Friday, February 5, 2016

An Unscheduled Getaway

Have you ever wished that you could just get away?  Just imagine all that you could accomplish.  lol  Well.....I had my chance this week for an unscheduled getaway.

Last week was our annual family trip to the Sierras.  We always love watching the little ones enjoying the snow and this was no exception.  We were scheduled to come home on Sunday.  The big storm, Kayla, hit on Saturday, dumping feet of snow where we were.  It was beautiful, but when we went to get in the car we discovered that we had a ruptured brake line.  ;-(  The rest of the gang headed home while we were towed down the mountain for repairs.  Parts had to be ordered so we got a hotel.  After two days, more parts were needed that also had to be ordered.  Meanwhile, we were holed up in a hotel room and I was thankful that I had thought to grab my iPad and cross stitching from the vehicle before leaving it.  It was a long couple of days with temps in the teens, snow and ice everywhere and NO transportation.  But....that was earlier this week!  Life is now good again and we are home and back to the crazy and wonderful normal routine.










This was the view looking out of the hotel window.  Those chairs by the creek look a bit chilly to me.





Along the sewing front....I am participating in several bees this year.  One that I am really enjoying is the Spelling Bee.  These are my blocks for this month.  These should make a super cute quilt with all of the bugs.


The next bee is the Mid-Century Modern Bee.  I love that you have to be Mid century or above to belong.  These blocks are for Cindy.  These little books  (#booksforbabyquilt) are really fun.


There is a great new monthly series going on in blogland.  Soma of Whims and Fancies is doing a camera series.  Her photos are amazing and she is sharing some tips with us and allowing us to link up some of our photos as well.  Be sure to check it out.



27 comments:

OPQuilt said...

That "snow day" experience is really something! The landscape is beautiful, but oh my, how cold it looks! Glad to have you back here in SoCal, enjoying our temperate weather (although we'd much rather be enjoying El Nino, that's for sure). I love your version of Lisa's word! I've started, but barely, but now I wish I had more bug fabrics to work into her letters.

Elizabeth

Quilting Babcia said...

Glad to hear you are safely back at home. Thankfully you weren't in a more remote area when your truck broke down. Just as I was thankful this morning when my car died right next to the gas pumps after being filled and had to be towed to our local repair shop. It was level, lighted, with folks nearby, could have been worse. Your baby books blocks are absolutely adorable.

Kelli said...

Glad you eventually made it home safe and sound! The snow looked beautiful, and the babies are soo so cute! :)

QuiltShopGal said...

Sounds like a fun getaway. Glad you had fun. And your blogs look lovely.

QuiltShopGal
www.quiltshopgal.com

Ramona said...

Family trips are the best. Glad you were safe while you were having car trouble. What would we do without our projects? :)

Carol S. said...

Looks like a beautiful place! Glad you had such a good time and made it home safe.

Createology said...

Sounds like you had a good trip in spite of your truck troubles. We got a bit of that snow... I am in Nevada City...not too far from Truckee and Tahoe. I don't go near those roads when it is snowing! Hwy 80 is always a traffic mess with bad weather...especially over Donner Summit. Glad you grabbed your iPad and stitching.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

I am glad you finally got home safely, that couldn't have been fun. Looks like you had fun with the family though!

Kathy S. said...

When I started reading your post it sounded like a romantic movie on the Lifetime channel where a couple reconnects because they are in a little town because they are snowed in and can't go anywhere because of truck repairs... and then more parts need ordered.

The pictures are beautiful! I love the pics of your little lovies and the snow!

Your bee blocks look fun. I never thought of myself being over half a century. Yeah... Have a great week! Glad you are home safely. Way to make the best of things. :)

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Nothing worse than car problems when you are traveling. Cute kiddies, they look like they had fun. Love the bee blocks, the one with the books is very cool.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very nice pics Mary....car issues are never enjoyable. I've been at my sons taking care of one of our grandsons this week. Getting to and from school and house keeping. Have had a nice time with him...one on one. But I am happy to go home later today. My son got home early yesterday, in time to plough snow all night at work. I am waiting for the roads to clears up before venturing out.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Bummer to be stuck with vehicle repairs. Those title ones are SO adorable! Your be blocks are great and inspiring me to get going on mine!

Barb said...

Always enjoy your family pictures...

Wacky Woman said...

What a busy life you lead. Good for you!!! Where in the Sierra did you stay?

Renee said...

Wow. Sounds like quite the memorable adventure. I'm glad you made it home safe. Your sewing bee projects are fabulous!

krislovesfabric said...

Your pictures are beautiful and the kiddos look like they know how to enjoy snow!! Sorry for the bump in your trip but glad all is well now :)

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Sometimes those unplanned experiences can be just what we need. Sounds like you made the best of it.

Hilachas said...

I'm glad you finally got home. All's well that ends well and you got another mini-vacation.

Quiltsmiles said...

Thank goodness you had presence of mind to grab your stitching. Sounds like you made lemonade with those "lemons" and found joy in your journey.
Gorgeous photos too, thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

So glad you made it home, but your photos of your escape look beautiful. Your June bugs are super sweet.

barbara woods said...

Glad you are home safe

Stephanie said...

Always good to have handwork at the ready! Car troubles are never fun!! Love the kiddies and your family trip pics. At least you weren't holed up in a hotel due to sickness, just a sick car. Always love your "bee" projects.

Live a Colorful Life said...

It's been a while since I've seen snow! And I LOVE the book blocks. Thanks so much! :)

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

I am so sorry to hear you had car trouble during your vacation. That is such an inconvenience. I hope you had a good time at least before then. It is so good to see snow in the Sierra mountains! The photos are beautiful. Thank you so much for including the Wandering Camera on your post, Mary!

-Soma xx

Sue said...

Oh, Mary...I read your post when you put it up but failed to comment. You know I love that part of the Sierras because my son and wife once lived in Bishop! Anyway, today as I was checking the blogs I visit, I saw your post and I glanced at the title. Wow, I thought, an unscheduled "giveaway"! Wonder what Mary is giving away...then I realized it was the unscheduled getaway! LOL!

Glad you had a great time until the truck problem and thank you for the wonderful pictures! So how about a giveaway!!!!! :-)

Lara B. said...

Mary, your grandchildren are so adorable... what sweet rosy cheeks the winter gives them. Beautiful photos from your Sierras trip. I'm glad you all made it home safely!
Mid century... that is so funny. I'm going to start telling people that I'm mid century, LOL.
Really cute blocks!

Barbara said...

Quite an experience