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Blondie
September 22nd, 2015, 06:55 AM
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Hello Folksies,

I love me some good coffee. I make a good pot of coffee. I remember the very first time I actually fell in love with coffee. I had been driving with a friend all through the night to get to his parent's house in Southern Pines, NC from Columbia, S.C. It was a cool and rainy night, made cooler because he didn't have a heater in his mustang. When we arrived at his parent's lovely big house about 4 in the morning, he made me a cup of coffee with cream and sugar. I don't know what kind of coffee it was. Maybe it was instant, maybe perk'ed, most certainly not drip - or maybe it was because "he" was the one who handed it to me, all warm with smile on his lips. I fell in love at that moment. It has been a long love affair. Coffee has become a social event for me, even when I am all alone. There is always coffee ready for any family or visitors at the house or at the salon. Coffee has become a comfort food group to me. Everything goes well with coffee. It is the perfect after dinner drink. It is a civilized thing to do.

Last night was cool and rainy when the first ambulance arrived on The Hill. I heard that dreaded siren and of course, being concerned over who down this road was in need of that urgency, I went to the front door. It turned down my Mom's driveway. Wellsir, I grabbed my hoodie and got in my truck. Before I could get out of my drive, here came 2 more emergency vehicles - volunteer fire dept and rescue squad, countless trucks, police and I was stuck. No one would tell me anything, but I knew that Mom was okay. Whew! I found out fairly soon that a hunter Mom allows on the property each year had been injured.

Some of my precious forum members here were on FB and I went there to ask for prayer. Thank YOU guys. The man had fallen out of a deer stand and had some broken ribs and found out later (much later) that evening after he had been rescued and airlifted to the city hospital that one of his lungs had been punctured. We had lights blinking for hours after he had been rescued, even long after I went to bed. I made up a few pots of coffee, got out the styrofoam cups. I even had some choc chip blondies (I prefer them to choc chips cookies because they are quicker and talk about comfort food . . . ).

The last fella who walked to my door for a refill said, How do you make your coffee taste so good? With love, Sir. With love.


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Jean Sewing Machine
September 22nd, 2015, 07:31 AM
Blondie, I hope you got a little bit of sleep with all that excitement in your lane last night! I'm sure your visitors appreciated your hospitality. And I hope the injured hunter recovers soon from his injuries.

Today is the day I pack it all up and drag it up to Hamilton for the forum retreat. I have many, many goodies to share with the participants! Just hope it will all fit in the car and still leave room for a driver! I sewed the last "thing" last night at 9:30. Can't share more or the surprises will be revealed prematurely! I must say, it was a busy several weeks, but lots of creative fun was had by me! Hope our retreat participants enjoy themselves, and that I left room in the car for my suitcase! Pictures later this week! Can't wait to see all my forum buddies and of course, meet new friends!

Hope you all have a great day! See you in the funny papers! ( am I showing my age with that statement!)

Lori63
September 22nd, 2015, 07:32 AM
Wow, Blondie it sounds like you had quite the night! I hope the hunter is going to be okay.

I've never developed a taste for coffee, but boy did my mom have a love affair with it. She drank it all the time, even on the hottest days of summer. If I need caffeine, I drink iced tea or soda. Although I do try to stay away from it, I indulge more often than I should. I do love the smell of coffee though.

I woke up this morning at 3:30 and couldn't go back to sleep, tossed and turned for about 30 minutes and finally decided to get up and moving. So, I've taken my shower and am ready for work. With my extra time I'm cutting fabric to take to the retreat...we leave tomorrow morning at 8:00! That's probably why I couldn't sleep, I'm too excited. I wonder what time I'll wake up tomorrow??

Anyway, as I'm cutting the fabric, it's flannel, I notice one particular piece of yardage is way off grain. I'm going to try to pull the corners and see if that helps. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

RFREE
September 22nd, 2015, 07:38 AM
Wow what a night Blondie. A couple years ago a childhood friend of my older siblings fell out of a deer stand and wasn't as lucky as the feller at your moms. He landed on his head. Lived 2 days on life support and they let him go. So tragic.
I would like to say all is good here in KY but we have an appointment with my DD pediatric urologist after 13 years UTI free she has had 4 since april. I am mortified as to what is going on. She had her uriters reconstructed when she was 3 and no problems what so ever til now. Please prey. I am having major health issues myself but have decided to put them on the back burner til I know something about her. Losing my bus job has really made it difficult. I just want to sit in a corner and cry. Not a good time for me at all.
Yall have a good week.
Hugs from Ky
Rhonda

Jean Sewing Machine
September 22nd, 2015, 07:39 AM
Wow what a night Blondie. A couple years ago a childhood friend of my older siblings fell out of a deer stand and wasn't as lucky as the feller at your moms. He landed on his head. Lived 2 days on life support and they let him go. So tragic.
I would like to say all is good here in KY but we have an appointment with my DD pediatric urologist after 13 years UTI free she has had 4 since april. I am mortified as to what is going on. She had her uriters reconstructed when she was 3 and no problems what so ever til now. Please prey. I am having major health issues myself but have decided to put them on the back burner til I know something about her. Losing my bus job has really made it difficult. I just want to sit in a corner and cry. Not a good time for me at all.
Yall have a good week.
Hugs from Ky
Rhonda
Thinking of you, Sweetie, and offering prayers for you and your daughter!

