In spite of my grogginess from the usual late night Magic Kingdom, I was determined to make the drive to Morgan Hill to see the Madonna Needlepoint store. I've had these two canvases for quite some time, but no yarn to complete them. Don't ask me why they are Japanese Kimonos ... I must have been going through an Oriental phase.
At any rate, the drive wasn't bad at all in spite of the terrible road over Pacheco Pass. It's narrow with lots of concrete barriers and REALLY bumpy for a 3/4 ton truck since it's California and we haven't fixed our highways in ages. Once over the hill, it reverts to a two lane narrow blood alley (lots of accidents there) until finally hitting Gilroy and Hwy 101. A short five miles later, I was in Morgan Hill at a WONDERFUL store.
Why didn't I hear about this before? The shop is HUGE with tons of canvases and even more thread of every color under the sun!! I was so awestruck I forgot to take pictures. The people were very nice and invited me to stay the day. Instead, I purchased yarn to finish these two projects and signed up for a free Help Class on a Sunday morning.
Reason being ... this spectacular canvas I've had for maybe ten years and never completed. She deserves some pretty crazy needle and bead work, not to mention that hair. This instructor is the creative one who will help me make something fabulous. And did I say her talents were FREE?
When it was finally time to head home, I stopped off in Gilroy at In-N-Out burger. I rarely stop at fast food places ... now I know why. At 1:00 the line was 15 cars long. At least they had a guy out front taking orders, with the line moving along nicely. I waited because I just KNEW how good those burgers and fries were.
Finally at the window, I deposited my $6 and grabbed the food. I parked under a nice shade tree in the parking lot to eat. Hmmm the fries aren't as good as I remember. I tasted another. I must have been in dreamland four years ago when I ate my last In-N-Out fries because I distinctly remember loving them. I tasted another. Maybe some ketchup ... maybe LOTS of ketchup. It didn't matter one whit!! These fries were the worst I've ever eaten, and that's saying a LOT because occasionally I eat the ones at the Magic Kingdom!!
Totally inedible. They were so dry even six bags of ketchup didn't help. Mealy, tasteless, horrible french fries. They went in the trash. I don't know if they have changed their way of prep or maybe they were undercooked due to the number of customers, but I seriously don't think these fries ever hit hot oil or ANY oil. They totally looked like they were air fried. No wonder the guy gave me so many bags of ketchup.
As I tried to figure out where the nearest garbage can was, I ran across this guy. What in the world? The front tires are almost off the ground. I didn't see any tie-downs at all. It looked like the camper was just sitting on the back part of the bed. That can't be good!! Notice the propane tank strapped down right in the back so when hit by a car, it will explode nicely into flames. I can't believe they haven't been stopped. It just doesn't look safe to me!!
As I wandered around the parking lot trying to find a way out, I saw the OTHER side of this rig. This caused me more distress than the french fries!! The bed of the pickup is separating from the cab ... about six inches worth, which means the tires are rubbing against the fender. Definitely the truck frame is bent. YIKES!!! As he crossed over the driveway, the front wheels came off the ground. I stayed WAY far away from this wreck waiting to happen!!!
It was a nice day until I got home and discovered Miss Jessie had been sick. It's a good thing I had both dogs locked in the bathroom with the tile floor. Good heavens!! There's nothing that can ruin your day like cleaning up nine ..... okay, I won't go into the details. I let her out and made a mad rush to get the back door open, but wasn't in time. Two more spots to clean. Poor baby girl -- I have no idea what caused all that!! Thank goodness she was fine the rest of the night and appears to be back to normal this morning. Oh the joys of PET OWNERSHIP!!
Now to start on my latest needlework project.