Thursday, August 16, 2007

Retreat 2006



August 16, 2007

I had another whole blog figured out in my head but this morning blogger wouldn't let me load the picture I wanted so I am settling for pictures of last year's retreat. The top two pictures are of some of the avid stitchers who joined in the fun and the bottom one is of our two dogs who were banished to the garage for the day. Man I had forgotten that the garage was full of stuff last year that was going to David's new place. They had not moved yet so we were stuck with a garage full of stuff and my poor little car had to be outside for about a month! Oh well it was summer.
Anyway...next week I'll have pictures of this year's retreat.
I must warn retreat participants who read this that in addition to noticing my clean baseboards, you now also need to ooh and ahh over the incredibly clean floors in the kitchen, hall, bathroom and laundry room...you should also commiserate with me over my aching knees!
Cleaning on my hands and knees like that reminded me of my Mom who was the ultimate housekeeper and who I vividly remember cleaning on her hands and knees. Back then after washing the floors she also had to apply paste wax and then polish it...we did have an electric polisher.
This is one of those family stories that got told again and again. And oh my, I believe it must have happened around 50 years ago!!!One day Mom had just finished the above mentioned cleaning and waxing and up to the door came my brother Ken and his buddy Larry. They had been playing somewhere and their rubber boots (and the rest of their persons as well no doubt) were covered with dirt and mud. Mom looked at them and wagged her finger and threatened..."If you boys come in here and track mud all over my clean floor, I'll, I'll, I'll take your heads off!" At which point my brother Ken turned solemnly to Larry and said with a perfectly straight face... "That's right Larry, there used to be a big family of us here, now there are only 4 left. She took the heads off all the rest." Larry, already a pale kid, turned a few shades lighter and very soon high tailed it home.

7 comments:

Beatrice said...

What a wonderful story Ann. You know now no one will wear their boots in on Saturday. It's hard to stitch without a head. LOL.

Christine said...

lol! Great story! You can come and do my house now, if you would like. I certainly would not mind. Have fun at the retreat - I look forward to the photos.

Kathy A. said...

Oh Ann - you crack me up!!! I will certainly notice your spotless house and I promise to not wear boots. I need my head sometimes.

Lynn said...

What a great story! I remember my Mom waxing and polishing our floors. I also remember how sore my bottom was when I slipped on them and fell! I hope you have a wonderful time at the retreat. I'll watch for the pics.

ollie1976 said...

Love the picture of the dogs!
-Jen

Aussie Stitcher said...

What a great story, LOL. Looking forward to retreat photos.

Joanne

tkdchick said...

Ann Thank you so much for hosting all of us this weekend! Its a lot of work for you and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!