Sunrise in Monument Valley

Sunrise in Monument Valley

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Missouri and the Void of Internet Access

We stayed in Columbia, MO at a nice, clean campground for one night. Bentley enjoyed a nice stroll around the park in his new stroller which he thoroughly enjoyed. There were no dogs about walking, so he had a great time checking out everything in the campground. It was a nice relaxing overnight stay.

The next day we headed for Maysville, MO which is literally out in the middle of no where. I can't even say it was in the middle of a corn field because they didn't even have that. Our (huh MY) goal was to visit Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, MO and this was the closest decent (???)  campground. The drive was uneventful and the kitties were pretty content as you can see.

The campground (Pony Express Rv Park) was not as nice as their website led you to believe. It sounded like a nice ranch with a petting zoo and entertainment on  sprawling acreage. Well, the sprawling part is right. The RV sites were sprawling all over the place with no rhyme nor reason for the layout. The only good parts were you were not on top of each other and the laundry was cheap.
$1.00 to wash, .75 to dry. What a bargain. Fresh clothes for us. The grounds were however, awful. The grass was ankle high. They had a fenced in area with some alpacas, but the grass there was really high. Do alpacas eat grass? I didn't see any other animals in their "petting zoo" and even the alpacas looked pretty sad. No restaurants, grocery stores or ANYTHING near by. The song "I Could Drive for Miles and Miles and Miles and Miles" was going through my head.The weather and high grass made it uncomfortable to sit outside.You could have fooled me, I thought it was almost Fall. At least we have clean clothes.

There was almost no Internet service even with our hot spot so I wasn't able to post anything on my blog. That has been the case for every campground in Missouri. What's with Missouri and the internet???? I will post more on Missouri Star when I have better access to the internet. Hopefully by Monday.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Last Day in Paducah and Heading to Missouri

We had a nice quiet day in Paducah. Just lounging about. David did want to go to a store he visited years ago where he found a great deal on an air compressor. The store was still there---sort of, but it was now a Bargain Hunt store. We have not had good luck with buying things in the BH store in Chattanooga, but we decided to walk through anyway. We didn't NEED anything, but what the heck. We had time to kill. We did find a pet stroller for Bentley that was 50% off and still in the box. We have a couple of strollers, but their days are numbered as they have been used quite a bit as we always take them with us when we travel. This one was a Pet Gear with a latching closure rather than a zippered enclosure. That seems to be the part that causes the most problems with our strollers. So, we bought it. It came with a fluffy PINK bed in it which we will have to get rid of. Bentley can't ride around on a PINK bed. It's actually too hot for that bed anyway. I forgot to take his picture in it, but I'm sure we'll get another chance later.

While in Hancocks I spied the Row X Row fabric with Chattanooga Quilts tag in it. (Piece Yal'll), so I bought a yard and a half. Cute fabric.

For dinner we weren't very hungry so we went to TGI Fridays and had an appetizer. David had one of their beer specials, which was quite tall. He said it was excellent. I have never acquired a desire for beer. It tastes like pee to me. It works out well for us. I'm the designated driver when he has a beer at dinner.

On Wednesday we left for Columbia, MO. It was about a 300 mile drive and a very, very hot one at that. The temperatures were in the 90s, but felt more like 103. The A/C in the MH couldn't cool enough so we ended up turning on the generator and main A/C while we drove. The poor kitties we so hot too. Here we are in St Louis crossing the bridge.

We are staying at the Cottonwoods campground in Columbia which is very nice. After we stopped and sat everything up the kitties were all laying on the floor trying to cool their little tummies.Poor kitties.

 Tomorrow we are headed to Maysville, MO so we can visit Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton. I hope the weather cools off.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Quilty Day

We had a nice day in Paducah, KY. After breakfast we headed over to Hancocks of Paducah to check out the fabric selection. They have an enormous selection of fabrics.  There is nothing I need, but it is still fun to browse. It would have been more fun if I needed something. I did find a few white and off whites with writing or scripts on them which will be good to add to some of my scrappy light backgrounds. I also found the Row by Row fabric with the tags of various quilt shops across the country. This was something I HAD to get because it has Chattanooga Quilts RXR tag in it, I don't do RXR, but I thought Kim might like a little piece of it. Usually I'm really excited about going to Hancocks, but not his time. I guess I just so overwhelmed with all of the fabric I have at home that I need to piece.

Next, we went to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah. The quilts there are show winners and absolutely outstanding quilts. There were many from the 1980's which were very traditional and also more modern, recent show winners by Caryl Beyer Fallert, Janet Stone (who always puts sheep in her quilts) and others. We really enjoyed our visit there. The quilts are always fantastic to see with spectacular quilting. It is against museum policy to take pictures in the museum, so I wasn't able to photograph my favorites.

While in the museum there was a horrific storm and a lot of rain. We had left our chairs outside the motor home along with Bentley's stroller, so they were drenched. Oh well, they'll dry out.

After the museum we went for lunch at Boudreaux's Swamp Shack a new Cajun restaurant here in Paducah. David had fish (we're aren't sure what kind) and red beans and rice and I had fried shrimp, It was very good. A nice relaxing day.

Monday, September 18, 2017

On to Paducah, KY

We had such a nice relaxing time in Cave City. The campground was so nice, but yesterday it was time to move on to Paducah. We have been here and through here many times, although not in a while. The big Spring AQS show is here in April and it's impossible to get a place to stay at that time of year due to the thousands that come each year to attend the show. This year the show that used to be in Chattanooga moved to Paducah in Sept and it was just held here last week. We purposely planned to miss it due to the traffic and numbers of visitors in town. We did hear that the show was not as big as the Spring show with fewer vendors and attendees. I'm sure AQS is disappointed.

