I'm back! We flew back from Sweden on Friday. Unfortunately it was not a direct flight so we had a stop in Reykjavik, Iceland. I think I woke up at 6 am on Friday, an hour earlier than I needed to. We arrived back in Dulles International around 7:30 pm or so but it was well past 8:30 by the time we cleared Customs and gathered our bags. FYI -- that was 2:30 AM in Sweden. We stayed overnight at a local hotel rather than try driving when we were so tired!
It was a wonderful trip with lots of wonderful things to see. After my goals info I'll share some pictures of the beginning of the trip.
Here's what I did the week we left for our trip.
✅Put binding on numbers quilt
Clean front end of cutting table — some progress was made
✅Work on Thirty Something project
✅Organize hand work for trip
✅Attend a wedding
✅Fly to Europe!
Yep, I still got most of my goals done. On the other hand, half had to do with our travels. Now fast forward nearly 2 weeks for my goals for this week. It's a sparse list but we are both still jet lagged. I did get to spend the whole day Sunday putzing around in the studio.
Cut out 1 quilt for upcoming retreat
Make some blocks for FCQ EQuilter
Make some more 30 something blocks
Today I made some headway on making blocks for Irma who is the recipient of blocks for June and July from FCQ Equilters. She wants any block(s) we want to make as long as they are either 6, 9 or 12 inches. And we are to use summer colors. EEK! What's your idea of summer colors? Let me know in the comments. Here are two I finished today. I'm trying to use Accuquilt to make the blocks. I have another one already cut out. I'm going to try to repeat some of the fabrics I've already used to help tie the blocks together.
The rest of this post will be the beginning of my travelog. My goddaughter, my friend Sharon's daughter, got married the day before we were leaving. It was a lovely destination wedding on the Eastern Shore in Maryland. We had an excellent time and enjoyed seeing her so happy. The next day we had lots of time before we were leaving so we made visits to both of our kids/grandkids. After we forced Kevin and Aimee to feed us it was off to the airport. (Really, they didn't mind at all...)
The jet had sleeping seats. It was nice but also weird. I was in my own little area and couldn't see Pat much at all. Nor could we really carry on a conversation. We both got some sleep but clearly not a normal night's rest.
We landed in London and were bussed to our hotel in downtown. (The traffic made me feel right at home. Sigh.) I heard, but didn't see, that Buckingham Palace was fairly close. We valiantly stayed awake and had a good meal at a local pub. We gave up on staying awake, went sound asleep at 6:30pm, and slept through the night.
After another bus ride we boarded our ship at South Hampton. Of course, our cabin wasn't ready as the previous cruise passengers had left just a little earlier in the day. We enjoyed checking out the public spaces and having lunch outdoors. The weather was glorious.
The second day on board was cruising the North Sea. I'm happy to report it was smooth sailing. Actually the whole trip the seas were really calm. Saw this wind farm. (No clue where it was except the North Sea.)
The next day we visited Kristiansand on the southern tip of Norway. Who would miss the opportunity to get a picture with a moose? (Pat wasn't interested, but I was!) Norway's national animal is the moose. The stuffed moose was on a base with wheels. He was gone by the time we came back. That's our ship in the background.