Monday, March 22, 2010

Funny True Story....

     My sweetheart and I went back to Pizza Palce tonight and got their incredible onion rings to go with our Hardees cheeseburgers for dinner...I know it sounds totally crazy, but sometimes we just have to face the fact that we are!! LOL!!!  Anyway, they gave us some catsup in these little plastic cups, you know the ones like you get at church when you have communion.    
     So, we are headed to Hardees to get our burgers and all of a sudden my dear husband starts cracking up laughing, and asks me if I think that the little cup looks familiar..."no, why?" I ask.  He says think "Church" and I get it then...
     Several years ago we went to visit a church for the first time, and it happened to be first Sunday and they were having Communion.  Well, we stood and we were about to pray when several couples were called up to the front of the church to help pass out the "body and the blood"....well, they have these two loaves of bread and also two big bowls of grape juice. I see this and automatically start thinking to myself.."I am not going to drink out of that bowl that everyone else is, I mean where are the little cups?!?!?! (that is the only way I had ever had communion) and as I am thinking this, out of the corner of my eye I see Jeff shaking...I look at him, and by this time we are supposed to be praying, and he is laughing so hard that he is in tears!!!  "I already know what you are thinking" he says, red faced, tears streaming!  I am in a near panic at this point because what am I going to say when it is my turn...'well, I'll take the body but not the blood..."  I mean seriously!!!  By this time the people at the front of the church are filing out of their pews one row at a time, and heading to the back of the church where communion is being served, I am trying to decide if maybe I shouldn't just skip communion, but I really wanted to partake, because my dad was dying of pancreatic cancer at the time, and I just really felt that I needed all of God that I could get! 
     So, our pew is next and we get up and start heading to the back and I am totally stressed out about this, I knew someone that went to a Catholic Church and they actually drank wine at communion and they did drink after each other, apparently the alcohol kills any germs.  We get back to the back and low and behold, they are breaking off the "body" and dipping it in the "blood" Praise the Lord!!!  I really felt like yelling that!!!  Now, if you really knew me, you would know that I am not a cookie dunker, I don't do biscuits and gravy, I don't like anything "soggy", so my new, very brief, panic is soggy bread!!  I got over it quickly, I was so relieved that I didn't have to drink after 150 people!!! 
     We partake in communion, and head back to our seats, and again, out of the corner of my eye I see Jeff shaking again....I look at him and give him the 'what now' look, he has to look away, and then I get tickled to, I had to turn in my seat away from him...they are playing music while the rest of the church is finishing up in the back, I stop laughing and Jeff stops also, he scoots closer and puts his arm around my shoulders, and then I get tickled again, then I feel him shaking...again!!  He gets so tickled that he had to get up and leave!!!  After a few minutes I am wondering if I should follow him, or is he coming back!??!!?!?  Finally, he comes back in and sits down, the preacher is winding up the service and I am determined not to look at Jeff, and then the preacher says something about communion, and the shaking starts again, I tried to be strong and give him the look that a parent gives a misbehaving child, but when I did, we both got tickled.  I was so thankful that the service was over and we could leave, by this time a few people were really starting to look at us like we were insane!!!  We made a mad dash for the door as soon as the service was over and totally lost it in the parking lot, I don't guess we will be coming back to this church I say on the way to the car!!
     My husband is one of the most serious people I know, especially when it come to church, or anything this was totally unlike him to laugh in church, but he started telling me that as soon as he saw those bowls, that he knew I was going to get stressed out about drinking after other people!!!!  He said, he wished that I could have seen my face when they brought them out...apparently I turned completely white, and I got a panicked look on my face!!  I am glad that he knows me so well!!  Well, most of the time I am glad! LOL!!  I felt bad for a few minutes, but with all of the stress that we were under about my dad, we decided that sometimes laughter is the best medicine and I am sure that God has a sense of humor, I have thought so for many years now!! 
     We never did go back to that church, and I hadn't even thought of that story for a long time, but I just thought that I would share it because I think that we need to remember to laugh, especially in the most difficult times of our lives!!  It truly does make you feel better!!  Have a blessed day!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Sunday!

