The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The snow is mostly gone and spring is finally in the air. Yesterday was the prefect day for a road trip. My friend Rosemarie came along with me to...
... Opus in Kelowna, about two and a half hours away. This is the nearest art supply center that sells the Jacquard paints I wanted for my new adventures in surface design.
I bought a large container of black, a small one each of white and of white pearlescent, and a small one each of yellow, red, blue, green, purple, fuchsia, and turquoise along with a copper of Setacolor paint and a broad black Tee Juice pen. They had a very poor selection of the pens which is unfortunate as I wanted a range of sizes BUT... these are - LOL - a good beginning.
Next door is the Water Garden boutique with jewellry, accessories, home decor, and other gift items. I bought one of my favourite necklaces in this store last year and saw several more this time that I wouldn't have minded owning only - having just bought all my lovely paints - I carefully looked the other way.
My friend - on the other hand - fell in love with an Italian made linen and knit dress that looked absolutely fabulous on her. The fabric was high end and the details divine. There was a slightly different variation in black and I carefully looked the other way from that too so I wouldn't even be tempted to try it on. Paints. Just paints for me.
After lunch, we stopped at Art Of Yarn, a store full of luscious blends. The display of buttons was fantastic. I only admired it since I have more than enough buttons in stash right now and no specific project in mind BUT... I definitely know where to go when I want something different.
It was a quick trip leaving after breakfast and returning before dinner but we had a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed our conversation. We talked all the way there, all through lunch, and all the way back. It was great.
My oldest son bought me Dot Complicated by Randi Zuckerberg for Christmas. I'm enjoying the book only it's a lot like preaching to the choir since I'm not all that technologically savvy...well... maybe not even the choir because I'm under-technical for this era. I'm computer literate, can design my own website, and write the blog but I don't do Facebook or Twitter or any of those social media groups and I have a cell phone but it stays in the car for use during emergencies. I'm not interested in carrying a phone around and being always on and I have no idea how to send a text and no desire to learn. I do however...
.... have an opinion on what Randi describes as electronic cocaine, a lack of tech etiquette, and a tech-life imbalance. I've reached my limit on attempting to spend time with friends who are sitting across from me but not talking to me because they are checking their phone, reading something on their tablet, or doing research on the Internet. I'm sure I'll lose friends but I am no longer willing to spend my time, money, and energy with someone who is not spending their time, money, or energy with me and is instead spending MY time with THEIR technology. I find it unbelievably rude and so many people are in denial about their addiction that I've reached the snap point on putting up with it which is why I asked this particular friend to go on this road trip. Not only is she available during the week, she doesn't own a phone or if she does, I have no idea.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a delightful day