Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday Fragments

I'll be linking to Mrs. 4444 with some fragments about what I'm up to this week.

Monday: Brianna and I went to the dentist and she had to get 6 babyteeth pulled. Ouch! She was very brave about it, but is scared she'll look like this forever. I assured her that her other teeth will finally be able to come out better now. She's such a worrier, at the ripe old age of 9. The tooth fairy brought her a very rare treat: a Polly Pocket doll. (They are almost impossible to find here.)

Tuesday: Our ladies bible study group got together. I'm always touched and honored to be a part of this group of wonderful ladies! We're almost done Colossians, and next year in February we will start a study by Beth Moore.

Wednesday: My neighbor's daughter, who just finished beauty school, came and gave me a mani/pedi in the comfort of my own home. And I sewed some orange curtains for a friend. I can't wait to see them in her bedroom! She's so talented with decorating her home.

Thursday: My friend (the one with the orange curtains) and I went to the neighbor town of Loma Plata, about 30 km from here. We went spent all morning checking out different stores and eating delish ice cream:)

In the afternoon, while I was in town, I got a call on my cell from the lady at the sewing machine shop in Asuncion. She said they had recieved the part from the U.S. (the part we had ordered from Canada didn't fit, they said) and the machine would be ready today! HipHipHorray!!!! After three loooong months of waiting, finally my Brother (sewing machine) will be coming home again. I'm attaching a little note here, that I would like to direct to my Mom's sewing machine. I hope you hear the humor and the gratefulness in it.

Dear Miss Elna, ( I call her "Miss" because she is a dignified old lady)

I'm sorry that we cannot be more than friends. You have helped me out in a time of sewing-machine crisis. But I need someone who can give me more than just straight seams through cotton muslin. I need someone who will sew crazy corners into slinky jerseys, who will zigzag the most delicate chiffon, who will race down the side of second-hand jeans in a flash.
Miss Elna, you could not give me these things, but you have given me more. In a time where I seriously started to doubt if I could even sew anymore, you showed me that sewing is like riding a bike, just with a knee press.

Thank you, Miss Elna and thank you Mom, for lending her to me. I love you, Mom.

with the deepest respect, Brenda

Thanks to anyone reading my rambling, random, Friday Fragments.

I'm leaving you with a picture of Cindy and Grayson, just to get you wondering what in the world they are doing! :)


  1. You had a busy week! Poor baby girl - getting all of those teeth pulled! Love your note to Miss Elna! Everyone needs a friend who can sew!

  2. I didn't even realize there was such a link up. My post today is a bunch of randomness too!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog! Your blog is fun! It's so cool that you live in Paraguay. Yo puedo hablar espanol y me gusta la cultura de estos paises. (I'm assuming you speak Spanish!) You sound like a really talented seamstress. Have a nice fin de semana!

  4. I love your new header picture! Very pretty!
    I'm guessing Cindy and Grayson are practicing cheerleading moves! :) Do they do cheerleading here?
    Hope your machine arrived! See you soon!
    Love ya,

  5. I'm guessing that Cindy is teaching the cat "kitty aerobics." I'm glad Brianna made it through all those extractions! My oldest had to have wisdom teach out not that long ago. She had a harder time with the meds than the surgery!
    Miss Elna saved the day when you needed her to. My machine died on me, a month before my wedding (18 yrs. ago) and I was making my own dress. I panicked and bought a machine that was on sale. Looking back, I wish I'd spent the money(I had it them) and bought a really nice machine. The dress got finished and all went well, but I've never been very happy with the machine. My daughters use it, so it is not waisted.
    It sounds like a nice day in Loma Plata. I don't do enough things like that. I love my girls, but sometimes I need to leave them home and have ME time. I did that with my sister today and it has renewed me. She is one of my best friends.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Ohhh, being without your sewing machine for so long. Agony!! Nice of Miss Elna to bail you out, but even when I'm not sewing, I want my machine available. You never know when the bug will hit!

  7. Love that cat picture!!!
    And poor child... I hate going to the dentist!

  8. Looks like you had a fairly busy week :) Some of us neighbors get together in the winter for a morning "Bible Coffee". Not quite sure what we'll be studying this year. Better pick something soon!

  9. I know nearly nothing about sewing, but I can relate it to having a basic phone and an iPhone I suppose :) I do appreciate your longing to get back to the one that can do more for you.

    Oh dear! Your little one had so many teeth pulled. I hope that all goes well for her - bummer.

    Kristin - The Goat
    via Friday Fragments

  10. Hey Brenda, I finally made it! We were camping over the weekend, so no Internet.

    That wood the key-chain is made of is beautiful- thanks! I went right to an online map and showed my daughter where you are. A geography lesson!

    Have a great week!



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