News From the Ranch, Episode 1163

Posted on September 23, 2013 by prairiemoonquilts in Guild Stuff, Prairie Moon Ranch, What's New

It’s been very busy around here, which is nothing new.

It’s also been very hot and dry.

And we’ve been doing lots of things.

We got four new kitties, from three different places, but they’re all a bit camera shy. They’ve decided to camp out in the hay loft down at the barn, which is a good thing. I hope they like it.

The ranch also got a new resident of another kind. Meet Jasper:Jasper

Molly, the dog, is terrified of him — even though he’s half her size!

My Cowboy and I went to visit the village of Arrow Rock one day last week. I’ll tell you more about that trip real soon.

We also went to our Amish friend, Freddie’s, wedding. It was a hot day, but a beautiful day, and the ceremony was wonderful, as was the meal, and I can hardly believe that Freddie is now married and will be growing a beard.

We’ve watched Freddie (and all his siblings) grow up from little sprouts, and now Freddie is the 5th son to be married. We’ve been to all their weddings, and there are only 2 boys left to fly the nest. There are 14 kids in the family, though, so it’s not like Amos and Betty’s nest will really be empty for a while yet!

The night Freddie called to invite us to the wedding, I stuttered and stammered, “But . . . But . . . you’re not even OLD enough to get married yet, are you?” He just laughed at me. I’m the same age as his mother. Watching him and Adel standing in front of the Elder performing the ceremony, I felt so old because they looked soooo young.

Adel’s mother snagged me the night before the wedding and asked me to take some pictures of the wedding cake. It was beautiful . . .FACake2

She said it’s the first wedding cake she’s ever decorated! She seemed like a pro to me — I still can’t figure out how she managed all that basket-weave stuff around the base – amazing! Another lady made the roses for it.

I helped her put the lace around the edge. Some of the boys were watching us, and one of them piped up and said: “You told me that this cake would be 100% edible!” We offered to let him chew on some of the lace while the rest of us ate the cake . . . FACake

She decorated it in the basement, and then had one of the boys carry it upstairs. I was so afraid he’d trip and fall while he was carrying it. We hovered over him during the trip, as if we would be able to catch it if he did fall! And then Freddie jammed the cake topper down in the middle of it a bit too hard!FACake3

Here’s the head table where Freddie and Adel sat for the meal and the “after” ceremony:FACake4

It was great to get to visit with the entire family all in one place at the same time. I hadn’t seen some of them in over a year!

On Friday, I headed off to my local guild’s quilting retreat. I had a blast! I didn’t take any pictures, or even collect any quotes. I kept my nose to the grindstone and finished 3 quilt tops and part of another one while I was there. Retreats are just about my only chance to get to work on projects of my own!

There was lots of food, games, fun, prizes, talking, laughing, sewing, and lots of quilting inspiration. I can hardly wait for the next retreat, we had so much fun!

So today it’s back to work, because as usual, I have lots of deadlines. You all have a great week, and stay tuned for some quilty news . . .

0 responses to “News From the Ranch, Episode 1163”

  1. Cindy says:

    Can’t wait to meet Jasper and the new kittens. Jasper’s ears, are just too cute! I bet he’s a riot to watch. Glad you got a lot done at retreat. Wish I could say I have gotten a lot accomplished, but I haven’t.

  2. Rose Marie says:

    Retreats and Quilt Til U Wilts are my best time to work on projects seriously. Most days at home are days of housework and taking care of stuff around the house. Today I trimmed the backing and batting off my latest quilt that Shelly quilted!! But that was all the quilting. The rest was vacuuming, scrubbing the bathroom, folding laundry, and cleaning one of our three ceiling fans. Two more to go this week!

  3. Katie Z. says:

    Does that mean you’ll have lots of blocks for your block count? đŸ˜‰

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