Monday, October 17, 2011
The 5th annual Camp Cheerio Quilt Retreat was a great hit. We had many returning friends a few new folks join us. It is nice to meet new friends. It is amazing how fast you become family.
Thursday we sat up our quilt room and had our show and tell. Friday we spent all day sewing and eating.
I started the Morning Star quilt for my bed. Love my little featherweight DH got me for Christmas, she purrs like a kitten.
Meals were in the dinning hall. We did have other campers there with us, but the "big kids" got to eat first.
Of course the snack table was full, but some sweet person did remember to bring us some fruit. My mice were almost gone before I remembered to take a picture.
Saturday was quilt show and mini class day. Jennifer taught us some fabric folding, and we made little boxes.
Teresa taught us how to make 2 color prairie points, and picket fence borders.
Then we had our quilt show. The dear hubbies strung some clothes lines for us and after lunch we hung our quilts and tops. The Y-guides (and dads) who were there came by and voted for their favorite.
Every year we leave a quilt with the camp to display somewhere in one of the buildings. This year our background didn't make it to camp with us, due to a series of (un)fortunate events. A non-quilting friend of one of our campers just happened to be a wonderful sketch artist and agreed to make a sketch of our quilt show. We presented it to the camp, but will have it framed and shipped back so they can hang it. She did a fantastic job and I just love it.
Our group picture in front of the quilts.
Saturday night I went to the chapel to catch the sunset, and it was beautiful!
Then Sunday morning I caught sunrise from the deck of the dining hall.
Just a bit of sewing Sunday morning and DH and I packed up to head for home. What a sad thought, but the drive was beautiful. The colors were getting brighter and the hill sides were lovely.
We have chosen our date for next year, and I can't wait.
Life is good.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I missed yesterday's post, sorry. DGS was sick at school and DD and SonIL were both working. So I picked him up and he stayed here. Gotta take care of the sick little ones.
Thursday morning we ate a quick breakfast in the room, packed a few Cliff bars, Nekot Crackers, and water and hit the trail again. We drove to Byllesby Dam through the fog, and hit the trail.
We had not ridden this section before, and it is beautiful. The trail follows the river to Buck Dam and I would have loved to have had my kayak along, too.
After Buck Dam, the trail flowed away from the river and back again.
Arriving at Foster Falls (14.4 miles), a small state park with horse stables, kayaks, hiking trails and small picnic area.
Then we headed back to Byllesby Dam ending up with 28 miles for the day.
A quick salad at Wendy's and off to Camp Cheerio for my quilt retreat.
Thursday was spent setting up our space, show and tell, and getting to know our new retreaters.
Linda made a lovely needle turned Celtic knot wall hanging with her hand dyed fabrics for show and tell. Then she turned it over to show the label and it was for ME. I was floored. It was a thank you for helping to set up the retreat. It is beautiful and will hang over my mantle for Christmas every year.
Dinner was salad bar, home made chicken pot pie with rice, fresh bread and fruit cobbler. YUM.
Some sewing after dinner, then off to bed. Early call in the morning for my walk around the camp before breakfast.
Life is good.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Wed started off a bit cool, so we ate breakfast and took our time getting started. It felt good to have leg and arm warmers, and a jacket. Just 2 blocks away from the B&B and we were on the trail.
Most of the damage from the spring storms has been cleaned up and repairs completed. Except for Trestle 7. This link shows the before and after pictures of it.
They have done a great job at getting the trail opened again, but I do hope they replace the trestle.
We made it to the trail head in Abingdon, then got to ride it again back to Damascus.
Then we loaded up and headed to Fries to ride a section of the New River Trail we hadn't ridden before, Fries to Byllesby Dam. The trail runs along the river and is absolutely beautiful.
After 48 miles I was tired and ready for dinner. A quick shower, dinner at Applebee's, and I was ready for bed. Tomorrow, Byllesby Dam to Foster Falls and on to the quilt retreat.
Life is good.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
This past week was Frontier Days celebration in Eva, a small town near my parents. Saturday was the tractor parade and booth sale downtown. Dad's antique tractor club had a big tent with lots of activities planned, so we picked up the grands after school and headed up for the fun. We got there Friday in time to ride the 4 wheelers a bit before dark.
Dad has several tractors, but chose his John Deere to drive this year.
While he was busy getting things ready for the parade, we hit some of the activities.
Antique Car show
Angus is an animatronic steer with a photo sensor, and moos at the most unexpected times.
There were a few rides.
The ROTC led the parade.
PawPaw was in the middle of the tractors (he is on the green John Deere).
If you wave, they throw you candy.
There were pedal tractor races.
Slowest tractor race.
Blind Man's Bluff (drive blindfolded and try to be closest to the barrel).
Ladies Frying Pan Toss.
We intentionally avoided the food vendors, drank water, and got a lot of walking in. It was a good day.
The boys got to visit with their great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, too. It was a good weekend.
Life is good.
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