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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Good Plan goes Awry

It’s been so long since I’ve written on my blog that I almost feel like I need to re-introduce myself.  You must remember me?   I’m the one that had a good hair day last summer?  Truly.  That one day was the BEST! 


(last September I told the whole good hair saga so if you’re interested, that’s where you’ll find it.)  I’m still waiting for a repeat BTW.  Life is so not fair.

Moving on.  Let me show you what the Woolies were up to at my house:


We spent the day making quilts for Quilts of Valor – for our wounded veterans.  I believe we finished 3 tops and had good starts on 3 more.  Plus binding sewn on one.  A good day.  I finished another top myself last night and the Woolies will gather again this week for a repeat. 

Now for this part you might need to refer to my last post where I outlined my “plan” regarding Florida/Spring Training/Joe Mauer/drunkenness.  I’ll pause for a minute here while you look that up………………….

Ready?  Ok.  The thing is, the plan didn’t go according to plan.  I did my part.  I was in Florida, at the Spring Training stadium, nice and early so we could watch the warm-ups.  Did I talk to Joe?  NO.  There were so many cute, screaming chickee-poos hanging around trying to propose marriage to him that he just didn’t have time for a couple words with his old friend.  Hello?  I mean ME!!  No, I’ve never met him but I have watched him play baseball so that’s practically like we know each other, isn’t it?  It isn’t?  Well anyway, I wasn’t able to sneak in a chance to get him drunk either so that didn’t work out.  If you’re a non-Minnesotan you might not know “my Joe” so here’s a picture from training camp:


He is a bit of a cutie, isn’t he?  Yep, 26 years old.  My 2 sons are about his age.  I would have invited him over for a tall, cold one but if he’s not going to talk to me, I’ll drink it myself.  There are by the way, a number of other really good players on the team – none of whom talked to me either.  Sheesh.  Their loss.   

The point I’m trying to make tho is that Joe really is a very, very, very good ball player.  He is so good that he just signed a new contract with the Twins to play for them for the next 8 years for a cool $185 million!!!  So even if he wasn’t cute, he’d be cute now, right?  You can’t possibly feel sorry for him – young, playing ball, making a fortune.  And yet.  How strange his life is/will be. Even non-baseball fans in Minnesota know him.  He’s the guy that made sideburns popular!  When you’re famous and wealthy, how do you go out in public?  Make friends?  Have a girlfriend?  Do you have to spend all your non-baseball hours figuring out what to do with and how to keep all that money?  How many “friends”will he now have who’d like to “help” him by spending some of his money for him?  How do you trust anyone?  He appears to be a genuinely nice guy but how will this change him?  Poor Joe.  And I’m not sure how I mean that.

Well, I guess my questions will remain unanswered as apparently Joe & I aren’t speaking………….

Enuf.  I really don’t obsess about handsome, young, rich men.  You know I’m just being silly but I did kinda get off on a rant on the money thing there.  Sorry about that.  Musta misplaced my delete button.

Moving on.  Referring back to all the earlier drooling over “My Joe”, I need to explain that Mr. Picket Fence and I just returned from 10 wonderful days in Florida.  Our main purpose was to watch some spring training games.  We’ve never been there before but I sure hope we go again.  It was cooler than normal there but of course we thought it was wonderful.  Mid 70’s in March? Twice it was over 80.  Hallelujah!  We even managed a little sunburn.  Heavenly.  We watched ball games, went sightseeing, dipped our toes in the Gulf and in the sand & watched dolphins play, (we don’t see a lot of that in Minnesota).  We took a boat – not the kind with oars, the kind that holds 500 passengers and goes really fast – to Key West.  Some  passengers really should have taken seasickness pills before boarding and that’s enuf said about that.  (We were fine.) 

I thought Key West was an amazing place.  The water really is that beautiful aqua green you see in pictures.  They have made a very strong effort to keep and restore old buildings which were absolutely amazing.  We saw Hemmingway’s house and Trumann’s white house and many other famous places.  I even got to see a rooster strolling down the street.  I’m telling ya, it was the coolest place.   I’m going to throw in a bunch of pictures from Florida:

DSC01167Oops, how did I get another pic of Joe in here?  tee hee.

DSC01056 Hammond Stadium, Ft. Myers, Florida, night game.  We got rained out in the 8th inning and that was before we figured out how to park in the handicap lot.  We were VERY WET.  It took 2 days for my sweatshirt jacket to dry out….

DSC01080 My tootsies on the beach of Sanibel Island

These next photos are all Key West shots:









Chickens/roosters roam free and are protected.  How fun is that?


What’s this???  When in Rome, do as the Romans.  When at Key West, eat Key Lime Pie!  Delish..



It’s not spring here in Minnesota, it’s mud season.    And you know that Baxter is almost perfect now but we still have an issue with muddy feet.  My poor floors…

I almost forgot – in honor of the fact that I’ve had over 25,000 visitors here I want to give away a little pillow I stitched up for spring.


If you leave a comment on this blog, your name will be entered in the drawing.  I will announce the winner next Monday, the 29th.

Ms. Faye



Chatty Kathy~Palmetto Prims said...

You are hilarious!!! Joe doesn't have a clue what he is missing. Glad you had a good trip and the pics are great. I'm gonna win that pillow so just go ahead and mail it to me. LOL!!

Country Prims said...

