Thursday, May 16, 2024

Really Random Thursday, 5/16/24

 Two weeks ago, my friends Vicki, Marilyn, Dotty and I had our annual quilting retreat at Dotty's cabin just outside of Yosemite. We had a couple of nice sunny days and beautiful sunsets.

And then on Saturday we had snow!

Crazy weather for May, but it's happened before. 

We each choose a meal to make during the weekend, and Dotty had chosen Saturday night, steaks on the BBQ. Oops. There she was, out in the snow. What dedication. :)

It was a relaxing weekend. For some reason, this year we each took plenty of time to sit and relax rather than sewing frantically all day and late into the evening. 

Marilyn finished this flannel quilt. I have the kit to make it, and now I'm inspired to get it out, sewn and ready for fall.

I spent the weekend making log cabin blocks, and completed 27 out of 42, so I was quite happy with my progress.

I was not looking forward to driving home in the snow, but Sunday was nice and sunny, so by the time we left midafternoon, most of the snow had melted.

This is always one of my favorite weekends, sewing with dear friends.
Mark appreciated this catcher's helmet at one of the games he umpired.
This is definitely what I should be telling plants in my yard. 
Mother's Day weekend was really stellar. It started out with lunch on Saturday. Mark barbecued hamburgers. It was a perfect day to eat outside. He had flowers on the table, music...

...and after lunch I opened the most amazing gift. We don't normally do any gifts, but a few months ago I had lost the diamond out of my engagement ring. It wasn't a very big stone, 1/5 of a carat, but it was a beautiful diamond and I was sentimentally attached to it, having worn it over 50 years! While I was at my quilting retreat the previous weekend, he had taken my ring in to have the diamond replaced! And upgraded to 1/3 of a carat. While still not big by most standards, it is the perfect size for me and it is absolutely beautiful. He's a keeper.
That night, we had been invited to attend the local dinner theater performance of Fiddler on the Roof with friends, Tim and Tracy. Great food, great performance, great friends, special night.
On Sunday, we went to a Grizzlies baseball game with the family, including Christa's parents. It was a warm afternoon, but we had seats in the shade and it was a really fun afternoon. 

Levi and Gabe had been chosen to do a race where they had to put on oversized uniforms and then race back to the starting line. 

They tied.
The one who made me a mother.

I sent him this because it was funny.

And also this, because it sounded like something he would have written me when he was younger. He told me he would still write it at age nearly 46.

My Mother's Day gift was perfect, a set of bookends like telephone booths in London. 

I don't have many books anymore, so I put them in front of the bins I use to hold patterns in my sewing room.

Two great weekends in a row.


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Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said... #

Love this post. Yes, that snow was quite a surprise, even though predicted. Your "cook" was a brave soul. Those retreats with friends can be so much fun. You always have beautiful projects to show. What a keeper your husband is. The ring is lovely. The bookends are wonderful too. And the time spent with your family is so precious.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Those Mother's Day memes gave me a really good laugh. Thanks for sharing. You find such funny ones. Your log cabin blocks are so colorful and inspiring. I like how you've used prints and solids. It's going to be a fun quilt.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Your ring is beautiful!!! Forgot to mention that earlier.