Sunday, August 6, 2017

Goofin' Off at the Hydro Races

We had a fantastic day yesterday. One of Mr. Goofin' Off's vendors offered him VIP tickets to the Seattle hydroplane races. VIP tickets you ask? We'll be happy to take a few tickets off your hands.

But first, I desperately wanted to finish off the second set of blocks for my Chef Freddie's Favorites quilt. Yay! I finished them up! I am hoping to have the quilt assembled by my next post. I'm crossing my fingers that I have clear calendar this week so I can get it assembled.

Second Set of Quilt Blocks - Chef Freddie's Favorites
I am still in love with the adorable frog in a chef's hat print that was the center of the blocks. This was my third quilt using this fabrics, and I had assumed I would use it all up. But, alas, I still have one 3-inch strip and one 4-inch strip of the fabric left. Why do scraps seem to multiply like tribbles when I make a quilt meant to use up scraps and stash?

I've made some slight progress on my Mickey and Pirate Friends cross stitch piece.  

Seafair Pirates Invade Our Skybox at the Hydros

Hey, that isn't Goofy. And those certainly aren't the Pirates in the Caribbean (sorry, friends, no surprise visit from Johnny Depp). Them thar are Seafair Pirates. They invaded our Skybox for a few minutes and tossed out some Seafair pieces of eight and some stickers to the kids. It was fun to have them drop by.

Mickey and Pirate Friends Cross Stitch as of 08/06/2017

Now there is Goofy. And he's really keeping an eye on me now.  Those pupils are starting to show up.

The hydro races were so much fun!  I really want to thank the folks at Oracle for hosting us for such a fantastic VIP experience. From the moment we arrived, we were given drinks, snacks, and views that just couldn't have been better for the races. 

The Boys Getting Settled In For The Day

The covered tent area behind where the boys are sitting is where the food and swag was. There was food of some sort available almost the entire day. They also had some fun swag including hats and sunglasses. 

We chose seats in the shade. The sun was just slightly behind us the entire day, so we were very comfortable on a warm day. 

Crane Placing the Hydros in the Water

Since our seats were on an elevated platform, we could see all the action. Above you can see them placing the hydros into the water for the races. 

A little after noon, the hydros took a break, and we were treated to an air show over the water. One of the highlights of the air show was the Blue Angels flying in formation. I apologize that the picture isn't a close up, but I was having too much fun watching them. 

Blue Angels Flying in Formation Over Lake Washington

My favorite hydro of the day was the Oh Boy! Oberto. Maybe I like it because its sponsorship has been around for as long as I can remember. Maybe I like the colors. Or maybe, just maybe, it's because I love the Oberto Beef Jerky. Does it really matter? We got to see her race twice yesterday. 

Oh Boy! Oberto Hydro in Action

Now, should any of you think that the Goofin' Off family has such fantastic adventures every weekend as we have the past few weekends, I'm sorry to disappoint you. The next few weekends should be pretty mellow around here. But that should give me plenty of time to cook up some fun new projects and posts for you.

Hope you all have had a great weekend. Does your local community have any fun festivals or fairs? What's your favorite to take part in? I'd love to know. 

24 comments:

  1. I haven't enjoyed a Seafair weekend since I moved to Oregon 17 years ago. But never enjoyed one of the sky boxes. Lucky you! Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

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    1. Cynthia, Since you aren't around to enjoy Seafair weekend, hopefully you've found some things in Oregon that you can enjoy. As for those Skybox seats, well, we've never enjoyed one before...or probably ever will again. It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime things. We never would have done it if we would have had to pay for it out of pocket. Thank you for hosting Oh Scrap! every week. Happy sewing! Andrea

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  2. Looks like a great day out with the family.

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    1. Suzanne, It was most definitely a great day out with the family. Thanks for dropping by! Andrea

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  3. Goofy is starting to look, well, goofy! Looks like a fun time was had by all at the races. My husband and I like to go on garden tours and road rallies. Have a great week! Keep stitching!

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    1. I agree. Now that Goofy's eyes are beginning to show, he is becoming much more recognizable. His eyes are one of his best features. My hubby and I would love to do a road rally at some point. We've been to quite a few garden tours. They are quite lovely. Have a great week! Andrea

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  4. I can't remember the last time I saw the Blue Angels! Looks like a very fun time! Great piecing job on the block! Have a great week!

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    1. Paige, We had a very nice time. Thank you for the compliment on the blocks. I like how they came together. Thanks for dropping by! Andrea

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  5. Quite obviously you were enjoying a wonderful day at the hydroplane races. And even the pirates made an appearance :)
    Great progress on your now two-eyed Goofy.

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    1. Brigitte, Yes, we were having a great day. The pirates making an appearance was a bonus. Thanks for dropping by! Andrea

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  6. I noticed you are a Disney fan. Have you see the free paper pieced patterns on the Fandom in Stitches website?

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    1. I have only just scratched the surface over there. At this point, I haven't done a lot of paper piecing that I have enjoyed. But those patterns might motivate me to give it a try again. Thanks for visiting! Have a great week! Andrea

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  7. What a fun day out. Someday I would love to see the Blue Angels.

    Helen

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    1. Helen, The Blue Angels were pretty amazing. At times they fly so close to each other. I had to hold my breath because I thought they were going to crash into each other...as if holding my breath would have helped. Thanks for stopping by. Andrea

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  8. You are making great progress on your projects. What a fun weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Katie! Yes. It was another fun but busy weekend. I'm sort of looking forward to the quieter weekends ahead. Andrea

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  9. They used to race in Indiana on the Ohio River. Back in the day we watched Chip Hanauer race for Circus Circus, cheered on Oberto, Atlas Van Lines, and others. In 1992 I met my husband at the race and we married 10 months later!

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    1. OK. You just made my day. My hubby and I were talking about all of those hydros over the weekend. Chip Hanauer won the Seafair cup at least seven or eight times. That is a fun place to meet your husband, too. Thank you for sharing this. It made me smile. Have a great week! Andrea

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  10. Your quilt insea blues and greens looks like it should go to the hydro races with you! WhT a fun day. We don't have hydro races here in inland GA....lol.
    Love the Blue Angels!

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    1. Jennie, I really like how the blues and greens go well together. This will be donated to Project Linus, so I am hoping it can brighten someone's day. Blue and green are also the colors of our beloved Seattle Seahawks. LOL Have a great week! Andrea

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  11. I love Goofy!!! You're making such great progress each time I read your blog ;)
    Looks like you all had a fab time at the hydro race, and VIP ticket... perfect!

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    1. I have been enjoying working on Goofy at this point because he is definitely becoming more recognizable...at least to this Disney fan. We did have a fabulous time at the hydro races. Thank you for dropping by! Andrea

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  12. Those quilts are going to be great! One of these days, I'm going to learn how to quilt (although I've been saying that for like 30 years!).

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  13. I was thinking that you have a very exciting social life! We used to have an annual airshow along the seafront here. One year a Harrier Jumpjet malfunctioned and ditched into the sea. The pilot was lucky he was so low and over the sea, he wouldn't have survived the crash on land.
    Other than that drama it's the usual round of small scale summer fetes and outdoor events despite the dodgy UK weather!

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