My husband and I do not make a big deal about birthdays or any other designated day when you typically give each other gifts. We buy each other gifts whenever... we don't have to wait for a reason. Two months ago my husband decided to buy himself the Corvette he had wanted for a long time. It was kind of one of those things you think you'd like to have one of these days... and he decided that the day had arrived. We are both enjoying it very much. I always thought they were pretty cars, but I had heard that the ride was not very comfortable for any long distance driving. Well, I want to tell you that it is very comfortable, with lots of leg room.... of course I'm comparing it to the Miata we had just prior to the Corvette. Unlike the Miata's limited storage space, we have plenty of room for whatever luggage we want to take along for a trip. We plan on doing lots of cruising in this awesome car. This week was our first real trip in the Corvette. We are currently in Arizona visiting family. Our grandson really thinks the Corvette is cool. Our son got to take his wife for a ride in it last night and the stories he had to tell when he got back to the house of their experiences in the car were quite entertaining.
Quilters' Travel Companion as my guide to find some of the shops along the way. Cowgirl Up in Benson Arizona was a real treat with lots of western-centric fabric. We are staying in a little town just outside of Tucson, so I have had the opportunity to visit a couple more shops in the greater Tucson area. I don't have a picture of the first one we found. I forgot my camera back at the house... but it was quite a find. It had more fabric than I have seen in one place in a very long time. My DIL has driven by the place numerous times and never dreamed it was a real quilt shop. It is kind of out of town and in the desert. Of course she is not a quilter, so it had not even crossed her mind to go check it out.
She did help me find two other shops yesterday. The Quilter's Market had a really nice baby room as well as lots of area specific fabric. I was on the lookout for a specific piece of fabric for a friend and the lady at Bella Quiltworks was more than willing to advise me of other places to try.
I'm really enjoying the time here with our grandson. He is 7 and quite the young man. I went to VBS with him yesterday... his mother was a volunteer so she invited me to share in their last day. Several people came up to me and told me how happy they were to see that I had arrived safely. It seems that he had asked everyone more than once to pray for the safe arrival of his grandma and grandpa from Texas.
I know they say it is hot in Arizona, but it is a "dry" heat. I can't see any significant difference from the hot we experience back in Texas. If it is hot, it is just plain hot. When you live in a hot environment, you know how to deal with it, so it really isn't a big deal.... but it is still HOT. Oh yes, fires and smoke is a big topic lately with all the wildfires in Arizona. We saw some smoke on our trip coming in, but mostly in New Mexico. We saw some hazy skylines in various places along the way... but nothing significantly close.