Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter - Memories - Faith

Easter - so many good memories of Easters past.  Easter - hope - new beginnings - faith - spring - family.  Is our faith shown in what we say or what we do?  In what we have or what we give?  The ones in my life who have exemplified faith have been the quiet ones who didn't seek attention - who were just there quietly doing what needed to be done.  They have left an imprint on my heart and life. 

Have you read In His Steps  by Charles Monroe Sheldon?  It is one of the best selling books in the world.  It will make you think about the decisions you make every day - it might change the decisions you make in the future.  Faith is not easy - at least not for me.  It is a daily choice - to live by faith.

Family here for dinner tonight.  Life is good.  Our best times together are usually around the dinner table.  More laughter than usual tonight.  Mostly laughing at memories of ourselves.  Having a four year old and a seven month old at the table brings a special joy.  

Good food - our family likes good southern country food.  Tonight it was Honey Baked Ham (Aunt Honey does a great job with that), creamed potatoes, green beans, marinated slaw, deviled eggs, broccoli casserole, yeast rolls and carrot cake for dessert.  It is so wonderful to have a daughter in law who is a great cook and loves to help with family dinners.  J knew he was getting a wonderful wife - don't think he realized what a good cook she would become.  They are such good parents - how blessed LJ and LA are to have them as Mommy and Daddy.

Our teenaged grandsons are on a trip to the mountains with their mom and her family.  They're lucky to have lots of family - even great grandparents on their mother's side.

I'm still working on the double wedding ring quilt for Josh and Becky.  Quilting two quilts for Veterans for our quilt guild.  Working on some wool appliqué.  Knitting a block for the Great American Afghan. All good.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I finished my Wonky Star Quilt!  Yeah - the stars are supposed to look like's wonky.  It was a fun quilt to make - first quilt I've made using solid color fabrics.  Machine quilted on my Janome Horizon.  It feels so good to finish something.  I have so many projects that need finishing.

The very air I breathe feels heavy today.  Thinking about the thirteen month old baby boy who was shot and killed by a teenager in Brunswick, Georgia.  My "Seestah" and her family live in Brunswick so this feels very close to home for us.  My heart and mind can't begin to comprehend someone shooting a baby.  

Bev and I went to "Charm Club" this morning.  Bet you might not know about charm clubs.  It really is not about learning to be charming!  Twelve of us meet once a month and exchange cotton squares so someday we can make a charm quilt with hundreds of different fabrics!  Those of us addicted to quilting and all such things think it is quite a fun thing to do.  

Four weeks until we go to Paducah, Kentucky to THE Quilt Show!  Nothing like 50 quilters on a bus trip!  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Music at The Country Store in Floyd, Virginia

Wonderful weekend in the mountains of Virginia.  The Man and I took "Elsewhere" (our motor home) to the mountains of Virginia for a few days.

I have heard about and read about Friday night music at "The Country Store" in Floyd, Virginia for years so we decided to see for ourselves.  Floyd is a really small town with one stoplight so it's easy to find "The Country Store".  It really is an old fashioned country store.  The music has become so popular and the crowds so big that an addition was added on to the back of the store.

We ate lunch at the lunch counter in "The Country Store".  Delicious.  Ken had Parsnip Soup - we had never heard of Parsnip Soup.  They have fresh bread from the local bakery - all kinds of desserts and ice cream (even waffle cones).

Everyone we met in Floyd was friendly and talkative.  They love telling about their town and the music it is know for.  The lady in the local convenience store told us we were welcome to park Elsewhere in their back parking lot so we wouldn't have to look for a place after the music was over.  How nice!
It was really cold and windy so we parked Elsewhere close to the country store - then after the show we parked at the convenience store - started the generator and settled in for the night.  Perfect!

The Friday night show - you really have to go!  Not just to listen - but to talk to people - and of course to dance if you're brave enough.  The first hour (starts at 6:30) is old fashioned mountain gospel music.
No dancing this hour!  There were two different bands - 90 minutes each. The dance floor was so packed - and everyone seemed to be having the time of their lives.  I think there were people on the dance floor from 3 to 93!  And you didn't have to have a partner - just start dancing.  What fun.

We met and talked top people from Texas, Oregon, Canada, Pennsylvania, Florida and China!  How did all these people hear about the music at Floyd?

