The Garage Sale:
The garage sale was more successful than I'd imagined. I had visions of sitting bored out of my mind, and ending up with darn near as much stuff as we started with. Boy was I surprised! On Friday morning, people started arriving before our advertised start time. That was okay because we had done most of the organizing beforehand. We had customers all day long. By the end of the day, we'd sold the majority of what we'd had. Ironically, on Saturday we had a only a handful of people by noon, and had done less that fifteen dollars worth of business. So, we picked up our signs and closed up shop. We'll donate the remainder of the items to a local church that does a lot of good work in the community.
We met some interesting characters during the sale. Pahrump, Nevada is probably about as close to the wild west as you can get and still live within 75 miles of civilization. Case in point, Pahrump is home to Ray the Flagman. Ray is a 2nd Amendment activist. Many days you can see him standing on Pahrump's main street, wearing his 6 shooter on his hip, holding the American flag, and handing out copies of the 2nd Amendment to anyone who passes his way. I kid you not. No, Ray didn't come to the garage sale, but that's okay because we've talked to Ray a few times since we've lived here--but not about the 2nd Amendment. Ray will talk about the weather too. One of the last times we saw him was standing at the pharmacy counter at Wal-mart. And yes, he had his gun on his hip. You see, there's no law against it here, although you cannot bring your gun into the casinos. (Casinos hold the real power here in Nevada.)
(Since I know some of you will think I'm exaggerating, check out this blog. Yep, Ray the Flagman is mentioned in it along with some of Pahrump's other characters.)
But I digress. I used Ray just so you could get the "flavor" of Pahrump. We met some chatty people just about as unique as Ray, however they were not quite as focused on a cause as he is. Interestingly enough, the chattiest people proved to be men. I got the whole behind the scenes good ol' boy political history from one guy. It was so detailed with so many factions of whom I wasn't aware, after the first 10 minutes I was lost. That was okay, because he found a customer who was more well-informed than me, and the two of them talked for another twenty minutes. I did get the picture that these good ol' boy politics in Pahrump are pretty darn ruthless though.
Given all the strange people in the garage, Charley felt the vulture perch was the best place to be during the garage sale hullabaloo.
Seems odd that when I started this blog, I couldn't conceive a situation in which I might no longer be quilting in the desert. What's that old John Lennon quote? "Life's what's happening when you're making plans." There's another quote that the internet source attributed to Jewish wisdom that goes something like this: "We make plans and God laughs." No matter. The point is I named my blog The Desert Quilter back in February and less than a year later, I'm moving. Need to change the blog name to something like The Prairie Quilter or The Midwest Quilter. Anyway, herein lies the problem. What is the best way to do that?
Here are the options that I've come up with:
1. Leave the URL the same, and just change the header. I think that might be a bit confusing though. The upside is that I wouldn't lose any parts of my blog, or my followers.
2. Supposedly blogger allows an option to set up a new blog and import an old blog. This sounds like it has possibilities, but how does it work? How well does it work? And I think there's a good chance it won't import my followers.
3. I don't really have a number three, but I hope maybe some of you will. I'm open to all manner of knowledge, suggestions, and opinions. In short: HELP!
A Beg and a Giveaway:
Suzanne, the Colorado Lady, is needing small pieces of scraps for a quilt she is making. She is using 2" squares to make a quilt, and if I understand correctly, it's necessary for each square to be from different fabric. (Not sure if that's 2" finished or unfinished.) Hence the small scraps. Let me be clear, she's asking for scraps and will cut the squares herself. Oh, and the quilt is going to be king-sized.
Anyone who sends some scraps is entered in the giveaway. I've got 60 in an envelope that will go out in today's mail. While the giveaway is generous, I must admit, I'm really just curious to see this quilt completed.