Someday I would like to live in a place with easy access to quilt shows. Although right now I am drifting more into embroidery than working with fabric. I would still like to make a full sized quilt someday. Maybe when I retire. Year ago I went for a full sized quilt with my first quilt. But many of the squares did not turn out, so it was more of a baby blanket quilt. It became a cat quilt since one of my cats became very attached to it.
I have successfully done two days a row of the "sew or embroidery a little everyday plan." That breaks the previous record by one day. I am on a roll. I sewed up the edges of a little scrap of fabric I have embroidered some flowers on previously. I am going to toss it in the mothers day card I am sending. I actually managed to sew up the edges on the metro (subway). I was only able to thread a needle when it came to a stop though. And I did a few more minutes of hemming up the flower mandala embroidery.
For the next embroidery project I wanted to use yellow thread on navy blue felt. Since the regular disappears when wet ink does not show up on it, I used tailor's chalk. I have used it successfully to trace pattern pieces I was cutting out. However, it smudged quite a bit when I tried it with embroidery. It just is not going to work. Maybe it would be better on something that is not felt. At any rate, I will go back to using the tear away stabilizer even through I am not thrilled with it.
I was really temped to order some hanks of silk thread on eBay for dolls hair. But I go through so few craft supplies I am tempted to just go with something I have on hand. I think it might be different if I was making lots of dolls. But at my slow crafting rate, it will probably only be a few. I untwisted the cheap pearl cotton I have. It could possibly work for hair. I have one ball that is a yellow/brown variegated. I think that color could make good doll hair. When I tried to tease the strands apart with my fingers it did not work. I tried brushing it with a regular brush. (I did this little experiment on a break at work so I did not have a pet brush.) It just fell apart. I have not tried playing around with yarn yet.
I feel like I need to use up some supplies before I buy more. But I use them at such a slow rate...
I suppose I could revisit my fabric stash and rethink if I still think I will use things. Especially the recycled fabric.
05-07-2019, 08:46 AM
Welcome back, CH!
Been working on my w-b afgan. Almost done with skein #8-ish. I should have it done either today or tomorrow. I've sort of slowed down on the afgan since the weather's been nice. I've also started back up with the week 'day' writer's group as well.
05-07-2019, 11:07 AM
You guys sound like you are keeping busy with projects. Kathy, maybe you could find a smaller amount of silk thread or yarn on etsy. Sellers there often sell in smaller portions.
Congrats on getting so much done on your greenhouse, SD. Sounds like it has been a big project.
Glad you got your place cleaned up DC. Have fun making it messy again!
I finished my christmas embroidery back in March, framed it, put it away and forgot to get a photo. I am working on some quilt blocks for a monthly exchange, using this pattern:
I've done 3 months now but probably will not get to do May. The block is a lot of work and it takes me a couple days to make it. As I said, I've started beading, and have found some good deals recently on sale and on clearance. DH gave me a bead board for christmas and I am learning to do things. I want to get into wire wrapping.
Latest fabric acquisition. These boring old fashioned florals were going for $1 at the quilt show (or 12 for $10) and I bought 4-6 FQs of each print. Combined with a pink, blue, or green print it should be enough for a quilt top.
I've been working on a quilt top for the veteran's housing project, mostly scrap blocks, but recently found some solids to use a spacer blocks and make it look less chaotic and more pleasing. No photos yet.
05-07-2019, 11:20 AM
Kathy, two days in a row on an every day plan is actually pretty good! I keep coming up with those do a little every day schemes and I’m almost as good at it as you are.
I am totally uninspired by the current hexagon and it’s making it hard to work on it. The hexagon itself is blah and I am getting tired of red, which isn’t a favorite color to start with. I am ready for it to be done. Maybe I’ll just pick out some space filling embellishments and call it good. The next one up is blue with a green after that, doing them in the order I made them. For those I think I am going to do the seams in a way that will emphasize the different patches and get on with just working with new embroidery stitches. I’ve been so scattered lately it seems that tackling a bunch of new stuff to learn just wasn’t in the cards.
