...and then waited for our arrival at FAT (that would be the Fresno Yosemite International Airport). And for the duration of our stay...she was our most capable chauffeur! Not only did she always know where she was going...
...she also knew how to drive in a city that was in danger of washing away! As you all know...we have a fair share of rain in the Pacific Northwest. A Fresno get-away seemed like the perfect chance to experience some California sunshine and leave the umbrellas behind. As it turned out...Fresno was experiencing a deluge of rain of record-breaking proportions. Most would-be-sale-goers opted to stay high and dry on Friday. But we were expected at the sale venue...whatever the weather.
We dashed from one building to another...and and wished for the gum boots we left at home!
Though it wasn't exactly ice-cream weather...the show went on!
The homemade ice-cream...topped with boysenberries from the vendor's farm...disappeared as quickly as it was made. Ice-cream for a good cause tastes good even in the rain! Not only did this couple donate their services for the weekend...they also provided all the boysenberries used in baking the 850 pies that were sold in the 'country store'. The purpose of the relief sale is to generate funds for disaster relief around the world. It is most heart-warming to see how tirelessly people work to raise those funds...and how generous others are when reaching into their pockets.
We sampled all kinds of ethnic foods...Mexican and German...
...and Mennonite favorites.
Though the Friday night sale was a bit of a 'wash-out'...things looked much brighter on Saturday morning!
We did a cooking demo first thing in the morning...and had an enthusiastic group show up to learn all there is to know about making rollkuchen.
Rose...who together with her hubby was the organizer of the sale...sewed aprons for all her girls and joined us for a photo once the rollkuchen had disappeared.
We had the opportunity to tell our story several times over...
...and met many wonderful people who stopped by our table to chat and have their books signed. Some generous souls joined us in our efforts to raise funds for the Good Shepherd Shelter (an orphanage in the Ukraine) by paying exorbitant amounts for our cookbook. One bidder paid $1000 for his signed copy. Most overwhelming!
Quilts, quilts and more quilts! Hand-made with love...and purchased at auction to send aide around the world.
Kevin was our most gracious host over the weekend...and also the organizer of the entire sale. Thank-you, Kevin and Rose...for making our time so enjoyable!
We sat in on the auction for a bit...and had a lot of fun! I saw #951 being raised...more than once. It was all about pushing up the price...since Ellen really had no room in her suitcase for a quilt or two!
We met some wonderful new friends...and even some family!
What a surprise to have my 'cousin Linda' and her family drop by to chat. Linda used to spend a lot of time with us when she lived in my part of the world. It was so good to see her again!
The sun brought out the crowds on Saturday...
...and a good time was had by all! And at the end of the day...it was time to count up the pennies!
Blessings on all who who worked so tirelessly on behalf of those in need of help around the world. We consider it an honour to work together with MCC.
It was a good weekend...and a great time with my friends Ellen, Anneliese and Lovella.
Yesterday morning we left behind all things Californian...and hopped a few planes back to Vancouver. I should have known that hubby would want to know what kind of planes we were on. Hmmm. Good question.
I took this photo out the window as we landed in Vanouver. I'm thinking it was a prop plane...of some kind! Back at home the sun was shining...and all was well.
Have a wonderful Monday...