Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leaving Santa Fe!

Hello from me, back here in NC!

Gosh, it’s good to be home. I was up early to catch the 7:30am shuttle that took me, my copious amounts of luggage ((Oh, you should have seen the look on the shuttle driver’s face!)) and several other passengers the hour or so drive back to the Albuquerque airport. So many of us going so many different directions.

It had rained during the night, and the air was fresh. If you’ve never smelled sage brush after a drenching rain, you are seriously missing one of nature’s gifts! It brought to mind so closely the smell of the sage brush from when we lived in Idaho, which is also high desert. I wish I could bottle that!

As we were driving along, I glanced to the west and saw this deluge happening in the distance. Rain comes quickly, and goes away just as fast, but when it dumps, it dumps!

Of course, taking a shuttle sometimes means that you get to your destination about 3 hours too early and find yourself with some time to kill---

Let me just say that some airports are better than others when it comes to shops and things to look at. I could spend a LOT of time in the shops at the Albuquerque airport! And if there is something that you regretted not picking up in Santa Fe, you could possibly find it here!

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Besides the obligatory t-shirt purchase, I had a great time looking at the displays that are all ready for the Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.

I was disappointed that this pic turned out so blurry, because the displays were wonderful! I loved the happy skeleton ladies in all their painted finery! Look at this one:

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She looks like she’s all gussied up for an afternoon tea! I just LOVED the colors…the oranges, reds, golds, greens, purple-y blue periwinkles….FUN!

In Albuquerque, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations take place over several weeks, although the holiday is traditionally celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. Families remember deceased loved ones and honor them by building offering altars (ofrendas) where sugar skulls are placed, along with offerings of pan de muertos. The holiday is festive although the content may not be, as spirits are welcomed back into peoples' lives for another year.

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Here in the USA we forget that our customs within this country are so vast! There is such a melding of traditions from different cultures who have settled here from across the world. It was really a treat to be in New Mexico and to feel the build up of not just Halloween, but the important day after it, and how it evolved from the Christian holiday of “All Saints Day” to the customs it has acquired over time through the people of Mexican descent.

Look at that pic above…see that bell shaped thing to the left of the skulls? That was a SKIRT for one of the really large “painted lady” skeletons…isn’t it awesome?

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I loved this display of sun faces in the window….and another glimpse of the painted lady’s skirt to the right of the pic. I wish I had room to bring home a happy CHEDDAR face! But my luggage had already been checked, and my carry on was full!

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More tiles! I really like the basket one at the top left…but that lizard is awfully cute!

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Would your “Quilters Eyes” pick up on these baskets right away? There were so many patterns and colors! I just about had my heart set on one to bring home…..((It was flat, I bet it would fit in the carry on!)) But on closer inspection --- uhoh! What’s this I see???

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Hmmmmmmm…..MADE IN……PAKISTAN!???

Well, that’s the way it goes I guess! For heaven’s sake --- most of the big quilt book publishers have their books all printed in CHINA, so why should this be any different?

I’m happy to be a Kansas City Star Author, all of our books are printed right here in the good ol’ USA!

I boarded my flight….and found myself with another 3 hour layover in Chicago! I’d have to say that the Chicago airport probably has some of the best food places as far as airports go. ((Can’t beat the cheese popcorn either! Only it should come with wet wipes to clean the orange off of your fingers so you don’t have to resort to wiping them on your jeans--))

All through the day I’d been in touch with Jason, who is still struggling with the changes in his life. I encouraged him to come home for a long weekend, and after school, he drove up from Columbia, about a 3 hour drive. He met me here last night shortly after I arrived home. We talked and talked until the wee small hours, and then I drug myself off to bed.

It’s just the two of us until Sunday --- DH is off on a business trip. I’m looking forward to a few days of relaxing and spending time with my son.

When I went to unpack my suitcase to gift him with his New Mexico t-shirt souvenir….look what I found!

