Monday, March 16, 2009

Off to my not-so-local Quilt Shop

That's my little car, way down there, and I'm off to the Quilt Shop, a different direction than one I blogged about some months ago. I climbed this hill to see if there was anything to see -- NOPE - nothing -- not even a tinge of green. I traipsed through a lot of dead tumble weeds and through soft sandy dirt, and there were a lot of little holes in that dirt. ??? Hope they were not snake holes.

I carried my camera well in view, because these folks out here are all so friendly and concerned, they would stop to see if I needed some kind of help, and I didn't want to worry anyone. How's that for kindness? I NEVER feel afraid living here.

And here's the view the other way (toward my destination). We have a LOT of 'sky' where I live.


Below is the view at the intersection where I turn to go towards my destination. I stopped the car, to take this photo. Look how far a person can see! Nothing to see but more hills, and dry, semi-arid land. The debris of wood and rocks in the forground appears to have once been a house, many, many years ago.

Yeppers (they say "Yeppers" a LOT here in Nebraska), there's (below) the road I take. You don't see any traffic do you? A whole lot MORE of nothing, but it is headed towards the Platte Valley, through which early pioneers traveled along the Oregon and Mormon Trail. There are still evidences of these trails here and there.

All this driving (60 miles each way) is for 4 FQs for my Ardis Wannabe project which is SOOOOO pitiful, I am not even going to show it. Disappointment with one's art-y project is also part of 'the journey' (unfortunately).

18 comments:

Shari said...

I haven't heard 'yeppers' for ages... they don't call it the Great Plains for nothing. There are areas here in Western Australia that look just as desolate - only with red earth.

It is a long way to go for only 4 FQ - hope you treated yourself to some other special treat as well!

Exuberant Color said...

these photos remind me of our trips through Nebraska from IL on the way to Denver. I guess there isn't any reason to be afraid.

Lynn said...

I know what you mean about traveling a distance to a quilt shop. It is 45 minutes to the nearest shop but my favoite is more like an hour and a half from here. We drive distances for everything but the local grocery store so don't think anything about it.

Love those photos of your area, one of my favorite spots in Nebraska. I can just hear the quiet.

People might think it is a desert but it will green up in the pastures and be planted to crops on most of the rest of it eventually when it is truly spring and summer. Last summer it was just beautiful out there.

Lynn

Nancy said...

Yeppers, sometimes the only traffic is a herd of deer or antelope crossing the road! That is my kind of traffic jam. :0)

CJ said...

Woweee that is some desolate country! I mean I live in the boonies but there ARE people and other cars!!! I think if I had gone that far I would have bought more than 4 FQ though. ;)

Have you tried online shopping??? :D

FLO_rancher said...

The adventure is driving that 60miles in the wide open spaces. I also drive that far in Nebraska to a local quilt shop. The drought has taken a tole on the prairie..pray for spring rains. If you get down on your hands and knees to look real close there is a tiny little sprig of green grass coming...

The Calico Quilter said...

Your photos help me understand how my sister-in-law's sister felt about her time in Kansas. She is from the hills of eastern Kentucky and spent a year at college in the midwest living in the top floor of a high-rise dormitory tower. All the flat land and unobstructed views made her very nervous. She only lasted a year, and moved back to the hills. She said something like "You really shouldn't be able to SEE that FAR."

Lisa Boyer said...

Wow! Your landscape is so different than ours! I could get used to that miles of sky and open land...and open highway to just drive for miles and miles! Thanks for the great view of where you live...so interesting!

SueR said...

Maine is heavily wooded,so your landscape is very different. Looks pretty barren, but I'd love to be able to see that far.

Lori in South Dakota said...

Looks a lot like my country to me! Sometimes it's NICE to see for miles. My girlfriend says everyone in SD says "you betcha". I have begun listening for it, and she's right! You have a great drive on nice days, but bet you don't do that in a blizzard! We all stay as close to home as possible then! Those are sewing days!

Sharon said...

I see Nebraska hasn't changed since I was there about 7 years ago. I've driven east and west on I-80 many times. Very different from here, where we have LOTS of trees. Thanks for sharing your trip!

And what a looong trip for 4 fat Q's...hope you got some extra goodies too!

Sorry to hear of your disappointment with your art quilt. I'm having some of the same issues here. Ugh!

Joyce said...

I love your Nebraska scenery! I don't find it desolate at all. It's very subtle but entirely beautiful. I get really claustrophobic if I can't see for at least 50 miles in every direction. There's nothing like the wide open spaces! And lots of sky.

julieQ said...

Enjoy your trip and please help the economy while you are there!

KZK said...

Looks an awful lot like here to me. LOL. We're starting to SLOWLY green up. Hang in there. Spring's coming!

paula, the quilter said...

As you know, your views look like one half of my state. The other half....

well it juts straight up!

Janet said...

Your photos almost make me homesick - I grew up in North Central KS. At least we had a few hills every few miles.

Tanya said...

Isn't it interesting that we can live in completely different parts of the world and see completely different types of scenery but still have to same love of quilting and creating. Love the pictures of your area!

huskersan said...

It is great to see your pictures, it makes me homesick! I am from the panhandle of Nebraska, now living in warm, sunny, green & flowery Florida. I enjoy reading your quilting news and scenery report. Thanks-