Oshkosh Remembered

One last photo collection to close the book on this year’s Oshkosh Adventure.  I think this is more for me than it is for all of you!  But alas, you get to come along for the ride.  It’s a blogger’s right to post all their own memories for future reading.  And I’m storing up the quilting things to post the rest of this week!  Stay tuned, you Quilters out there.


This pic is for Dear Hubby’s Mom, who loves to see pics of her handsome son on the blog.  We were sitting at the Air Show, waiting for the Chicago concert to begin when I snapped this one.

I took this pic also while waiting for the concert to begin.  Ford sponsored the concert and this was their way of introducing everyone at Oshkosh to the new 2011 Explorer.  A fancy way of dropping in, don’t you think?

During the concert, I glanced over and saw this guy and did a double take!  Doesn’t he look just like Tom Cruise?  I almost got up the nerve to walk over and ask him if he’d been told that before, but decided to just snap his picture instead.  So I could share it with all of you.  I’m always thinking about the blog these days.

Although things were drying up somewhat throughout the week, Sploshkosh continued on.   How would you like to be camping in that tent?

Or driving down this lane?  There is going to be some major ground leveling needed to get ready for Oshkosh 2011.

Dear Hubby and I went to the Fly-In Theater one evening to see the movie entitled, “Brace for Impact.”  It’s the story of the flight that landed on the Hudson River.  The screen is a giant-sized inflatable one.

And the movie was introduced by none other than the two pilots of that flight!  They were there in person.  If you look really close just below the screen to where the spotlights are shining, you can see them standing on the stage.


It was a happy day for me when I looked out the window of the motorhome and saw these guys on the roof of this building putting a tower on top.  It’s the wi-fi station!  And we were very close and had a good signal when they finished.  I wanted to cook them dinner or take them ice cream or something.  But I settled for logging on and checking email.

Boo did his best to be in the way as much as possible.  Like every normal cat does.  That’s it, Boo.  Just lay right in the middle of the stuff Mom’s trying to photograph – no problem!  The blog can wait!  He’s too cute for me to get mad at him.

He got tangled up in this plastic bag and nearly strangled himself trying to see what was in it.  But he had to wait for me to snap a picture before I could help him get untangled.  For the blog, of course.

Most of the time he just spent napping.  After all, it’s what he does best.

For those of you who think that all I did was nap and watch airplanes flying around, I did work on this appliqué project a little.  I’ll have more pictures of this one as it progresses.  It’s for a Rose of Sharon Block of the Month that we’ll be doing at Quilter’s Dream beginning in January.  Come by the shop and check it out!


This is the campsite of our dear friends, Jerry and Sherry from Mississippi.  We met them at Oshkosh 2009 and they saved us a spot this year.  We had dinner with them at their picnic table a couple of nights.  And we are already looking forward to camping with them again next year!

Jerry and Dear Hubby sat at the table in Jerry’s motorhome over coffee talking and talking and talking and talking on the day we were heading home.  I thought we were going to have to stay another night, they talked so long!  And I know that those of you who know my Dear Hubby are finding this very hard to believe.  He has lots to talk about when airplanes and motorhomes are the subject matter.

But we finally were on our way.  And here are a few pics I snapped on the way home.  When I wasn’t taking pictures of Quilt Barns.

The Mississippi river as we crossed from Wisconsin into Iowa.

A beautiful sunset.

The Kansas City skyline.

And remember how I’ve told you that every time I get up from my seat, Boo takes it over?

Well, I finally gave up and just sat on him.  But it doesn’t look like he minds too much now, does it?

Although he did give me this look for some reason later on.  What a cat.

And on our last night before we got home we stayed at this campsite.  In Gainesville, Texas.  See the building in the background?  It’s the Outlet Mall!  What a great find!  I’m voting for going back to this one some time in the future for major shopping.  Grills, picnic tables, water and electric provided.  And all the shopping a body could want.  We’ll definitely be going back here.

While we were gone on our trip, my dear friend, Sally, came by and checked on Miss Kitty for us at the house.  After we got home, Sally called me to ask if she could borrow a pattern of mine.  I was leaving the house so I told her I’d put it in a sack by the front door for her to pick up while I was gone.  Just before I pulled out of the driveway, I looked by the front door and saw this:

Sort of looks like Miss Kitty is just waiting for her friend, Sally, to show up to pick up her sack, doesn’t it?  With that “where have you been, Sally?” look on her face.  I think she misses Sally.

And until next year, that’s the end of my Oshkosh photos and blog reports.  I know, I know…… finally!  Time to get back to quilting.


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6 Responses to Oshkosh Remembered

  1. Lani says:

    Barb, I LOVED today’s blog!! Maybe because I understand the need to tell ALL the events a blogger experiences, OR maybe the Wisconsin girl in me was enjoying the memories of camping in some of those beautiful rolling hills, or crossing the Mississippi River in our family motorhome on our way to visit the Iowa relatives, or maybe even venture further west to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Aah…the wonderful memories. I feel like I was watching one of my Dad’s slide shows after one of our family vacations! (Remember, that’s how people used to record and share their memories?!). I’ll definitely be sharing your blog with my parents!
    I guess you can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the girl!!
    Thanks :-))

  2. Kaye says:

    What a great trip!! I have certainly enjoyed “going along” with you.

  3. Judy says:

    Mixing the world of aviators and quilters is SO – best-of-the-best! Air show attendees and quilt show attendees have so much in common – some of them know it! It’s GREAT! Thanks Barb for the trip to Oshkosh!!!!

  4. Susan says:

    Another fannnntastic blog! Loved it, Barb! 🙂

  5. carol parker says:

    What fun you must have had, anxious to see the quilt when finished. Keep on blogging – see my emails now & then.

  6. Carmen says:

    I love your Boo. My Cissy has markings just like that. Does Boo have to white marks on his belly?

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