Sunday, December 23, 2018

Still Stinging From The Blow

No.  No one hit me physically.  But I think Windows did me in.  What ELSE could it have been?  When you go to bed and your computer works fine. But wait.  Here's the story.

I saw a little pop-up message in the lower corner of my computer screen that informed me that Windows had a update and my computer would need to be restarted after it was installed.  I clicked "later" or whatever the "not now" option was.

The next day when I woke up the sign-in screen was on my monitor, so I signed in thinking the update had been done.  Off I went to get a cup of coffee and when I came back my mouse was dead, or so I thought.  My "before I have a cup of coffee brain" told me to traipse down to Wally World to get a new mouse.  One hour later I returned (mouse and Rib Eye Steak in hand) only to find the mouse would not work.  **!!$$#@#$^&     later, I determined that my computer was getting locked in the Start Up process.  Windows told me to access Start Up Repair.  The next notice said it could not be repaired.  Then a window told me to I could Recover to a date prior to the last update.  It gave me two choices.  Both told me "Nope" it could not recover because the last update had been removed in the repair process.  I thought "WHAT" in my Amber Ruffin voice.  Another choice was to perform a system restore back to factory settings or meant every single thing gone..poof...see the smoke rising?  oh well, I did.   BUT  I do back up to an external hard drive.  In all that bugging around when my Start Was Stuck, it would not read the external drive.  Fingers, legs and toes crossed I plugged it in and Vwallah there it was.  An Updating I did go.  Not real sure of what I was doing I clicked on COPY somewhere and that's a whole NUTHER story. Honestly I spent about the entire day getting apps loaded and settings adjusted and stuff moved around to a cloud where I HOPE it's safe.  Don't forget the breaks I took when I periodically broke out in a cold sweat.  This all was totally interrupting the sewing time I had planned.  The final tweaking was finally done 3 days later because at times I could not STAND to look computer files one more minute.

Though I have diligently backed up my computer to an external hard drive, I have tweaked settings through Windows as well.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that I know just enough about computers to be dangerous. BUT I am truly dreading when I have to buy a new computer with a Win 10 OS.  Maybe I should get a Chromebook.

Merry Christmas!!  And.....Be Sure To Back Up!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A shawl and a Carhartt

While shopping at Joann Fabrics, I noticed in the flyer that if I spent $25 I could buy an acrylic shawl for $10.  There were a couple of color choices, but I chose black thinking it would be good to throw on when I went out to get the mail, paper, or to take the dogs out.  Sometimes at night I wait outside them or they will putz around or find something to bark at.  Well, I just wanted something a little warmer.  So I searched through my stash and found this heart fleece fabric and made this shawl reversible.  I really like how it turned out.

My husband, daughter and grandsons all swear by Carhartt jackets.  I have never really looked at one for me because I just don't like the bomber style I have only seen.  A local store had this style in their Black Friday sale for 25% off.  I tried one on and LOVED it.  I loved the fit, and loved the color which is totally out of character for me to like Olive Green.  I prefer to call it Army Green.  There, one hurdle overcome.  But I just could not justify paying more than $100 for a jacket I just didn't really need.  Oh boy, did I battle with myself.  Went home and surfed the net for 3 days looking for a different color...had to be sure the shipping was free....convincing myself I deserved the coat whether I actually needed it or not since I hadn't bought a new coat in probably 10 years.  BUT it is waterproof, it has two zipper pockets on the front, it has a zipper pocket and velcro closed one on the inside.  I could avoid carrying a purse.  Just slide my card into the inside zipper pocket safe and secure.  Put my phone in the other one.  It is warm.  It fits great!!

So, I ordered it on line.  Same price and free shipping.  Just one click.  By this time it was no longer on sale at the store.  I would NOT pay full price.  It came yesterday.  Terry is proud of himself because he had been urging me all along to buy it. 

Do you try to convince yourself that you don't need something that you want badly?  What have you recently bought that you really don't need?  As far as the shawl goes, have you ever bought something and upcycled it into something better?

Grateful:  Today I am grateful for patience.  I sometimes need to remind myself to be patient, with myself and with others.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Was Yesterday REALLY the last Sunday in November???

Just a few weeks ago when I looked out one of my patio doors I saw a huge potted petunia.  Remember that?  Well, this morning a looked out to see if the weather person was right.  Were we really getting 6 inches of snow today?  Well maybe we will.  At 5 AM it was raining.  I looked out at 7:30 AM and saw this.  I really was looking out to see if the timer was right on my Christmas lights.  I like to have them on so the kids on the school bus can see them on the way to school. 

