It is quite a shock to the body who had just enjoyed ONE day of 77 degree temperatures at home – to arrive up “on the edge of the mitten” where things are a balmy 37!
Yes, I packed my parka. I have my woolie socks.
Did I pack a hat? NO!
Did I pack mittens or a scarf? NO!
My own fault! But hey – it’s DRY! And there is sunshine and climbing temperatures predicted through the weekend if we can keep the rain at bay. Whatever the outcome, I am comfortably installed here:
The Park Plaza Hotel, circa 1930!
Our retreat adventure starts this evening with my lecture followed by 2 days of workshops all under the comfort of this bit of history. ((Yes, there is even vintage hexagon tile on my bathroom floor!))
Oh this is going to be so fun!
This place is just beautiful!
I dropped my bags in my room and simply collapsed for a 2 hours nap, out to the world. That 4:45am wake up call came early, but I had the afternoon to myself to rest up and get my bearings.
The view from my window on the 7th floor!
Oh, that’s it. I can’t stay inside. Me and my parka are going out for a stroll!
But so beautiful along the bay!
You can see where the bay opens up into Lake Michigan just beyond!
Okay, it’s not THAT bad!! Get moving and you will warm up!
Canals! Very cool!
Charming downtown area with loads of shops!
The sign for the opera house
(Photo at top of page)
What a fun place!
And I topped it all off with pie!
From the lounge on the top floor!
We are going to have an awesome retreat here and I can’t wait for the ladies to start coming in. The plan for today is to meet up with Linda and her cohort and do some exploring around town, have some lunch out and just enjoy the day until it is time to set up for the lecture tonight. I know there is some antiquing in the plan and I can’t wait.
Hotel sewing – with a view!
A bit of pink cloud action as the sun set to the west.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Progress is a process and it takes time! Sometimes progress happens quickly, sometimes it takes longer. Slow progress is always better than no progress! Make *SOME* progress today!
Vintage Irish chain quilt found in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Great news from the home front – I heard from C&T yesterday that the sales of Wonky Wishes are so hot and heavy that they have already sent it to reprint! Holy Moly, did that make my evening special! I was giddy as I sat here in my room sewing 4 patches on Linda’s loaner 301! I awoke this morning with a smile as well.
I think I’m going to throw on my parka and head back down to the Pie place for breakfast!
Have a great Friday, everyone!