Tuesday, April 9, 2024

One more birthday dinner, with a quick retreat and recognizing someone special

While our birthday is over and we've had wine, dinner and then a celebration at the farm David still took us to Dead Fish Grill on Lake Belton on Sunday (3/17). It was very yummy but I think the food quality wasn't quite as good as it normally is.  I think they were slammed due to a wedding reception in the private room. And unfortunately we couldn't set outside and enjoy the views because it was raining.  I guess we'll have to go back on a nicer day with Pamela and Kaleb. We still had a fun day.
On Monday (3/04) I had gone to the Sassy Stitchers Bee and check out this cute crocheted little dress that Natalie shared. I believer she said her Mom or Grandmother made it a few other pieces she shared. Sweet.  
I also snapped a picture of a block Carolyn was working on. She found it hidden in a closet and decided she'd start paper piecing more of the blocks. She decided that she knew why it was hidden away in the closet. LOL  She finished another block while at bee and took the project home and well not sure but I think it went back in the closet for another day or year. LOL It's really pretty.  She's always making something pretty or cute. 
Friday (3/22) and Saturday (3/23).  There's a whole lot of sewing going on lately. I got to go to a 2 day retreat in Rosebud. "The Fabric Barn Sewical" We set up in the town library and sewed all day, went home in the evening and came back the next day. Tiffany the Fabric Barn shop owner did all the cooking and everything was so tasty.  She always had a smile and I know she had to be exhausted.

Fri Lunch: Chicken gnocchi soup, salad  Fri Dinner: Beef tips & egg noodle, green beans, herb bread                                                                                  Fri All Day: meat/cheese/cracker tray, carrot cake, strawberry lemonade                                
Sat Breakfast: Quiche, bacon, sausage, biscuits        Sat Lunch: Sandwiches, chips, mixed fruit bowl               Sat All Day: Pimento cheese, olive spread, pumpernickel bread, crackers, brownies 
I didn't hear a sole complain. LOL  Met lots of new people and saw some familiar faces. Gals that go to bee and some that retreat with me. 
My long time friend Ellen made a variation of dresses for her granddaughters and a shirt for the grandson for Easter.  They were all dressed in purple. Even the parents. This is one of the dresses. So adorable.

In this next picture is Tammy making her quilt blocks of little goats. Cute.  And the gal behind her was making a Texas block.

This fabric is so cute.  Jane is in the process of making a cute quilt with it. And Kim is making burp rags with the cute barn fabric.  Sweet

This block is cool. Not sure I could this one or not but I might need to try one day.  Unfortunately I can't say which lady at retreat was making. And then there was this cute bear astronaut quilt top.  The young lady on the right with the big smile is the one who pieced the top.

We bought the Fabric Barn Sewical T-shirts. 

Donna Marie finished up this top. She always works on the cool tops. Judy made a T-shirt quilt. Nice job. 

This is my round robin quilt from 2020. I just finished getting the piano key border on and actually did mitered corners. I won't say it was easy.  I need add a couple more borders to make it fit a queen size bed. I want the quilt to hang over the sides. Finished top should be done by next post, then it's off to the quilter for custom quilting.
Would you believe this is someone's hair? That they got so frustrated..... 
Okay so it's only thread. The thread some how got wound around the wheel of the machine and the only way she got it off was by hand. Been there done that. No fun.
Moving on but it's hard because there was so many pretty projects being worked on. 
The Roses at the Rock'n K are going crazy. David's, Julia Childs roses are flourishing this year.
On Sunday (3/24) David and I went to the Rising Sun Vineyards in McDade to pick up our wine. Pamela and Kaleb met us there. We had some food, wine, and beer. The vineyard had entertainment and the young man was very
good and young.  We were listening to Parker Jensen. He was only 15. He turned 16 two days later. He's out of Georgetown and looking to make it in the music industry. The best of luck to him for sure. He's not only talented but he's also very personable and polite.
We got our picture taken with him before leaving. We got there around 1pm and never planned on being there until the entertainment ended but we stuck around because of that entertainment.
Before closing for this post... All the negativity against law enforcement, remember these men and women put their lives on the line protecting and serving the people. So I want to give a shout out to Sam Ferguson IV for his service in Law Enforcement.  He was shot a few years ago while on duty. It's been a long hard road to recovery but he's getting closer. He and his wife Tammy have a strong faith and love. Recently he received an award and vest for his valor.  Thank you Sam for your service. Before posting this picture I did ask for their permission. I sure don't want to invade someone's personal space but I felt he deserved some recognition.
Until next blog post...

