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This year we got a vacation

July 28, 2012

It was two years since our last vacation. That meant I hadn’t seen my mother and siblings in that long. The situation with work and moving my mother-in-law down here kept getting in the way so it was nice to have a chance to get away.

Our first getaway was to Branson. This was a first for us. Jim’s uncle let us use his timeshare for a week. I couldn’t imagine being in a place for that long without it being at a relatives but we managed to do it.  We went to craft malls, several shows and tried out different restaurants.

Our second trip was to Wisconsin to see my family by way of Minnesota. We spent about two weeks there. We went to an Amish store and bought bulk foods  and visited with a rug weaver. It got me feeling like getting my loom going. We brought my mother back here and she spent almost two weeks here. I tried finding things for her to do. I took her rughooking with me one day and took her to a sewing class to learn how to make a coiled basket. She started a quilt top and seemed to have a good time.

About a week ago, we all piled in the van to go to a wedding in Omaha. The next day it was back in the van for Wisconsin to take her back home. It is a long trip so we tried to find interesting stops to break up the trip.

We finally got home on Thursday. It was an all day trip with stops in Mineral Point and Madison. I need to find an inexpensive way to break up this trip as doing the trip in just one day takes a big toll. I think we covered 7 states in our travels so far this summer which seems like more than enough. 🙂

 Lewis and Clark Visitor Center in Nebraska City, NE

The basket Mom sewed in the class we took.

The wild flower prairie at Mom’s.

What have I been up to?

June 25, 2010

You haven’t heard from me for a while as I was on vacation. First we went to Baker University for the Kaw Valley Woodcarvers seminar. Then we got home for a day then it was off to Marion, Indiana for Crank Indiana. I am getting so I can knit ribbing on my csm but now I am having problems doing the heels and toes. The stitches either wont knit or will break. It is so frustrating. Down the road, we are taking it to Verona, WI where the maker will be coming and I hope she will adjust it so I can get the rest of this going. Then it was off to Wisconsin to visit my relatives. Mom, Jim and I went to Door County for the day. We got as far as Fish Creek. There was a neat rubber stamp store in Sturgeon Bay where I got several of my favorite Northwood Designs stamps. I found a neat cardinal tile in Egg Harbor where we had lunch. Jim and Mom had brats with dried cherries in them.  Fish Creek had some neat shops there and I bought some flower prints.

Ignore the years on these pictures. Mom’s camera is set wrong.

Road trip

March 16, 2010

It is spring break for me so Heather, Jim and I went on a road trip. Unfortunately, Scott couldn’t come because of work. Maybe  he can another time.

We left here, went to Stewartsville, MO to a quilt store,

then to Lamoni, IA where I bought an Amish basket. Next stop was to Cantril, IA to the Dutchman store

where we bought bulk food. We then stopped in Ft. Madison to Paul Revere’s for chicken fajita pizza and bread sticks. We drive into Burlington where we spent the night and visited some good friends of ours.

Jim saw a few people Sunday morning and then we hit the road again. We stopped in Iowa City and went to Dick Blick

and the Soap Opera.

Jim always avoided this place as the fragrances can be too much for him.

We then drove on to Little Amana to spend the night. The next morning it was off to go to Williamsburg to the quilt store and then off to Kalona. I went to the quilt store there and then we went to Stringtown for more bulk food and then to the Kalona Cheese factory. Fresh curds are so much fun to eat as they squeak

We left Kalona and went into the Amana Colonies for the afternoon. We used to go there several times a year when we lived in Iowa. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and we didn’t even need coats. We went to the outlet mall to look around before heading back to Little Amana. Supper was at the Seven Villages Restaurant where we had pork chops and potatoes.

Today, we headed back home. It was grey and cold today. First stop was the Woolen Needle in Williamsburg

where I picked a few pieces of wool.

Then we headed up to Pella to the bakery.

We continued on and got home around 6. It was great to be able to do this. I hope we can do it again. I hate the traveling part but I love getting to go see things.

I still have more places to visit

February 5, 2010


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