Memorial Day Weekdend

I spent yesterday at my daughter Samantha’s for a picnic.  My friend Sue was with us.  We stopped at JoAnn’s on the way into town first.  They had one of those 1.00 dollar sales for patterns.   I got some clothes patterns for myself and some doll clothes patterns too.  Gotta keep Alannah in doll clothes. 🙂

Today Sue and I sewed.  She’s spending a couple of weeks here with us.  I just love when Sue comes to visit. We just have the best time laughing and sewing.  We make all kinds of things.  This trip she’s going to help me make new curtains for the guest room.  And she’s making new quilts for her granddaughters.  Then we’re making clothes.  I need some new things.  I got a pattern for a summer dress I can’t wait to make.  Good times for sure.

I can’t wait for the kids to move down here.  This is the last holiday I’ll have to spend without my grandchildren.  I am so very excited.  It will be so much fun to have them here and be able to do things with them all the time.  I feel so bad for my son-in-law’s grandparents who will really feel the loss of not having them around any more, but I am so very happy for me.

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Well since I went to the retreat I have gotten nothing done.  I was exhausted after staying up late the whole time.  Then, I developed a reaction to my blood pressure medication.  I have been on it for 6 months, but I still got a reaction.  I have been going crazy with a terrible generalized itching, nausea, and other GI symptoms.  I have already completed one course of steroids and have just started my second.  Needless to say I never got my quilts turned in for the quilt show this weekend.  I am not even sure I will be able to attend the show.  Gary is vending this year and I don’t even think I can help him.  Unbelievable.  Anyway, I thought I should just pop on here and let the whole world know what a mess I’m in.  🙂

My New Addiction

My oldest grandson Andrew sent me an invitation to join him in playing the Facebook game Car Town.  Well I put it off as long as I could, but I finally gave in and have started playing it with him.  It’s something we can do together while he is still 600 miles away from me.  While he was here in April, he introduced Gary to the game. Well, needless to say we have both become addicted to it.  It’s a cute game.  But clearly I need to set limits.  Before I know it an hour has passed and as much fun as playing the game is, I’m not getting much accomplished  here at the house.  Of course it does give me the opportunity to sit here and listen to the birds outside the window.  And if you add this game time to my blog hop time I could be sitting here at the computer for the entire day.  Right?  But you gotta love the blog hops.  Especially when they are giving something away.  I never win anything, but the idea that I may keeps me hopping along.  Right now I am doing Pat Sloan’s Focus On The Center Book Tour blog hop.  I guess I’m a sucker for anything quilty!  Join me why don’t you?

Retreat

I got home Sunday late afternoon.  What a wonderful time I had quilting with my friends.  Got a lot accomplished too.  Our condo was right on the ocean and it was beautiful.  We could walk the beach, take a dip in any of 7 pools or unwind in one of the hot tubs.  Wednesday night we just had cheese, crackers, bread and wine for dinner.  Thursday night Gary made us a delicious meat loaf and we made baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli and Jan made a delicious fruit salad for desert.  There wasn’t much left of that meal.  Friday night the girls in the other condo cooked.  We had Italian pot roast, brown rice and salad.  No one was hungry after that meal.  And it was topped off with key lime pie.   We went out for dinner Saturday night to Joe’s Crab Shack.  Yummy is all I can say about the dinner.  The margaritas were not bad either.  🙂  I am still recovering from being up late each night sewing.  We did a little fabric shopping too.  We went to two quilt shops, Sewing At The Beach and North Beach Fabric.  I picked up some civil war fabrics at Sewing At The Beach  

and a perfect green fabric for a border for my ‘Sue’s Bags” quilt at North Beach Fabric.  
Hopefully I’ll get that top done today so I can get it quilted.   I have a quilt on the frame to be done first.   
It’s been in the high 80’s here.  Have to get up early to  get the work done before it gets too hot.  We’ve been conserving electricity by only using the air conditioner during the worst part of the day.  We are still getting a lovely breeze in the evening so it’s open up the windows to sleep at night.  It’s been delightful.  You can hear the whippoorwills in the woods.  They start about 9:00.  And before we close the house up during the day we can hear the birds singing.  Yesterday I was sitting in the office and looked out my window and was lucky enough to catch this little fella on the ground foraging for nesting materials.  I have never seen a bird like this one here before.  I wonder what kind of bird it is.  
Don’t you just love this time of year?