Monique
September 22nd, 2015, 07:40 AM
Good morning friends. Blondie, glad it all turned out well, the hunter is getting treated and nothing wrong with Momma.

Well, I did manage to get 4 windows painted yesterday. Today, because the weather is ideal, I will finish the two windows on the driveway side. I did get into my sewing room late in the day and sandwiched a table runner. Last night, I sewed the binding on the halloween table runner. Other than the painting, I don't know what else this day has in store.

Thinking of all of you going to the retreat. Drive safely everyone.

Bubby
September 22nd, 2015, 08:04 AM
Thinking of you, Sweetie, and offering prayers for you and your daughter!

Morning Everyone,

Blondie I'm so glad the emergency vehicles weren't for your Mom. It must have given you a scare. Tree stand accidents are legendary around here. I hope the hunter gets better soon.

Jeff and I have poison ivy. This is my first time having it and it's not fun. Jeff's is far worse than mine at this point. We cut tree limbs down at the apartments Saturday and then took them to the dump and got rid of them.

Monique, you're such a worker! I guess you have to get ready for winter like we do.

Rhonda, I will be praying for your DDs appointment with the urologist and for you, too. I hadn't heard you lost your bus job...so sorry.

Wishing everyone a blessed day with hugs...Barb

Ginny B
September 22nd, 2015, 08:21 AM
Good Morning. Oh boy,Blondie, I'll bet seeing those lights flashing and heading into Mom's driveway sure did get your heart racing. Glad all is well with her and hope the hunter has a quick recovery.

Rhonda, prayers for you and your daughter. {{{{{hugs}}}}} For all of you heading to the retreat, have safe trips and a wonderful time. Maybe one of these years I'll be able to join you. In the meantime, I'll read about the fun and join in remotely from my sewing room. :icon_bigsmile:

Have a wonderful day everyone.

MRoy
September 22nd, 2015, 08:30 AM
Good morning!
Rhonda, I'll be praying for you and your daughter.

Blondie, I'm glad you're mom is okay and the hunter was not more seriously hurt. You might need to keep the coffee pot on today. After all that excitement adrenaline wears off, you may crash and burn today.

Barb, I'm sorry about the poison ivy. I'm allergic too and avoid it whenever I can. It can get you even if it looks dead.

Monique, you'll have your house all prettied up for fall.

Jean and Lori, have a wonderful time at the retreat. If I lived a few hours closer, I'd join you.

Today, I'll be cutting 6" squares down to 5 1/2" squares to match the ones that I cut wrong yesterday. This little donation quilt will need a border added now, but I won't be wasting the fabric!

Cathy F
September 22nd, 2015, 08:36 AM
Morning all

Blondie that had to give you quite a scare until you heard your mom was OK. Hoping the hunter has a full recovery.

Today I have a Dr's appointment and some errands to run. Don't know how much of my day they'll take up, depends on the wait in the Dr's office. I sure hope it has improved since my last one.

No sewing today, still working on the painting in the bedroom. Closet is painted and organizer installed( for a small closet boy it took all day), ceiling painted yesterday. Today starting in on the walls.

Hoping all have a fantastic time at the retreat! So wish I could be with you. Off to get my day in gear, wishing everyone a good one!

aliaslaceygreen
September 22nd, 2015, 08:57 AM
Aren't you just the person to have around, Blondie! Good coffee, chocolate at the ready.... what a caring soul!

I am officially working on the NoRain dance--anyone wanting to join in, because Daytona is looking mighty rainy for a weekend trip.

Ladies... fess up--- Quilt stores around Daytona, down to Kennedy Space Center and then over to Tarpon Springs before heading back up 95 to Virginia... Speak now! If it rains, I can convince the driver to Shop!!!

I will have a bunch of hexies.. .. well, actually honeycombs are the shape I am doing... so that, a nicely charged Nook, some Jimmy Buffet on the iPod and we are ready for some sunshine... last gasp before really having to dig in and get serious about work at Christmas time...

Have a FANTASTIC retreat!!!

oldsewer
September 22nd, 2015, 09:06 AM
Lori, if you haven't yet, try washing the crooked flannel. Sometimes it gets pulled funny on the bolt, and washing it allows it to return to a more "natural" state. Sharon

Amy R
September 22nd, 2015, 09:13 AM
Blondie, glad your mom is ok and the hunter should be ok. I can't imagine the heartstopping moments trying to figure out what was going on.

Rhonda, saying some extra prayers for you.

Barb, hope you and Jeff find some relief soon.

Sandy Navas
September 22nd, 2015, 09:45 AM
Got the prayers going today for sure. Lots of warm hugs and fuzzies going out, too. You know when you need them - so they are definitely coming your way!!!!

