After arriving in the wet land, Nick spent from the night of July 3rd, until we transitioned to my aunt and uncle's home, at my parents' home. For the time I was at quilt camp (7/10-14) he was with them alone. That's the longest amount of time spent with his Grandparents without me. I think they did some spoiling with taking him to DQ, Wendy's and getting pizza. I think he got bored though as he really didn't have a lot to do. When I was a kid, my one set of grandparents had a farm so there was plenty to do, but my parents live in town, and Nick isn't very outgoing and we'd brought his computer, so much wasn't a whole lot different than had he been at home.
Within just a couple of days of our arrival we had an annual family picnic in a park in a nearby small town where also on the day before we left to return home, we went to a pancake breakfast where there was also a display of old cars and a group of square dancers on the basketball court.
We had trips to the coast, a trip to an aquatic park, visits to fabric stores, quilt camp and shows, breakfasts/lunches/dinners with family and friends we only see one once a year, drives to rural areas of my childhood, drives past properties for sale that I could only dream of buying and moving to (any one of which could become a reality if Marty were to now find employment there - software engineer), conversations filled with lots of memories from past years, birthday celebrations including my own! And we had time just hanging out with family doing 'nothing' but just enjoying their presence.
|In my mom's garden...a Batchelor's Button. Loved seeing these along the sides of road during my childhood.|
|I forget the exact location of this view, but there's a little gift shop right there as well.|
|The bridge at Newport taken from the ocean side. This is the first time I've viewed it from that side.|
|A beautiful quilt at the Coburg quilt show on 7/27.|
|Another stunning depiction put into fabric.|
|A lovely bargello layout.|
|I love barns, especially old design barns, and this quilt was great. Notice the animals and such.|
|When I was a teen, I lived on a ranch, and life was all about ranch, cattle, horses, etc. Then I foolishly left home at 18 and moved to the big city (ultimately) and this just reminds me of who I should have been: a cowgirl!|
|This store is in Corvallis. It was my first visit. They had lots of lovely fabrics, and this is where some of the increase of my stash reported last week came from.|
|If you're doing a cat quilt, is this not a great fabric for a border, or a backing? I thought of Barbara at Cat Patches when I saw this. It was in the back room where all the discounted fabrics are.|
|Family and my birthday cake :)|
|Nick and younger cousin viewing one of the old old cars. No idea who the other three adults are.|
|A shot of the square-dancers. I had video'd, I thought, numerous videos here too, but again, they seem to be missing on my disc due to that user that apparently didn't know what she was doing.|
|One of only a few deer we were fortunate enough to see. This was zoomed in as much as I could, and unfortunately in the shadows.|
|And oh my, what is that growth in my cousin's wheat field (actually not his wheat field, but his property which he leases out). My aunt had the sharp eyes that spotted the deer's ears poking up amongst the wheat.|
|My aunt Irene, and uncle D.L. Aren't they a lovely couple? I love these two!|