Tuesday, October 6, 2015

taking time for play

There's always a to do list but once in a while it's good to remember that play is an essential part of living. Even more so for us senior kids. Recently Jerome and I have taken a few lovely opportunities to spend our days out of our boots.
To celebrate my 66th we took a day trip stopping at a couple of my favorite quilt shops, Mill House Quilts in Waunekee and JJ Stitches in Sun Prairie. We ate a quite good lunch at Market Street Diner and were surprised to note a little lending library inside their foyer. 

From here we made our way to Madison's Olbrich Gardens and enjoyed for the first time an autumn stroll on their grounds.
Working our way back home we stopped in at Trader Joe's to pick up a few of our favorite yummys and then at Jo-Ann Fabrics to take advantage of my birthday discount and the 40% off batting sale.
Phil's final Mississippi River tournament for the season ended in LaCrosse and we spent part of a beautiful Saturday at his weigh in.

His season finished him in the top 1/3 and allowed him a place in the regionals, but his new teaching position and coaching responsibilities will keep him off the water for now.
There are 20 birthdays and a half dozen anniversaries among our family and friends between Sept. 4 and Oct. 4. This makes for a very busy but happy time for correspondences. I did manage a couple of hand made cards and gifts like this little felt pin keep.

We had the pleasure of hosting several guests in the past couple of weeks. Most recently Jerome's brother and sister-in-law spent a few days. It is a real boost to share this magic place and watch first timers react with such appreciation and joy.
Autumn is serious business now on the ridge and we feel the urgency of preparing for what lies ahead. Play has given us enthusiasm for each new day and a renewed appreciation for each other.
Try it, you'll like it.


  1. I love that photo of you on the tractor Sharon! I think that is one for you to keep and scrapbook! Belated Birthday wishes. I am glad that you took time out to enjoy yourselves. The little felt pin keep is very cute and well made. too :-)

  2. Oh, this post is filled with such richness! Full days, celebrations, hospitality, creativity...may your autumn stay steady on the path of bliss!

  3. Hello Sharon,

    What an inspiring post, enjoy those celebrations coming up.

    Happy days.

  4. Oh, Sharon, what a joyful post! I love the photo of you on the tractor - you look 35, not 66!!! And Happy Birthday to you!! Your birthday sounds like it was perfect. And, as for your handwork, I just love this sweet needle case. So much beautiful hand stitching, and such lovely colors! So glad you've had some time for pleasurable activities!