I didn’t want to go, but I had to.
Oh, well, I did want to go to Marquette to see some of the inlaws, but not ALL of the inlaws, if you know what I mean. My husband goes every summer, and I only every other time, because I don’t think it’s right to spend all the time and effort it takes to go up there, only to endure hateful comments by one person. I didn’t go last year, so I had to go this year. and it was my MIL’s 90th birthday.
Sew I planned ahead, and made sure I didn’t repeat any of the “mistakes” I made last time. I get up at 3am every day for work, so getting up at 6am is sleeping in for me. I am not going to change my schedual for 4 days, only to have to revert back when I get home, and this seems to be a source of contention for my MIL. No matter how quiet I am, I just can’t make her happy unless I stay holed up in our room downstairs until 9am, which I just can’t do. Yes, I already told Hubby I wanted to stay in a hotel, but he wasn’t having it.
It is tradition to stay at his brother house, when one visits, and his mother visits every summer.
I brought a coffee maker, so I could make coffee in the bathroom downstairs, in hopes of not waking up the MIL, and being ridiculed for the remainder of the trip.
and I brought Joy! There is a little walk out with small table and gorgeous view, and I imagined myself sitting there sewing while watching the sun come up.

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Sew much fun – no extension cord needed!

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Watched the sun peeking through the trees.

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Joy’s little corner of peacefulness.

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With nice views in all directions, it was as awesome as I imagined!

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I don’t know if I got it right, or if it’s because MIL had another person to be mad at [someone who should have been there, but wasn’t], but I did have a wonderful [and insultless] time!

I wore my Bag/Shirt outfits, and everyone seemed to love them!

I went to the Ben Franklin craft store, and bought some . . . . [are ya ready?] fabric! I also got a row-by-row pattern. Not the kit because it was done in black and white. Note to shop owners: If you want to sell your kits, make it in fabric that every quilter doesn’t have in their stash already. – Just sayin . . .

We went bar hopping with some cousins. Saw a live band. It was a  One Man Band. Bought the CD. Drank Craft Beer. Wished someone would carry Labat Blue!

The next day we went to a park, where I did NOT jump off a cliff, but got a picture of the cousin that did.

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What a pose!

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Then I went rock hunting/sight seeing by myself, while others left early to get stuff for the Birthday party. I think hubby was slightly worried I wouldn’t come back, but I had to. My rock bag was full. LOL.

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After I stuffed a grocery bag full of pretty rocks, I found an art gallery on the way home. I ventured in, and bought some greeting cards by Kathleen Conover. If I love you, yer getting one of these. Hopefully I only love 12 people cuz I am keeping 4 of them. I love her works, and it turns out she was a quilter!

The next day, I went to a real quilt shop called Alley Kats, and got a row by row pattern and a bit more fabric. They had some Kaffe, but not in the colors I needed.

SIL took me to a retro store called  Boomerang Retro & Relics and it was so cool, I had to take a picture of the shop keeper! I coulda done some damage if I didn’t have to pay for our car repairs before we went.

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I finished all my blocks for a pattern I am making from charms, and ended up having a wonderful time!

Which is good, because summer is almost over.

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer!

#JoyGoesOnVacation

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2 thoughts on “Joy goes on a Mini Vacation

  1. How fun that Joy got to go vacay in her new snazzy bag. What a fabulous little corner to sew in, and I’m so happy to hear you weren’t picked on. It does seem that some people as they age become more opinionated, and not always in a positive way. {{Hugs}} Good for you for going and making the most of it. It sounds like your excursions were really fun! Happy Sunday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Thank you. It was quite possibly the best time I have spent there. Was is coincidence that I finished Joy’s Pack-n-Play a week before we left? Maybe . . . . . I am making a quilt for the SIL, and I didn’t finish it before we went. I gave it a go though. . . . after I finished Joy’s Pack-n-Play set of course. Gotta have priorities.

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