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Archive for June 28th, 2020

Friday – I always love Fridays during the summer. Flo and I try to take off to Truckee, CA where we have a permanent campsite so when an opportunity came up to present a couple of quilts, I was in.

I know many of our QOH Family has heard me talk about Margaret Peters often. She was my friend and my mentor in quilting. I was close with her husband, Volney Peters, better known as Pete to all. They have both passed and I really miss them. When their daughter contacted me to come and award 2 quilts in their small town I thought Margaret would want me too and reconnecting with Mary and Chris would be great. Chris was a Navy Corpsman and I had given him a quilt years ago.

So, off we went. We stopped at camp first then hit the road for Graeagle down Hwy 89 – such a beautiful ride. I have to say, California has some of the most precious sites. The town of Graeagle is smaller than Valley Springs. One family owns most of the buildings. It is so cute. Mary and Chris live in one of the original homes. It’s a log cabin over 100 years old – way cool. Mary’s craft room was to die for. She is definitely her mother’s daughter.

Their next door neighbor was where we were going to award the quilts. We walked over to meet them and I was in the presence of three Navy guys – think I was outnumbered.

Our first quilt went to a WWII Navy veteran who is 100 years old and still lives alone. His name is Jack Sr. He retired from the Navy as a Captain. The second quilt went to Jack Jr. who also retired from the Navy. When I went up to shake his hand I said, “Jr., it’s your turn,” and Jack Sr. laughed at me calling his son Jr.  Jack Sr. said to make sure he had the address so he could thank you all. He said he wished it was winter so he could use his quilt. It was pretty neat to give to a father and son. Both were so proud of being in the Navy plus being 100 years old and Jack Sr. didn’t even look or act 100. They said after we left he was overwhelmed and he did end up going to the hospital as he got dehydrated – that sure scared us. It was pretty warm and they aren’t used to that up there.

We went back to Mary and Chris’s where we had BBQ steak for dinner – it was delicious. They have two dogs, Jake and Murphy, which kept Rue and us entertained and wanting to be petted. We had a great evening and it was so great to connect with Mary and Chris. I felt like her parents were looking down on us. We will go back soon as they have Eagles there and lots of lakes. I can’t wait.

It was great to out and feel like normal, except for face masks everywhere, but to honor our veterans in person is awesome.

God’s blessing
Gail

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