Well, the week has ended and we still haven’t heard the results of Lucy’s cat scan. I called the doctor’s office yesterday and she wasn’t there, so I’m sure we won’t hear until Monday at the earliest. *deep sigh*
Yesterday was my grocery shopping day, and thankfully Aldi was much less crowded than it was last week. I hope I got everything I needed. Mercy is doing all the cooking tomorrow for Mother’s Day.
Today I was up earlier than usual for a Saturday so I could drive to Tyler for their annual free Celtic Festival. I went to the first one two years ago, but last year I was out of town when they had it. I really want this festival to succeed, and they have some great things going, but I think they are still finding their stride. I’d like to see more variety in vendors and more quality entertainment for sure.
So anyway, I drove over there early hoping to get a great shady spot in the parking lot where I parked two years ago, but that lot actually belongs to a Hispanic church and they have fenced it off and put up a sign saying it is only for church-related parking. *sigh* So I parked across the street at the Salvation Army.
I texted my dear friend Sybil, who lives in Tyler, to see if she might be free to meet up with me, and as it turned out, she was free right then, so she drove up to join me and we sat and visited in the rose garden while the festival got underway. It was so good to see her and to hear all about how her kids are doing. When the kids were little, we got together every month, but now I’m lucky to see her more than once a year.
When Sybil had to leave, I walked back to the main part of the grounds where the festival was taking place. I found myself near the back stage behind the house, where a lady in Steampunk attire was orating a fascinating biography of pioneer missionary Amy Carmichael. I really enjoyed it! After that, on the front stage, I heard an Irish storyteller who was pretty good.
I also watched an entertaining hoop dance act. The girl who does it also performs at the Renaissance faire and has so much energy and coordination. I might be a little jealous.
I had really been hoping to spend much of the day sitting in the shade and listening to some great live music. I did pretty well on the shade-sitting part. I had high hopes for a couple of music performances, but to be honest they were mediocre at best. I could have done better than either one with my autoharp and my lackluster singing voice. So that was a little disappointing.
I cruised past all the booths and found very little to tempt me—although I did end up getting an inexpensive pair of earrings and a bracelet which I plan to take apart and remake to suit me better. I often do buy things that I then take apart and use to make something else.
By midafternoon I found myself thinking longingly of a mug of tea, so I shouldered my chair and headed back to the car. Although everything didn’t live up to my expectations, any day spent outside with music and a breeze is a good day! And my visit with Sybil was the best treasure of all.
Mercy and Daniel were here for supper and in fact Mercy is spending the night since she will be getting up early to cook breakfast. I called my mother this evening since tomorrow is likely to be quite busy. Sometimes it’s frustrating to have the family so spread out.