I think it started with the squirrel……….


I've been trying to remember when things started spinning out of control and think it might have all started the day I hit the black squirrel on the way to work. When I arrived at the store that day one of the girls who worked for me quit and most things since then just blend together. Fifty hour work weeks, hiring two new employees just as tourist season was swinging into full gear. We've been twice as busy as last year and I'm so blessed with the three ladies I have working with me now. They caught on quickly, have gone above and beyond the call of duty and are working full time hours when I hired them for part time. We are that busy!!!

I have not enjoyed sitting in the laundromat at 9:30 PM because it's the only time I had available to do my laundry and was out of underwear.

I have not enjoyed my glasses breaking in half and finding out they no longer make the frames so no possibility of ordering the little piece that goes across your nose.

I have not enjoyed (okay, I volunteered) driving from Traverse City to Petoskey and back after work to deliver giraffe purses to the store up there because we're selling so many you should be seeing green, yellow, fuchsia and turquoise trimmed bags running up and down the streets of America. If you've been quilting (which I haven't) and wonder what I'm talking about, here's a visual aide -

Giraffe Purse
I did not enjoy being pulled over by the county sheriff on the way to work for going a little too fast on the curvy road around the lake. I think he took pity on me handing him an expired driver's license, registration and several insurance certificates he had to go through to find one that hadn't expired. All the time Clutch is barking, barking, barking like a typical Chihuahua and I'm trying to explain why I haven't renewed my license.

Clutch did not enjoy the Blue Angels being in town this week even though I did.

Neither of us is very happy about the long, long lines at Moomer's Ice Cream now that we've made them famous. Wish I had a nickel for every time I've given directions from the store to the ice cream shop.

I have not enjoyed that they've taken my favorite Asian Seafood off the menu at Poppycock's restaurant. I settled for a Whopper Junior that night.

I did not enjoy signing on to upload the Midget Block only to find the server had suspended the web site because they received over 100 complaints from AOL for spam coming from the site. I was already trying to deal with the drug information someone hacked into the script but this, this I had no idea how to handle. Paul worked with technical support and magically after three days we were back online. Not much of an explanation except that they reinstated the account because the complaints had only come from one service provider. I'm afraid to send a newsletter and have a glitch with AOL subscribers.

And finally, I did not enjoy learning on Friday that the store I'm working at will close on Oct. 15. They are tearing down (or renovating) the 1863 building the store is in so out we go. It looks like I'll be unemployed.

Embroidered Spread
Through all of this I've been toting this pretty summer spread back and forth to work with me in hopes of tracing the blocks to share with you. I want to stitch it in pastels.

Thank you to everyone who sent notes and checked on me when the site was down. It's nice to know I was missed.

Guess it's time to put my big girl panties on, stop whining and make a plan. Things could always be worse!

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8 Responses to “I think it started with the squirrel……….”

  1. Penny from Canada July 21, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    Well Honey it sounds like you are having a rough patch and it would be nice to read all about it and comizerate with you about it all….. BUT I hate to add to your woes by saying that we can only read 2/3rd’s of “I think it started with the squirrel” because the wide bar on the right side of you web page obsures 1/3 of your note to us )o:
    don’t you just hate it when that happens )o: Hang in there sweetie….I will check back later and hope we can “read it all” and send you a note of encouragement when we know what we are encouraging you about ????????

  2. Penny from Canada July 21, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    by the way…a PS to the last note!! I love the pretty summer spread!! that was the only part of “I think it started with the squirrel” that I did see [it came below the bar on the right] it is absolutely stunning(o: I can’t wait for the project to start….I have the redwork for the March madness all done and ready to put into a quilt (o: I have been looking for another embrodery project that is multi-coloured since I completed “march madness”….I am soooo happy that you have one planned for us!!

  3. Karen Wright in S.W. Ohio July 21, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    So glad to hear that you and Clutch are okay. Had worried when there had been no new information on the home page. Sorry about the squrriel. I hate to take the life of anything with a car.
    Being out of a job is not a neat thing. Maybe the shop could be moved to another location. Never give up until the fat lady sings!
    With all the things happening in your life I now understand why postings to the website have been few and far between. Michigan makes money while the tourists are in town and after Labor Day things get almost too quiet.
    Take care and breath deeply. Everything always comes out for the best in the long run.
    Love ya, Karen

  4. Julike July 21, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    I am so sorry about your summer so far! OK, things need to get better…and I bet they will. I just discovered your site and am so enjoying it. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful patterns! Look forward to more midget blocks and your Amish sampler…and embroidery too! Yahoo!

  5. Rae in Sweden July 22, 2008 at 12:21 am #

    Wow! It’s been quite a summer for you…hope things start looking better soon. Hang in there!
    Rae in Sweden

  6. Caron Mosey July 22, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    Sorry things have been so rough for you lately. I detest police, especially in my rearview mirror! Stay strong…

    Caron – on the other side of the state

  7. Diane July 23, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    Glad to see you’re ok — and I hope the rest of the summer goes better than the first. The way I see it, things can only go up from here!

    Diane in NYC

  8. Penny from Canada July 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    hi Gayle,
    I just checked back and WOW! you are having quite a time….chin up….the policeman could have written a ticket!! ….they say when one door closes another opens so keep your eyes and ears open to see the door when it does (o:

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