I started another scarf last night with a skein of striped yarn I had no business buying, but I loved the cheerful color and at $2, I just indulged myself. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone yarn shopping when I had been staring at red on blah that had become an ought to do rather than a want to do project.
05-07-2019, 04:27 PM
I'm exhausted. But the window is in! I've had nightmares of pulling out the old panel and the window not fitting, but it's perfect. If it was 1/4" wider it would not fit, so I am very, very lucky. It was just a random window I picked up somewhere cheap when I was going to build a gh. It was also the only nice window I had, being brand new and in perfect shape. Anyway, I still have to cut a little fiberglass awning to go over the window to shed rain, but I know my limits and now is not the time to be messing with power tools.
Here's the after pic. It looks so nice now with new fiberglass in the whole wall. Attachment 48663
Everything for the window itself came from stash, so no cost. The 3 new panels were $60, but had to be replaced now because the 2 beside the window would be hard to put in once the window was in. I am not counting that cost because we planned to replace damaged panels this year anyway. One of the 3 was in bad shape. The other 2 will replace some others that are cracked and pitted and on our hit list. We also used the old top section that was in the peak to replace one of the broken roof windows today. Big improvement.
Here's the inside. We like the new table arrangement. I found my jig and cut off the sticky-outy chunks of countertop that were hanging out in the aisle and grabbing our clothes every time we walked by. Much better now. The gray shelves on the right are the salvaged ones we repaired yesterday. We added the top shelf for more storage. I'm not doing the shelves under the tables now due to other priorities. The little wreck of a table under the window is something else I salvaged. I was going to use it for something else, but it really is in terrible shape. I can make it solid again and it will work just fine to hold the box fan when we need it in there, even though it's not pretty. I love freebies! Attachment 48665
Here's 1 of the gaudy butterflies we got last time we were out of town. The other 1 is purple. I love them too. Attachment 48667
So happy that window is in and almost done. I've been thinking about it for years and worried how to do it and how it would work out, and it went a lot better than expected. It will make such a huge difference in being able to control the temp in the gh.
05-07-2019, 04:46 PM
Husby also installed the top row of PVC pipe placed horizontally across each panel, which needed to be done long ago. The panels are all held in with the factory clips, in theory. But in reality, a 5 mph wind gust will pop them out completely if the gh doors are open and wind gets inside. Very poor design. The PO had put little sticks in but they looked terrible and kept falling out. We had PVC we bought for a project for the motorhome that never got done, so it was a good use for that and turned out nice for the gh. The wall panels are completely secure now. Just one of many upgrades we've done to the gh, with more to come.
It is much easier to post form my computer. But it is easier to post pictures directly from my phone. I figured out by accident how to the picture to show up as part of the main post. So occasionally, I might do a short post just to get a picture in followed by a longer one latter.
I keep thinking about the yarn/doll hair thing. (Much better than keeping thinking about politics or work issues.) If it was just some random idea I came up with myself I would give it up as something that did not work. But multiple people online have gotten it to work for them. So I know it is possible. This weekend I might watch some you tube videos on it. I will also experiment with using different yarns for them. One person posting used a fine tooth comb instead of a brush. I am not sure if that makes a difference or not.
Some people have also been using the brushed yarn for doll reroots. That is when you take a doll with a Barbie style head and put different hair on her. If you look closely at the doll heads you see that there are little holes in the head where the hair is attached. It is possible to gently pop the head off and replace the hair. I have never tried it but I have seen stuff on it online. It is also possible to have replacement hair as a little wig.
There is a whole community of crafters out there specializing in personalizing commercial dolls. Generally these have the fashion style dolls. It is one of those things that looks fascinating that I would like to try sometime. I have also seen personalized my little ponies with hair reroots.
