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I had planned to blog a little each day of my vacation with bits and pieces of the day’s events. Obviously, that didn’t happen; the internet service at the timeshare was iffy at best. So I’ll just go to Plan B…a short synopsis of our wonderful vacation, day by day.

Fri. 4/25…partly sunny– We shopped at our favorites today…Zooks, The Old Country Store, Cedar Lane. I bought 4 yds of 30’s fabrics for the forum exchange. I also purchased some other fabrics that I’m going to use on small gifts for the kids (so, I’ll keep the themes a secret). I was very good, limiting myself to only the fabrics I had on my list. Bill, on the other hand, bought several yds of asian fabrics. I bought some needles, rotary blades and thread at Cedar Lane.

We went to the Peoples Place Museum in the Old Country Store to see “A Showcase of Quilts: Dazzling Contemporary Creations” which included several quilts done by Fons and Porter along with other artists. We visited Su’s friend, Emma Stoltzfus. She is a wonderful Amish woman with a small shop of her own. I already own several of her works, including two bed quilts and 2 or 3 wallhangings. She brought out two cinnamon sticks for us. Bill decided on two wallhangings that he wanted but had to run to the ATM machine to get cash as she doesn’t take credit. I stayed and visited with her while he was away. I helped her load homemade bakery items onto a carriage that they take to the campground in the evenings in order to sell the baked goods. I purchased six oatmeal raisin cookies and a fresh blackberry pie. Yum, Yum! They were all delicious. No, we didn’t eat them all that day but managed to spread our treats out for most of the week.

We had dinner at Cracker Barrel where Bill discovered that he had misplaced his debit card. Horrors!!! The last time he used the card was at the ATM machine but the bank was closed by this time, after 6 PM. It was a stressful night not knowing if he would find it at the bank the next morning.

It was a nice day wandering around the Intercourse area with no pressure what-so-ever.

Sat. 4/26…sunny–Yeah! Bill’s card was swallowed by the ATM machine and the bank was very helpful in returning it to him. All is well.

It was a good trip to Williamsburg. The daffodils in the median had already gone by. There is a tree that grows along the highway with purple flowers. I thought it was wisteria but the flowers grow upward rather than hanging down.

It was 87* when we arrived at our time share, Historic Powhatan Plantation Resort. We changed into shorts and went for a walk, stopping in the gazebo to enjoy a cup of coffee and the late afternoon sun.

Sun. 4/27…cloudy, threatening rain–We went to the gym and got some cardio exercise. Mary Ann, Jack and his girlfriend, Stephanie came to visit. Jack & Stephanie went to have lunch with a friend and we walked to the Grill with Mary Ann for lunch, which was quite tasty. They left around 4:30, we took a drive to the grocery store. The fields were full of cows sharing their space with geese, lots and lots of geese. There were several families of geese on the plantation site. The goslings are such cute little fuzzy things, waddling along with mom and dad, looking for bugs or whatever it is that geese eat. The azaleas were in bloom.

Mon 4/28…cloudy, heavy rain in the afternoon–To the gym again, that’s what we do when the weather does not cooperate with us. We headed into Colonial Williamsburg (C W) to see as much as possible before the heavy rain started to fall. We were able to visit the Governor’s Palace, Randolph House and the Capitol Bldg. We found a nice little bakery off Main Street and enjoyed a bisquit w/ham and a slice of cheddar cheese, cold cider and tea. Our dessert was their famous gingerbread cookies. You can’t eat just one. We toured the museum. We enjoyed a beer (me) and a coke (Bill) while we waited for a pizza that we took home for dinner. Sat peacefully that evening and watched Dancing with the Stars…we are totally hooked.

There was an F3 tornado about 40 miles south of us! That is unprecedented in VA, they NEVER have tornadoes, at least not until we came to visit. No one was killed although there was extreme damage. It also landed briefly to the north of us. Apparently it was dancing all around us while we obliviously wandered around C W.

Tues 4/29…rain in the morning, partly cloudy by afternoon–Visited the C W jail, toured the courthouse and Wetherburn’s Tavern, found a bench located in a sunny garden later in the day and sat for awhile. We purchased tickets for a “ghost” walk and the “Cry Witch” reenactment. Dinner at the Powhatan Grill was followed by a quiet night watching Dancing w/the Stars results.

