Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Minor Progress and More Travel

It's been a month…really? 

Where does the time go? 

And why have I not made more progress on this?

Design: Black Horse Inn
Designer: Carriage House Samplings

VS Last Month

My monthly update is not that impressive. I managed to grow a little more grass and build 2 sections of fencing ~ but that's it for the month!



Black Horse Inn stitching got suspended due to some Easter stitching.  We will be flying to Colorado next week to spend Easter with DS2 and his sweet GF.  In addition to Easter baskets, I wanted to bring them a stitched Easter design.  DS1 + DIL will be flying from NYC to Colorado to spend Easter weekend with all of us so I stitched her an Easter design as well.  I have almost completed the finishing and will post pictures next time.

We usually spend Easter in MA with my cousins and their families.   Although we will miss all of them, we have decided to head to Colorado.  I love it there and am looking forward to exploring Denver.  There are some LNS, quilt shops, and yarn stores that I plan to visit, and we are hoping to enjoy some spring skiing, especially given the dreadful ski season here in the Northeast. Since we missed out on being together as a family over Christmas, I am happy that we are able to all spend time together over Easter.

Speaking of last Christmas, here is part 3 of my California travels along the PCH….

It was a bit cool, but the sky was sunny, so we decided to stop at the beach in San Simeon. Not for a swim but to enjoy the Elephant seals, hundreds of these creatures dotted the sand.  The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery spreads out over 6 miles of beach.  It is here that we got to see this… 






Our PCH journey began in San Francisco and ended in San Diego.  We spent Christmas day at the San Diego Zoo. Why the zoo? Because nothing else was open!  It was an odd way to celebrate Christmas but we enjoyed the day hanging out with these animals…




Look, I am getting more of that stink eye ~ but now from an elephant!



This just screams, "strike a pose" 

And another one…


Now THIS was rather disturbing…

Until we were told that the dog and cheetah are friends. It is part of the San Diego Zoo Animal Ambassador program, which paired these two together 7 years ago when the cheetah was 1 and the dog 2.  Apparently dogs have a calming effect on cheetahs, although in the picture above it does not seem so. Actually, there is a zookeeper behind that gate arriving with their food ~ both were quite anxious to get at it. 


At the end of our long day we felt much like this Koala ~ tired!


While we spent our Christmas with the animals, DS1/DIL spent theirs with her family in Arizona…



And DS2 spent Christmas with his girlfriend's family in Georgia…Quite the tree!


That's not the end of our California travels but it is the end of this post.  I'm thinking this might be a good time to put needle and thread to fabric and make some progress on Black Horse Inn so as not to disappoint next month.

Thanks for Stopping by…
Until next time…

14 comments:

Mini said...

Any progress is still progress. Have a great time with your family over Easter. Make sure you lots of supplies to make this trip a memorable one..lol

Mini said...

Oops..hit the enter button too quick. Lovely pictures form your trip .

Marilyn said...

That's still a lot of progress, that's an intense piece.
Love all of the animal pics, those Meercats are too cute.
Great pics of the kids, and what a beautiful tree.
Marilyn

Julie said...

Nice wildlife pictures and you have a lovely family.
Lots of filling in always take more time - it does for me as the enthusiasm isn't there!

Vickie said...

Hope you are making new progress on your stitching already.
I truly enjoyed your pictures. We were last at the San Diego Zoo over 25 years ago. Lots and lots of walking!

Robin in Virginia said...

Thanks for sharing pictures from your trip! What a gorgeous tree! I think you made good progress on the Inn especially since it was solid stitching. Enjoy your upcoming trip to Colorado!

Christine said...

Even a little progress is still progress. Lovely animal pictures

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thank you for taking part in GG this month.
The filling in is so tedious! My least favourite part of a design. But the fence does look lovely.
The animal photos are great, love all seals doing rock impressions.

And the final tree! That is an awesome tree and a lovely looking house too.

Elfie said...

I really enjoyed reading about your travels - you have some lovely pics. And any progress is good progress in my book, so well done!

Carol said...

Any progress is better than none, Marie--the Inn is growing nicely :) Loved your California pics--those elephant seals are so funny. How on earth do they get around with all that blubber.

And, well, the San Diego Zoo... I'm sure we'll be seeing that in person soon as my oldest is definitely relocating to SD this summer. I'm going to miss him being nearby so very much, but he seems so happy and in love that I can't be upset. Just very sad that we'll be 2400 miles apart :( You know what it's like--any pointers?

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Black Horse Inn is quite the endeavor with that solid stitching it will be fabulous when all done :)
You have a beautiful family ;) And I loved the animal photos!

Brigitte said...

Stitching all the grass is certainly not the most exciting part of Black Horse Inn. But maybe you will get it done until next month's GG report.
Great to see more pictures from your trip along the Pacific coast. And there are certainly worse ways to spend Christmas than in the San Diego zoo, lol.
Spending Easter in Colorado - what a treat. I'm sure you will find some great quilting and stitching stores. And skiing in this area will be gorgeous. And the best of all certainly is being together with the whole family.

Rachel said...

Great photos!! A trip to Denver sounds fun :)

Have fun and be safe. So jealous of all the shops you'll visit in Denver!

Maggee said...

Slow but steady wins the race!! Solid stitching is tedious, but I love it! You have been busy with family... that is important! Thanks for sharing with us! Hugs!