It’s JSS Retreat time again!  I know that you’ve all been anxiously awaiting another JSS retreat.  The theme of Retreat this week is “Sew, Sew, Sew!”  However, if you had been reading the emails from this group of ladies recently, you might think my personal theme is “Blog, Blog, Blog!”  You’d think I hadn’t blogged in awhile.  Oh, yeah.  I haven’t.  I’ve been very lax in the blogging department lately.  Hopefully retreat will help to get me back on track.

So as usual, everyone is gone to bed and I’m up blogging.  But I was also sewing until just a few minutes ago.  After the Rangers’ game, that is.  Who plans a retreat right smack dab in the middle of the World Series anyway?  Oh, yeah.  That would be us.  It must have been planned before I was a fanatical baseball fan.  But I’ve only been a fanatical fan for just over a year.  It’s all Suz’ fault.  Since she got me into this mess, it’s a good thing she brings a nice TV to our retreats.

You’ll love our TV arrangement.  I think you’ll especially love the TV stand.

5 minutes later it looked like this:

Several of the gals just couldn’t stand watching the game and staring at the box at the same time.  But it elevated the TV to just the right height and made viewing easier for everyone.  And it’s a nice sturdy box.

My goals of this retreat are simple.

1.  Cheer the Rangers on to victory on Sunday night.

2.  Cheer the Rangers on to victory on Monday night.

3.  Cheer the Rangers on to victory on Wednesday night.

4.  Finish Janna’s T-shirt Quilt.

There.  I said it.  Now I have to do it.  Janna just fell off her chair.  You remember Janna’s quilt?  I think this makes the third retreat where it’s made an appearance.  You can read about it and see pictures of the beginnings here:

Janna’s T-shirt quilt

Please do not, I repeat, not look at the date on that posting.  It’s embarrassing.  I was going to try to surprise Janna with the quilt one day.  But I’m over that surprise thing.  I just want to get it done.  So I can be her favorite Aunt again.  She had given up hope of ever seeing this quilt.  And she’s dying for a look at the progress.  I sewed on it tonight, Janna!  After the Rangers’ game.  So here’s a peak at a new pic.  Just for Janna.

It’s the back!  Isn’t it exciting?  Look how much is sewn together.  Aren’t you impressed, Janna?  I promise I’ll show pics of the front before retreat is over.  I can’t give it all away in the very first blog posting, now can I?

Oh!  I almost forgot…..

5.  Blog

I have much to blog about.  Food, for one thing.  Retreat food has taken on a whole new meaning for me since I’m eating so healthy now.  Tonight I brought a crockpot and everyone chipped in ingredients for a new recipe I had tried recently.  Sweet Potato Chili.  It was a big hit.  Please don’t tell the gals here that there weren’t any sweet potatoes in it.  I think I fooled them.  I will post the recipe very soon.  With the variation that I used tonight.

I also brought a Pinto Bean Cake.  And the girls declared it very good.  Even after I told them there were pinto beans in it!  I’ll share that recipe too.  Healthy cake.  Sort of an oxymoron, isn’t it?

There will be lots of pics of all the JSS gals, laughing and sewing and having a wonderful time.  And there will be quilts in progress and lots of completed things too.  These gals sew like the wind at quilting retreats.  The Newbies are off to a good start with fabulous name tags for all.  So those will have to be shown too, now won’t they?

Stay tuned.  Lots of fun stuff to come.  In between Rangers’ games, of course.  And Janna’s quilt.  After all, blogging was #5 on the list. 

And by the way……. apparently sleeping is optional.


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7 Responses to Goals

  1. Judy Terry Linn says:

    GO BARB!!!
    Goals? What’s up with that! I was so surprised when I saw the title of the first blog from retreat! Since I am at home (sad face) and not retreating this fall, I am SO attempting to figure out how to retreat-from-home. Let’s see – what goals would I set?
    I do know yesterday’s goal – try to figure out how to hold my breath until Barb Blogged! Whew! The anticipation was SO great!
    I sent Barb one text which may not have gone thru because of the remoteness of Compass. I had SO many questions! What time did you arrive? Who was first? Who had the fullest vehicle? Who is sitting where? What new quilts are new on the Compass walls? How many newbies? I know all these thousands of questions dancing in my head will be answered by Barb’s Blog! The anticipation is SO great!
    SO, SO, SO – I can hear the echo from the Compass walls. Close that computer screen and go SEW, SEW, SEW!
    You won’t be hearin that from me, Barb. I can’t wait til next blog!!!
    BIG HUGS to All Y’ll at Compass!!!

  2. Peggy says:

    You’re back, Barb……………..finally!!!

    Have to say the POISE box said it all*&#$~!?$!!!

    Hope to see you later…………….the room is not spinning this morning. YEA!

  3. Suz says:

    Go Rangers! And that was not my Poise box. Just sayin. Glad Peggy is feeling better…come on down!

  4. Diane Wyte says:

    SOOOO glad the blog is up and running – I have to participate someway!! I’ll pretend I didn’t see the POISE the first entry- hmm – what is ever under that gorgeous fabric holding up the TV???
    Cannot wait o see all teh projects too —
    Peggy – are you OK? Spinning – on a bike or for real?! Barb – please let us know Peggy is OK in the next posting–
    Cannot wait to read more – wish I were there too!

  5. Janna says:

    YAY! My quilt is hung up on the wall. I hope you’re able to finish it and blog (to make everyone involved happy) and, of course, cheer on the Rangers! Hope y’all have fun and I can’t wait to see more pictures of my quilt and the fun that you ladies are having!

  6. LaLa says:

    What a fantastic morning to wake up to Barb”s FUN Retreat Blog!!! Yeah!!! Keep it going, Go Rangers Go, Peggy sick????, Poise with another function, Janna’s pretty quilt AGAIN, Bean Cakes morning, noon & night??? Sweet Potato Chili without sweet potatoes??? Sounds like a total blast!!! GO JSSers GO!!!
    Hugs to All,
    Linda (LaLa)

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