If you click on the picture, you can see that my shirt is wet around the belly area - that's not sweat...I ran through some well-placed sprinklers about half a mile before I finished!
5.1 for 51. Boom!
Later on in the afternoon I got to continue my birthday celebration with a trip to our "local" knitting store, located about 25 minutes south of town, with fellow runknitters Amy and Stephanie. The store, WC Mercantile, has a sweet deal where you, along with up to three friends, can do a one-time shop during your birthday month and everyone receives a 20% discount, plus the birthday girl gets a certificate for a free dessert at Martha's Bloomers tea room. Naturally, we had a great time pawing and squeezing all the yarn as we decided what to buy - I ended up choosing more yarn to make felted yarn bowls, Amy was all about the hat yarn (and has a new blog - A Bajillion Hats), while Stephanie picked some colors necessary for the felted bag she'll be knitting in Dr. Who scarf colors:
Quite a restrained haul, all things considered...
Afterward, we went to Martha's Bloomers - I've seen this place off of the highway whenever we've traveled to/from Houston, but this was my first time to stop there. It was charming! There was a nursery with lots of pretty plants, a nice shop filled with things for the home and garden, and the tea room. We were seated, and brought complimentary mini cups of their signature orange spice tea along with a sliced up scone - in our case, apple - to start with:
Pinkies out for the tea!
We all had various salads for lunch (the girls picked a soup and salad combo) - I couldn't decide, so I got the salad sampler and it was delicious:
Marinated grape tomatoes, dilled cucumbers, fresh fruit, spinach, pasta, and chicken salad. Really tasty, but I didn't finish it all...dessert was coming!
When we ordered our meal, Amy mentioned that I was the birthday girl, and the waitress said "oh, you get a free cobbler" - score! With the dessert certificate from the yarn shop, we had two desserts for the three of us. Blackberry cobbler, served warm with vanilla ice cream, and a chocolate explosion chilled pie/mousse creation that was amazing. Where are the pictures of said desserts? Ha! All restraint went out the window and we dove right in, becoming members of the clean plate club in no time. Everything was so good, and it was a great way to finish up my week of chocolate birthday treats!