Thursday, March 20, 2014

Where I've Been

Having recently returned from camping
on the Texas Gulf Shore for a couple of weeks,
I find myself too busy winding up my winter TX visit,
having little time to spend on the computer.
The only sewing I've accomplished is finishing up my
Operation Homefront-Texas Giving Quilts
(see previous post)
and making a chevron baby quilt for a friend.
That said, I'd like to thank the many blogging friends
who have taken the time to check in with me.
Many thanks to my daughter,

who lent me her camper,
visited for a few days,
and good-naturedly took me
out of the park on a birding adventure.
Double thanks to her better half
for hauling me the 3 hours down to the Gulf,
setting me up comfortably,
and returning in the pouring rain to bring me back home,
all without complaint.
I am a lucky girl!!
I had an awesome time despite the weather,
(mind you, I had my sewing machine at the ready!)
saw lots of birds,

(Short-billed Dowitchers)
and met many more geeky birders,

and small.

Believe it or not,
I didn't visit one quilt shop.
Have a great day!


Lois Evensen said...

Hi Karen,

What a wonderful time! I love the pictures of the birders. We frequent Viera Wetlands in FL and sometimes are all alone, other times there with huge groups of people with cameras. It's funny how we all sneak around each other with cameras and tripods. ;)

So nice to see you here!


Paula, the quilter said...

But you had fun! and that is important.

TexWisGirl said...

now THAT'S service! that's how i'd need to camp, too! awesome that you were so well taken care of!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I was going to ask you if you pulled the camper and set it up yourself and was going to say you were so much braver than I am :) - so nice to have someone to do that for you. I am bad with large vehicles and leave that to my husband. So many birds in that one photo wow. glad you had fun. Sometimes we need to leave the quilting for awhile and enjoy our others interests as well!

Abby and Stephanie said...


Raewyn said...

Sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed yourself!! I'm wondering what your next adventure will be?!

hetty said...

That looks like fun - the camping and the bird viewing.

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful caravan, lots a room. Great blog, especially the 'birders'.

Sheila said...

It sure looks like fun Karen , I'd love the birding adventures and so nice to see the young people with binoculars :-)

Sondra said...

A very good set up and I'd say you got a heck of a deal!!*s* Awesome that you got to see birds and do some sewing!! The best of both worlds....
I'm so ready to go Somewhere and walk in the warm water barefoot! Its been a long winter here, we've had to use heat for 6 months, very unusual for us in SC.

Rambling Woods said...

Looks like fun

Karen said...

I am glad you had a good trip. I hope to see pictures of your finished operation homefront quilts.

Montanagirl said...

That's wonderful!

Hilachas said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I'm glad you were able to go. It's nice you had family to help you get settled. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Dog-Walker said...

That's great, Karen. That park you went to looks like fun. I wish a park was like that in Utah, but it's amazing from your blog. :)

Carrie P. said...

glad you had a good time. i love seeing the photo of the younger bird watchers.

Vickie said...

You had a NICE setup ! And I bet it was lots of fun...are you in the picture with the other birders ?

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What fun! I love your "birders" obeservation; funny! Enjoy your waning TX days, my friend!

Kathie Brown said...

Well, it certainly sounds and looks like you have been having fun! That is a LOT of dowitchers!

Karen Ackva said...

I am happy for you! It sounds like you had a perfect retreat! ;-)

DeniseinVA said...

You have a wonderful family Karen, and these are delightful photographs.

FlourishingPalms said...

How neat to have a private get-away in a camper! I think I would love to do something like that. Your SIL sounds like a keeper. Just wonderful. But I'm sure you're also happy to be heading toward home.

Kerstin said...

Sounds wonderful. We used to rent a camper. Those are lovely memories for me.
Happy that you enojoyed yourself.

Barb said...

Glad you had a good time!

Just Ramblin' said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

John said...

Now there's a good number of Short-billed Dowitchers. That would cause a stir over here in the UK. Take Care of you. John