I mentioned last week that my parents demanded our dogs for the weekend. So off we went to the Paoli/French Lick, Indiana area. There is skiing, lodges and just an enormous lake. While we didn’t play on the lake, we did stay on it. The view from the cabin was really nice.

View from our cabin

We left the ski lodge and were off to Paoli Peaks to ski on Saturday. Let’s be honest, I DO NOT ski. The sewing machine made the trip with us. Yes, I was planning to sew at the ski lodge. I had packed a number of projects to just play and create. I have lots of customs due soon, but I needed to just play.

Here is the hubby and friends ready to hit the slopes.

I sat myself in front of a window to monitor the action. Here is what I worked on…lots of 2″ squares I had cut the week before.

sorted and ready to be paired again.
Yes I ironed while in the lodge as well.
I had to make 2 stacks.

The fabric is Floragraphix from a couple of years ago. I had determined to get through my stash this year.

It was a great weekend complete with my first time ever doing karaoke. I was told it wasn’t bad. Good thing most people in the bar were intoxicated, singing is not a specialty of mine.


A week with the ponies.

Vacations around our house are generally built around seeing family and friends. Lucky for us, we have people all over to go and visit. Hubby grew up near Albany, NY and a summer tradition has always been going to Saratoga for horse racing. His friend has sat in the same spot for over 15 years, talk about dedication.

A day at the track is just that, a full day. We bring food, drinks and of course I brough my own entertainment. Yes, I was hand embroidering while watching horse racing. It definitely get me calm and focused, helping my betting strategy.

During the down times I did take some pictures for my grandma. She has a love of horses and would always bet on the gray horse. Isn’t the best strategy, but works for her. I went to visit her on Friday to deliver the pictures. She was too tired and slept the entire time I was there. Broke my heart, but she’s almost 98, so it’s expected.

just beautiful

The week started off slow and lots of embroidery was done since I was not on my betting game. The last day at the track was a big one. We made up for the entire week’s loss in about 3 races. Too bad we had to leave the next day. Since then, my friend has recommended a few ways to find the best professional horse racing tips. If you’re really not sure where to begin, it can sometimes be useful to ask the experts.

hot walking before a race

Hubby found some wonderful prints that will hang in the basement once finished. Overall it was a great week at THE SPA. Can’t wait to return hopefully next summer.

have to carefully read over the program

Coming later this week…antiquing in upstate NY.

Wedding Week

The week is finally here.  I have been waiting for this day since December 2008.  Friends and family from all over the country will be joining us to celebrate our big day. 

I’m going to be running around like Monica on Friends, “I’m getting married today.”  Hopefully minus the trip and falling part. 

I guess I’ll have to change my screenname from Grlfrnd to WIFE.  Wow, madness.  Have any marriage advice?  We are both blessed that our parents are still married and have provided us with great relationship examples. 

I can’t wait to share with you all the wonderful advice that was given to me at my shower.  We had everyone write on fabric squares.  I’m hoping to have a few out during the reception for those didn’t have a chance to attend. 

Below is my favorite picture of us.  It’s also from our first date.  He asked me to attend the wedding of his best friend.  I am so happy he did.