Good bye to Jan

We had a luncheon for Jan the other day. She is moving to California to be the after-school care for her only grand-daughter. We are going to miss her.  The luncheon was held at Isie’s house. She put on the full deal, real plates, real silverware, white table-cloth and even dessert.  When the Otterbees come to Otter Landing its a bring-your-own-lunch deal and sometimes someone brings a dessert or we have snickerdoodles if no other dessert is available.  Of course we are all on diets. Oh well. So much for that discussion.
The ladies brought their stack-and-whack starts. They were artfully displayed around a glass coffee table with a plant in the middle. They were beautiful.

Now all we need is the time to make the quilts. Jan, of course, brought her finished top. She is leaving very soon and wanted it done. Jan is a person who lives in an impeccably neat house and does only one project at a time. That does not apply to most of us and certainly not to me. Jan also brought her fabric stash to give away. Don’t laugh. Jan’s sewing room is the laundry room and her stash notably fits in one box. I, on the other hand, expect to win the prize: “She who dies with the most fabric wins”. Not sure what I will win but I will have a lot of company in fabric heaven because I am not the only one with a HUGE stash… Not to mention the yarn stash.
Next week we will be sad because Jan won’t be there but we will meet again at my house, share what we are doing, bring a project to work on or get advice on and talk… a lot… and bring our own lunches. And we will eat the chocolate cookies that Jan brought last week and be sad because we will miss her.

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10 Responses to Good bye to Jan

  1. blkdrama says:

    It looks like a wonderful send off!!!

  2. Juliann says:

    I have a friend who works on only one project at a time too. It is a puzzle for me but it seems to work for her.

  3. Lisa says:

    I don’t think people get out their good dishes often enough! This sounds like a great going away party. I’m in the stash competition also, and yet there I was at the fabric store again yesterday! Unfortunately I have too many projects on the go to start the one I wanted to do today. 🙂

  4. Wanda Brown says:

    It sounds like there is a lot of friendship going around. A friend may be leaving physically but you all have a lot of her to hang onto.

  5. Mrs. V says:

    That does sound like a fun way for her to spend some of her last moments living in that town. I love the photos (both in this post and on the top of your blog).

  6. Mrs. V says:

    I forgot to say that I loved the way your post showed us glimpses into different personalities that always come together with groups of friends.

  7. Kari Dyer says:

    You are so blessed to be surrounded by such a wonderful group of friends! Loved how your last paragraph looks ahead to next week and portrays the sadness of not having Jan with you, yet honoring her friendship and keeping her with you in spirit at the same time.

  8. Theresa says:

    Sounds like a wonderful afternoon and send-off your friend. I just discovered your blog and read several recent posts. I love your quilts and the slice of life stories that accompany them.

    • otterlanding says:

      This is a comment from onesunflower – daughter of otterlanding – because I’m still helping my mom with editing and managing her blog. These “slice Tuesdays” have really proven to be a gateway experience for her – she is coming up with essays each week for her “slice” and looking forward to writing. (I think her own proofing of her work is improving too!)

  9. Stacey says:

    It’s always hard when a good friend moves away. Sounds like you had a lovely send-off for Jan.

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