Wednesday, March 19, 2008

What a day it was...

First, thanks for all the feedback on the chair question in my last post. It looks like the shabby chick roses win. I will work on one this weekend and post the results later!

Yesterday was a day to just stay in bed. I had plans to go on a tour of Cirencester, a nearby town, then go to a very nice hotel for lunch and spend a few hours sewing with the group in Fairford. All and all great plans. I even put on make-up! You can already guess none of the plans worked out.

It started when my husband was waiting for his ride to work and noticed water coming up from a drain outside the house. He hates it when anything isn't working right. So after flushing toilets and running water we deduced the drains were again blocked. I was determined this was not going to ruin my day so when I called the estate agent I asked her to send the drain cleaners/plumber out on Wednesday or Thursday morning.

Now it was only 8:15 so I still had plenty of time to get to the tour bus...I get into my car, turn the key and nothing. No sputter, no cough, no blinking lights. Nada. I can handle this...I go into the garage and find the jumper cables. Oppps, they don't reach the Miata's battery (which of course is on the opposite side) I move the Miata ever so carefully onto the other side of my car, attach the cables, start the Miata, start my car...nothing. I jiggled the leads a bit. nothing. Frustrated I stand back and wipe my hands on my trousers...oh no, I'm dressed up today and just wiped car engine guk on my bet wool slacks! It was now 8:40. I gave up. I went inside left messages for some of the folks going on tour and then called the garage. I changed into sweat pants and decided to spend the day sewing. I mean how can that be bad...right?

Welllll...I had taken some of my MD prescribed Ritalin so I would make it though the tour/day. They changed my meds again last week and they have made me a bit fatigued. Now a half a Ritalin will do me for an entire day (I can't believe they give this stuff to kids...it is so strong!) The first thing that goes for me when I get fatigues is my ability to make sense...word choice gets pretty difficult. Also my eyesight gets poor and Ritalin helps...either that or I'm so hyped up I don't care that I can't see! Now before you think I am a junk-y quilter -I only take a pill once or twice a month. The aftereffect can be brutal because my brain no longer listens to my body when it says it is time to rest (though I generally have a really clean kitchen afterwards....)

The scene is set...I am sewing like a crazy woman. Strips are flying everywhere. I have bits of my civil war 6 inch blocks right behind the 1930's around the world strips which cover my sampler block sashings....whoohooo. I even have the greens pile to work on my Tonya class blocks. Nothing is impossible. I'm on my second spool of thread and the machine is smokin...that is when the first spool of thread came to haunt me. In my manic enthusiasm to sew I had tossed the spool towards - not into- the trash barrel. Brownie, my cat, took that to mean it was a play toy and promptly brought it back to me. When it came time for me to stand up and go to the ironing board...you guessed it. Fabric wasn't the only thing flying! First step away from the table and my foot rolls on the spool of thread...crash goes the chair as I grab it to get my balance. The chair then topples over the ironing board which lands on the rocking chair that holds the box of strips which catapult across the room and cover the cat. I landed somewhere between the chair and the ironing board.

So at the end of day what do I have? A 6 inch civil war block with a bit of pink Alice in Wonderland fabric in it (so wrong I can't even post of photo of it!,) a brown paper bag filled with random pastel 4 inch 4-patches, a pile of around the world blocks, a sampler top with two squares set upside down, and a sprained ankle! Can you claim a mulligan on a quilting day?

So here I sit. Waiting for the plumbers. My car is back from the garage with a new battery but I can't drive it due to the swelling of my right ankle! Just as well since I have to pick out about half of what I did yesterday!

Today the sun is shining and the coffee pot is full. Who knows, I may even get some real sewing done!

16 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

Brownie should have told you that she brought back the play toy. RB can't help himself, he is so proud when he brings me something, he is telling me about it as soon as the idea enters his little brain! (Cat meowing with a mouth full of cat toy - priceless!)

Hope you feel better real soon!

Marilyn R said...

At least you are laughing now! What a day you had! At least there was some progress made even if there wasn't as much as you had hoped for. Take care of that ankle! Ouch!

Catherine said...

What a day you had! Hope you feel much better and that your ankle heals quickly.

Knitted Gems said...

Those are the days I wish I could just hide underneath the covers. Glad to hear that most of the wrong has been set right.

Patti said...

Oh dear - I am crying and laughing at the same time - poor you! Obviously was a day you should have stayed in bed. Here's wishing you better days the rest of the week!

Andrea said...

What a bu**er of a day ! Sometimes like you say -we should just stay in bed. Hope today was better for you.

Karol-Ann said...

I think this may qualify as a funny MS story for MS Awareness week next year!
Glad the roses won. It will look good with your ankle resting on it :O)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

oh dear. none of that sounds good. I'm guessing there was no hot iron up on the ironing board at least.

McIrish Annie said...

wow, when it rains, it pours! Hope your ankle is better and today improves! I admire your determination. and there is nothing worse than UNSEWING!

Mad about Craft said...

Hope you are OK and you are soon able to go out and about again.

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Pam said...

Guess you had an exciting day, and it was all because of a little bit of water. Next time, let it leak! But I guess the car would have had the same problem, no matter what preceded trying to get it started. Hope your ankle is better. Did the cat finish the quilt for you?

Karen Dianne Lee said...

What a day! Good lord you had one thing after the other. I'm glad you took the time to settle in and have a good share with us, Sio!

I'm looking forward to seeing the chair. This weekend and/or Monday should be fun to see what you're up to with that.

Note to self: Don't Fall Down! ;)

Hugs and Love, *karendianne.

cher said...

oh my goodness...what a day! I think your sense of humor saves you on this! so sorry to hear about the bad ankle- I hope it heals quickly and alas on the unpicking..never a favorite part of the quilting process. take good care of yourself, Sio...!

anne bebbington said...

Thank goodness you're smiling at the end of it! Hope your swollen ankle goes down quickly

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness. Sorry to hear about your day. I'm having my share of them lately too. But Brownie is sooo cute.