Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Results of Chaos

Today was one of "those" days. You all know what I am talking about. The one day you have plans for yourself or you couldn't sleep and are needing rest in order to keep your head straight, is the one day the forces of the universe decide they have a different plan in mind. I think I actually get off easy. I can imagine those of you with little and big kidlets have them a bit more often. So please forgive my tardiness on revealing the big winners today as promised.

My little brother Preston(27) and littlest sister Tessa(17) came to visit this weekend, and we took them to the island. For those of you who asked, Cow island is in the middle of Lake Winnipesaukee in NH. The weather was perfect, but there were a large number of gnats that were driving people inside. Either they didn't like my scent or I am just too out of it to notice, but they didn't bother me which is a first in my life.
Coming from the 100 degree heat that AZ was offering last week, Tessa and Preston were determined to go swimming no matter what. The rest of us have had enough of 45 degree temps so we just watched as they belly flopped, flipped and "suicided" off the dock THREE times! Even though it was freezing, they said that they will think back to that freezing moment when it hits the 110-120 degree range this summer in Phoenix. All good times must find an ending however, so we returned to Boston last night. This was only the first part of the kids journey though so today they got up early to head to NYC then D.C.. Nine years ago Preston had to have a heart transplant. He looks great though, doesn't he? He does fine as long as he takes care of himself and takes his medication that helps his body not reject the heart, and keeps his blood pressure low. Due to a sunburn and probably a little too much excitement, I only slept an hour last night. I did get to see them off at 7:30 am though which I wasn't expecting. Even after I had everyone safely on their way I still couldn't sleep, so I puttered around in a stupor for a few hours when I discovered the big bottle of Preston's medications sitting on the counter. My heart sunk. They were the one thing he cannot do without. I hurriedly called him but sure enough they were already half way to NYC. My exhausted body and mind started to panic. Where to send it? How to get to Post Office? How much? Good thing Preston is a lot cooler than me, and my mom is the Queen of Calm, or my tired, irrational mind might have split right open like a cantaloupe. --My mumsy

We figured out question 1 and 3 but how to get me to the P.O. was still a worry. The sun was shining for the moment but the heavily rising humidity and severe thunder storm warning still loomed on my mind. Just at the right moment, George came to the rescue! George is our 70 going on 45 year old building super. After a few very cold mornings shoveling snow and me bringing him coffee out in the elements, I became his favorite tenant. Thank Heavens. He agreed to take me to the P.O. immediately and I was able to overnight Preston's meds. You never know who you may become friends with, and sometimes the most unexpected become the most dear.

Before we went, George also agreed to pick the two winners of my giveaway. Once he realized I was taking pictures of him...he he he...he started to duck and moan, plus my batteries died so I didn't get shots of the paper slips. Luckily he read them aloud to me before the chaos ensued. Drum Roll.....

Lil from Addicted
and
Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio

Congratulations you two! Please email me with your address and I will get these off. I really hope you enjoy. And a BIG Thank You to every one who participated. In fact I am so pleased with the response that I would like to give you all one more chance to receive a special something (possibly favorite movie involved). Out of all those who comment on this post by tomorrow (Wednesday) night at midnight, I will pick at least 1 more person. This is for those of you that come back and didn't pop in just for the giveaway never to come back. I am not sure exactly what this one will consist of, it will depend on the response, but I promise to make it worth you while! Thank you all again, and thanks for sticking with me through my stressful morning. Luckily I had already been home 20 min. before the skies opened up, like a monsoon or a storm in the topics. Don't forget to leave a comment by Midnight tomorrow! Maybe now I can get some sleep. Have a great week everyone!
--The bench George made for me out of a futon he found in the trash.

--The little birds trying to hide from the torrential down pour.

--The weird fake owl George put in the tree to scare away the squirrels so they don't eat the bird food.

