This is Joe the Turtle! He sits on a shelf at the entry to my sewing room and keeps an eye on things. He is also near the phone, and gets petted whenever Hubby or I are talking to someone!
I am going to tell you the story of Joe. It is in a timeline format.
October 2006: spot ceramic quilted turtle in a gift shop, think it is cutest thing ever seen! But never-before-heard-from "practical" side asks "why do I need a ceramic quilted turtle?" and turtle stays at gift shop.
That night: lay awake, wondering why I did not buy ceramic quilted turtle, since it really was the cutest thing I had ever seen! Resolve to return to gift shop in the morning to purchase turtle.
Next morning: arrive at gift shop to discover that ceramic quilted turtle was bought by someone who's practical side kept quiet. Also learn that turtle is discontinued, and gift shop cannot get any more! Drive home. Begin exhaustive Internet search for turtle. None found. Begin living regret filled life with no turtle.
January 2007: briefly consider learning how to make own quilted ceramic turtle. Idea abandoned.
January 2007-September 2008: think about turtle often, and hope it's owner treats it well. Resolve to silence practical side in the future.
September 2008: At the last booth Vicki and I visit at the Madison Quilt Expo, I FIND THE TURTLE!!! Immediately purchase turtle. And everyone lived happily ever after.