Monday, April 1, 2024

It's Quilt Retreat Time! @Hidden Treasures Retreat!

 So much fun and so much creativity in one room. And I actually started sewing that first day we arrived.. 

We retreated at the best place for the second time. Hidden Treasures is clean, bright, spacious and the owner Christi is really great. The accommodations are great and the food very yummy. The ladies and I really enjoyed our time there.

We've changed when I take the group picture to the day we arrive. Works out much better. 

Awesome bunch of ladies who make the retreats a success and lots of fun. It's a requirement to laugh and have fun.

Thanks to each one of them for passing out little gifts to everyone that they made or bought.

So let me share some of the creativity that went on at the retreat. Anna was helping Connie get the layout done.

Connie was pretty happy with her progress and actually finished sewing the top together.

Looks great!
Our new comer Debra worked on her appliqued blocks then started adding the sashing between the blocks.  She got a lot down.
Donna Marie started this paper pieced block at least one retreat ago and she finished it up at this one.

Vicki finished up one of her tops.                                         And our non-quilter Kathy finished up her beautiful crocheted blanket.     
Denise was hard at work on her quilt blocks and for the longest time she didn't even realize I was standing right next to her until I giggled which made her look and start laughing. She finished the cow collage art piece first. Lots of quilting on it.
 It was Vicki's birthday when we arrived Sunday so we had to celebrate
Did I mention this blog post might be a photo overload. LOL. It's hard to decide what to share.
Next up is Sandy's Christmas wall hanging.

Also there are the best sunsets at the retreat. We played our usual game of L(eft) R(ight) C(enter).  And who should win.... Connie. She has won before. mmmm

Judy showing off her Bear Paw block top layout.   Ellen was hard at work on her Texas rag quilt.  That she finished.
Love it. One of these days I'll use my Texas die to cut to and complete a rag quilt.  LOL. I had the die custom made by Accuquilt but I haven't made a quilt with it but Ellen has made several. . And check out the back for it.
Jane was busy on a pillowcase project.  I know she made more than just this one. Jane can whip them out quickly. Oh and Ellen also completed a scrappy block quilt.  She might have been the over achiever at this retreat. Yay Ellen.
I actually finished up my bag before coming to retreat and then I finished a bag for Denise to carry rulers, wool ironing mat, and a 24" cutting mat in. 5 bags completed now. I have a few more to make.  They measure around 29" x 28".  Each bag has been a tad different in size.
Christi (retreat owner) has this sign hanging in the workroom. I know it fits her too but one of the girls thought I needed a sign like this too. I love to read too. In fact on our last day of retreat I got home in time to unload and then hop back in my car and go to a book club meeting with the Gause Girl Guild. 

We discussed the book 12 Months to Live by James Patterson/Mike Lupica. It was a fun evening with the Gause Girl Guild. Everyone loved the book.  Lawyer Jane Smith is defending a man accused of killing 2 families and finds out before the trial starts that she has cancer. She asks the doctor how long she has to live and even tries to negotiate the 12 months to 14 months. Jane decides to postpone treatment because she wants to win this trial even though her client Rob is a sleaze bag. Would you pick your job over your health? Did Rob kill the families? Will Jane survive the trial? Gotta read to find out.

Better stop for now. More adventures to come.
Until then...1.    "Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought." ~ Sir Arthur Helps

Friday, March 22, 2024

The celebrating continues

Pamela & Laina
 On Sunday 3/3 We continued to celebrate with friends and future family members. It was a beautiful day to have folks up to the Rock'n K. Thank goodness Pamela took some pictures because I sure didn't.  Lunch was hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad by Kelli and baked beans by Tori.   Marlaina brought cookies for dessert and I had a Lemon Curd over cream cheese with graham crackers to snack on. 
Braxton and his friend Connor
After lunch the boys were ready to go fishing. They caught a couple to show off.
Josh and Kaleb baited the hooks and then released the fish the boys caught.
Can't thank them enough. My friend Pam J. in Austin made the lemon curd. Everyone loved it. Everything was very tasty. Tummies were filled and happy.

