Wow! I haven’t realized how long it has been since I have written a blog!! Way too long.
I thought I was busy when I was working on “A Bountiful Harvest”, but I really didn’t know what I was thinking! I’ve gone from one major project to another since I wrote last, and now I am literally up to my eyeballs in bolts of brand new fabric for the new quilt shop that is opening in San Jose, which I am helping the owner get up and running.
We made a surprise trip to New Jersey for Christmas to visit with my husband’s nephew and his family for one week. We had the most wonderful time. They have a family of five boys — all under the age of 14 — so our 13 year old son was in hog-heaven with his cousins. We spent a day in New York City, which is 30 minutes by train from their house. It was a magical day, filled with walking our heads off (6+ miles), being crushed in sidewalk traffic and subways trains, honking cars and scary taxis weaving in and out of traffic — all of the stereo-typical New York-isms. It snowed on us, big fat snowflakes, in the evening. We were in Times Square at the time and the snow and the lights were magic.
We went to observe Ground Zero, which was an emotional and devastating visit. That and visiting the Statue of Liberty were the top two must-do’s on my list.
What I didn’t get to do is go to the The City Quilter on 25th Avenue. Maybe next time.
As soon as we got home, it was back to work on the shop. We are busy every day entering fabric, books, patterns and notions into a computerized Point of Sale system, which will allow our customers to call us and ask for a specific fabric — very cool.
You will be amazed at the fabric selection that we have — close to 2,000 bolts already, with more coming every week after we open.
There is so much more detail that I could write about what has transpired in the last six weeks – but it would take forever and you would be bored by the time you got to the end.
Big news on our home front is additions to our family: Guy’s nephew, John is finally getting married after being single for almost 40 years. And believe me, that was BIG news in our family!! The other addition is that after waiting for 5 years, we have finally found a golden retriever to adopt. Rather than getting a puppy, which seem to be really scarce lately, we are getting a two-year-old from a breeder who is hanging up her shingle. He is a beautiful dog named Rusty — which is the name of the first Golden we ever had. The name just fits, and we feel that it was an omen that he was “familiar”, so Rusty it is. Rusty will come to our house just about the time that the store opens — so our lives will continue to be filled with noise and busy-ness.
I wouldn’t have it any other way!