On several trips to San Diego I stayed in one particular motel that was right next to a trolley stop. While Lisa was at work, I'd spend most of the day in my room working on a quilt. The trolleys come every 14 minutes, at least they did at the time. But they travel in both directions, so on average, a trolley arrives every seven minutes. And every seven minutes (or so) the warning bells at the railroad crossing go off. The trolleys run just a few hours short of 24 hours per day. I heard a LOT of bells.
And so was born the idea to make a Railroad Crossing quilt. I'd like to try to use the relative dimensions of the trolley cars for the strips in the quilt, which probably won't be the dimensions of the traditional block, but it's my quilt and I can do whatever I like. Yes, I'm a rebel.
I'll leave for San Diego on Friday, arriving at dinner time. My daughter, myself, San Diego friend Patty L. and "a small army" of Lisa's friends will go out for lunch on Saturday, Lisa's actual birthday. Then the plan is to see Snow White at the theater. Other items on the agenda for the five-day visit: Rosie's Calico Cottage, Quilter's Choice, Visions Art Museum, Valley View Casino to take a look at a 35-foot long aquarium as seen on Animal Planet's Tanked, Imperial Beach to try to find the place where my parents were living when I was born (address is on my birth certificate), Hodad's Burgers as well as a spicy food restaurant - both seen on Food Network, and Panera to spend my birthday gift card. Of course, we must go to the beach every day. Who knows what other trouble we might get into?
I know I'll have a great time with Lisa. She and I laugh a lot when we get together. I'm looking forward to five wonderful days with her.