Thursday, October 17, 2019

Really Random Thursday, 10/17/19

Here we are in the middle of October already! I am constantly amazed at how quickly 2019 is speeding by.

Two weeks ago we were at Lakeview Cottages for the week.
Beginning on Thursday morning and ending after breakfast on Sunday, I spent my days at a quilt retreat held at the campgrounds right next door to the cottages. There are always two groups of women there--those from our church, sewing in the dining hall, and those from other churches, sewing in the chapel. We share meals. Our group was small this year, just four of us. But it was really fun and I think we each accomplished quite a bit.
Marilyn, Gisela, me, and Dotty
This is the entire group.
I completed my ghost quilt top (but only got a picture of some of the blocks...)
And began a project that has been floating around in my brain for awhile. I'm still not sure if it will look as good in reality as it does in my head, but this is the beginning.
On Saturday evening, the other group came to the dining hall and we had a show and tell, something we have not done in previous years. It was really fun to see what they had been working on.

It was a very relaxing week, something I look forward to every year. I had initially kind of dreaded it this year because of the cold temperatures that were in the forecast, but Mark and I had enough warm clothing and blankets that it was quite pleasant in the cabin. By the end of the week, the temperatures had warmed up and the weather was beautiful.

On our way home Sunday, we stopped in Shaver Lake for lunch. There is a new restaurant there called Seasons Bistro, with Cordon Bleu-trained chefs, something you would not expect in a small mountain town. I hope the restaurant is a hit because, wow, the food is amazing!! This burger had melted brie with bacon, arugula and perfectly grilled onions. We have heard the bananas foster is out of this world, so we plan on making a trip back for dinner one of these evenings.
On a weeknight last week, Mark and I went out for dinner and headed to a movie. The sky, lights and palm trees made for a beautiful picture.
I haven't been quite sure how I have felt this year about October being breast cancer awareness month. Little did I know last year at this time that cancer was already in my body--I just had not found it yet.
I kind of reluctantly changed the profile pictures on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. And then I received a text from Grace, one of Charlotte's good friends. She is on a volleyball team. Their game last Thursday was called Dig Pink, and each of the players was to choose a friend who had been touched by cancer. Grace chose me. I was very honored.

I wish I could have attended the game, but it was at the same time I was presenting a guild trunk show.  I keep forgetting to take pictures. This is what the dining room table looked like in preparation.
This is the only picture I took--after the presentation, and during the guild show and tell. That is Mark helping to hold up a quilt.
Aaron and Christa headed to Mammoth for a wedding, and we had grandchilden from early Saturday morning until Monday night around 6:30 p.m. We had the best time!

Saturday was mostly taken up with soccer games.

Ella got these vampire teeth in her treat bag after her game.

In the evening, we celebrated Gabe's birthday.

Mark built a fire and we roasted hot dogs.
The evening was really beautiful, so we ate outside. In fact, we ate outside all three nights.
Bubble time.
We gave Gabe the classic game, Clue.
We watched Aladdin--the newest version. About midway through the movie, we took a break to make s'mores.

 Sunday after church, we decided to go to the zoo for lunch. We have the best zoo.

There is a special exhibit right now called Zoorassic Park, so we walked through that. The dinosaurs move and make noises. I have never been a fan of dinosaurs, but it was kind of fun to walk through the exhibit.

Family pic.
Silly Levi.
The kids wanted to end the time at the zoo by walking through the reptile house. That is a NO WAY for me. You could not pay me enough money to walk through there. Ever. Instead, I watched these two for awhile.
Gabe decided he wanted to sew a pincushion. I think learning how to do a little hand sewing is a great skill. We both laughed when he sewed part of it to his shorts. But I assured him that even seasoned seamstresses have been known to do the very same thing.
He learned the running stitch, stuffed it, and then learned the whipstitch to close it. It always makes me happy when they want to learn a skill related to sewing.
Our Double Delight roses are showing off one last time. They are by far my very favorite rose.
We had no trouble with getting the kids to sleep either night, but I still thought this was funny.
And I'll end with these. Happy fall...

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Really Random Thursday, 10/3/19

Happy October! This is one of my favorite pictures from our fun birthday celebration at Disneyland with Charlotte on her 13th birthday.
I found this picture of Mark on his favorite ride, the park bench, while Charlotte and I were on the ferris wheel.
Every September, our good friends from Calgary, Russ and Ingrid, come to California for a week. We usually go spend a night in Carmel, where they stay for a few days, so we can enjoy the coast together. This year our calendar didn't allow us to go there, so they came to Fresno for the day. We took them to the zoo for lunch. It was a beautiful day with special friends.
Every time Gabe and I have a "date," he makes me laugh.  I can hardly believe he is going to be 8 years old next week!

A friend of mine sent me this picture of Mark (the referee) talking to her husband (the coach).
Mark and I are spending the week at Lakeview Cottages on Huntington Lake. I was a little apprehensive, given the projected weather for the week--highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s--but we have all the warm clothing (and quilts--of course we have quilts).
It's spectactularly beautiful up here.
This is the inside of our cozy little cabin for the week.

Living room (including plastic storage bins for footrests). We were even able to watch Sunday Night Football on the iPad.
Kitchen, with taco soup in the crockpot--perfect for a chilly evening.
And bedroom.
But the view. Ah....the view!

I've been doing some sewing at home.

The Granny Cabin Quilt Along by @thencamejune.

And my basket sampler quilt top is finally completed.
Did you happen to see that new survey on Instagram by @broadclothstudio called What Sewing Notion are You?  Apparently I'm a ruler.
When we moved my father to skilled nursing, we gave one of the quilts I had made to a good friend and his wife. They just moved to a new house and here it is on their bed. I'm so happy it is in a place where it is loved.
I'm always impressed with the store windows at the MCC thrift store, which change seasonally.
I finished the Sweet Pea afghan, which Ella had claimed before I even finished it. I still haven't gotten a picture of her with the afghan, but she was very happy when it was finally hers.

And this is what happens when I order something that is not available on Amazon Prime...
Happy Thursday!