Two weeks ago my wife’s birthday came up and my planned gift was to drive DaWife to various quilt shops where she could pick up and check out fabric for her quilting our 96 Corolla decided otherwise so we spend a lovely hour at a rest area waiting for AAA with a lovely view of discarded syringes and empty booze bottles but yesterday we tried again this time taking along her sister and her 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
Our first belated stop due to bad directions) was Merri’s Stitches in Portsmouth NH
I spoke to the owner, you will find at quilt shops that the owners are invariably there.
This would be the first place that I would see a Tuffet. It would not be the last.
From there we went down the road to Seacoast Sewing and quilting also in Portsmouth.
Again we talked to the owner
She told us about their 2nd location in Maine but while we were heading in that direction it would be too far off our path to make it.
At this point we made the one detour for me. St. Joseph was not open that morning so I could not go through the holy doors to earn the daily indulgence available in the Year of Mercy but my wife checked online and discovered the Immaculate Conception Parish in Portsmouth was named as a place of pilgrimage so the Holy Doors were available there so off we went.
It was dark inside but I immediately noticed the altar
Even with the altar table in front of it, the Holy of Holies with the blessed sacrament dominated as it should
I filmed a bit but the lighting was bad
Our next stop planned stop was out of Business so we headed to Maine towards Knight’s quilt shop but on the way we stopped at
York Village Marketplace where my wife’s sister had heard they sold cribbage boards made by inmates that her husband had expressed an interest in getting.
It’s an interesting place, half wood items and half model train/slot racing store, the person there didn’t want to go on camera so I did it myself
The Next Stop was down Rte 1 a bit to Cape Neddick, to Knight’s Quilt Shop where there were more tuffets
More interviews (the owner didn’t want to go on camera but Debbie did.
and a front porch for Husbands to sit where I took the liberty of recording part of my podcast.
By then everyone was hungry, the folks at Knights suggested Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells.
Nobody would be interviewed but the food spoke for itself.
The next stop was Kathie’s Quilt Shoppe in Sanford Maine.
We made it just before they closed but Kathie gave me an interview anyway
and of course more Tuffets which are apparently all the rage
Our last stop was Marden’s Department store in Sanford Plaza which has a huge fabric department.
What we didn’t know is they actually close early on weekends so by 5 pm we were heading south, but not before I let DaWife and her sister walk the beach in Ogunquit Maine, Hampton New Hampshire and Salisbury Massachusetts so they could say they walked the beach in three states in one day before finishing with Supper at Happy Jacks back home
Now let this be a lesson in two respect. One might argue that it’s rather cunning to give DaWife a gift that involves no cash layout other than what she would spend anyways, but the real lesson is that the investment that your spouse appreciates the most is time.
That’s how you get to year 28 of a marriage
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