Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Trip to Calif

Last week we drove to California to visit my Mom and brother since we weren't able to see them at Christmas due to the snowy weather.

We had beautiful weather the whole drive. This is Mt Shasta which is always such a beautiful sight towering so high.

California is experiencing a severe drought which was very apparent when we drove by Lake Shasta which supplies water to much of California.

I can't remember ever seeing it this low. They will need alot of rain to get out of this drought.

This is what I was working on in the car. It's another block of "Reminiscence" by The Rabbit Factory. Someday I'll get it finished!
On Friday I met up with Anne at HomeGoods and then we had a yummy lunch at Macaroni Grill. Go on over to her blog and see what fun things she got at HomeGoods. She LOVES this time of year. Bunnies multiplying everywhere.
Saturday I met up with my girlfriends and we had a whole day of shopping, eating and laughing.
We all met at Janet's house and she had bagels and fruit for us. Everything looked so festive. It was all decked out for Valentine's day.

The bowl was as pretty as the fruit.

And under our plates? Some fun stickers! She also made us towels with hearts applique'd in wool, a geranium plant, a shaker candle (actually it's a candle in a jar that you'd put parmesan cheese or something like that). And we also got a cute little candle and dish. I forgot to take pictures. Sorry about that.
So, after visiting for awhile, we went over to Bearpaws and Hollyhocks Quilt Store for some retail therapy and by the time we were finished shopping there, it was time for lunch.

Aha! Look where we went. Yep, my fav place...Panera Bread. I had my usual French Onion Soup and was a happy camper.
From there we went to Auburn to Cabin Fever Quilt Shoppe. It was a Top 10 quilt shop a few years ago in Quilt Sampler magazine. Sorry I didn't get any pictures, but I get very involved in my fabric shopping and actually, didn't even think about it. Bad blogger!

On our way back to the car we spotted this darling little sandwich shop. Too bad for was too early for dinner. (Although that hasn't stopped us in the past...LOL)
Saturday I'll post pictures of all Janet's decorating. Her house looked so cute.
I wanted to thank everyone for the nice comments you've been leaving me. Right now I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the emails because I usually try to respond to your comments. Mom has DIAL-UP! Needless to say, it took way too long to get online to answer the comments and to try and read a blog was nearly impossible. So, if you asked me a question and I didn't get back to you, please ask again. I know you'll all understand if you haven't heard from me.
Hugs, Anne


Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

Anne, what a wonderful fun filled trip. So nice to get a good visit with friends. We need a Panera in CO. What did you buy?

Hogan's Adventure said...

It was such a fun day and I'm so lucky to have been apart of it. Your pictures turned out great, next time we have to eat at the darling little spot, remember the smell of bread baking................oh how I love that.

xoxoxoox Patty

Cindy said...

Just reading your adventures made me smile. What thoughtful, wonderful surprises Janet had for you.

Anne - you just sound "happy". Friends do that for us, don't they?

yellowfarmhouse said...

Well now that was fun, taking a trip with you and your peeps. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Spending time with family and friends is always a "good thing" isn't it. You know I'm waiting to see the decorating :)

Hugs- karen

Thimbleanna said...

Looks like you're having a great time -- nothing better than a roadtrip!

Simply This and That said...

Great post! Love going on adventures with all my bloggin friends. LOL. Those cupcake stickers are SO cute. I wonder where she got them. Oh so cute. We got snow! Did you? ooxx`jod

Purple and Paisley said...

aaack! dial up? oh my goodness...hilarious...i so remember that awful sound! sounds like you're having a wonderful time...hope you continue to do so! ☺

Anonymous said...

Love the photo of Mt. Shasta ..we have driven through that area many times. My sister used to live close by. Onion soup is one of my favorites as well. Thanks for sharing. I am so ready for a road trip. Louise

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

My BIL lives in Oregon & loves to go to Lake Shasta to fish, but he was telling us about it on Saturday and how he won't be going there this spring. I can see why! What a shame! Hope they get rain soon. I love your applique block!

Candace said...

What a fun trip, Anne! Going out and about with the girls is always such a treat! We rented a houseboat on Lake Shasta about 30 years ago and it was really low then - I can't believe how much lower it is now - yikes!

Carol said...

Oh Anne...what fun you had. Now we need to see what treasures you found. Virtual retail therapy! LOL!

Anonymous said...

What a fun time you must have had! Hope we get to meet up at Sew Many Quilts next month!

Sandi said...

Panera. Just saying the name conjures up the good food they have. Planning to meet a friend there in about a week. I enjoy reading your blog. You do lovely work!! And love the photography!!

Anonymous said...

Memories in seeing those photos of Northern California....I grew up in the Bay Area and still have both our families there who get to worry about things like water, power, etc.

kcenya1950 said...

Wow, sounds like you had a great trip. Thank you for posting the pictures of Janet's house. I just love it. Tell her how much we appreciate her sharing.