Thursday, April 27, 2023

Really Random Thursday, 4/27/23

A week ago, Janice and I were at a quilt retreat held at Hartland Christian Camp, up in the mountains. 

I'm not sure how many quilters there were--100+? We are spread out in six different buildings. Janice and I were in Redwood. Each of us had plenty of space. 

I think this quilt retreat is a really great value. It averages about $100/day but it includes lodging, three meals a day, plus they bring snacks to each building morning, afternoon and evening. Also included, if you so choose to participate, is at least one activity per day--a guided hike, the zipline, super swing, s'mores by the firepit. There were demonstrations of different techniques throughout the day.

Back in January during the extreme rain, the campground was flooded. Now the stream that runs through it is pretty low.
And there was even some leftover snow.
We had a great time and I feel like we were both really productive. Mark had sent some roses along to put on our sewing stations and they smelled so good--Double Delight, my favorite rose ever.

I worked mostly on pineapple blocks. Again. I think these blocks have been to at least four different retreats.
And then as a change of pace, I made 28 of these super cute blocks. They went together so quickly--unlike the pineapple blocks which take me about 2 1/2 hours for each block. 
While I was busy sewing, Stacie (our bonus granddaughter) and Sam got engaged. I'm so excited and happy for them. 
Mark and I went for a foothill drive on Sunday, in search of the superbloom. We were hoping to see lots of California poppies, but mostly just saw lupine. The streams are definitely full. I'm not sure what will happen to the snowmelt with the warm weather that is happening right now.

The flowers in our yard are gorgeous--my favorite time of the year, before they fry in the summer heat of July and August.

Tuesday night we went to the 25th anniversary performance of Riverdance. This is the third time Mark and I have seen it, and it is always thrilling.

Yes, Charlotte got confused with Riverdance and Riverdale...
Yes, I realize April 25th was a couple of days ago, but this pretty much sums it up.
And that's it for another week.


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Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said... #

We have also been noticing a lot more lupine than poppies around us this year. Although this week a few poppies are starting to show. It's been an interesting year for the bloom. The retreat sounds lovely, and I can almost smell the roses through the screen!

Anonymous said... #

Hartland Quilt retreat is such a gem! Thanks for the review. Flowers are beautiful!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

You keep so busy with so many different activities. Retreats. Performances. Grandkids. We're still waiting for spring here and I'm more than ready to see green things growing.