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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Let's not panic!
I think it's absolutely hilarious that I wrote about how much time I take for myself and then BAM! I'm in trouble timewise!
I'm sitting at home on Sunday sewing away and having fun despite the fact that I almost lost an eye. More on that in a minute!
I always set an alarm to ring 24 hours in advance of ANY appointment so, in the event that I've forgotten the appointment, there is time to do a mad scramble and get prepped. So my alarm goes off at 1:30 in the afternoon. Hmmm - that doesn't sound like a notification - that's an ALARM. I checked and OH DEAR - there is a guild lecture at 1:30 on Monday afternoon. It was in the back of my head, but for some reason, I thought it was the following week.
OK - let's breathe deep. There is NO need to panic, despite the fact that I'm already working on two projects that had to be done by Monday morning. You see, I spent the entire morning leisurely prepping a project for the retreat instead of doing what was urgent FIRST! The Task Master and I are going to have a little talk at the retreat. And for those expecting a Motivational Monday post - that will come tomorrow.
Now that the urgent stuff is complete - wait let me tell you how I almost lost my eye. I had to quilt a small project and since it was stitch in the ditch and the project was small, I decided to use my domestic machine and use invisible thread. My sewing machine hates invisible thread, but I had no choice. I loaded the pre-wound invisible thread bobbin and the spool of thread on the top. Don't forget to loosen the tension because that is critical. I'm sewing away and BANG - the darn needle breaks. My machine HATES invisible thread. So I grabbed another needle. I was doing great. Then I had to start a new line of stitching and the darn needle broke with the first stitch. Why?? I have no idea. But part of that needle flew up and hit me in the cheek about 1 inch below my eye!!!! How did that happen???? That freaked me for a bit - that was close to my eye! This time, I put a TOPSTITCH needle in the machine with invisible thread, but I needed to get this project done! No more broken needles and I didn't lose my eye and it was my good eye too!
Now let's deal with that guild lecture. I still hadn't unpacked from the last lecture a week previous. What's the topic of this lecture??? I normally write it in my book, but there was nothing in the book. I have three lectures this month and this one just seemed to be a mystery. I had to get into my e-mail and searched and searched - NOTHING was mentioned about the topic. Nor where the location of the meeting was!!! How could this be???? A quick e-mail to the program person and within an hour, I had all the information. Both she and I had forgotten some important details!!!!
I got the trunk show packed and into the car. The meeting was scheduled to start at 1:30. I arrive a few minutes before 1:00, only to find the parking lot packed. NO WAY! The meeting starts at 1:00??? YES --- oh god - I rechecked my e-mail and it did say 1:30 PM so I had not made a mistake. Thank god, I decided NOT to stop at the chip wagon for a hot dog!! A quick dash to get the important stuff out of the car. I didn't have time to grab my purse or my phone - I had to get stuff set up because I on the schedule BEFORE the break! But let's not panic! OH no!!!!!
Anyway - the presentation went off very well. We had a lot of fun and it's always super exciting to do my "The Life of a Quilter" as I tell my journey as a quilter.
As the meeting drew to a close, it was getting very dark inside the building. I didn't realize it, but there was a major storm brewing outside! I drove my car to the door and that huge heavy suitcase that I carry my quilts in??? Well, it got bounced down the stairs and into the car as if that suitcase weighed 5 pounds! It was POURING rain and I wasn't going to get wet! Well, I did get wet, but not much!!!!
It was a long drive back and while I wasn't tired on the drive home, I had to have a nap when I got myself sorted out! It was a long, sort of stressful day, but it all worked out! Next time - I'm going to make sure that I have all the information in one place before the next lecture. Which I better do today as the next lecture is next Monday!!!
Yikes - what a crazy day!!!!!
Have a super day!!!!