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Crafting Hangover

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Auntie Kate left us this morning, heading home to her clean, whine-free house.  And me?  I'm left in my own living room, staring at what can only be interpreted as the remnants of some sort of drunken fabric binge, complete with blackouts.   Fat quarters scattered everywhere, pieces of doll clothes awaiting some skilled hand to finish their assembly, tissue paper pattern pieces blown every which way by the ceiling fan...it looks like some sort of fabric arts crime scene.

4 pattern envelopes for doll clothes?  4?  Was that necessary

Maybe Kate and I should have skipped that second trip to Joann's Fabrics.  It seemed so innocent.  But did we really believe we would pick up only a few more needed odds and ends?  Why didn't Larry hide my car keys?

We brought Rachel and Susie with us, too, thinking that would limit the time we could spend in the store.  Instead we bribed the little innocents with pretty fabric and promises of  submarine sandwiches.  Contributing to the delin…

Too Late

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A friend of mine died today.  She was old and very sick.  Even so, I'm stunned she's no longer here.  I cannot count how many times this evening I've made a mental note to tell her something next time I see her.

Tell me, when will I stop doing that?  How long will it take to get over a habit more than a decade in the making?

To an outsider, perhaps, she didn't seem too remarkable.  A widow in her 80's, living in the house where she raised her children...ill for the past 2 years, to boot.  Before that?  An active senior citizen, busy with the local gardening club and her friends and her grandchildren...

But to me?  She was the neighbor who took the time to talk to me all the years - those long, isolated, pre-blogging years - I was home with my babies.  At the beginning, I'll confess, I'd manufacture a request - a cup of sugar, say - any excuse to knock on her door and make some human contact.  I was that lonely.  And she made herself available.  I'll nev…

2-At-A-Time FAIL

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I'm okay, really.  Just wondering how I will ever get my kids back to their math books after one week off spent preparing for a houseguest and now another week off  because our guest (Auntie Kate of the mad crafting skills) is finally here and it's spring break and all the other kids are home and the weather's nice.

Auntie Kate gave each of the girls an 18-inch doll (NOT American Girl, thank you, both she and I shudder at the thought of spending 100 dollars on a toy) and then we trooped off to the fabric store and bought patterns for fun doll clothes and picked up a couple (well, 4) fat quarter bundles on our way out (30 percent off!) and, um, a few other things and well, anyway, we don't really have a lot of restraint when we visit the fabric store together.  And then Auntie Kate supplied moral support as I ripped back zillions of rows on the socks that I've been knitting for Rachel that turned out to be a tad too big (as in, they were big on me) and you know what?…

Happiness

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10 unused Weight Watcher's points  plusan hitherto undiscovered box of  Girl Scout Thin Mints? Better than a warm puppy.... And tastier, too... But if you are suffering a paucity of Weight Watcher points and/or cookies, you can still up your happiness quotient by visiting Mrs. G at Derfwad Manor.  She has once again returned to her little corner of the Internets.  Verily, my blogging cup runneth over.[Snoopy image: K. ] [Thin Mint image: Nikki G]