I saw a lady yesterday in real life with yarn hair. A lot of African american ladies around here have small braids or twists in their hair. Sometimes other color hair will be woven in as an accent to the braids or twists. Common colors include shades of brown, blond and red. At the bus stop I saw this lady with thick hair twists in shades of tan and brown. It looked a little bit like yarn, but some ladies have a hair texture that is a little like yarn. I did not want to stare, but by chance she sat right in front of me on the bus. I got a a close up look at her hair. It was definitely yarn. It looked like the exact same yarns I picked out for my shades of brown lapghan I never finished. I was really surprised by how nice it looked. It did not look cheap or tacky. She looked just as good as the other ladies with similar hair style.
I did not get take a picture because that would be a little rude. However, if you google "yarn hair twists" you will see some cool pictures.
05-08-2019, 10:21 AM
Almost finished with skein #8-ish on the w-b afgan. I might have gotten it done yesterday but ended up working in my garden for ~half an hour. Either way, the afgan's slightly over halfway done now. It's coming along, even if only slowly. I will likely have it done by the fall when it'll go back to being cool enough for a blanket but not cold enough for the pile of blankets I prefer in the winter.
05-08-2019, 12:14 PM
I didn’t get any of the remaining housework done yesterday. Storm system moving in again. The floor will wait and I’ll gradually get the table cleared. I can probably do that today in small bits. The rain should begin soon. Yesterday they were showing us on the edge of area marked for 5+ inches. I hope we don’t get that much with the ground already saturated. I haven’t seen a forecast map since, but all the precipitation forecasts for the next four days have dropped across the board by about 20% so maybe the heaviest bands are shifting to the south a bit.
I finished the scarf I was working on and pulled out the yarn for the first basket. I’ll get that started today. I need to make four large ones and probably one regular size one. One of those didn’t turn out as well as I would like, so I’ll probably just keep that one. I would actually like to get them all started. The bottom is an increasing spiral and requires some counting. Once I start up the straight sides I just need to keep a marker at the beginning of the row. I would like to get the counting behind me. That may be what I do today.
I finished the hexagon. Well, I say finished. I filled up space with wooden buttons. I have one small area that looks too empty, so I may put something there. Before I start another I want to get the backing on these two so I can see how that works. If it works. I need the table cleared off for that.
I may though mostly crochet the rest of the week. I would really like to get that part of the Christmas presents finished and packed away.
05-08-2019, 02:19 PM
Kathy, your embroidery turned out nice. The blue variegated in the border adds a lot, IMO.
Husby had an appt this AM, so I spent the time crawling up and down a ladder. Hate that. But there is rain and more sss moving in. I really wanted to get the little rain bonnet done to protect the top of the gh window. I recalled yesterday we had some corrugated aluminum meant to join a regular roof to corrugated fiberglass roof, so of course it matches the shape of the new panels. It's probably the best thing I could have used, and luckily I had some. I used it to make a little shed roof over the window so the top of the window won't leak and the tops of the frame won't get wet and rot. I used some aluminum Eternabond tape we had left over and just taped everything to the wall. It doesn't look too bad, but more importantly, won't leak. Good to have that dried in before the storm hits. Now the entire rear wall has been completely replaced and upgraded.
It was nice to walk out to the gh and see the window was still there and I didn't just dream it.
05-08-2019, 11:21 PM
the embroidery is very nice! worked on one of my crochet projects at moms group. one of those easy carry light ones stacked blocks afghan. since the vet was by fabricland who is having a sale..lots of clearance fabric and sales. so looked...got some stretchy lace that I think I will make a simple nightgown out of..was marked down to $ 6 a meter. so got 3 meters. was thinking of getting some of the xmas fabric for a vintage style fifties dress like the ones I got on sale on boxing day. all the quilting xmas fabric was marked down cheap. Attachment 48699
05-09-2019, 07:35 AM
Working on mods to existing items. Re-size mom's old shirt to fit me. Re-size queen flat sheet to fit double bed. Need to put together boxes of stuff for donation pick-up on Tuesday.
