Sunday, August 26, 2018

And Still August Drags On

The Good Part:
You might ask me what is Terry holding in his hand on that leaf.  Well, here's the story.  A few weeks ago we went to visit the kids...that's what we call Corey, Alyssa and Nic.  Nic had a cute little plastic box with holes on the top.  There were a few sections in it and what I would call a ferris wheel.  It's a worm house.  He had two fall bag worms in it and an Army least that is what he told me they were.  So when Terry was pruning bushes, he found this neat worm. I say he has a Mohawk hair cut.  So we took it to Nic.  He called a few days later all excited because the new worm had cocooned himself on the side of the box.  I was excited because he can see what happens next.  It's pretty cool.  This week he added a spider to the box.

So Now Comes The Get Done With It August Part:

On the 23rd, Nic came to spend the night.  Most of their house was packed and ready to move and he wanted to spend time with us before they left.  The dogs are always excited when Nic is here and sometimes Harley gets a little out of control.  Nic is a small kid and it's easy for even Harley to knock him over. So as I was scolding Harley for jumping all over Nic, I got caught up in the little Devil Dog and Bosco in the dining room and pitched myself into the hutch. I slammed my face on the bridge of my nose into the ledge of the hutch.  Talk about seeing stars!  I really actually DID see a huge one like you see in the comics.  I laid on the floor calling Terry who looked at me asking What Can I Do.  Still a comfort that he was there as I looked at the puddle of blood on the floor. It was a LOT.  Luckily it was coming from my nose.  My head was not clear at all and he drove me to the ER just in case I needed to talk to a doc.  The ER was packed.  We sat there for an hour and still did not see the triage nurse.  Another hour went by.  By then I could at least raise my head so we went home...without being seen. I wanted to lay down and I felt nauseous.  The next morning I woke up and it's pretty apparent that I broke my nose.  There is swelling over my right eye and blood on the white of my eye.  Also a big cut on the side of my nose possibly from my glasses that are strangely crooked.  The lenses look cloudy and cannot be cleaned.  They don't look like they are scratched, but I am not going to have them looked at until the bruise on my nose is healed.  I'm pretty sure I broke my left thumb too.  Just another episode in this all too "crappy" August.  I use that word because we just had the septic tank emptied, lol.  See, I still have my sense of humor.

We did go to Walmart last night and I asked at the optometrist store if my glasses could be cleaned.  Nope...they are scuffed so it's new glasses for me.  These are not that old.  Yet another August expense.  Needless to say I am taking it easy as I still have a dull headache and swelled eye.

We have a list of 7 things to do for the kids that they couldn't complete before they left.  They texted last night that they are eating crab in Chicago.  Alyssa will have an ultrasound today to find out the baby's gender.  

Grateful:  Today I am grateful...really I am...that there are only 5 more days in August, lol.

xx, Carol

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Will August EVER End

The best thing about August is it is our wedding anniversary month.  We have been married 47 years.  Terry always says he raised me, and I guess he is right because I was only 19 when we got married.  For me, it was new found freedom.  We have been very happily married.

Like most of the world, it seems, we have had very hot and humid weather with way too much rain at times, and not enough at others.  Our outside well went dry.  It is what we use to water the grass.  More importantly we use it to refresh the water in our fish pond.  For some reason, a hose from our house city water just does not flood the pond out the same way the well does.  I'm fighting a chemical battle that just is not doing the trick, probably due to the continual heat.  The fish are thriving even in the green water.

Our home is cooled nicely by a couple of window air conditioners.  One is in my sewing room.  Without it, it just gets too hot to use the room for very long, even though there is a ceiling fan in it.  Since my room has no outside window, the air conditioner is built into the wall.  Since Terry is not able to lift even the small unit in and out of the space, my grandson did the task.  For me that involved moving a few things out of the way.  Not such a big deal, but if you know me, you know that one thing leads to another and suddenly I had the whole room cluttered up while I organized that side of the room.  I found several things to donate and more to move to another area of the house to store them.  Clearing the created clutter is a major task.  Today I'll work at clearing off my sewing table.  I'm contemplating moving my favorite Viking machine to the dining room table so I won't be leaving Terry alone while I sew.  Now I try to catch time while he naps and that is not working too well.  I hate to leave him alone on days that he is not feeling well and vegges out in his recliner.

While all this craziness is going on, I have been working on my patched jacket.  I'd like to wear it this fall.  It makes nice slow stitching.

Nic (6 year old great grandson) has also had once a week sleep overs with us.  He is a lot of fun, but totally disrupts any sewing!  His mom and dad (Corey and Alyssa) will be taking an extended vacation in a week.  We probably won't see the three of them for months while they travel west to find a new homestead and then to Florida to see her parents (Corey has not met them yet) then back home to pick up items they have in storage.  Luckily they have a friend that will rent their home here.  Their baby is due in January.  That seems like tomorrow with all they have planned for the next few months!  It will be a very difficult time for us when they move.

