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.
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.
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.
One of the secrets of staying Married for 25 years is remembering the person you’re married to.
Wednesday I took my wife north Sanford Maine on a belated mothers day to visit fabric stores. she is a quilter and nothing gets a quilter happier than fabric stores:
We started at the Main Chain Mardens. The location appeared to be an old Bradlees (all the shopping carts had the Bradlees logo that I hadn’t seen in over a decade).
While in general the prices at the store were pretty good (I purchased a half dozen pairs of reading glasses as I constantly lose them at half the price I would have paid elsewhere) according to the wife the fabrics, while available in quantity at reasonable prices were not anything special.
I had noticed Sanford Sewing Machines on the way to Marsdens while my wife thought it was just a repair place I figured we should stop in and she was glad we did. While their primary business is the sale and repair of sewing Machines they had a fair fabric selection and my wife was rather pleased at the visit finding fabric she really loved.
And as the quilting community is really a share and share alike type of crowd they directed us to Kathie’s Quilt shoppe a few miles down the road which was the highlight of DaWife’s day.
It was a converted private house with a plethora of quilts
Books on Quilting
And fabric to make my wife’s day. I noticed a particular pattern that really caught my eye called the Scrappy Trip Quilt
That one of the customers had made. Kathie was kind enough to do an interview to tell us just how to make one
If you want to give the a visit their flyer is here