Thursday, May 17, 2007

Excel Spreadsheets and The Kindness of Strangers

Back in 1997 or so, when Dayle was getting ready to leave Near Philadelphia to accept a call to serve a congregation on the opposite side of the city, I thought to put myself in her place mentally. After all, for several years I had been on the same path as she. But now, she had completed the process and was ready to move on. I couldn't imagine. Joe and I had moved 13 times during the first 13 years we were married (don't ask!) and once we settled Near Philadelphia, we put down deep roots. I really couldn't fathom "starting over" at this point. And I said as much to Dayle, who replied (much too quickly, I thought), "Oh, Nancy, there are nice people everywhere."
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I knew she was right. And she would do fine. But I wasn't about to put it to the test.
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Yesterday, I was the beneficiary of the kindness of -- well, they aren't really -- strangers several times over.
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I'd posted to my blog the night before about inventorying my quilt projects and having all of the data on an Excel spread sheet. I'd put a stock illustration on the post because I didn't know how to get my own into Blogger. Within a few hours, an email from Angela -- whom I've never met -- with explicit, clear, and understandable instructions arrived. Just like that!
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Later in the day, filled with warmth at Angela's kindness, I put out a feeler about getting translation of a Greek sentence. As of this morning, there have been four varied responses, three of them from women, once again, whom I've never met!
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So, as Dayle says, "There are nice people everywhere." Some of whom are not strangers at all, though the relationship grew and was nurtured in cyberspace.
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And now, on to the Excel spreadsheet! Under Angela's tutelage, I display below my own actual UFO/PIGS/WIPS/Whatever log. Taking note, please, that already, on the first day of the third year, another project has been completed!






















8 comments:

QuiltingFitzy said...

WOW! Those spreadsheets represent alot of LOVE!

I am NOT a list maker, they make me nervous, lol.

(Still waiting on my Greek friend's reply, should be received soon.)

computerpeach said...

wow - lots of quilts done in those spreadsheets. It gives me an idea how to do my own WIP chart.

Leslie said...

I'm guessing... is this a screen capture of your desktop while Excel is open, uploaded as an image?? Silly me... I forgot and tried to 'scroll' down on your db. *giggling*

Leslie said...

Posting this here because I don't find your e-mail on your profile.
This is along the lines of books and libraries and such. Check out this link: We take so much for granted!
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Nicole said...

This is incredible. Your detailed spreadsheets have absolutely inspired me to do the same thing. Awesome.

sara, the wine makers wife said...

WOAH! How long have you been keeping track? Thats a lot of quilts! Now what you really need to do is figure out a way to have a photo of each completed quilt in your database. ^_-

atet said...

Awww -- thanks for the kind comments, really, it wasn't much. But all of the work those spreadsheets represent. And it gives me a great idea to track my own projects. Thanks!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

OK... now you're shaming me into it. I have a new computer on order and will load Excel first thing! You are quite productive, my friend!