Posted by: tgonzales | August 6, 2012

My Vacation from Wednesday-Friday; Newton, Minneapolis, Sylvan Grove, Emporia, and Madison, Kansas

Wednesday I planned a trip to Newton. I invited the officers of KS My Stitch to join me; Susie and Donna were able to join me, but Kaye had prior commitments. We were all excited to hit the stores in Newton.

Our first stop was at Charlotte’s Sew Natural Quilt Shop. I always enjoy looking around and finding just the right thing for some of my creations. This time I was looking for fabric to go with two pieces of lace trim that I found at a thrift store a couple of years ago. There were two pieces exactly alike and they came off of pillow cases.

I found Amy Butler’s Soul Blossom fabric and I think her fabric will make some really cute pillow cases and especially with the crocheted trim added to it.

I also found this piece of fabric and thought I liked it with the crocheted yoke that Jackie had given me some time back.

Our next stop was the Ecetera shop. I loved that Donna had never been there before and I knew that Susie loved shopping there. I was still kind of scared that Donna would be bored, but then I turned around and seen that she had her arms full of lots of good things, that made me very happy.

Here’s what I found:

A cool purple sling bag,

a black crocheted bag with long strap,

a cute straw bag,

a fun crocheted granny square bag,

this funky garden hat that I’m sure will look so much better on someone else,

this red hat that has little purple hat society hats all over it, and (again will look totally better on someone else)

this fun black hat. I’m sure you all already know that all or some of these will end up with a little crochet embellishment or a lot of crochet embellishments depending on my mood.

I found some more wooden hangers, some of them have crochet covers on them already and some of them will have crochet covers after I get done with them,

and a set of 4 embroidered linen napkins.

Next stop was the Creation Station which has been turned into mostly a yarn shop. We all loved that Catherine (the owner) carries the full line of Aunt Lydia’s size 10 crochet thread. She also carries some of the Aunt Lydia’s No. 3 yarn as well. It was fun visiting with Catherine and learning all the fun things that she has planned for her shop. After leaving the yarn store we ended our day with lunch at Acapulco restaurant. When we arrived back home I packed to be ready to leave for the trip out of town with my Mom on Thursday. The plan was to leave after my Mom got her hair done at 8:00. As I was getting ready for bed I found that my CPAP machine (sleep apnea machine) had stopped working. If you have sleep apnea and have a CPAP machine you know exactly how I felt knowing that I would stop breathing many times that night. Anyway to make it short I didn’t sleep much. As soon as I could (8:00 am), I called the Sleep Center to see if they had a loaner CPAP machine that I could use. Thank God the Sleep Center understands that the CPAP machine is the most important machine to a sleep apnea sufferer and had one to loan me. So I packed up my car with my trip stuff and headed there to pick up a loaner machine. I was so afraid that we would get a late start but we left at about the same time that we would have if nothing happened.

We arrived in Minneapolis, Kansas in time to visit with my Dad’s brother (my Uncle Oris) before my Aunt Barbara arrived at the Good Samaritan care home where he lives. Then we all had lunch together at the care home and then we headed out to Sylvan Grove, Kansas 45 miles away.

We had a wonderful visit, looking at new and old photos, had dinner, and visited more. Oh by the way I did crochet while I was gone. I made a washcloth and a cover for my Aunt Barbara’s K-Tag device.

On Friday, Aunt Barbara made us breakfast and we visited and looked at more photos, before it was time to head off to lunch at the local Hometown Café in Sylvan Grove. We had a great homemade lunch. Our next destination was to visit my brother who lives in Madison, Kansas. But as we were leaving Sylvan Grove we received a phone call telling us that Terry’s oldest son Jacob and his wife had just delivered a baby girl. So our destination had suddenly rerouted to Emporia, Kansas and the hospital there.

We arrived in Emporia and stayed long enough to let the new Momma (Kim) pick out a crocheted edge blanket and pair of crocheted booties made by Grandma Ruth.

And I gave the new baby her very first pair of crocheted cowgirl boots.

Please meet Charlie Elizabeth Kingery weighing in at 7 lbs. 11.3 oz. and 20 inches long. She was a little early and her Momma suffered from high blood pressure and early signs of preeclampsia. So they were taking precautions and keeping the baby in NICU monitoring her blood sugar levels, as they were low. Emporia hospital is a very small hospital and Charlie was the only baby in NICU. I still can’t help but think that they named their new baby after my Daddy (Charles) and how he would’ve loved bragging about that. 🙂

When we left the hospital we arrived at my brother Terry’s where his whole family had gathered (minus the new Momma and baby).

Here’s Miss Lily the big sister to Charlie. I couldn’t help taking these snapshots of Miss Lily being so cute.

Here’s Terry and his family again.

