Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Photo Shoot With the Pumpkin Quilt

When I saw Mary at the quilt meeting last night with her Zombie Quilt, I realized that in another week it will be Halloween.  And that on Friday Carrie and Andrew will be moving into their new house!

It made me want to go out an do a photo shoot with my Buggy Barn Pumpkin Quilt.  So I did.

This is what happens when you put anything on the ground at my house.

McGee has a full range of activities.  He itches.

He contemplates. 

He chews and gets yelled at.

And he plays innocent angel.

The sun makes it look like the pumpkins are glowing!

The pumpkins are made from assorted oranges.  Some are shirts from the Purple Cow an some are fat quarters from long ago.

The Candy Corn Border is scraps an was actually easy to paperpiece.

I love this quilt.


52 photos - Gallery 25 - Numbers

This was fun finding all the numbers.  I knew it would be pretty easy for everyone, so I kept trying to think outside the box.  I think I nailed it!

We have a lot of number around us every day.  Of course when I wanted to take photos of some, there was a scarcity of numeral inspired objects.  I managed to find some numbers in amongst the letters though.

We have telephone numbers, several in fact; house numbers; social security numbers; insurance card numbers; and time.  So much of life is based upon clocks and the numbers in that face!

I do a lot of quilting, and while I hate math, I have learned to use numbers to make precise pieces to get square quilts.  With a quilt, if you are off by 1/8th of an inch in an 8 block row, you are off an entire inch in that quilt!!

My food has numbers even.

This was an exciting number that we haven't seen in a long long time!!

The crowning touch to this numbers post is a photo without a single number in it!  And yet it is ALL about numbers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

....and Then the Church Key Went Down the Garbage Disposal

Bet you didn't think I would ever have a church key in my possession!

It is like total opposite, right?  And you know that I always have interesting situations, right?  Well, I did have a church key and it did go down the garbage disposal this morning.

If you know me well, you know I have been leery of the garbage disposal for many years.   When we moved into this house almost 30 years ago, i kept telling  my father that the garbage disposal was shocking me.  He would say something like, there is no way it can do that, you must be imagining it.

I tell you, I wasn't imagining it.  That stupid garbage disposal was really shocking me.  This went on for, maybe two years.  I stopped turning it on and always asked someone else to do it.  Hmmm.  They never got shocked, hmmm.

One day when he was there I adamant about him looking at it.  He said, Alright, let me SHOW you that the garbage disposal doesn't shock anyone.

OK, I said, Bring it on!

He stood there in front of my sink, flipping my stupid garbage disposal on and off, on and off, on and off.  See?  He says, and then.......all of a sudden it hit him!

It knocked him across the room!  And I got a new switch!  But I never trusted that garbage disposal again!  So when I need to zun the disposal, I still get someone else to flip that switch!

Today, I decided to clear out the apple butter and the apple pie filling I canned two years ago.  I just cannot eat it all and Frank won't eat anything that is homemade canned.  I just might kill him, you know.  I realized no one was at home to zun the disposal and I was going to have to do  it.

So I sucked it up and did it. But I turned it on ONCE and let it RUN.  I was using a church key to open the jar tops and pouring it down the sink to disappear into the depths of the earth.

I popped one jar open and the church key flew out of my hand.  It acrobatically twirled up in the air and arched out over the sink......and the INTO garbage disposal!  My reactions were pitifully slow!

I just stood there and watched the church key disappear down the hole.

It made the most god awful noise rattling around down there.  I stumbled over two dogs and a host of dishes in my drainer to reach for the switch.  I hesitated, but only for a split second, when all of a sudden the church key comes flying out of the drain!

I grabbed it but quick!  And turned the disposal off.

Both the garbage disposal and the church key seem to be fine.   Thankfully, I would hate to have to tell Frank that story.  He would not have been amused.......

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stash Report 10-20-14

I used about a yard and a half for the Lorax binding and finishing up of some of  the quilts I gave the Physical Therapy people.  And for the Fiber group project on Wednesday.  I have another two weeks before I give the Seuss quilts to the baby mommas.  Maybe I will have the Seuss 2, the second one complete by then.

Here is my Fiber Group piece. The theme this month was "Turn of a Phrase".  I did a nice layered landscape that I called Lay of the  Land.

I built a blog for the group,  we were using a Yahoo group format that was not really working for us.  So we went with a blog.

You can see it here if you would like to see what the others did this month.

As for my usage, I am still working it down.......but slowly!

But at least it is going DOWN and not UP!

Oh wait, I forgot I won the Birthday fabric.  I forgot how much, 4 yards maybe?  Still going down though, albeit not by much!

Used this week -1.5
Used this month -6.33 used this year -114.75
bought this week 5
bought this month 5 bought this year 185.75
plus or minus 3.5
plus or minus -1.33 plus or minus 71

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fun with Cousin Karen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Here is a fun saturday thing to do.  remember the song from Queen?  Bohemian Rhapsody.

Do you know the words?  Let's see........

I got 19, frank got 15 and Cousin Karen got 24! 

Let me know how you did!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Where Was The Camera?

My new eye is marvelous.  I spent the day yesterday running around in the glorious fall weather, exclaiming how incredible I could see every 10 or 15 minutes!  Really, it is amazing to literally "see" the difference from before and after.

I am glad you liked the Orange Cactus post!  He has been with us for a long time now, and he is always interesting!

Yesterday was the last physical therapy appointment.  Today I took my bag of goodies over at 11 am when they got off work.  I had a quilt for everyone!  They were floored!  It was fun seeing them go through the six quilts and bargaining with each other to get the one they wanted.

I think they were all happy with each one they ended up with!

Of course I forgot to take a single picture!!  Aughhh!

In other news, the Lorax Quilt is complete!  Here are the final pictures of that.  I did remember that before I send it off.

Tory chose the most perfect stripe for the binding.  I mentioned that stripes often look great as bindings, and she did it proud!

 Yeah!  One down.  One more to go!

I am still thinking about Seuss 2.  So that will stay with me in top stage for a bit.  I have an idea of what I need to do, I don't want to do it, but I know what it needs.  More later.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eyes and Other Stuff

I had my eye appointment this morning and the nice doctor used a laser to blast the scar tissue that has built up behind my lens.  The lens is the one they put in after the cataract was found.  Over about a year the cloudy-ness has been building up in that eye.  I mentioned it to the doc a few times and he said it was most likely the need for some additional moisture in the eye.  I add drops to it, but the cloudy-ness stays.

I actually have 20/15 vision, but couldn't see through the cloud in one eye.

When I went to see him last month he said, not a problem, easy to fix!

the scar tissue was thicker than he thought.  I knew, I was having a difficult time seeing at night and had stopped driving at night.  And recently I was having problems driving during the day.

After the surgery, which was like the doctor was playing a video game blasting away at the outlaw cells, I could see!  I just have some huge dark floaters that should settle in a few days.  They are distracting and look like huge rats scuttling just out of my sight line.  Fun.

All the way home I kept saying, look!  I can see the words on the sign, I can see the license plates, I can see clearly!

We stopped in to see Ann's mother, who is not doing well.  She is going to be 94 in a few weeks and is in the hospital.  Please keep Ann and her family in your thoughts.

On Tuesday night in my neighborhood, about two blocks from us, this tragedy occurred.  No word on what caused it yet.  The family got out in time, thankfully,  but the house is a total loss.  Scary, it happened after 10 PM but they were alerted by a neighbor who was taking her dog out for a walk.  Frank and the Basset Boyz had passed there not 10 minutes earlier.  It is on their regular route to walk morning and night.

The world is unsettled.