Planning the Week

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope the weekend treated you well.  Last week my husband and I had our 20th wedding anniversary.  It was a crazy day which culminated in a meal of scrambled eggs for dinner.  Not really the best way to honor twenty years of marriage! But we did get to celebrate a few days late.  We took the weekend off and went to our little house in Downieville together.

Hiking along the river in Downieville.

We had a great time on our ‘twenty-moon’ and hated to see the weekend end. Saturday was gorgeous outside, maybe 75 degrees or so?  We hiked along the river and enjoyed some gorgeous scenery.


DownievilleWe really love our little bungalow up on the river.  Each time we are there I we wonder why we don’t get up there more frequently but you know how that goes.  So many things competing for our weekend time!  As we drove home Sunday afternoon, Ray was saying he needed to hop on the mower and get the hillside and yard mowed.  This is a weekly chore during the spring and early summer which takes quite a chunk of time (he mows about two acres.). But surprise!  Our youngest son (who came to hang out with Julia while we were gone) had mowed for him.  An anniversary gift of the best kind and a very thoughtful gesture.

fabric shop

These shelves are packed!

This is the main project I am working on this week! My shelves are completely full (with the exception of the one in the top, left corner. I have two orders of fabric delivering this week, one from Windham Fabric and the other from Andover.  (I am so excited!!) Anyway, there is no room for more.

This is the space opposite the fabric shelves.  I need to clean it out and get the desk out of the room.  (It is a beast – solid oak which makes it huge and quite heavy). I don’t use it other than to stack junk on.  So, the junk is going, the desk is being listed on Craigslist and I am putting shelving on this wall.  I have the shelving so that part will be easy.  But getting rid of all of this might take a little time!  I am excited to have the area available though.  Decluttering the space is actually very motivating and I should be able to get most of this done today.  I am not exactly sure how we will get the desk out of there though.  It really is monstrous.  I think Ray will have to take it apart to move it. (I am lucky to have him!)

Scrap Pack of Art Gallery Fabrics

As I clean up the shop, I am putting together some scrap packs.  Here is one filled with eight ounces of Art Gallery pieces, some of which are designed by Sharon Holland, Pat Bravo and Maureen Cracknell.  There is only one of them but if it appeals to you, hop over to the shop!

Julia and olive

Olive loves her belly rubs!

Here is a picture of Julia and Olive.  This piglet loves a good belly rub.  She is so sweet-natured which becomes apparent when she sees Julia.  She flips to her back and waits for the petting.   She has a little smile on her face when they are together.  Julia is actually a bit concerned because she doesn’t want Olive to flip to her back for a scratch when Julia is competing with her in the ring for showmanship!  Clearly it may take a bit of training and practice to keep Olive up and moving when she is supposed to be.

Finally, on Wednesday this week I will be sharing the April Blogger Bundle.  It was curated by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs.  Don’t miss it, this is a lovely collection! See you Wednesday.

18 thoughts on “Planning the Week

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you. It is hard to believe it has already been twenty years. So crazy!!
      Back to work. I have so much stuff to go through. 🙂

  1. Tish

    Happy anniversary! Glad you got to get away even if it was just for a little bit. I have to say you have pretty good self control. I don’t know if I could live with all those beautiful bolts of fabric and not chop them up 🙂 Olive is so sweet! I hope Julia is able to get her to convince her showing is more fun that belly rubs.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Tish, it is a battle. I do use the fabric but try to be reasonable! The other side of the battle is to refrain from buying fabric at other shops since I have thousands of yards sitting downstairs in the shop! Life’s little challenges.😂😂

  2. Wendy

    Happy Anniversary to you two, Bernie! How fun that you could sneak away to your little cottage! Scrambled eggs just goes to show it’s not the food or the activity, it’s the person you get to spend it with, right?! He’s a keeper, I think. Good thing he’s there to move the desk too. That scrap bundle has yummy fabrics in it. Good thing I didn’t look at that too long last night – haha!

  3. Kaholly

    You have some pretty ambitious goals, but when your desk is gone and your shelves are full, it will look brilliant. Can’t wait to see Cheryl’s bundle. I so admire her! I’ve over spent my fabric budget…hope I don’t ‘need’ it! Happy belated anniversary! Glad you managed to get away!

  4. Janice

    Oh what a great feeling to declutter! That will so great to have more room for your fabric. I am looking forward to seeing the bundle that Cheryl curates. How is your fabric shop doing?

  5. Mari

    I love the look of the fabric on those shelves! It’s so pretty I would be tempted to never cut it. I do love that you’re epanding a bit, though, and I can’t wait to see those new fabrics.

    Congratulations on twenty years! As I’ve told my kids many times, the first twenty years are the hardest. After that, it’s pretty much all good!

  6. Sue Shamekh

    Just wanted to wish you a belated Happy Anniversary! I will be looking forward to a special trip for our 40th next year! I think I should start planning.

  7. Lisa

    Happy Anniversary Bernie. It’s exciting that your business is growing and probably worth the work of rearranging. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful pictures of Olive. I love seeing her.

    1. Bernie Post author

      I am glad you enjoy our experiences with Olive. It is fun to share since we all live in different areas around the world and not everyone keeps a pig in their back yard!!

  8. Preeti

    Congratulations to you, Bernie. You two look cute as a button. The neat shelves are a quilter’s dream and I do not know what is more droolworthy – a gorgeous 75 degree day or the scrap pack of Art Gallery fabrics.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Pretty. We had such a nice weekend together. I made so much progress yesterday – I am excited to have more space for more bolts!!


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