Friday, July 08, 2016

A Seattle Kind of Day!

This was yesterday’s sun rise as we descended into Atlanta.

Flights that take off at 5:15am should be banned!  Or at least delayed a couple of hours.

Such an early early start to be leaving the house at just before 4am to get to the airport when the check in counters open at 4:30am to board a flight and get started on our journey.

But you know what? The truth of the matter is – we are so excited that I doubt we would have been able to sleep through the whole night anyway.  Like kids on their first trip to Disneyland, we are headed out on a week long Alaskan Cruise Adventure!


My feet are rocking the shoes!


Seattle in the morning mist!

We landed at just before 10 am west coast time, and I have to tell you of a situation that just made our day, swelled our hearts and filled us with love.  Upon deplaning in Seattle, as we were making our way to the rest rooms, there was a little West African lady, wearing her traditional dress (beautiful green batik dress and headdress!) and she looked lost, worried, weary and completely discombobulated.

Irene and I asked her in English if she was lost.  She didn’t speak English.  Swahili, maybe? I was guessing.  We asked the gate agent if someone could help her, and he asked if we would escort her to baggage claim where likely her family would be waiting.  We were happy to do so.

At one point, she was SO tired that she tried to sit DOWN on the escalator to keep from falling!  We held her up.

We got to baggage claim.  No family.  We went to the Delta baggage assistance desk and they told us to head over to claim 8 as that is where her luggage would be coming in.  About half way there, her family comes running, balloons and flowers in tow.  Smiles and tears and hugs all around, including hugging ME for helping to get her to the baggage claim. Out came their cameras to capture the moment and Irene and I left to go find our bags.

My heart was just so happy.  I can’t imagine how far she has traveled to get to Seattle to visit her daughter.  I can’t imagine how the daughter has worried over the past 24 hours or more that it took for her mom to board a plane in Africa, change planes wherever she had to make connections, go through customs, and finally arrive here in Seattle.  They are reunited.  It just made me feel SO GOOD!

Life is about places, and things, and adventures….but it is mostly about PEOPLE.


Downtown from the back seat of our cab!

We checked into our hotel, dropped off the luggage and headed off on foot in search of lunch!


Let’s go here!  To the Pikes Place Market!


Let’s wander around and have some fun!


We found Undercover Quilts!

For those of you who remember Undercover Quilts being IN the market place, they moved last October up the hill into their own little building.  Fun shop!
We wandered downtown until we couldn't wander any more. Naps happened in the afternoon.

Then back out again we went for a bite of dinner…the goal was to keep ourselves awake late enough that we would sleep through the night and not be up at 2am as we feared! 


Irene at the wailing wall of machines at All Saints! 

Remember that scene from Harry & the Hendersons where Harry finds all of the taxidermy in the closet and his heart broken over his dead friends?  That’s how we feel about the machines at All Saints.  They are disabled.  They will never sew again.  They have had epoxy poured into gears to keep them from moving.  They are just carcasses!  So my vintage machine loving heart breaks. 

At the same time, they are beautiful and on display and that is much better than sending them to the ironworks to the melting pot.

Kind of like the insect displays where they are pinned to display boards behind glass in a zoo for our own learning.  Bad for the bugs, good for our education!


Irene zooming in on a favorite!


This poor 66 with the lotus decals is serving a life sentence without parole for a crime she didn’t commit!


SO much fun!

There are close ups of machines and more in my mini-movie. Click the white arrow in the center of the screen to start:

Click the screen and it will play!


Our hotel room view!

So this is the plan for this morning.  Wake up. (Did that!  Slept 9 hours! Yay!) Post this, take a shower, find somewhere for breakfast and be at the pier by 10:30 to board!

As I write this my mom is boarding a plane in Boise.  Her two sisters are in the air already on their way from Minneapolis.  I’ll see them on the ship along with 50 quilters I am so excited to spend the week with.

I have a wifi package on the ship so I should be able to post daily, but if anything happens and things don’t connect so well, I’ll catch you up when I get back to a place where I can post.


Quiltville Quote of the day!
1950s quilt, love those stripes!
Quilt found in Kentucky.

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scf_farms said...

I wanted to go on this trip so bad, but couldn't quite talk the hubby into going with me. Have lots of fun! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Constance Chappell Horne said...

FYI - West Africans generally speak French. Great story! Enjoy your trip!

Janet Eidem said...

Bon voyage! Hope you see orcas and BIG whales!!!

Linda K said...

Have a blast!! Say HI to my friend, Betsy, at Quilt Alaska in Skagway. She's on an adventure, having taken a summer job there from Georgia to help with the summer cruise ship season! Enjoyed your program at East Cobb in Marietta last month. My leftover scraps WILL be tackled!!

Natalie in Maine said...

Bonnie, so glad you will be traveling with some family this time, should be such a wonderful cruise. So glad you were able to help the lady traveling, she must of been exhausted and terrified. Have a wonderful time and thanks for all you do.

sally said...

Bonnie, how did you find those shoes on eBay? What search words did you use? Patchwork sneakers?I just can't imagine how you found them, and in your size! So cool!

Mary said...

It really is about the People! great of you to escort her on your way to baggage claim. It doesn't cost a thing to be kind! Have a great cruise. I'll be watching from my seat here in SE Washington. Gotta get my Row by Row Quilt done. Self-imposed Deadlines can be FUN! Love the quilts in the NEW Book. Can hardly wait to pre-order!

Robby H. said...

Isn't it funny how something like helping that woman find her family costs us so little, and absolutely makes someone else's day. Well done. Bon voyage.

Marion C said...

Travelling from New Zealand to Scotland for a Killtsand Quilts tour (also visiting family)' first leg Auckland to Dubai is 17 Hours 15min non stop. Could do with you guiding me to next plane - a whole new career friendly quilter for hire!!!

Kathy Harris said...

This is about as close as I'll ever get to you. So happy to have you on the west coast, but cruises and travel are not in my budget or physical capabilities. I hope you have a wonderful cruise and I'll pretend I'm traveling with you.

Sylvie said...

Enjoy. In Leeds, UK there are shops with displays of machine like you saw; It is sad they are not in use but I got to see so many different models than I normally would. I was overjoyed. Have fun.

Barby T said...

Oh Bonnie. Cool Seattle weather and on your way to a very neat place. Have a great trip, soak up the sea air and watch the sea gulls from the back of the ship for me. BT

QuiltGranma said...

so goad you got a chance to enjoy Pike Place Market! it is such a fun adventure! there is a kitchen shop that I love near by and LOTS of fun foods to try! Enjoy your family reunion quilting trip!