This is the time for the annual Food Bank drive. Bring in a donation and get a free fat quarter. Drop off your donation between now and December 20th. Word is there will be an increase in clients the food bank will be serving this year. Thank  you in advance for your donations.
 
 
On to Texas...via the Mark Twain State park. Long winding roads and the trees in their full fall colors helped relax both of us. Al and I arrived Thursday night, had a "light" dinner at the BBQ next to the hotel. Up bright and early in the morning and off to the convention center. Friday is what is called School house-15/30 minute sessions with pattern designers, fabric, thread, and 'gadget' companies. Al went to all the 'techie' sessions and I had the delight of drooling over the many new lines of fabric coming out. We broke for dinner at the adjoining hotel. Meeting up with Mary from Bluffton as she was leaving, so she joined us at the table. Mary went off to her room and Al and I headed back to the convention center for Sample Spree.  Ten pm found us loaded down with purchases as we headed to the car. Saturday the market opened and the wild crazy Sandi and Al tried to get to as many vendors as possible between appointments with fabric companies. Too many too little time. Come to the shop and check out what is coming....Downton Abbey, Because of the Brave, Aunt Grace, Jo Morton and more...sign up for the blocks of the month programs
(only 6 months each) Dinner Saturday night was provided by Moda at the baseball field. Watch for the rest of the story...
 
 
Burning up the road these last few months, now time to catch up. I will start from the most current and work backward.
Houston Market 2014
The trip started out in the most delightful weather we have had in a long time. The trees were at  peak fall colors. Our first stop was in Salem Mo. to visit with Chris and Shirley M., friends from scouting. We, my husband and I were glad we stopped. Shirley is in early stage of "forgetful". Chris, as with any caregiver can always appreciate a little diversion and or help to relieve the stress of the situation. He is giving up on raising Mules...if you want one call.  Dinner at a local 'watering-hole', lots of recalling of scouting events filled the evening. Oh, the homemade chips are to die for!  Off in the morning to meet up with Carol's husband to drop off a van full of yarn. They run a charity in Houston Mo. that had made contact with Alana. Alana and I had moved the yarn from Shirley A's  Fort Wayne home as we helped her family get her home ready for sale. Both Salem and Houston Mo. seem to be behind in economic recovery. Rolling hills with fall colors dotting the forest delighted the eye as we wove our way out of Missouri via the Mark Twain state park.  I can see why motorcycle riders would love the winding roads and views.  Time did not allow for stopping at quilt shops or antique shops...oh poo...reason to go back!  Houston Texas here we come....