That's me ---- thoroughly pooped! Why do Virginia and South Carolina have to be so far away???
Andy and I left Ohio Friday morning and headed to Virginia. Took us about nine hours pulling the trailer. We arrived in South Boston, VA about 4:30 PM and cleaned out / closed the safe deposit box at the bank, closed the credit union account, met Mom and Daddy for dinner, loaded the old washer and dryer and coffee table into the trailer, and then bedded down for the night at the Holiday Inn Express.
After dinner, we rode down to see our old house. It looked gorgeous! Just like I always dreamed it would. Funny, what I waited for for twenty-five years it took the new owners less than two months to achieve. Not fair. They had painted it, made the old shed into a two-car garage, added a beautiful lamppost, planted some pretty trees/bushes, etc. They even took my idea and were squaring off the end of the house to make walk-in closets and a nice master bathroom.
Saturday morning, Andy and I hit the road again. This time, we were headed to Columbia, SC by way of Danville, VA to pick up Mom and Daddy. I switched cars so I could ride with them. It was great seeing them again. I don't think I've ever gone almost two months without seeing them.
We arrived in South Carolina early afternoon. After picking up Taylor and eating lunch, we toured the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Taylor had his coworker, Bill, show us around and Bill even arranged to present us each with a gift bag. The convention center was very pretty. There was artwork by local artisans throughout the center. One stunning example was this glass light fixture. Beautiful! There were rows of magnolia trees outside and even a few palms.
After our tour, we went back to Taylor's apartment and unloaded the washer, dryer, and coffee table. We also brought paintings and his hooked rug for him to decorate his apartment with. I found these oil paintings in the Parsons-Bruce Gallery in South Boston, VA earlier in the year. I couldn't resist them because I knew Taylor would absolutely love them. I was right! He is crazy about them! My favorite part of the larger painting is the steam rising from the pans. They were painted by a local artist there - Phil Ramsey. My sons went to school with Phil's sons so they are extra special since Taylor knows the artist. Mom hooked this vegetable rug for him and did a great job. Look at the detail in the hooking. I bought curtains at Target here in Ohio and took those. They matched a throw he had on his sofa perfectly. In fact, all the colors went together so well - browns, tans, rusts. Very comfortable.
Mom, Dad, and Lily left late afternoon and then the fun part of our visit began. After a quick trip to get what we needed to install the appliances, it was down to business. Andy and Taylor worked installing the washer and dryer and Rachael and I washed dishes, cleaned the bathroom and kitchen and put away clothes. I think she and I emptied at least a dozen boxes. We were able to make a good-sized dent and the apartment looked nice when we left for the hotel that night.
Sunday morning, Taylor and Rachael joined us for a cup of coffee before we hit the road for Ohio. The drive home took us about ten hours. We averaged about fourteen miles to a gallon pulling the trailer. This weekend was a very expensive, quick - but at the same time - very long trip. Mom and Daddy are planning on coming to Ohio for a visit in November and I hope Rachael and Taylor can come soon, also.
One plus about the trip ---- it allowed me about twenty-four hours or so hours of knitting time.
I started and finished this super cute pumpkin hat. I combined a couple of patterns and then added a bit of my own. I used the basic rolled brim hat pattern from Ann Budd and then the stem and leaf from Itty-Bitty Hats. Then, I added vertical rows of purl stitches to make it look like the indentations of a real pumpkin. I knit the whole hat - even the I-cord stem - using the Magic Loop method. The yarn was Schoeller Stahl's Bahia - a 50/50 blend of rayon acrylic.
I really made progress on this baby afghan. I hadn't posted a picture of it before because there just wasn't enough to even show but now it is! I'm into the second skein and am knitting it out of Encore 75% acrylic, 25% wool. Perfect color for a little boy.
We passed lots of pretty scenery on our trip. Here are a couple of pictures. The tree colors had dulled a bit to rich rusts, golds, greens, and oranges. Still very pretty.
One reason we had to go clean out the safe deposit box was to get our car titles so we could register in Ohio. I went to the license bureau today and guess what ----------------------- we have to take a written test. UGH!!!! I brought the book home to study and am dreading taking the darn thing. They "inspected" - that's what they called it - my car. The "inspection" consisted of writing down the model of my car and the VIN number and that was all! Seriously. I asked the lady if she was going to check my tires or my lights, etc. She said no - Ohio is mostly interested in whether or not you're driving a stolen vehicle. I can drive a broken down piece of junk but it better not be stolen! No REAL vehicle inspection but I have to take a test! Go figure!