Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Alone Again ! Where do I begin?
How do I tell you what an awesome time I've had without boring you to tears? Maybe just the highlights....
Saturday 11/3 - Pincushions are done, condo is clean, I'm ready!!!
Sunday 11/4 Pick up Cheryl at the Oakland airport, out to dinner with son and Daja. Yum, ClaimJumpers!
Monday 11/5 Carol and Syl arrive in afternoon. Carol is here from SC and seeing her grandson for the first time in 3D. Syl is staying with Cheryl and I. Carol is off with her son and family to get some grandma time in. She will meet us at the retreat.
Tuesday 11/6 Visiting, laughing, crying, yak yak yak!!! (and Dancing with the Stars!)
Wednesday 11/7 Haircuts, carwashing, last minute shopping. Deb is coming! off to Thimblecreek, home for dinner, baking,packing watching Miss Potter.
Thursday 11/8 Packing, loading the car, off to retreat! shopping at Inbetween Stitches, hugging on Vicky and Jane, seeing old friends, meeting new ones!! Dinner, Alex speaking, gifts & prizes, laughing, crying, sewing, sharing.
Friday 11/9 COFFEE... Alex demo applique prep, brunch, group picture, Shopping caravan to Quilter's Inn in Danville, Thimble Creek in Concord, (where I ran into my stitch & bitch friend, Wilma who made this quilt!), stopped at my condo to tend the "girls", Main Street Quilts in Martinez and InBetween Stitches in Livermore. Out to dinner at MIMI's in Pleasanton. Back for sewing, laughing, sharing and sewing!
Saturday 11/10 COFFEE!!!... Paula demos machine applique, brunch, show and tell, sewing, seeing Pam, sharing, laughing... Dinner, gifts, drawings, sewing, margaritas, sewing, laughing, unsewing, sharing, FUN!!!
Sunday 11/11- Packing, saying goodbyes, promises to keep in touch. Home.
Monday 11/12 - Visited the second session retreat, shop with friends, finally stop at the Polka Dot Attic in Danville. Home to Rest and Relax!!!Tuesday 11/13 - Off to shop at Queen B's in Antioch, on a mission to spend the gift certificate my staff gave me on Boss's day! Bought Roman Holiday fabrics for All Things Christmas. To the PO to mail my chocolate!(more on the chocolate swap later)
Today Wednesday 11/14 - Cheryl left for Mass. at 4 am this morning. Alone again. Good thing I've got the girls to keep me company. I won't even mention the work crew making all kinds of racket working outside on the condos!!!
I'm sorry the pictures I took didn't turn out, I was either too far away or they blurred.

16 comments:

gloria g. said...

Well welcome back to the real world. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I love, love, love Wilma's quilt! I will have to have that pattern!!! Enjoy the rest of your vacation! Your pin cushions are adorable! Good to hear from you!

gloria :>)

Carol said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful, wonderful time...I don't think there's anything better...good friends and quilting. YIPPEE!

Darlene said...

Welcome back! I'd been waiting anxiously for a Retreat Report. A great time had by one and all. :-)

The pincushions are adorable - bet they were a huge hit with everyone.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Welcome back reality Mar. Wow, what an amazing time you've had. The pincushions look divine! Are you still catching up on your sleep?

PamKittyMorning said...

Blogger isn't letting me post comments and its cheezing me off. I'm trying again.

It was sure fun hanging out over at the retreat with you guys, wish you'd been there the first day where I was there for ages..what a fun group.

Hope to see you again soon.

Vicky said...

Wow, you sure know how to summarize! LOL

It was fabulous seeing you again, sweetie! We'll have to get together before next November!

So you made it back to the Polka Dot Shop? Good for you! I'm jealous!

I see my 'blue' pincushion up there! Yep, that one - see, it's blue!! LOL

ILY ILY ILY

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That Polka Dot Attic looks like somewhere I need to go and soon!!! LOL OMG I'm loving that place. I'm glad you had such a great time with all your friends. Love those pincushions.

Kim said...

What a wonderful time you had, Mar! Oh, and your pincushions are absolutely wonderful! And what did it take for everyone to bribe you into telling us the photos didn't turn out? What happens in Livermore, stays in Livermore . . . .

Nan said...

OMG, Mar! What fun you had! I love your photos - they're wonderful to my eyes! Your pincushions are the cutest things - they turned out very well. You have great memories to last you for a long time!

Happy Zombie said...

I'm so wanting to be your stalker. I mean travel and dining companion!

Those pincushions are adorable. I want to jump in em!

Perry said...

Sounds like you had a great time and have lots of memories to laugh about with new friends. I think you girls in California have too much fun, lol.

Thimbleanna said...

Whew! Sounds like you had a great time! and how fun to go to the retreat!!! Did you love Miss Potter? I did!

JudyL said...

Great retreat report. I *almost* feel like I was there!

Love your little pin cushions.

Cheryl said...

Wow - what a great time you had. Felt like I was there. Love to visit that Polka Dot Attic! Nice to find your blog!

Su Bee said...

Lady, you really know how to vacation! Next time I have a vacation I'm calling you for tips! The bag and chocolate came today, whoo-hooo!!! Beautiful bag, yummy chocolate and such perfect timing - THANK YOU! You made my day, no doubt!

Vintage Collage & Quilts said...

I love your pincushions. I've made a few like that myself. Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day! I may run into you one day as we visit the same favorite places : )