Sunday, August 05, 2007

Bad luck & etc.

Things have been busy around here and not always in a good way. I think we angered the car gods. In the last two weeks my pregnant daughter's Vibe was hit from behind by a pick-up truck (the driver didn't bother to check to see if the light was red because the one he just went through was green & he thought they all turned at the same time!). Daughter & baby are fine, thank God. Then my DH's car had problems & needed to go to the shop. My SIL's alternator went out, then the truck he drives at work broke down two different days and another work truck he was driving was hit by a lady who ran a stop sign. THEN my radiator blew up, it seems that something flew up into the radiator and damaged it. Argggghhhh! My new radiator is on order, so I won't have a car for a week or so. I'm not even complaining much because nobody has been hurt, and because the day before my car broke down I drove to Chicago to take my son to the airport, and it would have been awful (and a lot more expensive) if the car had broken down there.

BTW- the cute little kitty above is Stuart (aka Stuie). We have three new kittens in the house, when they get a little older they'll mostly live outside & keep down the mice, rat & shrew population. They're so little and not growing too quickly, so they'll have to stay in for a while.

It hasn't been all bad, we had our oldest son here for a week visiting. He lives in CA so we don't get to see him a lot. We went all over, including the beach at Grand Haven as seen in the picture. It was great to have him home. He wants to learn to make quilts, but we usually don't have time to get much done. This time we visited a few fabric stores, found a project that interested him and actually got a good start. He liked kaleidoscope quilts, so we got a template & some Jinny Beyer fabric & had some fun. He made several blocks like the one below, each is unique because of the way the fabric is made. I was hoping to find the Paula Nadelstern book about kaleidoscope quilt making, but it looks like it's out of print & hard to find. I really hope my son and daughter-in-law move closer to home someday so we can get farther along on the quilt lessons, it figures that the one child of mine that wants to learn to quilt lives on the other side of the country.

Things are really dry here as in a lot of the country. We finally had some rain today, but it's too late for a lot of the corn around here, all the crops are really stressed. We need a week of rainy days but it doesn't look like we'll be getting much rain any time soon.

I've been working on a rag quilt lately. One of my daughter's friends wanted to make one for her mom's birthday present, so I could hardly refuse her request for help. More quilters in the world= better world, right? I'll take some pics of it when it's finished & hopefully post them in the next blog.


Blogger DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Thank-you for stopping by my blog and sending your well wishes for Jacob.

We have made the car gods mad at us a few times too. Great Photos!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sorry to hear about all the car problems. The little kitty is just too cute!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Shame about the cars but at least everyone is ok. The kitten is so cute, and I'm very impressed your son wants to quilt. I am always trying to get my 8 yo nephew interested - he likes painting, so I am trying to add fibre arts to his repertoire.

11:45 PM  

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