Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Bitter Sweet

It is bitter sweet...the turning of this page in our life.  We loved our tiny home but for a list of reasons that would bore everyone...it comes down to the grands...we love our new adventure in the Portland area and the time to be with the grandkids.  No, we will not stop our camping/traveling but 4 continuous months away is more than we want right now...maybe when they are a bit older and their friends are more important than grandparents, LOL.  Coming down at what is considered the "end" of the season means we missed many of our friends...but, we are seeing a different season in Tucson.  We love Tucson and will be back!

We are pooped, cleaning and making decisions about what we need to get rid of and what we want to haul back...Given the COVID environment we are traveling smart which is easy in the van.  We are avoiding large crowds and events...staying in our own campsite and only one of us goes in the grocery store.

But...I totally get why people are tired of mask wearing...mask wearing in 90+ degree heat...well...it is like having a personal sauna!  To avoid this feeling we don't go anywhere!  Personally I am trying to keep on course with all the suggestion of the CDC because I want to someday see my Canadian friends...my Australian friends, my European friends, my South American friends...I just want to see all my friends....I want a big family BBQ...I want a Quilt Retreat!!!  

Like I said the upside of being in the desert when it is so hot is seeing all the cactus blooming, lizards are running around, the birds are flocking in and my friend has a family of Havalinas in her yard!!!



I thought you'd get a kick out of this photo...traveling in a van brings the creative brain out and you figure out double duty for everything!!! LOL


Have a wonderful time stitching and 
I hope our paths cross down the road!

 

11 comments:

  1. love that last photo-genius! My bee has always done a long weekend at the end of May at a wonderful place about an hour from home. We had hoped to be able to do it this year as most of us have received the vaccine. Sadly, one of our group doesn't want it and 2 people she invited from outside the bee, refuse to get it as well. So, 3 of us opted out this year. I am really trying to accept that it is an individual choice, but I have to say, I truly don't get it. So, maybe next year. In the meantime, the 3 of us are planning to get together on our own for an afternoon. Please stay safe!

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  2. Love the double duty of the bottle neck. Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  3. My husband and I are going to the store wearing our mask. Right now we’re not going anywhere but to the store. I miss touching fabric I’ve rubbed all the color off mine. Missing meetings and people but, I have changed since this lockdown started. I’m not as excited to get out. I would be happy with zoom meetings and hugs from family. God bless you and G getting out there

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  4. I am in the packing mode of our trip South. Driving our tiny car = 2 stitching projects. He didn't say anything about the projects I pick up while down there. Can't wait for some pollen free air.

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  5. I hope you enjoy the time you have while you are away. Soon things hopefully will open up.

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Well done!

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  6. When we were getting ready for Easter I thought of you. I guess we can say I've started my end of the roll covid stash. Funny. It's the first time I've had to set up TP for ' visitors ' in a long time. Signs of good things to come.

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  7. I think your choice to be near family speaks volumes of you both. Family is the most important thing in our lives & they need us as much as we need them.
    You'll begin to find travel eases up for you eventually. Enjoy your planning for more trips!!

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  8. Family is everything and the seasons of our lives are always changing. Enjoy your time with the grands....those memories will last their life time. I'm turning 70 and my best memories are those I spent with my granny. Ann, did you get the covid vaccine. I didn't read if you posted that fact. My husband is so dead set against it and this Thursday I'm going to get mine. It won't change mask wearing but my Dr. says it will keep me out of the hospital if I get the shot. Just curious what you are doing. Patty McDonald

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  9. Love the cactus photos.. Such a beautiful display by nature. Thanks for sharing them.

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  10. Starting tomorrow we are under "do not leave home" orders again. the exceptions are groceries and medical reasons. I haven't seen any of my family for over a year and it continues on and on. I have had the first vaccine but my husband refuses to get it. It will be long time before anyone wants to see us. If I didn't have the Internet, Anna, Zoom meetings with friends and quilt guilds, my quilting, and the occasional phone call, It would be a lot harder than it is. Stay safe, everyone. Locked down in Ontario

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  11. I can't imagine wearing a mask in the AZ heat. You are making the right choice. Grandkids are the best and they just grow up way to fast to miss out. What a blessing to your Grandkids,to have you to make memories with. Safe travels home.

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