About twice a year I travel back to the northeast to teach and lecture. As a bonus, I get to visit my sisters and their families. In early April of this year, I spent 2 ½ weeks back east in NY, CT and MA, and managed to encounter only one snowstorm (yes – in April) and didn’t hit a deer (as I did a year ago while in PA) – I consider that a good trip!
On my free days, when my relatives are unavailable (in school or at work), I enjoy visiting quilt shops in the area, even if it means many hours of driving (who doesn’t?). On this one particular day, I was heading to Vernon, CT to see the gals at Quilting by the Yard . I’ve taught there in the past, and remember them having a wonderful batik selection – which is my main criterion for warranting a visit.
Another bonus of going there is that one of the most well-known N.Y. -style delicatessens in CT is in the same strip mall. Rein’s Deli has the best corned beef sandwiches, and pastrami like I remember from my youth. I can’t get that at home in Seattle, and try to make a special trip if I’m in the area. My mouth is watering just thinking about the half-sour garlicky pickles – Mmmmm.
Anyway….the funniest thing happened when I walked into the deli – there was a group of 12 lovely Red Hat Ladies meeting for lunch, all decked out in their red and purple finery: hats, purses, shoes, scarves and jewelry. They asked me take their photo, which turned into me taking multiple photos on multiple cameras. So I thought I might as well get one on my own camera!
When I think back on that afternoon, of course I remember the pastrami sandwich I devoured in my car while driving to the next quilt shop – Lisa’s Clover Hill Quilts in Berlin, CT (yes, those are all batiks). I also remember the camaraderie and love for life those women shared.