Thursday, March 21, 2024

Really Random Thursday, 3/21/24

It's been awhile since I wrote a Really Random post! So there's some catching up to do.

Let's start with books I read in January. I never get tired of the William Kent Krueger books, and sadly I'm coming to the end of his Cork O'Connor series. 

and February. The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart was the best book I've read in a long time.

March Madness starts today. I haven't filled out my brackets--yet--but my friend, Jane, sent me this cool reading bracket that will be fun to fill throughout the year. 
These trees are so beautiful when they bloom around town.
This would have been appropriate yesterday.

This would have been appropriate last month.

Charlotte just finished the final play of her high school career. It was Rodgers and Hammerstein's version of Cinderella, and she played Madame, aka the wicked stepmother. She was amazing, playing someone very against "type" as she is the sweetest girl. So that made it even more fun to watch her. We went the first weekend.

There were a few more things I wanted to add about our adventure to Livermore for the filming of The Quilt Show. 

On the way out of Livermore, we made a detour to Alden Lane Nursery, an absolutely gorgeous nursery. They used to host a yearly quilt show, Quilting in the Garden, where quilts were hung from 100+-year-old oak trees. That came to an end due to the pandemic, and I heard the trees started having problems. Age, maybe? Mark and I had a booth with his fused glass at the show a couple of years, so stopping there brought back a lot of good memories.

Then we decided to stop at a Bass Pro Shop, as neither of us had ever been to one. Wow. Very impressive. I did chuckle at the sign at the entrance that said "please check firearms and knives at the front desk."

Before we even made it through the front door, I fell in love with this old pickup. It could have had to do with the fact that it said "redhead" on the door. Redhead happens to be a clothing brand sold at the store. I couldn't miss an opportunity to drape a quilt over the back. And since we were returning from The Quilt Show, we had three suitcases full of quilts. Ha!

Here is a photo of me when I was a natural redhead. I miss it so much.
It looks quite a bit different these days.
We wanted to see Charlotte's very final performance so we saw her play again on Sunday afternoon. We are so proud of her and look forward to what is next in her life.

And believe it or not, I think we are caught up.


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FlourishingPalms said... #

It's fun to follow along and see what you've been up to. Lots of excitement in your life these past couple of months, what with visiting the UK, and being on "The Quilt Show." It's enough to fill one's bucket list to overflowing, isn't it? I sure cannot envision such activities for myself! I enjoyed knowing the books you've read. I haven't completed the Cork Corkoran series yet, but I am now listening to "The River We Remember." No doubt like you, I enjoy Krueger's stories that take place in Minnesota/Iowa, where I'm familiar with the landscape. It's wonderful that your granddaughter has a talent for acting, and that you can enjoy it, and be rightly proud of her. Cinderella's pumpkin coach (your last picture) is simply lovely.

liz said... #

Thanks so much for this and your other wonderful posts Cindi! What a delight to read. Congrats on being invited to tape an episode of the Quilt Show! When will it air??

OPQuilt said... #

Congrats to both you and Charlotte for being such stars!

I LOVE that picture of My Favorite Quilt with your redhead truck. You need to frame that and hang it in your sewing room. And I used to go to Alden Lane Nursery, but that was in another life. So good to see it again.

I've never been to a Bass Sport Shop, either, but I have been to Schools, complete with acquarium and ferris wheel. I am pretty sure they don't have all those deer heads though. What a trip!