Sunday, November 6, 2016

Unordinary Week

So the little pirates were here for a week, from October 29 to November 5, and that meant my sewing room became a bedroom. Not a stitch of sewing happened, but I didn't care. These guys hadn't been to visit us for two whole years, so we had a lot of doing to do!

Swimming at the nearby pool - four times, in fact! These two are fish! They have no fear of the water.

Weather was gorgeous - in the 60s at night; in the low to mid 80s during the day.

Having Bapa's "floaties"- ice cream with orange soda, or root beer - more than once!

Bedtime reading under one of Nana's older quilts, this purple and gold one from our University of Northern Iowa Panther days.

Lots of Hogan petting.

Going to Homosassa Springs State Park to see the US's oldest living hippopotamus who's 56...

... and three 40 year-old female manatees who were injured in boat accidents, and are protected in the park.

After three days of Tay and Aesa only, we picked up mom - our daughter, Jill.

... and promptly set off for a day at The Fun Spot in Kissimmee.

Four hours of fun there! 

I went on the Rockstar roller coaster twice. That was plenty, but Jill went on it six times! Those boys loved it!

Tay turned seven in September, and Aesa turns six in November, so we had a belated and early celebration.

We golf-carted - the most fun activity in itself! - including the always-popular Sumter Landing, to check out the Florida softshell turtles, and look for an alligator. No gator spotted that day.

Someone was feeling a little grumpy, from all the go-go-going and no nap.

I learned about geocaching, and drove the golf cart to several locations to help search for them. Four were found! Two were not.

While the family was visiting, this fabric arrived... an exciting addition to my stash that came to me via RedThreadStudioOnline directly from the October 29-31 quilt market in Houston.

This 24 piece fat quarter bundle is Eureka by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics. I have no ideas in mind as to what I'll do with it, but it's nice to know they're in my fabric cupboard.

The deadline for entering QuiltCon East (2017) is coming up on November 30. I'm focusing on two finishes, hoping that by entering several quilts I'll increase my chances of getting one quilt in this highly competitive juried show. I need to get busy! Linda


  1. What a lovely week you had with your youngsters. I'm sure they kept you on your toes. Beautiful new fabric but not your usual depth of colour, right? I can't wait to see what you'll do with them.

  2. What a fun week you all had!!! Nothing beats that time with the grands and kids of course! Geocaching is fun...did that with my grands my grand daughter is 17, has a job,junior in high school, lacrosse.time isn't the same...sniff, sniff...I miss it! Enjoy when you can!

  3. Those two little boys sure are water babies! And I am glad to see them covered up from the sun's rays too! Were you exhausted when they finally headed home? We babysat Eli last night for the first time! What a delight grand children are!

  4. Lots of fun memories for you--and them! I bet people think those cuties are twins in their matching clothes. Love it!

  5. I'm exhausted just looking at all the fun you had! I think I'll just look forward to grandchildren who take naps for the time being :) "Looking forward" since my daughter tells me that "the plan is . . . soon"!

  6. So fun to see you play and entertain your family and grandkids--love this post!

  7. You did a lot of fun things. I would have enjoyed most of those places too. Nice fabric additions too. Good luck in Quilt Con East. I know your entries will be contenders for sure.

  8. Glad you enjoyed family. Good luck on the quilt entries. Can't wait to see them.

  9. Sweet little boys. It must have been fun filled and exhausting time all tied up together in a big bundle of love.



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