I heard that Dr. Joyce Brothers passed away. Her daughter lives in Davenport and her (the daughter's) children went to school with our sons. In fifth grade, the students do a big research project. Dr. Brother's granddaughter did her project on her grandmother. One evening all of the students display their projects in the gym and parents travel around visiting the displays. Dr. Brother's granddaughter had the best visual display of anyone....her grandmother. It was very nice to meet her. She was a little tiny woman and was very gracious to come to Davenport and meet everyone. She also attended some of the school performances that her grandchildren were in all the way through their high school years.
By the way, I thought it was very sweet of the granddaughter to do the project on her grandmother. It gave her the opportunity to research the very public life of her grandmother.
Last summer Brian and I were on our way home from somewhere here in town at about 5 in the evening. We were at a stop light and there was a motorcycle in front of us. We were waiting to turn left. At the same moment, Brian and I both noticed that the motorcycle rider's backpack was completely unzipped, exposing to our view the entire contents of his backpack. Neatly stacked in his backpack were empty glass food containers, like from his lunch that day.
Brian and I both reacted in unison! It was funny. I felt like I had time to alert the rider so I put our vehicle in park and jumped out to tell him. The awkward part was that I had to tap him on the shoulder because he couldn't hear me because of the noise of his motorcycle. Imagine his surprise to have some lady come out of nowhere to tell him his backpack was unzipped and he was about to lose the contents. I quickly zipped it up for him and jumped back in my vehicle. As we took off, Brian and I had a good laugh!! We couldn't imagine how he had gotten to that point without losing anything, as far as we could tell.
Have you ever left anything on the roof of your car?
Once I was sitting at a stop sign. The car opposite me, facing my direction, had a coffee cup on the roof of his car! I honked and pointed and he opened his door and retrieved his coffee cup.
One year we got to Minnesota camp and Brian could not find his Bible....anywhere. Then, he remembered having set it on the roof of our van after morning worship in New Hope because the van was locked. As I drove back down the expressway at the end of the week, near the church building I could see parts of his Bible flutteing alongside the highway. A different approach to spreading God's word. I stopped and retrieved a section of Isaiah to return to Brian who had gone elsewhere after camp.
Yesterday began with a very valuable ladie's class lesson about prayer followed by a potluck to celebrate finishing the year of lessons.
The rest of the day involved some very different experiences.
I learned to change the rear tire of my bike. I have been able to change the front one but the rear tire is more complicated because of the gears. I learned this last night as a result of a flat tire while out on a 10 mile bike ride yesterday. I was 3 1/2 miles out on my ride when I realized I had a flat. Getting home from there was not fun. I had a flat last fall, same tire, and I took my bike in to have it repaired and had some other things done to my bike. This time Dale taught me how to change it. From now on I'll carry an inner tube, a bike tool kit and a mini pump. Three and a half miles out is about as far as I would like to manage to get home with a flat. Further than that it would be worth the effort to change it wherever I am. I'll also have to pack a rag or something as my hands were black with grease when I got done. BTW, it was somehow satisfying to find the puncture in the inner tube that had caused the flat.
Another experience yesterday was scrubbing the grout in my kitchen floor. I have one of those steam floor cleaners and I really like it. However, it doesn't clean the grout. I finally got down and started scrubbing. What a difference! I'll try to do it every year now. I still have a hall and a bath to do.
Those of you who come to my house...notice my grout next time you're over!!
About 2 1/2 years ago I posted about a young man, Aaron, who had suffered a near-fatal farm accident. He has since recovered very well with only a tiny bit of a limitation.
Aaron has also very much been searching for the right woman to marry. He has had high standards and has held to those strongly. We are all so happy that he has found the love of his life. Some of you may know her?
All good but now it just gets weird! This young man from Illinois who my youngest has known his whole life is marrying an elemetary teacher who worships in Val Rico, FL. My youngest, now from Illinois, is marrying an elementary teacher whose parents live in Val Rico. Both young ladies teach in the Hillsborough County school district. Both couples are getting married the same evening in June in the Tampa area. About 3 weeks ago my son was in Tampa on his spring break from the University of Illinois. He went in to the tux shop to be fitted for his tux and there was Aaron, also visiting from Illinois, getting his tux fitted. How many tux shops do you think there are in Tampa??
I warned Brian that he should find out where Aaron and his wife are spending their wedding night. There are already enough coincidences.
The not-so-funny thing is that our guest lists overlap and people will be traveling to Tampa who can only attend one wedding or the other. :(
I've been looking for ideas for a skirt to wear with the jacket and top I bought "on trial". (The jacket that I could only get for 1 month, not 3, because I was reported deceased by a credit bureau.) The jacket is black and grey and sparkly. I went to Joann Fabric today and spent a ridiculous amount of time searching through the fabrics, hours! I had an idea in mind but I pretty much knew that it would take multiple fabrics to accomplish the layers of texture and color I was envisioning.
When I finally found the right combination I was very certain it will work and pretty excited, not just to get the look I had in mind, but also to be done shopping!!
What I got was a silvery metallic fabric and a textured black organza to layer over it. The skirt pattern I bought will look really nice with the layered fabrics and isn't very complicated to make.
It will be fun to make it!
Now...have any of you ever sewn with 2 layered fabrics??? (Should I have asked that before buying everything???) I think I'll sew the pieces of fabric together after cutting them out before assembling the skirt so the fabrics don't shift as I sew. Sound like a plan?
BTW, I've seen pictures of Stefanie's mom's dress. It is very formal (gorgeous!) and I'm sure this won't top hers! I also know that it doesn't really matter a lot what I wear; as soon as Stefanie begins to come down the aisle, no one will care what the mother of the groom was wearing! I just want to honor the specialness of the occasion and the overall style of the formal, elegant, evening wedding that is being planned.