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.
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.
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