05-09-2019, 10:45 AM
Finished skein #8-ish and started skein #9-ish on the wool-blend afgan last night. I'll probably not get a lot done on it over the weekend since I have all-day plans on Saturday. The same goes for the next few weeks. Not sure about Sunday. It depends on whether or not the coffee shop is open. It was closed for some reason last Sunday. I did go to the Paneras where the writer's group goes during the week but it was too distracting with all the people coming and going. Having all the other writers there makes it easier because the whole table is filled up with one group, rather than individuals.
05-09-2019, 02:25 PM
Very quick check in because I’m saving phone battery. We lost power just before 4 yesterday afternoon. No idea when it will be back on. Last I heard this morning still 65,000 without power. I hope soon, but who knows? We’re not high on anyone’s list, the downside of country living, and there’s at least one pole snapped in half not far from us. Sounds like major repairs.
05-09-2019, 03:35 PM
:yikes: Hope you get power back soon. No doubt mutual aid crews have been dispatched, so maybe it won't take too long to get power back.
Get a car charger for future emergencies. Charging a phone from you car battery wouldn't draw much power and would allow you to keep tabs on alerts or other important news. Our power company's site lists outage locations and estimated repair times which is useful. Maybe yours does too.
The sun deceptively came out so we decided to dump dirt in the new garden. Of course it started to rain a little but we kept on. We got the dirt in and the compost spread on the top, and then it started to pour. Punt! At least we're that far along. All that's left is to spread out the weed cloth, attach the trellises to the poles, and buy and install mulch. It's starting to look like something now! I can almost taste those snap peas already.
05-09-2019, 04:16 PM
I hope you get power back soon.
So today I tried another brushed yarn hair experiment. I tried little pieces of lots of different yarns in different brands. The results were similar to what happened with the brown yarn: I wound up with most of the yarn coming off on the brush. This weekend I will try watching one of the videos on it. Maybe loosing most of the yarn is something everyone gets, but they just don't mention it? And I feel like any doll created with this would loose more hair if you combed it.
05-09-2019, 05:49 PM
Power company finally came up with estimate if restoration - 10 PM tomorrow. Sigh. I just hope it’s no worse. I have a car charger and would haves used it but was ok so far. But neighbors are going to Sharon’s after while for showers so they are taking my phone and portable charger and a small lamp to charge for me while they are there. We lose the well with power outage too. Eventually will get a generator there. Sharon is at Walmart getting ice for all of us and is picking up sandwich supplies for me.
The battery on my generator is probably dead. I haven’t tried it. Birds are a high priority for me and there is a nest of swallows about 10 feet from it. The babies are about ready to fledge and I don’t want them panicking from the roar and leaping out before they are ready. I want no bird splats on my carport. I also do t want the parents so freaked out they would abandon them. I’m getting along fine without it. Just camping out for a bit.
05-09-2019, 06:07 PM
Sounds like you have a plan to get through, D. I hope the power is back before you expect though.
This afternoon I'm suddenly obsessed with creating some kind of storage between the front seats in the van. Pinterest is exactly zero help. I'm thinking about something involving a salvaged fridge drawer or wire freezer basket, and some plastic containers like repurposed milk cartons and cat litter jugs. I have to figure out what needs to go in that space. All I know is we just started using the van for general purposes again, and the mess between the seats is already annoying me. I'm sure I'll think of something.
05-10-2019, 02:43 AM
Itís starting to rain again, but we got none during the day today. Yesterday the leading edge of the front was fierce. I know of one tornado over the border in Texas. We were in the warning area but given its location and direction the track was too far west to affect us. Donít know if there were others - that was the only near enough to generate earnings. We avoided some of the rain which was weird. For a bit radar showed moving through the Shreveport area and Mansfield south of us - weíre about half way between - but we were in a little magic oval the storm was flowing around. It wasnít too long though before our time out was over.
In that last round of reorganization there was obviously some disorganizing going on too and emergency supplies were scattered. It took a long time to find the flashlights. Thatís not going to happen again. Iíve started another crochet basket, smaller, for them. It will hold the small lanterns, flashlights, a small battery powered fan, and all the batteries. Of course they all use different sizes. I have nothing yellow in my house so Iím using odds and ends of yellow yarn. It wonít be pretty but will be easy to spot wherever it ends up.
