waiting, impatiently

This is laid back Jack.
He's the go-to guy at City Vet ...
clearly he's channeling Perry Como ;-)

angry doesn't come close

That is a duvet cover I commissioned several years ago.
It was a work of love and art.

But with a down comforter inside it was too heavy so eventually it was folded up carefully and put away.

This past summer I met a blogger, Marlene Charbonneau of Living on the Spit, whose crafty blog drew me in and we got to know one another through blog comments and emails, or so I thought. I asked her about re-working my duvet cover into a quilt. She thought it was something she would be interested in doing.

She participated in this summer's BlogFest in Virginia so I brought the duvet cover with me for her to look at, give me a price for her labor, any materials she might need and postage to send it back.

After she looked it over, she quoted me a price that seemed extremely fair.

She was to remove the back panel, add some batting to the already lightly quilted top and replace the back minus a flap that would no longer be needed.

She told me she loved getting fabric and would take the equivalent of the fee in fabric from an online store (Fat Quarter World). I purchased a gift certificate in her name for the amount of the fee she quoted less $5. I sent her the $5 in a thank you card.

Shortly after she said she had begun working on the project her daughter was hospitalized and she said having the project would help her as she sat with her daughter. I told her not to worry about the project, take care of your child.

Then she got sick. I said please take care of yourself, the project can wait.

Weeks passed and I heard nothing, so at the beginning of September I emailed to ask how it was coming.

She said she had two more seams to go, she was hand sewing it. I said great!

Then it was the beginning of October, the 1st to be exact, and getting cold.

I sent her this email:

Marlene, my darling

Its getting VERY cold here and we are really not just wanting our quilt but also needing it.
I dont mean to sound pushy or unappreciative but in mid-July you said it would be done in 2-3 weeks .. its now 3 months later ...
I know you are busy and its a tedious task so really if you are still hand sewing the last 2 sides just pin it/pack it up and send it, I can get it finished here. ox

She replied: she got it in mid July, it been 11 weeks not 3 months. She and her daughter had been ill ... the email exchange ended with her writing she'd be mailing it off on 'Monday'.

Its October 20 ... the package arrived yesterday ... its postmarked October 10th and the quilt?

Well, its in pieces.

There's the top with the same amount of batting as it had originally.

The back is in 4 pieces.

Nothing has been sewn ... nothing has been done, except its now its in pieces.

She took it apart and never did a thing about putting it together!

To say I am angry doesn't come close ... to say I am furious doesn't come close ... my head was throbbing last night as I looked at what she did to something so beautiful.

I paid her in full, up front, for something she destroyed.

And since I have no way of ever getting my money back, I decided I would tell the world what she did.


Maybe but I don't take to being lied to well.


Angry doesn't come close to how I am feeling.

toonsday - quiet village

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monochrome monday

Doctor Sax
lyrics by Michael Franks

By day
He's a grease monkey it's true
A slave
Fix your transmission like new
Change oil
Rotate your tires of course
He toils
Under the Flying Red Horse
And at six he rolls
Down his sleeves
Turns his collar up
When the boss man leaves
Close up the shop
Puts away his tools
Gives the last car keys
To the gas pump fools
Then he's home at last
No more goodwrench scene
And he scrubs his hands
Till they're surgeon clean
Takes a long hot shower
Some cologne and then
The change is complete
He's himself again
At night he's Doctor Sax
He's Mister Tenor Virtuoso
He plays to rhythm tracks on tape
No one like Doctor Sax
Not even Trane or Bird could blow so
The girls have heart attacks, they say
(He'll put it all on wax one day)
Some day
He will live just in his mind
Some way
Leave all his misery behind
His horn
He will blow breaking the curse
Under the Flying Red Horse

For more monochromes, visit host Aileni's Monochrome site

sunday in the park

This week we're visiting Riverside Park's
Boat Basin Cafe
the food isnt all that
the view of the Hudson
New Jersey make up for it.

