Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Another 9/11

First, I must acknowledge 9/11 and, with that, I have a heavy heart. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was on the computer IMing my former friend Laurie when the first tower was hit. She worked in midtown and we both figured it was an FAA mistake or something. Then the second tower was hit and we realized at the same moment what had happened. I remember hearing Katie Couric screaming on the Today Show. I told Laurie what was going on and she said she was going to try to get back to her home in the Poughkeepsie area. She signed off and I worried all day about my BFF. I never heard from her until I called her that night and she said she was home by about two o'clock. I was so hurt that she didn't think to even call me and let me know she was okay. We were best friends since about 1979. That was the end of our friendship. I realized that it was totally one-sided and could never get over that hurt that I was not given one iota of consideration.

Another friend of mine, Teresa a/k/a TAG, worked downtown and she is just so adorable, but I digress. She is one of the smartest people I know. As soon as the first tower was hit, she grabbed her purse, jumped on the subway to Penn Station and jumped on the first Long Island Railroad Train she saw. She ended up out further on Long Island than she lived, but she was safely out of there. She called me from home at about noon. I was so relieved to know she was okay.

A boy I pretty much grew up with -- he was my brother's age -- and who I really considered my brother was a fireman who went into the tower that day and did not survive. He left behind two kids and a beautiful wife, who is still active with the other fireman's wives. The guy that bought my co-op in Garden City also did not survive. He was working on the 87th floor and just couldn't get down. It's very sad. He had just gotten married to his high school sweetheart in May of 2001. Two people that I know personally and that I miss.

God Bless America and God Bless our Troops!

Here is an update of my "Betsy" by Sheepish Designs! I am using VC Silks and 18 ct fiddler's cloth. I don't know why I thought I finished the whole alphabet, but I guess I was mistaken. Tonight I am going to work on finishing the leaves and then do the branch. I am going to leave the lady for absolute last as she looks like she will just be adorable!

This is Brendan showing us his smile. He is such a Virginia Ham. LOL I don't know what possessed Rich to ask him to show us his smile, but he did and this is the result and he does it every single time! It cracked us up every single time, too.

On the home front, Rich has been referred to yet another doctor -- this time for some injections and/or acupuncture. My mother had mentioned acupuncture a few weeks ago and, sure enough, so did the doctor. Now it's just a waiting game to see when the appointment is. I think this situation is finally getting to both of us as it is just the limbo we are living in right now. Is he going to be able to work at any job? We don't know. It has been pretty much decided that he will not be going back to being an auto tech ever again due to work restrictions. He had a great run, I'll tell ya.

Tonight I'm planning on stitching during a two-hour marathon of Family Guy. Oh, how we love that show. Do you watch it? If not, you should. It's a little crass and crude, but that's what makes it so hysterical. Last night was the season finale of "My Boys" and that really left us hanging. Now we are waiting for the next season of that, too.

Time to get this party started.



Lisa said...

Hi Barb! 'Betsy' looks great so far, I love Fiddlers cloth! Brendan is gorgeous, look at those cheeks!

Teresa's Blog said...

Barb, so sorry to hear about the loss of your friends in the 9/11 attack! So very sad! Your Betsy is looking great! Keep up the great work! Brendan, certainly is a ham! What a cutie!

mercy said...

Yea, I thought after 6 years it would just feel like another day but as soon as I saw the date on my phone I felt weird.

I love Brendan's hair!!! Redheads are the cutest :-)

I love Betsy! I haven't picked it up though I think I hate the peacock...how do you feel about it? I have like 5 more of those end feathers to do. I feel you on leaving the lady last, I'm leaving the sheep for last - that's IF I ever pick it up again LOL.

Rachel S said...

Hi Barb, thank you for sharing your remembrance of 9/11. I think someone should start a website where we share where we were and remember that day, so we never forget. I still remember the man on the radio saying, "It's going to be a beautiful day and lots of people will be leaving work early today." How true his words were . . . your Betsy is beautiful. I am waiting for the backorder to come in to start her.

Stitchingnow said...

Hard to belive it's been 6 years now. Though I didn't loss anyone I fell your pain. The WIP looks great. Love the smile wish I could bottle right up. You would be a millionar

Irene said...

Sorry for your the loss of your friends. It certainly is a day no one will ever forget. Brendan is a sweety, love his smile !!

Judith said...

Just found your blog. Nice to see you blogging.
Your stitching looks great.

Mippity said...

God that Brendan kid is GORGEOUS! his parents must be models.