This week's winner!Congratulations to DebrafromMD. You're the winner of the Pheasant Crossing pattern & charm pack! Thanks to everyone who commented on their favorite Pheasant Hill print/color. I appreciate the feedback for future collections. Today I'm trying to whittle down a huge pile of beautiful prints into a new 40 piece KT Favorites II collection. Oh my - I wish there could be 60! You'll see this new group just in time for Christmas this year! If there's a KT Favorite you love now, grab it before it's gone.
Lynne's Really Bad DayHave you ever had one of those days/trips when everything that could go wrong, did? I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to IL last week, but it started out on April Fool's Day less than perfectly. I woke up to pack my clothes in the car and the handle broke on my suitcase. No problem, just repacked in 2 smaller suitcases - clothes in one, shoes/socks in the other. Out the door and on my way. Just about an hour down the road, my oil light came on. Funny, since I'd had the oil changed just the previous week. When I stopped to check, there was no oil in the car. Hmmmm, guess they forgot to put oil back in. Pretty easy fix, just added a couple quarts. Stopped in Des Moines for gas when the tire light came on. Really??? My rear tire had a bulging spot on the side with a slow leak. Buy an extra large Diet Coke, fill up the tire and move on, I'll have it checked tomorrow. Between Des Moines and Moline, I stopped every hour to fill the tire. Grrrrrr..... When I reach Davenport, IA and turn south to Moline, the front end of my car "clunks" loudly and starts grinding every time I turn the wheel. Sounds just like it did in Dec. when one of the wheel bearings went out. As I limped into Moline, I stopped at the motel and asked for the nearest tire dealership. There happened to be a Firestone just around the corner. I talk to a nice young man who says to come back at 8am for someone to look at my "issues". Back at the motel - a very nice Comfort Inn ungoing remodeling - I sink into a hot bath, hoping to soak away my really bad day. When I'm good and prune-y, I step out of the tub into a puddle of cold water - the toilet has been running over. SERIOUSLY??? I stood in the cold water, laughing/crying wondering how this day could get any worse. I gathered up my stuff, moved to another room and crashed for the night. About 4am, I woke up in a panic realizing I'd left my suitcase with all my shoes/socks at home by the bed. Could this get any worse? I'm up and waiting at Firestone at 8am. When I explained my situation to Bill, that I needed to be at the guild meeting by 11:30am to unpack all the stuff in my car, he was very understanding and promised they would have my car fixed or take me and my stuff there themselves. What a guy! I walked over to the mall, ate a cinnamon pretzel for breakfast and waited for the stores to open, wondering how the day would play out. Now I know most of you would love to HAVE to shop for shoes, but it's one of my least favorite things to do - right after bra shopping. My feet are wide so very few brands fit well. I prayed someone had a pair of Berkenstocks or Dansko's in stock in my size. Three stores later, Von Maur had 2 pair - black and taupe - that would work. I bought 5 pair of socks and headed out to Firestone about 11am. They were pulling my car out of the garage - with 4 new tires, an oil change, new wheel bearing and alignment as I arrived. Bill and his crew were absolutely great in working so quickly to get me back on the road safely. Thank you guys! So, the moral of the story is - if you need tires, go to Bill at Firestone in Moline, IL. If you need shoes in a hurry, Von Maur is the place (we don't have Von Maur where I live so I was pleasantly surprised by their huge shoe selection). The ladies in Moline were delightful and excited about my program and workshop. My very bad day disappeared and was replaced by a very good day with quilters. I figure when that many things go wrong all at once, I must be good to go with no major issues for a long time. Let's hope so, anyway! I'm driving halfway across the country next month.
Have you had a very bad day that ended well because of a saintly helper in your life? Share your story to win a Pheasant Hill mini charm. Here's hoping your problems are "mini", your troubles few.