Old Man River

We (mom and I) had a fabulous weekend atop a bluff overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Our road trip down was puncuated by three stops at three very nice Iowa Quilt Shops (of course!), and I took a stop in the middle of a road to shoot this awesome birdhouse condo/tree/collection/whatever-it-was-it-was-cool!


And, how much I am I loving this new camera?! You have no idea! I haven’t even used any of the fancy modes like “fireworks” (!!!), “night skyline”, “portrait/smile mode”, or any of the other gazillion features of my new favorite toy!

We made it to our destination in a about four hours. This was the view across the river to Nauvoo, IL, that impressed us right off the bat…


We watched many a barge and tugboat travel up and down the river…


This was the house we stayed in…complete with lovely perennial garden and big shade trees…


A perfect opportunity to try out the new toy… I caught this bumble bee on the purple coneflower with my zoom:

And, as if that wasn’t enough, got the lilly (and the ant on the leaf) without even turning on the macro mode! Wow! I can’t wait to see what I can do when I’m really trying!

The house was very comfy, spotlessly clean, and well-stocked! Here’s the kitchen:


My comfy bedroom complete with pillow-top mattress and lovely river view:


And there was a drop-down living room and dining room, which we turned into “sewing central”:

After a few hours of sewing on Friday night, we watched the sunset over the river…

and headed off to dreamland on our more-comfortable-than-any-hotel beds…

There is just something so peacful and relaxing about watching the water…

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Made it to our destination…

We made it to our destination in Montrose, Iowa… The drive was fun, stopped at three quilt shops along the way, saw some beautiful scenery, and the house we are stying in is AWESOME! I’ve only brought ten projects along…I hope I don’t run out of things to do. ;->

I thought I’d show you my birthday gift…

Aint it grand?!

Can’t wait to get the software loaded and start uploading photos from the new one! I’d better get back to the sewing machine!