Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Hello internets! Things have been crazy around here lately. Still no luck with the job search. It's been exactly one year since I was laid off. I'm trying to have patience and know that God has a plan, but I'm really starting to wonder what the heck it is and why it's taking so long. :( I'm beginning to get a bit worried here.

Last week my hubs and I went to Indiana (him: business, me: visit family). We stopped in St. Louis along the way and visited with my inlaws. Hubs was able to catch up with some friends from high school. It was a nice visit! But I'm glad to be home. Driving through 5 states in one day, from 8am to midnight is just not my thing.

Isn't my grandma so cute? I stayed with her while hubs was down in Indy for his convention. She lives in a small town of about 2,000-3,000 people, and I swear I'm related to every single one of them somehow. Every time I am there, I meet people I'm related to that I've never met before.

My grandma now lives one block off the courthouse square in town. I had forgotten my hair dryer (yipes!), so it was nice to be able to walk two blocks and get to a CVS. My hubs took off for Indy with my make-up bag in the truck, so I was stuck there with no make-up for the duration (yipes). Not a good look for me. ;)

If you know me, you know I love thrifting. So while there, I walked the one block up from my grandma's house to the square to a little thrift store run by a local church. I didn't think I'd find anything good since it's such a small town out in the middle of the corn fields, but believe it or not, I did find a few scores!

I found two 4-serving snack sets (each has four plates and four cups). One was a pattern I already have. This one came in the original box! And the best part was that it was priced at $3!!!

I also found this snack set. I don't have this pattern yet. It was only $2!


My grandma has always made quilts, and I used to love wrapping up in them when I was a kid. I have a couple of them (one she made for me when I was in school, the other she made for us for a wedding present). While visiting, I told her I'd like another one, so she let me pick one out. They aren't fancy by any means, but they are made with love, and she does all of the stitching by hand. She had a few with interesting patterns, but I chose a simple patchwork quilt. It reminds me of her, because when I was a kid, those are the ones we'd use. She uses any scraps of fabric she has, and I think that's really cool.

While we went to Indy, we took the two old dogs and my inlaws kept the two younger ones. I guess they were spoiled rotten, because when we drove back through St. Louis to pick them up, they didn't seem as excited to see us as we were to see them.

It was a nice trip, but I'm glad to be home, in my own bed. I'm not glad that I have about 8 loads of laundry to do, but I guess that comes with the territory. ;)


Sandy Toes said...

I was thrilled when I saw those plates with the cups...I have them from my grandmother and I just used them for a luncheon.
sandy toe

Ally0005 said...

Sometimes you find the best things in places you never thought you would.
My grandmother made tons a quilts I have a few, wish she was still here to do my little one her 100 wishes quilt.
I hope your job search ends soon. It took my husband a total of 15 months to get the job he has now with him taking a job at 7 months that didn't pay anything but now he is at his blessing job as we call it.

Shannon said...

The first pattern of snack plates is my favorite to collect. I think it is so pretty. The quilt is beautiful!

Amy said...

Great finds.. love the quilt!

Leah said...

It's good to see you post. Beautiful quilt!!! Praying about the job

Carrie said...

Glad you had a nice trip and some great thrifty finds! Love the quilts.

When every we leave Dixie with my mom she always acts like she is mad when she first sees us again lol!


Sunny said...

I love those paisley kind of patterned ones. Those are gorg!

That quilt is precious too. I'd have made by a loved one any day over an all too perfect quilt. It's the sentiment for me.

I'm so sorry that the job search has been so long. I remember this time last year when you first got laid off. Hard to believe that a year has past already. Keep your head up. There is a reason that you are in this time, at this time. You may not see it now - but 10 years down the road, it'll be perfectly clear.

Btw, Esther would be a great study for you right now. One qualification - you MUST watch the videos before starting each week. It helps you get the meat of the week's lessons.

Lucky in Love said...

I'm originally from Indy :) I'll be there on Wednesday in fact...just missed you!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

What a special treat to be able to take home a quilt. I find that there is truly nothing as nice as snuggeling under a handmade quilt. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. You sure made me miss my small town and the cornfields!

pk said...

It was fun hearing about your trip. I was amazed to hear that they actually had a CVS in such a small town! Your grandma's quilts are great - my grandma made me an afghan years ago and I still have it. The colors are outdated but it's beautiful because it was made with love. Hope you have a great weekend!

pk @ Room Remix

pk said...

Hi! Just wanted to get back to you about the countertops. I've probably seen the same reviews (some good and some bad) about painting them. Did you click over from my post today to see that one? Looked like it worked well for her. There's been a variety of opinions (and experience) on my post today about the vinyl ones so you might want to check the comments out too. Hope you're having a good weekend!

pk @ Room Remix

Chrissie Grace said...

Your grandma is so cute, and I love her quilts!
I've been missing your regular posting!
Thanks so much for your comment that you left this weekend. It is good to know that I am not alone! Sometimes the struggles are overwhelming, but thanks for reminding me that God is full of grace.
I will pray for your work situation, but I guess we both know it is in His hands:)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

YOur trip sounds so special. I wish I still had my Grandmas to visit. Im glad to see you had such a sweet time with her. Her town sounds so cute!

Lindsey said...

Aw your grandma is so cute!!

Sweet Simplicity said...

That is quite the drive! Your gma is so cute.