Feeling better… feeling lighter

No pictures today. Just great news. I’m starting to feel human again after being really, really sick. AND, two sizes smaller now!!!! I did some power shopping on my lunch break today. Nothing fits anymore. Two sizes smaller. YAHOO!!!!!

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Under The Weather (which has been beautiful, BTW)

Two weeks of my life have been consumed with health issues. Stupid, stupid insides!!! I spent part of this week in the local emergency room. I’m back home now, taking tons of medications which do all kinds of strange things to my body and my dreams. Five more days on them, then (hopefully) I’ll be done.

Before my illness kicked into high gear, I posted a giveaway question on this blog post. Nobody came close, so here’s another hint, left. It has a theme… can you figure it out? Take a guess and post it in the comments. The person who comes closest will win… something related to the theme.

I haven’t done much sewing on my Dear Jane quilt lately, just keeping up with the Block of the Week. I’m going through my list of “to do’s” and trying to be productive in getting those things done. I find a great sense of accomplishment comes when I can cross something off the list and move on.

Pardon me while I go take another pill and cross it off the list, too. Hope you have a happy, healthy weekend.

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Millie Sews for Samantha

This is Millie. She lives with me now. She’s a little unhappy that she has to live in the basement, but happy that she gets HALF of the basement to herself and her very old friend, Bernie Nova. Millie is starting to earn her keep by practicing sewing on Sammy’s crib quilt. Sammy and Jake are getting a new house, and they need bedroom stuff. Millie is helping out in that area.

It’s kind of hard to see, but if you look really hard and squint your eyes, you might get to see my first flower I created with Millie. Yes, we may just become very good friends. We like to hold hands. So far, Millie has been kind. If she becomes a pest, I will let you know.

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Beach Babies Safely Home

My oldest son and his family returned safely last night from a week-long trip to Daytona Beach. Two of my favorite pictures…

“Sammy – Pretty in Pink” Beach Baby and “Jake the Sand Angel.” These are keepers!

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You can tell a lot about a person’s moral character…

You can tell a lot about a person’s moral character by the way they respond to issues in life. In late June, I bought a little bag of “Chinese Coins” from a shop on Etsy. They were very inexpensive… only $1.50 plus $1.50 shipping, but they were exactly what I was looking for as an embellishment on my newest quilt “Over the Celtic Rainbow.” I paid using PayPal, and waited for them to arrive. A week or so later, I got a small, plain envelope in the mail… you know the kind you use to pay bills with? It was placed in a plastic bag by the postal service, it had been ripped open and was seriously damaged. No contents inside, of course. No note, just the envelope. I didn’t know who it was from, so I dropped the little envelope into a larger envelope and put a note with it. I returned the damaged envelope to the sender.

Another week went by, and it occurred to me that maybe the envelope had held my purchased coins! So I contacted the seller on Etsy and asked. Yes, it was her/him. Here’s the response I received:

“Yes I am in florida and the envelope was taped up. I go to the post office so, it wasn’t mailed from my house. Oh sweetie I am so sorry about this. What would you like to do?”

That response was followed by this one:

“Sorry I thought I got back with you I mailed them out July 3rd. I have looked thru my stuff and those were my last set of those. If you don’t get them tommorow which has already been plenty of time. I will refund the money unless you see something else you want for the same price in my store and I can send those out instead. Just let me know.”

Of course, I didn’t receive the coins, and asked for a reimbursement. It never arrived. So, following Etsy protocol, my feedback for the seller was negative.

Then I received this:

“I am sorry that this happened. I already mailed you the money back and put in a couple of item for your trouble. Went out in a nice secure envelope. I don’t think I deserve negative feedback. What else do I need to do to make you happy????”

So, I responded that all I needed was the refund via PayPal and I’d be a happy camper. The reply?

“I offered a refund but, you decided to ruin my feedback with the negative.”

So, apparently the comment “I already mailed you the money back and put in a couple of item for your trouble” was a line of crap. She didn’t just offer, she said she SENT the refund!

At this point in time, the issue ISN’T about the money. It’s about the principle of the thing! And it clearly shows the character of a person who would lie and deceive someone else, all for $3.00.

Keep the money. It will make you feel as if you have won a huge battle. Actually, it’s not a battle you have won. It’s a battle Satan has won at your expense. I’ll more than triple that amount and make a donation to my local church to help further the kingdom of God. And I will also be in prayer for you. It seems as if there is much more work to be done in the name of Jesus.

Happy to be His servant.

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