Monday, June 8, 2015

Milwaukee, Bangor, Savannah, Arizona, Samplers, Friends, Hiking & Baseball

   I thought that I was caught up there for a brief moment but time has wizzed by so here we are in the middle of June.
   From my title you can tell that I have been pretty busy. Are you ready to catch up?
   After leaving Pennsylvania it was off to Milwaukee for a Monday event.
Milwaukee looks beautiful from here! I had some trouble with my rental car booking but Roxanne at the National counter in Milwaukee fixed everything for me and greeted me with a hug.
Then there was this little guy to greet me in my room.. Another first that made me smile.
The next morning I remembered that Vickie from a Stitcher's Story was from Wisconsin so with some quick phone calls we arranged to meet up that evening. 
Here we are! I was so honored to meet Vickie and her entire family.
She gifted me with this wonderful bookmark that she made...see Beau & Binx? And of course green is my favorite color. Thank you Vickie! I am enjoying using it.
Vickie and I went out to eat at a local place since she knows how much I enjoy doing that and boy was I in for a treat. This is red raspberry custard with fresh red raspberries in it. Yum!
   What a wonderful evening Vickie! I hope that we can do it again sometime. Thank You!
I also had the chance to go see a little of Lake Michigan. This lighthouse is gorgeous.
 Thank you Milwaukee for wonderful people, perfect weather and for being so beautiful.
  Next stop...
If you have the chance to visit New England this is a must! It is an amazing exhibit.
Portland, ME samplers.
Canterbury, NH samplers...
The museum will be publishing a catalog for the exhibit and you can contact them to be put on the list. My regret is that I could only spend a short amount of time during my lunch break before heading up 95 to...
I am learning to set up the computers at our new locations and was in Maine to get some more practice.
I also had the chance to catch up with an old friend from High School...
One of my Maine family..
And Paul...
The Bangor classic sandwich..
With this view for lunch. This used to be the lumber capital of the world and this river was filled with schooners and other ships. It must have been incredible to see.
  Then it was back to NC for Memorial Day Weekend.
   Saturday we went to see the 611. She has just been fully restored and was getting ready to go back home to Roanoke, VA.
What an amazining steam engine!
On Sunday we went up to Eden, NC for an 11 mile canoe trip.
So peaceful!
Apparently Rich and I paddle fast.... I think that I only know one speed. It was lovely day.
   Next stop.. Savannah, GA.
I took an early morning walk...
Beautiful old city...
I was also fortunate to meet up with my friends Karen & Sherry.
I had worked with Karen when I was sent to Hawaii 6 years ago with CVS.
We went to a ball game... The Sand Gnats won! Woohoo! Hopefully they will make it to NC one of these days.
The weekend after Savannah I picked up 2 pieces from the framers. This is Marietta Stebbins. She is a Deerfield, MA reproduction.
This is summer tribute by Stacey Nash. So nice to have them home and on the walls.
   Next stop... Arizona.
I got to revisit Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ. So beautiful!
Sunscreen is my friend... And if I have to have sun screen it might as well have a minion on it....
Cactus bloom.
Hiking in Sabino Canyon in Tucson.
Stitching at the Attic in Mesa, AZ.
Am I lucky or what? I had a wonderful evening stitching with everyone there.
So, I think we are caught up!

Thank you for traveling with me and your friendship!



carol fun said...

I'm exhausted just reading about all the places you've been...what wonderful adventures you are having. Love the samplers... that Stacy Nash one is in my stash... someday. Oh I'd love to have seen the steam engine...I have a thing for vintage trains, particularly steamers. happy stitching!

cucki said...

Wow what lovely places you are visiting and I am loving all the pictures
Your finishes are super great xx

Marilyn said...

Wow, you've been busy!
How do you find time to stitch?
The places you've been look awesome, especially Savannah.
Love all of the old Samplers, what a collection.
And what a cool steam engine too.
Thanks for sharing all of the great pics.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Holy smokes, girlfriend, you've been one busy lady! I'm sure your stitching is your sanity saver. I would be for me after all that. I'm glad you and Vickie got to get a visit in while you were there. So many neat places to see! Be well and be safe out there.

