Yesterday Todd and I celebrated our seventeenth anniversary . . .
It really has been a great seventeen years and I'm so grateful for my husband -- he's the most godly, loving man a wife could hope to have!
We've got a huge week (starting today) ahead, so we decided to set our anniversary day aside, turn off our phones, and hang out together. You know a couple is good together when they enjoy long road trips with each other! We headed out to Tim's Ford (Tennessee) and had lunch at a fun little place on the water . . .
The Blue Gill Grill. The food is good, but what I especially like is the built-in dining companions:
How fun is that??!! We sat on the outside corner of the dock and I had as much fun feeding the turtles, ducks, geese, and fish as I did eating!!
Isn't that a LOT of carp? And they're HUGE!! It was funny ... the fish obviously couldn't see to anticipate where food was going to come from, but the geese/ducks could. So whenever the geese started to move in on someone who was tossing food over the side, the fish would swarm underneath them, hoping to grab a bite. It made for some very *splashy* activity!
We tooled around the State Park and checked out different camping spots and RV setups (being a fulltime RVer, I'm always intrigued by what other seasoned RVers do) and then headed up to Tullahoma. My trusty "Quilt Shops" app noted a quilt shop there I'd never been to, and since we were so close anyway . . .
Quilting Dreams! Yay! It was a cute shop with some fun projects on the walls . . .
I was tickled to find out they're going to be one of the vendors at our guild's quilt show in October! And I was particularly taken by this piece (gee, I wonder why, Sarah?!?):
The ideas just started rolling through my head. Guess what will be appearing on my blog for the next HeLP???! Needless to say, my purchases included the paper templates for this project, as well as some other assorted goods and sundries!
The quilting templates are for My Orange Crush blocks. And most of the fabric is flannel -- I really like backing my table toppers with flannel. The shop had a GREAT selection of flannels, too! They also had some of the new fall fabrics on display, like the Posh Pumpkins by Sandy Gervais. I *love* this line!
Aren't they fun? I would like to get a bigger charm pack of this to play with! And let me just say -- a man who has no problem sitting in a quilt shop, on his anniversary, and foots the bill? That man is a KEEPER! (He was a keeper anyway, but gosh, what an indulgent, patient, generous hubby!!)
From the quilt shop, we headed west to Shelbyville. We got there just in time to have an afternoon cup of coffee:
The Coffee Break is a relatively new shop, owned by two pastors. One of the pastors did all the baking, and I have to say, his creations looked AMAZING! Todd got a strong Americano coffee and I got Nutella Latte (a mix of chocolate and hazelnut). LOL! :)
From there, we took the scenic route home, traveling back south through some of the most beautiful farm country set in lush, green rolling hills. Very idyllic! When we got back into Alabama we headed to our favorite Chinese carry-out, ordered dinner, and brought it home for a picnic-on-the-mattress and a movie.
On a throw that is now officially our "picnic" blanket (thank you, Jocey!) because it's all green and flowery. All-in-all, it was a fabulous day, a sweet way to mark seventeen years with my best friend and love.
Today, Lord help me, I'm headed to Point Mallard (a water park) with our youth group! Yikes! No telling what kind of stories I'll have to tell next time around!! (Talk about a splashy event, right?!) Wheeeee! Should be a fun day!