Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Back At Home

My 15 year old son and I spent the past two weeks visiting my mom and sibs in California. Time spent together went way too fast.
Mom isn't a quilter so I didn't bother with quilt shops with exception of one that I always check on when I'm in mom's town. Again, this was a bummer of a visit to the shop as the gals still have no personality and I find the most unfriendly. They do have two longarms that were sitting empty and I want to say the owner/mother was teaching one student something while her adult daughter worked on something by the counter in filthy bare feet and no care to appearance. I think I said something to myself like, "Wow, really?" I'm talking Bay Area!!

22 comments:

Darlene said...

WooHoo you're home! I've missed you.

I know your Mom was happy to have you and your son there for a bit.

Sorry the quilt shop visit was a bust.

SewCalGal said...

I'm happy that you had a chance to visit with your mom, and are now safely back home. But I am so sorry you had a bad experience at a quilt shop. I always wonder how shops like these stay in business.

But, I'd like to invite you to Southern California when you come to California next time. We have some delightful quiltshops....of which one is quite famous WW. I've met people when touring other countries and they always mention Rosie's Calico Cupboard, but again there are many very nice stores w/friendly staff.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Sherri said...

Welcome home! It's always great to spend time with family, especially when they live so far away!

Wendy said...

Welcome Home...I missed you.
I'm glad you had a great time with your Mom.
Too bad about the quilt shop, you'll have to find a different one next time.

Pat said...

I was just thinking yesterday we would hear from you soon, and...here you are! Sorry about the creepy staff at that quilt shop. I don't understand small business owners who don't make more of an effort than what those folks are making there. In these tough economic times, they should be falling all over all customers that come through the door! Nice photo of your mom and son!

Cathi said...

Okay, so that means you need a "Plain and Simple" fix! And I'll be glad to help out. Seriously, glad you made it back in one piece!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Yaaaayyyy! You're back! Sorry about your quilt shop experience.

That's a sweet picture of your mom and your son. I'm sure she enjoyed both of you being there.

Did I tell you I'm glad you're back? :-)

Suzanne said...

Traveling is fun, but there's no place like home. Glad you're back and in the blogging world again. Goodness, isn't it frustrating going in businesses that couldn't care less about customer relations. It's a wonder their businesses survive!

Jan said...

How has your mom been doing this year? Glad you were able to spend so much time there. Sorry to hear about your poor experience at the quilt shop. I work at a small quilt shop in WA and we get so many compliments on our shop, which makes us all feel good.
SewCalGal mentioned Rosie's. I knew that site from one of the online shop hops a few years back. And in '07, I got to stop in at 3 very small quilt shops in CA north of the Bay area. They were great shops. I would say skip that place in the future because there are shops out there that do care and enjoy customers coming in.

Carol said...

Oh YIPPEE! You're home! I've missed, missed, missed you! Your mom looks so happy!

Tins and Treasures said...

Hi, I've been watching for you to come home!! Your mom looks wonderful...and like she enjoyed her handsome grandson.
So...I'm guessing you didn't buy any quilting supplies on this trip?
Have a wonderful Wednesday. ~Natalie

Kaaren said...

Welcome back, Mary. We missed you. It's wonderful that you and your son had a chance to visit with your Mom and family.

Bummer about the quilt shop. Ya gotta wonder about some people, especially those who work with the public. (sigh)

Karen said...

Welcome Home Mary! I hope your visit was a wonderful one!
Bummer that the quilt shop was a bust. I understand that atmosphere really does make a difference! Our local shop recently changed hands and the warmth we used to recieve upon entering is no longer there.

Tam said...

Welcome home, you were missed!
Your Mom looks great and your son too of course!
WOW! Dirty bare feet in a quilt shop?! Yikes!

Julie in the Barn said...

I missed you while you were gone. Santa Cruz is my old stomping grounds, actually Aptos down the road. I spent my teenage summers working at the Boardwalk. Of course that was in the olden days before there were any quilt shops around. Skip the scuzzy shop next time and head up my way. There are scads of super great shops all over NorCal.

Candace said...

Welcome home, Mary! So glad you were able to spend time with your mom and looks like you had great weather!
Cheers!

Dawn Heese said...

Geez, I hope I don't ever wander into that shop. The only quilt shop anywhere near there that I have been to is in Los Gatos. Glad you had a good trip. Good to be home though I am sure.

Kim said...

Hey there, nice to have you back from visiting your mom. That photo is a treasure!!

I agree with SewCalGal, they have some wonderful shops in her area and they are all that you would hope for. Been there. :o)

The Quilt Buddy said...

Glad that you are back home!

MISSED YA!

XOXO

*karendianne. said...

I knew there was a great new vibe afoot. My spidey sense kicked in. I just didn't know it was matchless, magical YOU! Ahh, I'm happy.

All is right with the world.

PS:Coffee in the Hollow is gettin' low - rations are 'fer critters. Not complainin', just sayin'.

Carrie P. said...

Glad you had a good visit with your mom but the quilt shop sounds like a scary place to visit.

mau said...

WOW really and in the Bay Area...what a shame. I'm up north and we don't have to many quilt shops but the ones we do....what a joy,you never want to leave.