Monday, September 17, 2012

A snail mail pick-me-up

As you all know, I recently had a special girls weekend away with my daughter. We went to Hamilton, (about 7 hours drive north of where I live, for those not in NZ). I got to go to the Craft and Quilt Fair and then we drove to Auckland where we got to have cuddles with the new grandbaby, and see all of the kids and attend the Vintage Textile Fair where I Shane and I met up briefly. I got to visit with my grandfather who had no idea who I was, and stay a night with my parents. We had a lovely time.
However, what I didn't tell you, was that on the way home my car broke down. And if that wasn't bad enough, it broke down a second time for the very same reason. So it spent time in a garage twice during our trip resulting in us missing our stay in Taupo at the hot springs, and costing me a whopping $1,000.
And what's more the car was booked into the garage at home on the Friday after my return to have a new cambelt and water pump put in which cost another $1,000. I had a very depressing week last week as you can imagine!

But then in the mail on Saturday I discovered a package sent from America full of vintage laces, buttons and cotton! WOW! The laces were tatty and some were torn, just the way I like them, and some were stained, and I like them like that too.
My lovely lace merchant knows what make me happy.
I am so thankful for my friends, they listen to my troubles, they tell me about theirs, together we halve the load. They have the ability with very little effort to brighten an otherwise depressing day and they are capable of inspiring and motivating me.

They are so much apart of me.

Thank you. xxxx
Carole


7 comments:

By Hoki Quilts said...

Awww bummer about the car - flipping things! They cost us a fortune but we really can't do without them, especially in this land of ours where everything is so very far away. Just as well there was a sweetener in the mail for you not to mention cuddles with a little one.
hugs
Miche'le

Jennifer said...

Oh dear about the car! What gorgeous laces, aren't they so pretty?

Janelle said...

I'm sorry that you had such a rough time with your car. I hope that it stays healthy for a long time now after spending so much money on it. At least you had a good time before it broke down. The laces look wonderful. I love the old stained and worn looking fabrics too.

Linda said...

You have an awesome lace merchant!!! I have NO time for cars that breakdown.... that is something that really irks me. I know how depressed you must have been... I would've been as well. I hope you have no more of that for a very, very long time.

Tatkis said...

Well, it's not funny at all to have a broken car (especially far from home), but still you have a great time :)

Congrats on the parcel - those laces look fantastic!

Hugs,
Tatyana

~*~Patty S said...

Car trouble is never fun and especially not while you're out and about trying to have fun ...
lovely post that Nathalie is so generous and thoughtful!

you described friendship so beautifully...sharing is good for so many things...isn't it

take care dear one!
oxo

Magpie's Mumblings said...

tatty laces are the best because then you don't feel guilty putting them into projects! Sorry about the car - not fun.