Story Submitted by: quiltedkathy

My girlfriends and I had finally planned a road trip this summer. The four of us had not done this for 16 years. Two have moved since then so it was exciting to get together again. We met in Deadwood, SD and stayed in a cabin in the hills. The phone reception in the Black Hills wasn't very good so I decided to just turn off my cell phone instead of running down the batteries while it kept searching for service. I guess that was my first mistake. We had left home on Thurs. and on Saturday while having lunch in Rapid City before we headed for the Black Hills Quilt show I thought I should turn on my phone. Well, I was surprise to have several voice messages. My family usually doesn't call me when I am on one of my quilting trips. First there was a message from my daughter, asking me to call home. The second message was my daughter again telling me I needed to call home. The third message was from my husband. He was calling to tell me that he had an emergency appendectomy the night before! Well, I knew that if he was calling me himself he must be doing OK. I called him at the hospital and told him how sorry I was not to have been there. He would be in the hospital until Monday. This was only Sat. and I knew that he would be in good hands with the doctors and nurses at the hospital, so I decided I may as well stay as planned and come home Sunday! What could I do anyway? Going to sit at the hospital or go to a quilt show with my friends - was there really a choice! LOL The quit show was great! I won a couple of ribbons, shopped at the vendors and spent quality time with my friends. I now have to hear about how I abandoned my poor hubby for a quilt show, how he had to drive himself to the hospital, I didn't come rushing home to hold his hand and just where he is on my list of priorities. I am never going to live it down! But he sure has fun teasing me about it! It should get him sympathy for quite a while from everyone he knows. Cellphones - why would you want to leave them on when you are on a quilting road trip? The photo above is of my quilt Circling South which won a first place ribbon at the Black Hills Quilt Show in Rapid City, SD.

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