Saturday, October 16, 2021

Pics of the grandpups...


 As some of you may know, we stayed at our daughters last week because she was working long hours.  So we were there till the dogs did not have to be boarded.

I did not take but 4 or 5 photos...I do not know why.  Copper was his usual cute self.

Sometimes annoying...but Delta just ignores him for the most part.  I don't think I saw her put him in his place one time...though  she does sometimes.

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I am waiting on a package that is being delivered by FedEX and am wondering will it ever get here.  It was supposed to be delivered Wed, but never showed up.  Then yesterday all day it said delievery pending, till around dark, then it said it was scheduled for today.  And it still has not shown up and I don't expect it to.  I see the guys go flying by, and suspect they might actually have it, but I don't think they are capable of getting it here.  But I hope I am wrong.  I keep going and looking to see if it might possibly be on the porch, but so far, no luck at all.

When I got my first Juki several years ago, they were the first to attempt to deliver it.  I saw the kid go flying this way, then he went flying back by...Roger ran out to the road and waved both arms...but the kid did not see him.  I kept checking till it said it had been delivered.  I think I first called Fed Ex and then the place I bought it from.  

The kid came by...he had delivered it one street over.  Keep in mind that this was late afternoon when it happened.  He delivered it one street over.  And he went back to retrieve it and they said they never got it...that it must have been stolen.  To this day I think it was them that stole it.  I even talked to the police and told them someone had signed my name.  They were not interested.

The kid tried to talk me into not saying anything..said he would have to pay for it.  I told him I could not afford to take that kind of loss.  I don't know what ever happened...but the replacement machine was sent by UPS.  And first they sent me the wrong machine, but I had UPS return it to them...and they sent the right one.  (There were two versions of the machine...one had all the extra feet, etc)  And I could see why they sent the cheaper version cause I had haggled the price down to normal asking price for the cheaper version.

Anyway, we have one Fed Ex guy that is really good...but the guys I am seeing this week are not him.  So I am to the point where if I order something, I feel like asking what service they use.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Another Lorelei image....


 Just have to show this one...another beautiful image from Lorelei.  Not sure what these are...I did not think to ask her if she knew the name.

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We had a lot of rain night before last...the ground is saturated.  There are a few leaves turning, but still a long way to go before there are any beauties.  I am in hopes that we don't keep getting rain that knocks them off before they turn.

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Roger was scheduled for an echocardiogram and a nuclear stress test this afternoon.  Every time the phone rang from the hospital, I expected it to be cancelled.  We were about to walk out the door when they called and the stress test was cancelled because the machine was down.  I felt like a bird that had been set free.   

We went on and got the electrocardiogram...we were not told the results.  But I was even happier that the nuclear stress test was cancelled because I think it would have been too hard on Roger.  

I am so tired this night...I may actually make it to bed by midnight...

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Lorelei photos...

 We are currently dogsitting for our older daughter...Lorelei came to visit last night and she got to showing me her photos.  She reminds me of  the Madsnapper.  


Keep in mind she was just clicking with her phone...I think these first three were at night in her room.  All she had was a little light...nothing special at all.  She was supposed to photograph it and send it to me.  I will remind her later.


I really think she has an eye for photography.

I am loving these....but then, look at the one below...

There is another one of this 'whatever it is' type of bee/wasp that I am going to put on my other blog in a few days....as well as some flowers I have not got over to my computer yet. So, do you think she is a budding photographer or what?

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Life happens....


 I did start the quilting, but have only spent time on it a couple or three times.  It is sort of slow going but it is fun.  It is not perfect by any means....not even close but I just enjoy the whole process.  

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And the photo below shows my hand...the photo does not do it justice.

What happened you might ask.  Monday I decided to get the power washer out to wash the north side of the house and garage.   The north side of the house does not have much room between it and the fence, and I have hostas planted, plus the AC unit is there.  There  is just enough room and a bit more to pull the power washer through.  I did not start it before I got it situated.  I got the hose connected to it and the water turned on, and tried to pull start it.  I was standing in such an awkward position and about the second time I pulled the starter I somehow managed to jam my left hand into the fence post.  

I kept working but had to be careful with it.  I did not notice my hand swelling, till I turned the power washer off and got everything put away.  i was lucky enough to still be able to use soap to slip my wedding band off.  

I have never had the palm of my hand get bruised...it is kind of purplish blue.. but fading.  None of my hand ever really got dark black/purple/blue type of bruise, but had had a gray/purplish shade to it.  LOL  It is slowly getting easier to live with.  I have not hurt it bad one single time today.  


