Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Grattitude...........

.........ever since I saw the snowball bush on pamkitty'sblog I have been thinking about trying to grow one of my own. Then when we went to Virginia, there they were everywhere taunting me, so I had to share this picture with all of you. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you will really see it's beauty. It was taken at Monticello, once the home of Thomas Jefferson. Such a pretty bush!!

My plan this evening was to post my zillions of pictures, but today life had a twist. Tuesdays I work with Susan at the shop. In the morning we have the sweetest group of ladies that come every week and there is always lots of laughter, lots of gabbing, and tons of creativeness going on. Susan and I have
a fun teasing thing going on between us, which spills over on to everyone else I'm afraid, even the unsuspecting customers that come in!! Laughter is definitely the rule for the day. The afternoon is also a drop in class and during both times Susan is at the ready to help with any and all quilting related issues. She amazes me....I tell her this all the time...because even after I have been quilting all these years I am always picking up something new from her!

After the morning class we decided to be bad and get Chinese food. Orange Chicken and rice to be exact.....yum......even though I was determined to get back on track with my eating after my grazing for two weeks while on vacation. We sat and chatted and ate our lunch, Susan finishing up early because the afternoon group had started to arrive. Class was kicking in to gear and I got up out of my chair, suddenly the bite I was chewing became lodged in my throat.Instantly I could not breathe...no air at all...instant fear and then I turned to where Susan was and she took one look at me and grabbed me from behind and did the Heimlich Maneuver which dislodged the chicken so I could breathe. I absolutely had no air coming in and the room was starting to go dark. I can't believe how calm and fast Susan reacted. It all happened so fast I don't think for a while the class really realized what had happened.

Coming home tonight I have replayed the scene over and over and am so grateful for her being there. Saying thank you just does not seem to be good enough words, but that's about all I could say to her. If I had been alone and that happened I would not have been able to help myself. Then thinking of my wonderful family and how much they all mean to me and the new little one on the way....I have so much to be grateful for in my life and so very grateful to Susan.

Since humor is the basis for our relationship, about an hour after our ordeal I answered the phone and it was a call for Susan. My response to Susan was(and please I hope I don't offend anyone), your holiness, the phone is for you!Well at the very least she is an angel to me! This evening I got a call from my girl and filled her in on the day and then had a good little cry after hearing her voice and thinking how things might not of turned out so well. Life is always full of lessons. For me, don't take for granted what I have. This evening I am feeling extremely lucky.
More pictures in a day or so!!

25 comments:

PamKittyMorning said...

OHMYGOSH!!! HOLY COW!!! Thank goodness you have a Guardian Angel right there at your side!

Carol said...

Oh Cheryl that is some story...thank goodness Susan was there. Thank you for sharing the story...makes us all remember to be thankful for every day and for the people in our lives.

Nancy said...

What a scary day!! Thank Susan for all of us.

Katie said...

What a scary story. I'm glad you're ok. Angels are a good thing to have.

Pam said...

Oh my goodness! That is so scary....Thank you Susan for being where you were when you were!

Sure puts things in perspective....

Pam@
www.pamgwillim.com

Darlene said...

A scary moment, indeed - thank goodness Susan was right there! We never know what's going to happen in a given moment.

Mar said...

Wow, thank God Susan was in the right place and at the right time. Love the pic of you and hubby!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

WOW!! Thank goodness someone was there Cheryl. That is awful. The same thing happened to Dennis about a year ago while out on business. I'm glad your ok.
Hugs

Candace said...

We take so much for granted, and then something like that reminds us of all that we have, and what is important. Maybe, the reminder is good, but maybe taking it for granted is a little bit good, or life would be too intense. I am so glad that she was there to help you, and that you are ok.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh my gosh. I'm so glad you are ok. How horrible for you. I've always wondered what I would do in that circumstance. Its good you had a friend.

Love the snowball bush. I planted one last year and its so tiny.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Thank goodness you are okay. I am glad you had Susan there to help you. Thank you for making me think about the important things in life... take care!

Colleen

Marcie said...

Cheryl, you were right in my backyard...and I was in AZ! I got home Sat. night. So glad you had a good trip. I went to Monticello last fall and it was raining, so missed the gardens. Loved the history though. Sorry about your scare. Good that Susan knew what to do!

Eileen said...

OH, We are so glad that Susan was there also. You must be thankful for every breath.

Chookyblue...... said...

OMG thank goodness your still around......

Leanne said...

When things like that happen it always makes you think about the little things we sometimes over look ..like great friends who know what to do in an emergency. I love the snowball bush we have them in Oz.

Niki said...

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HUGS!

Jean C. said...

Welcome back! WoW, I'll bet that your perspective has changed somewhat. There is a saying that goes something like We aren't to travel faster than Our Angels can fly... Seems that Heavenly Father knew that your needed to be flying right by your side! Glad to hear that you are alright.
And just so you know... there is also a way that you can Hymlick yourself. You put your fist in your solarplexes and push yourself agains't a chair back or something of that sort. I would recommend that you take a Red Cross course on it.... You never know when you may be called on to be the "Angel".
Take care... and chew, chew, chew!
Jean C.

Amy said...

Wow! Scary... glad you're ok.

btw, I too love those snowball bushes, and hope to plant one soon.

~ Amy @ Memoirs of a Mommy

Ginger Patches said...

That is so scary! I have actually thought about that before...what would I do if I choked and I was alone. I am so glad Susan was there and knew what to do. Things like that really make you stop and think don't they?

Anne Heidi said...

Oh my goodness I am so glad you are ok. What a scary moment it must have been.

Granny Lyn said...

A shot of "what could have been" is so scary sometimes! Thank all the angels for our good fortunes! (being a foodie, I hope the orange chicken was still yummy!)

Muddling Through said...

Thank God! How often we truly do realize how blessed we are until we see the possibility of it being taken from us. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

I love the snowball bush, too.

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Oh my goodness!!!! How frightening! I am so very glad that you are okay (((((((BIG HUGS))))))))

Nan said...

Terribly scary moment, but thank God for Susan! Needless to say, I'm very happy it turned out the way it did!! I can imagine you played that scene over and over in your mind - I would've done the same. The best thing out of that horrible experience is you remembered how blessed your life is!

Nan said...

I forgot - isn't Monticello amazing? And, I love the pic of you and your hubby - very nice!