Yesterday was my birthday and was a whole lot more fun that last year's (when we took our DS to Houston for hand surgery after he broke a bone in his hand). DH arranged to take the day off work and planned for us to take a tour of a winery not too far from here. DS decided to come along with us. (He's been making a point of spending some quality time with us before he leaves for college. Sweet kid!)
We've been to wineries in Sonoma Valley, CA and, while this winery was not like their's yet, it was very nice. It's only been in commercial operation since 2001. The wine we tasted was great and a few bottles came home with us.
We had lunch at Olive Garden, browsed in Barnes and Noble (I bought the JCS Annual Halloween special issue), and went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond where we finally bought a nice knife set (our mutual anniversary gift for this year. My sister thinks there's a funny story in there somewhere about a knife set for an anniversary gift.) and a few more things for DS's dorm room. I picked up the mail when we got back in town and found a gift from my DD, a cookbook. I also heard from lots of FB friends, my parents, siblings, and our other 3 children.
We were too full from our late lunch for much of a dinner but we really enjoyed the intensely chocolate cake DH baked the night before. He also whipped up some homemade whipped cream. Believe it or not the recipe came from Cooking Light. Yum!
I share my birthday with my cousin (who just turned 40...I won't say how old I am, lol!) and I found out today that one of DS's best friend's mother also shares my birthday.
Band camp starts Monday. The band director mentioned to the mom that took over my volunteer job that I'll probably show up at some practices to help them. lol! He's right although I hope to taper off after they all get the hang of it. He knows I'm "hooked" and really believe in what the band program does with their students. As I've said often...the music is wonderful but it's such a small part of what band is for the kids. So...part of me is a little sad that we're finished but another part is looking forward to all the things I can do since I won't be spending all that time there during marching season.
I also stitched a bit this week.
The beginnings of LHN's My Dwelling Place. (My friend, Renee, and I will be stitching this together.)
CHS 2000 Christmas Sampler
I also have a couple of finishes. First off is LHN's Blessed Are the Pure in Heart. I converted the CC's called for to DMC bc this is a donation for a quilt and they didn't want any overdyes. I'm pleased with how this came out and heard yesterday that it was received by the quilt organizer.
This little one is a freebie by Cherrywood Designs. I'd had it kitted up for a while and finally got to it. It was a fun little stitch and I finished it up the day I started. It will either be a pincushion or a pinkeep.
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