Thursday, October 30, 2014

Airbag Recall - Check Your Safety Potential

My CR-V is one of the 17 million vehicles recalled in the air bag thing. Our wonderful Honda service advisor has been with us since we bought the first Honda in 1998.  Frank's Accord was the 7th Honda and his two previous vehicles, the Odyssey

Vans both nearly hit 300,000 miles in the 5 years he had them.  Frank drives a lot!

Ervin called me a day after I checked the recall status on the 2006 CR-V and confirmed it was in the recall.  He said there was going to be a shortage of parts when the formal recall was sent out and I had the appointment for this morning.  He takes care of me!

So I got up at the freakin crack of dawn, caught a bear claw and cuppa Joe along the way and handed the keys to my friendly Honda Dealer . And he is throwing in an oil change!!! 

And he had it washed for me!

You really need to check the list I'd you haven't already.  It uses your VIN number to compare against a list of vehicles that had the Takada airbags installed.    This is my Public Service Announcement for the week!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

52 Photos - Gallery 26 - Point the Camera Up and Shoot

For the 26th week of 52 photos, we are half way through the Photo Year.  I have had a photo or two (or three) every week except for the one I was in the hospital for the knee and the resulting infection the following week. 

This week Belle wants to point the camera up and shoot what it sees.  When I read those words I thought it would be fun to randomly look up during the week and see what I saw.  So here is the first half of my week, at any rate.  and you can see what others look up to see at:

Sunday the sky was glorious.  Frank and I sat on the back patio and listened to the birds and the locust and the leaves.  While the north of the country is in cold fall mode, in the southern Louisiana Fall we are unseasonably warm, even for us.  But with the highs that pass through, pushing any late hurricane fronts out to the ocean shipping lanes, we get deliriously low humidity.

By low, I mean five points either way of 40.  We do have certainly respectful limits here, ya know.  But with that low humidity comes very clear sparkling air.  And a dry, bright beauty surrounds us.  These are my trees that canopy our back patio. As you can see, we still have a lot of leaves on the trees, they have not started to fall as of yet. 

 When I looked up on Monday, sitting on the deck (we have a series of patios and a deck) I see these guys.  They are nurseries for mud daubber wasps.  Typically these wasps do not bother anyone unless you attempt to destroy their babies.  They spend their days getting mud, chewing it, then spitting it out in these caverns.  Then they catch bugs, spiders, flies and wall them up with the wasp eggs, giving them food while they are growing up to be big wasps. 

Today, when I pointed my camera up, over my sewing machine in the studio, this is what I see.  Here in the South we have central air, which doubles as heating when it gets cooler outside.  The duct (we do actually say duck) work is in the ceilings, not the floors as I have seen in other cities in the northern climes.  And yes, we mostly have duck tape here.  And we say, "should of" rather than "should have".

There is a similar one over my computer desk in the den.  I just noticed, after 29 1/2 years in this house, that we have four of these ducts in the den!

I am not as observant as I thought I was..........

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Air Bag Recall, McGee and a New Quilt -- Geez!

Well it looks like my CRV is involved in that airbag recall.  I talked to my Honda guy yesterday and he is ordering me a new air bag for both the  passenger and the driver side.  I will try not to get into an accident before then.      

So Frank was in Hattiesburg yesterday.  And while I was on the phone talking to him, telling him what good dogs we have and how they were behaving nicely, McGee was doing this.

I know, I know.  I should have worked on Seuss 2.  I know...... but I didn't.  Instead I did strip sets from my scraps for Feather Bed.

Sophie made me do it because she won't send me the one she made.

I thought I had ugly scraps, but they actually look pretty good here.  Maybe this will be a great quilt......even though Sophie won't send me hers and I have to make my own. 

I also realized that I need to make more of the left side pieces.  It is OK.  That what you see there didn't even begin to touch the scraps just on my cutting desk!  I have lots more!  For a king size you need like 17,576 more!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dr. Pepper as a Fashion Statement

Carrie and Andrew moved into their new house this weekend.  I helped unpack boxes and boxes and boxes.  Andrew's mom, Fayne, cleaned and cleaned and cleaned.  We saw a lot of each other.  So I was surprised when she sat next to me at the eye doctor's this morning!  We had a pleasant conversation about the perils of the driveway at the new house!

