Shipshewana Dear Jane Retreat Spring 2008


I am here and mighty thrilled to say so. The last week since we ended the Motifs of March fun has been a blur. I knew I wanted to be out of the rented house before I left for Shipshe but the weather was not cooperating with me at all. After last weekends shoveling mess.
Monday the drive didn't look too good but I did some more shoveling and prayed for sunshine. Tuesday I thought about giving it a try but chickened out. Wednesday I got brave and forged in only to come to a slipping halt once again. I didn't have snow up to the oil pan so I did the rocking routine and tried to put the Jeep in 4 wheel drive low. That was something I won't try again without lessons. Something about the gears meshing leads me to think I need a little more information on that so I went back to the rocking routine only to slide backward into a TREE! I broke the glass in the mirror on the drivers side and rotated that baby backwards to a position I've never seen. Got the shovel out again! Let me tell you, my back is getting a little sore by now. Friday was my day off and I had to get down the driveway by then so after shoveling myself out again I decided the snow melt I'd brought with me was going down as far as I could spread it.

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On Friday when I got there, I said a prayer and turned in. The good Lord got me through the entrance and down the hill. I backed up to the cottage and nearly burst into tears I was so happy. Clutch and I moved things the rest of the day and after work on Saturday. I wanted to drive to Grand Rapids after work on Sunday so the move would need to be finished by then and the rented house cleaned. I adopted a "drop and run, we'll think about it later" attitude and you can see just what a mess I'll be facing when I get back from the retreat.
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Right now I can't tell if the things I'm missing down here are back in Grand Rapids or buried somewhere in the cottage.

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Here's a peek at yesterday's shopping and my stitching. Looks more like cutting doesn't it?

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I have a huge room this time. Very nice but I don't spend much time here.

Now on with the day.

PS. I haven't had much, if any time to anwer questions from your comments or get orders filled on time so if you know the answer to a question please jump in there and help a fellow quilter. To those of you waiting for orders, I hope to look at that tomorrow and see what I can do.

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4 Responses to “Shipshewana Dear Jane Retreat Spring 2008”

  1. Penny from Canada April 9, 2008 at 10:12 am #

    well Gayle!! now you can add 4x4ing to your resume[too bad about the mirror] but girl you ARE a pioneer among women[you’d fit right in, in Canada!!] and good for you!! It “pays” to have a healthy dose of stubborn!! Have a good time in shipshewana, relax, laugh lots, all that unpacking can wait….you are need some serious “quiet time” after all this to keep from repeating the sickness of last year….take care of you….

  2. Jan May 8, 2008 at 5:58 am #

    I was wondering what happen to you as every day it was still April 13th!!! I did not receive any newsletter and I have signed up for it, what should I do? Also have you posted any of the Amish mystery? i want to keep up with it as long as it is not really real hard as I am a beginner!!!! Love your site alot!! Jan

  3. Pat May 8, 2008 at 9:49 am #

    Gayle, thank you so much for sharing the Sally Post Quilt it is wonderful. At the end of May will we have all of the blocks?

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