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Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Last Hurrah: Goodby to Sis

Yesterday was the last day of my sister's visit. She had a two hour drive back home to her family (and civilization) looming ahead of her, so we decided that we better go for one last lunch and a quick trip to see Sandy at her Country Living store in Amador City.
We drove over to Sandy's store and surprised her. What a treat it is to see this store and talk to Sandy for a while . She was having a sale which was even more exciting. We had to restrain ourselves. Well, that lasted until I saw her new wool fleece.
Since I saw Sandy two weeks ago and bought her beautiful gray (natural) and purple fleece, she had dyed and packaged MORE  wool and I just couldn't resist these wonderful colors...
I went all weak in the knees and bought 3 packages of this gorgeous fleece. I can't wait to felt some of it.
We spent more time than money there but bought a few things (you know the old saying)... "that we couldn't live without."
One more look at this beautiful fleece before I pull it apart and rub it to death.
Don't you just want to jump right into it and lie there making fleece angels in it?

Sis and I said our goodbyes to Sandy, drove to Sutter Creek on the old highway 49 and  had a quick lunch at the Back Roads Cafe. I took some pictures of this corner of Main St. and Randolph St. Across from Back Roads Cafe is the Sutter Creek Inn (top left photo). I worked there, as a cook, when we first moved here. It's a beautiful old home and a lovely B&B.
Sutter Creek may have a bit of an attitude but I love it anyway. You see.... I'm from Jackson to the south. Its claim to fame, besides gold mining, was prostitution, so Jackson is kind of the "Deadwood" of Amador County and Sutter Creek knows it. But..., we have the grocery stores that they need, to survive, so they tolerate our history. It's a win-win situation.
Sutter Creek is a "destination" for folks and it draws visitors from all over. The new bypass had cut the traffic, considerably, through town and eliminated all the big trucks that use to crawl through it, so that has made it a lot nicer to visit and find a parking place.
After lunch we went into the Antique Gardener on Main Street.
This is a beautiful store that has grown in size since the last time I was there (at the north end of town) and offers all kinds of gardening supplies including plants in its lovely garden out behind the store. If you love garden things you won't want to miss this store when you visit.
I bought a card that has a version of one of my favorite sayings on it....
and was given a couple of postcards... that were free because they were advertisments for the store.
and a small trinket that I will show you later for reasons that cannot be revealed  for a week or so.

Then, I drove my sister to her car that was packed up and waiting for the road home in a shopping center parking lot in Jackson.  We gave each other hugs and said our usual "See you soon. Drive carefully. Love you." and parted company. It's a ritual of love.
We enjoyed our visit and the week went so fast, but I will see her in a few weeks when I do the traveling down to the Bay Area  to see my family.
But now... I must away... from this computer. I go a felting.... woo, woo!....


  1. So glad you and your sister had a good visit. I enjoyed the visit to another town in my home state. You made it seems like I was there with you. Your pictures are great and the fleece is just beautiful. Have a blessed day. Madeline

    P.S. Oh yes love the post card.

  2. I know that you have had a great time with your sister. Looks like her last day was wonderful too.


    P.S. love the fleece. Wow.

  3. Yes, that wool looks so welcoming, and the colors are wonderful.
    Glad you had a great visit from your sister!

  4. Is it possible that the colors of the wool are the colors of clouds in heaven? The wool on the left with its subtle purple is heavenly.

  5. oh boy, sutter creek is looking mighty fine.
    We lived kitty corner to that old store on Randolph and it looks better now! That garden shop too. What a great addition. Now back to Deadwood............the heart of the county.

  6. So happy you had a wonderful visit with your sister! You enjoy playing with your wool!!

  7. What a delightful visit you and your sis had...that sister time is so very special. Love your pictorial review of your area in this post and the last...gorgeous pics, Connie. I have a special trip planned with my sis as we travel to the northwest in early April to attend our first Artfest.. Hope you are enjoying your day up there in God's country.

  8. OOOOO! I'm jealous of that gorgeous fleece! The one in the middle would make a beautiful 'earth' ball with its colours. I wet felted over rocks last week and that was really cool as well...Google has the instructions if you're interested. And that cute little town...one of these days I'll visit California again!


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