Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Busy Bee here!


I'm taking a photography class at the Community College (Continuing Education)!
Expect more photos!
I have a nice (although older) Canon digital camera-think 35 mm style without film-which I've been using like a point and shoot!
While the photos are nice I decided I wanted to learn how to really use the camera.
The first class was all about light, ISO, Shutter speed and F stops-aperture. 
For the first time someone explained all that in a way I could understand.
Homework is 24 printed photos experimenting with light only.
I think I have 5 photos for each one I will have printed!
I consider my living room to be SO LIGHT-it took 5 attempts to even SEE anything in the photos!
I'm learning a lot but it will be an ongoing thing.

Besides Photos I have been sewing!
Doll clothes for Miss Nora's birthday next month.

 



Finished the top for Kolby's Trip Around the World!
That has to have batting and backing made and
Has to wait for


The "H" quilt to be out from under the needle!
(I don't have enough safety pins to sandwich it yet!-thought I had a million but this is a biggish quilt!)

I hope to have  "H" quilted by the first of next week.
Brayden's first Trip blocks are laid out-should get started on them tonight.


Added to that Quinn and I have been walking and I've been stretching and exercising, I'd like to say everyday but am happy with 5 out of 7!

I'm also back at the piano every day.

With my regular housework and the fact that the computer is now in the upstairs office I just haven't been blogging.
Now that I'm taking photos I'll try and do better!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Another Finish


Or mostly finished anyway!
This is my new dedicated office space.
My massive desk above-just great for spreading out the research.



Looking out from the desk-this old TV cabinet (ok not that old from the 1990's)
holds my printer and office supplies.


Also from behind the desk looking towards the hall and the closet.
The previous owners painted the doors to match the walls-ugh.
I haven't decided if I'll them using the cream on the walls or return them to white.
They also painted all the outlets (6) and switches (2) to match the walls-you really aren't supposed to do that!  They will be getting changed out.  I already have the replacements.
You'll notice the closet door is without a knob.
For some unknown and idiotic reason that door had a KEYED lock on it!
Somehow, in all the trips to bring seasonal boxes to that lovely walk in closet the inside lock got twisted and then I shut the door.
Yep, locked, no key.
After checking the internet and trying all the suggestions there I finally took the last-all else has failed  suggestion and used a hammer on it.
Replacing it will be simple I just have to go buy one.

I don't know any longer what to be the most upset about.
The way my country is falling apart,
The situation in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,
or the fact that Montana is burning.

My heart hurts for the people of Texas-even the thought of losing everything is terrifying. Cleanup is beginning but it seems we didn't really learn anything from Katrina.

Montana is one of my favorite places on earth.
40 new fires began over the weekend.
Many of the places I visited last year now have serious, on-going fires with the associated smoke, highway closings and evacuations.
People have lost homes, livestock, fences, everything.
Glacier National Park lost a historic chalet,
The smoke is so bad you can't see the mountains.
Evacuations are everywhere.
The governor has called out the National Guard.
So far as I know ALL of these fires have been started by lightening.
It will take some serious snowfall to put them all out.

So Texas and Montana-two examples of the effect climate change has on the land.
But, wait, it doesn't exist!
To which I say Bullsh*t!


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Finally Finished!


The studio that is!
The Room is an "L" shape and I'm standing at the corner looking towards the Exercise end.
When it's too cold, too hot or too allergy ridden I tote my bike (Annie) down the stars and put her in a trainer.  It's boring but works.  There's also a rowing machine and a TV.  Enough rug on the floor to do my stretches and exercises learned from therapy as well as a small tv to do exercise videos with.
I haven't used it lately, must get back to that!

Quinn's enjoying the rugs in the toy area!
She also likes to play down here as there's quite a bit of open space.
Most of all she loves that it is cooler down there.


