Sleeping-in felt so good. We leisurely ate breakfast at the Hampton Inn in Rochester and then Tu-Na Helper prepared for his virtual conference. I sewed on my hexis, determined to finish all I had brought along. If I did, I would complete approximately 2/3 of what was needed for the project. It’s been my travel project for over a year now. I was ready to move this to the next step—appliqueing them to the background.
We arranged for a late check-out of 1 pm. Tu-Na Helper’s meeting didn’t last as long as he anticipated so we were able to leave the hotel shortly after noon.
Our first shop of the day would be Pine Needles Quilt and Sew just a short drive from the hotel. This was our last shop in the southwest region which was both good news and bad news—good in that we’d receive our incentive prize and bad because this was the last of the shops offering the two buck chunk deal. According to Tu-Na Helper that was still good news since I’d seriously gone way over my renegotiated budget.
We headed north toward the twin cities arriving at Quilter’s Haven in Rosemount which is in the Metro Region. We’d already visited two of the Metro shops several days earlier so we’d only have five to stop at this afternoon to finish that region.
We didn’t complete one region before going onto another region. Our Route 4 Me App directed us on the best route around the state. This often meant seeing other shops in different regions before completing a particular region. Sometimes, we had to skip over a shop because of opening or closing times causing us to either back track to it or stop by on another day.
I found it confusing to have several regions started on our passports. My job was to make sure we didn’t miss a shop. Tu-Na Helper was focused; he wanted to drive the shortest distance in the shortest time necessary to complete the mission.
We perused the fine fabrics, patterns, and samples at Quilt Cove in Eagan, Twin Cities Quilting in Roseville, and Knit & Bolt in Minneapolis before landing in Country Loft Quilt & Design in Forest Lake where we checked out of the Metro Region.
Back in the car, we breathed a sigh of relief. Shop hopping is hard work! We would be taking a break from the shop hop for several days and heading to Michigan to visit with our son and his family and attend our newest granddaughter’s baptism.
Tu-Na Helper: “How many shops are left?”
Me: “Four. I counted them. I’m sure.”
Tu-Na Helper: “We’ll be able to finish the hop easily on our way back home next week.”
If you’ve been checking my math, you know things were not adding up. Little did we know at this point that my math counting skills were inaccurate.
Tu-Na Helper turned the car in the direction of Wisconsin. He had already secured a room for the night in Eau Claire.
Tu-Na Helper: “I downloaded an audio book. Are you interested?” He showed me the title: Along Came a Spider.
Me: “Who’s the author?”
Tu-Na Helper: “James Patterson.”
Me: “I’ve never read any of his books.”
Tu-Na Helper: “Ok. I’ll take that as a yes,” and he proceeded to play it while I kept on stitching my hexis.
We would spend many hours during our drives to Michigan and back engrossed in that story. When we weren’t listening to it, we would be talking about it.
There would be no fancy or expensive food for us tonight. Tu-Na Helper had been craving a Crunchwrap for a couple of days so we stopped at Taco Bell along the route. I figured you didn’t want to see pictures of fast food anyway as it never looks as good in person as that displayed on the menu or TV.
A Look at the Loot for the Day
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What I Learned Today:
- The shortest route may not necessarily be the fastest.
- I am slowing down with my purchasing.
- Listening to an audio book is fun; I can still sew and look around at the scenery.
- A full night of sleep makes me a much happier person.
Question: Are you a reader or a listener or a talker? For the past several years, I have not read much because it was hard to see for very long. I’ll have to give reading another try now that I’ve got my new glasses. I enjoyed listening to the book on our trip. But I am a talker; just ask Tu-Na Helper.
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Karen, Tu-Na Quilts