25 June, 2019

A Little Bit Of Family Time

I've been gone for a little over a week; we made a quick trip to New England to celebrate both Father's Day with my dad and my Mom's birthday two days later. It's always a great time when we get together, and it always goes by way too fast! This photo (L) was taken out in my Dad's workshop just as we were leaving to drive back home on Friday last week. I am posting, below, family photos that sum up our week together; mainly gathered around the table for meals, if not at my Mom and Dad's table at various other tables out and about, it's what we do!
Father's Day-- steak tips on the grill, Dad's choice! Mom, my BIL, sister, Mr. Goodneedle and Dad.
A fried clam roll from a take-out stand in Winnisquam, NH. I save up all year for this many carbohydrates and cholesterol in one meal. Yes, it is worth it. Just looking at this picture right now transports me back. 
The ladies all together for Mom's birthday. We ate at a favorite restaurant chosen by the birthday girl; we all had her favorite of all desserts instead of birthday cake there: fried ice cream! 
Lunch out at a great, old-fashioned diner after shopping at Keepsake Quilter. Hats are optional. 😉
My haul from the shopping trip. Great buys on backing fabric when purchased by the pound. I found a couple of books that I had been looking for and a pattern for placemats which are touted as quick and easy-- we'll see! I was very happy to see Keepsake Quilter return to the beautiful, well-stocked flagship store that it had been in the past; the new owners have turned this premiere shop back around.
This may seem totally unrelated, and maybe it is, but I wanted to add it to this "going back home" post. Mr. Goodneedle and I were in the same high school graduating class in Massachusetts. We recently observed the 48th anniversary of that occasion and couldn't resist swinging by our old alma mater on our way up to New Hampshire this time after spending time in the Boston area. The renovated building now bears little resemblance to the school as we knew it. In our minds, though, it remains exactly the same. On a warm June evening  in 1971 three hundred plus students stood proudly in the front driveway and walked up to the the podium, one by one, to receive their diplomas; a long time ago but, then, it sure doesn't seem that way.
That's the funny thing about time, the clock and the heart measure it completely differently;
in a blink, our short week was over and it was time to hop back in the car for our drive south.
I'm holding on to these memories,  I've tucked them away. 
I wouldn't trade this time of double celebrations together for the world.
★Two quilty posts to follow! Stay tuned~

Life is Good!


cityquilter grace said...

making me homesick mrs g...i'll be off to new england in just a month and yes, i'll be getting plenty of seafood and fabric too...can recommend 'the canoe' restaurant next time you are at keepsake...just down the road...didn't know they had changed hands...but as usual family time is the best of all..

Lindah said...

What a wonderful trip. So glad you could go and stash up the family time memories.

Janet O. said...

That works out so well that you get to celebrate your Dad and your Mom in the same trip.
I hadn't heard that Keepsake had changed hands. Wish I could see it again now that it is back to its old glory days, but since my daughter moved back to the west, I haven't had a reason to be in NH. I can attest to the Canoe restaurant Grace recommended to you. Had lunch with her there once. Maybe you have already tried it
Like you, I don't recognize my old high school from the outside, either. Mom still lives 1/2 block away, as always, and they have undergone such a renovation, it looks more like a small college campus now.

jude's page said...

Glad you had family time, and yes the year's go by in the blink of an eye, don't they?

Little Penpen said...

What a sweet trip!! I think I’d like to visit keepsake quilting!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Family time is THE BEST.

julieQ said...

Looks like such fun! Pretty fabrics, too...what could be better?

Shasta Matova said...

It's always precious to be able to spend time with family. I am glad you enjoyed it.

Tanya said...

Such nice family pictures and such good memories you have made. You parents both look so good! Young looks runs in your family!

Hmmm.. Never had a clam roll... Nor fried ice cream!