Monday, November 14, 2011

Apple Hill

Hello.  I have been a bit lax for a while about checking in here and posting.  I am making a commitment to do better.  So, sorry to anyone who looks in regularly.

On Saturday I went up to Apple Hill with my Circle of Friends.  Apple Hill is just above Placerville on Highway 50.  There is apple farm after apple farm after apple farm.  It smells so good--like pine needles and fireplaces.  It is worth going up there just for the smell.  There were crafts, apples, pears, vegetables and gifty items.  I bought a box of pink lady apples, some pears and apple cider.  Yummm.  Apple pie this weekend coming up.  I must remember to purchase the vanilla ice cream.

We also stopped at Shared Stitches and High Sierra Quilts.  At Shared Stitches I bought a little suitcase to hold my embroidery.  I am using a small box by Susan Branch, but it is slowly breaking.  I will need something else soon,  I also bought a pattern Suffragette by Heartspun Quilts.  Every time I go into Shared Stitches, I find a quilt on the wall that I just love.  Then I look to buy the pattern and find that it looks nothing like the quilt on the wall.  The one on the wall is in reds and creams--rich dark colors.  The one on the pattern looks wrong.  It is red, white and blue.  I can't even decide what it is that makes it look so wrong.

We were gone all day.  It is always fun to hang out with this little group. 

Let me tell you about the gifts!  I don't usually require gifts to be friends, but this group comes up with the best presents.  There was a cute little cellophane bag with a gingerbread ornament, a gadget and some Ghirardelli chocolates.  Yummm.  There was a coffee cup with a cute organizer.   One of us gave each person a notebook with a cover in black and white with a label in the middle that says Circle of Friends.
I gave everyone a backpack (because we were going on a trip!!) with hand sanitizer, lip balm, snack, mints,
a cutting tool (something fabric oriented) and a whistle--just in case someone got lost.  I got the backpacks from my sister-in-law.  She had them from her prescription drug selling days.  I was just so darn pleased with myself for thinking of this. 

It's time for bed now.


  1. We really should have come back and had dinner together so we could all look at what each of us bought on our trip--something we'll need to remember next time! Thanks for the trip "backpack"--it was a great idea, full of useful items. I look forward to our next get together.

  2. Your idea was great and has been useful as I am traveling this month! Got your lip balm right beside my bed in the guest bedroom here in Bethesda! Each of your gift has been handy and just what I needed lately!!! Wished I could have been there - would have if some could have driven me - my arms were in such pain. My love to you today.