Tuesday, April 29, 2008

First Day Home

Today is our first day home from a quick trip to the Talladega NASCAR race that were held over the weekend. We were with many relatives during the trip and we had lots of fun. I did not go to the two races. I stayed with Bill's Nephew Bryon, his wife Leann and Great Nephew Bradley. We chatted and watched TV including the races. Bill stayed home from the race on Saturday so Bradley could attend. Bradley was happy, because his favorite driver Tony Stewart won.

Bill's son, JR and grandson Devin and another nephew Eric and his girlfriend Melisa were in Alabama for the races also. It is fun for all of us to get together once or twice a year. Sunday I was fortunate to see Bill's great niece Cassie and her two little ones. The came back for a few minutes on Monday prior to us leaving so everyone could see Cassie, Cheyenne and Calley.

Today JR and Devin left here for their home in WI and Bill and I went to town so we could have a little "Our" time together. While we were in town we found a new kitten. He has not received a name yet, but I think by the picture you can see that Bill and him are going to be best buddies. I told Bill he can not name the new kitten Buddy, because we had a cat in the past named Buddy.

I think we will need to put a bell on the kitten. Bill woke up enough to put the kitten in the kitty bed. I saw it sleeping there, but now it is gone. It may be under the quilt again with Bill, but I don't know. Hopefully Bill will realize the kitten is there, if it is there, when I wake him up for dinner. I will post later.

Peggy........worried about the safety of the new kitten!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Parting of Ways

Things change in life daily, but sometimes changes are dramatic. For instance births, deaths, marriages, new jobs or having to leave a job. No matter what the dramatic change is in one's life each of us need to look at the good that comes from that change. The good in my most recent change in life allows me time to help my family with the out door work.

Most recently I parted from a job that I truly enjoyed. I was a two way parting. By that I mean I needed to not do part of the job so the gal I was working for decided she no longer needed my help on the other part of the job. So I call this a mutual departure. I am not mad or even sad about no longer having this job. What does sadden me is I am not sure the person I worked for understands that the stress she was dealing with (not directly related to the job we were doing) at the time of the departure was the cause of the departure. Sometimes we need to delay projects, ideas or plans to be able to do one job well before starting another job.

I work under the rule that when one door closes another one opens. Sometimes people need to look a bit to find that open door but doors are open for each and every one of us. For me a door opened last night. It is not a big, long term project, but I have a small job. I also have a pattern and quilt to make for Quilting Treasures in the next week or so and a baby quilt to finish. My step son and grandson will be visiting next week and we are all going on a trip to Talladega to go to the NASCAR races.

The weather has changed so the past couple of days we have been working outside planting the garden. I think we will finish with the most of the seed planting tomorrow and will wait a week or two until we plant the tomatoes and peppers. The local co-ops have not received their bare root cabbage plants, so we may not plant them this year. We have a few cabbage plants, but not as many as my Dad thinks we need.

Today is Bill's Birthday. We went out to eat lunch and since Bill usually doesn't eat desert Pam, the waitress, put his birthday candle on his hamburger. I thought it was so funny to see the candle right there in the hamburger meat.

Tonight I need to open my EQ6 Quilt Design Program and check the design I have drawn for the Quilting Treasures project. It includes a setting sun, but that is all I am going to tell you until I can post a link to the fabric and pattern.

So don't forget to value all your experiences and always look for the good in situation instead of dwelling on the bad.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Where or where have I been??????

I have not posted since my birthday, but with very good reason for my lack of publishing. Shortly after my birthday Bill and I left for a vacation in Wisconsin. We had many people ask us WHY are you going north in March. The main reason was our 10 year old grandson was to be on vacation from school also. The other reason was we had not been back to my husband's home state since last summer. So for more then a week we were not near a computer.

We stayed at a Condo in Wisconsin Dells. This way we didn't bother anyone else and could have our grandson visit with us. We went out to eat a few times, but we had also brought food with us so we didn't have to leave the Condo if we didn't want to leave. Some people like going out to eat on vacations, but I don't mind cooking. We also did some pre-preparations so most of the time the cooking was easy. On Friday of our visit two of Bill's sisters, a brother-in=law neice and son were visiting for most of the day. We had a great time visiting, eating and playing cards. This was also Bill's son's birthday, but we didn't celebrate it until the next day.

The Saturday party included Bill's son, his wife and son, a nephew and his girlfriend, Bill and myself. Again this included a meal, card playing and lots of chatter. We had a great time and actually celebrated Bill's son and nephew's 34 th birthdays.

Upon arriving home early early in the morning Monday we checked the computer for messages and to actually find out the time. (The electric had been out while we were gone). I managed to get the computer to boot up once, then it froze up and would reboot. Monday a neighbor told us that most likely the power source in our tower was shot. I called around trying to find the part, but everyone wanted to fix the computer, not just sell the part. I finally found one that was larger then we needed, but available to buy. This is how computer dependant our society is today. Every store or computer place I called said to me after I told them I could not boot up my computer and the part I was looking for......."You could go ON-LINE to buy the part" My response to them was "If I could get ON-LINE I would not be calling you looking for the part." Then I immediately hung up. Monday evening we had bad electrical storms, so I didn't want to work on the computer. After the storms calmed down I shakenly installed the new power source. Working on our computer is something I do, but am always worried about it working correctly after I am done. With lots of prayer I finished the installation and plugged everything back in and turned on the computer. I was so thankful to see the screen light up and the disk turning, lights flashing etc. Our computer works again!!!!!!!

The rest of the week was spent at Patti's getting things ready to take her store to the Quilt Festival (I think that is the name) in Chicago. The show is actually in Rosemont west of the city, but close enough to be considered Chicago to those who don't know. Patti and I are leaving Monday. We plan to stay south of the city Monday night and go to the show location Tuesday mid morning. Then the work begins. We have a trailer full of store stuff that will need to be unloaded, unpacked and the booth looking attractive by Wednesday evening. I hope to see many people I know, as I used to live just across the Indiana border from Chicago. I know I might not recognize former friends and relatives, but maybe I will.

Must get going. Dinner is calling.