The news from the farm this week is all about camp in the barn! The campers left late last night and honestly I was so tired, I couldn’t sleep. Today will be a day to catch up on yardwork, laundry, quilts to be finished for the Chicago show, grocery shopping and hopefully a rest in my chair to make up for no sleep last night.
We had 12 people sign up for camp and they enjoyed the change in class format. This time everybody made the same projects and people went home with projects nearly finished. We tried not to overwhelm them with too many choices and it was a much better camp. They made Disappearing 4-patch and many spiral quilted it while they were in camp as well. We made flag pincushions and Pick Up Sticks, too. I overate for 2 days so it’s back to my diet today – without any cheating. Sam’s dogs, Leo and Savvy, are shown in several pictures when they visited camp. They learned the haymow dog door like everybody else.
All Iowa Shop Hop started last Monday morning and we’ve been seeing a steady flow of “hoppers”. We are preparing kits for the show in Chicago June 19-21. Connie and Mary Baker will be attending this show but I will be attending Eric’s wedding in International Falls, MN followed by a short scenic vacation on the way back home, something Rick and I just never do but we will take the time to recuperate from the wedding. Eric’s mom and I are preparing the rehearsal meal “long distance” so I’m hoping I don’t forget anything.
If you’re looking for a fun vacation next spring, consider joining Connie on a Civil War Quilt Cruise, April 26-May 3, 2015. The Navigator of the Seas cruise line will be visiting Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel and 4 different teachers will present classes while out to sea. For more information, visit the website at StitchinHeavenTravel.com or call 800-871-1338.
This is a sad day for Rick and me – it was one year ago today (which was actually during last year’s camp and I have been re-living that whole sequence of events over the past week and especially camp) that we put Izzy down because she developed a condition called Rage Syndrome. Her high energy would erupt into aggression and it became apparent that we simply could not take a chance she would attack a child who visited the farm. In my brain, I know we did the right thing but in my heart, I am still devastated.
The last photo is looking east very early in the morning before the sun was actually “up” – mist was rising from the field and it was magical.
Hope to see you here at the farm for the All Iowa Shop Hop during the month of June!
Just for a Laugh …
Out bicycling one day with my eight-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, I got a little wistful. ‘In ten years,’ I said, ‘you’ll want to be with your friends and you won’t go walking, biking, and swimming with me like you do now. Carolyn shrugged. ‘In ten years you’ll be too old to do all those things anyway.’