Seven women and three dogs spent a glorious weekend in Lexington, Virginia. Gatherings of my family are always loud, filled with laughter, and a great deal of doting on dogs. This weekend was no different except that the men stayed home. I’m often amazed at how much we can accomplish in such a short amount of time and how much fun we have doing it. This weekend we sorted through a box of fabric that my sister had. It was a collection of leftovers from making clothes when the kids were little. By the time we were done, there were almost 500 quilt squares ready to put together. By “we,” I mostly mean “they.” I don’t have much of an eye for putting patterns together. My job was ironing. At one point, I was upgraded to outlining squares on fabric, which was also within my skill set. In addition to the quilt squares accomplishment, my mother brought us all handmade dish towels, and for me, a new robe that she’d made. For some reason, the one she made me over twenty years ago has gotten a little frayed. They’re a talented group, these women, and it always makes me feel proud and a little awed to be among them.
For the 4th of July, in the grand recent tradition of our family, we had a taste test. We love a good taste test around here, and this time we decided to pit Maryland craft brewers against Virginia craft brewers and great fun was had by all. What did we learn? In three out of five categories, Virginia won, but Maryland brews better porters and stouts than Virginia. Most importantly, we learned that Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company’s Vienna Lager is the best beer brewed in either state, because it’s the one we all chose as our favorite. Good stuff. I have to say, the kids were great when they were little, but it’s so much more fun now that they’re all grown up.
I started my new week with a four star review for One Big Beautiful Thing on Griperang’s Bookmarks. That was a nice way to start my week after last week was so dreadful. After seeing the new review, I went with my sister for a lovely massage at Heaven On Earth Nurturing Touch Massage and Bodywork in Lexington, Virginia. We were welcomed into Lindy’s beautiful hundred-year-old home. It was a great massage and we really enjoyed our afternoon there. Sunday was a great relaxing start to the week. I hope the rest of the week is so pleasant.