Looking the other way is the doll house and all the stuff I've accumulated for finishing it off.
Boy, that yellow is really bright!
I need to get a book on making windows and doors next.
You can also see Grace the treadle machine, the design wall and my rocker-currently the only place to sit that isn't in front of a sewing machine!


Then looking back towards the door you can see the other leg of the "L"
This area is dedicated to sewing!
I know I could fix an ironing area closer to the machines but I need the steps and sitting too long isn't healthy. 
 The small blue tote on the floor holds fabric pieces to cut into strips.


These two IKEA cabinets hold all but two small boxes of my fabric.
The one on the right has fat quarters and panels in it organized by color and strips I've cut from leftover pieces.  Much easier to store that way and easier to use.
The cabinet on the left has larger pieces of fabric and serves as my cutting area.
That's Brayden's Trip being cut. (Only two more colors!)


The two electric machines I use.
Jaley the Janome is used for piecing those quarter inch seams.
Bella the Bernina is for doll clothes and other non-quilting sewing and for quilting.
(Still need to try that stitch regulator out!)

Each 4 foot table has a small cabinet next to it that holds the flotsam and jetsome of sewing.
There is a small antique sewing table between the two-currently holding the board I use for the next block but I expect to set Jaley off on it so I can cross-stitch there.
Above the table is a piece of muslin covered insulation board to hold stuff-there's currently A block for Kolby's trip on it and I use it to hold the doll clothes pattern pieces once they've been ironed.
Both machines have Ott lights next to them-I love those things!

Eventually, I may decide to do something to the floor but for now I think I'll just collect some more cheap pieces of carpeting!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A weekend for the Memory Books-Part 3

Monday, going home day but before that ECLIPSE DAY !

I loaded up the truck (I can't get into to Ceili once I leave her at storage so if it goes home it has to go into the truck) and hitched up to the trailer so I would have only a few things to do when we came back from watching the eclipse.

Merrimack State Park was in the 100% totality path and it was a beautiful blue sky day-hot but clear. Everyone's worst nightmare was clouds or rain!  We left the campground around 10 and headed to the Parks event site-which was already full so they sent us up on top of the ridge to another site.   We unloaded lawn chairs, cooler, camera, etc and found a lovely shady site from which to await the moon.  We all tried out our glasses by taking looks at the sun, relaxed, and drank tons of water as we were sweating buckets!

When Lucas declared it was time for the moon to make it's appearance we all ran out into the sunshine to take a look-the moon was late!  It took several minutes for the edge of the moon to appear.  We would go out into the sun look for a bit, then back into the shade for 5 minutes etc, it was hard leaning back to look up-some folks moved their chairs out into the road and I wish I'd thought of that!  As the sun got smaller and smaller in the last minutes before totality you could feel the excitement rise!  The parking lot lights came on.  The excitement rose some more and when the last bit of the sun disappeared behind the moon shouts, cheers, clapping and exclamations of "Oh my God" were heard all around.  Still gives me chills.  For 2 1/2 minutes we stood without the glasses and looked at the darkened sun.  Seeing only a halo of white light leaking from the edges.  It was amazing!  Then the moon began to move on and the glasses went back on, it seemed that it took less time for the move to leave than it did to come.  I heard someone tell it to come back we weren't done watching it!  I think I'm going to have to make a try at another one, just such a magical moment.

The rest of the day seems boring in comparison.

We drove back to the campground, finished all the leave taking at the campground and started for home.  Still excited.  This time we had studied the map and plotted our path so Google was not allowed to lead anyone astray!  The trip home was made without mishaps, traveling together until I turned north to take Ceili to storage.

The further I went north and west the more lightening etc there was and I worried I'd be caught in a torrential downpour but I made it there, unhooked, moved Annie to the truck and made it all the way home and unloaded before the rains started!  The only fatality was my leaving my flashlight where I put Annie on the truck.  I'll buy another.

