Kevin graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has also learned that he will be a TA and continuing with his Masters at the U of M in January. We are extremely proud of him.
Kevin showed us around the engineering building prior to the ceremony. Most of the building is under ground. The kids loved the tunnels and wanted to check out the other levels. Photo was good enough for me.
Looking over all our activities during the Dear Jane retreat in Shipshewana, I felt our opportunity to quilt with the local Amish women was very special. My hand quilting skills are not the best. Sitting and speaking with one of the women was such a joy. Realized we had so much in common. She had children ranging in age from 20's to toddlers. A son of her's had moved out to Idaho, and was involved in winter activities including skiing. She had visited him, and toured Yellowstone National park. It was a enjoyable morning.
Pictures say it all. Grandkids knew exactly what they wanted to be this year. A hippie and a ghost. When you are the costume maker, it is so nice to have an "easy" year when it comes to making costumes. Luckily I didn't have to construct the robot costume. Left that up to Kevin.
Two weeks from today, our quilt gathering begins. Several Caravan friends will arrive here in Minnesota for a pre-Shipshewana mini-retreat. Ten of us will have a few days to sew, chat, and relax prior to the "real" retreat in Indiana. Ten more will join us in Shipshewana for our semi-annual dose of clip clopping horses, chicken with mashed potatoes, and lots of pie!
Here are a few photos from last November's retreat. Time sure flies when you are having fun!
I have a tendency to make quick decisions. When a friend offered a piece of furniture to us, I found it a new home with DD Jennifer in Iowa. Hum....... friend wants the hutch out of her house on Tuesday.......it is now in my van.......do I really want to take it OUT of my van and put it in the garage? Heck no. Hum........have a few days off of school........why don't we just keep it in the van and head down to Iowa for a brief visit? I can't work, as school isn't in session. Grandkids are out of school too. Seemed to make sense.
So I packed the van and tried to get out of the Twin Cities before rush hour. Didn't happen. And since winter hasn't arrived yet, we still have construction zones in Minnesota and Iowa. Fast forward six hours, 300 miles, and we arrived in Grinnell Iowa, tired, but happy to be there.
Hutch looks great in their house. Grandkids were excited to visit Jen and her husband. I got to relax and enjoy my son-in-law's great cooking. Didn't realize they were also on Fall Break. Next day, Jennifer did a photo shoot with the grandkids. You really should check out her pictures at www.jenniferweinmanphotography.com. There is a link in the right column of my blog. Awesome photos! And then there was my feeble attempt at photographing the grandkids, like below. Hey, some of us have it, some of us don't.
Two days later, we were back on the road. I stopped and took one photo of the grandkids by some gorgeous grass on the Grinnell College campus. Then we headed north on backroads through Iowa. Stopped at a neat quilt shop in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Grandkids enjoyed the break. I enjoyed the shop. Eventually we arrived back home, in time for weekend activities and another week of work. Short, quick mini-vacation. Very glad I decided to go.
Shirley Prindle's Civil War quilt from Kaye England's pattern
Pat Jensen's hilarious Hawaiian shirt quilt
Toby Nelson's amazing applique quilt
My Glad Creations' Nifty Nine Patch quilt
Every two years our local guild holds their quilt show. There were many wonderful quilts exhibited. My favorites included those by Toby Nelson, Shirley Prindle, and Pat Jensen. Of course I had to include the batik quilt I made for John and Carrie. And finally one of our challenge quilts. Yes you are seeing double and triple. Many made blocks. Mine are still in a bag. What setting will I chose? Love both of them.
My brother and his wife, along with Jim and I drove down to Illinois to surprise my dad for his 81st birthday. Boy did we surprise him! Enjoyed a quick two day visit at their new home. My brother had 30 years of 8mm films converted to DVDs. Some of which I had never seen. Can't wait to view all of them.
Every few years I try to get to the fair. I love looking through the Creative Activities building. Beautiful quilts, knitting, stained glass, woodworking. Love it all. Motivation for me to start working on projects again.
This year Kevin, Haley, Lucas and I decided to go to the state fair on a "cold" day. We hoped people would stay away. Not the case. Quite a crowd! We still had a wonderful time. Ate a variety of foods and enjoyed many exhibits including the Lego Mindstorm robotic one.
A week ago I was lucky enough to see the outdoor quilt show in Bozeman. Margo Krager of Reproduction Fabrics Inc posted the show to her email list, which I am a part of. Seeing that the show was near our motorcycle trip, Jim was kind enough to head north to Bozeman our last day. After a great steak dinner in town, and a great night's sleep at a small local hotel, we headed to Reproduction Fabrics Inc in the morning before the show. Jim dropped me off at the show, which had perfect weather for an outdoor event. I took many photos. Here is a sampling of the quilts from the show. Many more photos on my Webshots site.
Throughout our ten day trip west on the motorcycle, I had a lot of time to see the country from the back of the bike. Difficult to sleep, so kept my eyes open and took in all the sights. I have posted many photos on my webshots page, so please go take a look.
I decided to go through the last few days worth of photos and grab a few images . Beautiful sunsets, quilt shops we passed, flowers in full bloom, horseback riding across hills we normally ski on. And of course all the quirky signs! It was a great week. Glad to be home, but can't wait to do it again.