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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Finishing Stretch The Dog

I finally finished Stretch. I think I am going to stop making such big rugs. Even though I think this one would look great in front of a fireplace.
Here he is in all of his glory.

Stretch The Dog
Very primitive. I need to do something fallish a rug. With pumpkins and crows.

 Do you ever have days where you wonder, " Soon very soon, I will grow up and not be an idiot?" No, you don't? Well good, it is just me. My car had to go in the shop. With everyone's schedule not fitting together. I decided I would take my car to the shop myself and just walk home. Not a big deal all this sitting around hooking rugs is harder than walking home.

Yesterday the car was finally finished. One of my sons got home from work before he left again, I asked could he take me to pick up my car? He said of course so he drove me there and dropped me off. I knew I was leaving to pick up my car, I thought I was safe leaving my phone at home.  I wouldn't be gone 10 minutes ( Or so I thought.)  I really don't like being so dependent on that thing. I also just took my wallet with my charge card in it. I had every thing I needed in my hand.

My son had driven away because he had another appointment. Ron was going to be in meetings all day and unreachable. I handed the man at the counter my card. It was declined. Now every time this has happened before it has been because someone has stolen our number and used it to buy things like computers and send it to the countries in the middle east. My heart fell to my toes. The man behind the counter so sweetly, tried it again. Nope, didn't work then. Did I have my phone? Nope, do I know anyone's phone number in my head? Nope. I realized it is over 100 degrees and I am going to have to walk home again.

I couldn't think of a single thing to do. The man behind the counter again hands me my car keys. He said, "take your car home and fix the card problem and just call me back." I wanted to cry. I zoomed home, wrote a check, zoomed back and handed him a check. That is one of the things I love about local businesses they know you.  I came home went through all of the bank prompts got it all straightened out. I guess this weekend we did things that was out of our normal pattern.
 The thing that pushed it over the edge was, I do an online Bible Study. I pay for a session each week, that is 4.99 in Tennessee. That looked fraudulent to them so they froze my account.  ( You know how bad people do Bible Studies, and steal credit cards.) :)

I am glad they keep watch on our account so close. We always have to remember to call them when we go out of town and tell them what and where we are going. We forgot this time. I think the hardest part is I couldn't think of a single person to call because everyone's phone number was in my phone sitting on the shelf at home. I have really become too dependent on that idol I carry in my pocket. That makes me really mad at myself. Depending on technology again and not my brain.  Just once in my life, I would like to have that air of being calm, collected and able to jump buildings at a single bound. But I am not, still me who things happen too, so I can have stories to tell.

Have a lovely fall day,


“I suppose I am a sparrow, a stay-at-home bird.”
― Gladys Taber


  1. Kim, I Adore your Stretch the Dog rug!! So beautiful! Glad you got your car fixed and your credit card problem! We've had the same thing happen with our credit card company. So good to know they are always looking out for suspious charges, but at the same time frustrating.


  2. That rug is just the cutest! It is perfect. Sorry about your mishaps with the credit card, the company keeps a close eye on mine too. I'm with you on the phone thoughts, I don't like being tied to it. I say, "Do I own my phone, or does my phone own me?" As for the home town businesses that trust us, I went to a fabric store about 30 miles from me, and didn't have enough money with me to pay for all I wanted. I told the man that I'd have to come back another time when I had more cash. He said I could just go ahead and choose what I wanted and he would bill me. I did take a little more fabric, but as soon as I got home I wrote a check and dropped it in the mail that day along with a thank you to them for trusting me. Unfortunately, we can't always be that trusting.

  3. Oh no! That's pretty funny though, what you said about people who pay for Bible studies!
    I'm glad it worked out, Kim!
    I'm going to put my phone in my bag right now.
    More later! I hope you are having a great day!

  4. Glad you shared in this kindness you deserved!

  5. Kim, your newest rug is adorable and would be perfect stretched out in front of a hearth!
    At least the man in the garage was kinder to you than the bank, you Bible study fraudster! lol!
    Hope you can smile about it now!God bless!

  6. Some days just seem to go from bad, to worse, don't they?!
    It is thoughtful of the shop to let you take the car, then return with payment.
    I'm sorry that you had that frustration with your card co. , but it's a good outcome, as you didn't have fraudulent charges or theft of your card.

    Love how the rug turned out!! Very cute border on the rug too!

    I hope it starts to cool down for you guys, and you get a feel for Fall :)


  7. oh, dear. so glad he trusted you and you were able to get it sorted out. now i just love 'stretch'. :)

  8. So sorry this happened to you:( This happened to my Sears account, so now, when I'm going to make a "strange" purchase, I call them the week before, that purchase will be made!

  9. We sure depend on our phones, don't we? I feel mine always needs to be with me!
    I LOVE Stretch. What a fun rug.
    Hugs :)

  10. I enjoyed reading your story today Kim, and I'm glad your card company is on the ball looking for your best interest but still it's a little disconcerting when they freeze your account for nothing. I think you must have an honest face....

    I hardly use my cell phone but it's my contact with my family if I need them or they need me and if I find myself on the road without it, it's like I'm missing a necessary piece of clothing.
    I've come to think that my cell phone is my security blanket.

    I love that Stretch rug. Wow, that was fast.
    I haven't pulled a hoop for quite a while. Life has been rather in all directions lately.
    I only have time to check my emails and a few blogs and it's time for bed.


  11. What a story, Kim. I would probably faint if I had my card declined! I'm not sure how closely its uses are monitored. xo Nellie

  12. Life keeps your blog entertaining, Kim! I, too, had my card declined while on vacation because at the cabin where we stayed the woman put our room in at $3000. instead of $300. and it was out of our normal spending area. Makes sense. We now always remember to call before we leave town.

  13. I like that they monitor our cards but I just feel like the business owner is saying, Right! I've heard that before. I'm so glad it all worked out.

    Have a blessed evening.

  14. You have done a wonderful job on "Stretch the dog" !! He looks like fun.
    Loved your story. I think we all have been there ;). I never even thought of calling the bank when we leave town. Seems like a good thing to do, though.

  15. sometimes I read a post and I think I have commented but apparently not. I love that story, it sounds very small town. That would happen here. It is terrible how dependent we are with our phones but they really are handy to have around. I'm glad you got home safe so you can keep hooking. That wiener dog is adorable.

  16. i have had similar experiences. some were us, some were not. chase is excellent for finding fraud!!!!


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