Now, what state do we live in again??

We’re finally home, after three weeks, 19 states, and 7460 miles on the road. Some states were merely corridors to pass through to the next state. In some I only got a few drive-by shootings as I went, but at least those pictures tell a general story of the areas we passed through. The problem with many of those photos was that I don’t know the first thing about lighting.

Well – let me rephrase that. I do know the first thing about lighting: that you have to have it. It’s that second thing, and all subsequent things, that gets me bumfuzzled. I won’t quit my day job to be a photographer, but I enjoyed taking them.

We created memories every single day. And when anything went not exactly according to plan (like being asked to leave a restaurant), or didn’t quite meet our expectations (like the very next restaurant), or was just plain out-of-the-usual-routine (like that tarantula’s warning), we just said, “Oh well, it’s all part of the experience.”

We added quite a few “experience enhancers” to this trip, but overall it’s been a wonderful, once in a lifetime vacation.

One of my favorite parts of the trip was when my sister and I decided to visit an antique store in Corydon, Indiana. No, the store itself wasn’t an antique – it sold antiques. I found a piece of fabric there that I just had to buy. Hubby thought I might possibly be wasting my hard-earned $20 for this purchase.  But hey, what can I say? I like fabric.

fabric

the fabric I found in Corydon

My sister at first thought it was barkcloth (I didn’t hear a sound from it myself), but it turned out to be cotton jacquard. Since I’m not very good at fabric identification (I can usually tell the difference between cotton and silk, at least), I looked it up online. The selvedge had the name of the designer (Raymond Waites), the pattern name (Ancient King), and the fabric store where it was sold (Mill Creek Fabrics). I saw that it was selling for about $16 per yard (+ shipping) on eBay, so I thought $20 for 3 yards was a pretty good deal. See, honey – I WASN’T wasting my hard-earned $20!!

We probably took close to 2000 photos altogether, but I’ll only share a few of my favorites. Hubby was having a wonderful time, in his favorite type of landscape – rocks and trees. We saw LOTS of rocks and trees!

Anyway, we’re back to work and to our regularly scheduled programs. How were YOUR last three weeks??

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I think I’m tired

How long have we been traveling now? Let’s see . . . I think it’s been 12 days. No – 14 days. Longer?? I think I’m tired.

But it’s been fun so far, even with the little quirks in the GPS, and the quirky little navigator 😆 who makes certain miscalculations (quite innocently, I assure you!), and the pilot who is patient with his navigator’s bossiness – and the rather interesting places and people we’ve encountered.

We’ve gone through about 13 states so far, had lots of ‘experiences,’ and made memories. We’ve climbed to the pinnacle…

western

descended to the depths…

Indiana Jones? No, Indiana Caverns

Indiana Jones? No, Indiana Caverns

gotten caught in thunderstorms…

soaked in Dollywood

soaked in Dollywood

outran tornadoes, gripped the steering wheel during high winds, and made huge inroads into developing our farmer’s tans.

The sewing machine is relaxing in the back of the car. I haven’t used it since making the curtains, but it performed well for that time in its life. Now it’s getting a free ride home while we cruise the countryside.

I just wanted to share a few pictures that represent the total experience. How has your week been going?

HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY

After over 2000 miles of travel, we’re home. And Spencer is so happy. At bedtime, he curled up in the middle of our bed, as close as possible to both of us. And of course, I let him sleep right there. Just thought I’d share those first greetings he gave us as soon as we got home. I didn’t catch his wild run of joy through the house though – he’s just too fast for the camera.

Can you feel the love here? We can! He’s begged us to promise not to leave him for so long ever again.

how ’bout this BloByBloMo thing anyway?

blow by blow

Sometimes I crack me up.

Seems every time I try to tell hubby what I’m doing this month (the NaBloPoMo thing), it comes out sounding more like Blow by Blow. So that’s what I’m gonna call it – for me, this is the BloByBloMo. And next month will be the BloByBlo NoMo. This blog will return to its regularly scheduled haphazard postings – mostly about the world of REmissioning things and about Spencer the Wonder Dog.

Just thought I’d throw that out there and see if anybody catches it and tosses it back. Are ya out there? How’s the Blow by Blow thing going for you? Are you participating, or sitting this month out?

Bugrain, California

Fun places and juicy photos. Bug juice, that is. We had so much juice on our window that it looked like it had rained bugs. And this is AFTER we’d cleaned the windshield a few miles back. So I figured this little-known community we’re passing through must be named Bugrain. And here is what it looks like.Bugrain

(wedding photos to follow. I think)