This Hillbilly is very behind in her blog reading.
I will catch up. I promise!
A wonderful blog friend has given me an idea
to help me balance the charity quilts and personal projects.
Did you hear that big sigh of relief?
A very dear friend of mine passed away suddenly of the flu.
We first met years ago when I was a teen.
We worked together at a gift engraving store
called Things Remembered.
Oh the times we had!
(I worked off an on there helping out on holidays
for 20 years.)
In the "Old Days" engraving was an art.
We had a manual machine that required both arms be working
at once and extreme precision.
It also took a long time.
During holidays we would work around the clock.
We kept a cot in the back room to nap on.
(Now engraving is computerized. Not near as fun.)
You would not believe some of the things we've engraved.
Oh the laughs we've had!
Once we engraved an urn that already had it's contents.
The man would not come back and pick it up.
We had his wife there with us for months and months!
My teen years were pretty tough.
My real mom had passed away;
my step-mom hated my guts;
it was just really, really tough.
I am so thankful for MamaRo during those years.
She saw me through the teen years;
as well as the next few equally as hard years.
I was going to go to her funeral today;
but decided I wasn't up to all that car driving time with Stephen.
And it's going to be cold and rainy.
She is to be buried in the same cemetary as my mother,
(this is the actual cemetary-one of the prettiest in all of Kansas City)
With all my family being buried there as well,
It would have been a tough day.
I'm wimping out and staying home.
Every time something like this happens it stirs up memories.
Then I have nightmares reliving the teen years.
I have the last two nights.
I had to come back and edit this blog with a good note!
MY SISTER just finished a quilt top for me for the quilt ministry.
How nice was that?
On a lighter note--
Giveaway of some pattern books tomorrow!