Grateful:  Just every single thing.  And my Crows who are still visiting and bring their babies.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Some Days Are Diamonds

This is not the spiral I envisioned I wanted to make.  How do you draw a spiral that you can create in patches?  I admit, after some research it was still a mystery to me.  So I plodded along...with difficulty.  I will never divulge my pitiful process.

I can't make anything in these challenges, whether it was the Bead Journal Project, The Endevourers or any other group, that does not involve my deepest thoughts about the challenge and how it depicts me personally.

When the Spiral theme was selected, I was thinking of a spiral as being our path in life.  Each patch being a step, intentionally a little crooked and not uniform at all.  We learn as we go and as our knowledge expands, so does the spiral.  The stars in the background depict eternity and our life is just a moment in time.  There are little silver lined crystal beads sewn along the path.  I have a friend that absolutely loved John Denver.  Though I am not a fan, my friend repeated to me once a line from one of his songs that has always stuck with me.  "Some Days Are Diamonds".  So I have taken that phrase and over the years a good day is a Diamond.  The beads are only scattered close to the path, leaving room for future Diamond Days until we reach the end of our path.  I admit I ended this part of my path with a Cubs patch because I was born a Cub fan and will die a Cub fan...Die Hard they say were I was born in Chicago.

I have given some thought about how I could have achieved the piece my brain envisioned. Maybe I should have used a hoop when I added the diamonds, but in reality I should have used less tension on the thread.  Each bead is knotted after being sewn on.  I am so glad to be a member of this group.  I wonder what the NEXT challenge will be?  I'm pretty sure that I am going to explore another spiral piece, perhaps using hexies.

Have a Diamond Day!

Grateful:  Today, for an unexplained reason here, I am grateful my grandson and his family are safe.  Yesterday and today are not diamond days.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

When Mother Nature Gives You Rain--Sew

 Here is a sneak peek at the spiral piece that I am working on for The Endeavourers group.  You can see the spiral lurking on the edges.  The star fabric is the background.  If you can see them, I am hand stitching silver lined crystal beads among the stars.  If you want to know more, you'll have to come back on August 1, or visit the Endeavourers blog to read my Spiral Story.

I received the fabric I ordered for the purse I will make.  It is the top one in this picture.  It's "Black, White, and Bright" by Henry Glass. It picks up the black  and brights in the bottom fabric nicely. I just love these fabrics together.  I won't start the purse until I finish the Spiral, which I don't want to rush.  The pattern I selected was the Barbados bag by Pink Sands and Beach Designs.  I want to give the pattern my full undivided attention because I want to add to the pocket design inside and possibly outside and the size.

I leave you with a picture of my dog friends who are BFFs.  They make me miss my own best friends who have left this earth and I miss so so much.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that I can watch these two interact with each other and that Harley is becoming such a good friend to Terry and I, just like Bosco is.   AND I am grateful for the friends I have made through my blog.

Tell me.  Did you ever "redesign" a pattern?  How did that work out?
xx, Carol

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Switching Things Up

Here is something weird that is going on  with a wind chime my grandson gave to me.  It is on the front deck and we have watched a wasp kind of bee go in and out a few times. It's close to one of the patio doors, so I sure don't want it and it's clan hanging around.  So, I went out to see just what that dang waspy bee was doing.  The tube was plugged, so I poked it through with a skewer and that thing on the top right picture is what the bee had been creating.  Anyway, it's gone now.  The bee has been back but is not re-building whatever that was.
Remember when I painted the living room walls when we bought new carpet.  Well, that was a few months ago and I never decided what decor I wanted to put on the one of the walls.  I dusted items that were on shelves in other rooms and gathered all my collection together and here is what I put on one wall.  I absolutely LOVE Bison.  If I HAD a Bucket List, I would definitely have seeing them in Yellowstone on the list.

I have always loved shades of aqua and turquoise.  When I saw a can of Seaside spray paint, I bought a couple of cans because I was absolutely positive that I would use it.  One of the things that I have wanted to do is to spiff up my laundry room which is really a room that leads to the garage and to the hall going to the back door.  There are closets along the hall.  The background of this picture is the louvered door to the hot water heater closet.  I plan to paint all the doors in the hall this color.  Then I saw the totes at Walmart in close to that color and bought two to replace the gray totes I keep dog food in.  And just because I couldn't resist, I bought a notebook binder in the school supply section. I have bedding this color and it looks really great in a room that has burgundy carpet.

I have been looking for other ways to refresh the look in the house.  I think I should "buy" this or that.  Then it just really struck me.  Why in the world would I even THINK about buying it when I should be thinking MAKE, or SEW.  Especially since I have some really great fabrics with this color.