What we did want to go to in Paducah is the National Quilt Museum and Hancocks of Paducah. The Quilt Museum holds many of the Best of Show Quilt winners from previous years. When a $10,000 or $20,000 prize is given for a quilt, the winner gets the money and the museum gets the quit. The exhibits change regularly so there is also something new to see. Hancocks of Paducah is a huge fabric store and it's always fun to walk through and see what they have. I don't need anything,but it's always fun to look.

The campground we are staying at is mediocre at best. The gentleman checking us in could not have been nicer. The campground seems older, not well laid out or well kept and we are rather cramped next to some trailers. The WiFi, electricity and water  works so I guess we are good.

On a sadder note I got a text from Ryan yesterday. They still do not have power at their house which means no A/C in Florida, UGHHH. So they went to Pam and Randy's to get a decent night's sleep since they have A/C. Trevor fell out of bed, hit a table and broke his collarbone. Poor boy, but he is still smiling.
I love that face.

Leaving the hospital with his new dinosaur sling.

                             Perhaps tomorrow I'll less traumatic pictures to post.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Visiting Mammoth Cave

We had a great visit to Cave City, KY and Mammoth Cave. The weather was great with no rain and cool breezes. We are here for 3 nights and the campground is so nice, clean and quiet. The young man checking us in was very helpful and nice.

For some reason, Nicky likes to hang out on the back of the captain chairs. This morning when I woke up he was sitting straight up on the back of the chair. What a character.

 Mammoth Cave was very impressive. We had no idea it was so large and so long. The park area around it is just beautiful.

 The cave walking was easy, getting in and out was hard due to the number and steepness of the steps going down and then back up on the way out. I knew it wasn't going to be easy when I saw a bunch of young people huffing and puffing on their way up and out.

                                   We had Ranger Ryan leading our tour into the cave.


After the cave visit we had a nice Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich at the restaurant and then back to the motor home for a nice nap. Then we sat outside with the kitties in the stroller and playpen. 

Bentley enjoyed a nice stroll around the campground. The weather was perfect.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Quick Trip to Tulsa, OK

Over Labor Day weekend we made a quick trip to the Tulsa area to pick up a used longarm quilting machine. When I say quick, I mean 5 days which is as quick as we could do it. Two and a half days there and two and a half days back. We like to travel no more than 300 miles  a day, so that's the way it worked out. The first night we stayed in Tom Sawyer's RV Park which is right on the Mississippi River. It was right after Hurricane Harvey and we were a bit concerned about the river flooding or being too high, but it was fine. It was a pleasant stay. We always enjoy watching the barges go up and down the Mississippi.It's one of our favorite campgrounds.

On the road while traveling I always have to have a project to work on. This trip I worked on a pair of tweed gray socks. I try to do a couple of pairs for each winter.

Bentley enjoyed riding on the dashboard and looking out, at least for a little while.

The kitties each have their favorite places to lay while traveling. Finny likes the back of the couch or on the couch. Bentley likes riding in the bed under the quilt or on the couch and Nicholas likes under my chair or in David;s lap.

At any rate, we made it safely to Tulsa and back with a new (to me) quilting machine.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Wonderful Visit in St. George Island

We had such a great time visiting family and new friends in SGI. We were only able to stay for a couple of days, but it was a fun time all around. My cousin Becky and her daughter Emily and SIL Ryan rented a 4 bedroom, 4 bath house on the beach for a week. We stayed in our motor home in Eastpoint, but visited the family during the day.

The house was really nice with a big great room and kitchen in the middle and the bedrooms split on opposite sides of the house. There was lots of food and friends all around. Becky and her other daughter Elise shared one bedroom, Emily and her family (Ryan and daughters Graysen, 4 and Katherine, 2) shared another, Ryan's parents (our new friends) Millie and Allen shared another and two new friends, Dina and Gaby arrived from Guatemala and shared the 4th bedroom. Also,Kathy and Alan Windham, Becky's in laws were staying at a local hotel. Lots of people, lots of fun.

Graysen and Katherine had a wonderful time on the deck feeding the birds.

It was a perfect beach vacation spot with lots of room for family and friends.It was also a perfect place to share memories and honor the life of Mike Windham, Becky's husband and Emily and Elise's father and Alan's brother. Mike passed away in September and this beach and the fishing here was one of his favorite places and things to do. It was only fitting that friends and family gathered here to remember him and enjoy each other. Mike would probably never approve of us even mentioning him in any way. He was always the one to stand in the background and observe and let everyone else take the spotlight. He had a great sense of humor You often could not tell if he was serious in making a remark or not, which would catch you a little off guard. He had a tremendous work ethic and energy and always loved and supported his family and friends in every way no matter what.

My first visit to Chattanooga was because of Mike Windham. When he and Becky were newly married, Mike was in the National Guard and would leave for camp training. I would come and spend time with Becky while he was away in whatever small town they lived in . Once when Mike came home from NG and they lived in Trion, Ga he said "let's take a ride to Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain". So we rode up to Lookout for the day. I remembered that day fondly and when I received a job offer in Chattanooga that memory popped in my head. So, in a way Mike was responsible for my love of Chattanooga and my moving here. You just never know in how many ways a person can change your life.

Here is a rare picture of Mike, probably giving me some sage advice at Ryan and Najla's wedding.I think about Mike a lot. He has left a massive imprint in the lives of everyone he has known and is greatly missed.