Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I Restored My Soul

And then got my heart ripped out!

I had meant to post yesterday about my Hoosier Stitchers retreat last weekend.  We had a marvelous time.  Lots of stitching, relaxing, laughing, good food and comaraderie. Several times the comment was made that we were among family.  I forgot to take my camera, so unfortunately, I have no pictures. On Friday, we dyed fabric.  I had brought a stack of aida for anyone who hadn't brought any.  A couple of the girls took some to try different colors.  The rest I did in nice bright purple, lime green, yellow, red, blue and I will use it for bookmarks.  I dyed 1 large piece in red for a white sampler that I want to do for my niece.

Saturday, some of us drove to an Amish fabric store.  On the way there, we ran into a severe storm with massive rain and hail.  We had to pull over for a little bit until the rain slowed down.  The store itself, since it's on an Amish family's property, has no electricity so it was dark inside.  We were using flashlights to look at the fabric!  It was a very nice store and they had some great bargains.

Saturday evening, we played Dirty Santa.  Everybody brought a grab bag and we took turns either taking a new one from the table and showing what was in it or stealing one from somone else.  It was a lot of fun and eveyone got great gifts.

Sunday, we packed up and went home, each vowing that they were already missing the others and counting the days until our fall retreat.  I dropped Diana off at Fancy Works and got to see the store for the first time.  It was a long drive home, but I had a wonderful time.

I spent the last 2 days getting caught up on housework, homework and applying for jobs.  I called both Office Team and Kelly and neither of them have anything for me this week.  So, I'm spending the week reorganizing Mariah's room - getting rid of clothes and toys that she's outgrown and rearranging everything else.  This morning, I took a break to read emails and read the one that broke my heart. 

Apparently, there was a misunderstanding during the retreat and several of the older members were offended at something that I did because I was told to do it.  Rather than saying something to me and the situation being corrected right then, they sent complaints to the list mom and demanded that I be kicked out of the group.  The list mom, not having been there, only knew that this was a rare happening (they rarely have complaints about anyone) so she stopped it by removing me from the group before ever letting me know anything was wrong.  I understand her position, but I resent the fact that no one said anything to me, the situation was blown way out of proportion because no one asked me why I did what I did.  I will very much miss the group, I spent a good part of the morning crying, but I'm moving on and will not dwell on it.  It would have been nice to have been allowed to explain what happened and apologize for doing something wrong even though I wasn't aware that I was doing anything wrong, but that wasn't the case.  People come & go in our lives for many reasons and apparently there was a reason for these women to allow me into their group for only a little while.

Well, enough of the pity party.  Back to Mariah's room!  And how was your week?


  1. Goodness, I can't imagine you causing enough trouble to get tossed from the group... you're so nice :) I'm sorry that happened to you!

  2. Glad you had a good time at the retreat, but sorry to hear you were kicked off the group.

  3. Oh what a shame when things happen like that :( As you say - a simple word at the time would have sorted things. Hugs.