Last week my friend Mary Joan and I got together for some pre-holiday coffee talk. We met at Starbucks for a PSL (to boost their lagging sales this year) with plans to wander around after that and try to get into some trouble.
She brought her needlepoint (Kaffe Fassett's red chinese peony) to show me and I brought some yarn and needles to give her a double point needle knitting lesson.
After discussing books, our hair problems, and how it is absolutely inconceivable that we can be the ages we are, we headed out to see what we could see.
Joan quickly spotted items to add to her Thanksgiving table setting and then we found reminders of Mama Thompson and Angie at J'adore in Brookside.
We also committed to saving the stems from our pumpkins this year and getting together next October to make velvet pumpkins like these. There will also be a walk in the woods in our immediate future so we can forage for giant pine cones to spray and use in our Christmas decor. Last but not least Joan has put it on her to-do list to find a class we can take to learn how to re-upholster furniture. She has assured me that it will be quite doable.
The beneficial effects of coffee talk, and future adventure planning, with a dear friend, before the rush of the holidays can not be over-stated.