Thursday, June 20, 2013

Really Random Thursday: Unplugged...

And by "unplugged" I merely meant that I'm leaving this morning to spend the weekend quilting with friends in a cabin near Yosemite. There is no cell phone reception at the cabin. No computer, no iPad, no iPhone. Just the sound of nature, sewing machines, laughter. Sounds heavenly.
A picture from last year--whenever something is completed, it gets hung on the circular stair railing
Then my computer decided to have problems. So while I'm sewing, my hard drive will be at the computer hospital.Gives another meaning to "unplugged."

So before I go to the mountains, here are a few snapshots from the past week or so.

Our 40th anniversary--we went to Kings Canyon for the afternoon with friends from Minnesota.
As a frame of reference, here is a picture from forty years ago:
Here is a quotation I read the other day. This is how I feel about being married to the same man for this long. "The best couples, I think, work like the red and white of a candy cane, swirling beside each other as one, but never becoming pink."

San Francisco the next day:
Even some "quilty" sightings:
In our hotel lobby--but impossible to get a good picture because of all the reflection--silk tie dresdens on kimono-style silk
I saw this in a magazine. Our son, who is an optometrist, has to have sharp diagnostic skills--he does so much more than simply prescribe a new prescription for your glasses.
I love this picture of my 85-year-old mother, with her 20-month-old great grandson. Gabe loves to sit on Nana's lap.
  My summer challenge--I'm determined to learn to knit socks.
Father's Day, a simply scrumptious brunch before church.
Three generations of wonderful fathers:
 My favorite rose. Ever. Double Delight.
Until next week...

I don't know if you noticed last week, but we have an official name, thanks to Hadley. Now all we need is for someone to make an official blog button for us: Cindy and the Randomeers. It makes me smile...

So all you Randomeers, it's your turn!


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Lucy | Charm About You said... #

Have a wonderful weekend!
I adore your family pictures and that is such a pretty rose! I'm happy to be a Randomeer :)

Betty said... #

This was just a lovely post - thanks for sharing your family and tales with us! And you really don't look any different than you did 40 yrs. ago - what a fete!?!

Susan said... #

Randomeers- trust Hadley to come up with that! Perfect! Enjoy your sewing sojourn!

Sara said... #

I like the name-Randomeers! Catchy.

Love the pic of your hubby and you with matching sandals and then the wedding pic of him holding your face in his hands--precious.

Be still my heart----Grandma with grandson---- Grandpa with granddaughter Warms my heart!

Lorna McMahon said... #

Hope your 40th was another great memory in the making. Have fun on your weekend of sewing with friends. Sounds like it will be a great time! And thanks for sharing all the family pics. I enjoyed that!

Needled Mom said... #

It looks like your 40th anniversary was a wonderful celebration.

Grandma laps are always the most comfortable!! I love that picture with Gabe. The dad's pictures are awesome too.

Have fun being unplugged!

Brenda said... #

you don't look a day older in 40 years! happy anniversary and happy retreat!

Anonymous said... #

You must have been 2 when you got married! You both look wonderful. You are so lucky to still have your parents, and they are so lucky to be able to see their great grandbabies! I had a Double Delight rose bush at a house I rented almost 25 years ago. It also was my favorite ever. It just bloomed and bloomed its little heart out. I hated to prune it when the time came. I had to watch out for it. It was close to the sidewalk, and little old ladies (I wasn't one back would come up and "steal" the flowers. 8-) Enjoy Yosemite!!

Pomegranate Quilts said... #

What, you got married at age 5?

This whole post had me in happy tears - your beautiful celebration of 40 years of marriage, and the 3 generations of fathers had me reaching for the hankies... What a beautiful family.

Kelli Fannin Quilts said... #

Happy Anniversary!! Looks like you have had some great times lately, and are about to have some more!! How fun to be in Yosemite sewing. Love all of your family photos, Cindy. :D

Dresden Quilter said... #

Happy Anniversary!

Rene' said... #

Hope you have a wonderful time retreating!!! Glad to see you enjoyed your anniversary. I love seeing your family pictures, especially your wedding photo.

Karen said... #

Have a great weekend, it sounds like bliss! Love that circular stair rail. Happy Anniversary too! :o)

Diane Kelsey said... #

Congratulations on your 40th Anniversary and I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Ali said... #

Happy anniversary. Hope you have a lovely unplugged weekend.

Needle little Balance said... #

Congratulations on your anniversary and hope you have a lovely and creative weekend!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Have a terrific time; love your wedding pic xxx

Nita said... #

Happy 40th wedding anniversary! We will be having our 33rd this year. :) I love the candy cane is exactly right! ((((happy hugs))).

LIttle Penguin Quilts said... #

Happy Anniversary and enjoy your unplugged weekend! Sounds wonderful!

Grandma G said... #

I think we would all do well with an "unplugged" weekend every now and then.

Happy Anniversary! Loved seeing the wedding pics!

Vicki said... #

Happy anniversary!! I know that you guys are having a ball as we speak!

CitricSugar said... #

That's a really solid sock book! I've made a few pairs from it and it's really good for developing skills. The starting stitches seem kinda crazy and fiddly at first but they get better with practice. I recommend stitch markers in two different colour - one for the first sock and another for the second. It helps immensely for figuring out where you are! The bind-off methods are hit-or-miss - avoid the one where you add a stitch with each one you bind off. Good luck!!

Carla said... #

You you were a beautiful bride Cindy. Happy day

Mama Pea said... #

HI Cindy! Happy anniversary! I will be catching up on the blog soon. :-) Your wedding photo is great, and I love your quilty finds! I would be glad to help you with sock knitting in July, if you need it. But I do mine top down, not toe up. LOL. But I bet there's a lot that is the same. Have a wonderful time at your retreat. Jealous! (And I loved your quote about marriage.)

Connie said... #

Congratulations on your 40th. We just celebrated ours too. June 16th!

Connie said... #

Congratulations on your 40th. We just celebrated ours too. June 16th!

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