Monday, April 22, 2013

Paducah or Bust--Day one....

Wow 12 hours on and off in the bus.....let's just say that I am so glad that my dear Husband totally convinced me that I needed to sit in the front of the bus. Even sitting in seat 2 and Dramamine at regualr intervals...my stomach was twirling around like a circus clown!! Extremely thankful for the audio library book on the iPad---I may have dozed off through a chapter--but thanks Ashley and Jan for the audio hint!!!
I picked up Lois in Rock Valley at 6am and we headed off to the Holiday Inn Express in Sioux Falls where we joined up with about 12 other crazies waiting for the bus coming from Crafty Corner in Worthington. Left at 7am and headed south down I 29 with drizzly gray skies. Stopped at McDonald's in Sioux City for breakfast and pick up another passenger. Left Sioux City with lots of rain--just rain--no ice!!! Pit stop at first rest stop into Missouri--felt so good to walk around in SuNSHINE!!! Yes there still is a sun up in the universe! St. Joseph was the next stop at Cracker Barrel for dinner and another pickup. How amazing it was to see freshly mowed green grass along with all the flowering trees!!! BEAUTIFUL--oh man just thought--should've taken a photo to prove it!! Will try get some spring photos tomorrow!! Once again back on the bus for the final push to St Louis--this is where the circus came into play!! Pick up another passenger in Kansas City. Man did it feel good to get to the motel!!! I would guess that there are about 30 of us along with the Husband/Wife team from Crafty Corner.
There were several ladies that had read the NWIowa Review story about Promise Kept--so they asked me to explain a bit about the quilt to everyone--with a microphone and turning around to the back of the bus--I so love public speaking...NOT..but I managed to get through explaining most of the elements--with Lois' prompts from the side. One lady had been to the Minnesota State Quilt Show last year--where Promise Kept had won a First Entry award--and she remembered seeing it hang there. I thought that was pretty cool!!! Nice to see that it made an impression on someone!!
Well it is another early morning tomorrow--although I am getting quite used to getting up early--as the last 6 weeks have had 4 trailers and 7 semis of market hogs going out--that comes to 1500 head of hogs being sorted and loaded--along with moving 500 nursery pigs to finisher, getting in 500 new pigs and vaccinating them. Then add in the 28 customer quilts that were quilted!!!
A big shout out to a wonderful son-in-law  Tyler for helping Loren load the semi this morning!!!
Yes we have matching shirts--and no we did not plan it!! How funny is that--but yes this is the ultimate road trip!!!! Our standard answer to the crowns --Yes, we are Queens for the week!
Day one was ended with a nice supper at Max and Erma's--nice Applebee's type resturant--in a mall next to the Motel.
Paducah by noon tomorrow---see you then!!!

7 comments:

Lucy Drinkall said...

Marilyn and I will board a bus bright and early tomorrow morning in Winona, MN and head for Paducah. We will keep our eyes open looking for you!! I am so happy that your quilt has been shown and awarded in more than one show. It was a beauty!! The story behind it is precious, also. The pigs and other chores will be waiting for you when you return. (one good thing to come out of all this rain is that you and I are not missing out on helping with the spring field work...helps with the guilt!!)

DH Stitches said...

Hi Terri! It's going to be great fun to follow along on your Paducah adventure! Keep the posts coming because I'm going to share them with Quiltmaker's readers, okay? Have a wonderful time!

SandraB said...

Thank you for this and thanks to Quilty Pleasures for directing me here to follow your adventure. I can't wait.

SandraB said...

Please post about where your quilt be hanging at the Paducah Show

lizardcreekquilter said...

@ SandraB ..there are vendors and wallhangings upstairs in the convention center--my number is 1433. Thanks for asking and sharing in my adventure!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey sis..the first thing I do each morning is check what adventure you went on the day before. It looks like your are having a fabulous time! Brian was having a hard time relating to your experience so I just told him, "this place is Terri's Napa Valley!" That cleared it up for him. Have a great rest of your trip, love you...sarah

lizardcreekquilter said...

Great analogy--because that is exactly right. Love you too dear sister!!!