Tuesday, February 8, 2011

From the Pacific to the Atlantic

It never ceases to amaze me that travel is so easy for us these days.  Last Thursday morning our plane took off flying out of Los Angeles over the Pacific Ocean and that evening we were enjoying the sunset on the Atlantic Ocean.  Amazing!!!

Midlife Mom and I get to meet up once a year at a gorgeous resort in Key Largo while our husbands have a meeting.  I do think that this was probably the nicest weather we have had in the seventeen years that we have been able to do this.  It was warm and sunny with little humidity and no rain.  Needless to say we had a marvelous time.  MM and I really got a chance to get together often which does not generally happen with events tightly scheduled.  It was just what we both needed as we so look forward to our visits.

The event has a yearly theme and costumes are provided for the theme night. I'll let you guess what this year's theme was.

Right out of the 60s!!!!

Love the lava lamp!!!

It is sad to report, but I remember living through those days.  Then again....maybe it is good that I can still remember it.  We got to talking about the terrible drug scene at the time.  My husband was going to college in San Francisco during those years and was very close to the Haight Ashbury district.  There were many sad cases up there, but perhaps the memories of what made a big impact on society was the Charles Man*son family.  They lived very close to where we lived and we used to go horseback riding on the Spa*hn Ranch.  Of course we all thought those people were "freaky" looking.  Little did we realize how dangerous they were.  So much for thinking that the 60s were about peace and love!!

The mode of transportation while we were there is a golf cart.  They are so much fun to drive/ride in and it is always fun to explore. 

I just love the colors of the buildings - blues, yellows, pinks.

The signature flagpole.

View from our balcony.

The marina with many pelicans.

I loved this orchid tree.
This year I went to visit their Art Gallery as they were having a one day art show.  Check out these wonderful brass eggs in the show.

We did venture "off campus" one day to go to a biker hangout that we always pass on our way to the resort.  I'll suffice it to say that it was interesting and we did have a blast.  The best part was a couple of ladies dancing to the cowboy band that was playing.  They were amazing!!!!  These gals were nearly 80 and danced like nothing you have seen before.  As well, they were dressed in their full skirts, petticoats and cowboy boots.  I am hoping that MM got some pictures of them as I only have it on video.  They were a hoot!

MM and her dear hubby.
 Sadly, all good trips must come to an end and this was no different.  Once again we awoke to the sunrise over the Atlantic and saw the setting sun over the Pacific.  Again....amazing!

So.....how much of my hand sewing did I get done while I was there?  Very little!!!!  I did take it with the best of plans, but just did not get a chance to do it. 

Joanne asked me if I had a picture of my blocks for the Thread Head Quilt Along.  It has outgrown my design wall, but I did lay them on the floor to take a picture of them.  The floor was also getting a little small so I just starting putting the blocks down.  I need to get blocks #15 (and probably #16) done soon.  There will eventually be 20 sets of blocks.

When I returned home there was an envelope from Leona waiting for me.  I had admired a wonderful quilt she had made with a Loralie panel.  It was all sewing themed and just precious.  She sent me a panel that she had and I can't wait to make a quilt for my sewing studio with it.  Look at how cute even the border is on it.  Thank you, Leona.


  1. It is lovely to read both your and MM's reports together - what fun you had! The weather looks beautiful too.
    I love your quilt along pieces. It will be stunning when it is finished, and that new sewing themed fabric is such fun! Perfect for your sewing room!

  2. Looks like you had a great time! Your quilt along blocks look great! I love the colors you used for the alternate blocks. They really help the other blocks stand out! :0)

  3. Sounds like a very fun trip! Glad you enjoyed it. Love your blocks! Have a happy week!

  4. Looks like a lovely trip. I'm glad you had such a nice time and showed some of your photos. WARM-weather photos are just what is needed here nowadays! LOL

  5. I hope you really got some good relaxation in. We are having a blizzard today -- the first for us this year.

  6. So lucky....looks so warm there....can you tell I'm ready for a defrosting?! Your quilt along blocks are looking good!

  7. What fun...loved the photos...I was very young in the 60's, the 70's were my stomping ground.....

    Love your quilt!!

  8. Oh DARN! I probably coulda popped in for a visit! We went on a quilting cruise, left 1/29 and back 2/5. Stayed over a few days in the Keys. Yes, the weather was FABULOUS!! You had a great time, too.

  9. I have to say the old evil envy crops up when I read about your wonderful trip, the weather, and the time with MM - I would just love to be with you two! What a beautiful place you get to stay - and the 60s theme is a riot - well, not the kind of riot that happened in the 60s, unfortunately.

  10. Do they have any openings where your hubbys work? Mine may have to come and get a job there so I can see you both once a year and go to that beautiful place. So glad you had a great time.