Sounds like you have had a great time-no wonder you didn't get blogging!! Please enter me for your lovely little pillow:)
Blessings, Shazy x

Linda said...

Hi Faye.........sounds like you had a great time. Those pics are great. Nothing like a beach vacation, are your feet all nice and soft from the sand?
What pillow? I didn't see anything about a pillow........if there is a drawing coming up though I want
in it.........please!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Oh man, how I would have loved being in those fabulous places and experienced those warm temps. Good for You!! Joe really messed up by snubbing you so....yeah too bad for Joe.
You and Baxter do what you can to stay clear of the mud, hope it drys up soon for you farmers.

Stina said...

oh my gosh... love that colour ot the water!!!!!!! Wish I was there getting a sunburn.. instead in the middle of winter...yep still here... with almost one yard deep snow... so thanks for showing some gorgeous summerpictures!!!! :o) At least for me they are..:o)
Happy you enjoyed your vacation!! Love the cute SPrinG pillow...;o)

Chris said...

Hi Ms. Faye-so glad to have you back. :-) I don't like to travel (I know, how strange am I?), but I loved your pictures of Key West and they actually make me want to go there! Glad you had such a wonderful time.

Pat said...

So did a great job.

Karen said...

Yes, I missed you. I noticed that you had not posted in quite a while. Your post today as well worth reading. Would you have said yes if Joe asked you? That's what I want to know. Imagine all that money for a young guy to be making. I have to admit I had never heard of him but I don't follow baseball.

Don't stay away so long.

Marie said...

Sorry about Joe! He missed a treat by not talking to you. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Holly said...

Sorry that things with Joe didn't work out. Good thing you kept Mr. Picket around!!

Lovely place that glad you got to get out of the gloom and into the sunshine:-) Love the red tootsies!!

Don't stay away so long next time...we miss you!!

Love the pillow!

Maggey and Jim said...

Love the pillow and glad you are back to blogging.. Those ball players are a fickle bunch. Watch out!! Key West looks so pristine. Would like to go there someday..

Quilt Hollow said...

One thing I love when you do post is your sense of humor! Here's wishing you another fantastic hair day soon! Hee!!

Linda said...

Hi Faye....they are fake. I made them out of muslin. If you want some I can do that. Just send me an email with your address.

Donna said...

Hi Faye~I'm so sorry to hear about Joe! I personally think that he's playing hard to get. After all, look at the extremes he's going to in trying to avoid you--like winding up, pitching, and throwing runners out at 1st base. What's up with that? Don't let it fool you though, sooner or later, he'll come around! You know how those athletes are!

Speaking of athletes, I have a crush on 26 year old American Idol contestant named Casey Something or Other although I'm not sure his last name is actually Something or Other so don't hold me to it. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that because of this "non-situation" with Casey and me, I can relate to your "non-thing" with Joe.

Speaking of something or other, I loved the pics of Key West and I must check that place out sometime. As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed your post. Have a great evening!

Jan said...

Welcome Home Ms. Faye! So glad you enjoyed my neck of the woods ... definitely a piece of Heaven here on Earth during the winter months :) I was thrilled to hear that you made it to Key West too!!! IMHO, you should have taken up residence there ... you could have kicked back and spent the rest of your days "writing," cuz you do it soooooooo well :) I thoroughly enjoy your posts and thank you for the opportunity to give that adorable pillow a new home down South :) God Bless!

Tootsie said...

that little ball player doesn't know what he's missin!!! You are a hoot honey bunch!!! I have missed you...think of you often, email you jokes that make me think you'd giggle...
You and the woolies always make me guys are a great group.
Glad you had a great trip!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Donna said...

Hi Faye~Thanks for visiting my blog and get ready cause I have a lot to say too. Are you ready? Posed, comfy cozy in your chair with a fruity drink? To answer your questions, yes I have commented on your blog before! I think I've commented four or five times but don't hold me to those numbers! I can't remember what I did yesterday, let alone my blog comments.

I do remember, however, that I commented on your history making hair day, and another post about that same famous hair event! It might have been the next post after the big day. You will probably remember me if you read them.

Actually, I always love your posts and there have been other times that I meant to comment but didn't have time. My plan was to come back later to comment but about that time my brain would decide to vacation in the Bahamas while I remained at home!

Also, I love your sense of humor and totally get you too! That's why I enjoy your blog so much. We have the same sense of humor. Well, not the very same one--you have yours and I have mine but they are alike!

Yes, I would love to come help you build a garden shed. Wouldn't that be fun especially since I don't know how to build one! I'm picturing the roof on the side. The door on the top. We could blog about it between laughs.

I will continue to read your blog and I will ALWAYS try to comment. I need to do it right away though because I'm thinking my brain might have the European continent on it's itinerary and it's a huge!

Take care, and as always, I look forward to your next post,

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Poor Joe - hi loss! He could have enjoyed a nice boat ride and some sandy toes with you! Oh well - at least YOU got some sun and saw chickens and dolphins!

But mostly I think your quilts for valor is the best part of this post. WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

Hey, did you hear about the new magazine??

suz said...

Well, it's good to hear from you again. Sorry your plan with Joe didn't work out - definitely his loss. I'm sure it was lovely to be in warm weather in March - looks lovely. Good luck with Baxter as mud season rolls in. I don't live in the country anymore, but mud season (followed closely by black fly season) is just not something you forget!