Hi all! I missed you all! I’ve visited most of your blogs, but there’s no way I can catch up on commenting. I think I’ll just continue on from here. That was almost an entire week with no access to a computer! (Of course my friend has a computer, but I told her ahead of time I was going to take a break from email and blogging.)
I haven’t driven up to Oregon in the springtime for quite a long time. We used to go up there for dog shows every year, and I loved all the blooming trees and bushes along the roadside and even at the rest stops.
People always ask, “What are you going to DO? Well, when me and my best friend are together, it actually doesn’t matter that much what we are going to DO. We just enjoy each other’s company no matter what we do. That said, we do spend a good part of our time sewing, quilting, looking at fabric, reading quilting books, and taking quilting classes. Oh, and we watch A LOT of movies, and eat quite a bit of popcorn.
Almost every visit, my BFF offers to let me quilt one of my big quilt tops on her long arm machine. We both think it is SUCH a good idea. After this year we pinkie swore that we would never do this again. I’m telling you, its like trying to produce fine art with a jackhammer. I have such admiration for my BFF and other longarm quilters who do such beautiful work. It doesn’t seem like much exercise, but the muscles you have to use to hold very still have to count for something! Here’s a picture of the kind of machine I was working on.
All that said, I did get one quilt top basted and ready to be quilted, and I completely quilted another large quilt top (I’ll show you some pictures in the next day or so.)
So. I usually take a ton of pictures when I am in Oregon. But my BFF has moved from the country to the city, and there just didn’t seem to be the photo opportunities that I found at her last house. The only picture I took was on the drive home today. This was such a gorgeous scene, and there was a place to pull off the highway right there. Otherwise, I just enjoyed all the gorgeous scenery without recording it. Sorry ’bout that.
And here’s the scenes from the couch tonight:
Sophie was snoring more than Mr. Monk!
Noah will be home tomorrow, and I’ll probably be more coherent then too.
Food and exercise report: Only got in two good walks, and of course the intensive upper body workout on the longarm machine LOL. I took the fixin’s for the Spackle 2.0 with me, and I had that every single day for breakfast. This stuff can hold me for 6 hours, and for 320 calories, that’s a good deal. For lunch I had yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit and walnuts almost every single day. We fixed dinner at home a couple of nights, and ate out a few nights. Overall, I’d give myself a ‘B’ for food choices and volume consumed. That said, I do not plan to weigh myself until Saturday. Gonna give myself a chance to ‘even out.’