Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sad Happenings

As the last week or so has unfolded it has been sad. The company that let me go in March has closed it's door. For me the worst part has been scrambling to find new health insurance, because with the doors closed and their insurance gone mine goes away as well.

But the real sadness I feel is for those people that I know that are still working them. When you work in accounting you usually know just how bad things are, so they have seen this coming. But you are still not prepared. The owner of the company is 73 and this is his life's work. He can't really start over. I am feeling very sad for all of them tonight.

I joked with them in March when they let me go that I was the lucky one. It looks like that has proven true, but I am still very sad for each of them as they try to figure out how to start putting their lives back together.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Memory (blog version)

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday America!!!

Everyone has been telling me that they are tired of reading about the plan ride. So I guess that means a new post is way past due. Today seems like the perfect time.

I hope that as you are celebrating the 4th of July with your fireworks, food, and fun you will take a minute to contemplate what we are celebrating today. Just think 232 years ago very brave men signed our Declaration of Independence. Their lives were never the same and they started in motion the events that make our lives very blessed. I too often take for granted the freedom and opportunities that I have by being born and living in America.

So take a moment to think about what was done then and how we are blessed to be Americans.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Big Plane Ride

Yesterday I rushed out of work to catch a plane to Columbus for Lawrence's gradation. Just a quick little hop. Well, that was how it was suppose to be. It was on one of those planes that you feel like you are on a long sausage and I was stuffed in the very last row. I thought there was a lot on noise but didn't think to much about it. But everyone in the back was talking about the vibration. The pilot must have felt something and ask the flight attendant about if her feet were vibrating. Guess so.

At this point the pilot comes on the intercom and makes a comment about the vibration that many are feeling is one of the engines vibrating. They are going to shut the engine down and land at the closest airport with one engine. So we landed in Cincinnati where we can see fire trucks with flashing red lights going with us down the runway on both sides. ( I was sitting across the isle for an air traffic controller from Columbus who say that is considered a level 2 emergency).

We then changed planes and come onto Columbus arriving about an hour and 15 minutes late.

More excitement that I wanted at 11 pm on a Friday night.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

Several of my friend have commented that it has been a long time since I have posted. Is two months really a long time? So much going on and not a enough time is my reason. Hope that will fly.

I don't have the posting of pictures with the words in the right place figured out yet so you will get it whatever order it come.

The handsome couple.

Miss Evelyn

Both graduates - Mark & Careen

The week after my last post I got a job. It is a temp to perm position with a company called Southern Business Communication. They provide audio visual equipment and applications to school, government, businesses. So far I am enjoying the work and feel that it is a good environment. Hopefully they will keep me. During April month end I worked lots of hours which I haven't done in a couple of years. We will see how this progresses.

And I have been traveling. The family has been keeping me busy. The end of April I went to Utah for my neice's graduation from BYU. She now has a degree in family history or genealogy. I love this, someone I talk with about what I might find around the corner about those ancestors. While there I stayed with my friends Eric and Claudia Fossum. It was so nice to spend time with them. Just now enough with all of the graduation stuff. I always feel like I am home and content with them. Also, it was my opportunity to meet Mark for the first. But more on that later.

Then two weeks later on Mother's Day weekend Careen and Mark got married in Nauvoo, IL and have their reception in Keokuk, IA. Everyone was there and I got to play with the great niece Evelyn. Careen was a beautiful bride and it was a wonderful experience. There are pictures.

And now this weekend I go to Columbus, OH for my nephew Lawrence's high school graduation. It will be a quick trip because it is month end again.

Not much sewing and not a lot of sleep. But life is good.

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Today I was reading an article about gathering. It was specificly about how members of my church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gather twice a year to received council from our leaders in Utah. The next time that I will be watching and listening and gathering to here this council is this coming weekend.

As he was describing gathering he use hobbies. I think that is very true of quilting. We gather pieces of fabric that we think with look nice together to make a finished quilt. The process is gathering - fabric, patterns, pieces, blocks.

The same is true of our friends. We want to gather them around us. To share fun things with. To support us in times of woe.

I like this term - gathering. I had never thought about it in quite this way. Especially the gathering of friends, where they be family, co-workers, quilting friends, or church friends. They definitely make me a better person.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Just like spring is a time of change so can life be. A couple of weeks ago in downtown Atlanta there was a tornado. Changes of going from cool to warm cause turbulent weather. I have always lived in areas where there are tornadoes and have a healthy respect for them. Admittedly if I have to be around them I would prefer at the farm because I can see them coming. Here in the city there are to many buildings, trees, and people, you just can't see well. So when warm meets cold or cold meets warm this happens. If you look on the left by the tall building with the lighted top that is the tornado.
I had been thinking about this and how changes in affect things like our weather when last Monday (the 24th) my manager can into my office and let me go. So now I have new changes in my life. I am one of those people who like ruts but I do not seem destine to have them. Oh well, new opportunities and new adventures. I did have a couple of days last week where I spent the day on the couch, eating ice cream, and watching very bad tv.
I have not sewn much because I feel like I should be working on the resume and making calls and such. But yesterday I did tell myself that I need to do these things on my list and them I could sew. Working on the machine part of sewing on binding for Ruby Slippers and Star Gazing to be ready to hand sew down during General Conference this weekend.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Spring has shown up in Georgia. This weekend was so pretty that I had to get in my car and just spend time on the road. (I really miss MaryAnn. Saturday was perfect for a day trip.) The sun is shining, birds are singing. It make me happy.

Since it was such a pretty day on Saturday I hit a couple of quilt shops in my travels. This was during shop hop and I said that I was not going to do any. I bought pieces for a quilt that I have already started and need more variety. This doesn't count as buying fabric does it? It is for a project already started and I can't finish without it. Oh rationalization, isn't it great.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Exercise - A Four Letter Word

Evercise is a four letter word to me. Once I get to the gym I actually enjoy it. I feel better when I do it. But it is really hard to force myself out the door to the gym. It really is all about habits and this winter exercise has not been a habit. When will I go to the gym and make like a gerbil on the treadmill? Not today - maybe tommorrow - maybe not.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Starting Somewhere

This is so out of my comfort zone but my quilting friends are doing blogs. My niece Emma has a great one. So I will try. No pictures to start - haven't figured that out yet. (As well as I can't find my battery charger for my camera.) I tend to write like I talk - which is to just go on and on, so don't expect great writing but hopefully fun.

My quiling friend Karin made a excel spreadsheet with all of her UFO's. Why? Gretchen had started doing a card file with an index card for each project. So that have me thinking. If 2008 is going to be a year to finish UFO's what is my plan? Do I need a plan? I think so. What I have done is make a card of the first 10 projects I want to complete. As I finish one batch of ten I will come up with another. Otherwise to overwhelming I think.