The weather while we were gone was apparently quite rainy.  We knew that flash flood watches and warnings had been issued but it was very dry where we were.  That first night home parts of the metro received 9 1/2 inches of rain-lots of flooding in the area.  Took out the bike paths, closed the swimming beaches and the marinas at the county parks for the third time in a month.  Crazy weather!

So now that we're home and somewhat rested, I'm trying to finish in the office and studio as well as work on a couple of other projects.  One thing about me I always have projects going!

Two days in the sun on the water -no sunburn, not even pink. One eclipse day in the shade-light sunburn!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Weekend For the Memory Books-Part 2

Saturday morning came much earlier than I would have liked!  Quinn had had enough of this lazing about sleeping and wanted up and out!

After breakfast I set about all the chores relating to unhooking and unloaded the bins for Ceili out of the back of the truck.  Set about unpacking, organizing.

At 10 we had reservations for a float trip on the Merrimac river so off we headed.  I really did not prepare at all well for this weekend nor for the float trip.  I'd never been on one!  The six of us (dogs stayed in the air conditioned trailers) climbed onto a school bus for the ride upstream where we loaded into a rubber raft (think Zodiac only not sea worthy and without the motor!) shoved off and headed down river.

The river is mostly shallow- we scraped bottom several times and sometimes had to get out and push off again-and in places quite still-hence the need for the paddles they gave us.  Brayden and Kolby where in and out of the raft swimming, fish that they are!  Riding the current with their life jackets at times.  We beached several times, had sandwiches (thank you Beth and Lucas), waded in the COLD water, sat in the water to cool off (90'sF and quite sunny!), Ethan tried and tried to catch one of the tiny fish at the edge of the water, managing to stay mostly dry!

Beth and Lucas have a waterproof camera so photos were being taken and Ethan dropped it in the water.  Fairly deep water-chest high on over 6' Lucas!  Lucas hit the water quick, took off his sandals and threw them into the boat.  To begin feeling for it with his feet, Kolby and Brayden did the same while Beth and I kept the raft from floating off without them, finally grounding it.   Whether it was pure luck or above average skill coupled with determination Lucas actually FOUND it!  Unharmed.  Ethan didn't get it back!

After about 4 hours we landed where we'd begun.  I think I want a kayak!

Sunday, it was hot again so we went down to the river to wade, swim, ride the current etc.  Me, I just sat and felt the water change temperatures.  Sometimes warmish and then a really cold spot would hit and go back to warmish.

Two days on the water-no sunscreen for me (Dummy)-no sunburn, not even pink!

Also on Saturday and Sunday I began sorting out Ceili and beginning to take out the bunk beds to create a more useable space.  Fact is I don't need bunk beds!  I have some adaptations I want to make and removing the bunk beds was the beginning.  Unfortunately, I didn't bring the right tool to cut the metal frames and get them out.  Going to need to take a few days at a campground once the weather cools off!  Took stuff out, made a list of things I need.  Made a list of stuff in there so I don't bring extras I don't need next time.  Also noted that I needed a new battery and new tires!

A Weekend for the Memory Books!--Part 1

And Not a picture to show you!  In fact I didn't even take my camera out of the bag.

Way back in January or February Beth, Lucas and I decided we would go camping within the path of totality for the eclipse and Lucas made us reservations at Merrimac State Park.  Less than 300 miles which ended up requiring 10 hours of driving for me!

