Friday, August 3, 2018

Traveling East (Willis, TX)

Travel day tomorrow and I have just realized that I have not posted in almost a month.  
Dusty loved our great site on the Colorado River
To tell you the truth, I really don't have a whole lot to show for all that time.  I'm not sure what I did except to go for morning walks, supervise our cats' outdoor time, read, and of course, work on some projects.
Colorado River
Here are some photos that Dan and I took during the past four weeks.
Evening visitor
We were on the Colorado River when I posted the last time.  Plenty of wildlife running around the park.  The cats kept alerting on the armadillos as they would waddle by our site looking for bugs and grubs.  Hitch and Dusty really wanted to chase after the little guys.  We said no and made sure they just watched from a distance.  We always ruin their fun. 😾
Deer behind our site
The deer were especially spunky running from one end of the park to the other in the evenings.
A mini Bus??  Not sure, but I thought it was cute to share
You probably remember the damage done by Harvey along the Texas coastal area.  The Colorado River flooded the lower half of this park during that time.  Below is the site we had in 2015.  This link takes you back to my post when I was worried about the heavy rains and the river was rising fast.  The park lost about four sites last year, but they have done a good job getting the area back up to speed except for some electrical problems.

We are now finishing up a three week stay on Lake Conroe before moving to Nacogdoches to get some work done on our coach.
New developments in the Conroe RV Park
The temperatures have been in the high 90s plus humidity equals a real-feel of 105℉+.  I have been trying to get in a walk every morning with cooler temperatures below 85℉.
Great view of my morning walks near Lake Conroe
After Nacogdoches, we will move to the Gulf Shores area in Alabama.  I'm ready to go see some new sites and to visit a few old ones as well.

On The Cutting Board
I honestly do not have a single thing to show you.  I know I have been working on a few projects, but I haven't finished a single thing!  I saw this on Facebook.  A good reminder to get some of these projects done soon.
Well, I should start packing, but I think I will do a little sewing first.
Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Recycled Roadrunner (Columbus, TX)

We have been spending most of our time hanging around the campground near the Colorado River in Texas.  Just taking it easy.  I haven't been taking a lot of photos so I thought I would share the photos from the Las Cruces Overlook Rest Stop.
Desert Willow and picnic area
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day for viewing the mountains and the valley.
The picnic areas are covered and kept very clean with a grill.  Big rigs can stay overnight if you don't mind dry camping.
We really did not need to stop, but I wanted to see the recycled Roadrunner that watches over the valley. 
He was definitely worth the stop!
The artist did a wonderful job of catching the roadrunner's face using soles of shoes, wires, and a reflector with a bicycle tire for his eye.
I could see his wing had keyboards, stereo parts, and toys.  Can you see the horse?  He is just below the film wheel.
The tail had wire mesh with smaller items like cell phones, strips of metal, and belts.   All in all, it was quite interesting.  If you happen to be on I-10 and driving through Las Cruces, I highly recommend stopping here even if you are not ready for a rest.
A couple of more photos to share with you....
Moon over Benson, AZ
This is my favorite with a deer being more curious about the cats.  The cats were rather blasé about the whole encounter.  They just sat there giving her their bored look as she got closer.  She did not act threatening, but after taking this photo, I stood up to scare her away.  I felt she got a pretty good look at the strange critters and did not need to get any closer.
Curious Deer watching our cats near Medina Lake
On The Cutting Board
Since we are spending quite a bit of time around the campground, I have been able to finish another six Happy Campers.  Now, I need to spend some time taking photos and getting them listed in my shop.
 Here are some close-ups of the embroidery on the new ones.

 I started appliquéing the vine along with leaves and sweet peas on this quilt.  I should have this one done soon.
I want to get the second quilt top done before I start quilting the tops.  Time to get back to my Sweet Pea vine!
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Arizona to Texas (Lakehills, TX)

I have quite a few photos to share.  I have missed being in the southwest desert and being able to view Mother Nature in action.  Don't get me wrong.  I love the northwest, but the foliage is so thick that it is hard to see even a bird sitting in the tree above me!  

