The economy's in a slump. Most of the world's stock markets are riding a roller coaster these days. Here in the US, the Federal Reserve lowered the prime interest rate this past week in an effort to stave off a recession. And just yesterday, there was concrete news of a tax rebate to help stimulate the economy, although that proposal will need to be passed by the legislature first, and we won't see it in our pockets for a few months. It's all kind of depressing news, isn't it?
So I got to thinking. Is it really just a coincidence that right around the time that quilters all over the world pledged to go on a fabric "diet" and stop adding more fabric to their stashes, the economy took a down turn? I think not! And will the reduction of the prime rate be enough to offset Vicky's determination not to poke buttons in the middle of the night? Again, I am not optimistic in this regard.
Accordingly and after much consideration, I personally have resolved to do my part to help the economy, and I hope each and every one of you will think seriously about joining me in this effort. I know I have support out there. For instance, Sharon, bless her patriotic little heart, has been working tirelessly for months and years keeping the economy afloat. Trickle down, Sharon, trickle down! Woo-hoo!
But Sharon cannot fight the battle alone, nor can I. The weekend is here. Won't you take a few moments to visit your favorite quilt shop? They're waiting for you, and they've been lonely since you've been gone. Or, if you don't have very much time for shopping this weekend, take a minute to visit your favorite online fabric merchant and punch a few buttons on the computer. The postage you spend may help to fund our government, so it can remain strong for future generations of quilters, just like you and me.
Please, won't you do your part to help? You CAN make a difference! Join us in the battle to improve the economy. Over the next few days, I'll share with you a few of the measures I've taken to make this world just a little better! Now get out there and buy some fabric!