Friday, July 22, 2011

Road Trip, Finally

Sunrise over Bell Mountain, Huntsville, AL (from my back yard)
It took until just about the last week of summer vacation to do it, but I am finally taking the kids and dog and hitting the road.  The plan is to go to Atlanta for a day and then head to my dad's in Florida.  He doesn't know it yet :0) Surprise visit! Since I don't have a key to his house I will definitely call on the way. My 9-y.o. has been packed since early yesterday, he is pumped.  Of course he is the one who dresses at 9 a.m. for a 5 pm baseball game.  I wonder why he can't get up and ready for school or church?

How to keep them me sane for 11 hours Sunday in the car?  I would like to stop at quilt shops along the way.  Don't think the boys or dog would appreciate that much.  I should take a road trip alone and do my own shop hop some time.  H-man, the oldest who has had his driver's license for a month would like to drive.  I am so not ready for that boy to drive 70 mph.  Like I tell him, it's not that I don't trust him (that's only part of it) but I don't trust the other crazy people out there.

 I don't have a lap top, so will be trying to post from my i-phone/i-pad along the way.  Can't wait to hit the BEACH!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My first Post to this Blog

Has anyone started a blog and not begun with some sort of statement about being a newby to the blog world?  I am not sure what to expect from this or even what "theme" it will have.  I expect these things take on a mind of their own once they get going.  My traditional thinking is that blogs are self serving and I suppose I am still of that mind set.  But recently I have been following a couple of blogs that have made me feel like I made a new friend, even though I don't comment much on the posts.  So I guess that is what I hope, to reach someone who is lonely and maybe make a "cyber-friend" along the way.

The first thing I am wanting to share is the quilt block I finished today.  This one is for a quilt block of the month (qbom) at a local shop.  I have chosen to piece these by hand.  Why would someone do that when she owns a perfectly good sewing machine, you ask?  I am a relatively new quilter and am just trying a different technique.  So far I have 11 of these blocks done.  I am not crazy about the actual finished quilt with a large applique in the middle, so will do something different with these.  I am telling myself that they will not become orphans and not make it into a quilt.