Just a few rambles for this March Monday ~ 18 March 2013
I decided to finish my Denyse Schmidt quilt I started a month ago. Started out with a pile of charms I received from a Denyse Schmidt Charm Swap and with a few cuts from my own stash I went from this:
To a 60″x72″ quilt top ready to be sandwiched, quilted and bound.
But first I must wait to spring my new machine out of layaway prison (should anyone have any money burning a hole in their pocket…she’s sitting at Windy Moon Quilts! 😉 ).
Last week on Facebook I saw this MEYER LEMON LOAF recipe on Mennonite Girls Can Cook.
Oh My Word! It’s very tasty! My husband and I have almost polished off one loaf…I stuck the other on in the freezer.
My loaf isn’t as pretty as theirs…the pan I used was a bit bigger than what they suggested. Use the smaller loaf pan, it’ll look bigger. LOL!
Over the weekend we went to SWAN LAKE, in Lemmon Valley, to see if we could spy any birds. I walked along the Marsh boardwalk, but it was sorta of disappointing. Besides the sparrows and finches…we saw Mallards, Northern Harriers and Canada Geese. That’s it. I’ve been there before when there were quite a few swans and other water fowl.
Headed up to Frenchman’s Lake too…we like the little day area below the dam.
After a day at San Francisco’s Pier 39 (had to ride the Rocketboat at least once before they closed down for the winter) we headed to Port Costa to stay at a hotel I found online ~ The Burlington Hotel. You’ll find it at the end of Lake Canyon Drive. A beautiful three-story hotel built in 1883…maybe used as a brothel.
You can email or call for reservations…there are 18 rooms to choose from, four of which have private baths. When I called and asked for a room on the 3rd floor with a private bath, Hillary booked us Wilma. The weekend price includes a coffee/tea and pastry at the Cafe.
The room was clean and tidy and the bed was very comfy (may not be so comfy if you’re 6’+)…but the hotel is definitely a work-in-progress. If you are a light sleeper, don’t take a room in the front (on the weekends) or the waterway side. You have the Warehouse bar across the street and they party pretty hardy until after midnight. On the waterway side you have the railroad tracks which has the California Amtrak commuter during the morning until evening…then the freight trains take over. We live near the tracks in Reno so we had no problems with the trains.
I loved the hotel…and enjoyed the people we met at the Warehouse on Friday night. Had a great time and would love to go back.
We had a mini-vacation last weekend…headed to San Francisco on Friday and then spent the night in Port Costa at the Burlington Hotel.
The best part was the Cafe on the first floor of the hotel…Saturday morning in a small cozy cafe drinking tea and coffee and munching on sweet cornbread, with honey, right out of the oven. The owners and staff were a delight and a few of the local folks that wandered in and out were entertaining.
We definitely want to go back.
On the way home from Portola’s Train Days last weekend, I saw a sign that Loyalton was going to have a Street Festival with a Show & Shine the following weekend. 🙂 I Love Sierra Valley and you have to like a festival that raises money for the Volunteer Fire Department. My husband was excited that they were having a horseshoe tourney and luck would have it another guy needed a partner, so he got to play. It was a fun day full of old cars, arts and crafts, music, monster truck rides, horseshoes, and good food.
Have lots of pictures from the day ~