The walls are exposed brick and rich wood floors seem to mirror back the warm tones of wool and cotton. Even the gorgeous letterpress business cards demand to be touched. Laura about the best and worst of opening a boutique style fabric store. The latter is definitely to wear, a summer to fall transition fabric for the solstice list skirt that is in process. Watkins i had my blog post all ready to go for today when i realized that i needed to lay some groundwork. We do not spend family holidays with extended family. So, we see them with a much more relaxed vibe and far lower expectations on both sides. Airlines are raping everyone domestically for flying to break bread and slurp cranberry sauce with the relations. The museums are empty. The hotels have specials galore. The restaurants are leisurely and tasty. Sure, we wear rain gear, but we wander along the mostly vacant sidewalks in peace. Thanksgiving jaunt. First, we have to do it all for under a set price, making the cost of airfare the normal deal breaker for a destination. Charleston, if one is persistent. Initially, the rules also dictated that we had to go somewhere neither of us had been. Cranberry sauce is forbidden. Day, visiting every bakery in town doing a taste test comparison of the different pastries. Day breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Maybe it will inspire some people to throw convention out the window and do something radical this year. Vera i like those suggestions for a happy holiday and marriage.