Nine quilters left the Sands on our annual Spring Fling Shop Hop…4 quilters were in Doris’ car and 5 in Deb’s truck. Now Deb is new to our group…passing through after Snow birding in Mexico. When she heard about the HOP she volunteered to drive as our normal driver, Gwen, just had surgery and couldn’t go.
Here’s Deb pulling up in her black truck to pick up Pauline and I…
After Deb put the address into her GPS, we toodled off down the FREEWAY heading for our first stops in Calimesa…to the Busy Bee and the Quiet Mouse Quilt Shops. Doris has GPS too but is going to follow us..
Let me tell you Deb’s GPS must not like quilters or Quilt Hops because she did her darnedest NOT to get us there…or to get us there but to take the longest possible route! She had us going to places that we didn’t even know existed!! At first it was funny…but hey she was cutting into our valuable shopping time! Deb was incredible..kept our spirits up…told jokes…and was very funny…what a wonderful lady…but hey…it’s about her GPS!!
By the third shop Doris and her crew were abandoning us! They told us to follow them! Which we should have done but…well…you know how women are…so add a few extra ‘sightseeing hours’ onto our Shop Hop trip…
Now we are heading home…going down the I-10 for Home…tired but happy with our purchases…and with her GPS glaring at us the rest of the way..hahaha WE KNOW the way home! Gradually the road gets really bumpy and we jokingly say… “Man with a road this bumpy how can you tell when you get a flat tire?” …well we found out HOW you can tell! A trucker honks at you and points at your wheel!! #@$%!!
Deb did a wonderful job of pulling the truck over…with cars whizzing all over the place!! She got out of her truck to check and we knew when a certain word came out of her mouth that the news was not going to be good!
We also knew we couldn’t stay there…so with a little air left in the tire we limped the car down an off ramp, pull way over and put on our emergency flashers….
NOW WHAT? We discussed our options. Ann, our Girl Scout, had a phone and an AAA Road Service Card so she got on the line and while she was explaining our situation a little red sports car pulled up!! Good Samaritan or Mugger?? ‘Five Canadian women go missing in California’ flashed through my mind! (I really need to stop watching CSI)! So clutching our bags of fabric, we got out of the truck! If I’m going down the fabric will break my fall!! Or maybe I can barter with fabric…the mugger may be a quilter… hey you never know…he may have a sensitive side!!
This big muscular, tattooed man gets out of his red car and another man stays in his passenger side. YIKES! I of course bring out my camera…and start snapping…just in case I need evidence!! Good thing I watch CSI…:o)
…looking…the Bad News is he didn’t know how to get at our spare so off he went…
As he pulls away a little white truck stops and two men sit watching us…like sharks lurking in the water…yup I took their picture too!!
Soon the tow truck arrives and we swoon like damsels in distress and our white knight eats it up!! Hallelujah we are SAVED!!
Twenty minutes later our new tire is on…
… we said good-bye to our Knight..
and headed back to the Sands…by this time it was dark and too late for the last two quilt shops! Which was OK with me!!
Thanks Deb…for one Spring Fling Shop Hop that we will NEVER forget. I think I would be asking for a new GPS for my birthday…or maybe for Mother’s Day?? Whatever comes sooner…
What about the SHOPS? Well you are going to have to wait to see them tomorrow…I’m going back to bed!
Have a FUN Friday and Happy Quilting!~P