Friday, November 09, 2007

If I can make it through the day I’m looking at the weekend… at last. Wednesday I drove 9 hours (4.5 each way) to pick up Chelsey from her leadership conference. Pretty proud of myself. I’ve never driven that far or that long. Yeah, I know, I’ve led a sheltered life. Chelsey and I laughed and relived her week all the way home. I knew I was pretty far north when I started picking up Canadian radio stations…When then said the High temp for tomorrow was between 2 and 3 and the low was –1…I stopped and thought---I didn’t know it was supposed to get that cold, and then it clicked…Celsius… yeah, I know… more of that really sheltered life thing….

I was beat last night. I would have done some handwork, but didn’t have anything ready to go. So that’s what I did. I knew I had no business being behind my sewing machine, so I traced, cut out, and ironed my next BOM piece. I even stabilized the background with interfacing and sewed on the muslin strips for extra room. So next time “I’m tired”, I’ll have entertainment.

This isn’t a gift to me--- this is a 9-1-1 gift that I felt a mandatory obligation to ship out earlier this week. I sent this to a friend who has never read one of Jennifer Chiaverini’s books. She said she’s not even much of a reader. But I guess I’m no different than a drug pusher… because I intend on getting her hooked. She’s crazy about quilting and loves fabric more than I (if that’s possible). She’s going love the books, I just know it…

On Wednesday when I was headed to get Chelsey---she started panicking that I wouldn’t get there on time. Don was supposed to pick her up, but work was too demanding. So, I left and hour earlier that I felt I needed to “just to make sure”. Of course, I got there, an Hour too soon. I called Don to let him know I made it (cell phones are wonderful), He says, “You’ve got time to go to a quilt shop--- did you get one picked out?” I had been so wired about the distance—I hadn’t even thought about fun. “No, I didn’t have time…” so Don comes to the rescue… “ I’ll Google it…” So from his desk, he finds me a shop and tells me how to get there… What a guy. I’m going to remember this… At least for the next 3 or 4 times he aggravates me---he gets a get out of jail free pass--- you can’t be mad at a guy who would do that for you….

I went to the Quilted Moose, It was a small shop, but the lady was incredibly friendly. And I even stumbled across a Joann’s Fabric store too. Here are my souvenirs from the trip.



Is it fate--- just maybe….After a tough day at work yesterday, I headed to the grocery store. With the time change, it’s getting dark really early and I wanted to get home to run Ransom. Of course… I had to practically park in the next county--- everyone needed groceries the same time I did. But because of that, I had to walk right by our local bookstore and I got the last copy of this….

I could have got it cheaper on-line, I know, but somehow it made the long lines at the grocery store a little easier. It was destiny. I was meant to have this book.

I think I’m looking toward a great weekend…a road trip, some quilting and a good book….

16 comments:

Anne Ida said...

Heeeheee! Great to se others pushing the Elm Creek books on their friends :o) I absolutely love them, and tell everyone about them :o)

Lucky you who got The New Years Quilt!!! Now, no spoilers! *lol* I had an e-mail from Amazon last night saying my copy have been shipped, but getting it all the way here can take weeks...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda said...

This seems like a bit of a nudge for me, that I need to pick my book up and read the 2nd in the series. What a wonderful dh you have, not too many men would google a quilt store for their wives, sounds like you have a keeper.

Clare said...

I never heard of the Elm Creek books until I started blogging. They sound good. Glad you had a good journey, returned safe and sound and that your lovely DH loves you enough to look up QS's on Google for you.

Jeanne said...

I hope you succeed in hooking your friend on the books. She doesn't know what she's missing. Have a wonderful week-end!

Libby said...

Husbands who 'Google' are great *s*

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Yay! I just saw the book advertised in my quilt magazine and was going to run out and get it too. Enjoy the read! - Colleen

Nicole said...

Oh I love the Elm Creek books! I didn't know there was a new one out. Must go order it from Amazon right away~

CONNIE W said...

The book is making me green with envy (the latest book, I mean)...I'm torn between making a mad dash this weekend to the book store and making myself leave it on Doc's list for my Christmas stuff. Want to bet what I do?

Carolyn said...

OOOOH...I didn't know there was a new one coming out! I'll put it on my Christmas list! congrats on making the long drive...I'm glad I'm not the only one who leads a sheltered life! My longest was 4 years ago when my daughter and I drove to Vermont. It was also my first trip in 20 years without my DH. Talk about stressful! I'm much braver now...

Finn said...

Hi Mel, happy weekend and happy sewing!! You deserve it...9 hours of driving..ug!
The unexpected treasures are fun, the book and the fabrics...and you deserve them all.
Enjoy our almost winterlike weather...did it snow on you this a.m.?? *VBS* Hugs, Finn

Eileen said...

OH, I didn't know there was a new Elm Creek book out. Will have to get it reserved at the Library. The gals at the Hollow got me hooked on reading them and everyother book that has anything to do with quilts. Then Kim came along and really has be reading other books also. Your friend will love it.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Hey girly, I am so behind on blog reading, wow you got a Grace frame while I wasn't looking :O), you are two more blks into your Primitive Garden!We are not going to talk about where I am on mine...I see you also got a New book :O)... geesh I wasn't gone that long!!
Congrats on the Grace, I am sure you will love it!

Darlene said...

A great trip, indeed.

A "googling man" is a real keeper! :-)

I just received the New Year's Quilt book from Amazon yesterday. I adore her books - she doesn't write fast enough for me. LOL

Dawn said...

I just picked my NY book up last Friday and it is already read! I just love her books!

Patti said...

I ordered my copy online and it's on it's way. Can't wait for it to get here!

Love Bears All Things said...

I am currently reading the New Year Quilt. I understand she has a new one coming out. Amazon is offering pre-ordering but doesn't have a date yet.
I enjoy reading your posts.
Mama Bear