One thing we try to do is visit the freshman grandchildren once they are settled into their dorms. For this trip we headed up to Boise, Idaho. The college is right in the center of town and it is a beautiful setting.
Driving home, we hit an early snowstorm in the Sierras. Maybe it will be a water filled year for us.
Once we returned from that trip, there were Halloween costumes (no pictures yet), a fall table runner, my October Gridster Bee blocks for Lisa (IG nymblefyngers), and a bow tie for a grandson to make.
My sister from Alaska came to visit and we got two of her quilts quilted on the longarm. I'll have to get pictures from her for those, but they were as beautiful as her other ones have been.
Then it was off to Prague for a river cruise on the Danube with my sister, brother and their spouses. The trip was amazing with incredible sights and so much history. We enjoyed stops in Pilsen, Vilshofen, Passau, Regensburg, Melk, Vienna and finally Budapest. There was so much to see and do along the way, but we loved the quaint little town of Passau and the much bigger town of Budapest. I'll share just a few of my favorite highlights. If you want to see more, I posted some on my IG account (needledmom).
The town of Pilsen was so pretty and colorful. It had been under Communist rule until 30 years ago and all buildings were painted gray. Imagine how busy the painters must have been!
See the Lipizzaner Stallion poking his head out? These were elegant stables.
The first two days at home were busy trying to get the house up and running after several days of power outages from the fires. We live just a few miles from the Reagan Library and were grateful to the firefighters who were able to stop the progress before it reached us. It was a bit unnerving to get an emergency alert on our cell phones in the middle of the night while we were in Prague. Those calls were followed by texts from our children asking us what they should pack at our house for evacuation!
I finally got back to some sewing yesterday. I'd missed it. I quilted and finished up a heart quilt for our great grandbaby who turned one today. It is backed in such a soft pink minky fabric. The pattern is a freebie from Connie at Freemotion By the River. As well, I made and mailed off my November Gridster Bee blocks to Allison (IG quiltstudio62).
Hopefully, I won't be gone as long next time.