Sunday was quiet as more than half of the folks had to head out on their journeys home, some by air, some by automobile.
All of the goodbyes were met with “We need to do this more often!” “Wish we had more time to really spend together” and we were covered in the hugs and kisses of the young ones who are such good examples to us --
How to play together. How to share and laugh and accept and love no matter what our differences.
This photo was yesterday morning’s coloring in quiet ---the scene I tiptoed up the basement stairs into the kitchen to find.
These young ones, the little people growing so quickly….what will THEY turn our world into when it is their turn to run this country? Will we have become better or worse in providing them a safe place to live and raise their own families?
And around lunch time, when things were settled and most were gone, we wound up back in the heart of the home, preparing yet another meal, helping hands at the ready:
Emory making BREAD!
My sister is a wiz…..and if you think *I* have too much energy and work too hard, you should see her with these 5 wonderful kids of hers. The dough was turning in the mixer, flour on the counter at the ready for a bit more kneading and forming of the loaves, and up jumps Emory, ready to get into the action and help.
Such a cutie pie!
After lunch it was time for MORE goodbyes – the The Hubster headed back to the airport as well, catching a flight home to North Carolina via Atlanta, and then this morning turning right around again and having to head out on a business trip to Mexico which came up AFTER we had already purchased airfare for the family reunion trip. It being on a different airline, arranged by his work, there was no way to go on that trip FROM Utah, he had to fly home, get a few hours sleep and fly out of Charlotte this morning.
Super Moon rising over the Wasatch!
huddling in blankets to watch it rise higher.
Just AWESOME to behold!
It was actually darker out than this, this is how my phone camera captured the brightness of the moon coming over that ridge. We stood out in the lawn and watched it until the goosebumps took over, headed back inside for another big family round of “BURN!” played with my playing cards which have been a hit amongst family. So fun.
ZERO sewing time has happened, it’s been too busy with family, and you know what? I’m perfectly fine with switching my priorities around this week. Family does come first.
As soon as kids are off to school Joy and I are headed out for a long walk – much needed. There is a plan to go along some green belt areas so I can see parts of her area that I’ve never seen before.
This afternoon, we are headed out to my sister Mary’s to see her new house – my mom and step dad are staying over there which divides the chaos down just a bit.
I have to admit it. I needed a break. From EVERYTHING, just to recharge my batteries, but I also can’t wait to get home and get back to doing what I do. Those pumpkins are still waiting on the studio floor to be finished!
Speaking of finishes…
Spanish Rose finish by Nancy R!
"Hi Bonnie! Just finished Spanish Rose. Love the process, especially the back stitch appliqué method. The cruise was wonderful!"
I love how this turned out! Great job, Nancy! We really DID have an epic time on our Mediterranean cruise. While I don’t have any cruise plans for 2017, I hope some of you will join me for either China, Thailand or both! Info can be found under the China 2017 tab or the Thailand 2017 tab at the top of the blog.
My friend Jill from San Diego has already signed on for China and I know it is going to be MARVELOUS!
Carol B’s version of Spanish Rose!
This Spanish Rose share is coming from Carol B in Florida! She writes:
"Bonnie, I really enjoyed the Craftours cruise to the Mediterranean in August and the Spanish Rose pattern. I enjoyed back-basting appliqué so much I added another border using the flower and leaf. Thanks for a great tour, great teaching and fun pattern."
Carol, this just knocked my socks off! I love what you did with the additional flower and leaf border. It is perfect in every way! Thank you so much for sharing it!
The digital pattern for Spanish Rose is found in the digital downloads section of the Quiltville Store.
Okay, my fingers ARE itching to get back to stitching, how can I make it all the way until I get home Sunday night? Maybe I can squeeze some hexie time in this afternoon? Maybe I could twist an arm to drop by a quilt shop and just let me pet the fabric for just a bit??
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
I truly believe this. If you are feeling bad about your situation, go and help someone who's got more struggles than you do. It will open your eyes to all you've already been blessed with.
It’s Monday! It’s a new week – what are you going to do with it?
Much love from the Mountain West --