Friday, July 24, 2009

I love Quilting!

I just finished my first quilt top today and I'm rather proud of myself. I guess I'm proud of the fact that I really finished it. Now I can't wait to get it to the quilter so I can get it back and put the binding on.

I used to be one of those people that went into a quilt shop, saw a beautiful quilt on the wall for sale at a very expensive price and say, "I'd never pay that for a quilt!" Now I would because I finally understand the cost of the material you have in each quilt and all the time and work it takes to make that quilt. I really don't want to see any of my quilts taken to the beach or a picnic that's for sure. I hope they will be treated like potential heirlooms. Certainly, they will look wonderful on beds or hung up but I found out the hard way about not putting a quilt in a plastic bag. They should be stored in a cotton pillow case.

Here's a picture of my quilt:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Flint, Michigan

I was watching the news yesterday when I heard the newscaster say Flint, Michigan. I perked up my ears because that is my hometown. What I saw on that newscast broke my heart. They had a little girl talking about how afraid she is to walk down her own street by herself. She lives in a neighborhood that has a lot of abandoned, rundown and condemned houses where crackheads gather and she doesn't feel safe in her own home. It's hard for me to imagine Flint like that.

I grew up in Flint, Michigan when General Motors employed 80,000 people. Everyone you knew worked at the auto factories and kids out of high school got great jobs there. Now GM employs about 7,500 people and it's almost impossible to get a job.

I remember Flint's vibrant downtown area. We had big two and three story department stores like J.C Penney, Sears and Roebuck, Learners, and I think Macy's. Every Saturday, my grandpa would take my grandma and me and my little sister downtown and drop us off so Grandma could get her hair done. We would wait patiently for her and then she would take us to Woolworth's to sit at the soda fountain counter and get a Cherry Coke or sometimes a Root Beer Float. Then we would take the bus home or sometimes Grandpa would pick us up. Sometimes we would get to go to Kewpies for lunch as a special treat. I remember they had the best hamburgers and there was a big mural of a Kewpie doll painted on the side of the building. Kewpies is gone now and Bill Thomas's Halo Burgers took over. They might be gone now too.

When I was growing up in Flint we played outside during the summer from early morning until dark. We only came in for lunch and we didn't have to fear for our safety. We rode our bikes all over the neighborhood and that's just the way it was.
During the school year, we walked by ourselves to school, went to the corner store for candy and didn't fear anything.

I feel sad for my grandchildren that can't play like that anymore because of all the dangers they have to face today. I feel sad for that little girl in Flint that will never know how good that place used to be.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Nashville and Asheville

On Father's Day we took off from Sacramento airport to lovely Nashville, Tn to visit darling daughter #1, her darling hubby and our super darling grandchildren. We spent 2 1/2 glorious weeks with them and also got a chance to go to Asheville, NC to the Biltmore House.

Biltmore House was built by George Vanderbilt and was opened to his family and friends on Christmas Day 1895. It is the biggest private residence in the U.S. The self-guided tour we took allowed us to visit 53 of the 250 rooms in the house. There are also beautiful gardens, a working farm and a winery, a hotel and stables. If I lived there I would be buying a yearly pass because you can then go every day of the year and there is plenty to do there.

By the way, our grandkids are the best. We dragged them around with us for 2 1/2 weeks and there was no whining or crying. That's great for a 5 and 7 year old. They are really well behaved children and their parents have done a great job with them.
Here's some pictures: