Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Beautiful Quilts, Beautiful Quilt Show, Beautiful City

Here's a little peak of some of the quilts we saw at the Quilt Show in Shipshewana last week. The quilt in the first photo won the top prize at the show. The Sun Bonnet Sue quilt won viewers choice award votes from both Steve and I. It was hand appliqued and hand quilted and just beautiful.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lilac Festival

Steve and I were able to travel to Mackinac Island last weekend. The Annual Lilac Festival was winding down and we were able to attend the Grand Parade. Since no motorized vehicles are allowed on the Island all of the floats were pulled by horses, lots of horses. There were many colors and varieties of lilacs and they were still in bloom. Of course, the best part of the weekend was spending time with our daughter and two grandchildren. We also enjoyed a delicious dinner on Saturday evening (thanks Shawn).

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Family Wedding

My nephew and his fiance Jill were married last Saturday in a beautiful ceremony. Josh's step-dad is a pastor and he performed the ceremony. Both Josh and Jill are into hunting and fishing so the theme of the decorations at the reception was camo, deer and elk antlers and outdoor decorations. Josh works for his Dad in the forestry business. The red machine shown above is a skidder. When the trees are cut the operator loads the logs onto the skidder and takes them to the landing where the semi-driver picks them up. I should add that the company does not do clear cutting, they do select cutting and forestry management. My husband works for the same company. Anyway, the skidder was used to transport the bridal party (all 20 of them!!) from the Church to the Community Center for the reception. The food at the reception was great, the music was good and it was great to spend the weekend with family members. One of my sisters did the count and Jill makes #48 to our family, beginning with my grandmother. Since my sisters have a small catering business, of course we did the cooking all day Friday along with the decorating. On Sunday we went back to the hall to watch the gift opening, eat wedding left overs and clean the hall. A great time was had by all and I am still trying to catch up on some rest. Our daughter Heather and her two little ones were in town for the wedding. Her 4 year old daughter Allie is staying with us this week and we will take her home on Saturday. We are having a great time although I forget what it is like to have a 4 year old in the house.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun (Or Busy)

Where has the time gone? I haven't had time to post for quite a long time. Since my last post a few of my activities have been Little League games, kindergarten graduation for our grandson London, track and field day for our grandson Cameryn, mowing the lawn several times, attending the Memorial Day Services here in Hillman along with all of the normal activities of work, housework, laundry, cooking meals, etc. Life does get a bit crazy sometimes. My sisters have a small catering business and I helped them on Saturday with a wedding reception. Our Community Center seats 500 people and in its 25 + years it has seen many, many activities. And since I have a key to the building (my office is there) I have seen lots and lots of decorating there. I have to say that I think this past weekends wedding was the most elegant I have seen there. The cake had a layer of butter cream frosting on it, then was covered with strips of white chocolate that were about 1/4 inch think. It was beautiful and delicious. The family and the decorator used 500 yards of fabric to drape the ceiling. My husband teased me yesterday about dumpster diving to see if any of the fabric was in there. The yellow table runners and chair bows were a perfect accent with all of the white. The bridesmaids dresses were purple and the groomsmens tuxes were grey. Everything was absolutely beautiful. Oh, and the family tree included wedding pictures of several generations of both families. My nephew is getting married this weekend and the reception will be held at the same building. Their theme is camouflage so it will be interesting to see how it all turns out. My sister Connie, the grooms mother, has beautiful tastes and decorating ideas so I know it will be beautiful too. Since our family caters we will be doing the cooking all day on Friday along with the decorating. They have a couple of friends coming in on Saturday to finalize the meal, serve and do the clean up. We Cinderellas will be able to enjoy the party. I am looking forward to some great family time this weekend.

My sister Carol's husband Perrin has recently been diagnosed with mesotheleoma and it has been a very rough time. A friend of theirs did some very thorough research and found a Dr. in Boston who specializes in this type of cancer. They have appointments on Monday and Tuesday in Boston and hopefully we will know by next Tuesday what the plan will be. We are in the process of planning a benefit dinner/live auction/Chinese raffle for them in July. And since we live in a very small, close knit family the whole community wants to help. I have put 9 jugs out in different locations asking for donations. I collected from one business on Sunday and collected $90 after 5 days. I thought that was very good. Today I plan to make 3 more jugs up and get them out too. Small towns have their disadvantages but I think the advantages far out weigh the disadvantages.