Christmas wine tours and some sewing

This has been a busy weekend for us! Last night was the Salmon Arm Community Concert Band Christmas concert, and Mr. C’s big debut as co-conductor. I am very proud to report that he stood up on the podium in his suit and waved his baton around and didn’t fall off once! More importantly, the audience loved him. I don’t have a single photo for you, though, I am so sorry to say. 🙁

Here…I’ll take a quick two-selfie for you (is that a word?)

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Today was Date Day and we spent the afternoon visiting every single winery that Salmon  Arm has to offer. Because today was also Christmas Open House day! (At the wineries that, is. Not at my house, though you are welcome to drop in anytime…which makes everyday open house day at my house, actually…)

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We came home with 8 bottles of wine, two from each winery:

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Sam loves Open House Day at the wineries, too, because I sneak out pieces of sausage and cheese from the party trays for him. (oh, um….yes, that is a quilt you see on the back seat, covered in muddy paw prints. And yes, you are correct…it is hand quilted. But before you get your knickers in a knot over my mistreatment of such a precious heirloom, I quilted it myself and so I can do whatever I want to with it. Get out! get out! No quilting police allowed at my house, lol!)

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After we got home and I made myself a nice cup of tea, I finished the last row of the Trifle Dish Quilt. The quilt-along was so long ago that the directions for the last row weren’t on the website anymore, so I had to write to them and ask for the directions to be sent.

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It’s called a Trifle Dish quilt because it’s built up in layers (rows). I made it because I love (L.O.V.E.) trifle. Next comes the borders and then finishing and then off it will go to its new home.

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This is the flimsy (that means just the plain top, before it has been put together with the stuffing and backing and then quilted). Please excuse the bad lighting. Indoors, flashbulb, too much wine….you know.

Here is something cute…Michael’s girlfriend had a birthday last month, and as I was too busy with Nanowrimo to think about much else, I whipped up a couple of little coasters to put in her birthday card.

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And I also made another book mark. Just because.

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Oh! And today I am celebrating an anniversary! One year ago Today exactly, I pulled into my driveway in Salmon Arm for the very first time as a new early retiree. 🙂

How’s your Sunday shaping up?

About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!
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8 Responses to Christmas wine tours and some sewing

  1. Loved all the pictures. There really is no better combination that Christmas, snow and wineries!

  2. Shelly says:

    Hi Nita,
    What a cute db selfie! and a cute dog named Sam. Love the flimsy- is it all thirties repro fabrics? Or whatever you had to hand?

  3. Wine tasting got my attention immediately!! LOL!!!! Congrats on your first year of reitrement…things must be feeling a little more routine now. I enjoyed your post and agree….NO QUILT police…mine are meant to be used too!!

  4. Cannot believe it is one year on from your epic journey. You seem to have settled well into your new community. Loving the quilty things. No quilt police at my house either.

  5. danielle says:

    What a perfect sounding day!!!! And amazing too!!!

  6. Mary Ann says:

    Love the scenery in your area. How cold does it get during the winter? I am just getting ready for my trip to Seattle,WA to spend the holidays with my daughter,son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. December is busy month for us as the grandchildren also have their birthdays four days apart from each other! So we are eating lots of cake!! I go by train and just love it. So relaxing, bring handiwork to do and my kindle.

  7. Carol Broughton says:

    What a fun day! Sam looks adorable on the quilt and I think dogs on quilts are great!

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