Tuesday, July 8, 2014


I am one busy gal these days...trying to get some sewing finished and my garden is producing like crazy. I shelled black-eyed peas last night until 11:30. I like to pick them one day and shell them the next, that way they are easier to shell. BUT, if I wait any longer than a day, they get mushy...so I had to get it done. 1 gallon shelled and ready to can. 
So, today I'm going to skim the highlights of my South Dakota trip. 

We go right through the middle of Kansas on our way up, so I stopped to meet the nicest person in Kansas, 

Carla of Creatin in the Sticks !
Oh my gosh , the second we laid eyes on each other we started giggling and didn't stop until Ranchman and I drove away ! We got to Garden City much earlier than we thought we would and Carla still had 3 hours before she got off work, so sadly we only got to visit for 20 or 30 minutes. 
You know how when you meet someone and you just click...we did ! She is so sweet and so pretty !
We decided we would drive on to McCook, Nebraska and stay there for the night....WRONG !
They had a golf tournament going on in that town and there was not a motel to be found, so we drove on to North Platte, NE. That made for a 14 hour day of driving.......UGH !
 But the up side to that was it was only 6 hours from our destination !

I was SO happy to see the birthday girl !

I took some of my quilts to show my Mama. She sees pictures of them, but that's nothing like actually seeing and touching them. Here, I'm explaining something about the Butter & Marmalade quilt to her....
She says uh a lot, like she can't hear....but she didn't say uh one time while we were talking about the quilts! 
She was totally captivated with the process.   
Of course my Mother is proud of me....after all, I'm her baby girl !
There's way more to tell about the trip....but I must get on out to the garden before it heats up any more !
Have a very blessed day. 
By Carla


Mdm Samm said...

gorgeous pics of all of you for that matter...what a lovely time to spend with our loved ones...you are truly blessed as they all are to have you in their life

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Great trip. Are shelling black eyed peas as exciting as snapping and stringing green beans? Love the pictures of you and your mamma.

Carla said...

I still giggle when I think of our visit. It was the neatest thing that you and the Ranchman stopped in my stomping ground!
You and your Mama look so happy. She is beautiful, just like you. Sharing your quilting experiences with her is just priceless. She has a lot of reasons to be proud of her baby girl!
Do you like black eyed peas that much? You must have a secret in preparing them because any time I eat them I think of dirt...lol

Carol said...

That is just the sweetest picture of you and your mama! Lucky, lucky you to get to meet Carla, too. Do you freeze all the black eyed peas or what? Obviously, I'm such a city girl that I have no idea what to do with them except buy them in a bag at the store.

Thearica said...

Your mother is a beautiful lady, just like you! So glad you both could share your quilts together.

I love black eye peas too. I can mine in jars.. I love to see them on the shelf. :)

Scrapatches said...

Thanks for sharing the highlights ... and the beautiful smiles! How wonderful that you and Carla got to meet! The photos of you and your mama are so sweet. Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl! ... :) Pat

Rachaeldaisy said...

Those photos of you and your mother are so beautiful!! Your trip sounds great!!

Ranch Wife said...

What sweet pictures! You HAVE been busy, but I can't think of a better way to spend time than with precious family and friends!