I've been working on Kim's retirement lap quilt, and finally finished piecing the top. I was "winging it" and letting it evolve on its own. I can see areas that could have been handled differently, but I really want this to be a completed project and not turn into a lingering UFO that keeps needing something before I finish it. The next step will be to sandwich it and get ready for quilting, which I'll be doing myself. I would show a picture, but not knowing if Kim ever looks in on my blog, I'm waiting a bit. I've personalized it (hope she likes it) and want it to be a surprise. Edit to add: it's sandwiched!
I made Elise a dress last week. You know little kids, they don't necessarily say they like something because its the polite thing to do. I got tickled because she wore it the day I gave it to her, and the next day her mom took her to see a Disney Princesses on Ice show. When she got up that morning, she wanted to wear it again! Elizabeth put a long sleeve shirt underneath, and off they went. Today we were at Hobby Lobby and she twisted my arm to get her fabric for another dress. :) Sorry, no pictures of the dress, but maybe with the next one...
I got a forwarded e-mail the other day about random acts of kindness. You know the kind...paying for the person behind you at the drive-through, leaving a dollar taped to the vending machine with a note to enjoy a snack, giving water to a construction crew on a hot day. Years ago there used to be pay telephones in a lot of places. Remember those? I know my kids used to love to run up to them and see if there were coins in the change slot that someone might have forgotten. There were several times that I would purposely put a quarter in there just so someone could have the excitement of finding it. Now I occasionally pay for the person behind me in a fast-food line, and have finally figured out what works best for me. First, I look in the rear-view mirror and see if there's just one person in the car. Then, after I've paid for my meal, I ask the cashier if their ticket is less than $x, say 5 or 10. They tell me what it is, and if it's more than I want to pay I can gracefully bow out, but generally I'll pay it. Usually I'm on my way before the person gets to the cashier and I can be anonymous. The other day, it didn't work out quite that way, and as I drove off the lady behind me was waving real big with a great smile on her face. Her bill? I think in the ballpark of $3 (we're talking McDonalds after all). What a nice little way to start a Friday for someone, don't you think? What are your random acts of kindness?
That's it for now. Enjoy your week!