Thursday, February 7, 2019

No New Word Here

Remember when as soon as the New Year came bloggers would post an "inspiration" or "focus"  word for the year?  I did that too.  But then by the time February rolled around, just like resolutions,  those words were long forgotten.
I haven't seen many posts about a WORD this year. That  got me to thinking about the whole WORD concept.

Since January kind of kicked my butt, I have been thinking of February as the beginning of the new year for me.  I got to thinking about why resolutions and WORDS didn't work so great for me.  Then I realized that the real key is that I need to break habits that keep me from doing what I really want to spend time doing. For a while now that has been sewing and reading. I won't tell you what the habits I want to break ARE.  But I have already started the process and I am really happy so far with the results.  I read that if you do something for 21 days it becomes a habit.  I hope that's true of breaking old ones too.

Grateful: Today I am grateful for thread. It's what keeps our pieces together both materially and intangibly.

Tell me something you have been thinking of doing, but have not yet done.
xx, Carol

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Put January to Bed

Corey DeLater Jr:
This is my new great grandson, named for his father Corey. The kids were visiting here from Halloween to right after Christmas.  They left a couple of times to travel to Florida where Alyssa's family is and to take care of their business there.

When they left for home, the baby was due in a little less than a month. It is a 30 hour drive from our house to where they stay.  We were on pins and needles until they got home because they headed right into the first snow storm that hit here.  They travel in a 5th wheel so they could stop whenever they needed to.  It took them 5 days to get home. 

We were so relieved when little Corey was born healthy and happy.  I already know I'll call him Corey J. (J for jr.)

I already introduced you to Max.  He is turning out to be a great little dog.  HOWEVER, Harley did have a bit of a time adjusting to the attention Max gets, but it's all good now except that Harley is teaching Max all of his bad habits, and Max is teaching Harley the ones Max already knew.

One thing Max taught Harley is that it's climb on the table.  Well my sewing machine is now on the dining room table.  When we left the house the other day, I cleared the table except for my machine.  I put the foot pedal in my sewing room and didn't think they would mess with the cord which on the table next to the machine.  Well I was wrong and that darned Harley destroyed it.  Which leads to the NEXT January issue.

Terry's Motorized Recliner:

Terry has a recliner that has a motor that lifts the leg rest.  The motor died with the leg rest raised.  A replacement motor is $150.  He thinks he can fix it with parts he has in his back garage but it's been too cold to go out there.  I switched places with it and another recliner we have.  I told him not to bother fixing it because I will buy a new one in the spring.  BUT, he tried the electric cord from it on my sewing machine and VUWLAH....Sewing machine is fixed.

Computer Issues Resurfaced:

I was AWOL from the internet for a little while.  It seems that Microsoft wants my Win 7 to be Win 10.  I had downloaded a file to deny that update as MS is trying to do it without permission.  But some issue happened in my last episode so off to the shop it went and it's all good now.

The REALLY distressing News:

Terry's sister that has been battling cancer for the last 3 years is losing the battle.  The docs told her they cannot control it any longer.  She is now under the care of a Hospice Doctor.


His brother's daughter who is about 50 fell and injured her back.  A few days later her leg swelled with a terrible infection...not related to the fall.  She has been in the hospital for a week with the back injury, the infected leg, fluid around her lungs, Pneumonia and now an MRI showed spots on her lungs and liver.  No diagnoses on them yet so we are keeping faith there is no cancer involved. 

I am grateful for oh so many things.  In particular right at this very moment I am grateful that we have not let all these issues get us down.

I really just needed to make this post to put January and all it's issues behind us.

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Endeavourers TEXTURE theme

The Endeavourers theme for the first project for 2019 was texture.  I have seen basket weave designs created using fabric and I wanted to give it a try.  This piece is stitched in rows using 4-1/2" squares with a row of 1/4" black sewn along two sides. The squares are then stitched in an alternating pattern.    Each square and strip were the correct size.  I sure thought my seams were stitched to the correct width.  This piece looks more wonky in this picture than it really is.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

I know that just about everyone across the country is suffering from the current weather pattern.  I wanted to post about it really to document the temps for the day for future reference.  Our temp when I woke up was -16 and wind chill of - 44.  Minus 44.  I was watchng the weather channel.  Do you know what can happen at that wind chill?  If you are outside and don't blink your eyes your cornea will freeze.  Also, the post office will not be delivering mail.  I'm not sure about the newspaper, but I'll get it Saturday when it is supposed to be 50 degrees.  Brother

At 7AM Bosco wanted to go outside.  Max followed him to the door then backed up.  Bosco got his job done quickly and ran back in.  Later Harley wanted to go...NOT but I made him and that was fast too.

This is going to be a crazy dog day at my house.

Tell me what YOUR temps are.

Grateful:  Today I am totally grateful for electricity because our house has electric heat.

Monday, January 28, 2019

A New Friend

This is Max.  Jumping on the table is not allowed here and he is learning that quickly.

When Corey left, of course he took his little pooch Kiki with him.  Kiki had become great friends with both Bosco and Harley.  All three were playing all the time. When Kiki left, Harley began tormenting Bosco to play ALL THE TIME.  Mostly that meant Harley knipped at Bosco's ears, nose and the back of his hind leg.  Bosco was in misery.  So I got the idea that Harley needed a play friend.  I searched Min Pin rescue sights but none were close to home.  Then I spotted Max and low and behold he was right here in a town 5 miles away.  I mentioned him to Terry who said he would rather not have a brown Min Pin.  Every day I looked at Max's picture...sometimes several times a day.  When Terry had a doc appt a few days later right near the Humane Society, I asked him to go by and see Max.  I couldn't get him off my mind.  The HS called him Spock because of his ears.  He was taken in as a stray and no one came to look for him.  That broke my heart. The HS estimated that he is about 2 years old, updated his shots and neutered him.  He has what I call Donkey Ears that stand tall and the shortest legs I ever saw.  I made an application to adopt him and the next day took Harley to see him.  Harley can be sassy and I wanted to be sure they would get along.  The meet went well and we brought Spock home.  I immediately renamed him Max. After all, Spock was not his real name anyway.  On the way home, Harley sat on my lap and would NOT even look at me..jealousy was rearing it's ugly head.  It took Harley about 5 days to adjust to Max and play with him.  They get along great as long as no toys are involved because Harley thinks every toy in the house is his. Bosco thinks Max is great.  Max is my shadow and I love him dearly.  Sometimes I think about how he came to be at the HS.  But sometimes when I go to pet him he flinches leading me to think he has been hit.  I can't imagine why anyone would find the need to hit him. So now I have 3 dogs again.

It's been a while since I posted.  A really lot of things are going on in my life.  I'll be posting in February talking about what I have been up to.  If I had a New Year resolution, it would be to post more.  I have been reading your posts, but not commenting much.  I get that way sometimes.  Luckily I didn't get hit with depression this holiday.  That may have been the first time in many, many years.

Grateful:  Oh, that is easy today.  I am grateful for Dog Rescue organizations and totally support them as I can.  Max is a wonderful dog and I just can't tell you how happy he makes me.

Tell me something happy today.  We are expecting 6 inches of snow and the temperature on Wednesday is forecasted to be -20 and -40 windchill. I hope my birds and fish survive.
xx, Carol

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.