It’s a dreary, cold, wet day in May and I am sitting at my kitchen table waiting for my timer to go off while my oven bakes the last pan of chocolate chip cookies. This might not sound too unusual to most of you because you probably make it a habit to bake treats for your family. In our household we typically avoid having cookies and the like on hand because we try to avoid the extra calories. But his social distancing has me doing things I haven’t done in years.
To counteract the excess calories I have been taking my sweet, sweet Sadie on regular Burley walks around the neighborhood. She has become so accustomed to hearing the sound of my shoes being added to me feet that I barely have to announce my intentions. She typically makes her presence known in very short order.
Sadie and her Burley
So that’s one small glimpse of my activities while practicing social distancing; now share something about yours!
We went on an excursion recently to parts west of our home. Our destination was a restored log cabin hidden amongst the trees in a quiet part of Missouri. The purpose of our trip was to relax and unwind with family and friends.
I began telling the story, of our adventures, several weeks ago. So far in the rendition there has been part one, part two, part three and now the final installment, part four. Without any further introduction let’s get this final chapter rolling.
Going On Vacation Is HARD Work!
You know it’s hard when you make plans to go on a vacation to anticipate just how successful it will be. So much time is invested in making the preparations to leave that it’s not unusual to be exhausted even before you lock the door behind you. Then there is the travel from your home to the destination; whether it be by car, train or plane, that adds even more stress. Let me tell you, this was a stressful 8+ hours of travel.
Let’s Head Out
At the front of our caravan was a Suburban and trailer. That vehicle was loaded down with 3 adults, 2 children and a dog. Bringing up the rear was our truck carrying 2 adults and 2 dogs. Of course there was all the luggage, toys, food and beverages that also had to be loaded onboard.
Before leaving we had been keeping a close eye on the approaching weather. Not knowing exactly when we would make our acquaintance, with the looming winter storm, made us a bit uneasy. We were on the road and headed west pretty much within our projected time-frame. Our hope was that we might be able to skirt the storm and avoid potential delays.
The Winds Were A Blowin
Hopes and reality are two different things. We did not miss the storm. Nope! Instead we ended up adding an additional 2 hours to our travel time. While passing through the wintery mess we encountered almost everything you could imagine. There were strong, blowing winds, rain, sleet, snow, and ice to contend with. All of those conditions made for dicey driving conditions.
Along our route we passed by many, many vehicles stranded off the road and in the ditch. Some of them must have happened not long before we passed because we could see people inside with bewildered expressions on their faces. Thankfully we kept our vehicles on the road and safe. We were so thankful when we reached our destination and the long ordeal of travel was finally behind us.
Fun, Fun, Fun!
Over the course of the next six days we managed to sandwich in as much activity as possible; saving only enough free time to sleep. During our vacation we experienced the building of a swing set for our grandchildren, numerous celebratory meals, hikes, rides on four wheelers, a trip to Liberty and Hamilton, Missouri along with the wonderful companionship of our family and friends.
When I look back at the oodles of photos and videos and contemplate the many memories that surely will be with me for years to come, I simply must declare this vacation a complete success.
Before signing off I thought it would be fun to assemble a montage of the photos I have shared. Please enjoy!
Quilting Is My Therapy
Quilting is My Therapy Interior-1
Quilting is My Therapy Interior #2
Quilting is My Therapy #3
Quilting is My Therapy #4
MSQC Mural #1
MSQC Mural #2
Missouri Star Quilt Company Main Building
Chocolate Muffin Brownie
MSQC Man’s Land-1
MSQC Man’s Land-2
Quilting Is My Therapy Tee-Shirt
Missouri Star Quilt Company Brochure
I side view of one of the logs
A Fish? or Just A Rock?
Side View of Fish?
Solids from Penny’s Quilt Shop at MSQC
Bold Prints from MSQC
A Little Tula Fun from MSQC
Quilting is My Therapy Purchases
A Bench Fashioned from Leftover Log Cabin Logs
Mr. B, Ms. A and Beaker the Energetic Corgi
All-in-all we have very fond memories of our trip to the restored log cabin. The lack of pleasant weather didn’t keep us from having a wonderful time. By the time the last day arrived we were all exhausted and ready to head home. Who knows whether the opportunity to travel to MO will arise again? If it does, awesome! If not, we had a grand time!
Thank You so much for taking the time to visit today. I’m so glad that you were able to stop by. Before I sign off I have one more thing to include. I just have to share this funny excerpt from the conversation between my husband and myself in Hamilton, MO: