My readers of a certain age will remember the commercial that portrayed the long wait for (supposedly) rich, thick ketchup while the Carly Simon song "Anticipation" played.

Well, that's sort of how I've felt this week. I'm anticipating my first shop hop beginning tomorrow afternoon. This is something I've wanted to do since I began quilting a few years ago but it wasn't possible while our daughter was still a high school student. My husband is going away for a conference this weekend and my time will truly be my own for the next few days. I'm planning my route, printing maps, looking at patterns, making lists of things to look for and just generally looking forward to the whole experience. My lesson plans are done for next week so I'll be able to walk out the door at 3:45 and be on my way to the first shop. Oh, the anticipation!


  1. Sounds wonderful!! Have a great time! One of the benefits of an empty nest, right?

  2. Have wonderful fun, Susan! These times are the bestest!!

  3. Have fun on the shop hop, Susan! I'm headed to Pittsburgh today to see my daughters. I remember lots of gorgeous days there - we called it home for nine years!

  4. I DO remember that wonderful commercial -- now that song will be in my head all day (not a bad thing). Have fun on your shop hop! I've never done one. I'll be in Lancaster County on a quilting retreat while you are out hopping. I wonder which of us will buy more!

  5. Susan - I am hoping you have the most wonderful time - Can't wait to hear about your adventures - enjoy and travel safely!

  6. Have fun! Can't wait to hear all about it!


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