Sunday, November 08, 2009
Yesterday began the 2nd annual Pinhoti 100 run. www.pinhoti100.com/ DH and I work aid station 17 at the 89.6 mile mark which is on a dirt woods road near a small church. We have a wonderful time and all (most) of the runners and their crew are really great. We set up and have warm soup, roasted potatoes, PBJ sandwiches, sliced fruit, cookies, first aid, and encouragement to the runners as they pass through. The runners were supposed to begin in Heflin at 6am, but got a late start due to transportation problems that morning. We were to have our station set up at 7:15 and plan to stay till 9 Sunday morning. Since we were going to be there all night, I had everything planned. There were 3 others who were going to help out till about midnight, and a ham radio operator from a local club. To keep us going I fixed 2 pounds of tuna salad and fruit for dinner. I precooked biscuits, bacon, and sausage for breakfast. I made banana nut muffins, oatmeal cookies and hot chocolate to supplement the food provided for the runners. I had everything packed into the RV so I would have the generator, tables, chairs, utensils, bed for runners who needed a break, hot water, lights and music ... . Weather was great, no rain expected, a bit cool, but we had a heater in the RV.
DH who hates to get anywhere early waits till 6:30 to leave the house. It is a 15 minute drive in the car, 25 going slow in the RV. We hop in, crank it up, and........no headlights. Fuses are ok, can all blow at the same time? Nothing worked, so grab the truck, start repacking things...what do we have to have? Runners food, tables, get the little generator, pop up awning, oh yes, gotta heat their food, so crock pot (will the generator handle it?) no refrigeration, so tuna has to stay home, plates, cups, spoons, knives, hot chocolate, paper towels, water, chairs, thermos bottles (where the heck are they?) ..... Hope we grabbed it all. Jump in, take off.
We get there right at 7:15, radio operator is waiting on us and she and her son graciously help set up. They had updates for us. There were 69 registered, 3 no shows, and 20 had already withdrawn. Thank goodness I had pre-cooked some potatoes so they were ready to go. DH had gotten his old camp stove and it worked (for a little while) to heat the soup and water for the hot chocolate. Our friends remembered to pack some fire wood and DH gathered some dead fall in the woods to keep it going. The first runner came through at 9:30. He had run 89 miles over mountains on trails and woods roads in 15 hours. Next runner was at 10:30, then our friends left about 11, so it was all ours after that. More and more runners withdrew and a few made it through before sunrise, but most of them made it to us after sunrise.
Seems we managed to pack enough to make it, ended up having to heat the soup in the pot on the fire, but that worked. The sweepers came through about 8:40 and let us know the trail was clear and we could pack up and go home. We packed up, too supplies back to the organizer, and got home about 10. I couldn't stand it, so I tried the lights on the RV and they worked perfectly. We put away the our tables, chairs, etc, fixed lunch for MIL, then went to bed for a few hours.
We are already making plans to do it again next year. Life is an adventure, or it is nothing at all.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Today was DH's annual family reunion at our house. This year the yard is flooded in places and it was quite chilly. But we were up at 5 to put the turkeys in the smoker and get things started. We had a total of 31 who made it this year, some had to work, others were ill. This is our group picture (some had to leave for work and naps before we took the picture).
The lake was over full, but the kids had fun anyway.
And the swing set is always popular.
And let's not forget the food. We had smoked turkey, BBQ, fried chicken, burgers, broccoli salad, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, hash brown casserole, fresh corn, butter beans, deviled eggs, fruit salad, chips and home made salsa, boiled peanuts, pound cake with strawberries, banana bread, and chocolate pudding.
Plans are already being made for next year. But now I am very tired and going to bed.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, we all arrived before dinner and carried our supplies upstairs in Sloan Center, set up our areas, handed out our gifts, and showed off some of our finished projects since last year. There was a school group sharing the camp, but we barely saw or heard them except at meals. Dinner was salad bar, lasagna (regular or vegetarian), garlic bread, and peach cobbler. Then we went back to our space and started sewing up a storm. We finished up the tea cups for the camp's wall hanging, and started on our individual projects. We had our sleep aid and most went to the rooms about 10, but Jennifer and I stayed till about 12:30.
