I need a do-over this morning. I slept like a rock until 4:30. It’s a bad thing when the puppy can sleep through the night and her human can’t. Like Fred before her, Sissy is my nurse. If she even THINKS something’s off, she is very focused on me, even if the bright lights from the bathroom hurt her eyes. Sweet girl…
I’m quite certain that if I could go home, have about a two-hour nap and then reapproach the day, it wouldn’t be a bad one. As it is, the jury’s out, but it’s not looking good. So far, even peppermint tea isn’t making the world a better place.
So, how ’bout a couple of Finished Object reports? (Never mind. Ravelry is down, and without Ravelry, I have no FO info.)
Instead, how ’bout I sing the praises of downtown Culpeper? In case you don’t know the wee spot on the map, there used to be nothing but downtown. Then came the strip malls to the north, and now, there’s a whole fancy-schmancy bypass to the south too. In order to appreciate my enthusiasm for this tiny shopping spot, you have to know our history. By a very cruel twist of fate, both of my divorced parents AND my best friend’s family moved to Culpeper County while we were in college. Imagine being used to being 30 minutes from the edge of Northern Virginia proper and its shopping meccas, and coming home from your first attempts at adulthood to find yourselves in cow pastures with nothing but run-down movie theaters and smoke-filled “diners.” Yay. Every college girl’s dream, no? To say that I hated the little town would be an understatement.
With that vision – and bitterness – in mind, look over the photos HERE. Culpeper has always been plenty connected to its roots, but now, there’s a darling main street community to make it a real destination.
I’ve already mentioned It’s About Thyme. Another place I never fail to visit is Reigning Cats and Dogs. I’m even more excited about it, because the owner is going to start collecting outgrown Lupine collars and such for the local shelters. Of course, if one needs an incentive to donate, she’ll be offering a percentage off your new Lupine purchase too. We talked at length Saturday about how tragic it is that many of the new arrivals at animal shelters are due to the fact that the elderly and others on fixed income cannot afford to feed their pets in these hard times. The shop owner is going to talk to her local food bank and see if they’ll accept pet food donations too, and I’m thinking I might call our food bank as well. If any of you have a better idea, speak up! She also bagged my purchases in a great, re-usable tote, which I heartily appreciate.
Another favorite is the website-less The Cameleer. Too bad, because it’s a fun store filled with novelty items from around the world. Same is true of Pepperberries, which is my Vera Bradley vendor of record. (Yes, yes, a couple of stores in Charlottesville carry Vera too, but I like the friendly folks at Pepperberries.) They also carry Pandora beads, and I should be ashamed to confess that I purchased a couple of beads on Saturday, but I’m not. (A flipflop and another doggy… I only have three doggies, so I need yet another, different one I suppose.)
There’s lots more to see and do – coffee, more restaurants, more shopping – but you can follow the links above. If any of you do head for Culpeper, let me know…