This could all be much worse. Itís a very pleasant temperature so Iím not freezing or being broiled alive. I didnít join the trek to the showers. Since I donít have to go anywhere or see anyone I can just be grungy until we get the well pump on again. The neighbors were quite late getting back because they were washing work uniforms too, and the most direct route has a closed road so going anywhere is a long roundabout drive. The closed road is necessary to get to the interstate. However eventually my phone came back and the portable charger got about half charged, so I listened to audiobooks again tonight while I crocheted. Life is good and I love how quiet it is will all the house electrical things silent. Outside is not quiet. The frogs are having a grand time.
05-10-2019, 07:33 AM
DC Excellent idea to put a bunch of emergency supplies in one basket. At least you would have flashlights to find the rest of the items needed.
Finished re-tailoring 1 shirt - shortened sleeves 2", took 5" off the bottom, took in body 3" and changed the buttons. Sounds like a lot of work but I did most on the sewing machine. I tried on more shirts and found 1 that just needs the bottom hem re-done (I like a straight hem w/ side vents as needed. This one has a curved hem so I will re-do.)
05-10-2019, 09:38 AM
Hope your power comes back soon, dc. I have several flashlights throughout my apartment and it's only a small place.
Got some work done on both my story and the w-b afgan last night.
05-10-2019, 03:32 PM
DC hope you get your power back soon and aren't under too much duress in the mean time. Thanks for the reminder that it IS tornado season and we should all be prepared. A couple years ago I bought a big package of mini flashlights. You have probably seen the small bright colored aluminum ones they often sell at checkouts. You can also buy them in packs of 6-10 at a time. So we have them all over the house, one by the kitchen sink, one by the back door, one in the bathroom, several at each computer desk, etc. They are also great for checking under furniture and under the desk when something comes unplugged. I put one in each car.
Baby wipes are handy to have around when you have no running water and need to maintain basic hygiene.
Did some cleaning in my sewing room this morning. Had some swap mail come in while I was on vacation, that needed sorted. Found some halloween and christmas stickers to put away. Fabric needed ironing. I'm doing a fabric swap with word prints and one of my recent finds was some Harry Potter themed fabric. I'm not a big fan or anything, but it fits the theme. Then one of the cats got herself stuck behind a book case. I'm already thinking of my next halloween costume, or really my costume for the Labor Day weekend convention. I want to do a mermaid or a sea witch. Probably nobody wants to see a fat middle aged mermaid, lol! I noticed that "beach" theme decor is hot this year, but nobody seems to have any fish net.
I uncovered my chainmail project and may do some work on that while my machine is out. If I just keep plugging away at it one day it will be done.
I picked up a vintage blank book on ebay. There's a particular kind that I like to journal in. Unfortunately it was written in on the first several pages and I will have to remove them. I'm waiting on some archival book tape so I can do the repair properly.
05-10-2019, 04:58 PM
I'm sure this is TMI, but in case anyone else needs an idea for an emergency toilet, I will mention it anyway. I have a fancy shmancy Thetford Porta Potti Curve in my cabin, since we don't have running water out there. We also had a smaller less fancy PP in our first popup camper. I tried to sell it on our garage sale but no one needed it, so it's been sitting here. I finally decided it's perfect for power outages because it's smaller than the Curve and easier to carry from storage in the cabin into the house and down to the septic to dump. So it's no longer on the list of things to sell. Both PPs are part of our preparedness supplies now. In case anyone thinks a PP is too disgusting to deal with, I will just say I'd rather dump the PPs than clean a cat box any day of the week. Much easier and no bad smell.
Today we got the trellises installed in the new garden, repaired the salvaged fan table frame for the gh and added a salvaged top, made a holder from a scrap of 6" PVC to store plant stakes, added a small broom rack in the gh, removed nails from some salvaged boards, and sorted and put away or trashed more than half of the big pile of salvaged stuff out in the yard. The blocks used in the new garden bed were in that pile, too, so we've made a lot of progress on that pile lately. Most of it belonged on the rack I built from old dock parts last year, which got done too late in the fall to get stuff moved. I can't wait to get the pile moved because then we can start laying out the garden area and the last section of boardwalk, the fence, and some other things.