     Just a quick sweetheart just left to go to Hardees to get us breakfast.  We don't have a Hardees in our area and they have the very best biscuits!!! I have slept too late every morning this past week to get there in time. I brought my sewing machine with me and have yet to unpack it or work on anything....but, I am going to get it out and sew, sew, sew for the next two days before heading home. 
     The bed in this room is horrible...and I guess that is why I am not getting up and getting moving in the mornings, I am too stiff and sore and it is getting worse everyday that I am here!!  I can't wait to get home to my own bed, but don't want to leave Jeff.   We have put a foam eggcrate mattress pad on here, but it is one of those Walmart ones, actually Jeff has had it since last Fall when I came up here and he moves it with him whenever he changes rooms, it just isn't helping very much.  Oh, well, I think maybe we need to get another one and put ontop of this one!! 
     I may get my machine out today, Jeff is going to go and change the oil in my car after breakfast, and we are going to go to Margaritas for lunch later, and then I am thinking that there is a race on today.  I have to get Jasons quilt done, it is at the top of my list! 
     Have a great Sunday!!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Reconnecting with old friends...

     I found an old friend on facebook last night and sent a friend request, this morning she had responded.  I am glad to find friends that I went to school with and see how they are doing now!!
      I also called one of my oldest and dearest friends that I have known since 6th grade!!  I moved to Lynchburg, Va in February '77  and was "buddied up" with 'Twitty' (her nickname) since we were in the same homeroom and road the same school bus.  We became great friends, and were in each others homeroom for years to come!  We really went through alot of stuff together during school and even after we graduated... boyfriends, breakups, makeups, job stuff, and even after I had kids we remained close.  Infact my oldest son had his first "crush" on Twitty.  They became buddies also!  She is the first person I told when I found out that I was pregnant with my youngest son....we have really been through alot together!!!
    I moved away from Lynchburg in 1991 and we lost touch for awhile, and then we reconnected again several times over the past years.  Each time I vow not to let it be so long this time, but, this time I really mean it!!  Whenever I talk to her it just takes me back to when we were young and all of the fun things that we did, the trouble that we got in (or could have gotten in had we been caught!! LOL!!) we really had some great times, some of the best in my life actually!  I wish that we lived closer, we have another friend, Joanna, and we were all three very close, I miss them very much, our lives have all taken different directions, and we all live in different cities.  I hope that we can all arrange to get together soon and catch up!!!  But for now, it was just really great to talk to her, she made a difference in my life!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

My second quilt show in less than a week......WOW!!

     I went to the Smokey Mountain Quilt Show today and it was really nice!  I saw some really beautiful quilts, it is amazing how talented people are!!!  I have got to learn not to be "scared"...I mean it is only fabric!!!  Am I right!?!?!?!  I want to just go home and sew, sew, sew...forever!! LOL!!!  I am sooooo inspired, I have so many things that I want to do, I just have to start doing them!!!!
     My big purchase today was this shirt for my sweetheart....

     I really need to change the date on my camera, I don't think about it until I upload pictures and everything becomes 3 years ago!!!LOL!!!
      I also found something that my mom was looking for, a Square In A Square ruler, and a book.  One of the ladies in our quilt guild did a wonderful presentation at this months meeting, and apparently it is a "must have"!! 
     It was great to see all of the wonderful quilts, and I am looking forward to going to a quilt show with my mom, hopefully soon!! 
     Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend, it is supposed to be sunny and warm here this weekend, I have had the windows open since I got back to the hotel, and it is so nice!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Late to the show!