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I just have to share a pic of Kitty Soft Paws that Lorelei sent me resently.  Isn't she beautiful...and she is just as sweet as she is pretty.

I will leave you with a funny little video...the baby is cute but not all the video is also about the dog...

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

got to share this one


I came across this this morn and it is just too joyful not to share.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Coming along...


 I still need to put borders on.  Not the gray I had in mind for between the blocks.  Our daughter came to work on one of her projects this past weekend.  I enlisted her help in arranging the blocks.  Plus she got to looking at fabric to go between the blocks.  I had not thought of this fabric...it is a deep red and to me has a hint of fuschia about it with some black.  The minute she laid it out, I knew it was what I wanted.

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I did not see the grasshopper in the photo below till I downloaded the photo.  I guess you could say the sunflower/goldenrod had my full attention.



Monday, September 20, 2021

Falling charms...


 This is the not so pretty quilt top that I pinbasted Friday.  The 'block' consists of the square of colorful fabric to which I added a 2 1/2 inch strip of fabric.  I just used every old thing that had.  A lot I did not particularly like. Some were given to me...some I do not recall from where they came.  Some were leftovers from other projects.

Can you tell there is somewhat of hump in the middle...from about halfway on up.  There is an actual hump.  Two seams landed on each other and the backing is made of flannel and is thick and it just would not lay flat and stay flat no matter how much I ironed it!  I think quilting will help it, plus when it is washed the rest of it will fluff up and maybe it will lay flatter and be less noticeable.  Whatever happens it is no big deal because it is going to be a quilt to cuddle under  while watching TV.
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I got the above ready to post on Friday but wanted to add more.  Just did not get it done.  I came in here for something else and thought I might as well finish it.

It has rained some today...not a lot, but enough for things to be damp.  And it is clouding back up like it might mean business this time.

I am headed to the sewing room.  My older daughter was here this weekend and she played with my little Economy Blocks that are  made from solid fabrics.  I had wanted her to come help but hated to ask cause I know she works and has stuff to do on weekends.  And when we were over there last I did not think of taking them, and I don't think I had all of them made.

Just a photo I hope will be pleasing to your eye...



Friday, September 17, 2021

Bits of life...

 
I thought I would give you something to look at if you didn't feel like reading...this was taken out at the strip pit area September 8, 2021.

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I was going to post last night but was simply to tired to think straight.  I had been busy yesterday with the usual bits of house work...a load of laundry, vacuuming, damp mopped the kitchen, plus cooking and washing dishes.  I also pieced together a backing for my not so pretty quilt top.  I cannot find where I have shown it.  I may try to take a photo of it when I start pin basting it.  I thought I might do that after I fixed supper last night, but just did not have the energy.  So I am hoping to get to that today.

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Don't you just love all the yellows of autumn?
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Roger saw the pulmonolist NP Monday...she wants to try a new medicine but wanted to discuss it with his ENT first.  His scan of the spot on his lung came back as no change, which is good.  

Roger has had phone call with cardiologist.  When they did the CT scan to check the spot on the lung, they noted that he had calcification of the mitral valve.  So the pulmonologist wanted us to get in touch with the cardiologist.   We had stopped appts when the pandemic started.

The dr.  set Roger up for a nuclear stress test the middle of next month.  

Then we had to see our family NP for renewal of his everyday meds.  That was Wednesday night.  I won't say how long that took...we always have to wait, but it was bad the other night.  But she is so good to Roger and all her patients.  I could hear enough to tell that some others had some problems...we were just there for renewal of meds.  But she always checks him out.  More on this at a later date if I can remember.

We are headed to get his blood drawn to check out everything...A1c, cholesterol, etc.   What's fun is I know that the cardiologist is ordering more labs.  We will probably have to go do them next week...

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It is the start of a beautiful day....I hope you all have a good one!


 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Playing...


 I don't know about you, but I get a few of these in the mail.  Sometimes more than others.  There are a lot of things I order because it is easier than me going and hunting and trying to read labels.  Once I order it can I look back at order history and click to order again.  No having to search and search.  And it saves quite a few footsteps.  (the above photo is after I boxed the bottom.)

Anyway, I happened to fold the corners as if I was going to make boxed corners on a bag or zipped pouch and realized if I did it would stand up.  I took it in my sewing room the other day and today I did a bit of playing.  It was a flat envelope but in a matter of a minutes, it had a boxed bottom.


