I can't believe I haven't posted since May 18th! Time has flown by in a whirlwind. So much so that I'm forgetting what happened, and when! It has not been a very good few weeks, though, with trips to the emergency room for myself, Dear Hubby and twice for my Dear Dad. And, my horrendous pain has returned once again! But, since I am accentuating the positive, I'll give you a bit of a rundown on the GOOD things that have been going on!
Right now I am writing this post while sitting on the balcony of a beautiful room in the Harbourtowne Resort in St. Michael's, Maryland! Oh yes, that is such a good thing!
The sun is just beginning to set as I sit here sipping a steaming mug of coffee. Too many S's in that last sentence, lol. Thank goodness I am only drinking coffee or I may not have been able to handle such an alliteration! And yes, the coffee is decaf, lol. I need to RELAX during this getaway!
When Dear Hubby and I had to cancel our Myrtle Beach vacation due to illness, we decided NOT to cancel the weekend getaway we had planned for the "end" of our vacation. We had picked St. Michael's for a trial weekend because it would provide a break during our ride home from South Carolina and also is within a few hours of home. We are trying to come up with "closer" vacation venues for the time when the 9-10 hour trip to Myrtle Beach is too much for us.
Our room was absolutely GORGEOUS. I was sure I had taken a picture of the bedroom, but alas I cannot find the photo. I guess when I was "thinning through" my photos I accidentally erased the pictures. Oh well, sounds like a good reason to go back there some day!
We had a HUGE balcony (twice the size of all of the others on our floor) with beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay.
Shortly after we arrived a storm rolled in. It was an incredible experience. Such raw power and beauty! I was absolutely mesmerized as I stood on the balcony watching. Had I thought about being so close to the water during a lightening storm I probably would have run back inside, but the beauty was so breathtaking I was glued to the spot!
I took five full minutes of video of the storm, but had to choose a small smidge to fit here. It is not the "best part" of the video...unfortunately the best "parts" were spread throughout the whole five minutes! This is just a "taste" of the beauty I witnessed.
Fortunately, we were both "not sick enough" to have to cancel this part of our vacation (although it was touch and go for a little while!). I am still not my best and last evening I almost asked Dear Hubby to pack up and take me home, but I toughed it out and feel better today! I refuse to lose this special time with the love of my life. Today is our 29th anniversary and the only wish I have is for another 29 years and the good health to enjoy them! It has been a wonderful few days! He is my best friend and the keeper of my heart...always and forever. The engraving on the inside of his wedding band says it best...All My Life, All My Love.
When planning our original "long" South Carolina/Maryland vacation I wanted to pack some English Paper Piecing to keep my hands busy while sitting on the balcony watching the ocean.
I have not been at all happy with the small case I have been using to hold my EPP supplies. While I originally wanted "compact", I have discovered that with "compact" comes "difficulty using" without taking apart the entire case!
A quick search on Ebay and I found the PERFECT solution, an old fashioned cosmetic case by American Tourister.
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It was, however, more money than I wanted to spend ($21.99)..after shipping, it was just WAY too expensive!
Shortly after I spotted the cosmetic case on Ebay, Dear Hubby and I took a trip to Lancaster County to visit one of my favorite quilt shops. On the way home, Hubby decided to take the more "scenic" route. Along the way, we passed a building that had once housed a large furniture store. Surprisingly, it had been replaced by a HUGE thrift store. Knowing how I love my "thrifty scores" Hubby made a quick turn into the parking lot. WooHoo...thrift shopping!
Since Dear Hubby was waiting in the car I made a beeline for the luggage section. To my amazement, what did I find sitting there waiting for me?
So I filled up my new "EPP case" with all of my supplies and made sure it was packed into the car.
This chair was the PERFECT spot to relax and stitch. It was Oh. So. Comfy...and I could still see the beautiful bay beyond the sliding door. (Pssst...you can see a tiny bit of the bedroom through the door!)
The case sat perfectly on my lap and provided a great platform for stitching. I really do believe putting your wants "out to the universe" can result in some surprising finds!
A final sunset on our lovely weekend in St. Michael's, Maryland. It is a quaint little Victorian town with lots of REALLY neat shops and beautiful scenery. There aren't many accommodations...and those available are not particularly inexpensive...but it is a beautiful location, and one I know I will visit again in the future, even if only for a day trip.