the good, the bad and the ugly
I'm back from Denver and had a wonderful weekend. When planning for our move I had invited my quilting group in the town I moved from to come and see our new house when we got settled. Before I left it turned into a plan for a weekend mystery ride and retreat. A couple of the girls and I were the planning committee and I think we did a good job if I do say so myself.
DH decided to decamp for the weekend (can't imagine why) and stayed at the old house to do winterizing chores along with DS. He drove me to my friend's and we got everything together for the weekend. We met everyone else, 9 total including me, at 7 the next morning. We split up into 3 cars and started off on our adventure. First stop was a bakery to get breakfast and pick up the dessert for that evening. Next stop a small rural quilt shop. We had called ahead and had her open early for us. It is a very small shop and it's a good thing there weren't other customers since we pretty much took over the space. She did do quite well though, since I think we spent over 1000 dollars between the 9 of us. We had a little trouble getting everyone out on time, but half an hour late we continued on our way.
Next stop was lunch (notice how prominently food plays into all plans). I had found a small burrito place with good reviews in a shopping center that had other choices in case someone was opposed to burritos. Turns out everyone was amenable to that so we all ate together. It was very good and as it is close to my house I think DH and I will probably start going there when neither of us feels like cooking. We thought we were running behind, but as it turned out the burritos were so fast we arrived at our next stop a little early. We had arranged a class at the quilt shop closest to my house and we all made the tops for felted wool pin cushions. It was great fun and we ended the "out" portion of our day with more shopping.
When we arrived at my house my friend had premade chili and I had made some bread in my bread machine. We put her chili on to heat while we had "show and tell". Everyone showed all their purchases and we had a prize for the person who had been the most frugal. We figured that the people who had spent the most didn't need a fat quarter bundle. :oD After eating we played a couple of games of LCR with fat quarters and Pictionary with quilt block names as the clues. It was great fun and we laughed so hard at some of the "unique" drawings. Can you figure out what quilt block this represents???
Everyone sat around and worked on their individual projects until bed.
One of the girls revealed that she had found my blog online a while ago and had been reading it and looking at pictures of my round robin rounds. INCLUDING her own. You know who you are. Bad, bad girl. You are ruining your own surprise. :oP
After we woke up on Sunday morning and we were starting our day all of a sudden we had no water. No bathroom, no coffee, and no washing dishes. It sort of put a damper on our morning. We did have enough bottled water to finish making coffee and tea, but people had to go to a nearby gas station to use the bathroom. The party broke up about noon and DH came home to see what he could do to help the situation. It turned out to be the motor on the pump had died. We tried replacing that, but it was old and on so hard that DH had damaged the pump getting it off. We ended up having to replace the entire pump. Let me tell you, you don't realize how many different things you use water for in a day until you go to use it and it isn't there. I never noticed how many times a day I washed my hands until I couldn't.