Friday I got up early and took a walk around the camp (saw LOTS of deer) before breakfast (fresh fruit, French toast, sausage, cereal, milk, juice and all the coffee or tea you can carry). Short walk around the camp then back to our space to sew, eat, and play games. Linda (toolgranny) taught us to dye fabrics and even provided 3 FQs for each of us to dye. Then we dug into our own stash and started having lots of fun with over dying. I dyed some WOW, then re-used the dye to make a lighter shade of the same color. I'm going to use them to make pinwheels. I gotta use up my stash so I can start making my own hand dyes. We finished up the tea cup hanging, and worked on our own projects till lunch (salad bar and home made pizza). Another walk around camp and back to the room for more dying, sewing and games till dinner (salad bar, homemade chicken pie, steamed vegetables and blueberry tart). Another walk after dinner, more sewing, games 9ncluding LRC for charm squares, sleep aid then off to bed for some, Jennifer and I stayed up till 1 sewing and cutting up. A few counselors popped in looking for various things, but other than that we didn't see anyone else. The school kids had left and some of the weekend campers (Y-guides) were arriving, but it was still nice and quiet. The leaves are noticeably more colorful even in just one day here.
Saturday another walk around camp before breakfast (fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, grits, biscuits, cereal, juice, milk, coffee, tea). Another walk around camp and back to our work room. The rest of the Y-guides arrived (it was father and child camp). Back to the room for another time of sewing for Jennifer and me, but Linda, Fran, Teresa and Linda went on a field trip to Sparta to see the craft and thrift shops. Linda bought some soft leather gloves at the thrift store and made leather thimbles out of the finger tips. What great things you learn at camp. We had some rain while they were gone, and they made it back just in time for lunch (salad bar, penne pasta with read or white sauce, garlic bread and steamed vegetables). All the Y-guide tribes had reserved tables with their names on them, but they forgot a table for us, so the counselors made us one that just said "Quilters", but we decided we need a tribe name. We are open to suggestions (mine was " the Sloan Slugs" but it didn't go over well). Another short walk around camp and back to our fabric. After lunch we had our quilt show which is always popular. Several of the staff came by and picked out their favorite. After the show we sewed till dinner (salad bar, prime rib, roasted fresh vegetables, steamed vegetables, and brownies). We went to dinner early so we could present the tea cup hanging to them before dinner. We asked it be hung so the kitchen staff could enjoy it, and they did. Another walk around camp then back for sewing, games and fellowship. We played LRC for charm squares again while enjoying our sleep aid, the off to bed for some (yup, Jen and I stayed up till 1 again).
Sunday was a late day so we got to sleep in. I took another walk (no deer today) before breakfast (fresh fruit, pancakes, sausage, cereal, milk, juice, COFFEE). They set up a sandwich bar so we could make our own sack lunches and the kitchen staff came out and thanked us for the wall hanging. Then back for packing and sewing. Jennifer started a new quilt, I started making quilt sandwiches and everyone helped me pin. We got 5 done before I ran out of backing and had to quit. But it was time for lunch and packing the car, so that is ok. Teresa, Jennifer and I were the last to leave. We ate our lunch in Sloan then packed up our cars to head home. No walk after lunch, 15 trips up and down the stairs was enough. I had a long drive (8 hours driving, plus time for stops) and made it home about 9pm).
It was a wonderful trip, the colors were really getting bright by the time we left. The rooms and facilities are simple, but well maintained and the staff couldn't be nicer. Whatever we needed they did their best to provide. Even though there were over 200 other people there, we rarely saw or heard them except at meals. Thanks to Jennifer for making all the arrangements, and to Linda for the new hand dyed addiction.
Here is a link to some of my pictures from camp.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The car is packed, the snacks are made, everything is ready to go. Early in the morning I will get up and head to NC for the 3rd annual quilt retreat at Camp Cheerio. We are a group of online quilters who had never met until 2007 when we decided to get together for a retreat, and it was fantastic. The facility is a YMCA camp with great accommodations, greater food, and an outstanding staff. I am so excited to get back and see my friends again. It is amazing how well you can get to know someone online and when you finally meet face to face it is like seeing an old friend again. I'll post links to pictures when I can and blog about our adventures. I'll have to do a lot of walking to make up for sewing and eating all day.
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