|left; Sandy, Karin, me, Penny, Vickie H., Meari, Mare|
A few of us toured the castle. I only saw the second floor because they only had a lift just to the second. I had my walker with me. The first floor was a dedication to the volunteer firefighters. There were fire coats and helmets and the girls dressed up. I took the pictures but mine came out blurry. I forgot to change the settings.
After the castle, we went to Old Colorado City for a bit of shopping and to stop by Holly Berrys, which was more a knitting store. I didn't take much pictures of this area. I was tired and it was a hot day. we head back to the stitching room for a hour or two. We went to Hobby Lobby for sandy needed a skein and Vickie wanted some bobbins. We went to Texas Roadhouse for supper, than back to the hotel for Meari's class on flat ornament and cording. No one finish the ornament at the retreat. I still have to finish mine.
Saturday was more of a relaxing day. I opted to stay at the hotel. It was hotter that day than the day before and I couldn't see myself walking around Cripple Creek with it being that hot. I visited with Mare in the morning and met with Meari for lunch. We had to eat from the market because the restaurant was close. We were having lunch when we discovered about the wildfires that was happening in the area. We went to the stitching room to stitch and watch the headlights from the wildfires. Mare finished her stitching and she gave me the pattern. Here is a picture of Sandy.
There was a pizza party after the ladies came back with rotel cheese dip. We pick out the patterns we wanted from the designers who send patterns to the retreat. I, also, brought home 2 frogs. One of them was for the most frogging and the other one being the last one to frog. I had stitched Lavender Blue on the bus for the 2 days I was on the bus. I discovered I was off by 2 stitches and everything I stitched had to come out. I was so aggravated that I end up snipping the fabric. It is not bad and I can still stitch on it still by using some interface. Unfortunely, I have not been back to it. I think I will end up buying the pattern. I took out my Enchanted Mermaid but had frog on her too. I gave up stitching that night.
Sunday was checkout day. Meari had left really early.Vickie was driving back home and she took me to Tulsa,OK. She went 2 hours out of her way and I am very much appreciate she drove me. driving through Kansas, there was a wildfire going next to the highway on the other side. We got to Tulsa in about 12 hours.
I was in Tulsa to visit my nephew, Jacob. I hadn't seen him in 4 years. He had grown up so much. He is into videos like a typical teenager. He looks like his mom but he acts like his dad. It sure makes me believe behavior is in our DNA as well as our environment. It was in the triple digits on the 2.5 days I was there so doing outside activity was out. We did go to the aquarium but my camera batteries died. I was so upset. I have pics on my camera but I need a card to transfer them to the computer. Here is a couple that I did get on my camera and a picture of Jacob and me.
After the aquarium, we went to The Silver Needle. I love that store. I picked up a couple LK patterns, CCN Star Spangled Garden and the threads. I wanted to get this in Colorado but they didn't have it. I left for Virginia and the bus ride was terrible. From Tulsa to St.Louis, the bus was crowded and I got stuck in the back. The bathroom stunk awfully bad and the a/c was not working probably, plus it was late. I had to buy a ticket from Philadelphia to Williamsburg, I got stuck almost 12 hours in Philly at the bus station. I got on the right bus but the bus got stuck in traffic. remember when I told you the bus schedules got change, well it effected Virginia and the last bus to Williamsburg left with out me. The next bus was at 7 the next morning. I was so devasted that I burst into tears. Those tears got me a hotel room courtesy by Greyhound. I needed to sleep in a bed and I was so refreshed for that last hour on the bus to getting to Williamsburg.
I stayed at my friends' house until July 19. They had went to Florida while I watched the dog and cat. They had found new homes for the cocker spinals and it was quiet with out them. I did some stitching, of course, and my finish is a couple posts down. My friend's son drove from Virginia to New Jersey. We had lunch at Genia's inlaws and than Genia drove me to my sister's in West Haven. I got to spend some time with my nephew. He made me a bracelet than charged me for it. the cost was $400for the bracelet, $170 for taxes and $2 for his time. Of course I gave him the money but it was play money. This is what happens when Grandpa babysits his grandson. The picture above.
So I am leaving this post with a couple pictures of Zoey and Piper. thank you so much for coming to the end. I promise there will be a post on my stitching within a week. Have a great week.
I forgot to give you the link to the rest of my pictures. Press on pictures.