Josh, Conner  Braxton, Killian and Kaleb         Killian and Thomas
Kaleb's parents, Kevin & Tori came this year. And our friends John and Kelli joined us. It was fun watching the kids have a good time. Mine and Pamela's hair stylist and friend Brittany brought her daughter Addy up to play too. She started off shy but it didn't take her long to join in.
Tuesday (3/5) David treated me to day outing for my actual birthday. We went looking for blue bonnets and Wilson Valley Mercantile in Little River-Academy. Not far from the drag strip that David raced at on the 2nd. 
We found it. One of our favorite Texas musicians are playing there on the 23rd of March. The goal was to goal but I have a day quilt retreat I signed up for and David said there was a race he wanted to maybe go watch. Well that's okay. Now we know where it is and we can watch for other music events and try to go then.
They had my favorite yard art. A rusty old truck. David is keeping his eye open for a rusty truck or an old tractor for us. But dang that stuff is costly so maybe not.
We took off down the road just to see what we could see and ended up in some nice areas. The lots were big and the house were really nice. So was the landscaping. Nothing we could afford even if we were looking to buy. LOL
Our next stop was for some lunch at the Oscar Store. We had never been and I had heard they were good.  Found it!
And the food was good! And the quantity.. wow. I came home with leftovers.
The special was meat loaf, mashed potatoes and green beans. The sauce on the meat loaf wasn't your typical catsup sauce. It had a tang to it. Really good. And David got us Peach Cobbler for dessert to share. Oh my Lanta.. So good, but I was so full that David had to eat most of it by himself as if that really hurt his feelings.

And here was the only bluebonnet picture I captured while out riding around but they didn't show up so great. But there were plenty out there to see. And there's even more now.
Wednesday (3/6) I had a doctors and an oil change appointment in Bryan/College Station. After the doctors appointment I had some time to waste so I ran to Sew Vac on Hwy 6 and who should I run into.... but my former co-worker, quilter and friend Margaret Grice.  We comment on each others FB post but it's been probably 3-4 years since we saw each other face to face. LOL  I was in a corner and heard the woman's voice and thought.. I know that voice so I peeked around the corner to see if it was but I still wasn't sure. So as she was walking away I hollered her name.. I figure if it wasn't her she'd just keep walking but she slowly turned around and sure enough it was her.  It was great seeing and talking with her. She lives about an hour and 15 minutes further north from my house.  Country living has suited her. I think she looks younger than when we worked together.

My niece Shelby sent me a picture of Ramsey on his quilt I made him.  He was sound asleep when I delivered it but he looks wide awake on his quilt now. Sweet. Hope he gets lots of use out of it.

And last week I got a text from my other niece, Jessica who said that she finally got baby Penny to lay down for a nap and sleep in her crib for 45 minutes so far thanks to my quilt. LOL.  I doubt my quilt had much to do with baby girl sleeping but I do appreciate the confidence in the powers of the quilt I made Penny.

It makes me feel good when I know the quilts are getting used.
My Kelli took me to lunch Friday (3/8) for my birthday at the Cameron Beer Market in Cameron. Yum... Then we went shopping at the Bling Box around the corner from there. The boutique has some really cute clothes, jewelry and shoes. Check out these cute tennis shoes and the ones that are all blinged out.

And check out these cute sandals with all the bling. The sole was so soft and cushiony. Now I'd probably fall off of them and break an ankle but they're really cute.  This shop has a coupon of like 25% each month plus other incentives.

Sunday 3/10... The car is loaded and I'm headed to The Material Girls 22nd Quilt Retreat. But before I could drive away I had to catch a picture of our two new calves for 2024. First one was born 3/1 and the next one was born 3/7. They were both laying by fence near the garage so I had to snap a picture. We aren't sure yet but we think one is a boy and one is a girl. They're so cute when they play.
Well that's it for now. I was headed out so the next post will be about quilting and friends.
Until next blog...Dear self,  don’t get worked up over things you can’t change or people you don’t understand.  It’s not worth the anxiety or the heartache. Control only what you can….   Let Go