Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Now...Where Was I...

before I was so rudely interrupted by...life
(dirty dishes, laundry, bare cupboards, empty refrigerator,)
& some fun stuff
(a trip to a LQS in the hills with Quilty Buddy, a day dedicated to cutting & sewing and dragging the Halloween boxes out of the dungeon and splashing pumpkins and witchy things in every spare nook & cranny...)
I was telling you all about our trip to California...blow by blow...day by day...
after the show we had a lovely dinner & great visit getting to know Lynn & Mr. Joe, & The Queen, HRH Quilt Sue much better...
Maecee & Zinnie also got acquainted...once Zinnie realized that Maecee was real & not a new squeak toy!  They eventually were both laying at our feet under the dining table while we giggled and told stories...all of which I'm certain were completely factual and without embellishment of any sort!
Joe & Lynns home is just as one imagines it.  HOME. 
Comfy, warm and the backdrop for Lynns quilts, spectacular works of love.
We sat beside the cabinet that her Grandaughters help fill with the Christmas House collection every year...her front bay window is an ever changing display according to the season & The House On Edgewood Lane is artfully suspended on the tall wall above the staircase in the entry, paying homage to the house she grew up in.
I presently the ladies with little tokens of love...the little teeny bunnies...and then little treat bags which contained their royalty regalia...tiny plastic tiaras, glow in the dark scepters & rings befitting royalty.  We all had a giggle trying on tiaras and agreed that Lynn who thought her hair wasn't quite right, actually had a Princess Diana thing going on!  So jealous!
Lynn thought the glow in the dark "scepters" would be great fun at the cabin...to which Mr. Joe flatly stated..."Yeah, that way the bears can see you better in the dark!"
We visited and laughed until we were nearly all ready to doze off and agreed we'd meet in the morning for a quick trip to In Between Stitches before departing for the cabin.
Of course...I double dog dared them to wear their tiaras to the shop...
Bottle necked rush hour freeway traffic changed our plan slightly, but we did arrive at the shop on time, tiaras were donned by all three of us, plus my little Maecee & in we went!
This photo is terrible but I had to share this inspired display featuring Lynns newest design,
We shopped, laughed, giggled and were giggled with!
Here's my Loot!
This doesn't make me look like a total Sew'n Wild Oaks Groupie...right?????
Afterall...the scarecrow pattern isn't hers...
and she doesn't usually work in batiks...and I got those pretty ones on the left
then an essential neutral...
a little something for a hand piecing project on my radar
and then two awesome pumpkiny flannels!
Then we were off for the cabin!
Sue and I were Lynns Sous Chefs for this outstanding and unexpected Lasagne!
I discovered to my delight that Lynn and I own the same set of Debbie Mumm Woodland Santa dishes...oh how I love them!
Maecee discovered to her delight that the cabin had what amounted to an airport take off strip for a 9 & 1/4 lb. mini dachshund, from the end of the hallway to the big windows in the living area and that she could run in a straight line as fast as her short little legs could carry her...she repeated this activity with complete delight numerous times! From her vantage point at the entry area where the hall began...she could keep an eye on what Mommy was doing at the end of the hall and what yummies Auntie Lynn might accidently drop in the kitchen!
Zombie Puppy!  Eek!
This became our beloved home (& classroom) away from home for the next two days...
filled with an abundance of laughter, teasing and fun!
Our snuggy bed...no worries...the quilt was gently folded to the foot of the bed each night.
 The view through the window screen is still as pretty!

We never did get Lynn distracted long enough to pack her Maple Leaf quilt for a souvenier!
 The roads right there!  Can't you see it?
 I wish somebody had thought of making a sammich for me...
Her Royal Shortness discovered Lynns furniture was easier to get on than at home and took full advantage...who could blame her when the view was so spectacular! 
This little Jay provided much mealtime entertainment at the bird feeder...
until the second morning, when, once light enough to venture out, we found the bird feeder in a collapsed heap some 20 feet below...having been the victim of some little furry masked bandits who left their footprints on the stair rail in the middle of the night.  Miss Zinnie had heard the goings on in the middle of the night, as had I.  I think the raccoons must have had quite the little party because I swear I heard the sound of furniture being slid around on the deck outside our bedroom window!
Insert image of Tom Cruise Risky Business Raccoon Here.
That's all for today folks...today is the end of my extended vacation and I must work on a few tasks (between sewing) so I'm ready to drag my sorry little self to work tomorrow morning...
but never fear, more fun and games from California are yet to come.
Nancie Anne
PS-Hubbys forehead has healed nicely...so much for the Halloween costume I had in mind for him!



  1. What a fabulous cabin retreat. :D I can just picture her racing up and down the hall. lol

  2. I wanna go back!!! Wasn't it all just wonderful? The places, the company, the food, the laughter ...

    1. Okay...lets go! Bring your sewing machine and stash! I really don't have to return to work today...do I?

  3. I enjoyed reading your post Nancy. We need to do it all again....especially the a-plee-kay lesson!

  4. What a lovely time you had! Great pictures!