Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Where Oh Where are the Strawberries!?!?

I would really appreciate it if someone would offer to come to my house and search for my one and only pattern for this strawberry pinkeep …


Pictures025This strawberry design is something that I drew it up and created just one pattern to use for myself  a number of years ago.  I used this strawberry grouping in a couple different pinkeep shapes and last year for the first time, I used the strawberries to create this Candle mat …. 


I’ve had quite a number of requests for this pattern, and over the year, since I made this candle mat, I’ve put everyone off, telling everyone that I would get the pattern ready to sell in the strawberry season of spring. 

Ok, so where is my original drawing of this?  Where is my one and only pattern that I have used over the years to make that pinkeep?

I dunno.  I can’t find it anywhere. 

I’m thinking that if a bunch of you offer to come to my house to look, you’ll all look in completely different places and it’s surely to be found.

There are only 4 different places where I store my patterns and I’ve searched each of those places at least 4 times each.  It’s just not there.

It’s probably right smack in front of my face and I just need to take a break from searching so that it can surprise me with a sudden appearance.

With all the time that I’ve spent searching, I should have just sat down and drawn up another one.  I’d be almost finished with it by now. 

It takes a lot of time to draw out designs, not just to get the drawing balanced, shaped and spaced right but to also get that drawing design to fit just right on the background shape.  I will also have to redraw the candle mat background scallop shape, which is such a time consuming project too.

Oh well… the strawberry candle mat pattern will definitely be the next next pattern release.  I’m just going to need a little extra time to get it done now.

In the meantime, the Census job is going really well.  I’ve settled into a daily routine now and I’ve adjusted to my new work schedule rather well.

Every morning between 8:30 am and 10:30 am, in my dining room, I meet with 5 of my crew team members.  No days off!   I have to meet with them every single morning so that they can drop off their time sheets and completed cases.  I check over all their cases for problems and then after my team meetings, I go up the road a few miles and meet with my supervisor to turn in all of the collected cases for the day.  That meeting is usually between 11:00am and 12:30pm.

I’m free for the day after that except that I have my own casework to do too.  So usually late afternoon, I go out and visit homes in my area that have not turned in their census forms.

My team is terrific. All except one works other jobs along with doing the census and everyone of them have fascinating careers.  I have two private airplane pilots, an interior designer, and a horse trainer.

I have one really sweet, kind lady who is a senior citizen.  She’s soooo good with gettting the job done.  We plan to use her for all the difficult cases because really, who would slam their door on a sweet little old gray-haired lady? 

I wish I were able to tell stories about what I’ve seen and learned over the past few weeks while knocking on doors and interviewing people for the census, but I can’t.  Everything has to be completely confidential.  Oh sooooo many good stories too!

The area where I’m working is way out in the country with houses so spread apart, there are no neighbors.

So when I go knocking, there’s no one to save me if the situation becomes bad.  Really, no one even knows where I am while I’m working because we’re not permitted to tell what addresses have and have not sent in their census forms.

All I’m allowed to say is that in our workbook manual, in the chapter about safety, it says, and I quote, “wear comfortable shoes in case you have to run”

Out of all the homes that I’ve visited, even the worst , most dilapidated  ones, everyone has been friendly except for two homes. 

One guy was so scary that I had to tell my supervisor that I would never go back unless I was permitted to take someone with me.  The guy wasn’t even mean .. he was just scary and sinister … and the wood chipper sitting out in his yard made me think of the movie Fargo.  And if you haven’t seen the movie Fargo, just Google it and I’m sure you’ll find out what the woodchipper in that movie was used for.

There are times that the paranoia almost takes over because I am concerned that my life could very quickly become the next best selling horror movie.  But in every single instance, after forcing myself to be brave and knock, I’ve left smiling because it was unnecessary worry.  The really sinister one was actually a fairly nice home so maybe the surprise of that was what caused more fear.

In general though, the experience has been more than terrific.  It gets me out, talking to people.  I’m not a talker myself, preferring to listen instead.  And boy, do I listen to some really goooooooooooood stories from people! 

After my job is completed in a few months, I’ll share some great experiences but until then, I have to go and get ready for my morning meetings.

Happy Day everyone!  (cross your fingers and hope that my strawberry pattern will appear right before my eyes today, please?)


The French Bear said...

Hi Cathy, you know it is probably right under your nose!!! I looked everywhere for my divorce papers so I could get remarried and I had to go to the court house to get another copy and then after the wedding I found it in my sewing room...or in my recipes... can't remember!!! It was so funny, well not at the time but now it is!!!
Good luck with the search and if you don't blog in a few days should we send a search team out in the county for you? I don't know if I could do that because I have seen Fargo!!! Good for you, that's why they picked you for the job!!!
Margaret B

Cara said...

I can't wait to see the pattern!
I had a job working for Elections Canada registering people and new the fun lol

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Good luck hunting. The pin keep and penny rug are gorgeous (as always!).

Sandi said...

I've had this happen to me........and the pattern you search for so hard doesn't pop up until long after you need it! Never fails. LOL! I thought I was the only one this happened to, so I thank you for making me feel like I'm not alone in losing things. :-)

Brenda said...

Ah, c'mon...forget the strawberries, let's have some more pumpkins already, LOL!!!1 OK, so I have a one track mind, what can I say? Strawberries, yeah, they're tasty and all but pumpkins, well, they make my heart happy, hee-hee.
Oh, and I watched Fargo. Need some Pepper Spray???

Linda said...

Great post! You may not be a talker but you're a fine writer. Glad the census job is going so well.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'll come over Cathy and look for the sketch! I am sure you will find it and I'm sure I will be buying the pattern! It's perfect!

the krafty rose said...

Hi Cathy,

Just ask St. Anthony...say... St. Anthony, St. Anthony turn around somethings missing and must be found. Has always worked for me. Maybe not instantly but within a few days at max. Good Luck!

Lisa said...

Oh my! I am so glad I have mine!! It is a lovely one. Sorry you cannot find it!!
Hugs, Lisa

Lois said...

Hi Cathy,
Doesn't that just make you mad when you can't find something!!! I was just hunting for I can't even remember what I was looking for!!! but it did show up. I know, wasting that time looking and I could have painted another again!!!!
Love that strawberry mat!!

Lois L.