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Our Weekend…..

How do you spell fun when your at 40 or pushing it??  How about getting together with 19 friends for the weekend!?!  Ok, the who, what, when, where and why….
  The who.  Well, as I said 19 friends, several smaller circles within a larger… All female, of course, some of us have know eachother for almost 17 years…17? Yeah, that long…we’ve gotten engaged, married, birthed babies, sang songs, cried tears, buried parents, and the hardest…buried precious children.  Many joys and sorrows make for strong bonds. I’d love to show you a picture of these dear women, BUT it’s a weekend of no makeup, sloppy clothes and “not so fixed hair.”  They sadly declined to have their photo taken and POSTED! Bahahahaha…..

  The what.  An excuse to get together, men go fishing, hunting, play sports, compete…women create. ๐Ÿ˜‰  It started as a scrapbook weekend, you say, “j, you don’t scrapbook!” And, you, would be correct.  It’s evolved into a do whatever you want weekend.  I brought four projects….

BrownBag Quilt, Farmer’s Wife Sampler, Cathedral Window’s, and fabric for bedskirts for a bedroom redo.

The GOOD NEWS??? I finished the Brown Bag quilt!!!!!!!

Got it basted, quilted and bound!!  What am I gonna do with it now?  I really don’t know.  Thinking it may need to find a new home….

Felt great about getting BBQ finished, and did not feel like starting another big project, sooooo…. since I’m to a point that I “know” why people keep reading glasses EVERYWHERE, and I’m still getting used to needing them…I decided it was time to stock up.  the thing is, you gotta keep them somewhere…my solution..make my own cases..  Wanna see?

Maybe I can show some of the other projects later, got some pics, but I’m having serious issues with uploading pics right now… ๐Ÿ˜› such a pain in the rear! (one hour later) Got a few pics to upload…here ya go…
Gaye’s mixer, thank you, Mr. Cricut!  CUTE!!!

 Three wreaths.  I could not count the WREATHS that were made this weekend!  These three made of balloons, acorns and paper.

 These were very cute.  Felt circles folded and attached to wreath forms.  Hehehe…for all you quilters out there, here’s a “funny.”  ๐Ÿ˜‰  These girls were cutting these circles of felt with PAPER sissors…yeah, I’m laughing…sorry, friends. ๐Ÿ˜‰  (you should hear how they talk about how “mean” I am…just because I’m honest!  Can you imagine?!?!? hehehehe…I am ๐Ÿ˜‰    ).  They were amazed when they used my spring loaded Fiskars, and Ginghers!  Still giggling…

The when.  Twice a year, once usually later in spring, this time earlier, and once in the fall.  Something to look forward to!!

The where.  Ususally the gathering takes place at a retreat center The Oaks, but this time we met in the home of one of our own.  Many thanks, G!!  It was great!  We did throw a breaker, and G’s hubster had to come home to the rescue…hehehehe….his words when he saw us all…”wow, I’ve got my own sweatshop!”  Only, we all do speak English. ;))   AND, just to be clear, we “split” up the food, not “spit” up the food.  Wanna see?

The Carnage that is the kitchen…

And the MOST important…Coffee station…

Now the biggie…The why.   Seriously? Is that a question in any one’s mind? Collectively we have, and I’m just doing my best here, please do not hold me to this, are you sitting down…?  I’ll give you just a minute to brace yourself…47 children.  Now ask me “why” again. ;))  And we love each one!  BUT sometimes momma needs a break!  So, friends, food, time, coffee…lots of coffee(and for some diet coke), good music, p.j.’s(all day if you want), and, of course, WWF.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love to you all!!!

Tour(still playing catch-up ;) )

So, I promised you a tour…  Don’t let it be said that I don’t keep my promises. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What does a momma who loves some fresh venison, appreciates a good shot, but has no desire to sit in a deer stand do in the “deer woods”?  She quilts!  I made a crazy quilt the first two years we went, and the last two years, I’ve worked on my “Green Quilt.”  Why green? Well it’s my favorite color, of course! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Aaannnddd…where else can you have army trucks and flowers right next to each other?

In the morning, you’ve got to have a little comfort. So, remember my eggnog milkshake?  Well, how about eggnog coffee?

I had my Daddy try it.  Lol! His response was, “That’s TERRIBLE!”  Well, I like it!  Yummy :))

You saw what we did when we drove up in the night, here’s what it looks like in the light of day.

And where the momma and girls stay….Thank you, Daddy!! (complete with working plumbing!!)

And a few more sights….

Know what this is for?  Don’t worry, by the time they get here, they don’t feel a thing…hehehehe…

Yeah, if you’re a bambi lovin’ tree hugger…. you might want to stop reading this….NOW  ๐Ÿ˜‰

You gotta appreciate a good group of men with a great sense of humor….

For the “harvest”, and just in case you can’t read the sign…

Lol!!!  Is that not hilarious?  Love it!  LOVE a man with a sense of humor!!!!

What do you do if it’s drizzling and you’re bored in the camp house?  You talk your Grandpa into going outside and letting you shoot the BB gun…

Okay, you’ve been warned once, but I’m telling you, DO NOT read further if you are opposed to blood, guts, or dead deer…

My Little Guy got his first deer!  Well, he might have had some help, but please don’t tell him!  He and his Grandpa had a very productive morning!

๏ปฟOkay, there was one more pic I wanted to share, but even with my warnings, I’m afraid it’s just too graphic for some of my readers.  It is of a 13 year old girl getting a lesson in cleaning and dressing out a deer.  Why would I want to share that?  Because 30 years ago, that was me.  No, I’m not 40….yet!  But, I got an earlier start. Hehehe…
The take was great!  Archer got two, Daddy got one, Brother took two, and, of course, Little Guy got his first!!  Way to go Guys!!  Lot’s to be thankful for!

Brown Baggin’ It

It feels great to be back to “normal,” whatever that is. ๐Ÿ˜‰ For the last two weeks our lives have been consumed with…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So, none of you knew I got a sweet package in the mail last week! ๐Ÿ˜‰  It was from Amanda, in New York.   My kids are amazed that someone I do not know would send me something in the mail. 
With this lovely card, that she made, and she sells on etsy, her shop is here.
 

 
Now, if you haven’t signed up for the Brown Bag Quilt Swap, yet, there’s still time! ๐Ÿ™‚  Just click on the button, it’ll take you where you need to go.
Wanna see what was in the box? Well, here it is.


And, of course, there’s always a ringer…pigs, pink pigs. Lol!

Just a little to bright for me, so I gave them a bath.  After all, who has ever seen clean pigs? So first I got them wet.  Then, I put them into a bath of…..coffee. Yep, that’s right, coffee.

Just enough to take a little of the brightness out. Yeah, I added one tea bag just for good measure. ๐Ÿ™‚
Then out they came, just a little more subtle.  Whatta ya think?

I’m already working on my quilt, working late into the night, last night.  All the while playing Words…with Friends.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  
More to come…stay tuned.

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