We arrived back at our winter home here in Arizona Friday afternoon. As expected, it was nice to sleep in our own bed once more. The memorial service that was held for Dad in Iowa was very nice, and we were glad we went. We were able to see extended family members that we hadn’t seen in 8+ years, and that was good.
Upon our return, we picked up our mail and I discovered I’d received three packages–one was a quilting book recommended by a member of the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters Guild Facebook page who recommended “Just Can’t Cut It” as a source for patterns for large print fabrics, the second one was the fabrics I’d ordered for a friend’s granddaughters. I need to get started on those quilts ASAP because they’re supposed to be a Christmas present!!
I’m still working at completing the 12 Days of Christmas swap I joined through a quilt blog. I have three days to complete–the ‘Third”, “Eleventh” and “Twelfth.” The Twelfth day has to be handmade and it’s 90% completed. I’ll photograph it before wrapping it and shipping it, but won’t post the photo until after Christmas, when I know that the recipient has received and opened it.
I worked on crocheting an afghan while traveling these past few weeks, and it’s coming along nicely. I’ll photograph it when it’s complete and post the photo here.
Every fall, the Homeowner’s Association here at Roadhaven puts on a Welcome Home Dinner for residents returning to the park for the winter. The menu is typically hot dogs with all the fixin’s, with entertainment and prize drawings. Lots of nice gifts were won — we got very close, but not close enough to win. We did make a couple of new friends–a couple from Alberta, Canada called out to us as we started to sit nearby. They’d seen us walking around the park and the husband promptly announces to us that his mother’s maiden name was the same as ours! He introduces himself and his wife, and she comments that she’s into genealogy and has traced the family’s ancestry back several generations, with over 7,000 names so far. I was thinking about this unbelievably synchronistic meeting today, wondering what the odds were that a couple would show up at the park, and have such a fantastic connection to us. My father-in-law was never very forthcoming with information about his family, so maybe this will give us some answers to our own questions about the family and its history.
I took a few photos just before we reached the outskirts of Apache Junction. With all of the rain we’ve received this past month, the hills were lush and green.
Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.