If you have ever gone to a quilting retreat, this blog will sound very familiar to you...
Yesterday, I started my official packing for my three day quilt retreat coming up this weekend at a nearby conference center. There is no cell phone connection, no tv and basically no contact with the outside world during the time I am there. Mr. Man Cave has been there on retreats with the high schoolers and when I asked what his impression was, his only remark was "primitive".
Well, ok. I can pretty much handle anything for a couple of days as long as I have my sewing machine, iron, fabric, cutting mat, ruler, blade and extra spools of thread and some needles...and plenty of coffee.
Now to those of you who have never traveled to a quilt retreat, you have an experience waiting for you. Before the packing even begins, you have to decide what you are working on while you are there. You have to take all the fabric you "might" want to use, the fabric "just in case" you change your project plan and extra fabric for a "creative spurt" because you never know what mood you might be in. Then, you have all of your everyday notions, tools and necessities and on and on it goes.
In the past, I have always had a "buddy" to go with but since this is kind of a business-related trip to promote my Fall Retreat and do some speaking, I am going it alone. I'll have my own room, which will be new also. Since I have to take ALL of my own food (due to my gastric bypass) I thought I'd better take advantage of any extra space possible.
After all the quilting and food supplies are organized I will do my "real" packing with my clothes. That's always another "pickle". I have to take workout clothes for walking and will need to prepare for all kinds of weather. Shoes will include both walking and regular tennis shoes plus slippers. I haven't even really thought the clothes completely through yet as I am still in the quilting supply area of the list now...
Finally, after all is said and done on Friday morning, I will head off to the retreat and be "out of contact" until I return sometime Sunday.
I have some errands to get started on this morning, so I'd better get moving!
See you tomorrow!