The ongoing argument in any purchase is whether the cost is worth it. In other words, are you getting value for the amount paid. I have read so many blog entries where fabric quality is the topic of discussion. Is the fabric purchased at a quilt shop better than what you buy at the big chain fabric/craft store? My answer is determined by what the end use for said fabric will be. If making an heirloom quilt, I would buy fabric from a specialty fabric shop. For a quilt that will be used every day by a small child or college student, I would buy fabric at a chain store. One must check the quality to be sure it is not a lightly woven (inferior) fabric. Chain stores also sell expensive fabric so it pays to do a bit of checking around when planning a purchase. Did I say plan? I very rarely plan to make a purchase. I am an impulse quilt maker. LOL
For those of you who are not interested in purchasing fabric, you could implement the above values towards the purchase of a car or motor home. Exercise equipment is another purchase where value comes in when considering the amount of exercise one plans to do. My exercise equipment makes great hangers for clothing!
Another purchase that takes consideration is when choosing a musical instrument. If your child is beginning to play an instrument, you must consider whether they will stick with the lessons. If you are an accomplished musician, you would most likely feel comfortable choosing a gibson les paul classic custom over a lower quality instrument that might not produce the quality of sound you are wanting to hear. The first version of the Les Paul Custom was nicknamed the “Fretless Wonder” for its low frets and “Black Beauty” for its rich, contrasting ebony color. Your teenager might think they “need” this beautiful guitar. I would recommend they get a job first.
As in most things, my think is that you get what you pay for. If you want quality, be ready to pay the price. First determine the standard of quality that fits your need.
I can hardly believe that my great niece is 2! We traveled to her home to celebrate her birthday. It has been a long time since I have been to a child’s birthday. There were toddlers coming out of the woodwork but they were all well behaved. It was so much fun to watch them interact with each other. Our little niece was giving everyone hugs. Her little friend, Anna, was using a microphone to sing happy birthday. It was as real as the akg microphones at musicians friend and she was digging it! We laughed until I thought my sides would split.
We had cake that was decorated in a character from cartoons. I had never heard of this character so I can’t remember who he was. My niece got a new bicycle from her grandma. I doubt she will be able to ride it for a while. Her feet barely reach the pedals. Her legs are going to have grow a bit longer.
It was a fun day and made me appreciate not having toddlers under foot these days!
Hubby and I are on vacation in Yuma, Arizona. Today, we visited the Yuma Territorial Prison. It was very interesting! Many of the prisoners were better off after having spent time at the prison. Many learned to read and write and may have even learned Spanish and German in language classes. The prison is now a museum that contains many exhibits. You can see products made by the inmates as well as pictures of both inmates and guards. We were able to walk through open cells and see the solitary chamber “the dark cell”, where the prisoners were housed if they didn’t maintain the rules and needed to be more severely punished. I kept thinking of how the prisoners had once been where I was now and how they might have felt. They were actually treated very humanely. The prison had electricity and a hospital with up to date medical procedures and equipment, something that many of the towns people weren’t afforded. The bad thing, in my opinion, was that if you were convicted of a crime of forgery, you could be bunking with a murderer. There were women imprisoned in the Yuma prison because they had committed adultery! The weather in Yuma has been chilly and that made it a perfect day to visit the prison.
While touring the historical markers of the Hatfield & McCoy feud, we stopped at the Coal House in Williamson,West Virginia. Built of coal masonry, the house is now used as the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The building’s construction in 1933 was organized as a publicity stunt by O.W. Evans of the Norfolk and Western Railway, who wished to create a symbol of the “Billion Dollar Coalfield” centered on Williamson. While it is known as the “Coal House”, it has never been a residence.
While looking over coal country memorabilia, the concierge told us about a UFO sighting a few days prior to our visit.
We also enjoyed her account of a visit from Frank & Mike from the popular television show, American Pickers. Having acquired a court document pertaining to the Hatfield & McCoy feud, Frank & Mike did some bartering and worked it out so that the chamber of commerce can now show the document in their showcase.
This coming weekend, we will be going to St. Louis to visit our son and daughter in-law. I am ready! We haven’t been there since we helped them move into their new house.
As a parent, we have stuff. We have our kid’s stuff. Guess what is getting packed into the back of our car. Yep, stuff.
Our son has a large collection of Hard Rock glasses, tons of school books and other things. One thing I will be glad to be delivering to him is his guitar. His guitar is beautiful and I hate to see it sitting in the corner of my sewing room. It needs to be played.
What am I going to do with all the empty shelves?
I finished this quilt! Scallops were a bit disappointing as they should have been a bit more pronounced. Next time!
I put the label on while traveling in the car. Wouldn’t you know it, I put the label on the front of the quilt! I’ll be changing that.
My sister, who lives near Dallas, has been checking for airline tickets! She is going to join the rest of us girls for a yahoo time in Cincinnati during the big quilt festival in April! I am getting so excited.
I finally figured out how to get my son’s apartment in St. Louis and now he doesn’t live there any longer! I will have to learn how to get to his new house. It is hard when my husband takes a different route each time we visit. Big cities scare me. I can’t imagine having a job that requires me to be at a certain place at a specific time. Ai yi yi!
My family has been keeping a secret from me. For months, they have been planning this. I have been told that I didn’t make it easy. Buwahaha! Unbeknownst to me, my son, who lives in Missouri, picked up my daughter, who lives in Florida, at the airport last Thursday night. Her flight was delayed which had them walking into our house at 2 in the morning. I thought we were being robbed. LOL
It seems as if we just picked out announcements for these two and here they are, adults. Conniving adults, yes. I like their conniving.
While in Branson, we ate at a restaurant known for their scrumptious seafood. Landry’s also makes a wicked bananas foster. I have never seen such a large portion served on one plate. Unfortunately, we were too full to order dessert but that didn’t stop us from drooling over it.
Look at that crepe filled with banana and drizzled with chocolate/caramel.
I was not compensated for writing this about Landry’s yummy dessert. I certainly would have eaten it if offered!
If you haven’t noticed, our dogs rule the roost around our house. I have been bugging my husband by telling him we need to buy a motorhome. Hubby likes to travel and while I also like to travel, I don’t want to leave our dogs at home or put them up at the doggie hotel. Hubby thinks we have to pay for a motorhome! Why is there always a roadblock?
Take a look at this picture. It looks as if they are saying, “what? You want us to write a review? Do we get bacon for that? Does it require us to move?