The Clown Car Returns

There is nothing more energizing than spending four days with friends. My three Meemaw friends and I piled into our clown car this past Thursday and headed to Rockport, Texas. Rockport is one of our favorite places to visit for birding adventures and just plain fun.
Our trip included a visit to the USS Lexington, in Corpus Christi. We were fortunate to be there on a day that a veteran, who was on this ship during WWII, was on site.
This was a very successful birding trip. We were able to see 20 different species of birds at the different locations in the area. These include the Aransas Natural Wildlife Refuge, Goose Island, Tule Marsh, Memorial Park, Pond, and Wetland, and the Linda S. Castro Nature Sanctuary. We were lucky to spot Sandhill Cranes, Whooping, Cranes, and Roseate Spoonbills all in one location as we were on the road at Goose Island. At the  Natural Wildlife Refuge, we saw two whooping cranes fly in and land…What an exciting sight to see! At the Rockport Beach, a Great Blue Heron landed on the sidewalk by our car, as we were parking. We were able to capture three pictures of this beautiful bird with my iphone camera.
We would spend most of our days birding, with eating and shopping in-between. We were disappointed to discover that the Rockport quilt shop was no longer in business.
On our last Meemaw trip in December, to Salado, Texas, we ran across a group of interesting women. They were Sisters on the Fly, women who travel in RVs and meet at different locations and events. This time, in Rockport, we met Sisters of the Dance. These women perform at community events, nursing homes, senior centers, and parades. Meeting interesting people is definitely a perk when traveling.
There was no wi-fi where we stayed and it was the best time ever. We spent the evenings watching classic movies and playing games.
The Clown Car returned home today.
I thread sketched and water colored the Great Blue Heron as soon as I got home.
Now, I am ready to crash for a few days.

Storm Update

This rainy, Saturday morning, has been spent thinking of my friends and family on the coastline.
Rockport, Texas took a massive hit. I was in contact with my friend who has a home on Goose Island.
Goose Island  is a state park, but my friend has the last remaining house on the island.
A couple of years ago, we went to her house to see the cranes who migrate to this island. A beautiful site.
It will be some time before my friend will be able to see the results of this hurricane.
Other friends and family have evacuated and are on hold.
In the meantime, we are just getting steady rain here in San Antonio.
Thanks to all who have sent thoughts and prayers.

In the meantime, I am sort of housebound.
I took this opportunity to finishing piecing the blocks for the dinosaur floor pillow top.

Next step is to figure out how to quilt it.
I am also still viewing tutorials on how to make large pillow covers.
French pillows look interesting, but difficult.

One of the problems I have to solve is the size.
I  sewed 1/2 inch seams, so the top is 35 ” x 35″.
The largest pillow insert I have found is 30″ x 30″, which is too small for the top.
I can have a 1/2 seam to attach the top and bottom, but it will still be too large for the pillow.
This is what happens when an idea is not totally planned out ahead of time…
which happens to be my modus operandi.

Well, it looks like I will have a few days to figure this out.