Weekend Staycation

Today Ray and I celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. Eighteen years on the 18th of April. I like when numbers line up like that. 🙂 This is one of my favorite shots from our wedding.

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We decided to have a night away to celebrate over the weekend. Ian was available to come hang out with Julia which was just perfect. We stayed at the same hotel that we had our wedding reception at in town, The Holbrooke.  Like many things in this area, it dates back to the Gold Rush and is really adorable. The best part was we didn’t have to spend any time driving so we had time to play in the garden, visit with Ian AND spend a bit of time away. Isn’t it funny how we take what is all around us for granted? We live in such a pretty little town but we leave to relax.

Mom and Dad knew we were staying there so they stopped by with flowers and a card and asked the girl at the desk to put them in our room. When Mom explained why we were staying there, she upgraded us to the Bridal Suite. We felt very special!

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Needless to say, no time was spent in my sewing room. I have so many projects going right now so I want to be diligent this week to make some progress on each. I have been successfully using my Quilter’s Planner to keep my to-do list organized each week.  This is the list for this week:

  1. Complete the block assembly for Stepping Stones QAL. (I have about 1/2 of the 143 blocks complete.
  2. Make two items for my Etsy Shop. I need to build up inventory and if I don’t do a little at a time, it just doesn’t get done.
  3. Finish quilting the art quilt I mentioned in my post the other day. I have just one border left to quilt and I want to make it look like wood grain. Lori has an excellent variation here that I plan to use. Last night I practiced it on paper and it is a simple motif. Should go together with ease.
  4. If time allows, I will face or bind the art quilt.

OK – my list is now public and hopefully I can achieve each of these goals.  What is the plan for your week? Does listing your goals help you keep things straight?

Just for your enjoyment – spring is here!  A few pictures of what is happening in my garden this week.

The clematis are fully blooming.

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This squirrel decided to hide out in a birdhouse. Last year some sort of critter chewed the opening to enlarge it on two of our birdhouses. I actually made (with help!) this birdhouse one afternoon in Ray’s shop. He was giving me a woodworking lesson which was a lot of fun.

imageRoses are all starting to bloom.  They will be spectacular in a week or so.

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Artichokes are growing! This plant is fairly prolific. We will probably yield a dozen artichokes from it.  Ray has all sorts of lettuce growing and we should be picking some by the weekend.

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Hope all of you get a nice mix of outside time (weather permitting in your area) and sewing time!

Linking up (for the first time) with To Do Tuesday at Stitch All the Things.

 

20 thoughts on “Weekend Staycation

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank Vickie! The garden is always at its best this time of year. I love spring! Once the heat arrives everything seems to look a bit tired. Hope all is well!

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  1. Claudia W

    Now that is a wonderful weekend! Sweet of your mom and dad to deliver those flowers and end up getting the room upgrades for you! That says a lot for the place that you stayed too!
    Love your flowers and I’m very envious of your artichokes! I had a couple of plants that my daughter brought back to me from California, (I’m in Washington) last year. I babied those plants throughout the winter and they made it. Now that spring is here, they died! I was devastated when I saw that! Oh well…back to the drawing board!
    Happy Anniversary!!!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Claudia:
      So sorry to hear you haven’t had great luck with the artichoke plants. It definitely took some time before we got our plant to produce. We did split off a chunk of it last year and plant it. It looked fairly rough last year but this year it is much happier. I don’t think it will produce anything this year though. I guess they are a bit fussy. Hope you will get to try it again with better success!

      —-Bernie

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you! This is such a great time of year. I love spring and fall both… summer – not so much. I am not a fan of the heat. Right now everything is just bursting and the yard is so pretty. Our garden is definitely at it’s best in the spring.

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  2. Mari

    Late to the party, but happy anniversary! Plus I am insanely jealous of all your plants, especially the roses. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      You’re not late!! It was a fun weekend though. I am really enjoying being in the yard these days (before the heat arrives – then I am not so eager to be out there.) I spent this morning pulling weeds. Not all that fun but necessary. Hope all is well Mari!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Sharon! It was a fun anniversary celebration. Our garden is at its best this time of year. Loads of color until the heat of summer arrives.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you! It was really nice. I did get back into the sewing room today tho and that was nice as well. How’s everything with you? Are you making your way through that huge list of goals you wrote up? Good luck and happy sewing!

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  3. Christine Slaughter

    Happy belated Anniversary! Such beautiful flowers, and what a great surprise to be upgraded! I’ve been trying to keep up with the Steppings Stones QAL too. I’m barely making it, but I am hanging in there! I love seeing everyone’s progress!

    Thank you so much for linking up this week! I’m sorry it took me a couple of days to stop by your blog. I’ve been trying to keep up with my to-do list and time got the best of me! Hoping you are having a happy and productive sewing week!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I didn’t even know about the link up until this week. I’ll be back!
      Are you doing the larger or smaller version of the Stepping Stones? I did charm squares and those tiny HST’S s kind of crazy. They look great tho, now that they are done. So glad you came by!

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