Monday, November 23, 2009

Bless Those Hearts!

Once upon a time, there was a Mama who loved to shop for bargains...for things she could repurpose (buying someone else's stuff that they were tired of!). This was fun! This was pretty cheap too! Last January, she and her sweet friend, Teresa, discovered 2 Broyhill chairs at the Thrift Store. These chairs were in great condition and perfect for the study that she was redoing. So, for the low, low price of $20.00 each, Mama bought these Williamsburg blue and mauve floweredy chairs with the intention of making her own slipcovers.

Slipcovers 101 Tutorial was a complete failure!! Mama just couldn't get the seams to match, and it was plain 'ol ugly! So, she began calling and asking around this textile town for the names of people who could make slipcovers. Poof! A nice lady said that she would do it on the side (she worked for a nice man who sold custom draperies on E-BAY) for the price of $45.00 each!! Mama was thrilled! Beyond thrilled! So, last January, she met the nice lady at CVS and gave her one of the chairs and the other two pillows for her to create beautiful slipcovers. Mama had visions of cute monogrammed pillows tossed casually upon the thrift store chairs--which she reminded Hubby were a bargain!

Nice lady called Mama in the summer to let her know that she no longer was working for nice man with the nice sewing machines in a very busy warehouse that made custom draperies. Nice lady was ordering her own machine and would be working on the chairs soon. Very soon! In her own building behind her house. Mama is patient.

School begins! Mama checks in regularly to see if the slipcovers are done. Mama heard lots of stories as to why the chairs weren't finished yet. Mama is patient.

Thanksgiving is two days away. Nice lady has had chairs for 1o months. Hubby is READY to have a place to sit in the study besides the desk chair! Hubby implores Mama to call and tell nice lady that we need chairs back now...not next week, but now, pronto! Mama calls nice lady coming home today from subbing! Nice lady is thrilled to hear from Mama. In fact, she asks if Mama is sitting down. Mama usually sits down while driving the Mama mini-van! Mama gets her hopes up a little bit. Maybe....just maybe, the slipcovers are ready, and Mama can pick them up!!! What a wonderful surprise for Hubby that would be! Nice pretty slipcovers FINALLY adorning the two chairs in the study. Mama waits patiently for nice lady to tell her the news.

Well, nice lady doesn't use the words that Mama really wants to hear. Instead, she begins to talk about the FIRE that destroyed her warehouse/building over the weekend and that she was sorry but Mama's chairs are NO MORE! yesterday is gone! Mama is in shock as she drives down the road. No nothing to sit on in the study. But Mama does ask if anyone was hurt--a fireman with smoke inhalation had to be hospitalized. Bless his heart! Bless nice lady's heart! Then....nice lady asked for Mama's address so she could send a check from her insurance company to Mama! What?? Money for Mama's losses? Mama is still holding her breath until the check arrives in her mailbox. Bless Mama's heart!

Mama is desperately clinging to this Scripture! A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11

Thank you for praying for nice lady--Mama is praying that nice lady is telling the truth! And this is a true story! Mama could never make up anything quite like this one!

Sweet Blessings,


Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Oh, wow! I also hope "the nice lady" is telling the truth.
I love this funny! I hope you do get your check.
To answer your question...last week...on the running. Sadly, It is not going to well. I had a terrible cold and was off for 10 days. And have been slow getting back into it. I miss it, terribly and am a little frustrated with myself. I don't know how to adjust to the shorter days. I am afraid it will be like starting over. Help!

Andrea said...

What an adventure. I pray the ending to this story is full of blessings for you and your hubby. I pray GOD has even nicer chairs for your study just waiting for you.
Blessings, andrea

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Love how you wrote this story! I can totally see you as you type it :) Maybe the check will arrive and you can get the "surprise" for hubby that you have been looking for. The little extra will make that happen for sure.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I hope the nice lady is telling the truth. It is good that you can see the humor in all of this. Knowing God is in control helps even in these situations. Have a blessed Thanksgiving. Jackie

amykat said...

You are too sweet, Susan. I'm praying that nice lady is telling the truth.....maybe you'll get a windfall - and be able to buy two new chairs!
Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

On Purpose said...

Grace inhaled can then be grace exhaled. Wow girly you are definitely calm because of Him!

Yolanda said...

I'm sitting in I'll simply say with much love...Happy Thankskgiving.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Oh bless sweet Mama's heart. Sweet Mama's is so funny and sweet Mama tells a good TRUE story. I love the third person in this.

I thought you were going to say the woman wanted to send you a bill for her work.

For cryin in the rain.

I hope sweet hubby still lets sweet Mama do her bargain shopping. Just be glad you got them so cheap.

Now, she only did have one chair, right? I thought you said one chair and the pillows.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You're a good momma... bless you. I would have driven over there to see if said momma bear and papa bear were enjoying them some nice recliners.

I'm just saying...

Am I going to have to come down there?


Tea With Tiffany said...

Stopping in to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

KelliGirl said...

Oh my, what a tale! You had me hanging on every word. I was impressed with your second hand finds and anxious to see the results, but just knew there was more to come.

Here's praying your hubby gets a chair soon!

Susan, wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the special day.

Love ya',

Kay said...

What a story! Bless Mama's heart! I'm assuming you are Mama. Just came across your blog. Can't wait to hear how this story ends. Have a great Thanksgiving!

tiggerdaisy said...

Wow! What a story! I do hope that the nice lady is telling the truth--and I certainly hope Mama is getting an insurance check.

As I was reading the story, I thought to myself "This is so unbelievable that it must be true." Hoping Mama finds a nice fat check in the mail. Hoping Papa finds a nice cushion to rest on in the study.

Prayers and blessings,

Ginger said...

What a story! I've really missed visiting and reading your blog. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!