Thankfully Thanksgiving went off without a hitch.  Alyssa is a gourmet cook and she prepared the meal and it was great.  The kids left for a week, but will be back this weekend and perhaps stay for Christmas.  We'll see.  They are coming back to town to pick up a new/used 5th wheel.  Her parents say they live like gypsies.  I think it's great that they can go where they want and have a place to live wherever they are.  They love it so it's all good.

I have decided to participate in the RSC in 2019 and have been searching for proper patterns to use for the blocks.  I have a serious stash of novelty print fabrics so I MAY have to add to my stash and explain to Terry why I NEED more fabric, lol.  I have always enjoyed posts by those that participate, but I never really paid attention to how many scrappy quilts they make at one time.  The color changes each month, so do you make a row of one color each month for each quilt? Who knew I would have so many questions.  There is a lot to think about.  If you have participated, please give me suggestions.  I don't want to be overwhelmed by committing to making too many, but I want to make a decent showing and to stay busy with the project. 

Grateful:  This might sound weird to you, but today I am feeling selfish and am grateful that I don't feel guilty about it.

How about you.  Do you have plans for the coming year for a long term sewing project?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Making Pillowcases and Kiki

 Nic stayed with us while his mom and dad went on a business trip to Florida.  Though he is fun to have here, it disrupts our routine.  But that's OK.  I have vowed though that I am going to focus on machine sewing.  When we went to Joann's, Nic asked me to buy this fabric because he LOVES dinosaurs.  I didn't know that.  The last time he was here it was Captain America.
When Corey came home from vacation last summer, he gave us Harley, the Min Pin they got at a rescue south of Chicago.  His wife wanted another small dog and they found the perfect pooch at the Elkhart County Humane Society.  This is 6'4" Corey and 6" tall Kiki taking Nic Trick or Treating.  Kiki is a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix.  She is 5 years old, the same age as Tyson.  The two dogs get along great.  Kiki selected Corey as his person.  From the first minute she saw him she attached herself to him.  She is always on his lap, at his heels when he walks or in his arms.  They love each other and it's really cute to see the Gentle Giant and the tiniest pooch I have ever seen be great friends.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that Corey found Kiki who has fit in so well with his family.  But I feel bad for the person who had to give Kiki up.  It's very apparent that she was well cared for and very loved.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Endeavourer's Improv Challenge

When the November prompt for the Endeavourer's Group was revealed to be IMPROV, I went to the dictionary to see just what the word meant.  Well, of course there was nothing related to quilting so I began to searching around blogs and books to get the idea of what I wanted to work with.  I saw a lot of scrappy blocks that I really liked.  I especially like the Vortex block that seems to be trending right now. I admit I want to try it.  But what I found to be more appealing was a tutorial that I found at Mary and Patch Blog.  If you visit the link, you can find the tutorial on the link. The picture above is taken from the tutorial.  I liked it because the math involved in stitching with her technique is easy elementary.  I admit it's simple, but hey, I need simple.

  Anyway, as my life usually goes, I did not have the time to focus on stitching this project. The month for making this challenge started in August.  If you follow here, you may remember that August was not a good month for me and it led right into September when Terry was in and out of the hospital.  Then there were several doc appointments.  Then in October Corey surprised us by traveling home from Oregon for a visit.  They came in their 27' travel trailer where they sleep, except Nic pretty much stays at our house all the time.  So you can see I didn't have much time to focus on sewing.

I volunteered for my Senator a little as I worked to get him elected and he is running now in a very close race.  Senator may have heard of him.  I admit to being preoccupied with a lot of political things and I just could not get an idea out of my mind which has been festering for the last two years.  A simple version started with stripes representing the flag and the tears are falling.

I have not had time to complete this piece.  I could have rushed through it to get it done, but I no longer do that kind of thing.  The tears are done with hand stitched reverse applique which I have wanted to try.  I am enjoying it and I'm pretty sure I'll try a more elaborate piece using the technique in the future.  On this piece, I plan to embroider words that the flag represents.  I am feeling that the true meaning of what the flag represents is getting lost somewhere in a demagogue's rhetoric.

Nic will be here for a couple of more weeks.  I tell him when he leaves my ears will get a rest.  He thinks that's funny, lol.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that we have had a visit with the kids.  You really do miss them when they are gone.

XX, Carol

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Project Start and Doggie Entertainment

Just so you know there IS something going on in my sewing room, here are the fabrics I am using for the next Endeavorer's Challenge.

I moved my sewing machine to the dining room table which has been helpful in focusing on stitching.