Before we left Benson, AZ, we had a couple of visits from Ma and Pa Quail with their brew of chicks.
I counted nine of them one evening.  Ma and Pa were funny about getting our attention away from the little ones by running back and forth while making sounds.  I used my 500 mm lens so they would feel comfortable enough to move their little ones from one bush to another.
The cats?  They would watch, but for the most part found it too hot to chase after the birds.
On one of my morning walks, I noticed a Roadrunner (RR) standing at the edge of this site.  From this angle, you cannot see the owner of the Minnie talking to his cat.  The cat was ready to go in and was sitting on the step waiting for the door to be opened which the owner was taking his sweet time doing (according to the cat).  
In the meantime, RR was slowly moving closer towards the two.  He seemed quite curious and managed to get within a couple of feet when the door opened for the cat to enter.  The cat's owner said that usually there are two roadrunners following his cat around.  Both birds seem very curious about his cat, but never get too close.
We spent one afternoon walking the trails in Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve.  We haven't been there since our camp hosting days in 2013.  The place looks great.  They have added new artwork around the office area.  The hummingbird thought this was an excellent idea to have artwork near the feeder.
The improved wider trails had new signs making it easier to follow along with plant info and history.  The new manager has done an excellent job and I would recommend stopping by if you are in the area.  A great place to view wildlife and bird sightings.  Although, we did not have much luck since it was later in the spring for wildlife migrations.
We left Benson a couple of weeks ago.  It took us five days to get to the Thousand Trails RV Resort on Lake Medina.
Dusty was happy to hear we were settled in for the next three weeks.  He was tired of being used as a pillow during our travels.
We spent one day walking around Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World.  
I love visiting the old Bandera General Store.  It is a small store packed full of unique gift ideas, salsas, jams, and used boots.  Plus, they have an old-fashion soda fountain. 
gently used boots in all sizes
I also visited Gone Quiltin' in Bandera.  It doesn't look like much from the outside, so I was surprised to see how big it was on the inside.  Filled with a wide variety of fabrics, notions, and books complete with a longarm room and a classroom.  I'm not sure how I missed this great gem of a quilt shop the last two times we were here!  You can bet that I will not forget the next time I am in the area!
shells on the table from Lake Medina
The first time we were here, this lake was nothing more than a stream at the bottom of a steep valley.  We even saw cattle grazing in it.  It certainly is nice to see it filled, but the water is noticeably going down due to usage and hot weather.  I would not be surprised to see this lake drained by the time we come back through the next.
Doe eyes
Okay, a few more photos of the deer in the campground.  The deer do not fear the people since we are allowed to feed them corn bought at the campground's office.
Even the fawns are not as shy as most wildlife.  Mama came up begging for food while the little ones watched from a distance.
I look forward to my morning walks with hopes of seeing a fawn.  I have had quite a few sightings.
On The Cutting Board
Since the afternoons are too hot and muggy, I have been spending quite a bit of time indoors with my sewing.  I finished four Happy Campers and....
 applquéd another quilt top.  I think I will call this one Baby Sweet Pea's Garden.
Well, I am in the middle of appliquéing the vine on another quilt top, so I better get back to it.
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Having a Senior Moment (Benson, AZ)

I received an email from my friend a few days ago.  She wanted to let me know that she had a great time visiting me and mentioned photos of her visit.  Talk about having a Senior moment.

I had totally forgotten to post photos of our visits to Cottonwood and to Phoenix.  For some reason, I thought I had already posted to my blog about our visits with my friend and with Dan's sister and her husband.  We had a great time visiting and catching up with everyone. So, for this post I'm doing a little backtracking.
it's called a senior moment
Below are a couple of photos of from the trails above the Verde Valley RV Campground near Cottonwood, AZ.  My friend and I did a very early morning walk.  It got up into the high 90s, but the mornings were wonderful. 
You can see the tops of the rigs among the trees in this one.
We also visited Tuzigoot National Monument.  We did not stay long as it was getting close to noon and getting very warm especially out in the sun.
After our stay in Cottonwood, we moved south to Phoenix to visit Dan's sister and her husband.  We had a delicious homemade lunch for Mother's Day and a tour of their house.
Dan had no problems getting us reservation at the Usery Mountain Regional Park.  We stayed a few nights enjoying the quiet beauty each evening.
The Saguaros were blooming, but were so tall that I had to use my 500 mm lens to get close-ups.
I managed to get a couple of good photos of one bird enjoying the flowers.
There must have been something moist inside the flowers because his beak was dripping when he pulled it out.  If this bird had lips, I would swear he was smacking his beak.  Must have been some tasty juice in those flowers.  I wonder if it was fermented.  He had no problem flying a straight line. 😄
Dan caught this photo of Max chillin' after an early evening of exploring our site and chasing lizards.
Whew! They say it is a dry heat, but I am worn out!
I might joke about being forgetful, but I will never forget those who gave their lives for our country.
Home Of The Free Because Of The Brave Pictures, Photos, and Images for Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter
On The Cutting Board
Not much luck finding a good location to take photos of my finished quilts.  In the meantime, I am finishing up two more Happy Campers.
I'm also working on a new pattern called Twitter by Meags & Me
Okay, I do believe I have covered everything this time.  We leave Benson next Tuesday, so I better get back to my quilts and mug rugs. Have a Safe Weekend

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