Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Green Thing

   I got this in an email this last week and I just had to send it on in a way different from just the email forward. I have no idea who wrote the original, so I am not taking credit from someone else this is not something I wrote.
     In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring
her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the
green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation
did not care enough to save our environment."
She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in
its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer
bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized
and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really
were recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every
store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb
into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have
the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always
brand-new clothing.
But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back
in our day.

   Until we talk again, yall do the green thing and I will keep on hanging my clothes outside to dry, and making quilts out of left over fabric, scraps, and other peoples clothes.
Have a very quilty weekend.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Turns Out To Be Pretty Good Day

  Hello, all my followers, I have noticed the strangest thing when I logged in today to write this post. I hope blogger is just having a glitch because it says I am not following any other blogs, and I am pretty sure I am following , well a lot of blogs and I would hat to have lost my list. Now on to other things, I will just trust that this is a temporary glitch and move on.
  I started to day with a stressed feeling about the quilt I am working on. Yesterday I worked all day, and what I did most was rip out the seams I had put in Mon. and most of the ones I put in yesterday too. I was almost afraid to sit down to the machine today. I hate days like that and I hate feeling like I wasted my day. Now after working all day I feel so much better. I did not get all 10 blocks made, but I got enough of them made that I do feel much better. Turns out I seem to have missed a few parts when I was cutting my pieces for my blocks. Tomorrow I will finish those cuttings and then put together the last of the blocks and begin putting the top together. I actually hope to get it done and then I will know if I have any fabric left over to add to the last one I made. I would like for it to be a little larger than it is and the customer would like to have it for the 30th. Then I want to finish the other one in the next day or two after that. Making money Yea!!!!!!
  As you may have guessed I have been kind of busy and that is why I have not written. I went out late yesterday afternoon to see if I could find a piece of fabric that has an elephant on it. I am going to a family reunion this weekend and it will also be my Aunts birthday. My Aunt has collected a few things over the years of my life and the first one was Elephants. She had a glass case with them and since she was also my baby sitter I have may memories of those Elephants in my childhood. I did find some fabric, but it is baby fabric and has other jungle animals on it. I shall cut out the ones I want for my Aunt and save the others for my daughter. She is using Giraffes for the babies room, and this fabric has some very cute ones. I should have taken a photo, but never got around to it. I will after the bag is made. This reunion has given my immediate family an excuse to get together for the weekend at a destination, so that is what we will be doing. We have only one distillery in Texas, and my daughter was given a bottle of their Whiskey for her birthday. They only release 4000 or 5000 bottles every two years, and hers was made in 2008. We are going to the distillery for a tour on Fri., then we are heading over to  Luckenbach for a little
fun in the sun. That is the small town from Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings fame, and as a single girl I used to spend a lot of time there. Now my children want to check it out for them selves. We took them there as younguns, but they don't really remember it much. Then Sat. we will go to the reunion and enjoy the family. Sun. we will visit some of the places we spent a lot of time at when the children were young. The state park in Kerrville, and some of the shops in Fredricksburgh. Then we will kiss and say goodbye and everyone will head off into their own directions home. Two of the girls will not be with us and I am sad about that, but the baby is in TN and the oldest just can't find the time to join us. It is a days drive for her and the family too, even though they are in TX. I really thought that with them in TX we would get to see them more often and it just has not happened.
Well, guess that is it for today, and since we will be out of town Fri., thru Sun. I hope you all have a very quilty weekend and I look forward to talking to you next week.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Late Wed.

  Well, I love the way some have wordless Wed. and Fun Fri., or other cute ideas. I don't have any of those and I most likely won't, even though I enjoy them. Today I worked on the second quilt made of the mans pants. I got the centers made and started some of the pre sewing of the remainder of the block. While I was doing that, I realized I had not cut one of the small pieces . Sadly there are four of that piece on each block and since the last one turned out so much smaller than I had anticipated, I am making 20 block. Well, you can do the math, I need a lot of them and I am almost out of the fabric again. I really need the last of the legs to make the borders on this quilt and hopefully have enough to make the first one a little bigger than it was. I know it can be fine as it is, but bigger would be better.
  I was so busy all day that I didn't have time to get on the computer, and now after checking my four emails, and facebook, here it is 11:00PM. I have gotten into a really bad habit of staying up until after midnight and then not getting out of bed until after 8. Yes, it is the same approximate amount of hours, but I still want to quit in the sewing room after dinner. One night last week I stayed there until after 11, but most days I don't. Today I decided, I was making too many mistakes and had to quit. So, I am off to get some sleep. Until next time have a very quilty week.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sad Things Happen

  I know I have told you all that my daughter moved to Chattanooga,TN last summer, and since that time she and her husband have divorced, and she has remarried. Well, her ex has also gotten a new girl friend who moved to live with him from TX. Last Thurs. they experienced the most horrific thing I can think of to happen other than losing a family member. They lost their home (rented) Thurs. night to fire. They lost everything, home, vehicles, phones, computers, and clothes. My ex son in law went back in the house after they got out to try and find his cat. He was sent to the hospital, with second and third degree burns, on his hands and face.   The red cross put them up in a hotel for a couple of days, until they could find an apartment to live in. The girls family came and got her a car, and phone, and maybe computer. They are on line, so it could be phone with internet access. It breaks my heart that they still have not found the cat, although the firemen said they did not find her body in the house. I am so sad for them, and their loss, and if you are a praying person please add them to your prayers. Both of his parents are deceased, so he does not have them to fall back on. Fortunately his furniture was financed, and there is a clause in that financing that will replace it in case of a natural disaster.

Well, along those same lines, just down the road from us in Leander they are still fighting a grass fire that at this point has destroyed fifteen home, seven vehicles, and damaged two homes. There have been two fire fighters hospitalized from heat exhaustion, and two home owners from smoke inhalation. I am so very sad for everyone who has lost so much, and having my ex-son in law go through it at the same time, really makes me more aware of how terribly painful this must be for those who have lost so much. Kind of makes me want to wrap every one of them in a new quilt, I just don't have the ability to make that many that fast.
Well, I know this is a sad post , sorry for that, but any prayers are appreciated for all involved, so I chose to share. Until next time have the quiltiest week.