I got a clean bill of health after my laser surgery last week and I headed to find some lunch.  I really didn't know what I wanted.  At the last minute before turning home, I settled upon Taco Bell.  their meals come with a LARGE drink.  An I filled it full of my favorite, Dr. Pepper.  As I was leaving, I went to refill my LARGE cup with more Dr. Pepper for the ride home.

Somehow.....not sure how.......the LARGE cup tipped over.  All over me.  From my waist down I was literally drenched in Dr. Pepper. 

And on the drive home, it began to dry.  Not only did I have to suffer the embarrassment of getting covered with Dr. Pepper, but now I am extremely sticky. 

All the way home I kept thinking, I like to wear my  Dr. Pepper!  I am going to clean myself up and work on Seuss 2 and see if I can get it on the Avante by tonight.

I am thinking that this afternoon I will try the spikey borders on the sides as well.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Strips and a New Camera - Feather Bed --- Oh Yes!

I decided that I needed to get some of the scraps on my  cutting table under control.  While Frank watched the first half of the football game with the 'Aints, I started sewing them in strips.  I saw one of the ladies whose blog I follow was sewing some strips from flannels and made a really pretty drunkard's path top.  I think I can make these strips into a modern quilt by making some large drunkard paths and using a solid background. Either that or I am going to have to start separating the darks and the lights, which I am not worrying about now.  Just grab and sew!

Oh, man!  I just realized I could make my own Feather Bed Quilt that Sophie won't give me!  LOL.

When we went to get on our bikes for a 3 mile ride, yes I am doing some riding to strengthen the knee,  I had trouble getting my camera in the front saddle bag. 

We went out to Best Buy this morning and got me a new camera.  The one Frank got me for my birthday is a huge camera compared to the ones I have been using for the last 10 or so years.  I am used to carrying it in my pocket!  I wanted a smaller one for biking and where ever I need to use my hands and not carry a large camera

I got the Fuji Finepix XL for $79.  It has 16 megapixels, 5 X zoom.  It is light and small.  Just exactly what I wanted!  And for cheap!

It  boggles my mind that I get 100 times the camera that I used 20 years ago, for 10 % of the price. 

 You can tell from the photos I just took wth  the new camera, that we had a very active day today!

Stash, Kiwi Berries and a Machine Cover

It seems that I use very little fabric.  I need to remedy that.  First thing I need to do is to get the Seuss 2 Quilt done so I can give it to them at the shower next Sunday.  That would clear the way for a lot of things.  I switched out two of the blocks and it looks much better to me.   I think I will leave it like this and get it sandwiched this week and then knock the quilting out.  I have an elephant panto that may work. 

Used this week -1.5
Used this month -7.83 used this year -116.25
bought this week 0
bought this month 5 bought this year 185.75
plus or minus -1.5
plus or minus -2.83 plus or minus 69.5

Look what I found at the grocery store!  Kiwi Berries they call them.  The taste just like a kiwi.  Just pop them into your mouth!

I decided last night to do something for myself.  I used about a yard and made a machine cover for my Husqvarna.  The Avante really needs one, but it poses a different problem with its handles that look like antlers!

Here is the cover I made draped over the Avante.  I was testing for size and what I needed to do for the end result cover. 

Carrie moved into her house this weekend.  I helped unpack boxes and put things away in their huge master closet and in the kitchen.  Fayne cleaned the entire time!  We both worked out butts off!  Hugeaux was not in evidence, he hasn't really seen his new house yet. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Look What I Won In the Banned Book Challenge!

I am already looking for 5 inch square and 2 1/2 inch square quilts!

My Clockwork Orange small quilt won in the Banned Book Challenge that Crafty Garden Mom did.  remember my piece?  You need to check out this post by Tanesha yesterday, this lady is definitely my new best friend!  I think she might just be yours as well.


 I won some pretty wonderful stuff!

Here is the whole package of stuff, a canvas bag, embroidery pattern, thread and a Noteworthy 5 inch charm pack from Moda!
 And a button!  I DO read banned books!  LOL

Here is the charm pack of Noteworthy from Moda.