May 31st - Mr. Ripley turn One year old....
While some may think this a face only a mother could love-- he warms my heart. When Ransom died, I thought my world ended-- enter stage left - Ripley... Good Natured.... eager to please.. the Gentle Giant. He's beautiful.
And He loves Bruno....
And truth be told-- sometimes Bruno is not easy to love....;)
Today is a holiday.. We spent half the day at the lake with friends. Good food and company. Don and I both have to work tomorrow so we're home cooking ribs on the grill as I type.
Summertime is filled with porch time for us. We had a rug under our grouping...but Ripley sometimes"redecorates" and gets a little destructive. So I did not put the rug down this summer.
Don built me a coffee table in its place. I love it.
We went on a weekend trip a couple of weeks ago to Prairie Du Chein Wisconsin. I found a set of used wheels for my buggy out front. So We spent the night at the northern end of the Mississippi River. We could see it from our hotel room. I did not even 'google' quilt shops. I didn't want or need anything. I was grateful for the wheels-- enough.
But.... On the way home--- out of know where--- I didn't even see the shop on the way down---
This shop appeared. It's only been opened about three months the owner said. It had the biggest selection of vintage machines I had ever seen. I saw this book and noticed I had almost every quilt pinned in my Pinterest account. It's a great book and to support the shop--- I purchased it.
The shop is so big. I said, "You must have a really impressive guild in the area."
The Shopkeeper said, " No-the owner just has a real love of quilting."
The shop is in the middle of a really small area surrounded by corn fields, but twice while I was there two quilters came running in frantic, " I was just a quarter of a yard short--- can you cut me a yard of this " and laid a bolt on the counter. This shop is a gift to those quilters... If you ever hit the area -- it's completely worth the stop.