Coffee - when I was about 22-23 years old I worked for Pearl Brewery as a laboratory technician. We didn't have coffee breaks, but we were allowed beer breaks, and I had access to BEER. However, if I had a beer every time I needed to 'wet my whistle' I wouldn't be able to do my job. Growing up there wasn't much coffee in the house. Mom abhorred coffee - said her mom used to mix it with castor oil for 'what ailed them'. Dad loved his instant coffee and would make it with hot tap water - truly NOT a connoisseur!! I had never developed the taste. But, something had to be available instead of beer so I bought a coffee pot and set it up in my lab space. And I drank coffee. And more coffee. And even when I didn't need it I would have a cup of coffee. It got to the point that my heart was racing and, at such a young age, I knew I was going to die. After all, 15-20 cups of coffee a day can do that to you . . . I don't know who pointed out the effects of too much caffeine, but I managed to cut back on my consumption. And, while I still have to have my wake-up coffee and quite often will order it if we have dinner out, my current thirst quencher is UNsweetened iced tea. Did you know that tea ranks a bit higher with caffeine than coffee? That should explain a few things.

Packing things up for the retreat trip. I am so anxious to see everyone!! The forum members who can't make it will be there in my heart and mind and we won't forget you. In fact, I'm willing to bet your names will be bandied about quite frequently.

pcbatiks
September 22nd, 2015, 10:32 AM
Good morning, everyone. For those going to the forum retreat.......have a great time & a safe trip. :) Don't forget to take plenty of pictures!

Rhonda.....will definitely be praying for your daughter and for you too. Hugs to you.

auntiemern
September 22nd, 2015, 11:30 AM
Up and at em this AM. All packed except last minute do dads. Then I will supervise as DH loads the granny van. Shortly after I will hit the road for the not so bad drive. Between the excitement, exhaustion, and prednisone...I didn't go to sleep til after 4, bbut am raring to face the day, and week.
I am the 'big' coffee drinker of my mom and dads girls. I cannot function with out my first couple of cups.
Glad the hunter was not injured any more than that. Prayers indeed were answered.
Rhonda, prayers for your DD as well as you.
Bubby, I feel for you and Jeff...my oldest GD is so allergic to PI. It is absolutely miserable.
Off to get it in gear, so I can get out of here. Hugs and blessings to all. Prayers for those in need.
(I am so excited I can barely contain myself.)

Simply Quilting
September 22nd, 2015, 11:38 AM
Good Morning! As a little girl, I would wake up to the smell of Dad's freshly perked coffee. Still love the smell of it.

Working on packing up for the retreat. I've a couple more things to cut then will start packing the van.

Prayers and hugs to those who need them.

Have a beautiful day everyone :)

Dollyquilts
September 22nd, 2015, 11:49 AM
Rhonda, keeping you and your daughter in my prayers.

EnumclawGramma
September 22nd, 2015, 12:43 PM
Good Morning....bit of a late start for me today. I just did not want to get up! My Mollie kept snoozing and snoring beside me and that always puts me to sleep! Finally draaaaagged myself out, and here I am!
Oh my goodness so many things going on here today! Prayers for you Rhonda and all that's going on there. Barb, poison ivy?? So sorry to hear this, and I really hope it clears up fast. Not good. Not good at all. Blondie, prayers answered. Like we knew they would be! What a blessing it was for the ER guys to have you there! I betcha some wives heard about you! Quilty sisters heading to the retreat: I am SO with you in my heart! Someday, this is on my bucket list. Have a wonderful time, post lots of pics, hug Jenny for me!

Laundry to fold, vacuum to run, dishes to wash. Gotta get this day started! Hugs and Prayers all 'round. Please reach out and grab 'em!

Blondie
September 22nd, 2015, 12:51 PM
i hate to even post this here but just got a call. The hunter did not make it.

EnumclawGramma
September 22nd, 2015, 12:59 PM
Oh Blondie.......so sorry to hear this .....

Simply Quilting
September 22nd, 2015, 02:42 PM
Blondie, so sorry to hear that sad news. Prayers being sent

Mom23
September 22nd, 2015, 03:34 PM
OH NO! I was so thankful he was going to be ok. My husband and sons are in Colorado elk hunting at this time. I usually don't worry about them but will send them a message to be sure and use their safety vests. So sad. Blondie, you were so sweet to take care of the workers with your treats and drinks. All of your kindness will be repaid in heaven. We are all blessed to "know" you.

I'm feeling sorry for myself this afternoon. All of the talk of the retreat makes me so sad I couldn't make it this year. I better at least get a glimpse of Pope Francis to make missing the retreat worth it. Have a great time and post lots of pictures.

As always, prayers being said for my forum friends.

oldsewer
September 22nd, 2015, 08:37 PM
Sandy, if I were drinking that much coffee, I would have to set up my work in the restroom. Your bladder as a young woman must have been legendary! I agree with the iced tea, but haven't given up the sugar yet.

mommamarsh
September 23rd, 2015, 02:09 AM
Oh, Blondie , so very sad .Retreaters,please be very careful on the trip. Have a wonderful time ! Someday !?!