     Well, I made it to Knoxville!  I had planned on getting up and leaving at about 5 a.m. last Saturday, that way I would have time to go to the quilt show and then I would be able to go back on Sunday in case anything "haunted" me!! LOL!!  I didn't leave home until about 10 a.m., so needless to say, I did not make it to the show on Saturday!  Jeff and I went out to grab a bite for dinner and rented a movie at the 'red box' and I stressed to him how important it was to get up and leave the hotel by 9 a.m. the next morning....I mean this show was being held in two separate locations, I had no idea how big it was going to be, or how crowded, I wanted to have plenty of time to see everything and go back to the first one if need be (I didn't want to buy too much at the first stop and then find something really wonderful, but if I had to go back I wanted to make sure that I had tiome to do so!!).  We talked about it several times that night, and I set my alarm for 8 and 8:15 a.m. I had my clothes ready to go, we were going to pick up a biscuit at Hardees (my favorite!!!  I wish we had Hardees at home still!!) and we would be there by the time the doors opened.  I checked the website to write down the directions and realized that the show started at 9 a.m......not 10. Oh, well, I can still leave by 9, I tell Jeff of the time diference and again how excited I am to be going to my first quilt show, and I can go by myself if he doesn't want to go, but he assures me that he wants to go with me.
     Ok, here is where the fun begins!!!  My first alarm goes off, I get up and go to the bathroom, come back and lay back down, knowing that my second alarm is fixing to go off in just a few minutes, and it does...Jeff gets up and goes to the bathroom, so I turn my alarm off and continue to lay there waiting for him to come out of the bathroom.  I guess I dozed off because the next thing I know, I am waking up and he is sitting there playing playstation...."What time is it?"  I say rolling over to look at my phone..."Oh, about 11 I think" Jeff this time my feet are on the floor and I am furious!!!  "Were you going to wake me up?!?!?!"  I ask, not believing that he has not attempted to wake me! "Well, I thought you needed your rest, you turned your alarm off..."  I am in shock, "What part of 'we have to leave here my 9 in the morning' did you not understand?!?!"  I am up and heading to the bathroom to hop in the shower, at this point I am wondering if it is even worth going since one of the locations closes at 3 and the other at 4, and it is at least a 30 minute drive to Pigeon Forge, so it will at least be noon before we get there.
     I came out of the bathroom dressed and ready to go and needless to say Mr. Jeffrey was dressed and ready to walk out the door when I came out!!! LOL!!  I won't go into the rest of the conversation that we had, but I am sure that you can imagine!  I did manage to make it in time for both shows, I saw some incredible quilts, and met some really nice people, and even managed to buy a few things that my wonderful husband insisted that he carry for me! LOL!! 
     I think even Jeff had a good time, we were done by 2:30 and then went and had some wonderful Mexican food that had a buffet for $6.99, the best tacos I think I have ever had out, the shells were very fresh and crispy!!! 
     This weekend is the Smokey Mountain Quilt Show in Maryville, TN, which is only about 20 minute from here, so, I am going to the morning!  I am looking forward to it, I won't feel rushed, and I will be there early.  
     Tuesday I went to several of the local quilt shops, one was having a going out of business sale, everything 50% off, I managed to restrain myself and not go too overboard, but I did buy a quilt backing and a few other pieces.  I could have really hurt myself there!!  Yesterday, I went to a few more quilt shops that I had not been to before, north of Knoxville, and I have decided that I would really love to live here!!!  It is just so beautiful here, and everyone is so nice everywhere that you go!!  I love it here!!
     Well, I will write again tomorrow and let you know about the quilt show!!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Going to my first quilt show!!!!

     I am heading to Knoxville to see my sweetheart!!  It has been 3 weeks, and I can't wait!!  It also just happens to be the same time of the Quiltfest of Pigeon Forge...actually, I had planned on going to this quilt show since my husband is working in Knoxville.  I have never been to a quilt show, and since I have only been quilting for a little over two years, and my mom has been quilting for about thirty years, she has been anxious for me to be able to go to a quilt show for a while now.  She wanted us to go to my first show together, and we almost had it worked out, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen that way.  I am going to go and drag my unsuspecting husband with me instead!!!  It may happen that my mom and her boyfriend will get to go, but his brother has been in ICU and she doesn't want to drive that far alone, and I want to be able to stay for a week with my husband so if things get better she and Bill may drive up on Saturday and come home Sunday or even Monday morning (I am crossing my fingers anyway!!). 
     I am taking my sewing machine again....and yes I will remember the foot pedal this time!!!  I am planning on working on a few things next week while Jeff is at work.  I love being there with him, I miss him being at home, ladies I hope that you appreciate your husbands being home at night, even if they leave their socks on the floor, if they snore, or if they complain that you are sewing too much!  LOL!!  I am sure that you all do, but I know how easy it can be sometimes to take things for granted.
     I am sure that I will post more about my trip and post lots of pictures!!  Have a blessed weekend!!!