We have been busing outside trying to get things put away for winter.  Also we have had septic/drywell issues.  A service comes today to give it a look.  I am hoping it's only roots blocking the path and that will be a relief.  In the Spring we had an estimate  for a new system system.  I almost threw up when they said $8,000 to $10,000.  Anyway, we'll see how things go today.

So, I'll leave you with a story about Harley, who is our critter catcher and has a new name...Clown Dog.

 One day I looked outside and actually saw Harley climb this tree higher than my head.  He dug his nails in and up he went until he fell.  Since then I have been trying to catch him on video climbing that tree.  He has 4 squirrel friends that live in the tree.

He will literally sit there for hours looking up that tree waiting for the squirrels to come out of their nest.  They are probably already in the front yard collecting acorns.

Nope.  Here is one of them.  He is up there chattering at Harley.  I know he is saying Ah Ha Ha Ha Ha...You can't get me!

But Still He Waits...for hours.  He'll be laying down in a minute.  When the squirrels get bored, they jump to the tree in the pond area that is fenced and off they go, leaving Harley to bark at them.

 I let him in.  After a long drink of water he is sacked out on the couch.

But let me tell you, some times all four of those baby squirrels come to the front patio door and look in.  I KNOW they are saying
"Can Harley come out and play?"

Grateful:  Oh, just everything.  As life gets shorter...I'm 67 now, I concentrate on finding the silver lining.

How about you?  Do you think animals talk to each other?
xx, Carol

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Is it a Blog or a Journal?

First, thank you to everyone that inquired if I am OK since I have not posted in almost a month!!  More on that later.

This wonderfully huge Petunia basket sits on my front deck in front of a patio window where we can see it when we look out from our recliners.  In the spring, my youngest grandson Ky asked me if I wanted to buy flowers from the fundraiser his church had going on.  Of course I said yes.  At $3 each I took 10.  What I got was 10 small petunia starts in the most amazing colors I have ever seen.  I quickly planted them in an appropriate size pot.  After a bit I thought they didn't look as healthy as they should.  Off I went to Walmart to look for a larger pot.  I came back with one of those tubs that we use to put ice and pop in for parties.  I wanted to drill drain holes in the bottom but ended up cracking it.  Well, that WAS a great water drain.  I had a birdbath in the back yard that had a leak so I brought it around to the deck and placed the flower bucket in the bowl.  Perfect height, and the perfect drain.  Each Monday I watered it with Miracle Grow.  Even in late September this plant is healthy and happy and measures 40" across. I have a couple of other birdbaths, so I think I'll put more of these on the deck next year.  The birds use the pond to bathe and get water from anyway.  Also, the humming birds chose this plant to feed from and ignored the feeders.

I have several friends that use their blog to document what is going on in their life so they can reference back to it later.  I hadn't really thought of my blog like that but I guess it is.

The last time I posted, Terry was having some health issues that we thought were caused by some virus.  By Sept 2 I took him to the ER.  The tests showed he had a kidney stone.  Neither of us has ever had one so we had no idea that's what it could be, but there was added worry because he has Stage III kidney disease so we have to be really careful about what drugs etc he takes.  So they sent him home with meds and instructions to call a recommended Urologist.  We did that an a few days later surgery was scheduled in a out patient clinic owned by the Urologists and was attached to the Hospital via a hallway.  The nurse got him all prepped but when the anesthetist came in to talk to him, she had a concerned look on her face.  She came in and out a few times.  When I told her he said he is dizzy, they laid him back and hooked him up to H2O.  I heard her ask if the ER had called back yet.  When I asked what was going on she explained his BP had dropped to 45/70 (I had been looking at the wrong numbers on the moniter).  They came from the hospital and took him to the ER. After tests the answer was that one of the meds they had prescribed for him the last time he was there can cause low BP.  Also he had been sleeping a lot and had not drank as much water as he should have the day before and that had caused him to be a bit dehydrated.  They sent him home with instructions to discontinue the med and drink at least 1/2 gallon of water every day.  The next day I got a call from the doc and surgery was scheduled again for the next day but at the Hospital this time.  The stone was removed and would not have passed on it's own.  It was 3 weeks from the time the pain began to when Terry felt he could continue his normal activities.  Between all this going on, family visits and other disruptions to our routines, I feel like life has been on hold.

My Go To craft for hospital stays is crochet so of course I started a new project.  I'll be back to show you that in a few days.

Grateful:  Of course I am especially grateful for the great docs we have. Terry's 45/70 BP scared the H*ll out of me. I LOVE that guy!
xx, Carol