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Camp Creek, West Virginia

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Planning this vacation was very stressful.  Once we decided on West Virginia camping we still had the issue that their reservation system is very different from the other states we've camped in.  For PA and many other places we can see by the date what's available and limit our choices that way, for West Virginia we had to choose the park then check availability.  If I knew more about what was near each park I would have handled this better but, by the time we chose West Virginia there wasn't time to wait on pamphlets.  I'm still old school about that and like to spread brochures out and check distances and locations online, instead I went to The Touring Camper on their blog and social media.  We've come to trust their campground reviews when in a new area, so I checked and they didn't have anything on the blog but I knew they had posted something not that long ago about the New River Gorge Bridge and thought they had camped in the area-ironically the campgroun…

Sunday Short list

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I had a lot of time at home this week, so I was able to spend a lot of time crafting.  I even made progress on things that weren’t on the list.  I know I won’t be able to say that for much longer so I’m taking advantage while I can...so how did I do this week 1. My friend is coming to work on a baby quilt-7 of 9 blocks are made, tomorrow we decide on pavement and the last two should be a breeze 2. Blog about vacation -1st stop is blogged 3. Christmas then and Now blog hop - done and I signed up for two more 4. Make more progress on my tulip blocks- I think the string portion of all the blocks is done. 5. Get the charity quilt top together- done 6. Make some progress hand quilting a present-done This coming week I don’t expect t9 have quite as much time and now that it’s August I really need to start planning for school. So what’s on the list? 1. Photograph my Hospital Sketches Quilt 2. Put a label on the baby quilt I finished 3. Get the next baby quilt into a top 4. Attempt tying a quilt again (…

Shenango Lake Recreation Area

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After much debate we decided to limit our vacation to one other state this year. Since we were going west  to West Virginia we decided to limit our drive time per day and camp near my friend and her family.  When she got married we found a community park near Shenango Lake with a nice rail trail like walk along the canal bed.  That led us to the Shenango Dam but we didn’t have a lot of time to explore that weekend.  We have discussed going back a few times and when we realized that camp sites were less expensive at the Recreation area than at the PA state parks we decided this was a good time to visit.  We didn’t spend a lot of our time here doing typical tourist activities because we are familiar with the area, given that I went to college less than an hour away, at Slippery Rock.  On our way out we stopped at the Jennings Environmental Education Center and Wendell August Forge. I’ve gone to Wendell August many times as I collect their annual Christmas ornament and have many other pi…

Christmas in July (Then and Now)

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Carol of Just Let Me Quilt organizes some of my favorite blog hops.  One of the ironies of this hop is that I started my project during a blog hop, in which I discovered Carol's blog.  In 2017 Seams to be Sew hosted a Christmas Caroling Row along, in which each designer created a quilt pattern based on their favorite Christmas carol and released the pattern for free for a certain time period.  I think this was the first blog hop that I really followed and I downloaded all the patterns.  I was so inspired by all the designs; and still think a bout making a few of them that I haven't made yet (I guess that's part of Christmas yet to come) but I don't think anyone did my favorite Christmas Carol-I guess Silent Night is a challenge to design.  Now probably the biggest other irony is that I was so inspired by that hop but I don't generally like projects that are Christmas specific-except nativities.  When these patterns were released so many used appliqué and I'd on…

Sunday shortlist

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We just got back from vacation.  So I haven’t really thought about what I want to accomplish this week. But I do know I’ll be participating in a blog hop, and have a few definite goals.  So how did I do with the last list?  1.get more of the tulip blocks done-I realized I needed more green strips for leaves so I worked on that a lot 2. put a charity quilt top together-I didn’t get this done 3. I still need to blog about the recent camping trips-done 4. Continue reading my Amish quilt novel and quilt cozies.-I finished the Amish quilt novel and then started The Star Garden because it’s a library book.  It has a quilt on the cover but the quilt isn’t a central part of the story so far...it’s the 3rd book of a trilogy and the second one did get into some elements of a quilt. 5. Have a great vacation-we enjoyed the time away, but I’ll post about that over the next week or so. So what do I want to do this week? 1. My friend is coming to work on the baby quilt she wants to give one of the doctors …

holiday camping trips

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My love of camping can definitely be attributed to my parents influence; so what better way to celebrate Father's Day than by camping? (Mother's Day would be equally appropriate if my Mother-in-law were as into camping as my family). Most years we do some sort of camping activity but this year Dad was working so much that I didn't really expect to be able to camp so we didn't reserve anything until the last minute. and by then none of the more local state parks had anything available that met our needs.  Mom works second shift so we needed somewhere reasonably local so I chose a private rv park (Western Village) in Carlisle.  I forgot to check the Carlisle events calendar and was worried when we realized we were going during the rescheduled Spring Carlisle event. I'd sat through horrible car show traffic in grad school and was sure this would be the same but fortunately I was pleasantly surprised.  The first night we had neighbors on both sides of our campsites but…

Sunday Shortlist

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My sewing machine was ready to come home this week so I finally got some sewing done!  1. Make reservations for vacation-done!  we'll be heading for West Virginia soon...although I did make a slight mistake and book two different campgrounds for the same nights and had to change campgrounds to have an electric site.  2. Make progress on hand quilting the present-done! 3. Get the rest of the strings pressed for tulip blocks-I got them all pressed, and many partially sewn  4. Baste a machine quilting project-oops I was too busy with the tulips 5. Write about one of our recent camping trips-oops Not too bad!  We'll be preparing for our vacation this week so it's a very short list 1. get more of the tulip blocks done.  I may have more blocks than I bargained for! 2. put a charity quilt top together 3. I still need to blog about the recent camping trips 4. Continue reading my Amish quilt novel and quilt cozies. 5. Have a great vacation-no short list next week.