I got the purse pattern that I ordered and selected fabric I want to use.  However, it takes three different fabrics.  I have two I love but could not fall in love with a third choice.  So I surfed my favorite on line fabric store...The Fabric Shack in Ohio...and OMGOSH am I really going to say I ordered fabric!?!!

Grateful:  Today I am especially grateful that I had a Mammogram and it was clear.

What about you...tell me what color attracts you the most right now.
xx, Carol

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Spiral is a work in progress

I had an idea of what I wanted to stitch for this challenge.  I have difficulty in transferring what I envision to reality.  I'll finish this start with the thought that this group is a learning process for me.  Being engaged is part of the process.  I made a promise to myself to stretch my right side brain.  I admit that this project has piqued my interest in scrap quilting.  What a surprise!  I actually want to give matching seams of little pieces of fabric another try.  But not in a traditional quilt block a totally scrappy random sense.

But if I am truthful, I started off beautifully.  Truly dedicated.  Then we got the news that the cancer that Terry's sis who has been battling an aggressive cancer for the past three years is losing the battle.  Cancer has spread to her brain and liver and grown larger in her breast and lung.  More treatments and Gamma Radiation.  This is hard.  She continues to fight, but this is the first time she has said that she is scared.

I have always loved leather purses.  I am NOT that person that would go on Lets Make A Deal and find a random thing in my purse.  Travel light and carry the bare minimum necessary on a given day.  Adding the weight of my phone makes it feel HEAVY on my shoulder.  Then I picked up a cloth purse on the cheap at Walmart.  What A Difference.  So I ordered a pattern with pockets because I MUST be organized (its a Left Brain thing).  No more leather for me. I've made a lot of totes in past years so a genuine purse will be new to me.  I laugh at myself for thinking...Blackhawks, Cubs, Sugar Sculls, Valentine Hearts, Summer Beaches and so much more.  The only limits are in my stash.

And in a closing note, I'll tell you that the most handsome man I have seen in a long time is Harry Kane on the English Soccer Team.  Don't tell Terry.

Grateful: Today I am GRATEFUL that the weather person has PROMISED that tomorrow brings a break in the heat and humidity and I will be able to go outside and pull weeds.  I always have peace of mind when I am pulling weeds.

Have a great day.  What is catching YOUR attention lately.
xx, Carol

Saturday, June 23, 2018

A Little This - A Little That

This is what I see when I look out of my kitchen window.  The trumpet vine is filled with flowers that attract the Hummers all day long.  Unfortunately Black Ants love them too and they are finding their way into the house.  One of the many drawbacks of living on a crawl space foundation I guess.  I can see the pond from the bathroom window too, but when I look out, I mostly see the weeds that are taking over the back yard because we have had non stop record rains for the last two weeks.

I admit that I have avoided posting until Blogger had the comment issue corrected.  I knew they would fix it.  Though I am not a computer guru, I understand what they are up to and it's OK with me.  Keep it all in the Android platform and comply with all the rules the law has set up across the globe.  I have long favored Yahoo for my email, but admit that the enhancements to Gmail have me using it even more.  I have used Chrome for a long time and recently added an extension called Privacy Badger which has eliminated all those annoying adds that appear on the side bar when I am surfing the web.  You know the ones that haunt you because you happened to be shopping for something and the cookies keep the ads showing up even though you already made a purchase.

Since I like to respond to blog comments via a return e-mail, I am hoping the fix works for me.

***** Oh, I have one blog commenter who is anonymous.  Whoever you are, please reply to this post and include your email address.  Since I moderate comments, it won't appear on my blog.  You have previously asked me questions that I can't respond to and I rarely, if ever respond in the blog comments  IN the blog comments.*****

Here is a bit of news:  I am going to be a GREAT grandma.  I am already a great grandma, but now I am going to be an actual GREAT GRANDMA.  Corey's wife is about 2 months pregnant.  Too soon to know if it is a boy or girl.  I am keeping an eye on the CDC map of known ZIKA virus cases since they are planning to go to Miami to see her family in August.

When I get up in the morning I always grab a cup of coffee, let the dogs out and head to my room.  When they come back in, Harley always comes to my room to keep me company.  First he is chewing a bone.  The next time I look he is zonked out.  Then I look and Bosco is providing a pillow.  Pretty soon, they both get up and go back to bed with Terry.  It's our routine, lol.

Grateful:  Today, for my birds.  We have had two Blue Bird Broods and my Three Crows are now four.  Mom, Dad and Two Babies who have all come to visit.  I suspect my Third Crow has mated since I now have a second family visiting regularly.  Sorrowfully, I have only one frog so far as two have left the pond.

Tell me how YOUR June is going.
xx, Carol