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Glorious Sunshine

Where Am I?


My sweetheart and I are taking our annual trek into the Smokey Mountains of eastern Tennessee this week. We are without companions this year which gives us the rare opportunity to be together as a couple.

We traveled down yesterday and a very fine day it was, too. The flowers above and below were spotted at a resting place along Interstate Highway 81 which runs the length of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The sun was shining, the sky was a heart-piercing blue and the temperatures were mild (low 70’s). 8D1D2E4C-C6A1-4A1F-8E7A-94A16D6C4275

It’s not unusual to see roses bloom in our region as late as November ... but I don’t recall ever seeing irises bloom so late ever before. They were sturdy and stunning!

The drive took us from 8a.m. until around 6:30 p.m. with maybe four stops along the way. Very pleasant driving. :)

Today has been cooler, in the low 60’s, and gray. We’ve had rain off and on all day. Luckily, we are both content to spend the day quietly indoors. :) I brought out Blue (my Featherweight), set up cutting and ironing areas, and spent my day sewing the remainder of the Thistle flowers. I now have 15 of the beauties to adorn my next quilt. 


When Barbara, Patty and I visited Artistic Artifacts last week on our Quilter’s Quest trip, one of the things I bought was a small hand dyed doily. Today I carefully cut it into four pieces and seamed it into the leaves of a happy yellow Thistle block. I am really pleased with the texture that lace adds to my block!

Skip and I have to go grocery shopping tomorrow (we had the leftovers from our Friday night arrival dinner for food today). Otherwise, I am planning another day of contented sewing.


:) Linda



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