Thursday, August 27, 2009

Loving Stitches

Before heading off to California, Momcat looked through her trusty Quilters' Travel Companion to see if there were any quilt shops nearby. This was not a trip for quilt shop hunting, but if one was close to the hotel, so be it.

Lo and behold! In Santa Clarita, approximately 10 minutes from where Momcat and Philip were staying, was a nice shop called Loving Stitches Quilt Shoppe. It's always fun to see what other shops look like, and to discover fabrics that our LQS doesn't carry. Philip was nice enough to tag along and even ask pertinent questions.

The ladies at the shop were really nice. If they discover that you're from out-of-state you get to pick a pin cushion from a basket they have.

Momcat picked the chick. If only it were real and I could, um, play with it for awhile. Peep!

On the back of the pincushion they have the shop's name stamped. Isn't this a simple, inexpensive way to promote goodwill for their shop? I love this idea.

Loving Stitches also has a doggy greeter named Lily. She is a precious Yorkshire Terrier with a darling disposition. At least that's what I've heard. I personally think a shop with a resident cat makes more sense. Humans!

Momcat found some fabrics and has project ideas to go with them. She doesn't buy anything any more unless she has a specific purpose in mind, and if it's something that is not carried at Best Friends Quilt Shoppe.

We're thinking the cake fabric and polka dots could make a pretty cute apron.

The arctic fabric and gorillas are going to make great pillowcases for Conkerr Cancer.

Momcat also scored a couple of patterns. I'm thinking these might have to be shared with Jill because their tastes are so similar.

Maggie's Home Too

While Momcat and man-servant Philip were gone, Maggie went to the bad place to stay. According to the reports I heard, she did great there and everyone loved her. Maggie is always happy and wagging her tail. Beans so easily fall for that stuff.

Anyway, she did seem glad to take her spot to nap on the sewing room floor.

And to spend a little time with her favorite guy.

Philip's Doctor Appointment

Speaking of my man-servant, Philip got home from the doctor a little while ago. His doctor doesn't think he has a staph infection (Yay!) but he isn't sure what he DOES have (boo!) So, another, stronger round of antibiotics and steroids has commenced. He's also supposed to take Benadryl at night so he can sleep through the itching. I thought of taking pictures of his arms with the Pi-Cam, but honestly it's just a bit too gross and invasive to do so. Take my word for it that it's a good thing his arms are covered up.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

Last week the lawn mower died as the front yard was being cut. The yard now has grass about 24" high.

Philip is fighting some unknown creeping crud and he's medically uninsured.

Momcat's dealing with divorce preparations.

Momcat and Philip missed their connecting flight in Atlanta because the co-pilot on their Los Angeles flight was delayed.

Momcat sustained an injury on the plane. She was sitting on the aisle, looking through an I Spy book with Philip. An older gentleman was trying to lift his very heavy suitcase into the overhead bin. His luggage must have held anvils and multiple sets of encyclopedias. So he fell and the entire weight of the suitcase landed on Momcat's right shoulder. She cried. Paramedics were called. They took her off the plane. Wanted to take her to the ER for x-rays and an MRI. She said, "No, I'm going back home now." So the flight attendants kept giving her ice and free headphones. :-)

So why are we giving thanks today?

  • We have a lawn to care for. Momcat looks out at this yard and sees not only its current miserable state, but also all the times that two little boys had Nerf wars, or played touch football with their daddy, or dressed up as knights to run around and play make-believe.
  • We have access to excellent medical care when necessary, even if it does run up the credit card bill.
  • We have faith in a higher power, who loves us unconditionally even when the rest of the world seems to look the other way.
  • We're able to travel to see our family and rejoice in their successes.
  • Flight attendants are really kind!
  • The negative events in our lives are temporary, but the joyfulness of the holy spirit is eternal.
Thankful for your visit today,


jillquilts said...

I'm thankful for my wonderful quilting friends! Especially when they bring patterns to share from far away lands like California!! :)

Hope you are feeling better from your old man attack! I can just picture it now... It could be a pretty funny scene considering there were no serious injuries. Glad you survived and are home safe!!

Jennifer said...

How fantastic of you to take such a positive spin on things! The purchases look great and I hope all calms down at home soon.

Vesuviusmama said...

So true that we have much to be thankful for in life. Glad you are able to see that, even when suitcase rain down out of the sky on you! Great purchases. I love aprons, so I look forward to seeing what you create!

Gina said...

What a wonderful positive outlook on life you all have.
What great fabrics you bought. I love the gorilla's

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Shellie said...

I love the penguins!!! I really like the pattern Perkins. I need to find it. Shellie