Monday, May 26, 2008

Greetings from the Green Mountain State! Yes, I am in Vermont. We are innundated with black flies this week (ouch!) The weather has been beautiful but chilly (I needed to run the heat all weekend!)

One of our Memorial Day weekend traditions here is the Duck Race! This is a big fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation. They sell tickets with numbers that correspond to the number on a rubber duckie, then the ducks race down the river. There are prizes for the winning ducks (136 prizes in all this year). One of my ducks came in 20th, and I won a Warner Brothers Gift bag. Inside: 2 movie promotion t-shirts, a little clock shaped like a guitar and some notecards! The kids always love going to see the duck race each year, and there are lots of other activiites at the same time: the Rotary club sells snacks, there is a bake sale, face painting, carnival type games with a duck theme (ring toss, fishing, etc.) for the little kids, dancers performing. We had a great time.

I saw this little girl playing on the lawn near the duck race. As soon as I saw her dress, I imagined her mom as a blogger, going to the thrift store and finding a retro garment of some sorth, then going home and refashioning it into this cute little outfit. Maybe not, but one never knows!

I have been working on some quilty projects. Hoping to finish up some UFOs...will post as I can, but with slooooow dialup, I don't know how well it will work. I'm about to load my Pineapple Blossom quilt onto the frame. I have another quilt waiting for binding. I'm almost caught up with my stitchery projects, and then onto the laundry basket full of flimsys. Thank goodness I bought batting last week. I am hoping for rain all week so I can stay in and quilt!! LOL.


Amanda said...

Your duck race reminded me of a country fair we went to in France about 12 years ago. They had a hoop-la stall where you had to throw rings over the heads of live ducks swimming around in an old boat! The prizes were the ducks that you ringed. The RSPCA would have had a field day here in the UK, but the French didn't seem to mind.

jovaliquilts said...

Our town used to have a duck race every year. When I read your post, I realized I haven't seen it in awhile. So fun to see. Sorry about the dial up, what a pain.