Summer got the best of me blog wise. I blame Facebook too. I post things on the run on Facebook and my brain thinks I’m therefore done. I have not taken the time to write a more complete story, nor have I taken decent photos in a long while. Here’s what I have been up to:
Deborah and her family came to visit us shortly after the 4th of July. We went to Monticello, of course, and lunch in Charlottesville’s charming downtown. I’ll miss having such a good and compatible friend nearby now that she’s relocated to Texas.
A week later, I went to the Sacred Threads show and my family spent the day in DC with my cousin and his family. Then they came to our house and we all went to Monticello. We had lunch Downtown, and the kids played a lot. The photo above is C’Ville’s monument to the Second Amendment. Anyone can write anything on this giant public chalkboard. It’s great fun and people seem to respect it.
Then we spent a week in Oregon with family. My mom and her husband live near Eugene’s downtown so we walked to a treat each day — cupcakes, ice cream, donuts, waffles, fresh berries from the farmer’s market!
My kids charmed their younger cousins. By the way, this is a narwhal with a pink mustache.
The kids and a few adults took the train to nearby Albany and we all visited the amazing Carousel Studio. It’s an amazing community project and I can’t wait to return and see its progress. I also took a side trip to Portland by train to visit my quilt mom, Gerrie and quilt aunt Terry. It was great to talk for hours and catch up on all that we are doing.
After Oregon, we returned home and were visited by our neighbors (and boy child’s best girl friend from Kindergarten) from Germany, who now live in their homeland, Switzerland. It was great to see them and catch up with all the kids who are so much taller and more grown-up now! We went to Monticello and then had lunch Downtown.
After our Swiss friends left to continue their road trip, we hopped in the car to attend a family reunion in Connecticut. We stayed near Hartford and one of hubby’s cousins arranged for a tour of the capitol and historic arch. We all had great fun together laughing, reminiscing, eating, and drinking lots of tasty beer.
Speaking of laughing, girl child and I made a side trip to Bridgeport to see Jane in her new studio and meet up with good friends Natalya and Vivien. I think we laughed non-stop for about two hours. It was great to catch up with these fun and talented ladies. I can’t quite believe that just a week prior, I was on the other side of the country with a complimentary group of art quilters.
Next, I will be going to the Hampton, VA area to present my trunk show to the Peninsula Piecemakers Guild and visit with a guild friend from Hawaii. I think I’ll take the kids and we’ll tour Colonial Williamsburg while we’re in the area. Then the kids go back to school, I hang my show, and boom, it’s September.