Yesterday was a truly sad day for me - I attended the funeral of a very dear cousin of mine. She lived in several different places on the east coast of Florida but I think she spent her happiest years in St Augustine. She was 82 and had been ill for the past several years so she had moved to assisted living facility in Ponte Vedra Beach about 6 or so years ago. She had declined pretty rapidly the past year and suffered several stokes in recent months. Still the news was a shock . I had kept in close touch with her mostly by phone until she was moved to the nursing center and it was hard to get her on the phone. Sadly I had not spoken with her for several months.
The service was held at the Episcopal church where she was a member for many years - her DD was married there in one of the most gorgeous weddings I have ever attended. One of my grandmothers sisters settled in St Augustine and raised her 4 sons there. I have many cousins there and have spent many happy days and hours in St Augustine. It holds a lifetime of dear and special memories for me.
It was raining, nasty, blowing and cold yesterday morning. St Augustine is about an hour from my house. My folks were supposed to be meeting me on the way and we would go together. I was horrified when my mom called and said she was not feeling up to going. I am SO not good with funerals - I knew I would not be strong with this one especially without my mom to hold me up. So I decided I would not back out - I would be a big girl and go by myself. I even stopped at Starbucks on the way to try and perk myself up.
I did visit a very neat place inside the Lightner Musuem - the Linen Room - it is owned by June an English woman. I have found several treasures there over there years and always try to stop in if I have time. It is where I bought my antique sewing table and Mom got a little schoolgirl sampler a few years ago. I was looking for a homespun linen sheet that will become the base of a primitive applique wool bed cover from the new book Primitive Offerings by Maggie Bonanomi. Luck was with me - I found one for a great price - I had been perusing Ebay and they were all over $100 plus I prefered to see what I was buying in person.
http://www.ximenezfatiohouse.org/our_history.html here is a link if anyone cares to look around.
After leaving the historic area - I decided to go and peruse the LYS - she moved last summer and I had not seen the new shop. It was pretty unexciting but I did manage to buy a pattern for a capelet and some lovely mohair yarn and some relatively inexpensive wool to make the cape. I am such a yarn snob - I am now somewhat regretting buying this yarn as I have infinite stash that I could have pulled from to do this capelet. Had I just bought the mohair and the pattern - I would have come out still under budget for a day in St Aug - instead I have now blown thru my mad money for the next couple of weeks. Couple that with market purchases and I YAH YAH - I'm broke again.
Thanks for sticking with me thru my sad story and my journey around one of my favorite places in the area. You can go and spend a day in St Augustine and feel like you were in Europe for a day. If you have not been there - do put that on your bucket list. It is a truly unique and beautiful place. Until we meet again - thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments - I read each and every one and love to hear from you.
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