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!!!
Paducah by noon tomorrow---see you then!!!