Quinn and I left home about 2 in the afternoon to hit the bank and pick up Zoe for the ride down (she gets the whole back seat in my truck as opposed to the floorboard in theirs) then went off to pick up Ceili.  More of a chore than usual as I brought Annie (my bicycle) along and had to move her and her bike rack onto Ceili before I could hook up-so maybe 5 more minutes than usual.  Also, Ceili's battery was dead (again) and it takes longer to raise and lower the tongue by hand-I'm spoiled by that electric jack!  Hooked up and on the road, we went by the KOA to get propane but they had a long line of rigs checking in so we just went on.  I really don't require propane at this time of the year as long as I have an electric hookup-although it would be nice to start the frig cooling down while I drive.  I can't use the stove itself but I have an electric skillet, a charcoal grill, an electric coffeepot and a microwave (which is ridiculous -I hardly use the one at home.) With temperatures in the 90'sF I wasn't going to need the heat so it was all good!  (I will get propane soon, though.  The problem is that Ceili has BIG canisters which do not fit under the cover of my truck and which I cannot lift when full. That means I can't just take them with me when Ceili goes to storage and bring them back full-working on a solution to that.)  We hit the road south to 50 highway and turned east.  At Jefferson City a helpful fellow driver told me I had a flat on the trailer!  I needed gas so pulled off the highway, it wasn't just flat but totaled, sigh.  Last summer a service station fellow told me it had a bubble on it,  they often say such things hoping to frighten the little old lady into replacing/repairing something that doesn't really need it.  I could never find this bubble so I just kept driving.  Fortunately, Beth and Lucas were behind me several miles and got off to help me-Lucas had to go get the proper tool at the auto store as my lug wrench didn't fit the tires.  I broke out the cookies and the dogs had a walk and a long drink.  By this time it was getting dark, the road was two lane, twisty, up and down.  Things went fine after that until I let Google direct me to the park-I missed the first turn from HWY T to Blue house Road (I swear to you it looked like a dirt road to me!)  Then Google lost service.  No place to stop, no place to turn around but I knew if I kept on I'd hit an innerstate sooner or later.  Google came back and the route took me on some 5 0r maybe 6 backroads, some of which were dirt or gravel roads-I'm sure it would have been quite lovely if it had been daytime!  Finally, got to where Google said I'd arrived -ah NO another country lane but no campground, at least I could turn around there.  I'd decided that I'd go back to the hwy and turn left if I didn't find the park really soon I was going back into town and finding a hotel room for the night!  Fortunately, even though I drove past it and had to turn around (no one can really understand how hard it is to turn around with a trailer).  Lucas finally got through on the phone and met me at the entrance!  Yeah Lucas!  After filling with water and me trying twice to back the trailer into the spot while avoiding two HUGE trees, I just let Lucas do it.  It was midnight, I was exhausted, I didn't unhook from the truck just plugged in (even that wasn't right as the 30 amp plug didn't work and I had to use my 50amp adaptor to get the A/C and frig working.)  I just crashed about 1:30am!

The dogs were amazing, the best trip companions around!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Kolby's Trip


A stitching update!
Kolby's Trip around the World is coming along.
The last full row marks the halfway point.
Every evening I stitch one block and then lay out the next in the pattern.
There's been some unsewing on this one, sigh. 
So easy to get the pieces sewn together in the wrong order.
Once I even sewed the next strip to the WRONG side of the growing block!
Geezz.
I'm liking it though!
I hope I still like making these when I've done four.

The set up of the studio is moving along.
I'm folding fabric.
And
folding
fabric.
I think tomorrow I may be able to take photos of it,
crossing my finger for that!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Busy and tired!


Last week's 7 inches of rain in the night left us with flooding in the area, although not for me.
Somehow, the storms have messed with my sleep cycle and I am now getting up several times a week at 5:30am (or maybe a bit earlier).  I am NOT a real morning person.
On the plus side I got to watch the sun come up! I hardly ever do that.
The other thing the big rain storms brought was really cool temperatures.
Cool enough to enjoy being outside for an entire day.


So I took this guy (Ethan) to the Kansas City Zoo on Friday.
Besides seeing some animals-he really likes things in the water: Fish, otters, penguins, sea lions-we rode the little train, the carousel and the tram to Africa and back.
Then we had ice cream!
He was a trooper, very careful not to lose his Granna who is known to wander off! 


Then yesterday the rain came again.
All day.
I think we got about 5 inches this time.
I went to the Farmer's Market for sweet corn in the rain!
Then I came home and changed out of wet clothes.

