Thursday, June 1, 2017

Really Random Thursday, 6/1/17

Welcome, June 2017. How did you arrive so quickly?

I was reminded that I forgot to do a Really Random Thursday post last week.

Catching up means that first is a glimpse of Manchester G.A.T.E. open house.

First, Levi's third grade room.
Studying the planets.
An Eastern Lowland Gorilla
 Levi's "dream house," which includes a bank, a candy room, and a time machine. Standard features of all dreams homes, I'm sure...
 Letter to me from the planet Uranus
 Letter to my brother, Jeff, from the planet Jupiter.
Charlotte's fifth grade room, where they studied the states. Each student chose a state and had to make some food item relating to that state--yummy berry cobbler.
Gabe's carnival at Robinson Elementary School.
 Put your hand all the way down in the "gross bucket" and win a prize.

 Cotton candy. Yum...
 And a picture with Batman.
Ella has discovered a new way to watch TV...
Celebrating birthdays with two of our favorites, Jill and Christa. On a side note, Mark and I usually meet their husbands, Jason and Aaron, nearly every Friday night during football season at BJs Brewhouse, aa they referee high school football with Mark. I tag along and listen to them critique the game. So when it was birthday time, we decided it would be fun to go to the same place, but with the girls only. We had a great time.
Christa was at a week-long human trafficking conference in Wisconsin. While she was gone, Mark and Aaron put the play structure together. Too bad they did it on one of the hottest days we have had so far.

Ella really wanted to "help" them. As it turns out, a 3-year-old really isn't all that helpful. So she and I stayed in the shade and watched them work.
We also had a chance to play in our back yard and get a snack at Barnes & Noble.
I did some sewing, both on my large hexie project, and on Amelia's quilt, which I'm calling A Flamboyance of Flamingos, when I learned that "flamboyance" is one of the words used to describe a flock of flamingos. Such a fabulous word.

Can you see Amelia's name on this flamingo's neck?
Years ago, working with resin was a hot crafting phase. My grandmother made many grape clusters, among other things. Does anyone remember these? I have saved one for sentimental reasons, but when Aaron said he would like to have it, I gladly passed it on to him.
Mark and I spent a very enjoyable morning at the our zoo the other day, at African Adventure. It has a great place to hang out and watch the animals, and the food is really good as well.

Here is something you don't see everyday--a cute boy wearing a swim suit...and cowboy boots. He has worn these boots nearly every single day since getting them for his Halloween costume. His parents definitely got their money's worth out of this pair of boots.
I picked him up from school the other day and he requested lunch at a McDonald's with a playland. He tried every post with Ronald that he could think of.

Mark made strawberry jam. I can verify that it tastes wonderful!
Later this evening, we are both heading up the hill to Oakhurst, where I'm giving a trunk show for the Sierra Mountain Quilters. Now to get all of these in a couple of suitcases.
I checked the guild website and was surprised to see that I was listed in their Upcoming Events page. (I don't know why that surprised me.)
My good friend, Stephanie (@stephiepeterson on Instagram) sent me this roll of washi tape. For obvious reasons :) She is always so thoughtful.

Do you ever do those questionnaires on Facebook? I never found the actual questionnaire so I'm not sure how they came up with this assessment of my personality. But I think I'll just end with this.


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Debbie said... #

Fun post and YES, my mom used to make those resin grape clusters too! Do you think that trend will come back? ;-)

Needled Mom said... #

It looks like you have had a great time with the grandchildren and their events. It's nice to have them close enough to enjoy time with them.

SarahZ said... #

You have the cutest little grandies, Cindy! Love your birthday-girls-only+Mark night out, too! that is an amazing stack of quilts....your trunkshow promises to be a blast! Have a great time!!!!

Robby said... #

Surely the real prize associated with the "gross bucket" is NOT having to put your hand in?! Everyone seems ready to embrace summer in your neck of the woods. Glad Ella is already learning that sometimes 'supervising' is as important as helping. Ha-ha. I'm loving your EPP project.

Cathy O said... #

My mom had a grape cluster hanging lamp in the bedroom! They grew grapes so I thought it was pretty cool.
Enjoy your grand kids and all the amazing learning and growing!

OPQuilt said... #

A fun post, with so many interesting places, and events and venues. I think going to the zoo with your retired husband is one of the best events, although putting your hand in the Yucky Bucket might be a close second. I used to do those Facebook questionnaires until I found out that they are mostly run by political parties, gathering data. Then I stopped--but I love what this one says (even though I don't think it's "you").

Your EPP project reminds me that I need to resurrect mine--thank you for the inspiration. And have fun tonight with your Trunk Show. I was happy that they put you on the Current Events--such a great photo of you!

Janice Smith said... #

What a fun, busy week you ha! Your grandchildren are adorablen. :-) love the boots and all the photos!

Nancy said... #

Oh how nice to read your Random Thursday post and see the photos. How fun with the grandchildren. I'm sure your trunk show was great.