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I spent the weekend up in cold Duluth (which was a change from cold Dallas!) to celebrate Dad’s 70th birthday. It was pretty low-key…dinner on Saturday night at Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse. It is a newer restaurant in Duluth and an entertaining, yummy experience. None of us had ever been to a hibachi before…and Dad was a little nervous about it while we were waiting for a grill to become free. There was a lot of noise coming from the grill room. When we were seated and having our first 2 courses (soup and salad), we were able to watch the grill next to us and saw what all the noise was about.

Here are Dad and his girlfriend, Fran.

Some views of our food grilling…and the strangers we shared our grill with.

Sunday was Dad’s “real” birthday and he just wanted to have drinks at one of the local bars. Kristie (my sister) and I had a hard time finding what we thought would be a good gift. Football ended the week before (and we couldn’t afford Super Bowl tickets, even if the lodging would have been free! And, it was the Packers playing :-p .) So, we got him a Viking jersey with his birth year and name on it. (The name’s been whited out to protect the innocent…or the not-so-innocent 🙂 )

I think he liked it.

And, just because it was soooooo cute…

The bar’s resident cat.

The ice and snow is melting, so the girls got together for a night of sewing…and a pillowcase “class”. At 11:30, 5 completed pillowcases went home. Yay!

Me, Diana T, Stacey, Diana S, and Candace

The body of the pillowcase is made of Shannon Cuddle or Minky…really soft. The two pieces of the cuff are cotton.

Here is a closer look at the one I made:

And, since Kiki was here a couple days ago, here is Felicity.

“What? I’m just looking!”

So, Jerry Jones is throwing a party and The Snow Miser came to visit. For a week.

(Picture courtesy of Christmas TV Special’s website).

I’ve been in Texas since 2003 and this is the longest we’ve had ice and snow on the ground! The freezing rain started coming down in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The ice stayed around. Today we got real snow. A few inches.

Mmmmmm….yeah…couch cushions do not make good sleds.

It’s hard to see because I wasn’t up high enough, but someone made a snow angel in the middle of the swimming pool.

My downstairs neighbors built a cute snowman on their patio.

The tree branches are heavy with snow.

And, I got to wear the hat I crocheted a few weeks ago!

Meanwhile, the cats and I stayed warm with lots of sweaters, slippers, fire in the fireplace…

and quilts.

The first 2 weather days, I did some sewing. (It’s a little dark in the apartment, so the pictures aren’t the greatest.)

I’m testing a pattern for Sam at TQW…some 3D paper piecing.

And, I worked on the block I need to do for Sisterhood:

More paper piecing.

Thursday and Friday I had remote access to the office, so I had to work. (Boo-hiss!) But, I plan to finish the Sisterhood block tonight and maybe find a UFO for Super Bowl sewing.

Hope you’re warm and dry, wherever you are!

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