Tomorrow 5 of my friends and myself are leaving for a three day trip to Paducah. Terry, Julie, and I always go for a day because we live so close by. However, this year we were asked my three other ladies to join in on the fun with them. We're so excited!!
I finally finished their "treat bags" (today). I filled them with chocolates, "On the Go" packets to put in their water, and some crackers for when they get that "sinking spell" around 2:00 when it's too early to eat dinner, but lunch is wearing off. I may find some fat quarters to put in them, too, but I wanted to wait until I get to Paducah to buy those. I think some ME fabrics would be cute.
Thanks for all the concern about the recent earthquakes we have been having. Another happened during the night on Sunday night, but no damage. We have felt aftershocks ever since the bigger one on Friday, and there have been some that we didn't feel, but still registered.
It's funny, but everyone has a "where were you when the earthquake happened" experience to tell about. Most people were in a deep sleep like me. It's crazy what people do when they are awakened and terrified. One of my son's friends ran into the hallway of his home. His mom ran into the hallway, too, but she was topless!! One of my friends said her neighbor came running out in her underwear.
Here's a little bit of background information about our area. Tornadoes lurk in my neighborhood more than I would like to think about. I live very close to the river, and tornadoes love the river. We had a large one (F4)in 2000 where it damaged a lot of homes and businesses. Although it didn't hit my house, it did skip over the dance studio where my 4 year old daughter was and flattened the cemetery and it's beautiful huge trees that were behind the studio. In 2005 a large one hit in a little town just across the river in Indiana. This past October one hit right outside of my neighborhood. I am always amazed at how soon the TV crews get to the neighborhoods that are damaged. What's even more amazing is how well put together (clothes wise) people are who have just lost everything. Did they sleep in their clothes? If one hit my house during the middle of the night everyone would either see my flannel pj's with coffee cups all over them or my hot pink snowflake ones.
With that in mind, and since the earthquake did happen during the middle of the night, I decided to lay my clothes out, just in case. I found out later that I wasn't the only person who had this idea.
Saturday afternoon I went to my neighbors wedding shower. I didn't know anyone there other than my neighbor and her mom. I was talking to the several of the women there and we started talking about the earthquake. One lady said she laid her clothes out. I started laughing because I thought I was the only one who laid her clothes out. Then she said she has been known to sleep in her clothes when there is a chance that a tornado may come during the night while we're sleeping. I started laughing harder because I knew where she was going with this. She's like me...she doesn't want to be caught in her pj's when the TV crew comes and interviews her. Then she said that she also doesn't want to say "It sounded like a freight train coming through" because that's what everybody says in their state of shock.
I was thinking about that later; what would I say? Would I say it sounded like a herd of elephants or would I say it sounded like my Juki on full speed at 1500 stitches per minute. I know me. I would be in such a state of shock that I would be standing there in my flannel pj's saying that it sounded like a freight train.
I was telling my friend, Jennifer, about my conversation with the lady who sleeps in her clothes. Jennifer says she does, too, but she also sleeps with her purse strap around her neck in case a tornado comes, blows her away, and "they" have to identify her. lol I guess this goes to show that we really are afraid of bad weather, but it is funny to talk about what we do to be prepared. Bless the hearts of those who have experienced these things.
I thought you might like to see what's on my design wall.
I saw the quilt on the front cover of this magazine last spring. The first quilt I fell in love with (that wasn't handmade by my grandmother or Steve's relatives) I saw in a kitchen shop. It was gorgeous with flower pots and flowers.
The quilt is called Spring Loaded and it is a "Quilt Soup" pattern. The fabrics are Lakehouse Drygoods by Holly Holderman. I love "Quilt Soup" patterns and I drool over fabrics by Holly.
I know I will have fun in Paducah, but I don't really need anything. Judy Laquidara says that she and I will have to meet in the parking lot every night and have confession! I hope not, but it will be good to see her.