22 comments:

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Glad to hear your crisis ended well - you are fortunate to have a neighbour like George! I could do with one of his owls - we have a problem with crows eating all the olives off our tree and then leaving a terrible mess around our outdoor area.

lil said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Stacy, I'm just so happy, this is my first successful give-away

I would love to hug George for his help, but too far from you, maybe I make it overthere one day

thank you so much

Joanna said...

I am so glad that the weather will be better today - yesterday was awful wasn't it? I would have been panicking too about the meds - now, girl, next time something urgent and life threatening like that happens, you are to call me up and I will be down there within the hour, OK????? I love the sound of your super! My Dad who was a teacher always swore that the most important person in the school was the custodian/janitor. He always made friends with them first and like you, was their favorite - they would do anything for him!

OK got to get everyone ready for the day.

Love, me!

Kathie said...

wow that is some rain storm.
Love the owl!!!!
congrats to the winners so far :)
Kathie

Collectincat said...

Congrats on the two winners, and bless George for his wonderful help to you and your bro. What a precious man! I like the clever bench, and don't like that torrential rain with it. Fortunately, we had sprinkles where thunder storms had been predicted. LOVE thunder storms if I don't have to be out in them! Especially at night when you can see the lightening best.

Kylie said...

Glad to hear that all ended ok - looks like miserable weather to have at such a lovely destination!

Carolyn said...

Hope today goes much more smoothly and you get some much needed rest!

Jacquie said...

Stacy, I'm so excited! Thank you so much! What a time you had. It is great to have people around you who you can depend on in a crisis. Good for George!

Blondie said...

Oh, no! So glad it all worked out as well as it did! Some days are just like that!

RobinE said...

It sounds as if you had a fun weekend at the lake. And thank goodness for George!

Congrats to the lucky winners too! :)

Becky said...

Wow - the lake looks fun!! We are having lots of rain here, looks like you are, too. Please put me in your drawing!!

Tipper said...

I can see how that would make for an exciting morning! Congrats to the winner. And I think you know I'm here to stay.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

George sounds like a "keeper". Wow what a wild weekend with a scary ending. Its good you got it sorted out. Quickly. How fun they came to visit! I'm sure you all had a great time. Those May gnats/flies!! They are awful in the northeast. My father-in-law's homestead is in upstate New York and we were there a few years ago in May. Same thing. Really pesky.

miniaturequilter said...

very lucky to have George in your life!!

upstateLisa said...

Phoooey! congrats to your two winners. I had my fingers and toes crossed. Oh well. I shouldn't complain, I all ready won a giveaway yesterday!
Hope you are able to sleep now. Nice to have a 'george' around, huh?
Seems that the nasty weather fell south of our area.

craftydiane said...

I missed the Wed. night deadline. I had looked at your blog yesterday, but just saw the top of the first photo and thought is was still the blog you did before going on your trip! I should learn to pay more attention!
Glad everything turned out ok.
Blessings,
Diane

Linda said...

so glad your story had a happy ending! I am loving that weird Owl for some reason and the futon bench is brilliant!!

Shawnee said...

Just found your blog. So glad you're in my apron swap and joined the Apronista.ning, too!

mill said...

Good thing you got your brother's meds to him on time! And as for cold water - I can't bear to swim in freezing cold water, even on the hottest days! BRRR!

susan said...

does the weird owl work? i mean besides scaring small children?? heehe quite the storm. george sounds like quite the person to have around. and good that he got his meds, he prolly could have called in a couple pills tho, just in case...for next time!! also it wouldnt hurt to keep one or two separate somewhere else on his person!!

Tessa said...

I have very large thighs... wow... :) Great post stacy you are hillarious! I LOVED the lake and I loved the rest of the trip. I will have to talk to you later today...!!!

SheltonDHW said...

Hi! I found your blog throught the mini quilt flickr group. I lived in the boston area for 6 years and LOVED going to Lk W. Very fond memories from both winters & summers there.