Wed 4/30…sunny, breezy, cooler than normal–Jamestown Settlement was today’s destination; not just ours but tons of kids also. That was okay but we really enjoyed Historic Jamestown where we walked for quite awhile , saw the Archararium and walked through New Town, a kind of subdivision of Jamestown. On our walk we stood quietly and watched three deer wandering through one of the fields while a squirrel in a nearby tree munched away on a nut; munch, munch, munch, stop, look around, munch, munch, munch. Isn’t nature great? We had lunch at a small cafe next to the James River. It was an extremely pleasant day.

Luncheon view of James River

Thurs 5/l…sunny and warm, 75*–Visited Historic Yorktown, walked to the village and had lunch at the Carrot Tree in the historic Diggs House.

We each enjoyed a crab wrap and orzo pasta salad…excellent. Both of us highly recommend this little place if you visit Yorktown. We walked down to the river and back to the welcome center, drove around the auto tour although we had some trouble with the map (could have been operator error on my part).

After a short trip back to the condo and some wi-fi service at the Grill we enjoyed our “Legends, Myths and Ghosts Walk” in C W which included three great storytellers and allowed us to be home by 10:00.

Fri 5/2…sunny and warm–Yorktown Victory Memorial, run by the state, was today’s destination; it was very well done. We ate again at the Carrot Tree and took along a piece of carrot cake for our dessert later. The pool at the timeshare was not open for swimming but we sat in the sun for a couple of hours. We had tickets for the “Cry Witch” reenactment at 9:00 in the C W Capitol Building; very well done, a little mini-play.

Sat & Sun; 5/3 & 5/4–traveled home. No incidents on the road, stopped outside of Scranton for the night on Saturday and arrived home around 3:30 on Sunday. I was very happy to sleep in my own bed after several days.

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We have been planning this trip since late last fall. Once we realized that we had a time share to use prior to year’s end and wouldn’t be able to do so, we paid a little extra and booked this trip. I’m working tonight and get off at 7 AM; we plan to leave as early as possible in the morning, hopefully by 9. I’ll report on how well that works out; we don’t move as efficiently as we always think we will.

This was a busy day. I dutifully did my 30 minutes at the gym this morning right after work. I went to “coffee club” in Springvale and visited for a little while. Ran home, showered and changed, then out again for some quick errands. I spent the rest of the day packing everything I will need for 6 weeks in Williamsburg. Oh yeah, we are only going for a week. I just can’t seem to pack “small”. I always try to pack only the necessities but always have more than I need. Most of the problem is climate…I need shorts, sleeveless tops and sandals, then I need long pants, t-shirts or blouses, shoes and socks. I need a light jacket, windbreaker and raincoat for the days that we are caught in drenching rain (don’t plan on that happening this trip). On top of all that I need the hair products, styling tools, makeup, etc.

I packed in my small carry-on suitcase. I am extremely impressed that it didn’t explode and spew clothes over the entire bedroom once I got the darn thing zipped. I also packed my large duffle bag with the items I need for the two nights we are stopping in Lancaster, PA. Lancaster is a little out of the way but we love the area and especially the fabrics and Amish crafts. We find that fabric is consistently priced 1/3 to 1/2 less than in our area. A couple of our favorite shops are Zooks and The Old Country Store.

I’m looking for 30’s fabrics in order to participate in the exchange on MQResource. Bee fabric and some Funky Monkey fabric is on my list as I want to make quilts for each of the kids. I’ll be looking for some notions as well. I’m sincerely planning on using some willpower when it comes to fabric. I don’t really need anything as I have more than I can store already. I have been to the Lancaster area several times on bus trips but have never seen Williamsburg.

We have purchased an annual pass for Williamsburg as it includes some evening programs that we would have had to pay extra for with the purchase of a three day pass. We don’t have any specific plans. We are a “fly by the seat of our pants” kind of couple doing whatever seems right at the time.

