Last Friday, Mark had to umpire softball in the mountain community of Oakhurst, about an hour away from us, on the way to Yosemite National Park. After all the time he has spent working so hard to facilitate my parents' move to assisted living, we decided to spend the entire weekend there for a little R&R.
He dropped me off at the quilt shop in Oakhurst, where my friend, Jullie, picked me up and we spent a wonderful afternoon together.
She lives close to Bass Lake, where I attend the quilting retreat every year. I'm really familiar with that side of the lake. But on Friday, we drove around the other side of the lake--Jullie lived on that side of the lake for about five years.
She said friends of hers grow irises, and in fact, the last weekend of April each year they have an iris sale. So we drove to their house so I could admire their irises as well. Also, let me add here that the "portrait" mode on the iPhone 7 Plus is amazing. I love how it blurs the background of these pictures while keeping the flowers in sharp focus.
In one of those "isn't it a small world" things, Jullie stopped to fill up her car, and while I waited, I happened to notice the car in front of us was from Kansas, where Mark and I went to college and then spent the first five years of our marriage. As I was pondering where in Kansas this car might be from, I noticed the little dealer sticker:
Jullie and I drove back to Bass Lake and had an early dinner at Ducey's Lodge. After too many years of seeing hardly any water in the lake, it is wonderful to see it full again.
This was the view from our hotel room. The weekend was mostly overcast, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We drove around in the foothills and just generally relaxed.
Saturday night, we knew our friend Marilyn was at her cabin in Bass Lake, and she joined us to dinner.
Our quilting group stayed at her cabin during the quilting retreat at the beginning of March. I left early because of the threat of heavy snow during the last night. Here is a comparison of that Sunday morning in March, and what it looks like at her place now.
Late Sunday afternoon, Mark and I drove to Tenaya Lodge, close to the park entrance for Yosemite, and had dinner.
And then it was back to Fresno Monday morning.
Yesterday was Christa's birthday. A couple of months ago, she mentioned that for some reason, she had no desire to go to Mt. Rushmore. So when I found this birthday card at Target, it was too good to pass up. Just in case you were wondering...
Their last song was the Theme from Star Wars. As a fun little addition, they each taped glow sticks to their bows, and for the last four measures of the song, the lights were turned off. It was pretty cool.
My friend, Linda (the friend who convinced me to do my very first trunk show, and now lives in Seattle), was at the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild meeting last night. Members of the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild were also there, with their raffle quilt--and they had used my Delta Breeze pattern! It was such fun to see this version. If you look more closely, you can see that in the squares of the larger bear paw blocks, they did some improve piecing.