I hope I don’t start to do lots of stupid things – as I get older.  I think you remember yesterday’s post – I acknowledged the day as Ash Wednesday but last night when my phone rang at 6:04 my recurring nightmare came true.  It was the choir director calling to ask where I was because church started at 6:00!  I nearly flew to town and walked in as they were singing “Just As I Am”, an appropriate song in my set of circumstances.   It was very humbling….and embarrassing to say the least.  I simply didn’t register the 6 pm service and thought it was at 7.  Ugh!  Why didn’t they call me at 10 minutes to 6 instead of 4 minutes after 6?  

Leo just arrived for a 3 day stay.  He reminds me so much of Elmer.

I just had to try my luck with an African  violet again – it was $2.24 at Walmart so if it dies, I enjoyed it as if it were cut flowers.  It’s blooming beautifully so far!

Remember Jackie, the shop cat?  She’s still here helping me sew.

34 thoughts on “Thursday

  1. Ann Barlament

    My reoccurring nightmare is waking up at work, naked! Thank goodness I am retired…LOL.

  2. Diane M

    I ,too, have tried to use the TV remote to make a phone call. Nor does using the telephone work well to change a channel! I’m glad there are so many of us in the same boat.

  3. Cindy

    If you are interested in growing violets may I suggest a blog that I have been following for years called “a garden for the house”, written by Kevin Lee Jacobs. he has written articles for African Violet Magazine as well as Design and landscape magazines. Very informative…. check out his window gardens as well as his outside gardens , just beautiful!! Every December I buy a calendar with extra large squares so that my husband and I can write in all of our appts/meetings etc. we have trained ourselves to check the calendar first thing in the morning.

  4. Jo Kramer

    That’s always a nightmare for me to feel like I’m going to remember that I have to be somewhere. I used to worry horribly when I had a childcare family that came at 5:15 three days a week. I was always terrified I wouldn’t be up. I ended up starting getting up that early every day. Now I just don’t take anyone that early. You can a violet Mary. I know you can…the self watering pots are the key.

  5. Kate

    I picked up the remote telephone receiver and tried to change the channel on the tv with it tonight.


    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kate – you’re all making me feel so much better – ha!

  6. Lisa Kogan

    I’m glad to know I”m not the only one to forget stuff. You are in good company Mary. Many a day I spent sewing with Jackie! She’s one lucky kitty!

    I’m on vacation visiting dear friends in Grand Cayman. Life is good, church can start without the organ/piano player and any day in the sun is a good day.

    Love ya,

    Lisa Kogan

  7. Mary Says Sew!

    Will everyone who has NEVER missed a meeting, appointment or other commitment please stand up?

    Anybody? Please wave your hands in the air if I’ve missed you. How about way in the back? No, no one?

    Well, O.K. then!

  8. Cindie

    Love seeing Leo.
    I might get a African violet now that I learned how to water them from the other bloggers.
    Have a great weekend Mary-

  9. Becky from TX

    Do you put the violet in a special flower? It needs to be a pot made for violets. It’s a 2 pot system that allows the water to be absorbed thru the bottom. I think I’ve have had my Grandma’s violet for more than 30 yrs. Hope this helps.

  10. Teresa

    Brenda, that is a very funny story about your dog!

    Mary, my kitchen clock is my main time piece. Well, once it had stopped running but I didn’t realize it. Had an appointment that day and with rushing around left at 10:00 because that’s what the clock said. Got in my car drove for half an hour before I noticed the clock in the car said 11:45. Imagine my confusion! Dug around to get my cell phone out of my purse so I could see what the correct time was because I was sure the car clock had to be off. That was a weird day, felt I truly lost an hour of my life! ha!

  11. Lynn

    My kitty Emma used to help me sew. I sure miss her. Sometimes I find her fur on my fabric stash and am grateful for the sweet memories.

  12. Diane

    Oh gosh, Mary. That is a horrible feeling. Glad it worked out. My first year of teaching, I got the schedule mixed up and left a whole class alone for 10 minutes. The principal came and got me; I was mortified!! Funny now though. Jackie and Leo are adorable.

  13. Lisa Chaplin from still snowy, cold Washington state

    Don’t be so hard on yourself, it happens to all of us at some point in time. 6PM is VERY early for a church service, our Lenten services start at 7PM unless we decide to have a soup supper beforehand.
    Love the hymn! One of my favorites forever! “Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me!”

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Lisa – we did have a soup supper first but I forgot that, too!

  14. Judy Kalmbach

    I thoroughly enjoy your news. I feel like we’ve continued our talk from the Columbus, OH, Country Living Fair. We moved from OH to NC to be closer to family. Gardening all year has cut into my sewing and needlework but I’ve learned to sew during the summer when the heat comes. I have a weakness for African violets. Not an expert but forgetting to water them seems to do the trick for me. Bright indirect light or north window great! Good Luck and enjoy your Spring. PS: post it notes are my lifesavers!!

