May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pretty as A Pumpkin

Running through the Haystack Maze


What is October without a trip to the Pumpkin Patch.  When my boys were little it was always Lombardi's Ranch in Saugus, CA.  This year we had the fun of heading out to Spring Hill Cheese Farm to their Peter Pumpkin Patch with Jon, Lissa and the darling girls.  So what if it was raining.  We had a great time.  Makayla milked a cow.  They both got "lost" in the corn maze.  Jon and Lissa had fun digging potatoes.  We all enjoyed tasting delicious organic cheese.  Oh.........we also bought a couple of pumpkins.

So....this is where milk comes from.

Digging for my own potatoes.
I like this one.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Poking Around PIQF

Yesterday I attended Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, CA.  It is one of the many shows put on my Manusco.  It's a large show with many, many vendors.  Since it is close by (a 45 minute drive), I could easily go for the day.  I also volunteered and spent some time at the Amador Valley Quilt Guild Raffle table.  Most of the afternoon, I spent seeing the show and vendors with my new friend Phyllis.  We have a common friend Barbara who lives in Indiana.

Loved this quilt.  The quilter used her daughter's Australian T-shirt for the large block and then chose fabrics to compliment it.  I especially love the shadow box setting.
There was an exhibit of quilts with Maui as the theme.  They were all quite nice.  Since Lissa calls Hawaii her home state, I took a couple of pictures.
Had to take a picture of this since I also participated in this TQS Block of the Month for 2008.  I only finished 9 of the 12 blocks. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Sometimes life aligns and paths intersect in order for two friends to meet and catch up with each other.  Such was my blessing last week when I had lunch with Jodi Thurmond my former head of school from Seneca Academy in Maryland.  She was out in Southern California staying with her daughter who had just presented her with grand-baby number two.  We were traveling down to Southern California for Jim's 45th HS Reunion from Burbank HS.  We e-mailed, connected, called and met for lunch.  It was fun to catch up on news, share the joy of meeting the new baby, and just laugh and have fun being together as "retired ladies who lunch". 
Leslie and Jodi together again

Betsy and baby Ryder
I worked at Seneca Academy off and on for 9 years.  It was where I learned to trust myself and have confidence in myself as a teacher.  I made many, many dear friends. The first class I taught there was kindergarten.  The next year I followed that class to First Grade.  Just this summer, I received a picture of one of my students graduating from HS.  Her grand-mother was my teacher's aide. 

Seneca Academy - Darnestown, Maryland

Cathy Scarborough
Walking for a good cause.

Hey Katie!
Nancy ready for the first day.

Diane Blake
JoAnne lived in Northern California at one time.
Sue Anne always greets them with a smile.

There is always time for lunch with friends.