When I lived in Texas and was schlepping children (I enjoyed EVERY minute. It really is a great time to visit with your children and catch up on their day. They are a captured audience.) to here and there I drove a Chevy Suburban. The vehicle of choice when having more then one child and in Texas.
I drove four wheel drive Chevy Suburbans. We had horses and it was wonderful hauling a bale of hay, feed or tack for a show. I could also transport up to six children where ever was needed.
Towards the end of the time I lived in Texas I was down to one child who needed a driver.
During that time there was a natural gas boom and I was able to profit selling the natural gas rights to property I owned.
I bought a car.
A very impracticable car.
A two seater convertible 2008 Chrysler Crossfire in red.
The very last year they were made.
It is VERY cute.
It bugged the salesman I didn't care to drive it fast, I liked it for its cuteness.
I have loved driving it here in California. We have the BEST convertible weather. Jim not so much. He is not able to put the seat back far enough so his foot does not fall asleep but it's not his car and he doesn't drive it on a daily basis.
Anyway, today I received a recall notice on the airbags.
Apparently my airbag "might" be defective.
But there are no parts to fix it at this time.
Basically they are saying my cute car that I love to drive should stay in the driveway until it can be fixed.
I wonder how long they want to give me a rental before the parts come in.
I'm sure they really don't want anything to happen to me out there on the road.
I think it would have been smarter to announce the recall when they actually had parts to fix the problem because I don't see a positive in announcing it early.
If you filled out a slip with your name and email address for their drawing they gave you this great bag which was perfect to put your show purchases in. Being that I live in California I never pass up a free bag. I filled out the form for the drawing not really paying any attention to what you would win.
I do apologize for being so cavalier but I have enjoyed using the bag for my groceries.
Imagine my surprise last week when I received this email announcing I was a winner!!!!!
You won the $100 Raffle at the Sacramento Quilt, Craft & Sewing 2016 Show!
A hundred dollar winner!!!!
Today my winnings showed up.
I had a real quandary deciding what to get. Sharp Sewing Supplies has a great selection of rulers, needles, sewing notions and even parts for most sewing machines.
I finally decided I would get a new rotary cutting mat.
My old mat has seen better days. I have had this mat over 30 years. Yes people THIRTY years. My three children, now adults, used my mat for many school projects, hence the interesting paint and ink spots. My mat was made before they put measurements on them. I'm not even sure the maker of the mat.
Recently I have noticed bits of green on my rotary cutter and thought maybe it was time to replace it.
It will be hard to say goodbye to my old friend.
Actually I'm just going to put the mat in the guest room and test the new one out before really saying goodbye.
So in the mail today I received a new Clover 24" x 36" mat.
I also decided to splurge for new rotary cutters.
They are kind of like scissors - you can never have too many.
I normally use my 45 mm rotary cutter for everything but thought it would be nice to try a 28 mm cutter.
I know, I've been sewing and quilting my entire life and just now trying a 28 mm rotary cutter.
We'll see if it revolutionizes my sewing life.
I added the pack of sewing machine needles just to get as close as I could to $100.
This past December I was trying to find different ways to avoid decorating our Christmas tree that Jim had brought home. I made appointments, tried extra cleaning the house (I had to get ready for the kid's visit) and looked for any option that I might have an excuse to not put ornaments on the tree.
One of the local quilt shops near me (I am blessed to have several close by) Fabric Garden was offering mini demo's for quick and easy projects on a Saturday.
I signed up and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon smelling fabric fumes.