Monday, May 11, 2009

Like A Bad Penny...

I keep coming back :)

What a great visit I had with my mom and sister! I was gone for a week, something I rarely do, but it was such a good visit. I had some goals and met them all. My sister took me to two really nice quilt shops in Maryland on my last day and I bought some gorgeous fabrics. Now for the breakdown of the trip...

Saturday morning my daughter, son-in-law and baby Ginny (now nicknamed by me as Doodlebug) picked my mom and me up and we drove to my sister's new home in New Market, MD. It's in the western part of the state only 35 minutes from Harper's Ferry, WVA. We got a tour of my sister's house and it is gorgeous....and enormous! All those stairs about killed me - ha ha! Then we strolled the streets and went into some shops to have a look around and had lunch together. What a quaint little town set in the gorgeous foothills of the Applachian Mountains! Afterwards my sister and I took mom to Lowes and Home Depot to get some things we would need to re-do her kitchen and front yard - the two big goals we wanted to accomplish while I was up there. Then we had dinner together, took mom home and drove back to my sisters - about an hour away.

Sunday morning we headed back to mom's to get busy on her kitchen makeover. Her kitchen is small but it took us two full days to paint it and get some reorganization done for her. Of course, the best laid plans always have a glitch and we made several trips to the home stores and Ikea to get more things we needed. Susan bought her new window treatments - a nice roman shade - and I replaced her old, large microwave with a small one to save some precious counter space. We installed a nice shelf above her stove and my sister installed some small lights on the under side of the shelf for some much needed lighting over the stove. There was a lot more we did but you get the idea. Here is the new window treatment with some small medallions on the window corners to cover holes from all the old hardware.
While my sister continued to work inside, I was determined to get mom's small front garden weeded and ready for her to plant some pretty annuals. I was able to get most of the work done before it started pouring rain but still got soaked. It rained most every day but it only made the soil softer to dig. It was dark by the time I got to take a few pictures, but the work paid off and her little front garden was on its way to looking more like what she wanted.
We made mom happy visiting her and giving her a "new" kitchen and front yard. It made us happy too!

I've got lots to do here today and I'll tell you all about the rest of the trip in another post. It's raining today and I won't be helping Gail till tomorrow so will get to sew and relax a little and enjoy being home.

I hope you all had a very nice Mother's Day yesterday...I sure did!

It's good to be home.