Remember all of that sewing time that I was planning on while our floors were being refinished? What was I thinking? The first few days were okay, in spite of all the noise from the sanding machines, etc. After that they suggested we leave the house because of the fumes and inability to walk on the floors. I am glad to say that they finished up this morning and now it is cleaning and putting everything back where it belongs. UGH!
So....what did we do when we had to leave? We took a spur of the moment road trip. We headed out to Las Vegas to visit some dear friends who moved there several years ago. We stayed in Vegas for two days and enjoyed some rather cool and tropical weather. It was a joy to see thunderstorms and enjoy a bit of rain in the desert.
I would love to know more geology so I could tell you about the different colored layers in the mountains and just how long ago it happened. It would be so interesting.
From there we drove to Death Valley, stopping in at Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge along the way. Ash Meadows is located just a short distance from Death Valley and is an oasis in the middle of the hottest, driest desert in North America. They had a lovely visitor center about 8 miles down a gravel road. We were the only visitors at the beautiful facility. What a shame! I was amazed to see so much water in the desert. The colors in the pools of water were gorgeous and they were homes to tiny little puff fish, an endangered species.
Death Valley was toasty warm at 114* when we pulled into the Inn for the evening. We enjoyed a pretty sunset overlooking the desert.
It was still warm when we left a little after 6 a.m. the next morning.
What sewing did I get done during the mess? I finished a fall table runner for Sara who is in our Sewing With Friends
I also got all the blocks sewn together for my Sea and Sand
Lastly, I did some mindless sewing, adding 20 more blocks to my selvage block project.
I also caught up on my Temperature Quilt. The reds were making an appearance for a few days, but we are back in the low 80s again - back to the rusty reds.
The last of my Gridster Bee blocks arrived from Afton
. She actually made me EIGHT blocks for my month! I am excited about getting this quilt made with all of the gorgeous hearts that I received in the month of June.
My computer was stored away in a room with no access during the refinishing so it is nice to have it out again. I have missed following blogs.
This is what my house has looked like.
Even Toby is glad to have things back to a more normal living situation again.