  15. Martha Engstler

    Miss my kitty, Lucy, so much and today really needed a kitty hug. In spring I’ll start looking for another fur baby. Leo is so cute. Looks like he’d be hugable. A little late is better than a day late which I did once. Then one really feels dumb. You do so much I wouldn’t worry about a few minutes late.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Martha – remind me again where you live – a friend of mine has a perfect cat for you!

  16. julie stancato

    Oh no, I can only imagine how stressful that was once you got the call. I’m so sorry that happened. Honestly, I think everyone has these things from time to time, and that’s one reason why I leave myself a note the night before – because I am so afraid that I’ll forget. Last night my husband got up at midnight because his Parkinson’s was keeping him up, twitching and jumping. I asked him as he left the room to please leave me a note to remember to pick up my grandson at school at 3:00. I actually forgot to leave myself a note to not forget!! 🙂 So you aren’t the only one!! Julie

  17. Ellie

    That is a terrible feeling! I’ve done that more than I like to think although thankfully it’s not regular!

    I was glad to read about Elmer yesterday. I’m sad he has passed but it helps to think about him running free and chasing balls.

  18. Ginny Jackson

    This doesn’t have anything to do with your current post and I wasn’t sure how to send you an email. So here goes. Sunday I had my beloved 12 year old Shetland Sheepdog “put to sleep” due to bladder cancer. I miss her horribly and I’m trying to find another dog to fill the void in my heart. The shelters in the Ames Iowa area don’t have any dogs available that I “connected” to via photos.
    If anyone knows of a Sheltie, Pomeranian or medium sized dog/puppy could “you” contact me.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Ginny – oh, I am so sorry for your loss! I know how important she has been in your life and I also know that it’s sometimes hard to find that special rescue. I will keep an eye open for you. Also check Patriots For Pets in clear lake. I would be happy to drive the dog to Ames if you find one. Talk to them – they are great to work with .
      My email is at the top of the blog —

  19. Brenda archambault

    Hadn’t you recently posted about receiving a ticket for speeding to church?

    OMG … When I saw the picture of Leo upon opening this post I thought Elmer had been reserected! That actually happened many years ago to our collie shepherd who had a leg injury that couldn’t be helped. The kids were young and I took them to the vet to say goodbye. A few days later the vet called to say he had been so busy that, by the time he finally got to put Candy down, she was standing up and moving. We brought Candy home to spend a few more years with us! Miracles do happen.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Brenda – loved the dog/vet story! And yes, I recently got a speeding warning traveling between the two churches on Sunday morning. I’ve had a run of bad “luck” lately -ha!

  20. Louise

    Oh dear Mary don’t be so hard on yourself, I am sure you have done enough good to outweigh that small mistake. I was unhappy because I missed ashes for the first time in my life! I have had some health issues since Christmas. My husband went alone…

  21. Robin Rauk

    Mary, you make me laugh. I have been having these same troubles since I turned 50 :).
    Good luck with your violet, My grandma always had a bunch of them in the east window of her kitchen.

  22. Susan Sundermeyer

    You are forgiven, Mary. Our own Pastor was late last night. As with your church and ours, Lent has begun.

  23. mary hawk

    Oh my on the church deal! I could just picture you, dashing off.

    You can do a violet. Put it inside a second pot and always water from the bottom and not too much. Fertilize now and again. Occasionally one just gets wilty and croaks, who knows why. Mine are in a East window and do great, my mom had hers in a north window.

  24. Janet

    I love your baby quilt hanging on your design wall. I am not good at putting colors together, your colors are perfect! You are so inspiring.
    Leo is a beautiful boy!
    I also worry about my mind as I age. We need notebooks and chalk boards, and a good partner to keep reminding us of the things we have committed to. With laughter and friends we will be just fine.

  25. mary margaret

    I had those days where mess up on date or time, I was young!! I thought was menopause! Still occasionally have the problem! It does make you feel rushed. Sorry for you.

  26. Michele

    Ugh. Oh, your poor heart must have been racing the entire evening. Plus, being flustered never helps the pianist. I can imagine. But, it’s past now. No one -other than you —suffered because you arrived late. Laugh and get past it. I’m sure everyone is thankful you have given your time and talent for this many years. Most people have no idea that accompanying is so much more work than just showing up for the service. It’s the practicing, worrying, finding music, etc. that is sooo time consuming. Thank you for all your dedication!!!

    P.S. Love Leo!!!!

  27. Sue

    Don’t be hard on yourself. We’ve all been there. You do so many things that it would be hard to keep track of dates and times.
    Your African violet is beautiful. Mine seem to like bottom watering best, although yesterday 2 of mine got a hard spray with tepid water because I found…….Aphids. It didn’t hurt them one bit and now I am supposed to do that every day for awhile.
    The flood waters have receded and gone away. Now, if it just stays that way so that the grass can grow.

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