Friday, February 06, 2009

The Beast in the Basement

No-it's not me.

First, let me thank all you dear people who were kind enough to send us good wishes. It meant a lot to us both. Merci!

The treadmill finally got delivered yesterday...Yippee.

Tomorrow I'm going to bring the camera with me to the basement because this picture doesn't do it justice. This treadmill has enough displays and buttons to rival the cockpit of most airplanes. It took me over 5 minutes to program it and make it start. Thankfully I have discovered a shortcut for those who are not training for the Olympics. It also has connections for I-pods and such. I need to be entertained or it just won't be happening. Sad...but true. Here's the really bad news. I'm back to square one since it took two months to get it. I huffed and puffed and huffed some more and then I sat down and fell into a coma...just kidding.

For anyone who remembers my little "thread thing" this past year with Hancocks of Paducah, I know you won't believe it but I ordered some fabric from them and you further won't believe-it came in less than a month.....I know, I can hardly contain myself. I figured I'd give them another shot and frankly, I wanted it to work out well because they have awfully good prices on things like Kona cottons. With the stores now selling fabric for 9+ bucks a yard and the personal finances a bit tight, I'd like to help the local shop but to be honest, I know where she lives and it's a 2 million dollar house and her husband gave her the store to play with. I'll wish her good luck and pay Hancocks 4 and 5 dollars less and feel bad quietly. I like to go there occasionally for a treat or two but I have to conserve somewhere and buying less expensive background, backing fabric, and thread is one place I can do it.

So I got the fabric to finish the baby quilt and to use as backing for another piece. I really should buy it by the bolt.

Anyway, that's what's going on around here. The weather has been so cold. I was about 12 degrees out last night when I went out to dinner with a friend of mine. Afterwards we walked into Michael's. What a dump. When I can walk all the way around any craft store and not even be tempted it's really bad. The only thing available that wasn't crappy looking was the Martha Stewart stuff an really...who does Martha think she's kidding? I know...everyone! I picked up one of those multi-rolls of ribbon that she sells cause it was pretty, on sale, and I felt like I might use polka dot ribbon for something nice. When I opened a roll it was a 6 inch piece of ribbon-no kidding. Well, except for Martha-she's kidding....all the way to the bank.

Well, I'm of to enjoy a cuppa and maybe a movie. Roger is home today and he twisted his back-driving my car. He took my 4-wheel drive monster to work in the bad snow and ice the other day and he's not used to climbing in and out of the larger vehicle. His back didn't like the change at all.

Hope your day is a peaceful one.


Debra said...

Yea, you have to be really alert & read the package on those ribbons. They look like they have much more on them than they do--but, you know that now. Have you noticed how everything is being packaged now? Cuts down on salespeople needed.

Darcie said...

Wow! Quite the treadmill. Kind of like a 4-wheel drive monster. lol Just kidding! You'll love it once you just get used to the settings. Mine is older and not very techie...but I wouldn't be without it!

Seriously? Only 6" of ribbon on a supposed *roll?* That's shameful. Guess the economy hit poor little Martha too? (Not. I'm being totally sarcastic.)

Hope you have a peaceful, loving weekend with your guy!

Libby said...

I know what you mean about local shops vs. online shops. I try to purchase locally (with the exception of one whose door I shall never darken *s*) But sometimes I just can't help but choose the bargains available online.

Cindra said...

Darn, darn, darn... you've reminded me it's been quite a few days since I have made use of our treadmill. Ugh! Off to workout. Hope you are better than I am. I think if mine held an iPod I would use it more....LOL... do you believe that?

Mary said...

I just hate treadmills! I prefer walking outside even when it's cold. Keith misses ours which we had to leave in GA because we just have no space for it.

Kim Carney said...

I think I had some kind of treadmill one time ... it was something I could hang my clothes on ;0