Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Where's Libby?

 Seems like I've been on the go ever since the birthday trip to Fall Creek Falls.  And in the few days I had some free time, I just didn't feel like writing anything.  Do you go through spells like that?

So just WHAT have I been doing?  Not much sewing, that's for certain.  I did take time to determine I need a different fabric for the sashing on the Bible blocks ...

... and since I will be going to Mountain Quiltfest at Pigeon Forge next month, I've put that project on the back burner.  I also spent some time cutting kits for Devo's encouragement quilts, but that will be a subject for another post.

I belong to a quilt study group that had a weekend event at the end of April and that, too will be the subject of another post.

I barely had time to unpack, do laundry, and repack for a mini-vacation in Arkansas.  Granddaughter is graduating high school and we opted to go to her final choir concert rather than graduation.

Ash is the red-head in the second row on the left.  This is the camerata/competition choir and their voices are exquisite.  Following their opening number, Pure Imagination, they were joined by the remainder of the junior and senior high choirs.  At the end of the evening's performance they traditionally sing Dolly Parton's Light of a Clear Blue Morning during which the seniors step off the risers and go into the audience to give their mothers a red rose.

It's always a touching moment; makes me tear up every time I think about it.  While in Conway we shopped for some new summer clothes, hiked in Cadron Settlement Park ...

... and enjoyed games with the family.  Ticket to Ride is one of our favorites, but this Western Expansion has new twists that I didn't totally grasp until I lost.  

I'll demand a replay the next time we visit!  On Saturday, DH and I headed northwest to Eureka Springs.   Since we had time to kill, we ventured off the highway to see Arkansas' Natural Bridge.

Lovely place, but a very precipitous drive into the canyon to see it!

In Eureka Springs we stayed a couple of nights in the 1886 Crescent Hotel.

No key cards, here!  As one would expect, the decor fit the era.

They have added a few modern amenities, like air conditioning (window unit) and a small fridge, but it's still an OLD hotel with creaking floors and pigeons on the window sill.  Our room is the top left one ...

I had to be careful not to hit my head on the sloping roof when I got out of bed!  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.  On Sunday we drove over to Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AR,  an art museum (and more) funded by the Walton (as in Walmart) Foundation.  

I never understood why it was called Crystal Bridges until I saw that the glass-enclosed galleries are on bridges over a small creek.  While there we walked some of the many trails on the property, took an excellent guided tour about the museum's architecture (hubby's forte), and visited a Frank Lloyd Wright rare 2-story Usonian house that was moved and reconstructed on the site.

On our trip back to the hotel we made a quick stop in Rogers, AR.  If you are a fan of  HGTV's "Fixer to Fabulous," you will recognize this ...

Dave and Jenny Marrs' Welcome Inn (Air BnB) is finished and functioning!  It would be a great place for a family reunion, I'm thinking.

We took two days getting home as we both had dental appointments on Tuesday in my old home town.  We picked up lunch and ate in the shade at a little pocket park that used to be the location of the town's swimming pool.

While strolling the path around the park, we came upon a fairy garden.

It was so sweet!

All the driving and sitting the last few weeks got my back out of whack so I went to the chiropractor this morning.  I think they have fairies, too!


  1. I'm glad you have been traveling and having fun. I have thought of you often the last couple of weeks, but when I'm not at the computer, so didn't send a message. Hope your back feels better quickly. It looks like you've had some wonderful adventures! Fairies and all!!

  2. glad you had fun you have seen some things I haven't seen and I've been here for years - I have yet to go see the natural bridge! But I have seen Crystal Bridges a lot since it was built and lost track of how many times I have been there - our daughter that lives in that area is only about 20 minutes from it.

  3. Natural bridges and art museums are nice, but you had me at FLW house!!! Sounds like it was a wonderful trip, Libby.

  4. That looks like a wonderful trip to Arkansas! The choir concert sounded lovely. Now that you're home, we're off traveling. Love the look of your Women of the Bible blocks!

  5. What a great trip! Funny, I was just thinking about Eureka Springs the other day. We visited when we lived in Pittsburg, Kansas, but that was 40+ years ago.

  6. Sounds like a fun trip to Arkansas! We always enjoyed Eureka Springs. Your stay at the Crescent Hotel reminded me of staying at the Basin Park hotel a few times. Fun town. Glad you enjoyed your vacation!

  7. Sounds like you've had a busy, but fun few weeks. Being on the road isn't conductive to sewing room time. Congrats on your granddaughter's graduation. Eureka Springs is such a cool place to visit, the Crescent Hotel is a fun place to stay.

  8. Hi Libby, a wonderful post that I enjoyed reading. What a great trip and congrats to your granddaughter. That sounds like such a beautiful practice and I would tear up too. Glad you had safe travels!


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