Monday, March 2, 2015

Rain, guns and remember to put the car into reverse

The last couple of days have been rainy and cool. Not complaining because we do need the rain. Driving home on Saturday, the rain was drizzle and the sky....
I took this picture while waiting at the stop light....Then as the light changed it began to rain and the sky totally changed. Poof the light was gone, but for that moment it was magnificent! Yesterday was another drizzle day. Once again I needed DMC floss...so while we were out and passing a Michael's, we stopped to get it. As we drove through the parking lot, Mr H stopped to let people cross...that is when he passed in front of me. The man wearing the straw western hat and a very large semi automatic weapon on his right hip. I mean....a bit scarey. This is not the first time we have seen guns on someone's hip, but this was one big gun. Arizonans can wear and also carry concealed weapons. Businesses must post if they do not want weapons on their premises. They say Arizona is still the wild West... guess so. As we continued on our way home, we needed to pick up bread and milk, so a quick market stop (we seem to spend lots of time shopping for food). The entrance into the parking lot was ablaze with Sheriff vehicle lights ....
just look at this! The driver slammed into the building support and took down the handicap parking sign...he had a handicap plate on the car. He must have really hit the gas pedal because he also ran over the tire barrier which became wedged under the car. It would appear that he forgot to put the car into reverse. When we were coming back through the parking lot, we could see that he was an elderly gentleman who had to hold onto the car to walk! The rescue vehicle had been there and left obviously not needing to transport him. Mr H and I wondered what would become of him, standing by his car all alone. I do not know if he has family living here, but I hope he does not continue to drive.... Lucky for all it was a Sunday. The bank which was right in front of this was closed as were the several small businesses next to it. This could have been much worse. If the pillar support was not there he would have driven into the bank. What an adventurous Sunday we had. Think I would like to remain home today..... and it has started to rain again. My hand is better but will remain a little swollen. Stitching on Pink Lady this morning and then on Red Riding Hood later..... glad to be off work today. Need to do an online search for Crystal Angelina fiber for a project.  Glad too that you could visit with me. Thank you for the kind words and friendship....have a wonderful day.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Customers can make my day

I have been with Jo Ann Fabrics going on 8 years this August. Some days are much more difficult than others....then a customer comes along who appreciates you...
and makes it better. We have what is called "A Cut Above" award. Tiny scissors that we can attach to our aprons and along with each pin is the note from the customer.....Yesterday I received another one that made my day.....It is the one in the center about the crabby customer! We all remember the ones that give us grief as well as the pleasant kind customers. I guess what I want to convey to you is that if you have the opportunity to compliment a worker, do so not only to them personally but to management.....it can really make our day. I wear a few on my apron, but I have a fair collection as you can see....and proud of them I am! Are you in for this? My co-worker Arlene found this web page and asked me to submit to it...She got Bing Crosby's White Christmas...I got The Old Lamp-Lighter by Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra! She finds these crazy things all the time....
  Yesterday one of my customers noticed the red swollen hand and after I explained she said..."it is tough getting old" then asked my age and said "see what I mean"! (I am 68, she is 75) As she left the counter she patted my hand and said "just do the best you can".
 This morning I am stitching on Pink Lady Bustle and not having difficulties with my hand.The swelling is down but the discomfort remains. I am determined to stitch so stitch I will!!! I will be emailing the March Card Exchange list out on Sunday, so there is still time to join in....email me your mailing address if this is the first time. If you have been part of it (since December) I probably already have your address.
So glad you stopped by today....thank you for the kind words and encouragement. Have a wonderful day.
****The only way to have a friend is to be one.****
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Angel wings or buttlerflies from the sea

