Guess what?? Yep -- we're back at a quilting retreat. YES --- I know that I'm fortunate to be able to go as often as I do. When we first started going to quilt retreats, we used to rent the same house for every retreat, and it was the same group of people, and things were easy!
When that first house closed down, we moved to another one that was a bit closer, and that was fun. Then that one closed down, but we found another one even closer. This time, we're at a different one -- we first came here last summer, and it's a beautiful house near Huntsville. Funny enough, it's near the original place we used to rent.
So now we split our time between the two houses, and I have a list of people who get invited to attend, so the mix is different every time. The retreats are like my vacations -- I get to chill out and relax, and yes -- we do our own cooking, but we're not fussy, and it's great to only have to cook one meal. With larger retreats at places where the meals are prepped, I find that we all overeat, and I'm not a fan of overeating. I already eat more than I should somedays, so this scenario works out great.
I'm not a fan of driving far -- the darn car lulls me to sleep on those big highways. However, yesterday I realized that I was approaching Orillia at 9 AM yesterday. That is the exact opening time for Thimbles and Things, so I stopped by to pick up a book that had arrived the day before! I love when the timing is right!
DUH!!!!! Why didn't I think of that earlier? While we will miss seeing Sue in the store (as a regular feature), it's time to get to know Paula (the new owner) and Meaghan (who was there yesterday). I'm just so glad that this store found a new owner, and I'll continue teaching via Zoom for them. More about that in the fall.
My plan was to be out the door at 7:30, and I was! How did I shorten that morning routine? I went to the gym for the 5:30 class, only to realize that there was NO class at 5:30 on Wednesday. Oh crap -- however, I was all dressed and ready to ride the bike. Fortunatley, there are bikes on the second floor in the cardio area, and I went there, and I sweated out 15 KM in 30 minutes. That's half my usual, but it was better than nothing.
The girls both got a walk; however, it was shorter than usual. The stuff got loaded into the car, and I was on the road.
I decided to do myself a favor and tidy up Sutdio B before I left so it wouldn't look so bad when I got home. Because it's always in pretty good shape these days, it doesn't take too long to tidy it up.
See -- here's the sewing tables and the ironing board. All clear!
|Studio B got tidied up before I left|
|A few things on the cutting table|
|Even the floor is clear|
|New coolers at the grocery store|
|Small log cabins for Tula Pink|
|France with her first Conqueror medal|
|Two small wall hangings|
|Binding made for Out of the Box|
|With a quilt saying on the back|