waiting, impatiently

This Blood Bassett Hound
was waiting for her HIS person to finish shopping
at the Sunday Farmer's Market
behind the
Museum of Natural History
on Columbus Avenue

Edited because I am dim:
First Deb Lehrer pointed out this is not a bloodhound, but a Bassett, thanks Debs!
Then ToonMan explained that in the last photo, its not a leg but a .. well, it turns out this is a male dog.... Sigh

sign posts

These are called ghost signs.
They were painted on the sides of buildings
then someone built another building
that blocked it from view;
when the newer building was torn down
the old sign saw the light of day again.
This is for Livingston Radiators,
automobile radiators,
I took it months ago.
I think its on Broadway in the 60s.

homes needed

My sister sent me this:

I met 2 women who have rescued 48 tiny motherless kittens.
These babies are being bottle fed & need caring individuals to adopt them.
If you can help call
Patricia at 646-571-5721
Kerry at 917-603-8196.

monochrome monday

Up on the roof ...
its a bird, its a demon, its a gargoyle!
East 62 St off Fifth

For more monochromes, visit host Aileni's Monochrome site

sunday in the park

The Ball Fields
North Meadow of Central Park
click here for more info
Lots of people watching people

Remember that Andy Williams song with the lyric
"The boys watch the girls while the girls watch the boys who watch the girls go by"

sign posts

The source of this Fashionista's weekly beautification™
2188 Broadway - 77th-78th Sts.
(212) 799-5150
AND they are open on Sundays

my sky

The sunlight casts a shadow
making a sort of trompe l'oeil
West 42nd Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues

for more skies, visit hosts/hostesses Sandy Carlson, Louise, IMac, Klaus, Wren, Ivar & Fishing Guy at Sky Command Center!

thursday in the hood

Corner of West 79th Street & West End Avenue

monochrome monday

Took this shot with my old 35mm
outside a church in Bruges in 1999
scanned/digitalized it to share with youse

For more monochromes, visit host Aileni's Monochrome site

sunday in the park

The best loved and most elegant lovely old bridge,
called Bridge #28 or the Gothic Bridge,
stands just south of the Tennis Courts.
The beautiful curved ironwork & graceful curves
suggesting Gothic church architecture
makes this one of Central Park's most distinctive bridges;

crosses the bridle path near the reservoir.

the silo

This extremely photogenic old silo
is no more
click here
to read what happened
in ChesapeakeBayWoman's
own words

waiting, impatiently

At the GreenFlea
this older pup
decided she wanted
Look at that face!
She got just what she wanted,
to be in her
mama's arms!

anyone want a photo printer?

The printer's new home will be just upstairs with our neighbor Mat.

I got a new photo printer (that's NOT it)
& want to find a home for the old one.
Its 18 mos. old

I am happy to give it to whoever wants it
is willing to come pick it up &/or pay for shipping.

Its a Canon ip4300, as pictured above, click here to read the specs etc..
I also have a few extra color ink cartridges.
there is one downside,
the reason I am willing to let it go ..
the top feeder doesn't want to feed the card stock I use.
It used to but lately it wont.
It does have a bottom try feeder as well .. as seen in the photo above.

If you are interested, leave me a comment
if there's more than one person interested
I will do a drawing to determine who gets it.

sign posts

Another Banksy
Leaving the GreenFlea
2 weekends ago
I spied this doorway.
ToonMan thinks its Bob Dylan.
No idea
what the snake is about,
I have seen/snapped it

EDITED to add, if you want to see another post about Banksy, head over to Pagan Sphinx

my sky

A water tower on the Upper Westside

for more skies, visit hosts/hostesses Sandy Carlson, Louise, IMac, Klaus, Wren, Ivar & Fishing Guy at Sky Command Center!

thursday in the hood - windows

One of our front windows.
The window box's little begonias & impatiens
have thrived
due to the amazing
Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Soil
(& MentalPMama)
brought me back in
whenever the heck that was.