Jacob and Keegan like to wrestle just like their dad and Uncle Dean used to do when they were young.

I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity to spend time with my Mom, my family, and friends last week while I was on vacation. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing.


  1. I think you just spread love and happiness wherever you go! (Would have loved to have gone shopping with you and the girls).

    • Oh Jill you are so sweet and we would have loved to have you along for the shopping trip. Hope you have a great day!

  2. Looks like you had a fun filled week going on your shopping spree with friends and then taking your Mom and going to visit Oris and Barbara. Congrats on the birth of your new great niece Charlie. She’s a keeper. Terry is lookin good and its nice to see the family again. I’m anxious to see what you are doing with the embroidered linen napkins-I have some that I want to do something with. Have a great week.

    • Hi Sue!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment on my post. I love hearing from you and I’ll make sure I let you know what my plans are for those linen napkins. 😉

      Love you,

  3. The sounded familiar, but wasn’t sure I’d heard of them. so had to look up Sylvan Grove and Madison up on the map. Love you idea for this vacation, visiting family, with your mom. Although the items you find are not necessarily the same that I would look for, (with possible exception of the hats) You are inspiring me to get back to thrift shop shopping.

    • Hi Linda!

      I’m glad I have inspired you to go thrifting again and thank you so much for stopping by to read my blog.


  4. Tamara,
    I’m sorry I missed your Newton trip, it sounded like lots of fun. I had made arrangements for a geneologist from my church to come help me get started on my geneology on Wednesday afyernoons – and last Wednesday was the first day. I was blessed for doing it because she was able to help me find a direct descendent 6 generations back from me. I had her name and her last known residence and that was it. We found her on an 1860 census and traced her to the Salt Lake Valley. Anyway, maybe we can go to Newton again soon, on another day of the week.

    Your family is so close and I’m sure that has mostly to do with the fact that your parents saw to it that you were together often. Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us.

    • When I am recuperated from back surgery, A trip to Newton will sound like a lot of fun, especially with a group of friends.

    • Hi Kaye!

      I’m sorry that you couldn’t go too, but we will make sure we go again soon. I loved hearing about your geneology trip though and it sure takes a special person to dig deep into the archives of generations past. Good luck to you and I hope you find everyone that you are looking for.

      You are so right about my parents and how they taught us to love one another. We are not perfect in anyway but we do try to keep in touch as much as we can. Thanks for being here Kaye!

      Love and Hugs,

  5. Some super purchases and lovely family pics. Beautiful baby, but what is big sister looking at?

    • Hi Cathy!

      Thanks for stopping by to comment and I’ll let you know what Miss Lily was looking at in my next post. 😉


  6. Hey Tamara! I’ll bet Susie & Donna really love that photo of ‘their backsides’, while peeking into Charlotte’s Quilt Shop. BwaaaaHaaaa!! 😀

    I love Donna’s excited-happy look after shopping at Ecetera. And you … with sooooo MANY bags/purses! 🙂
    Hey – That black hat is YOU! [with embellishments, of course!]

    Such memories made again, with the pics to go along with each tale (or, in Susie & Donna’s case .. each ‘tail’ – LOL! I couldn’t resist!). Love the pics of Miss Lily. What’s she peering into? Looks like a glob of dry cement with a “water hole” in it. tee-hee!

    Thanks for sharing your vacation with us, Tamara. Look at that .. another baby in the family .. born right when you were in the vicinity!!

    Hugs ‘n Smiles ~

    • Hi Kat!!!!!

      You know, I’m not sure what Susie and Donna think of my photo of their backsides, but I think they look rather cute peering into the window of Charlotte’s Sew Natural quilt store. 🙂

      I’ll make sure I let you know what Miss Lily is looking at in my next post. And yes we were truly blessed to have been able to be a part of such a momentous occasion. I’m so glad that I had the chance to be with my Mom and able to take her there.

      Love you!

      • Oh Tamara! ~ I agree .. that Susie & Donna look so cute peering into that window. LOL!

        Warm Hugs!

  7. Tamara I had so much fun shopping and spending time with you and Susie. After we got back I decided to drop some things off at school and ended up working in my room for 2 hours. Blah. After that I went home and got my things together for my spinning class at City Arts. I really didn’t want to go, but I knew we only had a couple more classes. I went and am glad I did. It is so nice to spend time with people that love the same things you do. I also learn so much from everyone else. I crashed when I got home. It was a great day and thanks for letting me share it with you.

    • Hi Donna!

      I had lots of fun hanging out with you and Susie too. It’s nice to just spend time with you both without worrying about making any decisions about the guild. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule, I know you need some of that down time with all the school things that you are trying to prepare for. I’m also glad that you went to your spinning class and had a good time. We’ll have to do that again sometime in the fall.

      Love and Hugs,

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