I turned the plain side out and folded the top down a couple times.  It stands on its on.  I will use it to throw snippets of thread and fabric in if I can come up with a convenient place to set it.  My floor is always a mess around my chair..

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I think I am done making these.  Though I do think about making 5 more till it would be a rectangle when put together. But since it is going to hang on a wall somewhere, it doesn't really matter.  I am deciding what fabric I want to go between the blocks.  I am leaning strongly towards a gray fabric.  It will more than likely be a print...or at the least have texture.  White would not be bad, but I would need to make a couple or three replacements for some of the lightest blocks. 

I have did a couple loads of clothes today, vacuumed, and just a bit of this and that.  Plus tearing the foundation papers away from the backs of these little blocks and putting them on the design wall.  And I spent a LOT of time looking for a fabric I just had... probably less than two weeks ago.  Or at least it seems like less than two weeks ago.  I do not know why I did not put it back with the grays.

I also just made up what I call roger's medicine packs.  I use what is called mini cups with lids and make up the morning meds in one group, and evening meds in another.  I do enough for 16 days...it is much simpler to do them several days at a time.  He takes about 5 or 6 that the drs. want that are OTC meds, and then maybe 12 that are prescriptions.  So, take a bit of time to get them made up.

That is it for my day.  It is raining as I type this.  I hear a bit of thunder but nothing bad.  The rain comes for a few minutes, stops or else slows down to almost nothing.  Then it will sound heavy.  Good sleeping weather.
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This is an oldie I have shared before but it is worth listening to again....

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Things....


 This is not the greatest, even after manipulation.  But still, I like Red-winged Blackbirds.  I love their song, specially in the spring.  When we start hearing them, we know that spring really is on its way.

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Sandra, over at Fourpaws did a post on her favorite things.  And I thought I could do a post on favorite things.  I could probably come close to naming 10 of my favorite posts of hers but I will limit it to just three or four that I think of often..such as Eek!  Geek Position Open,      Eek, Geek Position Open part 2,   Bloviator,  and just one more:  The Art of Love and Bickering.  There are others but these are just a few of the ones I go back to, to lighten my mood.

Their conversations are so funny simply because they make me think of Roger and me.  I really need to start writing down some of ours.  And we won't mention the times that Roger will get me going on purpose by pretending to think I say one thing when all the time he knows what I actually did say.  Or he will say 'what?' repeatedly.  

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Anyway, as to favorite things, she listed 10...

1.  I love seeing/hearing from the kids.  Just a text or two really keeps me going most of the time. 

2.  Emails or letters from friends. 

3.  New books, especially memoirs about living in Alaska.  

4. Sitting on the front porch to read is a favorite thing.  It is one of the things I miss most in winter.

5. Tomatoes.  Fresh from the garden!  Or in my case this year, direct from my potted plants.

6.  I don't get to go very often...cannot even remember the last time I had a rambling drive with no destination in mind.  But I would love to be able to take at least one rambling drive a week.  They just do not happen now.

7. Photography is still a favorite...I just need to learn to find stuff here at home to photograph.

8.  The internet!  I love how so much information is at the end of our fingertips.  

9.  Quilting and sewing is a love, as you might have guessed.  I love sewing machines, and fabric and needles..just anything related.

10. And I love Psalm 139: 1-18  

Those are just a few of the things I love....what are some of yours?


Edited to add:  How could I forget Fall!  It is one of my favorite things in all life.  Thank you All is Amazing for being the first to comment and remind me.


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Fawns


 I posted a photo of a fawn the other day over on my other blog...and told that there was another one.  This is it.  At first I could not see the spots then she changed her position and I got a surprise. 

This is the only photo of both, because the one in the lead headed off through the woods when the second one got across the road.

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Not one single stitch of sewing was done yesterday.  I did not even touch fabric.  I think I am having withdrawal problems.  LOL

Monday, September 6, 2021

A bit of sewing...


 This is a little zippered bag that I made for Lorelei.  Every time I make one it is basically an experiment... she does not seem to mind.  She put snacks in this one.



I have been making a few of these economy blocks using solid colored fabric...

Just wanted to share these while I was thinking about it.

Friday, September 3, 2021

A finished table topper....


 This is not the greatest pic...maybe I will take a better one at some point.  Again, on this computer it looks quite a bit darker than it is in real life....


Just popped in to post it.  Not much else to write about...

