Day 2 (Tuesday): We traveled up Highway 7 to Branson, Missouri. We went that way b/c I wanted to revisit Booger Hallow which according to Google was still there. Google lied! Highway 7 is a long curvy road up the mountains with lots of scenic views. It feels like a roller coaster! DGD#5 did not like that ride. We reached Branson by 3pm and went to our hotel. Then we went to Silver Dollar City so DD#4 and DGD#5 could have an experience. All I can say is that it was expensive. DH and I both got injured while I tried to manage the wheelchair. It slipped out of my grip and by the time I stopped it rolling his knee was banged and my toe nail was bleeding. That was as far as we went in the park. The other two went exploring and riding. Then we all met for the evening show. Trying to get back to the hotel was also an adventure. The driver forgot us and another group. Needless to say, we were the last people besides the employees/clean up crews to leave the park.
Day 3 (Wednesday): We started towards Hamilton, Missouri. First, we stopped at a wonderful little shop, Sew Simple, outside of Branson. Quilters were sewing and discussing colors and fabrics and asked us our opinion. We found 2 panels for Halloween, text fabric, and some license plate fabric that had to travel with us. The shop manager was very friendly and helpful. There was even a chair for DH. It was a great unplanned stop and started us on our hunt for plates and Row by Row patterns to document our trip.
After this brief stop, we went on to Hamilton, Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Company. We got there around 2:30pm. First on the agenda was eating a late lunch. DH is the hardest person to get lunch for at places he doesn't know. He ordered a BLT without the T and then didn't like it. I ordered a mushroom burger(I cut it in half and traded with DH for half of his BLT) which was fantastic and garlic fries which were even better. Next we started looking in the 9 shops there. Wow! So much beautiful fabric. We left DH there while we went to the two shops on that side of the street. Yes, fabric did jump in to our arms. After those 3 shops, we drove and parked across the street. DH and DGD#5 were deposited in the Man Cave which is filled with truly comfortable recliners, a pool table, and snack machines. DD#4 and I did a quick tour of the shops on that side and I do mean quick b/c it was getting close to closing time. Yes, fabric did join us. We closed down the last 2 shops and headed about 15 miles down the road to a hotel and a supper of Subway sandwiches and salads.
Day 4 (Thursday): The next morning we traveled back to Hamilton to revisit the last 2 shops. I got fabric overload b/c I wanted everything in the solids shop but could not justify purchasing much. That is what happens when you have been on a "Only buy what you know you will use" fabric mind set. Had I known that DGS#1 and Brandi were choosing blues and black for their wedding quilt, I would have been in trouble! Big Trouble!
After that wonderful experience in Hamilton (if you get the chance to visit, it is worth the trip), we traveled a bit down the road to Kansas City, Missouri and the Harrah Casino where we stayed the night. DH and DD#4 went down to the Casino while DGD#5 and I de-stressed in the room. When DD#4 donated her $30 to the casino, we three girls went down and closed the lunch buffet. The food was excellent. DH ate somewhere else because he didn't get back until 7pm and left again. DD#4 took my $30 and went donate it. Every one was happy!
Day 5 (Friday): We started the long drive to San Antonio. This day was a blur except I do know we went to 2 or 3 quilt shops. I really liked the first one in Kansas. We found fabric there that we hadn't seen even in Hamilton and it was on sale. The second one was a trip! It is a combination grocery store and fabric shop. I don't think that it is to make money b/c I know they didn't with us. This is the one shop where we spent the most money and got twice the fabric we bought. The second shop was not as friendly but their license plate was great! I think there was a 4th shop somewhere but it is a blur. I was tired and road weary!
Day 6 (Saturday): We continued our drive to San Antonio and made it. We found Lynn's house after much discussion as to what city she lived in. We then went to Randolph Air Force Base and got lodging, another nice place. After a while we met up with Lynn for supper at WOW. All I have to say is that it was very expensive and not that great. But it was fun to watch DH try to eat the hottest wings in the place. DD#4 and DSD#1and I had drinks that were so so and cost more than normal.
Day 7 (Sunday): We started late and met Lynn at her house. Then off to our hotel on the River Walk. We went to eat at one place but it was closed so we went to Luther's in the Rainbow district. There the food was excellent, the drinks strong, and the company entertaining. After lunch we went back to the hotel, Lynn, Renee', and DH stayed outside and bonded while Spirit and I went upstairs to rest. Trey and Brandi joined us and Happy Hour was enjoyed by all.
After that we went to Chaco's for food and more spirits. Trey and Brandi are heading back to California to start their life together on Tuesday. I hope she has lots of patience b/c Trey is very much like is Pape(DH). Full and slightly tipsy, we went back to the hotel where DH and DD#4 went downstairs to share the night air. DH said we keep the hotel rooms too cold at 74 so he has to warm up. He was "guarding Renee' while she smoked. He spent a lot of his SA time "guarding" things outside sitting at a table.
Day 8 (Monday): Renee and I had coffee and then we went to a quilt shop near the hotel to pick up their license plate and row by row. While there fabric just had to jump in our hands. We also so another row by row that was just perfect to represent SA so we added it to our journey destinations. After we got back to the hotel, Renee and Spirit got dressed and went to Splash Town for some mom/daughter bonded and Pape and I stayed at the hotel for some quiet time. We had an excellent lunch of fish and chips. The girls got back with slight sunburns around 2pm. Renee was pleased b/c she learned to Uber and honestly I was too b/c driving in SA is stressful for me. At 4pm Happy Hour started and we enjoyed it immensely. Lynn came about 7pm and we went to supper. DJ joined up around 8:30Pm and we closed that place down too. The Staff there were not that friendly but I guess they wanted to go home!
We all went back to the hotel and enjoyed stories by Pape and drinks. It was a great ending to a fantastic day! Only thing I would have changed is not having our two grandsons with us at the same time. I did not get to take my Pape with grandsons picture.
Day 9 (Tuesday): We packed our things and had a leisurely morning. At about 12pm, we ordered lunch which was somewhat stressful b/c Spirit is so picky and there was a double case of PMS going on. The food was plentiful and good even if Spirit wouldn't try the pasta b/c she wanted spaghetti. We left the hotel about 1pm and drove to the ]quilt shop with only a couple of missed turns. Did I mention that driving in big cities is stressful for me? We arrived safely and picked up a few pieces too.
|Petting fabric while DH drives!|
All in all it was a great vacation! Lots of family time and fabric petting time. Only a little stress.
Day 10 (Wednesday) Officially, vacation is over for DD#4, but not for me! I woke up and mopped my whole house with bleach water to get it really clean. Then I packed up and went to a class with Dorinda Evans. It felt so good to sew again. I really missed it! We sewed strata together in dark, medium, and light. Then cut the dark and light pointing right and medium pointing left. Sewn together in columns it makes an unusual 3D illusion. I think that this will end up being a wedding quilt, who knows!
Day 11 (Thursday): I am suppose to be decluttering my living room and going thru the mail but instead I am writing this account and enjoying my quiet time. This afternoon I will go thru mail and bring all my loot to the studio.
Day 12(Friday): This day had been planned for Thursday, when I left last Monday but due to scheduling it was rescheduled for Friday. Pam, Dottie, Charlotte, and I are heading out for a license plate and row-by-row hunt on this side of the Mississippi excluding Shreveport and Lake Charles. It should be a fun day with great friends! Great way to end my Birthday Month and Vacation.
Pictures of loot on Sunday's Stash Report!
Lator Gators. Life calls.