Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bead WIP


Though I have a couple of other projects in the works, I needed something that I could work on intermittently during the day and while the TV is on.  Often I sit with Terry while he watches something I'm not interested in, but I like to "watch" too because we do chat during commercials. Besides, some shows you can be aware of what is going on without really watching.

I have collected quite a bit of crafty supplies over the years that I have always called my Retirement Stash. I figure I can work for a long time without having to buy much to complete projects.  I saved a set of chipwood stacking boxes with the thought that sometime I would make use of them.  I am beading an elephant for the top of this one and will line the inside with suede or velvet, depending what is in my stash. The box is 8" in diameter.  I'm beading on Nicole's Bead Backing.  I bought a sample pack a while ago and this is the first time I used it.  I really like it and wish I had used it before when I made several beaded pendants and pins.  Most everyone that does bead embroidery knows how great this product is.


Here is a pic of the progress so far.  I'm hoping this turns out as I envision it.  It's meant to be a gift for someone special, but I won't say who until its done and I know if its gift worthy.

The project is shown here on a tray I like to use when I stitch while sitting in my recliner.  Its a plastic tray that I found at Walmart in the party department and cost about $1.50.  I have several.  They stack nicely.  I usually keep tubes of the beads I am using on one next to my chair.  Then when I put aside the tray I am using while stitching, I can just put it on top of the tube tray.  The little dish I use to put beads in is actually a 4" ceramic glazed plant pot saucer.  The saucers stack nicely, don't take up much space and I can keep beads separated nicely in them.  The lips on both the tray and saucer keep beads in check.  I use other trays that I have glued suede to and use them in place of a beading mat, but this set up works great for both beading and embroidery.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Win7 and A Puppy Update!


Before I retired, my work computer was updated from WinXP to Win8.  It took me a bit to get used to Win8 and luckily I didn't have to set it up.  At about that time, my home computer started acting up.  After getting the dreaded blue screen twice, I thought I better start researching a new desk top. (I didn't want a laptop).  I discovered that Microsoft is not doing so great in Win8 sales and there is something being developed to come out in 2015.  Most computer gurus were advising those in my situation to purchase Win7, which is what I did.  I can definitely see Microsoft's developing its way to Win8.  I'm pretty happy with what I bought.  There is a lot to know when making a choice to buy any electronics now.  You really have to do your homework from making a decision about phones, TVs, tables and computers.

I've spent some time personalizing the computer and getting to know Win7.  Also, I opted for Libre Office instead of spending $100 on Win Office Suite.  I hope I'll be happy with it, but I think so far, I will be.  I also signed up for health insurance on the Healthcare.gov web site.  I lost insurance when Terry quit work. I am pleased that I got comparable coverage AND I can keep my Doctor.

So, moving right along.  I promised an update on my mutts so here it is.

 Look at this face!! Isn't he adorable!!
He is a great little? dog.  He gets along great with everyone.  I think he is Terry's dog.  Though he loves everyone, I'm pretty sure Terry is is pic.  No matter what he wants, he comes to me, but he sits on Terry's lap in the recliner, though I'm pretty sure that won't last too much longer.  He sleeps on Terry's side of the bed on the floor on a blanket.  BUT....GASP...Terry takes a nap sometimes and I find this guy laying beside him.  Sometimes Tyson is up there too.  I never would have thought that TERRY would allow a dog on his bed.

Bosco is almost 5 months old, weighs about 50 pounds. I measured him this morning. While laying on his side, he measures 36 inches from the tip of his nose to the end of his body not including his tail.  We definitely didn't think he would grow to be the estimated 100+ dog when full grown.  But its OK!

This is Bosco's crate which we call his House.
He doesn't sleep in it anymore, But we do put him in it when we leave the house.  On this particular day, he looked at me really weird when we left. I guess he was mad at us.  I wish you could have seen the look on Tyson's face when he saw it.  If a dog can have a stunned look, he did.  It was priceless.



And, of course I have an update on Tyson too. No, this picture is not loaded wrong.  This is one way Tyson likes to sleep, with his legs braced on the couch. He is the biggest love puppy I have ever had besides Jack.  I tease Corey and tell him I am taking Tyson over, but he loves Corey so much I can only have Tyson's undivided attention when Corey is gone.






This is how the dogs spent their winter snow days.  We had to teach them not to jump at the window and go crazy because I was scared they would hit the window so hard they would go through it.  Also, I was worried what they would do when the door was open and the screen was closed.  They have been pretty good.  But some of those squirrels live in the trees in the back yard and let me tell you, when those dogs are in the back yard it's open season on squirrels!!

But Bosco's favorite pass time in the back yard is to pull the pond heater out of the pond. Too bad for Terry, we are putting the fence back around that area. I usually don't gloat..but Terry...I told you so!!


All this and I'm trying to reorganize my "Room".  Terry is going to revamp some shelves and I'm happy about that.

Tomorrow my daughter and I and my SIL (whose husband died a month ago while shoveling snow) and her daughter (who recently had a mastectomy) are going to the Olive Garden for lunch.

I've been pretty darned busy!  I LOVE being retired!!