What I Did on My Summer Vacation

The weary travelers have returned — we actually got home yesterday, and I intended to blog a bit last night, but we were only home for about an hour before we headed out to the movie theater — Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was playing in town, and we didn’t want to miss it!  Remarkably, we managed to stay awake through all 3 hours, and didn’t get too uncomfortable…

So.  Vacation.  I’ll give you some hints, and then you can follow the link for the rest of the post to see if you were right:

We were able to drive to this location (about 6 hours) — we live in Iowa.

Home to one of the USA’s most amazing symbols: it is an architectural wonder

The Birthplace of Tums

Home of one of the country’s best zoo

Home of the 2006 World Champion Baseball team

Got any guesses?

If you guessed St. Louis, MO — you are absolutely right!


We had a fun-filled few days seeing the sights in downtown St. Louis, including the Gateway Arch (and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial of which the Arch is a part), not one but TWO games in Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals (the beat Arizona the first night, but lost to the SF Giants the second night), plus trips over to the St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Science Center.  (We didn’t go see anything Tums related, but the GlaxoSmithKline building is right next to the Stadium, and it really made me laugh to walk past their Tums signs…).


We even took a tour of Busch Stadium, and were able to visit the Cardinal’s Dugout.  We were lucky with the weather:  well, except for how hot and sticky it was — no rain during the day, though.

There were awesome fireworks several nights in a row.  We went down to the Arch right away Wednesday night to watch — along with 80-bazillion other people.  Some people were there to watch Cyndi Lauper perform before the fireworks.  (I was almost embarassed to admit how many of her songs (and their words…) that I recognized).

And to make this at least vaguely quilt related:


Needleturn hand appliqué:  done in the car (when the road wasn’t too bouncy…) and at the hotel when the boys were at the pool.  I got a lot done!  I have  a lot left to go, but the 4 heart blocks and the bird blocks are all done.  Well, the birds are supposed to have these dime-sized polka-dots:  I’m not appliquéing those (!) — I’m going to substitute buttons after the quilting is done.  The center block is a bee skep — it has alot of flowers (and bees) yet to be added).   The original quilt design is a 6 block quilt, one of each of the 6 motifs.  I decided to make it bigger, thus the extra hearts.  This is the fabric that I bought last weekend…the background is an ivory sateen that I had in my stash.

And now, it’s back to reality:  swimming lessons, quilts to be quilted, books to be shipped, bookkeeping to be taken care of, laundry to be done (oh wait — DH is taking care of that…).  I’d better get to it!




  1. serendipityquilting says:

    So is the zoo as good as the hype? We haven’t been yet, but it is on our list as fun things we would like to do. What’s your review on the zoo please?!

  2. vwelsh says:

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation! I worked in St Louis for about 4 months in the winter around 1985 – I’m pretty sure I am the only person I know that hates the place! LOL! I had a bad boss, bad client and it was during a time when female business travelers were treated like dirt. Got a concussion there too. That was the best part – I didn’t have to go back!

  3. rondabeyer says:

    Sounds wonderful and tiring, love your applique project can’t wait to see it all quilted up. Welcome home. What did you think of the last Pirates movie?????

  4. bearcreekquilter says:

    Suzanne, it looks like you had a great time. You were also very productive on your applique. I can’t wait to see it finished.

  5. KK says:

    I guessed correctly! We visited St. Louis a few years ago and loved it – the zoo, the arch, the ballpark, the botanical gardens, the butterfly house, Grant’s Farm, the clydesdales – what a wonderful wonderful city!

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