Retreats and other stuff

This past weekend I was in the company of some amazing women at a friend’s house in San Antonio.  We began our adventure on Thursday and departed on Sunday.  We shared several fabulous meals and a few adult beverages.  Most importantly we rejoiced in each others company!  We all have so much going on in our lives and sometimes it is just nice to settle down and let life roll by.

We also did some stitching but seems my camera never made it upstairs to the quilt room so I have no photos to share of the quilts.  One friend was working on the quilt for her daughter’s wedding in January.  Another friend shared how her daughter had planned to be married in their backyard and then it rained buckets – no problem – just move all of the living room furniture to the dining room and have the ceremony in the living room – the bride looks beautiful no matter what!  We shared tales of our children and grand-children and we tried to solve the worlds problems!  But mostly we just relaxed.

Here are a few photos from our weekend girls getaway.

We learned a proper wine swirl is all in the wrist
We learned a proper wine swirl is all in the wrist
I can vouch - this is a very tasty wine!
I can vouch – this is a very tasty wine!
Love that wine?  How about that bottle?  Here is a great way to remember who gave it to you!
Love that wine? How about that bottle? Here is a great way to remember who gave it to you!
And here is a great way to display the empty bottles that you really enjoyed!
And here is a great way to display the empty bottles that you really enjoyed!
Future trivets!
Future trivets!

After our girls getaway I met hubby at the house – we made a few (ok more than a few) notes for the contractor.  As we left the development I had to capture the view – last nights sunset was fabulous!  We were eastbound on I-10 watching it set in the rearview mirror.  I even noticed a couple of westbound cars pulled over so they could photograph the awesomeness!

Sun setting over the lake - photo 1
Sun setting over the lake – photo 1
Sun Setting over the lake photo 2
Sun Setting over the lake photo 2
Sun Setting over the lake photo 3
Sun Setting over the lake photo 3

So – which photo do you like best?  1, 2 or 3?

Life is short, spend it with people you love, doing things you love and be sure to enjoy a simple sunrise or sunset whenever possible!

Dee

 

It’s Not About the Number of Years –

This past Sunday we helped celebrate the birthday of a very dear friend.  She and I met through quilting and she has unknowingly mentored me for the last 16 years.

By the time we met, she had retired from IBM, but retirement did not mean slowing down.  A couple of us younger gals like to joke “that we hope to be as young as Jerryann” when we are her age.  We actually say this about several of our quilting friends – you are all admired for “aging” gracefully!

She and Bob will have been married 59 years this month – another reason to admire this wonderful lady.  I am also blessed to have a sweet and kind man for my husband!

The happy couple
The happy couple

In the years I have known her she has volunteered her time to our local quilt guild, serving on the board several times and can usually be found on one committee or another.  She also volunteered at the local middle school to teach the “wave” kids how to make quilts, I enjoyed volunteering to help with this group also.  When Jerryann volunteers for something – you know it will get done!  As a member of our “Friendship Bee” she has encouraged numerous new quilters to learn new techniques and so much more than just quilting!

Jerryann has taught me a couple of “life” lessons through quilting.  1) Stop and think – can the task at hand be simplified?  2) Share what you know – I recall the first time she asked my advice about something quilting related – WOW – at that moment I think I realized we all can learn from each other – yes there are always going to experts in one field or another – but you can (and should) share your knowledge. 3) Be attentive – regardless of the situation, if you are conversing with Jerryann – you are her priority!

I would also like to thank Jerryann’s family for sharing her big day with all of her friends.  Luigi’s was fabulous http://www.luigisrestaurantgalveston.com/galleryofphotos.html

Most Memorable Moment – The owner singing  Happy Birthday in Italian ~ Opera Style! to the birthday girl.  (there is a video out there, maybe your grandson will post a link for us!)

Here are a few photos of friends and family members.  I regret to say I cannot title all of them – as comments are made I will edit the post.

Love it!
Love it!
The Birthday Girl!
The Birthday Girl!

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Ellen - Jerryann and Bob's daughter.
Ellen – Jerryann and Bob’s daughter. (Her husband, Dave, must’ve been camera shy)
The son - Todd
The son – Todd
Kathy - Daughter-in-law!
Kathy – Daughter-in-law!

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A little red.....
A little red…..
Marilyn (another sweet friend)
Marilyn (another sweet friend)
My fellow photographer - Phyllis
My fellow photographer – Phyllis
Joy - another quilting friend
Joy – another quilting friend
A nice crisp Pinot!
A nice crisp Pinot!
The Birthday Girl Celebrating
The Birthday Girl Celebrating

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Quilting Friends - Elaine and Pat
Quilting Friends – Elaine and Pat

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Mother and daughter.  The lady in the background was a colleague at IBM - she shared a very entertaining story about what happens when your luggage is stolen on a business trip!
Mother and daughter. The lady in the background was a colleague at IBM – she shared a very entertaining story about what happens when your luggage is stolen on a business trip!
Ivy!
Ivy! (with Phyllis snapping photos in the background)
A toast!
A toast!
The plaque in the background shows the water height during Hurricane Ike 2008
The plaque in the background shows the water height during Hurricane Ike 2008 (And this is Bob with one of the grandsons!)