Monday, August 26, 2013

Reflecting On Our Blessings...(Last Day of the Give Away)

What an incredible weekend!  Friends, new scenery, nature, quilt shops, quilt show...and safely home.  This weekend was the first Fabric Stalker Camping/Quilt Experience and hopefully will become an annual event.  It was an amazingly fun weekend and I will be sharing quilt/camping slideshows all week...but, today I am reflecting on our friendship and our safe travels home.

As we traveled home and crossed from Washington into Oregon I got a text from Anne that an incredible storm was passing through the area and that "blogless" Sandy's farm had already been hit, 70-80 miles per hour winds, rain, hail 1-2 inches in size and an incredible amount of lightening.

As we passed one accident we headed in and out of several storm systems and then a WALL of rain and hail...literally so hard and thick that we couldn't even see out of the windshield.  HH safely pulled us to the side of the road.  Once it passed we proceeded slowly forward...pulled off at the next rest stop cause all of us had to relieve ourselves...then it was back on the road.  We didn't get very far before there was another horrific accident which stopped traffic for a while.  As we pulled into our driveway I thanked God and HH for a safe trip home and was thankful to hear that all of those involved in the accidents would be ok.

Our campsite at Riverside State Park in Spokane was filled with wild life.  I couldn't believe I caught this shot of an Osprey!  With a fish in his talons, no less!

Joel didn't have any luck fishing but the beauty of fly fishing is not always about the fish one catches.

The biggest pests of the campsite were the Yellow Jackets.  Seems it was a bad year and OMG there was an insane amount of them.  HH bought me this fabulous electrical bug badminton from Cabelas and with the right form...I dispatched a fair amount of them! 

Val was working on her stitchery!  Such a relaxing weekend!

Robin, Lori and Jim challenged each other to Parcheesei!

HH was in his element!

Slideshows start tomorrow and is the last day to sign in for the Give Away, just leave a comment you are interested and if you would be so kind as to be a follower of the Woolie blog.


  1. Scary storms, glad you made it home safely. Looks like you had a fun time at camp though.


  2. I am thinking that osprey photo would make a wonderful quilt...and I live that panel so many possiblities

  3. Hey, love your RV...does this mean you are going to head South this winter for some fun and QS!!
    Those storms were horrible! Yikes!! Glad you made it home safe and sound!!

  4. Scary looking rain in those pics! That osprey is such a cool picture...great captured moment! Glad you made it home okay.

  5. Glad to hear you had a great time away and made it home safe and sound. Those sudden storms are scary especially when you are the driver and don't know the road. Kudos to HH for his safe driving skills.

    Great photo of the Osprey.

  6. Wow that was a scary trip through all those storms! I'm happy you made it home safely too. Love the osprey photo~ great 'catch'!

  7. Sounds like a really fun time except for the drive home. Glad all are safe and am looking forward to a slide show or two.

  8. Good to have you all home safe and sound. Love that Yellow Jacket dispatcher, I must get one of them. We have lots of those little critter in our yard, it is difficult to dead head plants without running into some of them. Looking forward to the slide show.

  9. Holy cats that's some nasty weather. Sounds like a two hands on the wheel ride home. Glad you made it safe and sound - it's always a good feeling to pull into your driveway - even when the trip is a piece of cake. Looks like a lovely place you set up camp at - and that bug zapper - now that's fun lol. Looking forward to the slideshow and all disclosures lol.
    Hugs - Mrs. Farmhouse

  10. Glad you made it home safe. Love the hornet killer. We have one and it sure comes in handy. Works great when a great big bug gets in the motorhome.

  11. Glad you made it home safely - you look very seriously dedicated with your electric badmitton racket! Sure wish you could send some of that rain down to CA to put out all the fires

  12. Scary weather! My daughter is traveling to Portland today - I always worry when family is out on the road!

  13. Good grief what horrible weather-glad everyone is ok. Beautiful photo of the Osprey, peaceful scene of HH fly fishing and friends relaxing but the BUGminton is the best...what a hoot!