I talked with Vanessa earlier and things remain status quo. Her Dr. appt. yesterday went well with no changes: continued bed rest. They have a fairly good support system including friends from church. They are bringing some meals, visiting and playing games. That makes the time go faster for Vanessa and takes some of the weight off Greg’s shoulders although he still has plenty to do. They both seem to be in good spirits and tomorrow is week 32. Yeah!

I’m looking forward to working on the “Oriental Flower” when I return. There are several ideas for the background running through my head and Tracye on MQResource has given me some instruction on a diamond background that she used on her “Hell Bent for Leather” quilt.

I bought a sketch book today so I can practice quilting patterns and some doodling. I have been using scrap pieces of paper and trying to keep track of them. I drew a feather that is actually pretty good but I haven’t been able to duplicate it. At least I have proof that it’s in there somewhere.

PS. It was 84* today.

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I was hired by the fire department 23 1/2 years ago today. When I started my employment as a 10 hour/week ambulance billing clerk, my son was 8 and my daughter was 4. Never in my wildest dreams did it occur to me that I would become a fulltime firefighter and EMT and still be employed in 2008. My children will be 32 and 28 this year and I will be the ripe old age of 59. Wow!! Where did the last 20 plus years go?

My plan is to retire in September, 2009. It sounds much closer when I count 18 months rather than the number of shifts I have left to work, that number would be depressing. When it gets down to 12 months I’m going to make one of those construction paper chains so that I can pull off one piece after every unit I work. (A unit is four shifts, 2 days and 2 nights.)

Bill keeps telling me that we are going to have to talk about our retirement, that it’s going to be here before we know it and we won’t have any concrete plans if we don’t actually TALK about it. I think about it all the time but to actually sit down together and discuss our plans, to actually make a conscious decision to spend our retirement together…that’s scary! However, while sitting in the glass room in the sun over the weekend we did discuss some information listed in the new magazine about tax friendly retirement towns. There are so many issues to consider that is difficult to know where to begin.

W e have discussed renting a motor home for a year and driving around checking out different areas. The big drawback to that idea is the huge increase in fuel prices. I’m not sure that is a viable option any more. Plus, where can I put a longarm machine in a motor home? There is the idea of renting a place for several months in order to check out the area and see if it is someplace we want to spend more time. Do we want to buy a place and be strapped down with needing jobs in order to pay the mortgage. Kind of defeats the purpose of retiring, doesn’t it?

We both own places now and I have a condo in FL that is currently unrented and listed for sale. Should we sell one of the places in Maine and keep the other so that we can come here in the summer and have a place to stay. We aren’t even sure that we will be able to afford to stay in Maine in the summer.

Well, at least we started a discussion even though we didn’t make any decisions. We are going to Williamsburg the end of April. It was listed as the fourth best place to retire for tax advantages; however, there doesn’t seem to be any property for sale for less than $300,000. That’s way beyond our price range!

In quilt related news…I managed to sit at the machine around noon the other day. I got the binding sewed onto the baby quilt (lovingly title “First Grandbaby’s Quilt”) and finished the top of a small wallhanging made of hand dyed fabrics (alas, not dyed by me). “Fractals” I think the small one needs a larger border but haven’t decided for sure. I placed it on the design wall so that it can talk to me for awhile before I make up my mind. If I take the border off I’m going to use it as part of the backing. Hopefully I’ll get some photos posted one of these days.

The butterfly wallhanging for Greg and Vanessa still needs beadwork and crystals. I want to use clear glass beads for dew and I’ve done some google image searches in order to get the dewdrops on the plant just right.

I managed to finish quilting the triangles on the 30’s w/h.

Bill picked up a 6′ table for me at BJ’s. I’ve been mulling over whether or not I needed one or had room for one and I finally decided to just go for it and make it fit. After moving the other table a few inches one way and the chest of drawers a few inches the other way…Ta Da, it fit right in. Unfortunately, the special lights I had installed above the other small table are now in the wrong place. I’ll just have to make do. Plus, I have to get rid of that other small table, there just isn’t enough room in a two bedroom condo.

We are meeting Wendy & Dan at Back Street tonight after yoga and spinning for margaritas and nachos. Not a very weight/health conscious snack but it doesn’t happen very often. No snow today, temps were near 50 and it is starting to rain with colder temps overnight and icing. At least we won’t have to shovel! ;o)

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