13 October, 2008

Happenings From The Heartland

Greetings from scenic Iowa! What's one of the best things to report from the road? The gasoline is a dollar a gallon less here than when we left NC on Friday! Tomorrow is my first class at the APQS training center, I'm eager to learn everything they can teach me over the next four days! My husband and I checked into the motel late this afternoon, I have my notebook ready, my camera battery charged and my clothes all neatly laid out. I feel just like I did when I was a kid on the first day of school. My husband asked me what time I wanted to arrive for class, I'm thinking that fifteen minutes early will be good, early enough to be punctual without appearing too over-eager... I can hear Quiltkeemosabe laughing now, she knows me well! There was a near catastrophe yesterday; after dinner I was removing my glasses and they suddenly fell apart; right in my hand! Once I composed myself I realized that the earpiece had separated itself from the glasses, but further inspection revealed that there was no screw holding them at the hinged pivot point, but rather a pin-type of thing-y that had broken. I didn't see how they could be repaired, I feared that I wouldn't even be able to see in my upcoming class! PANIC set in, what was I going to do? My husband was able to make a temporary repair with a teeny-tiny rubber band. This will work until I can get home and get them repaired properly! I was overjoyed! It's very handy to have a husband who can fix things! So, what else is happening in the heartland? Quilt Shops! I visited these two this afternoon, and have another one chosen for after class tomorrow!
Life is GOOD!
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17 comments:

Salem Stitcher said...

The photo of the field and blue sky is wonderful. Iowa must be beautiful. I can't wait to hear all about your classes. And, I'm glad you'll be able to see!

Julie said...

I have one of those wonderful husbands who can fix things ~ you're right... Life IS good!

Enjoy your classes!

Connie W said...

You're doing something I had hoped to do but never did. I'm glad for you. I know you'll enjoy!

Patricia said...

Hi, I've been reading your blog for a long time and really enjoy it. I've just got to say something now. I envy you being in Des Moines. We live near Waco, Texas, but our son and family live in Des Moines and we haven't seen them since March when they were here.

While you are there, try to go on over to Madison County and see some of the covered bridges. Fons and Porter are in Winterset in Madison County, but I've only recently discovered that's where they are and haven't been to their store. If you have time, Pella, Iowa is only about 55 miles from DSM. There is a working windmill and you can buy flour, and letter cookies. Built by the Dutch, you will never forget Pella if you get to see it. It's home of Pella windows, too. There is one quilt store there and very nice people own it. Pella looks like a town in Holland would look.
Have a great time,
Patricia

KarenF said...

ONE DOLLAR A GALLON LESS??!?!? That's it... I'M MOVING! Actually it dropped here to about $3.39 give or take, but still...

Looks like you are having fun! We missed you at Guild...see you soon!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

So good to hear from you. I'm excited about this trip and to know DH is there to save the day as needed makes it even better. Oh this is indeed fantastic, all the new things you'll be learning. Significant brain stretching. Thank YOU for sharing.

Delighting in your Adventure Love, *karendianne.

Nane said...

Gas was 3.19 in Boonville NC yesterday...so maybe its working its way toward us. The little rubber band hardly shows...I thought duct tape was going to be the solution (glad to see it was not) Have a great class!

Libby said...

Have a great time in your classes . . . what fun! Aren't Hubby's great?

Pam said...

Cheaper gasoline, quilt shops and a handy husband - life can't get better than that!!

Have a great time at your classes.

mamaspark said...

Learn lots and take lots of pictures!! We want to hear all about the quilt shops!!

paula, the quilter said...

Have you noticed the color of the dirt roads? Gray. I am sooo used to brown/tan that it shocked me the first time I saw them.

leigh anna said...

so glad you are having a great trip!
and will you and mr. g bring some of that gas back with you....
that would be nice
we are having the hardest time finding premium for baxter
oh well
looking forward to having you back soon!

quiltteacher said...

Cheap gas?!?!?!?! Broken glasses?!?!?!? Glad DH is tagging along, they do come in handy. Safe travels. Can't wait to hear about all that you learn.

Todd, Kari, Anna and Gracie said...

Ohhhh how EXCITING!! I am soooo happy that you get to do this! What IS REALLY wonderful is having a handy man by your side!!! I'm also glad to hear that your safe and seeing all of what God made. I'll keep praying that you have a safe trip!! Keep taking those pictures girl!!!

Quilt Memories said...

Iowa truly is a beautiful place, we enjoyed our trip there. Umfortunately that was last year and we didn't have time for quilt stops...Hope you learn so much that you will be a pro with your machine when you get back!
We are home now, and I have been sewing, took a wall hanging to SO today, maybe that will encourage someone to buy the fabric to make themselves one.I made the 12 days of Christmas, and I thought it turned out pretty good. I hope Shirley likes it, she seemed to.
Glad your DH is with you, sometimes they are just sooooo handy ***VBS***. It's always good to have Mr. Fix-it around. My DH is a great handyman. Take lots of pics, anxious to see all the nice shops and to see what you learn.
Bobbin

quiltkeemosabe said...

Only 15 minutes early??? I think you're slipping!!!! Did you get a seat in the front??? (I found this post a little late. I think I clicked on it in GA but couldnt' read it because it was blocked. )

Nan said...

I enjoyed reading about your excitement for your class to begin! I felt excited for you! How wonderful that Mr. G could fix your glasses. My hubby has done the teeny rubber band fix for my glasses too. What would we do without them? Husbands, not teeny rubber bands! LOL Well, maybe both? hee hee!