Today it is very rainy and gloomy. I am sitting here wishing it was sunny so I could take some fun pictures for you. I’m also thinking about how thankful I am that we are not living near one of the flooding rivers in MN. Parts of MN are experiencing massive flooding, the snow is melting so quickly, the ground is still frozen and we are getting lots of rain. I’ve been waiting for spring, along with lots of other Minnesotans, but this isn’t quite what we had in mind! So with this rain, I am postponing taking house pictures for you. It is so dark in the house I can barely see to match my fabrics without turning all the lights on.
I can’t show you those pictures, so what will I blog about today? I also can’t show you any of the 15 or so new quilts that I am working on. I can tell you that I am working on two new books and a single pattern for spring market. I have about 5 days left to finish everything (Yikes!). Next week I will be doing the photo shoot, and the next week putting the final touches on the text and color pages of the book. The books should be ready a couple weeks after that. It’s very busy and I have no idea how I got roped into doing two books. I say “roped”, but it’s really my own fault. I just don’t want to postpone an idea once I have one! So, I keep plugging along. With all this going on and nothing that I can share, I decided to blog about a fun weekend from a couple months back. I didn’t get around to posting it at the time . . . . Joel’s sister invited the entire family (about 20) up to her cabin by Brainerd for the weekend. We affectionately named the weekend “Winter Wack-Out.” We also have a summer version called “Summer Spaz Fest”. (The Peterson family has a way with words and have helped me name some of the projects in my books.)
Here’s our digs for the weekend -
Let’s just say it’s not your typical Up-North-Minnesota-cabin. Joel’s sister has lots of fun decorating ideas, and I thought you might like to see a few of them.
The cabin is small and cozy, with just enough room (barely) for everyone to have a bed or some floor space for an air bed. Ear Plugs were handed out, in case you are light sleeper (there are a few that snore – but don’t worry , I won’t name names). If that didn’t help, there was always lots of coffee in the morning. That’s usually my favorite part – sitting around the fire, drinking coffee and chatting.
We did a few other fun things too – Here’s Joel playing in the snow with his niece Kera. Notice Joel’s outfit – once again, it’s camo. He also wore this skiing. He was easy to find because he was the only one in the entire place wearing camo.
Here’s Kera learning how to ski. I have lots of pictures of her with big smiles – we think she liked it!
We got to see some of the kids snowboarding
I learned it’s hard to get around on a snowboard, if you aren’t going down hill. Sounds like common sense right? I just didnt’ realize until I saw all the creative ways the snowboarders used to get around.
I also got to see Joel do some skiing. He surprised me with how graceful he was on skis – Big surprise! Here he is getting some air off one of the jumps
Here’s one of me -
What? You don’t think that looks like me? Ya caught me. Let’s just say that I stayed safely on the ground. I’ve tried skiing twice I had a little run in with a snow fence. I’m very grateful for the snow fence, as it saved me from the cliff on the other side!
I did join in on the tubing -
A fun time was had by all. Tiring, but fun.