"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I HAVE BEEN SEWING

I've not blogged about the sewing room for a bit.  I spent two weeks knocked for a loop by the flu, in spite of getting a flu shot.  Apparently there's some versions of the flu circulating that are a surprise and not covered by the flu shot.  Dave and I have been together for over 30 years, and this is the sickest he has seen me, it was pretty darn bad.  

But, I am sewing, finishing Diagonal Madness for friends John and Nancy.  Here's the center of the quilt.  It's big.  

Hold on, that's not all.  Remember, this is a Kaffe Fasset design and I swear his motto must be "if you can't wow them with your wisdom, then baffle them with your b.s."  The more fabrics the better, the more details even better.  

So, of course, there is a complex border.  I have two borders finished, hanging on the wall waiting to be added to the quilt.  



I'm through chaining the third border, it's waiting on my board to be ironed.  
 And, I've got the 4th border pieces waiting by my machine.  
Once this quilt is done, yes, it will get done, off it will go to the long-armer.  I've not decided yet whether to put a sleeve or to have Nancy and John hang it using wooden clips.  It may be too big for a sleeve, I don't know and will appreciate advice on that one.  Also, I'll have the long-armer use bamboo batting, as it drapes so nicely in a decor quilt.  

Next, I'm going to finally make a quilt for us.  I've started viewing designs and ideas and I think it's going to be a two color sampler quilt, using an assortment of blocks from 501 Quilt Blocks, with sashings to define them.  We'll see.  

CLEAN CRITTERS

Cassy and Misty went to the groomers for a day of beauty yesterday, the results are lovely.  They were both desperately in need of a bath and a hair cut.  

Misty was not this color two days ago.  When her hair gets long and fluffy she's very Apricot along her back.  Now she's a lovely bright white.  
Cassy loves her groomer, Jen, a young lady who recently graduated from the local dog grooming school.  The most important thing about Jen is that she knows to leave Cassy's "Kramer" grow wild.  In case you don't know, her Kramer is that wild mass of hair on the top of her noggin'.  It is an important part of Cassy's look and personality.  
  Queen Reesie does not go to the groomers, she takes care of all that herself, although I do trim her nails.  You may ask "why is that cat on your dining table?"  She is there because she can be, it's that simple. 
 
 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO ME!

When these came on the market, my friend Sue and I discussed them at length, as we do everything, and decided we just didn't understand what the attraction would be and declared that one of them would never darken our doorsteps.   

  Well, wrong again, ladies.  
 
My honey bought me a Kindle for Valentine's Day, our Anniversary and Mother's Day.  It is not an inexpensive gift, especially with the cover and light thrown in. 

It is very difficult for me to get to the Library any more, and although the Bookmobile comes to my street, it hasn't been able to get here in the storms and even if it did show up, it's all too icy out there for me to walk to where it is parked.  So, that's one part of the reason I "needed" a Kindle.  

The other reason is I'm dumber than a box of hammers most of the time, and reading a book can be a challenge.  I knew I was in trouble when I was reading a very simple mystery with a moderate amount of simple characters in it and when I got to the part where they revealed "Fred did it!"  I was left holding the book saying "Who the heck is Fred?"  That time and many others, I've spent an awful lot of time flipping back through books to find where a character was first introduced so I could understand what was going on.  And, since I no longer have normal feeling in my fingertips, handling a book can be tiresome, especially when flipping through it page by page to find a name.  

The Kindle has a "search" feature, you can easily search from the beginning of the book to find that elusive character that's popped back into the scene. The Kindle has two dictionaries that will define words for me, that is cool beans also.  


My first download is of a 99 cents easy reading Ivy Malone Mystery, the first in the series.  My second download was this month's Reader's Digest.  I'm loving this!!!  

Saturday, February 5, 2011

MEN ON THE ROOF WITH SHOVELS

When we were renovating this house 4 years ago, part of the renovation was to gut the basement of it's mold and water problems.  At one point, we had 4 guys in Haz Mat suits working down there.  Our saying at that time was "You know you're in big trouble when you've got guys in Haz Mat suits in your basement."  

Well, this week we've added a new phrase to home ownership, "You know you're in trouble when you've got guys with shovels on your roof."  Let's turn that statement on it's head and say, "You know everything will be ok when you have guys on your roof with shovels."  

There have been numerous roof collapses in the area in the past week.  Here in New England, we get rain and snow all in the same season.  I noticed the other day that the snow on our back roof seemed a bit deep and so called our favorite contractor and told him "I think we have 4 feet of snow on the roof."  Dead silence.  Then the name of a roofer was given and both he and I called that roofer, who came by yesterday.  

The roofers have gotten so many calls, that they are going one by one to each name on the list, inspecting, and shoveling those roofs that are in peril.  We won the jackpot for the day, according to the roofer.  When they saw the load on our back roof, they were up there in minutes.  

Our garage roof.  Some weird wind thing goes up the front roof and deposits this curl of snow. 

It does look like quite a bit of snow, doesn't it?

I can tell you this guy thought it was quite a bit of snow. 

As did this guy. 

This guy is standing at the peak, where the snow depth was about 4 feet. 

Yup, it's a lot of snow.  

Of course, when a roof is cleared off, the snow ends up on the ground (duh), and we now have piles of snow around 6 feet high surrounding the house.  This spring will be a very good test of our basement pumping system. 

SCENES FROM A SUNNY WINTRY DAY

Like I said in an earlier post, "we live in New England, it snows here."  Never has that statement been more true than this year, we've gotten 70 or more inches of snow thus far, and it's only early February.  



As you can see, we didn't get our Christmas decorations down before the first storm.  


Our daughter's car, frozen in place until April, I think. 

Every year the city sends by a front end loader and makes that 30 foot pile at the base of the street, I have no idea why.  And, of course, there was a young child enjoying it.  The mom in me wanted to yell out "you're going to slide down and get mushed by a car!" but I controlled myself. 

A lovely Christmas card photo for next year. 

FENCE, WHAT FENCE?

I knew it was just a matter of time before Miss Cassy figured out she could now walk on top of the snow in our yard, and I was right.  Yesterday she discovered the joy of it all, and wow even better, she has discovered that somehow our 4-5' fence is now a mere 1 foot fence.  

Both times she's thought about going for it, I was able to convince her from across the yard and through a window that it would not be a good idea.  I don't know how long she'll agree with me, but for now she is safe.  


If she decides to go for it, there will be nothing I can do but wait for her to come to her senses and find her way to the front door.  I sure can't chase her down over the snow. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A HUGE ICICLE!

The landscape in New England is fabulous this winter, with storm after storm after storm keeping everything fresh and white.  It's also producing some amazing icicles.  I always thought that icicles formed on only poorly insulated houses, so I guess that means every house in New England is poorly insulated, because every house has icicles.  And, some of them are fantastic!

Dave had to dislodge one that went from our gutter to the canopy over our heat pumps, threatening to collapse the entire assembly.  

Here it is, one heck of an icicle.  Wish I owned a big enough freezer to store it to keep for the summer, I could lay it down on the lawn and stretch out on it.