The local kids and grands came for dinner so the biggest boys (Rob and Lucas) could move the big furniture around for me.
I'm glad to have the big pieces in place (and yes I did repair one of the IKEA cabinets with no trouble.)
So I can now unload boxes in the studio and get ready to paint the walls in the office.
Photos when I'm finished-maybe Wednesday for the studio.

I've been getting at least one block on Kolby's Trip around the word quilt every day and it is nearly half finished !  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wolves


I've nearly finished this book.
I picked it up in Yellowstone last year and it just made the top of the pile!
Wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 after being killed off 70 years before that.
It's very interesting the impact they have had and not at all what one would expect.
There has been a trophic cascade.
That's were the presence of a top predator in an area creates a richer environment.
In this case the wolves, who in Yellowstone eat primarily elk, have caused the elk to change their habits-you know so they won't get eaten by a wolf!
That has given aspen, willow and cottonwood trees the chance to grow as well as other plants and grasses.
Trees attract birds (from songbirds to bald eagles), and small mammals, like the red fox.
Most important to the landscape is that trees allowed the beaver to return which filters the streams and helps the fish, and otters.
The new plant growth has stopped the bank erosion the elk caused, and the beaver's dam's create ponds so the channel is more reliable and less likely to flood.
  It has become a richer environment for grizzly bears as well.
This doesn't even count the insects or the added fertility of the land itself from the carcasses of wolf kills.
Oh, by the way, wolves only kill an elk once in five attempts and are in great danger when they do so.
I found it interesting and now must return to Yellowstone and become a wolf watcher!

This trophic cascade thing is a new idea to me but is backed up by the current situation on Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.
They have been studying the wolves there for a VERY long time -apparently the wolves crossed ice bridges from Canada to settle there-anyway they eat Moose there.
There are currently only 2 wolves on Isle Royale and while they can still take down a moose they cannot make a large enough impact on the moose population to stop the herds from growing.  That has already caused damage to both water and land plants.
They are seriously considering relocating wolves here as well.  
Wolves that already know how to hunt moose!

Just a reminder that top predators, even when they have a very bad rap (like sharks) are very necessary to a healthy ecosystem.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Another one begins!


This one is for Kolby who loves bright greens!
It seems BIG after the last one!
2.5 inch squares this time.


I fixed this board covered with batting to lay out the blocks for a Trip Around the World.
I know people do the strip set and cut them apart but I can never get the strip set sewn evenly.
I prefer to cut the squares and sew them together.
It does make for a LOT of cutting before beginning.
I've finished the first row on my homemade chart and begun the second, being extra careful of all those corners meeting!
 I'm stitching the blocks together as 
each one is finished, otherwise I'd have them all in a jumble.

It seems like all I do is sew at the moment-oh well, I am working setting up the
new studio a bit each day and pulling up nasty carpet a bit each day.
It's too hot to do much of anything and even though I miss it 
I am glad I do not have gardens at this house!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Finishes!


First, I finished sewing down the binding on Suzie's Sparkling Nines!
The color was better in the next picture, guess the sun washed it out!


Above was a closeup of the front and here's the back!


I got creative and used up all the blocks I had left over, save one which I made into a mug rug.
Don't know how I managed but I got the nine patches on the back lined up with the ones on the front and the quilting was where it should be!


 Closeup of the center back.
Used up quite a bit of the stash on this one.

The next one is cut and I started on it tonight, perhaps I'll show that tomorrow!

The second finish is the painting in the basement!
WHO HOO!
Should anyone be considering this I highly recommend having it sprayed!
My shoulders, wrist and hand have been very sore.

Quinn is trying to stay cool-as am I and it isn't easy!
Her best friend, Zoe, has come for a couple of weeks while her family is on vacation.
Usually, Zoe is a nervous wreak when they leave her but this time she's been very, very calm!
Hoping it stays that way!



Saturday, July 15, 2017

They Paint Too!

