I love driving to Cincinnati. Especially when we take the river road along the Ohio River. We did that over a week ago, but because of things happening in the world, I didn’t feel like writing about it. We took off on a Saturday and headed down the road.
Following the river most of the way. There is something about a river that makes me feel wanderlust. I think of all those who have traveled this river throughout the years or lived by this river, building little towns and living their lives as the river swept by. There is so much history along this river. David and I have driven most of it and several times, at that. It never fails to lift my spirits.
The sky was so blue that day and the river so calm, but this river has flooded many times through the centuries, flooding those little towns and creating havoc to their citizens. Still, people continue to settle along it, camp beside it and watch as it lazily flows along. It’s mesmerizing.
We passed through one little town where I saw some ladies decorating the city park. And along the road hung on electric poles were these………
Scarecrows. I don’t know if they were having a contest, but there were several of these all along the roadway. Made me want to go home and make my own scarecrow.
I think it might have had something to do with breast cancer awareness because of this sign I saw.
We spent the night in Cincinnati and went to supper with our older son and his girlfriend. We went to The Outback to eat and they had the slowest service. We finally got our names on a list and waited and waited. They didn’t look all that busy. Then three more people came in the door and the waitress started to sit them immediately and David spoke up and asked why they were being seated. The waitress mumbled something about the waitress wasn’t ready for our table. Humbug! Our son said, “Let’s go,” and we went across the street to a restaurant called Mimi’s Café and were seated immediately and I had the best liver and onions I have ever eaten. So, good things happen to those who wait! It was a pleasant evening, but we were going to King’s Island the next day so we headed to our motel for the night.
The next morning we met up with our daughter and her family.
The boys were excited because we were going to King’s Island.
Now King’s Island is for the person who likes to ride scary rides. I am not that person. The last two times I was talked into riding certain rides, I cried. So I knew no one would be talking me into riding any roller coasters or rides that went up high that day. I loved watching my family ride the rides. I rode a couple, but I really enjoy people watching and just being with family. It was such a fun day. We went to the arcade and there is where I had the most fun playing Ski-ball. I could play that all day. I helped our son win a card he had been trying to win for some time. You see, our son goes to King’s Island almost every single day whether it’s before work or after work, just to ride maybe one ride. He’s a big kid at heart. He plays those arcade games and saves the points. He has enough to get a computer now. He could have probably bought one a whole lot cheaper, but he loves playing those games. I do too. It must be in the blood. David and I, when we were dating, use to love playing the arcade games at the fair. Tossing rings to win cheap dishes. I once spent fifty dollars playing ski-ball at King’s Island to win a set of juice glasses! They were the cheapest glasses I have ever had and they all got broken very quickly. Needless to say, we don’t go to King’s Island all that often. Can’t afford their dishes!
It was a fun day and I am sure I got my 10,000 and more steps in as my feet were hurting so badly by the time we got to the car. We drove home at dusk as the sky was showing off it’s beautiful colors.
Where we live there are tall trees so I cannot see the sunset like this at night. It was so beautiful. Then I saw it.
A UFO. Or at least it looked like one to me. And then I saw this.
Remember in the first Ghost Busters where that dog chased that little guy from his apartment and down the street? This made me think of that dog.
It was good to get home and back in our own bed.
The past couple of weeks I have been working on quilts.
I pinned this quilt ready for quilting. I can’t decide if I want to machine quilt it or quilt it by hand. It’s got hundreds of safety pins in it and my fingers can attest to it. I am quilting one by hand right now that I want to get done. Can’t show it as it is for someone special.
Not sure what this pattern is called. I pieced it years ago. I am going through all my unfinished quilts and trying to get them done.
And yet, I keep buying fabric to make more.
I bought this fat quarter assemble to make a pumpkin quilt.
I pre-wash all my fabric and here I hung these on a little line I have strung across my shop porch. I love hanging things out on a line. Didn’t take them long to dry. I will show you some of the blocks I have made soon. I was working on my pumpkin quilt today.
This glorious fabric will be the backing. I had to order five yards of it just because I loved it so much. I will use this in several things, I am sure.
This fabric I bought on Haight Ashbury in San Francisco years ago when we visited our son who was stationed in California with the Air Force learning to speak Russian to be a Russian linguist. That was many years ago. I don’t know why the fabric looks stained in this picture because it isn’t. There was a wonderful quilt shop there with some very exotic fabrics.
This yellow fabric was bought for me by my son and his ex-wife when they visited England years ago. They asked me what I wanted them to bring me back from England and I said, “Fabric.” I have used this in several quilts.
We got this postcard in the mail a few weeks ago telling us about Grandparents’ Day at our grandchildren’s school. I was looking at it and saw someone familiar on it.
David and me and two of our grandkids!. I must say it was kind of disconcerting to see our faces on there. I always wondered through the years how they picked the pictures for these things. We are visiting their school this week. They treat us grandparents great. I am really looking forward to it.
Here’s to river rides, fun times with family and quilting. Bye.