I am very content to have days without adventures!! Yesterday was not one of those days though. I had a lovely drive to Greensboro to the quilt shop, stopping just before I got there for some lunch for Kelley and coffee for both of us. I dropped off the 3 quilts and started shopping for backing for Shar's quilt. What a find!
I got my wallet out to pay Kelley, leaving it on the counter (I think), then decided to shop for another quilt project before paying him. About this time the only customer during the time I was there came and asked me what the most expensive sewing machine was that the shop carried. Kelley took over and dealt with that man until he left sans a purchase of course.
We searched for fabrics to match the main fabric featuring cabins that I wanted for my quilt. We cuts lots of fat quarters and other larger pieces. Finally, it was time for me to pay. I could not find my wallet anywhere! We searched and searched. Finally, I called Chase to see if anyone had used my credit card. Oh yes, they had, at a nearby convenience store to the tune of about $170.00!! I was able to tell Chase that my last legitimate purchase was McD's and when. I called my bank and canceled my debit card and checks, then at Kelley's wise suggestion, filed a police report.
When I got home this morning, I had three calls from a number I did not recognize. When I returned the calls, a man named Frank had spotted my wallet on a road in downtown Greensboro with my business cards blowing down the street. That is how he got my phone number. WOW! The things missing included my driver's license and the two credit cards. He said he will return my wallet to the shop!! The wallet has sentimental value in that it is quilted and one I purchased quite awhile back at the shop. THAT is what I would have missed the most. LOL. Really!
It felt really funny though to realize I had no access to money and no identification for the trip home. I was planning to purchase food for my Thanksgiving meal on the way but couldn't!! Nonetheless, I am very thankful for a helpful son-in-law, a daughter who bought me dinner, housed me over night & loaned me a few dollars for breakfast on the road! I am also thankful for the four quilts I brought home to longarm this week, for my home itself & for all my wonderful customers!! I am thankful for the understanding and assistance of Chase and NC State Employees Credit Union. And I am especially thankful for Frank and his kindness and caring enough to go the extra mile to retrieve my wallet. That kind of thing warms the heart far more than the thief who most likely just wanted some gas, beer and cigarettes.