Left to right:  Brayden, Kolby and Ethan

I told you about my oh so cute mowing crew, 
well, did you know they also paint?
(Kolby thought we were painting pictures-he was shocked that we were painting walls!)
They are just getting started but they painted the whole wall they are working on here, plus another short wall on Thursday.  
Before we ran out of paint!
Then a short wall plus on Friday-they were tired.
I know how they feel.
They all used a roller as well as a brush, even Ethan!
Paint got on the floor.
So what!
I'll be painting the cement floor later anyway.
During one of their breaks Brayden asked what the I-beam was.
I told him it held up the weight of the house.
So, he wanted to know if it was okay to swing from it!
I asked if he thought his weight would bring the house down on us!
Little monkeys played at hanging from it for a bit, 
then went back to paint.

Their Daddy said I had more patience than him-I just knew they needed
something to do while at my house and paint on the wall is paint on the wall no matter how it gets there!
I'm putting the second coat on now.
Will need to more paint yet.
That masonry just slurps it up.
First step of new studio will be done this week.
Then it's on to painting the floor (after first etching and priming it.)

I'm also bringing empty totes and holiday boxes up to the garage.
Don't want to move things around more than necessary!

I'm off now to sew the binding on Sparkling Nines-it's really quite hot to have a quilt on your lap!



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Brilliant Idea--NOT!

I've been in this house now for about seven months.
I've mostly found everything, mostly.
I've hauled away a lot of "Stuff" as donations.
(More to come-I have a goal of reducing my "Stuff" by 50%.)
I've figured out that in spite of a wonderful walk-in closet my studio 
just doesn't work.
Plus, I really miss having a dedicated office space.
Having all the flotsam and jetsam of life 
plus all the research stuff scattered about the house
leaves me scattered as well.
So.
I have an unfinished basement
of about 800 square feet.
Moving the studio into that space and the office into the current studio is underway.
First, I need to make the basement more habitable without spending 
a small fortune!
Paint is always the go to for me so I decided to paint the walls and the ceiling.
Complete with pipes, wires and HVAC vents.
Yeah, well, NO!
I spent several hours priming pipes, vents, etc so they would hold paint on Sunday.
Yesterday, I spent most of the day painting this!
Not even a quarter of the ceiling done.


That's as far as I got before my shoulder (and other body parts) just gave up.
Apparently, in my 6th decade I cannot do what I did in my 3rd decade!
I knew that.
Sort of.
I forget though.
New plan for the ceiling is needed.
I have an idea but I want to see if its possible first!
First now, comes paint on the walls.
Paint on the floor.
Possibly an electrician to add outlets.
Then the ceiling.
I want to cover the ceiling but still be able to access everything mechanical.
While a drop ceiling would be lovely it's too many dollars!

On other fronts,
I've finished the quilting on Sparkling Nines-only binding to go!
I've done a bit of yard work,
and nearly have the garage clean!

Suffering through 95F (35C) with heat indices of 105 F (40C).
Breathing water it's so humid.
I really can not wait for fall.


Monday, June 26, 2017

My mowers!

Ethan helping Lucas mow.
Several weeks ago Brayden sent me a text message wanting to know
if I had any work for the two bigger boys.
It seems they want to buy a trampoline and
Daddy had finally said yes.
IF they saved the money.


Kolby
So they've been losing my grass.
It came at a good time for me since I am still indoor living.
Brayden wasn't feeling well this last time but
normally he'd be out there.

Anyway, I have the cutest lawn service anywhere!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Brain storms!

Tablecloth clip

I've  been fighting the pin basting of Sparkling Nines 
(thank you for that name Ann!)