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Oh, my! It’s ANOTHER note from TSA telling me how much they thank me for my business, and to tell me how much they enjoy going through my luggage! LOL!

I’m thinking of having these laminated, and just place them at the top of my luggage myself when I GO somewhere…might save on some paper costs for them, don’t you think?


  1. How nice that you got to spend some time with your son. I had one of those late into the night discussions with my son about a week ago, and about a week before that, I had one with my daughter. While I always pay for them the next day, there is nothing in the world I would trade for those moments of listening to my children open up and share their hearts...

    I travel more than most, but less than you, and I am amazed at your TSA magnetism. I have never had any of my bags inspected by TSA. I only check baggage about half of the time, but even in the security lines, I have only been asked to open my suitcase once in the past decade! Guess you're just lucky!


  2. Believe me, here in Utah I am very familiar with the smell of sagebrush after rain. Love it.
    Beautiful color combos in the Day of the Dead skeleton ladies. That should show up in a quilt somewhere down the road. : )
    Love your idea to laminate the TSA cards. *LOL*
    Welcome home--good to have time to be with Jason one-on-one.

  3. Anonymous10:13 AM EDT

    So glad you're home again and can spend some time with your son. Much needed for both I'm sure.
    Your trips are wonderful and thanks for taking me places I'll never go. Very interesting. As for the TSA slips - perhaps you should save them up and decoupage them to a piece of your luggage. lol
    Love ya,

  4. Noticing the everyday, and tourist stuff is not necessarily the everyday but most people would look at it but not think to take pictures or write about it. I think that's what I enjoy most. Was driving somewhere the other day and was thinking what would Bonnie notice about this area, or what is the everyday here that others might find interesting.

  5. I'm starting to get a major chuckle over all the TSA cards you're collecting, which are going to keep you in hexie templates for a very long time!

  6. If you laminate the card you should include a little space where they can include the date...LOL.

    Glad you are home to spend some time with your son. No matter how old they get they still need Mom....

  7. Anonymous10:56 AM EDT

    I love the idea of permanently putting the TSA card in your luggage - heck, if nothing else it would make them laugh!!!

  8. I'm happy you enjoyed your time in New Mexico. We had really gorgeous weather for the first days of your visit. Loved the pictures of the shops at the airport, very festive and so colorful. It is great you and Jason have some time together, as kids get older, that doesn't happen as much as we parents would like. Get some rest for your next adventure!

  9. Oh what a wonderful idea to lamenate the TSA notifications! Add an area for putting a "Date of Search". I love reading your "travel logs". You have so much information stored in your brain and you share it in the most wonderful way. Love it!

  10. Thanks for all the great pics....I rarely go to the airport shops....this was fun! AND.....to the right of those two skulls are stacked flying geese in a triangle! Oh yeah! I'm thinking I need to graph that out right now! Thanks, Bonnie!

    Glad you're home with your son this weekend.....nice to get to spend one on one time with him!

  11. I'm with Yankee Quilter and anonymous...Put a card in there that they can initial and date, with room for the airport code.

  12. Anonymous12:28 PM EDT

    But if you laminate the TSA love notes, whatever will you use to cut up for paper piecing?????? Still think you should do it. Would be good for a laugh for some unsuspecting TSA agent! Enjoy your time wit your son! Joy

  13. I don't travel by plane often, but I got one of those TSTA cards this summer when we took a cruise to Alaska. I was the only one in the group who did. I also got tagged for a full body scan...oh well....

  14. Anonymous4:05 PM EDT

    Bonnie, I am with Maryella, cover your luggage with the TSA tags, you will never NOT find your luggage on the merry-go-round again! Too funny...
    Thanks so much for the photos of where ever you travel. I am now anxious to check out Santa Fe and Albuquerque...have always wanted to go out for Odem Tash (Indian Festival) so now may have to plan that trip for real.
    All my best...

  15. they want to make sure you don't run out of hexie cardboards probably....LOL


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