We're not getting the garage ceiling done, obviously, but if we don't get a fence up around the garden, we won't be the ones eating our food this year. Things have to be done in a certain order, so we have lots to do yet. Not the least of which is finally getting the lillies of the valley moved. That's going to take a while by itself.
05-10-2019, 06:33 PM
The little aluminum flashlights are the ones I have. A set of four of which I found two and stopped looking. They all had specific places to be but they had drifted off site. I’m blaming it on the wind when my windows are open. Couldn’t have been me! That’s just carelessness on my part. I’ll eventually find the other two.
What I miss most right now is hot water. How spoiled we are! I’m also tired of sandwiches that a good portion of the world would be thrilled to have. Sharon, an angel of mercy, is this moment on her way out here with Popeyes chicken. Of course, I could have gone to town myself to get some, but they probably take one look at my hair and refuse to serve me - even at the drive through - lol.
The estimate is still for us to have it back on by 10 tonight. They were seen actually working in our area early this morning. The broken pole had been fixed but I’m sure there is lots more beside that, certainly branches down and most likely trees as well, all of which can cause damage and obstruct progress.
I also miss my lift chair working. I don’t use the lift to get up, but the foot rest of out of commission. A non-recliner recliner. I need to see if I can find some kind of battery backup. Fortunately I was out on the porch when the power went off so the footrest was down. It’s a royal pain when it goes off when I’m in it. People would pay money to watch me trying to squirm out it. Our power has never been out for more than a few hours so it never mattered much. This is effectively showing where the flaws are in my prep.
05-10-2019, 08:04 PM
Better to find flaws now than during a worse situation.
Husby was just out playing Man vs. Rock and the rock won. That sucker must weigh 300 lbs. He dug down a foot all around it and then we both sat down and tried to push it with our legs. The rock just laughed. It's not going anywhere. He dug out a bunch of basketball sized rocks that were in the way, but that didn't help. Ugh.
We went out to measure some screen room panels I salvaged years ago, and to discuss possible locations for the chicken wire room I want to make from the panels to grow plants in so the blossoms don't get eaten off the zucchini and the eggplants don't get stolen in the night. We came up with an idea, so Husby attacked the rocks even though we probably won't get to that project this year. I think the next time we have the dirt guy come to grade the driveway we might have him bring a few yards of gravel to bury the sticky uppy rocks and smooth out the area. The screen room would be 40" x 200" in front of the cabin. We could get a lot of pots in that space, even with big plants like zucchini. That project probably won't happen for a year or two though. But since we know where we want to put the screen room, now we can lay out the rest of the area. That helps a lot.
So darn much to do.
05-10-2019, 08:48 PM
POWER’S ON!! O Electricity, I missed you!
I had a laugh this afternoon. While I was out in the car getting mail and charging the phone, I decided to drive down to the pond since I barely see it from my house. There are a couple of drums there they use for burning barrels, and they had some bags of garbage/trash in it. We don’t have trash pick up here and the truck hasn’t been working to take it to the dump. There were four or five huge turkey vultures there. Two were perched on the barrels lifting up the bags and dropping them on the ground, at least as deep as the could reach in the barrels without falling in. The others were tearing them open and rummaging through them. What a hoot. They had already made the mess so I just watched them. I passed on the info so the neighborhood dogs that still visit regularly wouldn’t get blamed for the mayhem. We can be our own dump - we already have the vultures!
Apparently there was another tornado much closer to us. The snapped pole was probably related to that. I have no idea why I didn’t get a phone alert on that one.
Life is back to normal.
05-10-2019, 09:14 PM
Yea for power!
When we lived in town, we watched a flock of ravens raid the Dumpster across the street at the Moose Lodge. Hilarious! I fully understand why you sat and watched.
