3 afghan squares, my cable purse project, socks for Ron project, my new pocket wheel for spinning(with 3 large rovings along), the drop spindle, and 4 books-2 for work and 2 for pleasure. Didn't unpack any of the above! Paulie's report to you would be similar. What happened? Well, we just sat and read the hundreds of books and magazines that Susan had on her shelves. That's all I can say. 
I bet you are wondering what on earth this photo is about-it is on Main Street near the University of Virginia campus and is a parking lot booth. I bought the movie which is based upon it called....yep, The Parking Lot Movie.An independent film by Meghan Eckman, and "hailed as the "most feel-good film" of the South by the Southwest Film Festival....a irreverently funny debut celebrates a brotherhood of eccentric attendants who an a unique parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia.


On Saturday morning of a home football game day, we explored the main UVA campus area that was designed by Thomas Jefferson as his primary retirement project. Got me to thinking about what I could do in a few years, too. Below is one of the coveted single rooms on the square. It is actually designed just like the slave quarters at Monticello. oops.

This a better picture of the student quarters shown above. Each room has a fireplace.
Below is a photo of Monticello. We toured the house and grounds with friend, June on Sunday before leaving Virginia for home. It was a beautiful day, warm, sunny and a slight breeze.
We arrived in Frederick, Md. around 6pm and stayed at another PEO b&b. Gail works for the State Department in the Budget Division and was busy with end of fiscal year accounting. She travels 2 hours each way to commute to the "District" every day for the past 15 years. Yikes.
 Paulette selected the scenic drive of Rt 68 across Md. and WVA. We know there were beautiful mountains and trees with color, but, all we say was fog, fog, and more fog.
Actually, we pretty much drove as fast as possible with no stopping except for gas, in order to get back to Sandusky before 5pm on Monday. Why, you might ask, did we speed up the trip at the end? Well, the crown I had had applied 15 minutes before we started our trip on Thursday, deteriorated into a major root canal issue and I spent each day counting the number of hours between pain meds and antibiotics. I was down to my very last pain pill, taken at 3pm and we were racing to get to the dentist before it wore off. From 4-6 pm, I was in the dentist's chair, quite an abrupt end to a delightful vacation!