"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Monday, February 20, 2012

Back Home Again

After a butt-numbing 17 1/2 hour drive, I pulled into my driveway shortly after midnight Saturday night.  I wasn't planning to drive straight through, but driving on Sunday was going to include driving through a snowstorm, and I don't particularly like driving through snowstorms.

I had the most wonderful vacation, visiting two friends in Florida - one on an island in extreme Northeast Florida, and one on an island in Southwest Florida.  I walked on Atlantic beaches:

and watched the sun set over the Gulf:

I collected shells on the beach, and toured the Kingsley Plantation which was very informative and interesting. 

  Everglades Wonder Park was filled with alligators, crocodiles, snakes and birds:

And the Edison and Ford Winter Estate was very informative and located in a beautiful setting.

I saw my first White Pelicans at Ding Darling NWR:
and this lazy guy:

We also had the opportunity to see several Manatees, but they were just below the surface of the water, so we couldn't really get any pictures.  We went to one of many Florida Flea Markets, ate tons of seafood, drank some wine and a few Margaritas.  It was a wonderful 10 days.  The best part was spending the time with two friends, one of whom I've known for many years, and one a new friend I met in blog land.  Thank you Carol and Marianne for your friendship and for your wonderful hospitality!

Contentment is NOT doing two weeks worth of laundry.....Sunny


  1. Sounds like a perfect vacation to me , glad you had such a great time.

  2. I am glad you went and had a great time--but am really happy to have you back home where I can keep a better eye on you!!! and I have missed your blogging--and your stitching!!!!
    Did you visit any quilt shops while down there???
    Hugs, Di and miss gracie

  3. Gosh I really am behind in my blog reading -- you've had two weeks of wonderful holiday. I just love all your photos - this post and the previous. So glad you had such a great time filled with so much contentment. Wow, that is a long drive. Rest well :-) and welcome home.

  4. WOW that was a very long haul Sunny. Pleased you are home safe.
    Sew nice you had a wonderful holiday.
    Great photos.
    Hope you got the laundry done....LOL

  5. Welcome back home! You must be refreshed and ready to get started on something fun on your sewing projects!

  6. Glad you made it home safe and sound. Sounds like a perfect vacation! :o) Gorgeous pics. xo

  7. Looks like you have had a fabulous holiday...glad you arrived home safely - enjoy the washing!!

  8. Love the pictures,you must have had an exciting holiday! Now back to buisiness ... quilting, I mean ....
    Nice to have you back:-)

  9. 10 days! That sounds so nice. Not the laundry though. I really hate to unpack so I do it right away - get it done and over with. So glad you had a wonderful time and love the pictures. THANKS for sharing them.

  10. Sunny, you were right in my back yard! We live in Cape Coral less than 20 minutes from the Edison Home! We have been having some beautiful weather. I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy it. Which island did you visit? We used to live on Pine Island and we've spent lots of time on Sanibel and Captiva.

  11. So glad you enjoyed your vacation. Everyone needs to spend tie at the beach!

  12. Welcome home! It looks like you had a wonderful time! oh, I think I need a vacation now... :) xxx

  13. Two friends who live on islands- bliss!!! Your pics make me miss FL so much!


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