I don't have floor space large enough to pin that way~
Not to mention my creaky old knees!
Anyway, I baste on my table.
A soft yellow pine trestle table that my father made back in 1967~ 
think it qualifies as an antique?
Its so soft that if you write on paper without something under it you have your shopping list immortalized in wood.
That being the case several years ago I bought a piece of heavy glass to cover the top.
All well and good 
except
Fabric slips and slides all over the place!
I finally had all the layers flat (I thought) and most of the pins in when I discovered~
You guessed it huge wrinkles in the backing.
Out came all the pins.
I needed a way to make the layers stay put until I had the pins in.
Then I had an idea!
Oh no, not that!
I could use the clips I have for holding tablecloths on picnic tables!
Problem with that 
Mine are in the trailer, sigh.
Quick trip to Walmart.
Much walking around inside.
Finally found them in Sporting Goods!
They came in packages of 6 so I bought 3 thinking I might need 18.
Used 17.
I thought I might have a whole lot of tablecloth clips if this didn't work 
but they were inexpensive so why not?


This the the way the quilt looked when all the layers where put together.

First, I used the clips to flatten the back out and hold it in place.
Then I laid out the batting.
No slipping.
Reached under the batting to carefully move the clip to include the batting.
Laid the top on.
No slipping.
Smoothed out the top, carefully moved the clips again.
Perfect.
 Only problem, 
My fingers are sore!
This was pretty tight!

Once pinned I took a look at the back~
NO WRINKLES!

I will definitely do this from now on, so much simpler.

My brainstorm actually worked!
(That hardly ever happens.)


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lots of stitching going on!


Finished this top today!
All those 2 inch squares worked into something pretty nice.
I hope the person I made it for likes it.
The back is nearly ready to go as well,
then it'll be on to sandwich and quilt!
Perhaps I'll have it finished in the next week?

The last two days were just horridly hot and humid.
The nights brought major thunderstorms,
leaving many without power.
Not here in Greenwood though,
Although it did rain enough to wash the starling nest out of the gutters!
Last night's storms came with a cool front dropping us out of the 90's!
Huzzah!!
All the heat and with issues still remaining from asthma-
I tried Kolby's baseball game on Wednesday (it was a great game, they won) 
but it was a no go as far as enjoying the out of doors!
Call to the doctor resulted in a new prescription but
the pharmacy is awaiting insurance approval.
(When did insurance company employees-who didn't go to medical school-get to dictate medical care?  I find that annoying.)
BUT,  all the inside time led to the above top being finished.

I also worked in the garage, sigh, will it never end?
and began pulling up carpet.
I think taking out the carpet will help with the allergies and it's original to the house.
So some 25 years old.
You would not believe the dirt under it!
That's another project that will be with me a while.





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dance recitals, Flying and Sharks

Nora in her Tap costume!

I'm home from San Diego now, kinda missing them already!
On Saturday and Sunday Nora had dance recitals-Ballet on Saturday, Jazz and tap on Sunday.
She looks so old all decked out with make up and everything!
Both recitals were quite good and lots of fun.
The littles are always so cute!


At Rubios she kept us quite entertained with the veil on her hat!
After Sunday's recital and Diner at Rubios we went for another walk on the beach.
Out to some of the tide pools, got good and wet!
Then it was off for more dessert! 
I should have gained 5 pounds but I guess all the walking kept that down, whew.

I flew home on Monday.
Left the hotel wearing a tank, overshirt and sweatshirt.
Temp in the 60's I think.
Arrived back in Kansas City to 90's and humidity.
Shed clothes down to the Tank.

For the first time in many trips I had a window seat and with the eye surgery I could see
all the drainage and rocks clearly.
Really incredible views.
Left the high desert of San Diego where things are brown unless watered 
and flew into the green.
Watched the section lines appear as roads straight as can be.
Then the appearance of the rivers with trees on both sides.
I do love the green.

Yesterday, and today I have Mr Ethan for a few hours.
He is a shark!


I'm back to trying to establish reasonable habits for a healthy lifestyle,
This week I'm all about creating good sleep habits!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Friday-San Diego


First thing Friday morning was breakfast with Steve!
Always good to have time with one of my children.
And the food was pretty good!