We drove the backroads to Roanoke Saturday morning - not much traffic.  Elsewhere had a couple of questions for the great guys at Camping World of Roanoke - that's where we found him.  They had coffee and donuts - wonder if that's a daily thing or just Saturday.  Or maybe they had them because we were coming?!

We liked Floyd so much we drove back Saturday afternoon - disappointed to find that they only have Saturday afternoon music - they close at 5.  Stayed at our friendly neighborhood convenience store again - that's the nice thing about a motor home - have everything we need with us - even electricity (generator).  We had dinner, watched a movie - very nice.

We left earlier than planned - it was beginning to sleet and the forecast was for sleet and snow with the temperature below freezing.  Better to get us and Elsewhere down the big mountain!  It was snowing hard going down the mountain - but stopped as we drove south.  The Man is a great driver and knows all about Elsewhere - thank goodness.

One other really nice thing about this trip - an unexpected bonus.  Wooly Jumper Yarn Shop next door to The Country Store!  Next door!  Did I go to the Yarn Shop?  Of course I did.  More friendly people and lots of beautiful yarn.  Floyd has got it all!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Elsewhere is Here

Can it really be March 20, 2013?  Guess I'm probably not the only one who feels like I'm in a time machine going way too fast!  

Since I can't travel ALL the time this blog needs to reinvent itself to include my life when I'm not in the motor home or car or plane or boat - but just living life at home.  As much as I do love traveling - I love home and family even more.  

Our new motor home needs a name - we never named any of the previous ones - but somehow this one seems to want a name.  Elsewhere!  Perfect.  When we're in the motorhome we are not at home - we are Elsewhere!!!  But he is surely not a Saint!  and definitely is a He.  Elsewhere is very young - just got him a couple of weeks ago.  We had looked at motor homes for six weeks - found exactly the floorplan we wanted - then could NOT find one anywhere.  Worn out from looking we decided to just keep the one we had - after all we really liked it...

March 8 -Loaded up and left for a trip to a Pennsylvania Mud Sale (more about that later).  I was in the back taking a nap (not all that unusual) when the Man yelled "Wake Up"!  Seems there was a Camping World in Roanoke, Virginia right alongside the Interstate.  Should we stop?  Why not?  Well...we pulled into the parking lot - right behind a motorhome that had just been delivered - not even washed and put on the lot.  What kind of motorhome?  The exact one we had been looking for!  Really?  We looked at several others just 'cause that's the way we are - have to make sure.  But it was meant to be, don't you think?  

The people at Camping World of Roanoke were great - gave us a good deal trading in our Class C for the Class A.  Cleaned up Elsewhere - hooked us up in their service area - parked our Class C next door with the doors facing so we could "move in"!  Didn't take long.  So we spent our first night with Elsewhere at Camping World of Roanoke.

We spent some time getting to know Elsewhere before heading north to Pennsylvania - didn't make it in time for the mud sale - we'll put that on the list for the future.

Boondocked at a Walmart somewhere in Pennsylvania.  There were five other RV's there - our own little community.  Did some shopping in Walmart - ate supper at Sam's - walked back to Elsewhere and started the generator - watched a blu ray movie.  Perfect Day.

Sunday in Lancaster and Intercourse, Pennsylvania.  Lots of Amish horses and buggies on the road - families walking - children playing.  Such a peaceful life they seem to live.  We spent the day walking around the town of Intercourse - smaller and more enjoyable than the city of Lancaster.

The Man found the quilt of his dreams - at Miller's Quilts in Intercourse.  He has wanted a Mariner's Compass quilt since he first saw one a couple of years ago.  I had plans to make it for him - but not until the really big Double Wedding Ring for Son 2 and wife is finished (yes, it will be finished one day)!  This quilt is amazing - pieced and hand quilted by an Amish lady.  He is a happy man.  

Drove to Hershey, Pa - really nice, leisurely day.  Spent the night in Hershey Campground - quiet, wooded.  

Headed south Monday morning with a few stops on the way.  We went back by Camping World of Roanoke - to ask a few more questions about Elsewhere.

Got home and realized that Elsewhere barely fits in our tallest building - the Man will have to make some modifications or building additions to accommodate our newest addition.