Sunday, November 1, 2009

To Philadelphia and Beyond

View from Kel's kitchen window The Philadelphia Art Museum is in the background. I'm in Philadelphia this morning, being tempted by leftover Halloween candy, and trying to figure out Kel's television remote. There's something happening over at the Art Museum steps this morning. The very loud music and other noise started promptly at 7 am EST, and even though I sat up until 12:30 am watching the Phillies and NY Yankies on TV playing in the rain last night, there is no sleeping through the busy city Sunday morning sounds. I'm looking out the window at row houses, Gothic style cathedral spires and lots of rain. Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. Another view from Kel's windows Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Flights were uneventful and I even arrived a half an hour early on Friday. Yesterday was spent picking up my Internet quilt from the People's Place Museum in Lancaster County, PA and doing a little shopping in the 'burbs. My quilt was on exhibit at the Museum until December, but I need it for a class I'll be teaching at the East Coast Quilter's Alliance's A Quilter's Gathering in Nashua, NH next week. It will be shipped back to take it's proper place in the exhibit on November 9. We got a little damp sitting on the front stoop passing out candy to little Philadelphians out Trick or Treating. My favorite little costumed character was the really creative foam core board Fried Egg. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of that one. This little girl had used paper mache on the foam-core board egg white shape to create the yellow yoke, and sported a chef's hat to top it all off. And then there was a memorable cardboard Peanut, and a Brick wall with a white faced Humpty Dumpty. Lots of fun except for the huge slugs that had found good eating inside the carved jack-o-lantern. They provided a bit of entertainment when they all crawled out after Kelly lit the pumpkin. They joined us sitting on the steps, but needless to say, I didn't particularly enjoy their company. Here's Kelly enjoying the excess candy while watching the goblins and ghouls: Liz, one of Kel's condo friends, helped with the candy give-away, and her cat Pete, added to the spooky atmosphere. Pete is the quintessential Halloween black cat, and enjoyed the comings and goings from his vantage point in the front window. One of my big purchases yesterday was a big Philadelphia Phillies RED sweatshirt: Everyone in this vicinity was dressed in red yesterday, most with big P's on their chests. This city is really excited about their home team playing in the World Series for the second year in a row. And it is even more thrilling that they are playing the Yankies from just a few miles up the road. Of course, we'll be watching on the Big Screen TV here at Kelly's. It was really good to be sitting high and dry last night. The fans got very wet last night waiting in the rain while the game was delayed nearly an hour and a half. On today's agenda: A gentle walk around the Art Museum and past Boat House Row and maybe brunch with Kel's friends.

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