Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's time to leave here

Our month on the Gulf of Mexico has ended and tomorrow we leave to go home. Mixed feelings for sure. I'm anxious to return to my usual routine but I also will miss the sun and (relative) warmth as well as the beach and the lush foliage.

Sunset on the beach
Don by a 300-400 year old live oak tree draped in Spanish Moss.

Mobile Bay at Ft. Morgan

I know these pix don't do justice to the beauty of the area. Many days were cloudy and overcast so I'm sure that a bit of sun would have helped.

In between Don's golf games and my quilting projects, we did manage a bit of sightseeing and other activities. Three guided hikes in the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge, a trip to beautiful Fairhope AL, touring historic Ft Morgan, taking in the miniature railroad museum in Foley, and yesterday we went on the pitcher plant bog walk at Weeks Bay estuary. We went to Lulu's twice, it was that good and that much fun!  Two day trips to Pensacola to find a quilting store that sounded really great on their website but turned out to be a real bust in real life, and to spend an afternoon at the Naval Aviation Museum--fantastic display!  Dinner in Pensacola at the Fish House was sooo good!

Don and I went walking every day along the highway, him going up to 8 miles and me not so far.  On the first day I wasn't able to go even two miles and by now, I'm going 4 miles without a problem!  And, my arthritic knees aren't complaining very much either. Today,I did two miles for my walk and then we went on a 4 mile hike in Bon Secour just for fun!  Walking is something I will definitely continue when I get home, although I am anxious to spend some time on the stationary bike as well.

I worked on four of the six projects I brought with and here they are, recapped.

Fishy Fishy lap throw

Son Dan's new quilt, "Garden Steps"

Don's T-shirt quilt celebrating his running days

Prairie Farm auction quilt

 So, that's my month at Gulf Shores AL in a very small nutshell. I really enjoyed my stay here and hope to repeat it next year.

When I get home, I'll be spending my time quilting up these projects before I will allow myself to begin any new projects. Right!


  1. Fantastic photo's. It is always nice to go away but also great to get back home again.
    Love all your projects you have been working on.
    Safe travels home.

  2. Hi Barb, Just saw that you won the traveling stash box #6, Congratulations!!! Just stopped by to say Hi and I love your fish quilt. Happy Quilting, Karen in Arizona