I’m in North Carolina! Let’s Have Some Milk!

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Did you know milk is the state beverage of North Carolina? Thanks, Wikipedia! Image: Wikipedia.
Did you know milk is the state beverage of North Carolina? Thanks, Wikipedia! Image: Wikipedia.


I have come to North Carolina to a quilting retreat. I do not get to retreat, exactly; I’m here to work. I’m at the Carolina Charm Quilt and Craft Retreat Center, a charming, renovated antebellum house and studio run by the delightful Joanna and husband Frank.

My flight put me in Raleigh-Durham. From there, it was a 2.5-hour drive through this attractive state to get to the venue. I pulled up, parked the car, and walked into the studio. I could literally hear laughing and carrying on as I walked up the sidewalk. When I opened the door, I found the studio bursting at the seams with quilters having a grand old time already — just think how much fun we’ll have when the main event happens! (I’m pretty sure the main event is me, but the lasagna Frank made for dinner was pretty spectacular. I’ll check the website.)

A few updates and then I’m turning in; those girls are gonna be a handful tomorrow — in the best possible way, of course. I’m already in love with each of them.

  • My doctor’s appointment is scheduled. Heather’s going with me. I love you, Kin-Kin!
  • So many people love tied quilts, too! I feel like we’ve all been keeping this a secret.
  • Back in November, I posted something I read in The Sun magazine that I needed to read. Well, guess who commented on the post today? The lady who wrote it! Read the post here and check out her amazing reply.

Also, milk is the state beverage of North Carolina.


9 Responses

  1. Christina
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    I wonder how many people in North Carolina are lactose intolerant!
    Ps. You can’t tell us you’re giving updates when we haven’t gotten a receiving room update in months! It kept me young.
    X x

    • Mary
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      Christina, you just made me spit my coffee everywhere! “It kept me young”!!! Okay, I’ll update soon. 🙂

  2. Georgeanna Couldry
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    I’m so glad you made your doctor’s appointment. I was worried. But I know how you feel. I always think it’s harder going back once you’ve had whatever it is done before. The first time you don’t know what to expect, the second time you do. I don’t like to go to the dentist. Have fun at the retreat and have a nice cold glass of milk.

  3. Mary Lynn
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    Loved Rebecca’s story, loved that she replied to your post, and LOVE that I can make another tied quilt without feeling like it’s less than a real quilt. All those responses really shifted my mindset. Thank you! And have a great retreat 🙂

  4. Kathryn Darnell
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    Wishing you miles of smiles with your kindred spirits

  5. Machelle
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    I have family in North Carolina and the state beverage is a toss up between milk and Sweet Tea-Im talking enough sugar in it that it is thicker than unsweet tea. My husband only drinks unsweet tea – when he orders it he always gets the “Oh Hon ya’ll have lost your mind haven’t you, poor thing” look. 🙂

  6. Barbara
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    Dearest Mary, you always bring a smile to my face. Rebecca’s story was beautiful! Thank you.

  7. cindy
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    Yep, I’d say tea – and it’s understood to be “sweet” without saying it…..
    Welcome to NC Mary. Enjoy your visit & come back soon.

  8. Betty
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    I’m a little behind on my PG reading and just found out Sunday that you had been here. So disappointed to have missed you! My husband and I were at our LQS and two of the women from the retreat came in talking about how great it was. And we all agreed that sweet tea is more likely the state beverage than milk (where do they come up with these things?!).

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