My friend, Claire and I finally met for a celebratory luncheon in honour of her retirement…it was TIME for a get together anyway but it’s always nice to celebrate something!! AND it doesn’t get any sweeter than retirement!
WE have been on countdown to Claire’s retirement all school year!! When she would tell me about the kids in her Kindergarten Class flying high at the Halloween Party, I would remind her that it was the LAST Halloween Party…or the LAST open house…or the last trip to the beach (in the rain!) or the LAST Sports Day (in the rain) and (hopefully) the last poopy pants! (the kid’s pants, not Claire’s…haha) (Hey, Google doesn’t like poopy!! But then who likes poopy…right Claire?)
I digress…all month I have been working on Claire’s retirement gift and not a word about it has escaped my lips! I have been dying to SHOW you! SEW here it is…Claire’s Schoolhouse Quilt…
In Claire’s 32 years as a teacher (mostly in the Kindergarten/Primary area) she has taught in a total of FIVE schools…hence the five schools on the quilt! (Good thing Claire doesn’t move around a lot! :)
Here is a picture of it in Claire’s backyard…looking right at home!
The other things on the seat of the chair are gifts from her sister, Doreen and her two Aunts…
These three ladies KNOW the way to Claire’s heart!! Let me show you a close-up…Can you see what they bought her?…Yup..that’s a Round Trip Ticket to Palm Springs!! YAHOO!!
Next January, Claire will be going on a Quilter’s HOLIDAY…which will include a day at The Road to California Quilt Show…with ME…and the rest of the Clubhouse Quilters!!
And can you see the other places Claire will be going? Yup, every Quilt Shop between Palm Springs and San Diego…and up the I-5 (or I-10…whatever…a slight technicality!) Which means WE will get to go too…yes..YOU get to go too!! (Via Blogland! Notice I say that quickly…I don’t want a thousand of you arriving all at once!) We are going to have so much fun!! I hyperventilate just thinking about it!!
Yes, these ladies KNOW how to give a GREAT gift!
We have ONLY SIX months to plan this week of high jinx!! My poor husband/chauffeur! haha He’s going to love it!! Really!
The last thing that I wanted to show you, was the HARVEST! Look at what Claire’s husband GREW…a miracle, as we have had no sunshine! Only a true GREEN THUMB could do that!
I can’t wait for dinner tonight!! Thanks, Max!
And after dinner, we pick up my youngest daughter from the airport and tomorrow two more arrive…plus BF and grand-dog! AND BONUS…the SUN is shining…that’s TWO days in a row!! I think summer is FINALLY HERE!! Let the good times roll!!
I hope you have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Quilting!~P