Then I was off to one of my places-
Rosies Calico Cupboard quilt shop!
The fabric in the top photo came home will me,
The top four are destined to be part of the Lucy Boston 
The purple, well, hum. I'm not a huge fan of purple.
I don't have much in my stash and I have a couple of projects that
I will want purple for.
And the Violets are so sweet.

After a trip back to the hotel for the camera I was off to 
Cabrillo National Monument.
Another of my favorite places in San Diego.
High on a peninsula west and south of downtown I always see things I haven't seen before!



Tall grasses with San Diego Harbor in the background.


Cruise ship coming into port!



The historical Point Loma Lighthouse.
I've taken a ton of pictures of this light and still I take more!
This is from the sea side.
When you move from the east side to the west this is what you see.





The Pacific Ocean!

After finding my way back to my hotel I meet up with Steve, Candice and Nora for dinner.
We sat on the patio at the Fish Market-I think we were hanging over the water of the 
bay!
Watched ships - a Navy tanker coming into port, a Navy destroyer headed out to sea, 
a refrigerator ship also going out and numerous 
harbor cruises- very nice.

After that we hit another place I love
La Jolla Shores beach for a long walk on the sand as the tide came in.

Followed that up with dessert at this marvelous cafe which is famous for it's fancy desserts.
Trying to choose just one is next to impossible!
I had a lemon bar-mostly because it was smallish but also because I love lemon bars.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

At the last minute


I finished one final doll outfit for Nora.
I would have finished more but this one was time consuming!
Of course as I was nearly finished I found no buttons for the jacket
(I have jars and jars of buttons but none small enough for this)
so I had to make yet another trip to Joanns!
Nora's Mother is quite a good cook so I thought a chef's outfit appropriate.

I've also been working on assembling all those nine patches into bigger nine patches!


When you are just randomly picking up a block from either blue or green they
sometimes look a bit ugly!
Put together they begin looking pretty good.
This is a good project for when I'm slightly tired but still want to sew.


I've made more trips to doctors in the past two weeks than I care to think about!
I had to go back to primary care as I found a tick imbedded in my back.
EEK!
And it had a big red rash around it!
Double EEK!
Ticks carry some nasty diseases, the worst of which is Lyme disease.
I have never had a reaction to a tick bite before so the doc and I decided we would both feel better if she looked at it even though Missouri is not known to have many cases of Lyme.
I don't have it either, which is good news and I will take Benadryl until the itching stops.
The strange thing is I have no idea where it came from as I have been staying inside, 
so either Quinn or Ethan brought it into the house. 

After that appointment I went shoe shopping~ always a dismal event~ I wanted some
cute summer sandals.
Apparently, the shoe manufacturers and I have differing opinions on what makes a cute shoe!
After that I stopped at my local Quilt shop, Quilter's Station!
This fabric followed me home!


A few fat quarters that will hopefully find their way into a Lucy Boston quilt in the near future.

In the morning I'm off to San Diego, CA for a few days with Steve, Candice and Nora!
Quinn is staying at her BFF's (Zoe, Beth's Golden)house.
Where she is sure to have good time!
I'm leaving fairly early so she's gone already-it's way to quiet without her!
Also, I will miss taking her to the dog beach!

More tomorrow from the West coast!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sewing and other stuff



I've been placed on house arrest!
By my allergies and asthma.
Doc says I need to stay inside, air conditioning on until things level out.
(which could be first frost in October)
New allergy meds.
Steroid inhaler too!
I hate being cooped up but at least I will get some sewing done.



More doll clothes for Nora!



And more yet to make-sort of fun, sort of frustrating!

I've also been assembling the blue and green squares into nine patches.
One or two more days and all the strips I have will be made up 
Then I'll begin making nine patches of the nine patches!

I'm hooking up with Chookyblue for this weekends celebration of 5 years in the Chookshed!
Since I'm being forced to stay in I can at least share my stitching for the next few days!