We have arrived safely back in Ontario. We are staying with our son and his family until Sunday and then will move back to our home.
When we leave for the winter, we winterize the house, turn off the propane, the water and the electricity. I empty all the cupboards and the refrigerator and we take anything that will freeze to Beatrice for the winter. When we first arrive home, we have to turn all these back on and give the house time to return to some kind of warmth. That time also allows us to spend time with our sweet granddaughter since they live about 15 minutes from us.
We had a great trip home. We stopped in Denver to visit with some friends we met RVing several years ago. They always find some cool place to take us when we stop by. Our friends took us to the little town of Evergreen - really rustic and very cool. We went to a barbershop quartet performance at one of the local high schools in the evening. When I first heard barbershop I kind of rolled my eyes but they were more a men's chorale group with some barbershop quartet pieces and they were very professional. The voices were incredible and we really enjoyed it.
Next stop was Guthrie Center, Iowa where we visited for a few days. The guys did their thing and my friend Joann and I explored a beautiful quilt shop and did lunch. The next day we did a little drivng around the countryside and had to check out the baby chicks at the local feed store. They are DH's favorite thing to see when we are there.
I was sweating when we crossed the border because the van was full to the roof and we were over our import allowance but they barely even looked at us!!! The border agent probably took one look at the overstuffed van and decided she wanted no part of even opening a door LOL.
Our granddaughter spent this Friday with us and helped us unload everything into our house. I have been unpacking the last two days and almost everything is in it's place. It is amazing that all my cross stitch supplies disappeared into their assigned places without too much overflow. We will move back in on Monday. After buying food to fill the cupboards and the fridge we should be at home.
One nice thing about so many days in the car is the amount of time I could spend stitching. Check out all my progress!
A full page of Book of StitchesFinished Part 1 of Periphaeria Spanish Mystery Sampler
And I even put some time in on Noddy and friends. We now have a mountain and a houseboat!
I also managed some time on a mystery stitch to be displayed one day. Amazing what 2700 miles in a van will do for your stitching time.
I arrived home Thursday afternoon and found time to attend a needlework show in Kingston on Saturday. I went with some of the Thursday stitchers and did lots of catching up. I saw some other stitchers I knew there (Christin, Carrie, Wendy and Marie Paul) Ann from Knowledge and Needles had a large display set up at the show and Dani was her assistant. I bought a few JBW designs from Ann's booth.And I found all these wonderful hand dyed threads from New Zealand. Barb, Dani and I tried to buy out all the colors. We were so in love with all the beautiful colors. Check them out. Well, that's all for now. I know this is a photo intensive entry but I just could not decide what to leave out. Till next time - keep on stitching!