We had a delightful trip to Florida. This is a time when I normally meet up with a fellow friend and blogger, Midlife Mom, but it was not to be this year. Her father had fallen off of a ladder and was in the hospital so she was staying with her mom and getting things sorted out. I am glad to report that he is doing much better and is now home in Maine with Louise. I did miss our chats and will have to make up for them up next year!!!!
We were staying near Key Largo and this year we made the drive down to Key West. It was a fun and interesting drive. I always love the colors that you see in that area. I am sure that we would be fined by our HOA if we were to paint our home one of the luscious colors that can be seen. They have such a tropical feel to them.
Of course I love seeing the flowers - especially the orchids that are planted on the palm trees. I would love to be able to do something like that here, but I would worry about a freeze.
Can you imagine doing a topiary like this on your house? The entire house was done like this and this is only a small section of it, but I found the rats very interesting.
During our stay we enjoyed a fun concert with KC and the Sun*shine Boys.
We returned home for two days - long enough to unpack, do laundry, shop and repack for our annual trip to the Sierras with the children and grandchildren. The snow pack was nothing to write home about, but we did find some good areas for sledding and, of course, the skiing areas were open for those who ski. We all had a fabulous time - snow or not.
|The techy group.|
|Dinner in shifts!!!|
|Sun rising on the mountains.|
While we were away several wonderful packages arrived in my mailbox. Some wonderful Valentine fabrics arrived from Annie. Aren't these fun fabrics? I think I see a valentine quilt coming.
From Pat a package came with a glue stick and another pretty piece of fabric. I will use the glue stick for the paper piecing that I do. I tend to go through it quickly so I am excited about trying this new brand. Thanks Pat.
I joined up for the Year of Mug Rugs and the February mug rug arrived while we were away. Jeanne also included some fun charm squares in the package. I have enjoyed using my seasonal mug rug!
Also from Jeanne, I received fabrics that I won from the Blog Hop. Aren't the colors pretty? They remind me of the Florida Key colors!!!
As I said, there has not been a lot of sewing going on as we were away. I did manage to finish up my heart quilt for the auction next week.
As well, I made the doll school uniform that I make each year for the grandchildren's school auction which is in a couple of weeks. It feels good to have those both finished.