Sunday, June 28, 2015

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Well, vacation travels are over. Hanging out with my granddaughters are unique experiences, to say the least. GD #1 is 21 years old and goes to University of TN-Chattanooga. One night we went to a restaurant which overlooks the river and the river walk. We stayed late and saw fireworks over the river. Next day she took us to a little out-of-the-way place called Aretha Frankinstein's. It served breakfast and beer. It was essentially a bar and about 5 tables. The breakfast was delicious! The decor was very eclectic. On one side of the slanted ceiling was framed cereal box fronts. Many of those cereals are no longer available. I loved the unique lighting over the bar. The skateboard wheels are light bulbs.

After that trip, I had 2 days to get things together for my trip to see family in San Diego, CA. On the day before the trip I decided I needed to sew up a couple of things. It turned out that I was at the sewing machine all day. I had a couple of pre-quilted panels left over from a quilt I made last year and decided to use part of one to make myself a small purse. Turned out pretty cute.( No photo.)

I had already made a couple of things for my daughter's kitchen and I decided to make more. I had fabric left over from a wall hanging I made her a few years ago. She had decided to put it on the kitchen wall. You can see it here. I made a pot holder, a double pot holder, a skillet handle pot holder and 2 tea towels. The tea towel on the right has prairie points like the one on the left. I didn't use enough contrast. I found the pattern here.

 My daughter had recently bought 2 of those pitchers. Isn't it amazing how much they look like the fabric?

I could not get the binding sewn on the skillet handle pot holder on the sewing machine, so I stitched it by hand. The opening was too small for the machine.

On my first afternoon in San Diego, my GD#2 drove a couple hours to see me. She is 20 years old and attends California State University-Long Beach. She works at Disneyland, so drove to work early the next a.m. The next day, she drove back to SD again to spend more time with me. Her sister (GD #3) is 16 years old and will be a high school senior in the Fall. So, my first evening there, my daughter, GD#2 and #3 and I went out for sushi. OMG!!! Did we have sushi! 
My daughter and GD #3.
Now that is what I call a boatload of food! We ate sushi, octopus, and other delicacies. We were not fond of the sea urchin. The texture is not pleasant and has a horrible after-taste. GD #3 captured her sister's response to the sea urchin on video. That was sooo funny. I have never laughed so much.

On Saturday my GS #1 brought the great-grands for a visit. I got to meet my youngest great-granddaughter. She is a year old and her sister is 2. We took them and 3 of their 4 half siblings swimming. Aren't they cute? 

I had so much fun! Since I have been going to San Diego for 21 year for visits, I did not want to do more touristy stuff. I wanted to just hang out with family. Best vacation ever!


Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Looks like two fun trips! The sushi looked amazing--the good food in San Diego is about the only thing I miss.

Terry in California said...

Hi Donna I knew if you were visiting grandkids your vacation would be funfilled. Great pictures! The pitcher and the gifts you brought are an amazing match.

Debbie said...

Welcome home, Donna...and it looks like you had a fabulous time. My favorite city...San best enjoyed by avoiding the touristy places. I'm glad you did that. Just living anywhere in the San Diego area & experiencing the weather, the sunshine & warm ocean breezes is enough. I do hope you got to walk by the Pacific's so relaxing & beautiful there. Wonderful to spend so much time with your family, was a win-win.

Teresa in Music City said...

What a lovely time you've spent with all your family!!!! Wonderful memories to treasure for a lifetime! I bet you're pretty exhausted too LOL :*) Those are some cute kitchen accessories - I need to make a few of those handle potholders. I remember when you made the quilt for your daughter - these will go perfect with it!!! And yes, those little great-grands are simply adorable!!!

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