Cindy's Stitching said...

how beuatiful the places you travel to. And all the friends along the way. How nice you got to meet vickie.

Vickie said...

=D I hope you come back to Wisconsin some day Chris. Who knows?! You seem to be visiting every state!!!!!
The New England samplers are fantastic! So cool!
Some amazing pictures here today my friend.

Robin said...

I enjoyed reading your catch up post. Wow, you have been having some great adventures. Thanks for the chuckle with your sunscreen. By the way, have you seen the Tic Tac Minions? Your framed pieces look great, Chris.

Robin in Virginia

Melody said...

What a whirlwind! I'm amazed at all of your travels, and adventures. I love the Stacy Nash sampler especially! All are beautiful tho. How cool to meet up with blog friends and go to famous stitching shops on your work travels. How long are you usually in a work trip? You seem to squeeze a lot in. I admire that. You go,girl!

Vera said...

Yikes! You don't stay put very long do you? Glad your travels seem to be going well. Nice frame jobs and beautiful stitching.

Beth said...

I don't know how you remember where you are or what time zone you are in Chris! Love your two framed pieces they turned out very well and I am sure you are please with them. I have a great grandfather from Maine. My sister has been back, and I'd like to visit some day. Nice you got to connect with Vickie.

Barb said...

You are getting to see some great places! I love Maine and of course Savannah. We might have moved there but it's much too hot for me.

Annette-California said...

WOW WOW WOW! Incredible post and how fun to see where you've gotten to visit and WHO! Love that you and Vickie got to see each other again. Lovely bookmark! LOVE both your gorgeous framed samplers Chris! They are both amazing. And of course I love your latest new sampler.
Thank you so much for sharing & all the photos! love Annette

llknbillburg said...

Always so much fun to follow your travels! It may be tiring for you but it's fun to see so much of the country through your eyes. Love your recent framing and I would be happy to have those on my walls too!! Looking forward to your next post, Laura

Julie said...

I'm really loving reading about your travels Chris. I am seeing so many new places and learning such a lot from your adventures.
Happy travelling... shame you have to work as well though!! lol
{big hug} x

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Wow, what a post. I do enjoy tagging along on your travels, it's so much fun to see all these great places. What a treat for you and Vickie to meet and spend some time together.
What a great steam engine, my dad used to drive steam trains before the advent of diesel engines. Now of course it's all electric on the lines.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Chris you have my head spinning with all your travels! I know that travel looks glamorous but after a while it's exhausting. I love that you find ways to make it all fun! blessings, marlene

diamondc said...

Chris: You positively are lucky, wow seeing all your friends is a real treat.
Love the Paul with hatchet.
Michigan is beautiful, I have been to Maine, I love that part of the U.S.
Your framed pieces are lovely with perfect frames.
I am a lover of trains, a part of our past that I hope nevers goes away.
Rich and you are so cute in the canoe, I am so happy you had a great time.


Shelly said...

Wow, you've been everywhere, even in my neck of the woods! Your framed samplers are gorgeous. And to end it all at the Attic, perfect!

Terri said...

I just love reading about your travels! Feels almost as if I'm along with you. I'm glad you're enjoying it, too!

Beautiful stitching!

Anna van Schurman said...

Thanks for telling me about the museum exhibit. I will be in Maine at the beginning of August. We're sure to be rained off the beach a day or two, right? It's on my list!

Felicity said...

What a trip. It looks like you are having the time of your lives. Enjoy!

Felicity said...

What a trip. It looks like you are having the time of your lives. Enjoy!

~Narita said...

You are so darn lucky!!!!
Can I wear your shoes for a few months?!

Brigitte said...

Oh yes, I am always ready to catch up on you and to read about all your travelling adventures and about the people you meet. Maine has been on my list for quite a while now and the pictures you show are really very inviting. This sampler exhibition was a special treat, wasn't it? It's good that you still find the time to stitch a little bit every now and then.

Meari said...

Wow, you certainly have been on the go-go-go! Thanks for sharing photos of your excursions :)