Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Greyhound, Beautiful Quilts and a Wonderful Lunch

I raised the shade at 6:30 this morning, saw this and closed it real fast.  Beautiful blue skies, but pretty cold until about 9:00AM. Today we headed for Costco in Tuscon about 50 miles from here.  

Joe had noticed as we were driving through Benson one day a Greyhound Flag Stop. So finally today we stopped so he could take these pictures.

While we were there, a pickup pulled into the parking lot and asked if he could help us. Turns out he was Bob, head of the Benson Visitor Center. After visiting with Joe and learning that this is Greyhounds 100th anniversary, he invited us over the center tomorrow and is going to take Joe back into the archives of Greyhound history in Benson. 

Joe received a phone call from one of the Greyhound retiree's letting him know about the Greyhound Centennial Tour coming to the Woodburn Outlet Mall December 6, from 10-6 PM. This is a special day for Joe too. You see, His mother loved to ride Greyhound, and once a month or so she would ride with him, always in the front seat so she could watch him. She knew all the stops and most of the drivers and most of the station managers knew her. Viola died November 5, 2013, 1 day and one month before her 99th birthday. This December 6, the day the Greyhound Centennial Tour is coming to Woodburn, she would have been 100 years old. Quite a coincidence wouldn't you say?  :)


After going to Costco we had lunch with my long time friend Gwyn who lives in Tuscon. We met at church when our kids were in their teens. We had a wonderful visit while enjoying her homemade vegetable soup and biscuits.  Just yummy! Gwyn is a quilter and has a beautiful  Janome Memory Craft Quilting machine.  I asked her if I could take pictures of some of her work and share them with you. She displays this one on a quilt holder in her living room

And this beautiful large quilt hangs in her dining room. She also does beautiful embroidering  but I can't remember if she does it on that particular machine or not. 


I spotted this laying on the end table by her couch and she said yes that was the project she was working on at the moment.  She promised to send me a picture when it is finished.  Just beautiful, beautiful work.

Saying goodbye is never easy for me, but I know I'll be seeing her again.... two of her daughters live in Oregon and one of them lives not very far from us.


2 comments:

  1. Nice that you get to have a Greyhound tour in AZ, since you won't be here for the celebration in Woodburn. I can see why the Greyhound Centennial is special for Joe. Incidentally, my first grandson was born on Dec.. 6!!

    Your friend's quilts are amazing. She is truly an artist.

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  2. We always love the Benson area and were planning on being there this wednesday, but looks like we need to put the brakes on for a bit and hang tight.

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