  11. Welcome home dear Mary:-) It truly does sound like you all had so much fun together and I'm so glad that the weather cooperated. What can I say about the hippie outfits except COOL MAN! lol That is so hilarious but you all looked really good! I remember my two older brothers wearing those tye dyed t-shirts, they had the long hair, etc. I remember you once mentioning that you lived near where the Manson family lived...so scary!!

    I just love the picture taken from your balcony, what a scenery and I wouldn't mind waking up to that every morning:-) Gorgeous!!

    Those brass eggs at the Art Gallery are so delightful. I would have loved walking in there with you.

    You guys went to a biker hangout??? How brave! lol Hopefully we'll be able to see some pictures of those elderly ladies dancing! lol

    The "high" was -11F here today...this is not funny anymore!! Sigh. Take care and that wonderful sewing going:-) Love you! xoxo

  12. Sounds like you had a very fun trip.

    I like the alternate blocks for your Thread Head Quilt. I'm collecting ideas for my civil war blocks. Hmmm, it has possibilities.

  13. Looks like paradise! And you were one groovy girl! :-)

    The quilt is really coming along and looks stunning. I like how your setting blocks do have color, but are muted enough to let the pieced blocks really shine. Such a nice balance.

  14. Mary that looked like fun. I'm glad you get to do that every year with MM. Nothing wrong with remember those years. It means only one thing. You are still here to remember it. You are getting about quite a bit Mary and thanks for sharing photos with us.


  15. Thank you for taking us on your great trip with your friends.
    Your Brown Pelicans always look funny to me. Our's are Black and White.
    Your blocks are just gorgeous. They will make a beautiful quilt. Who is the lucky recipiant????

  16. Love the tie-die-Ts! lol! I have a couple hiding deep in a closet here somewhere... 8-)
    Your quilt along project that Joanne is sharing is looking great! Good for you! 8-)
    Happy stitchings!

  17. What a fun time you must of had.
    I want to thank you for the warm looking photos.
    Great photo of you in the 60s outfits.
    I love the quilt it is going to be beautiful when you finish.
    Have a great day.

  18. Great photo's...looks like you had a lot of fun!

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  20. love the palm trees.....
    enjoyed seeing you with MM!!!How fun to catch up!!!
    you 2 are a hoot in your 60's costumes! love it!!!

  21. That looks like a fun trip.
    and the quilt I like it :o}
    hope you have a great day.

  22. Love the picture of the four of you in your costumes. And what a nice surprise package you received when you got home.

  23. What a fun trip :) I live in Florida, but I haven't seen weather like that in awhile! Rain, rain and more rain!! I'm glad you had such nice weather :)

  24. Looks like you had a great time! Your quilt is looking great! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

  25. What great photos! I still have a tie-dye shirt, but it was retro when I bought it, I think

  26. Great pictures! Nice visual break from the snow!
    The THQA pictures are great - I hope it is OK if I add them to my blog?♥

  27. Wonderful Pics! I love the Loralie panel. I have a lot of Loralie embroidery designs. They are so cute!

  28. Looks like a fun great trip!
    Your quilt blocks are awesome! Will be a wonderful quilt.

  29. Wow..I love seeing your trips, photos, and especially your quilts. How fun! I have one of those shirts too..and a photo of me and Tim. (He was dressed like a Beetle.Ha!)


  30. Seeing the pictures makes me want to be right back there again for more fun and sun! We certainly did luck out with the weather this year didn't we?! I wish they had let us take pictures inside the art show, I shouldn't have asked, just taken some but I am the middle child and I have to do these things. ha!

    It's supposed to get up to 40* tomorrow! I have crossed that day off on my appointment book so that I can do some things outside. My drive way is all ice and needs some scraping. Of course I am in the middle of reading Pioneer Womans new book and I can hardly put it down......

    Your quilt pieces look fabulous. Not much more to go now. Good thing you have a big family to pass these things around to after you finish them.

    I have my new hearing aids in and things sound so different. Even the sound of my keyboard keys is different. I have a lot to learn about them but I think I am going to do okay. There was a lot of information to take in today so was a tad overwhelming but I think I got the main things down pat.

    R has a meeting tonight and tomorrow night so I am not having a big dinner. The pot roast from last night will make for good sandwiches tonight and I think I will make your potatoes! Yum!

    Take care, our weekend went way too fast at OR didn't it?! xoxox

  31. Wow, that looks like one fun trip. It is hard to imagine that there are places that beautiful when you are experiencing cold dreary weather.

  32. Glad you had such good weather for this fun trip. So much rain here and it is cold.

  33. Glad you had such good weather for this fun trip. So much rain here and it is cold.