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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I don't know what happened to me, but I ran this train off the track. First of all I was so excited when I got my travel goodie bag with Debbie's return address on the box that I didn't look at the card closely.....when Sara saw me this morning she said, "Mom you do realize that the travel bag was from Debbie and Phyllis"....so once again I'm in trouble. I can't believe I didn't realize that as Debbie and Phyllis go together and give me such wonderful surprises...I don't know, I saw food and gift certificates to my 2 favorite restaurants on the road and all the wonderful snack foods my mind just couldn't compute everything. So Phyllis, I'm so sorry I didn't acknowledge your part in the travel bag. Now I have to say, I enjoyed it all 9 hours of traveling today. When I got home last night I just knew (as I stated in my blog yesterday...yes yesterday...can't believe I'm blogging two days in a row..) I'd finish packing and be done early so I could get plenty of sleep. Well....best laid plans and all that...I sat on the sofa watching the boob tube while in my head I kept hearing "get your fat behind off this sofa and pack, or at least start stitching" and yet I ignored that little voice and kept sitting. About every hour I'd think...after this goes to commercial I'm going to start packing. This exchange went on until 5:30 a.m. when I thought...O.K. crunch time...I told Sara to be ready for pickup at 8:00a.m. While she is never early...I'm always sitting at her place waiting, and not always patiently, for her to come on down. This time I called her around 7:45 and said I was in the weeds....so I might be a little late. At 8:20 I called her and said, "Please come over and help me pack the car...I can no longer do this." So we finally hit the road at 8:35. I didn't take time for breakfast and neither did Sara so by 10:00 I had opened our first snack of the day....Yummy peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets. These were my father's favorite so to see them in our travel bag was a sweet reminder of my dad...and a great snack. We made it to Cheesecake Factory and ordered, and when the food came I realized I wasn't feeling well. So my time at Cheesecake Factory was spent in the bathroom, which I might add is nice. Sara had a lovely lunch while I carried mine to the car. The trip continued until 5:30 p.m. with only one "Oh, my God...I have to get to the bathroom" from me and I was feeling better so all in all an uneventful trip so far. The weather was tricky...loads of rain so the drive wasn't pleasant, and also while I usually make the trip napping until my head falls and it wakes me up...over and over again, today I only got one nap in. We then hit the Cracker Barrel (thanks again Debbie and Phyllis) where I ordered my usual dinner ..Chicken and Dumplings and Sara got her usual salad. And now we are back at the hotel to turn in so we can do it all over again tomorrow. So let's hope tomorrow is more of the same...no drama...and the drive should be easier as they are forcasting sun...yippee!!! We should be coasting into Franklin around dinner time. I'll try to keep you posted...have a great night.
Monday, February 25, 2013
I can't take long because I told Sara I was working, but she knows I'm a "hearts" addict and everytime I'm on the computer I'm playing, so I have to hurry before I get accused of shirking my duties. We are getting prepared for our annual road trip to Nashville, we leave tomorrow, which means the days prior to leaving are spent cleaning up the shop so Renee won't bitch at us, getting paper work done in the office so Mary won't bitch at us, well you get the drift. So I had a list of "things" Sara needed to get done (well I said, "we" need, but you know what that means) before end of work today. So she's cleaning, getting stock put away, etc. I was over in the office getting mail orders out and when I returned there was a rather large box sitting on the counter with something in it bulging to get out. I asked who shipped and she said, "It's for you from Debbie." Well, needless to say I opened it right away, and you wouldn't believe the treats she sent us. First everything is contained in one of those oversized reusable tote with a quilt design as it's theme and loaded down with goodies for our trip. There were bags of popcorn I can pop in my room, (now that I realize there is a microwave there), Harry and David snacks to eat along the way, candy (oh, my...I'm in trouble), gift cards to our favorite eateries along the way...Cracker Barrel and Cheesecake Factory, a big bottle of excederin(God knows I'll need that) and two more items, one for Sara and one for me...with a tag attached when all else fails open these....the cutest bottles of vodka (skeleton bottles). While Sara's sucking down the Vodka, I'll be eating the Excederins. I'll use my bottle of Vodka as any lady would...sitting in front of the t.v. before dinner wondering where I went wrong. The saving grace for us both is I rent 2 separate rooms so we can get away from each other....otherwise after 7 days together for 24 hours/day...well let's just say there would be a bloodbath on the news with our pictures attached. Anyway, we're off first thing in the morning...can't wait....and I'll let you know on route what's happening. Wish us luck!!!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
