We can't say it was a week without surprises...well our surprises started on Tuesday at the Guild Meeting.
When I went out to the car to get something I was greeted with a broken window...and where you see the pair of glasses is where Elaine had put her purse...yep, broad daylight. Please believe me when I say it took some serious effort to see the very dark colored purse, lying on the floor behind the driver's seat through the heavily tinted window glass on a very cloudy overcast and yep, rainy day.
All is well. Every thing has been replaced or is on it's way. She only carries one credit card, cancelled within minutes, no cash, and she doesn't have an ATM Card. Fraud alerts put on all credit reporting agencies, new driver's license in the mail as well as SS, medical and other miscellaneous cards. I guess the toughest loss was her phone with the pictures of the grand kids. We thought the phone would be the most expensive item to replace...well we don't get paid to think. Our deductible on the phone was only $99...the window was $156 and the key to the car...well the estimate came in at $300... I haven't replaced that yet. I had my key reprogrammed and I'm thinking one car...one key. But then I'd hate to loose that key. If by chance I do ever run across the low life's that stole her purse I'll be testifying before a jury why I was in fear for my life and the lives of others.
So Tuesday passed, Wednesday was spent getting things back in order and early Thursday morning we headed out for Georgia. We had a good trip, hit some snow between Emporia, VA and Durham, NC but other than that pretty uneventful. We pulled into the Retreat site around 3 PM. The retreat was held at a Baptist Conference Center...huge facility but a really good location for what we would be doing. I will admit to being shocked though...although the rooms were clean and neat they lacked a few essentials. Like a microwave, refrigerator and HELLO...a TV. Who builds a facility and don't put televisions in the room. Apparently Baptist. I guess they haven't heard of that Sunday Sport that goes on this time of year called the NFL Playoffs.
Thank goodness for laptops. I can only guess the facility is to accommodate prayer and meditation. Well that and quilting...because I'm here to tell you there was a lot of that going on...the quilting that is.
|I got to get started early Friday Morning|
|There were quilter's everywhere...dead center is Elaine with one of the Singer Featherweights...Sugar Ray.|
|If there was a room...there were quilters|
|Another longarmer...she was the work horse for the week end.|
|Yet another room full of quilters, quilters everywhere|
|and did I mention snacks and food everywhere as well. I think it was a five pound trip...I'm not getting on a scale until February|
|another room and another group of quilters|
|This is one happy fabric shopping, quilt making, stash master standing at the doorway of a fabric heaven|
|You can see why we had to spend the night Sunday...Closed...but this was bright and early Monday. Nobody was beating her in.|
|and she went right to work|
|to say they have some fabric is an understatement|
|not to mention notions, patterns, machines and more fabric|
She had a great time...she was a happy camper. And we all know when Elaine is happy, Les is ecstatic. It was a good day. The drive home was a little harder on the Outback than the drive to the retreat, I'm thinking the extra weight was a big factor. But on Monday afternoon around 4 we pulled into the driveway. It took awhile to get everything unloaded and we did that thing like when you move into a new place..."Put that in the living room, that goes in the bedroom, that in the sewing room, and that and that and that." We finally got to a bag she didn't recognize...it was mine.
|I know Lilee (on chair) and Nikee (on foot stool) were really glad. Elaine looks pretty happy too.|
Quilt till you wilt...we do...