Today's wildlife adventures here started when I heard strange cries up in the sky. I looked up to see two bald eagles dancing with each other. I never get tired of seeing them. Later there was a loon right off shore, so gorgeous. Still later, we had a deer grazing nearby. And of course we had squirrels and chipmunks around all day.
Wildlife is fun, as long as it isn't trying to kill us or our pets or intent on becoming a hood ornament.
05-10-2019, 09:32 PM
SD, this may sound wacky, but I have seen it mentioned a number of times on documentaries. You can break large rocks by building a bonfire under/next to/around them. It is how ancient warring nations destroyed the carved monuments of defeated enemies. I wonder if you can do that with your big problem rock. Are you allowed to burn on your property?
DC, glad your power is back. Hope you have a comfortable night.
05-10-2019, 10:13 PM
glad the power is back on! we have been lucky here 10hrs at the most and that was from a big wind storm where lots of people were without power for days. on a good transformer ..well other time car hit it. one year next door neighbour came over for help from dh for his electronics. all got fried basically...he was didn't you get hit and no power during the storm..what are you talking about. well lightening hit the transformer they were on and the rest of the block. how we found out we are on a different one. didn't even get a flicker. dh has a thing for flashlights so we have lots. turkey vultures would be fun. only crows and raccoons here. though more in the mountains blk bears. we get lots of eagles now near the landfill..seagulls fed on the landfill and eagles get the gulls.
we have lots of rocks here esp when old houses are knocked down and new one w basement suites which are basically underground big windows w window wells. they water blast them apart got my big one from construction guy next door. but now I see people keeping them for natural playgrounds and landscaping. would be $$$$ if you had to buy them from garden place. Attachment 48721Attachment 48723
05-11-2019, 07:52 AM
Yep, that's a big rock!
Worked on the black skirt last night (basically a tube with elastic at the top.) Sewing machine started jamming again, it is so picky about the thread. This is a new spool of thread on top and in the bobbin so I dunno. Found another cotton knit top that needs to be shortened.
05-11-2019, 08:50 AM
We can usually have fires here but there are size restrictions without a permit. It occurs to me just now we may be able to move it using a hydraulic jack. We don't have to move it far, maybe a couple feet. Part of the problem is that particular rock pile happened when our dirt guy removed some of the overburden to clear the site to build our garage, so it's all big rocks there. Uncover 1 and there are 5 more in the way. I will mention the hydraulic jack idea to Husby in case he wants to try it. I think he's taking it personally that the dang thing won't move. There's another one right next to it that can't be moved without moving the other one first. Both are ankle busters that would be right inside the door of the screen room, so it's a problem.
The rock in question isn't as big as yours, Martha. Rocks that size and larger are very common here, being we live on the Canadian shield. I've been in houses here where one rock takes up half the basement because it was too large to move and too expensive or dangerous to blast, so the foundation had to be built on and around the rock. I find it creepy but everyone here knows how much some BFRs (big f'n rocks) freak me out, especially the underwater ones just offshore where our dock is. Some are as big as small cars and just barely underwater. Rocks on land and not in buildings don't bother me. Weird, I know.
All the rocks are a big reason it's so difficult to garden here. Forget running a tiller. Everything has to be in raised beds or containers, and the soil is poor, too. That makes gardening expensive too, because we have to buy dirt and build raised beds. It's a challenge.
05-11-2019, 10:54 AM
M - thatís a cool rock. I love big rocks. Louisiana is not much blessed with them. Wrong topography - no glaciers, just big rivers. It makes gardening a lot easier though.
We have no squirrels. They were all around the last apartment complex in town and I miss them. With thick woods across the street our place holds no attraction for them.
I finished the yellow bag last night. Instead of making the sides straight all the way to the top like the pattern I did a couple of decrease rows right below the handle slits. It firmed up the top and though itís a bit of an odd shape, it turned out ok. That probably wonít be itís final place. Thatís prime real estate and no place for something used only occasionally. Those are a few of the scarves for next year rolled up next to it.