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Fun sewing...


 First of all, let me say that on one computer, these look much darker than they are, and the other one shows them pretty much like they were. They are not super bright, but on this computer they just look so dark...  Anyway, I have been wanting to play with making leaves but had just never taken the time to shows one side and below is the other side of the same leaves.



I cut the heart leaf and the two simple leaves free hand..


These two I found a simple drawing.  Normally I can at least draw leaves, but sometimes my hands get shaky when I try to do something like that now.  


Just thought I would show a close up of  one.  I used Heat & Bond light to fuse two fabrics together, then I cut out the shape and did the stitching around the edges.    I have ideas for making a bunch of these but I don't know if it will ever get done.

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Daughter continues to recover from Covid.  I am glad they did not all get hit so hard.  She is starting to feel more normal, but still having headaches and only has partial taste.

I just cannot get up the nerve to try to blog again...maybe I will start posting every now and then.   

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Following are a couple videos of Copper reacting to a spider he seen on the ceiling.


I hope you enjoy them...they crack us up.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Good-bye...


 What I/we have dreaded for a long time now came to pass Thursday of last week...not even a week after Sarah got out of the hospital for Covid...our Otto no longer walks this earth...but he has left tracks all over our hearts.  


Every time I see these photos I want to giggle...


As you can see, he was easy going...


From the time Lorelei could walk, she has snuggled with him, climbed on him, 


and sat on him...


And a few times he has sat on her...


Sarah had a certain quilt that if he saw it on her, on the couch...he knew it was okay to join her.

There are so many funny, happy memories associated with him.  When Lorelei was young and they lived in Indy, when we would go over to visit the first thing he would do when we got there was to run and grab his blanket and come dragging it to us.  I know he was telling us he would share if we would just stay the night.



I have told all the stories at one time or another...such as the time Sarah had him on the leash and walked across the street to get Lorelei off the bus.  When he heard all the kids, he almost dragged her on the bus to get to them.  Something similar happened when Sarah took him to show and tell for Lorelei a year or two later...as they were heading down the hall and he heard the kids he could not get there quick enough.   And there was the time he got on the UPS truck because he was ready to go for a ride!

I have loved other dogs as much, but I don't think I have loved one any more.  He was just the perfect dog with kids.  He was just good with whatever was happening.  



 






Sunday, July 25, 2021

Finished at last


Though I am not ready to actually start blogging again, I am going to post this.  I finished it two or three days ago.  I wanted to put it on here, well, just cause I always post quilts I make.

I don't have any place to hang a quilt where I can take a picture of the entire quilt...so here you see the part that is folded over the clothesline.

Above shows the quilting a bit more.






Friday, May 21, 2021

So long...


 First I just have to share some pics from my daughter.


She just wanted to read a while the other night and these are the looks she got.


This last one is so funny.  He just cannot comprehend her wanting to do anything other than take care of him.

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I am taking a blog break.  I don't know for how long...right now I think for a long time but I might surprise myself and be back in a few days.  Just things.  Sort of a shame to do it now.  Come May 30 would be 14 years.  


Monday, May 17, 2021

Meet LIttle Mother....


 I seldom see her....its has been about a month since I last saw her.  Earlier today, I was outside and happened to look over across the street and there she was.  I said something and she set up and looked so I knew it was her.  And she started to come.  I quick came inside to get some nuts.  When I went back out, she was busy on the ground.  I called and first she would just came across the street to the sidewalk...took a few nuts from my hand and then went back.  I came up and sat on the porch and then she looked like she was interested again...so I called her and here she came.  I went and sat on the picnic bench and she hopped up there...even got on the table behind me and would come almost up and smell my hair, but would not take a nut from my hand up there...but did once from the seat part.

Then she got on the ground right in front of me about 10 inches from my feet and sat and ate several...then took off across the street and up the tree.  I am so in hopes I get to see her more often...but I am going to have to watch about the cats cause Bubbie is highly interested.  And Puss would be too, but she don't go out much.  

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The clematis has more blooms and still a lot to open...I love having something to watch open up and bloom.  I have not taken pics of all the irises and I should or some are going to be gone.

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I have got to add borders to this and then it will be done.  It went together better than I ever dreamed.  But I did pin a lot so the seams/points would meet like they should.  I finished to this point last week.  today I stopped by the quilt shop to pick up a fabric for the inner border.  I already have what I want for the outer border.

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Leaving you with a quick little video..