Wednesday, January 31, 2007

What A Trip!!.....installment #1

At last I am HOME!!
It has been quite a month!! Loads of beauty & visits with well as work!!
I took off in the van, loaded with our work, like the traveling gypsy that I am, for an excellent trip down to San Diego for the TNNA show (here was our set up...I was happy with our little area).
The drive down (about 1500 miles) was lovely.....warm and sunny, just as I had hoped........
Meanwhile back in the PNW there was snow and ice....glad I missed it!!!!
I shared a booth with friends and had a most enjoyable time...good friends sure can make the lull easier to handle.
Thanks to Denise, Trish, Janel & Becky Rose for sharing the time with me!

I, unfortunately, got sick with some type of flu-ish cold minutes after the close of the I took it slow coming home.

Stopped in Carpinteria for a day of R&R....the sun shone on me and made me happy!!
Here's the beautiful palm tree that lived right outside my motel room door.

I slowly drove up Pacific Coast Highway....what a delight!! The water was amazing and I stopped from time to time to appreciate the beauty of it all. Here's the sunset near "the kissing rock" where my friends and I went on the summer days...and evenings of my youth. The whole drive was a "blast from the past"...bringing up rememberings from days long gone....people and places that I haven't thought about for a while. A true joy and blessing. Sometimes hard...but always interesting!!

I finally made it to the San Luis Obispo area (Goddess Country) and visited with my good friend Nancy M in Cambria. The visit was short but very Sweet!!
This is near Nancy's home. It's a spectacular view of Morro Bay....who could ask for better? Not I!!

The next day I made it to my friend Karen's home to visit with she & her family (her husband John and daughter Jessica). Michael and I lived next to John and Karen for 9 years (in their little rental cottage in Santa Margarita, CA).
We had our children there, Kate was born in the house, Jennyrose came home there on her first day of life. A very special place indeed!!
Karen is my oldest friend!!...and I couldn't ask for better....we have known each other for 25 the way....She's not this short, I made her hunker down so that I would look taller....she'd do almost anything for me ;)...and I for her!!!

Here's Jessica, their very precocious...
almost 11
year old wearing the hat that I made her for Christmas. AND this is her yummy Chinchilla.
We had a fun day together in SLO, great dinner with the family.......
AND then Off and running toward home, the next day.....THANKS Karen & Family!!

Another glorious day of sunshine and blue skies greeted me upon arising. I took a coffee break in Shasta City at this beautiful old stone building/coffee house.....the best coffee that I have had in a coons age!!

Mount Shasta was say the least. She always puts on a good show....but...WOW!! How did she know how much I needed this beauty?

I had a wonderful trip.....AND I made it home in time to sleep in my bed for two whole nights.....
AND just in time to celebrate Michael's 60th birthday!! He's my Light ;) and my Joy!!
What a lucky girl am I!!

Stay tuned...y'all...for the great Washington Adventure!!


At Thursday, February 01, 2007 12:38:00 PM, Anonymous marti said...

Thank you for sharing your trip home, the pictures were delightful. Happy Birthday to the Birthday Guy! It was, as usual, great fun to see both of you at Madrona. I hope you come back next year for a repeat performance. Minus the cold of course.

At Thursday, February 01, 2007 5:02:00 PM, Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

welcome home sheila!

At Thursday, February 01, 2007 6:06:00 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Wow, what great pictures and travelogue! (Makes me want to go hang out at that coffee shop....) That whole California coast is so gorgeous -- makes for a good drive to think deep thoughts and enjoy the scenery. Wish Michael a happy birthday from me.

At Thursday, February 01, 2007 6:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home! You have been a traveling gal lately, and we've missed your blogging. I'm lucky I got to hug you and talk with you at Madrona! It was so good to see you. I'm glad you're catching up in installments so I can savor each one. Happy Birthday Michael!

At Friday, February 02, 2007 5:06:00 AM, Blogger CarolineF said...

Happy birthday Michael!

At Friday, February 02, 2007 12:26:00 PM, Anonymous Lisa S said... do good road trip flapping. I love seeing the pictures and to see Karen and her kiddo and then the perfect portrait of Michael. You have a way, my dear.

At Friday, February 02, 2007 2:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday Michael! (Sheila, you should have said something)

I look forward to the next time I get to see you guys :D

Sooner rather than later, eh?

At Friday, February 02, 2007 3:26:00 PM, Blogger Sheila E said...

Thanks to y'all for your comments!! Makes my heart all warm and fuzzy!!
Michael says thank you for the birthday wishes! He thinks that you are all pretty special too!
Big Hugs

At Saturday, February 03, 2007 5:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Michael! Welcome home, Sheila, and goodness, you make me want to just hop in my old minivan and go. Just go. Drive down that California coast myself, I'm so close to it!


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