Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first. But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking. I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to move the Coke so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

I see that the Coke is getting warm and decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but won’t remember it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

* The car isn’t washed,
* The bills aren’t paid,
* There is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter,
* The flowers don’t have enough water,
* There is still only 1 check in my checkbook,
* I can’t find the remote,
* I can’t find my glasses,
* And I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail.

Don’t laugh too hard — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!!

Teaching on the Road

Hello, and thanks for opening this E-mail! I am delighted to see you all here. We have a lot of new members this month so I will tell you a little bit about me. I travel with the Quiltbus, a shuttle bus we converted into a mobile quilt shop. This month we are taking our mobile shop on a trip through Michigan, Indiana and Western NY stopping at one museum, two churches and two libraries along the way. This is a little unusual for us, normally we are sponsored by guilds and quilting retreats. Will we stop near you?

Speaking of retreats, the bus will be at several in the near future. August 25 -27, we will be visiting Pyramid Lake NY where I will be teaching the No Whining! Class. This is a class where everything you do is right, so no seam rippers are allowed. It is a fun, free spirited class held in a lakeside rustic retreat and it is very reasonably priced. If you think you can get away that weekend, there is more information at http://www.pyramidlife.org/

Our next retreat will be held Sept 11 – 15 at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in South Ludlow VT. I will not be teaching there, this is a bus only event. For more information, visit http://www.fletcherfarm.com/schedule.asp.

Following that will be a retreat at Frost Valley in Claryville NY. This time I am teaching A Gaggle of Geese, a class where we try all sorts of different methods to make flying geese and use our samples to make a truly magnificent quilt.

You don’t have to purchase a post card. Have you ever made one? It’s a super way to express your creativity and, yes, they can be mailed! Get out your scraps, specialty fabrics and embellishments and challenge yourself to explore new techniques in creating 4″ x 6″ works of art. For more information, read our article at http://quiltbug.com/postcards.htm

Every month, I do try to have a new informational article ready for y’all. If you are looking for any misc information, check out http://www.quiltbug.com/ideas.htm. There is all sorts of wonderful information connected to that page. Our most recent article is about the latest quilting craze, Inklingo. What is it? You will have to go to LindaFranz.com to find out:-))

I have a couple more fun URLs for you: this one, http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp is from Cindy Brick (http://www.cindybrick.com) and shows delayed flights. Watch out for those red dots!

Are you a quilter who has trouble seeing, or knows someone who is struggling with sight issues but still loves to sew? There is a new yahoo group which just formed for you. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/touchablequilters/ for more information.

As I reread this newsletter and notice all the URLs, it strikes me that we as a society have become more and more dependent on the internet for education and information. Did you know that was being threatened by a law being considered in Congress? They want to rewrite the Telecommunications act to end “Net Neutrality”, the ability of all users to access sites equally. It will allow the big carriers like AT&T and Verizon to limit the access to websites that don’t pay them a fee. On the surface, that doesn’t sound too bad but stop and think about it. The people with the deep pockets will pay – the big box stores, the phishers and the p*rn-ography industry. The little websites – the blogs, school websites, individual research and/or family sites- those would have to pay just to be seen.

So how can Congress even consider such a thing? Because all they hear from are the folks who stand to profit from this change. They need to hear from their constituents – the people who VOTE for them – that we do not want it. E-mail or Snail-mail your representative today. Visit http://www.freepress.net for more information.

Well, I don’t want to end this newsletter on such a serious note, so let me ask for a favor. I would like to put a mystery on line starting in September but I have no time to test it! Are there any adventurous quilters out there who would like to try it out? This is a colorful quilt that would be perfect in 1930’s prints. I haven’t double checked the yardage yet, but I believe you will need 3 FQ’s in 1930’s prints, 1/2 yard sashing, (30’s print), 3 /4 border (30’s print), 1 yard background (white or muslin), 1 FQ black and two packages of Thangles, one in the 2″ size and one in the 4″ size. If you think you might be interested, send me an E-mail!


The First Rule of Quilting Society

Afternoon, ladies. Most of you know why you’re here. You know what secret longings draw you, week after week, to this bright and tastefully appointed place, far from the prying eyes of a society that will not allow us to sew free. Many of you are hardcore veterans of the quilting society, old-school regulars of our little group that meets twice a month here in this church basement. You are loyal and trusted members of the sisterhood. Your furrowed brows are intent upon sewing, and the lust for bare-knuckled hand-stitching action pumps through your veins. You know full well what long-repressed urges find their release in the quilting way. You know what you want.  [See More]

Happy Memorial Day

Lets take a moment to remember what this weekend is all about – remembering those who struggled and sacrificed so we could have a better life. I am not only talking about the pioneers who founded our country and the soldiers who fought to protect it, but also our own mothers and fathers and the friends and neighbors who help us out in times of need. Take the time to pick up the phone and say thank you, or put flowers on a strangers grave. You will feel better for it, I promise:-))