Thursday, July 11, 2019

Really Random Thursday, 7/11/19

Happy 7/11 day.  In years past, we have taken the grandkids to 7/11 to get free slushies, but they are busy today. Have you ever done that?

Last Thursday was July 4, and Mark made special plans. He bought tickets to see the fireworks at Bass Lake, a mountain lake about an hour from us, which included dinner.  Normally, we sit in lawn chairs on our front lawn and hope someone down the street has bought fireworks, so seeing fireworks over the lake sounded like such fun.

The weather was perfect! First we stopped to see our friend, Marilyn, whose place at Bass Lake has the most gorgeous view.
Then we headed over to Ducey's Lodge for dinner. Mark had reserved the perfect two spots and our table was in an ideal location. I wish I had taken pictures of dinner because it was so good! There was so much to choose from. Then we just needed to wait for the sun to go down.

I LOVE fireworks. And while I wish I could have taken pictures, I really just wanted to enjoy them, but not through a camera lens.  I did take a couple of pictures, however.

This was my very favorite!
On Saturday and Sunday, Aaron and Christa headed down to Santa Barbara to see good friends, so the grandkids spent the night. They still love having sleepovers at our house, for which I'm grateful.

We were still in a red, white and blue mood, so Charlotte made these most delicious meringue ice cream sandwiches, filled with Talenti raspberry sorbet. Yum!

Mark came up with a fun game--we need to find a better name than tee ball golf. But basically you put out a couple of large buckets, hit the ball off a batting tee, and then use your golf swing to get it into the bucket. Easy, but so much fun! And no wifi required.
Charlotte is such a good big sister. Playdoh for the win.
Haha number 1. Mark and I start our day with a chuckle each morning by reading Pickles. And Mark has been known to volunteer a time or two to take a nap for the kids. :)
We both found some time to be creative. Mark made these beautiful dichroic fused glass plates. A few people expressed interest in purchasing them, so we finally figured out our costs. Wowsers. We are always surprised at the price of dichroic glass per square inch. But if you could see them in person, they are stunningly gorgeous!
I'm working on the Summer Sampler 2019. Although I usually purchase the patterns each summer, I have never actually participated. I'm enjoying this one--a new block is released each week, and it focuses on a specific skill. This one was obviously half square triangles.
Haha, number 2. Guilty...
Levi is going to summer camp in a couple of weeks. I looked at the bag he brought to our house with his toothpaste and toothbrush--basically the plastic bag he received from the dentist. I decided that wasn't going to fly for camp. So I made this cute zipper pouch, lined in laminated cotton which can handle some dampness.

Haha number 3. I only update my iPhone when the camera has some cool new features...
NOTE TO HEATHER: If you are Heather and left a comment a couple of weeks ago inquiring where my father is living, it is Palm Village in Reedley. If you have questions, don't hesitate to email me! You are a "no-reply commenter" and I have no way to get in touch with you.

Have a fun weekend.


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Charlotte M. said... #

The fused glass plates are beautiful! Enjoy those grandkids!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said... #

I love those glass plates. They are so lovely. What a talent. Also love that block. I decided not to do that sampler. Other commitments and computer drive full of patterns I've bought and not yet used!!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Fireworks over a lake are always extra special with all the reflections. I like Mark's game with the kids. You should see the version of croquet we play . . . our yard is small for normal croquet so we set up all kinds of obstacles . . . ramps, tunnels . . . things that are nearly impossible to do. It's often quite hilarious. I've been a regular Sunday reader of Baby Blues and Zits because it reminds me of life with kids but now I'm also reading Pickles which must mean I've aged into another phase of life. Yikes.

Needled Mom said... #

The fireworks look beautiful over the lake. It looks like you had a good time entertaining the grandchildren. Homemade games are always the best. Mark’s glass patchwork is gorgeous.

OPQuilt said... #

So many fun things in this post. I love those red, white and blue desserts--hats off to Charlotte for her culinary skills. Block is looking great, as does that game. But the best part ever is the show over the lake, of colorful fireworks. What a great idea. Mark really does love you!

Robby said... #

I always enjoy your photography and your fireworks pictures were great. Still, big thumbs up on just enjoying the fireworks in such a special setting. Tee ball golf does seem like it could use some brand work, but it looks like a very fun game.