Sunday, March 30, 2008

I'm still here and I'm still catching up. We have had a whirlwind the last few days and it sure has been fun. First, a very exciting package landed on my doorstep. I was lucky enough to have my name pulled in a drawing over at My Yellow Farmhouse. Karen offered up a little Celebration of Spring giveaway. Just look at that checked tissue.The potpourri smells heavenly. Inside the tissue wrapping, I found this happy pillow that is now displayed on a chair in our bedroom. Also a coordinated set of dishtowel, notepad and pen. The dishtowel is my very favorite sort. And look at that pen . . . it's a little rolling pin. Thank you, Karen! I love it!
In my last post, I mentioned we were expecting some company. My sister-in-law, who lives in Alaska; and her sister, who lives in Oregon arrived on Thursday. They are in the midst of a months long driving journey around the country, visiting family and friends, as well as journeying off the main highways to explore some of the wonderful things that we don't always see in our travels.
Friday we headed over to a neighboring city to visit one of the California Missions.
It was a beautiful, sunny day. Perfect for wandering around the grounds.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of the iron in this display of textiles.
And isn't this wisteria vine beautiful?
Hubby spotted this little (okay - really large) fella gathering nectar.
Don't you think this wall painting would make a lovely quilt border?
We visited the site of the first pepper tree planted in California. I hope to look so good at age 179.
These are the steps to the lavanderia, an open air laundry area. Imagine hauling your baskets of wet clothing up and down them. Sure makes me grateful for my automatic machine.
No visit to southern California is complete without a trip to the beach. We decided on a walk on the pier. This is the view looking north.
And south.
Nary a cloud in the sky. A good sized pod of dolphins swam passed while we were at the end of the pier. Too bad it was also the end of my camera batteries. Hubby and I do see dolphins fairly regularly, but never have I been so close as they broke the surface on their journey.
It was a wonderful, but short visit. Lots of laughter, good foods and just plain catching up with folks that live so far away. Maybe it won't be such a long time between visits next time.
Look at this wonderful keepsake I have of their visit. SILS (sister-in-law's sister) does beautiful work in fused glass and just happened to have a few examples of her work with her.
I thought about just trying to slip one into a cabinet while her back was turned, but she kept a good eye on me. Instead we brokered a very lovely deal. This precious piece now lives with me and SILS took home a little quilt. A perfect solution for everyone and one I may attempt to employ again in the future. I think now I may have to try making a quilt in the same design as the glass piece. What do you think?
It is now back to our regular daily routine. I have a mountain of laundry to catch up on and a mountain range of your blog posts to read. I will get to them all. And if I don't leave a comment at each and every stop, I hope you will understand.

22 comments:

tami said...

Oh wow! That's a great gift. Love the little pillow. Your are a lucky girl.

Stephanie said...

What a nice visit! Good little deal you wrangled there, too.

Susie said...

Hi Libby,
How fun to see some of the sights near where you are! We love visiting the missions, and the most northerly one is not far from us..
The ocean is gorgeous and seeing the dolphins must have been wonderful!
xo

kjquilts said...

I knew when you won the pillow it was headed for the perfect place! Now I see that I was right...it matches your quilt!

Love the tourist shots. I love old missions. I think it is the primitive(ness) I like so much.

You made a great deal for the fused glass piece. I was just thinking it would make a great design for a quilt.

dot said...

A fair trade was made, I think you both came out winners. I liked the pictures of the missions, the flowers are beautiful. You certainly received a nice surprise package in the mail also.

Wendy said...

The pillow looks right at home on your quilt. The rolling pin pen is just the right touch. I loved the tour of the mission and area, great picture of the wisteria. You did a wonderful trade and certainly the glass piece would make a sweet little quilt.

Judy said...

Yep just load that puppy up with hot coals and you are set for hours! HA!! OMG!

Lovely goodies!

Perry said...

Great gift and great pillow. Sounds like you had a great visit too. I loved the pictures you showed of the mission. We had a wisteris like that at the house I lived in in Houston. I just loved it. Your picture bought back nice memories. And your beaches, they are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all of this.

Fiona said...

The mission looks so peaceful and those skies are so blue - I can almost imagine I'm there.

anne bebbington said...

That looks a very fair swap to me - the glass piece is gorgeous and your SILS got a very good deal too :o)

Julia said...

I made a similar trade with my cousin. She makes glass beads for jewelry. She traded me 2 beautiful necklaces for a queen size quilt. I will have to share photos on my blog.

McIrish Annie said...

I love the pictures of the Mission. Makes me yearn to take a trip to your part of the country. We loved it when we were there 5 years ago.

and that pillow is awesome.

Dawn said...

Oh what a fun gift, and what a great visit! You have been busy!

Katy said...

oh wow!! Congrats!!! What a wonderful prize you received!!

Valerie said...

Great pillow! Looks just like something you would make too. :) The rolling pin pen is SO CUTE!

Great pictures also...love the flowery vine! Oh, Spring is here in Ohio and I can't wait for flowers! :)

paula, the quilter said...

That pillow looks like it was just made specifically for you! I love to play tourist in my own backyard. I had company about the same time you did, but mine came to work in Auntie's condo! Help came in the form of family.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love the fused glass. Think a quilt would be great.You have gorgeous pics of the beach too....thanks for sharing.I needed to see beach photos.

Marcie said...

You have had a busy week! Looks like lots of fun. Cool gifties also. That quilt behind them does not look familiar. Have you shown it before? Awesome!

Mar said...

wow, wonderful gifts and love the glass, thanks for the tour!

Sweet P said...

Wow! The glass work is fantastic. Your SIL is very talented.

Guðrún said...

I love the pictures of your Southern California :)

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the virtual trip! It sure looks like it was a beautiful day and lots of great places to visit. Great mail package, too.