Dad and I left Sun Lakes this morning –a short little road trip of about 90 miles to drop me off in Tucson where I’ll be teaching over the next few days.
Ever since the weather got cold in November ---I’ve been holding this gem of a journey close, praying it would thaw me out and keep me warm through the rest of the winter blahs ---and it looks like I am about to miss the WORST storm to hit the South East and North East in 20 years.
Maybe it’s all my fault?? I jinxed the whole country?
I think not….but I’m not feeling TOO guilty either ---
I treated Dad to a birthday lunch in Casa Grande as we made our way south toward Tucson.
I am sending everyone in the frozen winter areas a bit of blooming sunshine:
Think hard, and see if you can conjure up how they smell. Petunias have a very unique fragrance – and they definitely smell like SPRING to me. I smelled them for you!
For the tile lovers in all of us --
This was the tile in the entrance to the restaurant! It reminds me of tile I saw in Ireland. So pretty – wouldn’t that be a great quilt design?
Picacho Peak outside of Tucson.
When I think of the Civil War –I don’t tend to think of battles being fought in Arizona. But I learned something today --
The Battle of Picacho Pass or the Battle of Picacho Peak was an engagement of the American Civil War on April 15, 1862. The action occurred all around Picacho Peak, 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Tucson, Arizona. It was fought between a Union cavalry patrol from California and a party of Confederate pickets from Tucson, and marks the westernmost battle of the American Civil War.
The Westernmost battle of the Civil War!
Due to perceived neglect by the Federal government, Confederate sympathies were high in Tucson among the southern-born Anglo-American population. The Confederates proclaimed Tucson the capital of the western district of the Confederate Arizona Territory, which comprised what is now southern Arizona and southern New Mexico.
Wow! I learn something new every day ---Dad and I had a very interesting discussion on our drive down, and I’m glad he volunteered to be my chauffer to get me here for my presentation this evening with the Tucson Quilt Guild.
Dad, lugging quilt baggage!
Yes, the top had to go down on the PT Cruiser so we could lift the trunk show bags out of the car and put them on a luggage cart..LOL What a trooper he is!
I’m all checked in!
Look at the mountain view from my hotel window! Oh, I feel SO guilty ((NOT!!)) for missing that snow storm back home!
I did a bit more hexie stitching while on the hour and a half drive to Tucson. I’m adding the neutral path between and around the 4 diamond units..one at a time, they get sewn together.
I’m being picked up in about 45 minutes to go set up for the lecture, and grab a bite to eat for dinner.
Oh! And guess what else I spied here....There is a CULVERS in Casa Grande, and another one here in Tuscon. There will be a Culvers run in my near future -- at LEAST once if not more..ha!
On other exciting fronts – I got some COVER IMAGES for my new book in my email this afternoon!! Ohhhhhh! Which one will we choose?! Getting so close now. Any day I should have a cover, and once we do I can show you and we can start pre-orders!
If you are in the path of that storm…hunker down, stay warm and quilt-on ---
Much love from Tucson --