Thursday, June 23, 2011

Father's Day on Saturday

Good Morning Everyone,

 I was reading a book the other day that said when you have to write something but are not sure what to write, just sit down and start typing and the words will come to you. So here I am typing.
 Last weekend was Father's Day so on Saturday I went to visit my parents. We went to Muscatine, Iowa and ate lunch at the Button Factory. The food was really good and it was so interesting to read about the history of the Button Factory and how the restaurant came to be in this building.

 After our delicious lunch, Mom and I went to look in the yarn shop, which was across the street from the restaurant and the quilt shops in town. There are 2 quilt shops in Muscatine. One has over 3000 bolts of fabric and does sewing machine repair. They have been in business for 60 years and I had really wanted to talk to the owners on how they got started but that didn't seem to be an option.

 I hit pay dirt at The Little Red Hen. The owner has been in business for 15 years and was a wealth of information on starting a quilt shop. This really was a trip to research how to start up a quilt shop as I would really love to run my own shop here in M-town and have been working on a plan for over a year now.

 The LRH has a really nice selection of homespuns, civil war, 1800's  and a little 1930's too. There are lots of samples all around the shop to look at and maybe buy. :) There is also a long arm sewing machine right in the shop and one of her employees was stitching away on it. The owners name is Kathy and if you are ever in Muscatine Iowa stop in and say Hi.
I hadn't really planned on buying anything but she was soo helpful that I decided to buy a book.
The book has an adorable pin cushion pattern and since I need to get some pincushions made for our local county fair, well I just couldn't pass it up.
I should say a little about the yarn shop too though neither mom nor I knit. We do both love to crochet but it is usually afgans. There was a nice display of yarn with various knitted projects to look at.
We had a nice Father's day, (I think my dad did too :)).
 I made Dad a neck pillow. They are really nice for watching t.v., and I also got him this really neat hook that you hang on the wall. It has a deer head on it and I thought he could use it  to hang his hat or coveralls on. He seemed to enjoy his presents and I sure enjoyed my time with both of them.

I left my parents house around 5 o'clock and headed into Cedar Rapids to visit a very dear friend of mine. Her mother has cancer and she went into hospice last Thursday which was very distressing for my friend.
 Her mother was very happy to see me and we had a really nice visit.
Lots of tears were shed, prayers said and I left them around 9 o'clock to head back home.
It was quite a day. A very emotional, happy and sad day.

I am thankful to God for my parents.
I am thankful for my friend, who even though her very best friend will be leaving her soon they both know it won't be forever.
I am thankful to you out there in blogland who take the time to read my rambling posts and
I am thankful to Jesus, for everything.

Thanks for stopping by,

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