05-11-2019, 02:45 PM
Major progress here. The jack idea worked, to the point we finally kipremembered we bought a tow strap rated for 10,000 pounds. By then the rock was out of the ground enough to get the strap around it, so we towed it out with the truck. Attachment 48727
Then we went for #2. Husby dug down all the way around it and then we yanked that out, too. Attachment 48729
Glad the worst is over. We still have to backfill the giant hole they were in.
Since we were rockin' it today, we went down to look at the rock problem by the dock. There's no moving the rock we wanted to move because we can't get the angle to tow it. We decided to remove a couple smaller rocks on the other side of the dock and shove the dock over a foot. We will have to put the dock in first, but we can move it over, put it in, and then pull the rocks. I think the dock came out of the lake at an angle a few years ago, and has hung up on a BFR in the lake since then. I hope that's it.
Here's the new raised garden. I love how it turned out. I can't wait till stuff starts growing in there. I plan on green beans that climb in half of it, snap peas in half, and purple bush beans along the front edge. Attachment 48731
I took this pic behind my cabin just now. You can see why gardening is a challege here. Sorry to show you our forest floor in such an unraked condition, but it's been a busy spring. Attachment 48733
05-11-2019, 05:34 PM
Good job getting the rocks out, that should make things easier for you in the future.
Had a call this morning saying my sewing machine is ready. Yay! I will go over tomorrow and get it. Traffic is heavy today due to the impending holiday, and I'm not inclined to go out.
05-11-2019, 08:36 PM
that is a lot of rocks! we aren't as bad here but close. kinda mix mountains and then lots of farmland where glacier when though. I have two smaller rocks in front of that one now. one that has a close grain greenish that the guy was trying to blast out of the corner of foundation..kept getting chucks off to make a corner. gave up because he said if he got the whole rock out would be a really big hole and damage house on that side.
05-11-2019, 09:33 PM
So glad your machine is ready. Being without mine is torture for me and I'm sure for you without yours, too.
We dumped all the old pots of dirt in the hole where the rocks were, so that's backfilled and all the pots are stacked and decluttered. Then we sorted the old self watering planters I made years ago from litter pails. All the bottom ones were split open because we neglected to empty the water from them one winter. But the top ones are okay, so that will save some work when I make some more.
The big pile of salvaged stuff and homeless garden stuff is put away and organized.
Now we need to switch gears and get the camper summerized and ready for the year, minimally for now, none of the big stuff. First up, get the modified bedding put back on the beds, modify the wall pockets on Husby's side of the bed, and reinstall the fold down shelves if the bedding mods have worked. Lots more to do but I will start there.
05-12-2019, 10:21 AM
I’m going to stick with plan B today and instead of working on hexagons try to get the Christmas baskets started and finish the bottoms to get all of the increase rows finished. After that it’s just around and around and around. They will then be mindless projects to pick up.
The rain is finally over. I don’t know how much we finally got but it was Enough. I love rain but we could do with a few sunnier days. I’m sure the water loving river birches and wax myrtles in the yard have been happy as clams though.
05-12-2019, 11:02 AM
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms here!
I hope your bad weather is over, D. This climate change stuff stinks for us, too.
Husby took off for Menards to pick up some lumber and the roof panel material for the gh. We decided to just do the whole roof and get it over with rather than have to figure it all out again later. We plan to get the last section of boardwalk built soon, now that the pile of salvage stuff has been moved out of the way. That's a small job but it has to be done before rebuilding the dog ramp on the back of the cabin so we know what decking we will have left, and we need to get the decking used up before the weather ruins it.
05-12-2019, 12:06 PM
Martha, I wonder if your green rock is Ely greenstone. We have a lot of that here. It's about 1.5 billion years old. Hard to comprehend that. It was thought to be the oldest rock on Earth for a long time, until Monevideo gneiss was discovered in southern Minnesota and dated at 4 billion years, even harder to comprehend.
I find rocks fascinating, even the creepy BFRs lurking in the lake.