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2017 Finishes

1. Now I Know My ABC’s (Winter theme) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, January 6, 2017

2. Sew Bands by iStitch Designs. Finished Friday, January 13, 2017

3. Les Grande Pensée excerpt. Finished Friday, January 20, 2017

4.Spring For Rabbits by The Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Finished Sunday, February 12, 2017

5. Teacup Mice by Margaret Sherry. Finished Tuesday, February 14, 2017

6. New Years’ Magic by Brooke’s Books. Finished Thursday, February 23, 2017

7. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Blue Teacup by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Thursday, March 2, 2017

8. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Yellow Teabag by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 3, 2017

9. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Clothespin with Flowers by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 10, 2017

10. Luck 2017 Flip-It by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 12, 2017

11. Now I Know My ABC’s by Blackbird Designs (summer version). Finished Friday, March 17, 2017

12. Basket by Lizzie Kate. Finished Friday, March 24, 2017

13. Love by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 26, 2017

14. My Wurk by At The Hop. Finished Thursday, April 6, 2017

15. Buttons and Blooms by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, May 13, 2017

16. Tiny Flag by Shepherd’s Bush. Finished Friday, May 19, 2017

17. Winds of Change by Cross Eyed Cricket. Finished Wednesday, June 21, 2017

18. Summer by The Snowflower Diaries. Finished Friday, June 23, 2017

19. Flags and Friends by Bent Creek. Finished Tuesday, July 11, 2017

20. Strawberries and Cream By Casey Buonaugurio. Finished Sunday July 16, 2017

21. Be Kind and True by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, August 6, 2017

22. Little Sunflower Doodle by SanMan Originals. Finished Wednesday, August 9, 2017

24. All Hallows Eve by Chessie and Me. Finished Monday, September 11, 2017

25. Creepy by SanMan Originals. Finished Tuesday, September 12, 2017

26. 2010 Fright Night Quaker Halloween by SanMan Originals. Finished Sunday, October 15, 2017

27. Boo! by Blackbird Designs. Finished Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

28. Yule by The Primitive Hare. Finished Monday, November 27, 2017

29. Merry One by Plum Street Samplers. Finished Saturday, December 9, 2017

Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10

2. 2009 Finishes- 21

3. 2010 Finishes- 49

4. 2011 Finishes- 26

5. 2012 Finishes- 35

6. 2013 Finishes- 7

7. 2014 Finishes- 19

8. 2015 Finishes- 61

9. 2016 Finishes- 50

10. 2017 Finishes-

Monday, May 4, 2009

Surprise Trip

Early in the afternoon on Friday, my DH sent me a text message telling me to get packed for a few days, we were going out of town. I sent a reply asking how I should pack. He told me to pack for Flagstaff, AZ. We almost didn't go, as when we looked up the weather, it looked like it was going to rain literally everywhere on the planet, with the exception of Toronto, Canada and Cairo, Egypt. Ugh.

We decided to go anyway, figuring that even if it rained, we needed to get out of the house, and get out of town for a bit. We live in a fairly crowded house, so any time alone is precious. We left Friday afternoon a bit late, about around 4:30 PM. We had dinner at Cracker Barrel in Kingman, AZ (closest one!) and arrived in Flagstaff at around 9:30 or so.

We got up a bit late the next day, but to be fair, we really did not have a time schedule for anything. Just go when we felt like it, eat when hungry, sleep when tired sort of thing. We drove to the Grand Canyon and hiked along the southern portion of the Canyon. It's gorgeous. I can't wait to go back. I took a lot of pics along the way. We hiked about 5 miles, and that was not including the walking we did in Flagstaff when get got back.

Flagstaff is a really neat town and I really do wish we could have stayed longer and/or moved there. It's kind of quirky and artsy and we really like it there. Only downside is the housing market is weird out there and we don't have any way to support ourselves. :( Bummer.

On the way back, we managed to catch some of the Gumball 3000. (The Gumball 3000 is an annual 3000 mile (5000 km) international rally which takes place on public roads, with a different 3000 mile route around the world each year. 120 cars participate, often driven by their owners. Now in its 11th year the event has grown into an established fixture on the popular culture calendar annually attracting household names from music, film and sport to participate, including David Hasselhoff, Adrien Brody, Johnny Knoxville, and Tony Hawk. Although set up as a rally with no official timing, or prizes for reaching checkpoints first, during the rally, some participants have been fined for speeding and other traffic offenses by the police in countries they passed through. Cars participating have also been confiscated by the authorities of countries they pass through. The Gumball 3000 was founded in 1999 by Maximilian Cooper. Cooper invited 55 of his wealthiest friends to take part in a 6 day 3000 mile drive around Europe, partying every night.) It was really neat to see all of the exotics like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porches, BMW's, a Jaguar XJ220 and even a Bugatti Veyron. (Whoooooooooooooooo!!!)

I managed to snag this pic while we were crossing over the Hoover Dam:

I took some completely random shots of the Hoover Dam as we were passing by. I basically just stuck the camera out of the car window and clicked until I got something. :D Here are some of my efforts:

I would have had some cooler pics of the Dam itself, however, it was 7 bucks for parking and we had no cash on us. :(. Oh, well. It's half an hour down the road and it's not like they are going to move it any time soon. :P

Here is a link to more pics: http://s32.photobucket.com/albums/d27/Archangelcin/Travel/Flagstaff%20Grand%20Canyon%20May%202009/

I hope everyone had a good weekend!


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Daffycat said...

What a wonderful surprise! I love weekend getaways. They restore the soul, don't they?

ArchangelDecker said...

Yes, yes they do!