I finished the Beetle Bag.....which I briefly posted about here. It is a pattern from Aby Lane Quilts that I bought at Jo Ann's....
I had a bit of issue with the binding, but I am happy with the results. There are 6 zip closed bags in the center held with Velcro straps for stuff and the pin cushion is removable. The strap wraps around to the back and attaches with Velcro. I hope to make a few for gifts. I will make a few adjustments when I do. Not bad for a first. I love the fabric which I bought last year. It was for a BOM club project that Jo Ann's always has. Easy when the fabrics are already color/pattern together.
Yesterday was a blood work day for Mr H and me.... nice when the technician is gentle. After the stabbing we returned home to settle back and watch a few Sherlock Holmes movies....totally relaxing afternoon...but no stitching. Later Mr H made dinner...remember I told you he is the cook in the house. It was a pre-prepared seafood clambake dinner and was delicious. He also made some shrimp with butter and I ate them all! I cannot resist shrimp. What I found out when cleannuing up...yes he cooks I clean....was these lovlies
At first I thought what cute butterflies...then as I washed them I thought of angel wings.... what I will do with them remains to be seen but I could not throw them all away. I am always amazed at Mother Nature....look at the shell designs...exact on each side and they were pretty much all different. For now they will live in a basket.
My friend Gail and hubby are almost to their destination in Virginia having safely driven from here in all the nasty snow, icy roads and rain weather. I await the Facebook message that says they arrived. In the meantime, a cup of coffee and some breakfast. Today is a work day....whatever your day is, I do hope it is wonderful.
Thank you for your kind words and friendship....

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Starting to stitch again

Finally my hand is feeling better. The swelling is going down but will never completely go away as it is a chronic inflammation.Work is a little difficult trying to keep the scissor moving for 5 hours. I am lucky that I have been able to leave work a bit early...understanding MOD's. With this side-tracked issue, blogging has not been on my mind. I am trying to catch up on all your lovely blogs..... Today, I finally decided to get to blogging and in general the internet for FB, emails, etc. and what?! there is a problem with connection? Sometimes technology drives me insane. What I think I need is a cup of coffee and some stitching.  Thank you for the wonderful caring messages and for your friendship. It does help when things are not what you wish them to be. Thank you for being here .... now I will try to get there to your place....first that cup of coffee. Have a great day.

Gee, there seems to be lots of notes of to do here on the desk----- hmm.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Change in plans....and a win!

First, I won a drawing over at Tammy's place...
so creative! I just love when someone has an idea and goes with it. This is wonderful. Tammy's blog is so nice be sure to pop over and say hello. I like that I can change the inside when new ink is needed....not just a decoration, but a usable pen for my sewing room.
Now for the other news...if you follow me on Facebook, you saw the picture of my right hand....
The first real issue with this was this past June. X-rays showed that I have arthritis in the first finger and first and second knuckle with inflammation between those knuckles. Well, it is blooming again so back to the surgeon for an injection yesterday...actually 2 injections into the area. I actually left work a little early on Thursday because it was swollen and very painful. Today, it is the same with a little more pain. What to do! Obviously, my stitching plans for the next few days are not to be. Work today will be interesting trying to measure and cut fabric for 5 hours..... it will certainly be slow going. I guess there will be more relaxing in the yard this weekend..... Vickie had asked about predators with having fish in the little pond.... the solution is that we have a cover that would hide them from the hawks that frequent the area.Rather than try to disguise it, Mr H painted it to be obvious and the orange is a nice color.
Simple but effective. The water sounds are not so loud as to attract hawks but pleasant enough when we are outside. Some of the "regular" birds  stop by for a drink. When Mr H drains some of the algae water off, he uses it to water the garden plants. Mind you, we have a Rain-bird system in the yard that he does not use because he prefers to water the plants himself. It keeps him busy. Typing this morning has been slow and uncomfortable, so off I go now to look at my Red Riding Hood instead of stitching on it! Time to ice the hand also...thanks for stopping by and I do hope you have a wonderful day.
PS**** sign up for the March Card exchange ends on Saturday February 28th.  Email me you mailing address if you plan to join in. I may already have your address if you joined in before.