Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Friday night was the regular night for the grands to spend the night. We had a great time playing with Thomas the Tank Engine, reading books, and watching old cartoons on the computer. Saturday morning was Kids Workshop at Home Depot. They each made a spice rack for Thanksgiving.
After lunch we took them home, loaded the camper for our nights adventure, and tried to get a little nap.
Saturday was the 3rd annual running of the Pinhoti 100 Ultramarathon Trail Run.
Imagine running 100 miles through the woods in freezing weather. Don't know why anyone would want to do it, but they do. DH and I have worked Aid Station #17 (mile 89.63) every year (seems not everyone can stay up all night). We had to be set up by 7:15 Saturday night and our cut off is 8:43 Sunday morning.
We took our camper (I gotta have some comfort, and we needed the generator) and put the solid sides on the Easy-up with a propane heater inside. We also built a small campfire to help keep warm and to welcome the runners to the station. It was a nice chilly evening (down to 27) and we had a hard time keeping everything from freezing. The chicken noodle soup and hot chocolate were popular with the runners.
Our first runner came through about 11, next one about midnight. Slowly they trickled through and as the sun came up we started seeing more of them. Most of the runners have a crew that come to the stations to cheer on their runners. It is always nice to chat with them. Some of the crew are also runners who are helping out friends.
About 9 the sweepers came through and let us know the course was clear and we could pack up and head home. We shared our home made oatmeal cookies with them, the packed it in, took our paperwork to the finish line, went home, ate some cereal, and got in bed about 11. Woke up at 5, cleaned out the camper, ate dinner, soaked in a nice warm tub, and went back to bed. I can only imagine how tired the runners were.
Even though we were frozen and worn out, we will be back to do it again next year.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Once again it is family reunion time. We started this 4 years ago so MIL could get most of her family together once a year. Even though she is no longer with us, DH decided to have it again this year so we got together last Saturday. There were several members who couldn't make it, but those of us who did had a great time.
DH smoked 2 Boston Butts and 2 turkey breasts, made baked beans, blue berry pie, black berry pie, and banana pudding. I fixed corn, field peas, broccoli salad, pistachio salad, corn bread, oatmeal cookies, banana bread muffins, and pound cake. Others brought green bean casserole, hash brown casserole, potato salad, chili, eggplant lasagna, turtle cake, chocolate chip cookies, and pecan pie tarts. We all age way too much, but it was all good.
Here is our group this year.
We were able to set up tables on the new deck.
Some of us ate inside.
Some just had to take a nap.
And there were plenty of games.
I wish the lake had some water so we could have taken the canoe out, but it is what it is.
Plans are already in the making for next year's get together.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
We finished up our ride Thursday about lunch, had a picnic lunch at the trail head before heading off to Camp Cheerio. It is about an hour drive and thanks to Constance (our GPS) we took the scenic route. We arrived about 3 and I could just feel the stress leave my body as we passed through the gate at the end of the drive.
There have been some changes to the camp. They have added an open air chapel since last year. And the view at sunset is just stunning.
The view from the dinning hall is still fabulous.
The Y-guides were there with us Saturday, but we rarely saw them except at meals. This was father/child camp and we enjoyed watching some of their activities. They all had their tribe names on their tables, so we chose some for ours. We were the "Dances with Wools", the "Runs with Scissors", and "So Sew Me" tribes
We had the entire upper floor of the Sloan Center again this year. Lots of space, all the tables we needed, large covered porch all the way around, big screen tv with leather couches for the hubbies, wireless internet, use of all the camp facilities (canoes, basket ball, Frisbee golf, fishing, horses, ropes challenge course, climbing wall, tennis courts, soccer field, archery, and hiking trails) if we wanted them. Of course the hubbies made use of some of them, we ladies just wanted to sew.
We did have lots of show and tell going on. This was a row robin one of the ladies brought and was one of my favorites.
And of course we had to play some games. This is Left, Right, Center (a dice game) played for HSTs we had made before hand.
Saturday was our version of Sisters. We hung up our show and tell quilts and projects we had completed at camp. One of the dads with the Y-guides tried to talk Jennifer into selling 2 of her quilts.
And this year we made a bookshelf wall hanging and donated it to the camp for the director's office.
DH went for some trail runs while I was busy sewing away. I did get the camp quilt put together and assembled blocks I brought into 4 tops (for ME) which are in line to be quilted. Sunday morning we put the final touches on our pieces, then packed up and left after lunch. That is always a sad time. We had 5 that had never been to one of our retreats and 6 returning quilters. Two of us have made it to all 4. It is almost like a family reunion now, we miss the ones who couldn't make it and keep them updated with daily posts and pictures of our events. The hubbies all managed to occupy themselves and seemed to have enough things in common for some lively discussions. There is talk of making it Wed - Sun next year. I'll be there!
Tomorrow, the drive home.
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