First big retirement road trip complete! We drove 1,976 miles with 38 hours driving time. We visited Niagara Falls, Canada and family in Spencerport, New York (just outside Rochester, NY). There I enjoyed a big family picnic with my sister, nephews and nieces and their children – 20 adults and 15 children. They are all great “kids” and it was a great time. From there we went on to Wallkill, NY in the Hudson Valley where my cousin has a B & B. Peaceful best describes that visit. Then it was on to some scary driving – through NYC on to Long Island! I lived there until I was 14 years old and I went to see my childhood home and neighborhood. Funny, it all seemed so much bigger then! Visited a cousin in Oceanside and got a tour of Long Beach. Continued on memory lane as we went to Jones Beach – it was just as I remembered! We finished at Chincoteague Island, Virginia to see a quilting bud who retired there. What a treat – I sure do miss her and her talents!
Before we went, I knew I wanted to gift our hosts with something I made. Knowing how much I like my shopping totes for groceries, I made each of our host homes a pair of totes. They were not only pretty, but useful. I used coordinating home-dec fabrics that I had on hand. Each bag is lined, and reversible. Number 4 didn’t get a pic because it was made last minute (happy travel changes). I think these gifts let our family and friends know just how much we appreciated their generosity in hosting us in their homes and showing us around their “hoods.” I think we craftsmen and artists are so blessed to be able to create something for someone to show our appreciation. If you have a special hostess gift you give on occasion, I would love to hear about it. I never tire of new ideas!