Our friend Vivien stopped in yesterday evening on her way to Houston for the International Quilt Fest. We enjoyed the short visit immensely and will have to convince her to come back and stay longer! We visited, ate, visited, checked out the sewing room, visited…you get the picture?
Vivien was raised in Canada, has a lovely British/Canadian accent that Ernie has teased her about for years. She and her hubby, Earl, were in Saudi Arabia and El Paso with us until everyone retired and moved on. Earl and Vivien have branched off into raising beautiful, spoiled rotten birdies…and of course, you know we have kitties.
While living in Saudi, Vivien introduced me to the on-line quilting world through the Y2K swaps! She expressed an interest in quilting…before long, she mastered the basics and surpassed me in trying different techniques! She introduced me to cool shops in the souk (market) and showed me where to go for the items we needed.
Now, we’re separated by a state line and 9 hours of steady driving. We get to meet up at various quilt retreats, the quilt shows and in our travels from one place to another. I miss my quilting buds from El Paso….Vivien, Anita, Barbara, Joanne, Lee… We’ve scattered all over the place…Vivien is in NM, Anita lives in AL, Barbara is in IL, Joanne and Lee are still in TX although in the DFW area. We still keep in touch and let me tell you, the times we shared will always be treasured! The friendshps are wonderful!
What’s even better…knowing that we’ll visit more in Houston this year! My nice Boss Lady has allowed me time off….Wanda and I leave on Thursday :-) We’ll meet up with Vivien, her friend Monica, Sheryl (LA) with her hubby, dear friend Mary whom I’ve known for 35 years and all her friends from the Austin area! Hopefully, many more of our online quilty friiends will find us in Houston! I’m excited!!! I can’t wait!!! I haven’t packed a single thing yet and it’s Tuesday night!!! I’m excited!!!! I’m ready to visit!!! (maybe burn a little plastic too)
Susan ~ Patchkat