Saturday was the best day! It’s the best day that I’ve had in a LONG time!!
I hadn’t felt the greatest on Friday and had been a little worried I was getting the flu. It ran through childcare last week and to date, I haven’t had it yet. I did have a bit of a stomach ache but honestly, I likely did that to myself. I get paranoid that I’m going to get it and then I think I psych myself into getting a stomach ache. UGH. I started doing a few things around the house “in case I go the flu”.
Then I got a message that our son Buck and Lora were at the hospital to have the baby! The second my phone made any noise I was jumping up and running….I was so anxious.
That’s when I decided to go to town. I needed groceries and meds. I figured I better do it now while I wasn’t sick (just in case I got sick) UGH. Well on my way to town my phone dinged and I decided to pull over and read the message.
BABY GIRL!! They had decided not to find out so we were all anxious to know.
A few minutes later we got another message… 8lbs 4oz 20″ Lucille Louise Elizabeth Kramer. A little while later one of our girls asked Buck what they were going to call her…Lucy? Lucille? Buck wrote back..”Lumber Lucy, fastest framer this side of the Mississippi”. Oh my, poor girl. Her dad will have her swinging a hammer before she’s one!!
It was so cute. She’ll like be Lucy. There is something awesome about seeing your husband be a father. About the only thing that tops it is seeing your son be a dad!
Hubby and I are waiting a few days before we go. We want to make sure we are totally flu free….
I was on a high as I went through town doing my errands…. Wal-Mart was first up. Check out this quilt puzzle….I didn’t buy it. I’m too busy making quilts to do puzzles, but I do love doing them.
From there I went on my thrift store run…
I met a blog reader at the first stop. That was fun to be recognized. I let her in on the family news early telling her about the new baby. From there the next thrift store and boy oh boy, I hit the shirt jack pot!!
There are 34 shirts. They were having a bag sale. $20 brought all of these home!! They are boxed up already and are headed to Niagara Falls to Mary. I met Mary back when we did the first Bonnie Hunter retreat. She was so fun. We’ve since reconnected…and I’m so glad I found shirts for her. She said I find so much better shirts than her. I laughingly told her well we’re in the Midwest. We still actually wear plaid shirts!!
I also got a haul of over 300 Dulpo Legos for $14…that’s a steal plus a few other goodies.
I heard there was a new thrift store in town so had to check it out. I think they are a consignment store instead. The prices where more spendy. On one side of the store was new clothes. Check out this jumper….
…and these pants. They are all made from upcycled sweaters. WOW. Aren’t they adorable???
I found some new shoes there for Carver. He’s at that stage where it’s hard to keep shoes on him. He gets one lost and we can’t find it!! It’s been miserable.
From there I decided to head down to the quilt shop. I wanted to make one of those gauze blankets for the new baby Lucy. I had wanted to before but didn’t know if it was a boy or girl so waited. Well now I knew. I ended up roaming the store. I ended up buying one of these patterns to make wood quilt blocks. I should have gotten a better picture of it. It’s way to the left and half cut off. I bought the pattern thinking that would be fun to do if Connie came one day. I was sure Hubby would make the boards up for us. Connie gets me into things I wouldn’t normally be brave enough to try.
Check out the white, yellow and teal quilt block mosaic board. I LOVE it. the blocks are in a tray but can be lifted, turned and placed to make quilt blocks. Well I want it for my childcare. I really wanted it BUT…it was over $40. Um…no. I’m going to have Hubby make me one with a 1 by 3. I want to make extra blocks of extra colors. I think my older kids will really like this. It makes a 12″ block.
The other thing I loved was this cow quilt. I don’t know if quilt is quite the right word. It’s actually more like a piece of art wall hanging. The company that does these is Fiberworks. It supposed to made with Steam a Seam 2. It made it really heavy and stiff. That part..I didn’t love. I want to actually make it as a quilt to be used so I am trying to think of a way to do that…as is, it’s too stiff. BUT I loved it too much not to give it a try. Worst case scenario I bought some expensive reading material. Best case I actually make it! I sure hope I make it!
When it came time to pick out my gauze and minky to make the baby blanket. UGH. They didn’t have the color of minky I wanted or matched. UGH. I thought…oh well…back to Wal-Mart I go. In the meantime Kayla figured out I was in town and asked if I’d look for an air popcorn popper for her…that meant back to the first thrift store.
On the way there was a garage sale. I can’t believe there was on in December. The weather was so nice.
I ended buying a Hawaiian Moomoo for 25 cents for Kayla. Her school has lots of dress up days and I thought for 25 cents she might like it.
I also got these two pieces of fabric….25 cents each! There is over 6 yards of the white based one and it’s 54″ fabric. SCORE…the other red has 2 yards worth. SCORE again!!
Back to the thrift store…no air popper..onto Wal-Mart. I found something but not what would work but I decided to get the light pink and go back to the quilt shop. The only problem….the gal that was cutting my fabric was having a terrible time with the pricing gun. It would coordinate with the printer. I finally asked if the printer had power…nope. So more working and configuring. In the meantime, a lady came to the cutting counter and asked if I was Kelli’s mom. It turns out that her husband works with Kelli but recently had a medical condition. We ended up talking for a long time…partly with the gal cutting fabric and partly with each other. I could have easily gotten mad or crabby and missed out on all of that. I likely waited 20-25 minutes for the lady to finally figure it out. She was fretting and fretting so finally I went around the counter and gave her a hug. I bet that doesn’t happen often to Wal-Mart employees.
So back to the quilt shop I went. I found the fabric I needed right away. I also ran into someone I knew. I hadn’t been the kindest to her before. Her son was terrible to one of my daughters during high school. Being my day had been going so well I was in a fabulous mood and was chatting with her. In the conversation she said that her son wasn’t easy to live with and she wasn’t anxious for him to come home. In the conversation I felt like she was trying to acknowledge the inappropriate behavior that happened to one of my daughters. That made me feel so much better and truly lifted my grudge. Isn’t it crazy that sometimes all we need in life is to be acknowledged?…I didn’t need a sorry…acknowledgement really helped.
I left on a happy high. From there…I realized it was LATE! I had been in town for EIGHT hours. WHAT?? No wonder I was happy. I ended up going through the drive thru and you’ll never guess!! The person in front of me paid for my food!!! I received a random act of kindness. How sweet!! I’ve paid for the person’s meal in the drive thru before as a random act of kindness but I never received one before. It was the coolest….So I ended up digging in my purse, pulled out a $20 bill and handed it to the drive thru attendant and told him to keep it going!!!
From there I was FINALLY on my way home. Kalissa called and reminded me that I Carver was coming over so they could go to Craig’s work Christmas party. So I got home, started putting groceries away and soon Carver came…Buck called all is well…he sounds so happy. What a blessing that is. It was almost two years ago that he got a divorce. I was so hoping life could turn around for him and I think it really has. Lora is so good for him…and I think Lucy is going to have a charm all her own.
So my Saturday…December 2nd 2017 is one of the best days I’ve ever had. I’m going to try really hard to keep it going. I reflected on the day trying to figure out, besides Lucy’s birth, what made it so good. I think one of the main things is I slowed down and was present. Too often I’m busy looking at the next thing and not being present where I am at. I think, at times, I need to be looking ahead-Especially during childcare. That prevents LOTS of accidents and saves sanity on my part to keep my juggling act going but I need to turn that off more often and be present in the moment.
Look at little Lucy…she’s already teaching her grandma something…and as for when we’re going to meet her…we’re waiting a few days. We want to make sure we aren’t sick. What a wonderful day!!