Weekend with Bernie

I am spending the first 36 hrs. or so of this weekend with Bernie... and LOVING it! No, I am not having an affair. Bernie is my sewing machine, a Bernina Record. And although Bernie is a "manly" sort of nickname, she is definitely a girl. Bernie is old, a bit worn-out, and rough around the edges, but she is tough, resilient, a definite work-horse and will persevere no matter what challenge I throw at her. No wonder we get along so well! :)


So, why am I spending the weekend with Bernie instead of Jon? Well, I received some rather sizable boutique orders recently. Some are just what we call "custom boutique"... one offs, made to order. And others are wholesale, standard sizes, to be sold at online boutiques. I am thankful for the work and my ever-growing Paypal account, but my new to-do list required some desperate measures... me kicking my whole family out for the weekend and locking myself in my studio with Bernie until my list is done!

So, Jon took the girls to Chicago yesterday and will not return until noon on Sunday. This will afford me about 36 - 40 hrs. of uninterrupted sewing. Yes, I know I am not sewing right now as I am writing this post, but Bernie & I needed a short break. She's chilling over there while I have a snack and update my blog. But, don't worry, I am not neglecting my man on Father's Day. The minute they arrive on Sunday I am saying "later!" to Bernie and spending the rest of the day celebrating "Jon". He has been wanting a new stainless steel gas grill really badly lately... our old one is not functioning properly and I've caught him several times ogling a certain one on the Lowe's website ... and since he only drools that much when he watches Shakira videos, I figured this would be the perfect gift to get him (well, either that or a Shakira DVD, but I think we can all get a lot more use out of the grill).

I ordered this grill (see picture below) over the phone and am happy to say that I was able to pay for it entirely with my Paypal account... WOOHOO! This is the first time in I don't even know how long that I can buy Jon a gift with my own money! :) It is being delivered tonight between 4 pm & 8 pm and I will probably look like a mad woman when I answer the door for those poor Lowe's delivery guys since by then I will have been sewing for over 24 hrs!! And since I know that Jon never reads my blog, I can rest assured that my secret will be safe here! ;)
So, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the daddies out there!!! I will be relaxing with my sweet family and hopefully eating some grilled yummies.

12 comments:

  1. WTG, Patty! That is wonderful, amazing, fabulous, and dee-vine!

    Take pride in yourself, your accomplishments, and your talents! You deserve it!

    Plus, Jon is going to freak when he sees that grill! :)

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  2. enjoy your alone time with bernie!it's so great for dad to have alone time with the kids and mom to get alone time to refresh sometimes!! lovin' that fish pic below by the way! =)

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  3. Hi Miss Sarah! So nice to "see" you again! :) I miss chatting with you... hope all is well! :)

    Lovelyn, thanks, girl! Sounds like they had a great time yesterday. They went to a park that has a water fountain area for the kids to run through and splash... of course the girls loved that. And Jon got to spend quality time with his brother so it worked out for all.

    I got tons done! Now I am just preparing for their return and giving Bernie a break. The grill is here and much more beautiful -- and bigger -- in person. He IS going to freak!!! :)

    Patty

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  4. I miss chatting with you, too, Miss Patty! :) I have been lurking (shame on me) on your blog, so I'll definitely comment more.

    I'm sure you'll have your camera at the ready to capture the *exact* moment when Jon sees his grill! Hee hee! I can't wait.....

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  5. I hope you and hubby enjoy the grill!!
    I would love a weekend of sewing...hope you were able to get alot done.
    Debra

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  6. Congrats on all the orders, Patty. You are so awesome! We took Emma to get her one year portraits done on Friday and everyone who saw her in her birthday outfit asked us about it. :) Please check out my blog...I think you will love what you see.

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  7. Sarah... I lurk all the time too. hee hee. Glad you came out to chat! :)

    Debra... thanks, hun! Yes, I got tons done and hubby is super happy with his new grill! :)

    Amber.... WOW!! What can I say?!? I just went and peeked on your blog and I am absolutely speechless! What a beautiful baby and she looks so adorable in her MODKID original! :) Thank you so much for sharing, sweets! :)

    patty

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  8. Thanks Patty...you are welcome to post them here. :) I was so happy with the outfit & the pictures at Portrait Innovations!

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  9. You are soooo COOL to do that for your hubby Patty!! I'm dying to know what his reation was!

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  10. Thanks again, girls!

    Jon loves his F.D. present. He had a feeling I was getting it for him, but he totally thought he would have to go pick it up and put it in his truck and assemble it all on his own. PITA! He was thrilled that it was all assembled & ready-to-grill on out back porch! :) That was the best gift -- delivery & assembly! LOL!!!!

    We had grilled bacon-wrapped filet mignons and baked potatoes last night! YUM!!

    And my to-do list? not completely done, but much, much smaller! :)

    Patty

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  11. Oh Patty you are SO funny and cute! I love this post and I'm envious of your "alone" time with Bernie!!

    Amelia

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  12. Thanks, Amelia!
    It was definitely productive! :)

    patty

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