I just couldn't wait to introduce you - Maria will get a thorough photo shoot tomorrow, I only had my phone camera today and naturally, the pics don't do her justice.
As you know, I've been at my aunt's, all summer long. I've been missing my best friend Cathy....we haven't gotten together except for a hurried coffee all summer. Today I came home, and I'll be home for a few days, so we met up after she got off work. She had a sneaky surprise for me....
What could it be? She had texted me a picture on my phone, of what I thought was a suitcase, and I told her she couldn't leave home without coming to get me. Well, the suitcase was in her back seat, and when I opened it....
And then she said "happy birthday merry christmas!"
CATHY GOT ME A FEATHERWEIGHT.
Her name is Maria. I asked Cathy to help me name her, and she picked her mom's name - how perfect. Her mom was a beautiful seamstress. Cathy lost her mum last year....
Maria and I will be getting to know each other better tomorrow. She's going to put the binding on my little quilt for me, as soon as the hand quilting is done. I can't wait. I'll show you more later - she even came with a ruffler! She's going back with me to my aunt's. She's so lovely, and small, and will fit on the tv tray I've been using for my computer - can't use my aunt's kitchen table.
Welcome home Maria, I hope you love it here - you're going to be treated like the queen you are!!!! Oh and I hope you don't get carsick. You'll be traveling.
Oh - the reason I'm home for a few days - my hubby lost his dad this week, the funeral is tomorrow. Mum is doing well, she finished up her infusions today, and starts hyperbaric treatments Tuesday - every day at 8am. Weekends off, so I'm going to try to come home every weekend. My aunt is doing well also, still using the wheelchair when she needs to but getting along pretty well with the walker.
Cathy and I are going to the Quilter's Showcase in Birch Run on the 27th, I believe, if any of you are going I'd love to meet you!
And now I have to tuck Maria in, and then myself. And then cry a little cuz I sure don't deserve such a good friend....see you soon.