On vacation–really an extension of retirement!!!   It is good to be in a warmer place for a little while, but I do miss my Maine.

It was minus 18 the morning we drove off to start our winter vacation–nice send off!!   Took two days to travel to NC where we had a nice visit with our son who is career Air Force.  We got to see a little of the Fayetteville area–it was cool while we were there, but for us “northerners”, it was pretty comfortable.    He is thinking of retiring, but not yet reached a decision.  He has plenty of time to make that decision.

It was about a 1600+ mile drive to our final destination, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Our condo was having some unexpected repairs done and we were moved to another condo.  Weather delayed the repairs and we were worried about having to move again while here, so we got out of that contract because of the uncertainty, and found a really nice place on Okaloosa Island, can see the beach and hear the waves from the balcony.  In a couple of minutes, we can be on the sand.   Nice change for us.

I’m doing some hand piecing while here.  I have a couple of projects that I take on vacations.  Finished a hand pieced baby blocks rectangle that will be the center of a quilt someday.  Also am finishing up a hand pieced folded fabric log cabin that I started in a class with Liz Porter years ago.  I have about 18 eight inch blocks finished and hope to get the final 7 done while here.  Then can make these the center of another quilt.   Have done some knitting in the evening, also.

We have visited a really pretty little town about 30 miles nortSunset

Wildlife in the sand at Fort Walton Beach Florida
Wildlife in the sand at Fort Walton Beach Florida

h of here, DeFuniak Springs.  Quaint town, large lake in the center that is probably a very old sink hole.  Beautiful homes, old fashioned buildings in the downtown.   Train goes thru the town a few times a day–very loud!!!

Lazy day today.    I am reading the Harry Potter series and find them very enjoyable.  I have two and will get the rest of the series out of our local library when I get home.   The stories keep my interest, are good reading, stress good vs evil, and highlight the qualities of honesty, perseverance, loyalty.  Look forward to the rest of the books.

Hopefully will have a couple of pictures of what I have accomplished in my piecing when I write the next time.  Off to enjoy the warm weather and sun!

View from the front door
View from the front door
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