Today was wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Several weeks ago my 24 year old son and his adorable girlfriend decided that they were taking me to the fair today. Today was his sweetheart's only day off so I feel pretty special. I have been so looking forward to it. I was a bit worried that I was not going to be able to go because my doctor recently changed my medicines and all week I have had a headache that has felt like my head was going to explode off my shoulders. It has also made me really dizzy. The worst part is the horrible insomnia. I love to sleep and this is totally harshing that for me. But I digress with my whining...
My son wanted to take me because I entered my blackwork piece in the fair. I have been entering the fair for six years. I look so forward to it. We got right inside the gate and my son said, "Okay, where is it?" Let's go see it now, I want to see how you did." We went to the Home Arts Pavillion and saw that it had a blue ribbon on it. My son said that it was so awesome.
Here is a photo of it before I got it fully framed. I was just trying it on when I took the photo:
As I was pointing out the piece to him, one of the ladies from the local guild said, "Oh my goodness. That is your piece?! We all have been talking about that piece all week. We know that blackwork is difficult to do and that is amazing. (the piece is 12 inches wide and 19 inches tall.) There were about six or seven people at the table from the guild who had some nice things to say in agreement. Then the first lady said that for some reason the fair judge elected not to pick a best of show in needlework this year, however, their guild had all agreed that it should have gone to to this piece. She said, "Consider yourself the Best of Show winner this year. If it was up to us, you would be." It meant a lot to me coming from my peers. I felt myself blushing. I was just happy that my family got to hear that. My son texted me this evening saying that he is super proud of me. :) He also said that his GF's mom is going tomorrow so that she can see it.
My son's GF makes her own greeting cards, so we looked that that category. I told her that she should enter next year. My son also encouraged her to try it. She is pretty talented. She also collects cows and loves them, so next we walked over to see the cows. She got to pet several of them so she was really happy. We had a lovely time looking at the best our county has to offer. We sure have some talented people here.
We discerned that we were famished so set about eating some yummy foods. It was really neat to see how my son treats his sweetheart and looks out after her needs. He is pretty chivalrous with her. It was such a pleasant afternoon with them. I think we spent about 3 hours there. I was home by 4 and crashed onto the sofa. I was even too tired to get into my jammies. It was such a nice day, spent with family and I am so grateful for it.