We are still here....without a boardwalk to get into the shop, but we've managed for the past 6 weeks to get people in here without the front door. And I have to say our stitchers have found us regardless of the torn up mess out front. When Debbie and Phyllis were here over Superbowl weekend, Debbie commented that she'll be surprised if they have the boardwalk done by Spring Retreat...however, Deb they are working everyday again (for a while we didn't see anyone for a couple of days) and they have the cement columns done that will be running underneath the boardwalk and the gravel laid down that runs under the boardwalk up to 8th street. We of course are not there yet as we are between 8th-9th street, but at least we see it coming. The boardwalk is completed up to 7th street. We have found they have done damage to our property....for some reason tore up a cemented column under the porch (which helps holds up the porch) of the Ayresbilt on our property...don't know why, and they have taken out several pickets of our metal fencing...that's because they don't do anything by hand just use the big pieces of machinery and you best stay out of their way. But anyway, they are simply making more work for us and costing me money to boot. Honestly, I can't catch a break here. Vernon went down to city hall to ask what they are going to do about it and was told they would revisit it after the boardwalk was completed...which is the same as saying "screw you and your property". So nice to deal with governments large or small. Anyway, aside from that, we're fine. I had a lovely 5 days on the best vacation....sitting on my couch, sipping diet pepsi, stitching and knitting and watching T.V....best vacation ever!!!!! I never got dressed (was in sweats...I'm not a pig) never brushed my hair, never changed my sweats.. perhaps I am a pig...Best Vacation Ever). But now I'm back to reality. I've showered, brushed my hair and changed my clothes and I'm back at work....and looking back fondly of the Best Week Ever!!! I pulled my Quaker Christmas Noel back out of the bag...you remember my talking about how much I loved it a few years ago and how I pressed it and the colors ran...oops, perhaps I did steam it by mistake. Well, I didn't throw it out even though I was tempted to because it was so much work and I loved it. I decided to use "Distress It" on it and so this weekend Sara got hers out and sprayed the hell out of the piece and I think it's worked well. While I can still see a little of the brown that bled out of the green silk, it really isn't as noticable so I'm taking it to the framer and hanging it for all to see this summer. I would show you here, but I can't figure out how to get pictures on the blog since they changed the set up. Damn, they are always changing things up so I can't figure things out. I'm getting way too old for all this techno stuff, but I'll keep at it and try to figure it out. I've finished Sherri Jones first class kit, Hare Pyns, right after Superbowl Weekend and started on the 2nd class kit, Blue Ribbon Box. I love this kit, the colors are so me...blues, greens with a hint of pink. I truly have enjoyed every minute of this stitch....plus it works up rather quickly. I finished it this week whoppee!!!! I even took a couple of days off to knit as Sara and I have joined forces (well perhaps I was drafted) to finish a gift for a family who is having to deal with their 3 year old's cancer. Colby is a little girl in Izzy's class and a good friend of Mary's, my daughter. Their son Cooper is Solomon's good friend, so when Colby was diagnosed last month it really took the wind out of our sails. We have been scrambling to get things for Colby to enjoy as she treks to Baltimore for treatment every week. When I came into the shop on Monday I noticed yarns and books on the cutting table. That is not unusual here as Sara, when left alone, finds projects she thinks she's going to do. When she got here she was explaining what she had pulled the yarn for...a prayer bag for Colby and a prayer shawl for Colby's mother. I thought it was a wonderful gift and said, "Wow, do you think you will be able to get it all done?" And she said," well Mom, that's why I wanted to talk to you....I thought we could knit it together." Now, no two knitters should work on one project as the tensions, etc., will probably be different and show so I said, you do the pocket and I'll do the shawl. So in addition to my class kits, the prayer shawl is now part of my life. I only took one ball of yarn home as my initial idea was...work on the prayer shawl in the mornings and the Blue Ribbon box at night. However, I always set goals (and sometimes reach them) for how much I have to do in a day. I started the prayer shawl and just kept going that first day and since I was on the best vacation ever...I finished the first ball of yarn in that first day. So when I came back to work I took another ball of yarn home and started knitting when I got home thinking I'd do a couple of inches and then switch over to stitching. I finished ball 2 with no stitching getting done. Thankfully I didn't pick up the next ball for a couple of days so I was able to do several parts of the Blue Ribbon box. Today I've picked up 2 balls of yarn which should just about finish the shawl so I'm assuming that this week I can get it done, which puts me ahead of schedule on the prayer shawl. And with Blue Ribbon done that means I can stitch whatever I want. Of course we have Nashville Market coming up....so that will take a week out of my life...a fun week, but not as much stitching as I like to do. But exciting because we see all the new stuff up close...and see our designer friends as well. Always fun! Anyway, I've started packing and of course first to go in the car....my stitching. It's exciting for me because I can take anything now that my priorities are done...oh, my what to take, what to take. Anyway, I wanted to get my blog up to date...so now I have and I'm signing off to help get the shop straightened up before Renee and Pat come in to work while we're away. Have a great day...keep on stitching.