A week or so ago I finished listening to a long Great Courses lecture series How the Earth Works. It was an excellent one, even without the visual elements since I was just listening. It was full of interesting stuff on rocks. Earth sciences always interest me. Right now I’m reading a really good book, Cascadia’s Fault, about the earthquake risk in the Pacific Northwest and up into Canada.
I’ve been trying to decide on the color combos for the baskets. I have an ombre and variegated green I want to use. The green that matches best and looks best is guava, that isn’t sold in JA stores. I only have one skein that won’t be enough. For another there is the same situation. Of colors I have, for the third one flamingo would be good, but I only have one. The color coral might also be good, or even better, but I haven’t seen that one. I have medium coral but it looks like a really different color. I also need an extra skein of royal. I just ordered those from Herrschner. Their shipping is high, but it’s still less than having to buy three skeins of each color at JA online, even with their free shipping today, not to mention that I don’t need three skeins of them. I also got a skein of desert camo. I’ve never seen or used it, but it should make a good scarf for the boys.
Because of this, I won’t be able to start the orangey basket until the order arrives and I see if the coral will be better than flamingo, as I think it will. I can get all the others started though. Oh, I also got a skein of flame since it had already kicked up to the next shipping level and wouldn’t increase that. I don’t have much red and I would like to make some red scarves for the kids. Actually I’m sort of thinking of making the rest of May crochet month. I want to do the embroidery but I have the rest of my life for that. I would like to get as many scarves made as possible before fall, and the baskets have deadlines.
So many projects I want to do!
05-12-2019, 01:16 PM
Originally Posted by Spirit Deer
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.
I don't know. I will take a picture later of it. I love natural stones. have lots of beads from my jewelry phase that are natural. one of those hope to do crafts and then you have kids and cats who get into things and you don't have a room with a locked door to do things lol
05-12-2019, 02:38 PM
Getting close to finishing black skirt. I'm attaching salvaged black lace to the bottom edge so it's a little fancier. I thought I found & fixed the machine problem (thread remnant in bobbin area) but it's still jamming. :vs_mad: Going to finish this before moving to the next repair/remake project -of which there are several.
For those who had machines repaired lately (CH?) how is that priced? Hourly? What rate? I am wondering about sewing machine repair as a sideline after I retired. Of course I would need to apprentice somewhere, and not the new electronic kind - I'm talking old mechanical Singer, etc. And take over hubby's workshop but of course he doesn't use it so why not?
Yellow flower quilt is on the bed - covered w/ a pink afghan because the dog sleeps on the bed. I salvaged a yellow blanket from mom's. It's heavy, in good shape, but needs binding replaced. So JA later this week with a coupon.
05-12-2019, 02:46 PM
It took me all this time to get the joke about the un-raked forest floor. I kept wondering what in the world you were talk about. How quickly we forget......
05-12-2019, 04:26 PM
Dlrcpa: my cleaning/tune up was flat rate plus parts. That was with Viking/Husqvarna. I paid about $160. It's an electric machine and it's 20 years old. Until this bobble with the thread it has run like a race horse.
I had planned to spend time this week taking apart the old christmas quilt so I could put the new blocks on. Glad I did not start that as it has been cold at night and we have been using it. Who would think we'd need two quilts on the bed in May?
I think we have had Enough Rain here too, but after all those years of drought I think I prefer it wetter rather than drier.
05-12-2019, 06:04 PM
DLR, I figured not many would recall the reference to raking the forest. I guess it sticks with me because we live in a forest and because the remark was so incredibly idiotic.
A tune up on my Vikings is usually about $130 here, but I haven't had service done for about 5 years so it could have gone up. My serger was about the same.
Got the mulch on the little garden, so it just needs to be planted. Probably next week.
We were at the local greenhouse today and the owner was telling us about the theft and vandalism that happened there overnight. Her son was driving by at 3 AM and happened to catch the perpetrators redhanded. Two were actually in the area where the damage was being done, while 3 more were across the street watching. The owner showed us the damage and we all started laughing. The deer had eaten the flowers off the trailing petunias and apparently were about to start on big racks of broccoli and cabbage plants. She said they didn't want to leave either. Of course not, since they had just discovered the mother lode. It must have looked like a deer buffet. The nursery is in the middle of town, but no place up here is immune from adventures with wildlife.
05-12-2019, 07:56 PM
I was hoping we would find out what happened with CH's Christmas quilt, guess we will get to see later in the year.
I put a new needle in the sewing machine to see if that would help and it did. Finished the skirt and 3 additional small projects.
This is the other old quilt top, not as pretty as the yellow flower top. I bought a low-loft quilt batt to use but thinking I just don't want to spend the time on this one. There are some stains as well, which was not a problem on the yellow flower top.Attachment 48737
05-12-2019, 10:52 PM
Sewing machine is tucked back into the table, plugged in and seems to work fine. I only sewed a small test piece but it seems quieter.
Tonight is the last night it is supposed to be in the 40's, and by Wed we will have temps in the 80's so I can start taking apart the christmas quilt.
I have a couple star blocks to finish for the guild, and I want to make a quilt top or two for the veteran's housing project. I saw in the paper they are putting in 23 more tiny homes this summer.
Dlr, that's a real eye popping quilt. I remember when those were popular colors and lots of homes were decorated like that.
05-13-2019, 12:47 AM
got some yarn in the states only one of the new mandala colours I wanted ..that walmart doesn't have a lot. but best I can do :) not that I am short yarn lol second hand yarn here is pricey. thrift stores...nope...saw some on facebook market place...$42 for old wool..4 which are clearly marked for 1.29 original price $20 for 3 balls of craft yarn..cheaper new! Attachment 48741Attachment 48739
05-13-2019, 08:24 AM
I really want to get beans and peas planted but the instant they poke up through the mulch, the deer will mow them off since we don't have the temporary fence up yet. Maybe we will deal with that today. Lots to do.
I'm excited we will be moving the camper up by the house today. Then we can do summer prep. I just want to go somewhere. Anywhere will do.
05-13-2019, 09:43 AM
CH - I pulled my lap quilt out this out this morning. In what used to be normal, we would be edging up to mid 90s by now. I’ll take this. Rain and all. I’ve only had the a/c on a few hours so far so far this year which is astonishing. But good. By the way, I like your decluttering quotes in your signature.
I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what I did yesterday. All I have to show for it is two baskets started. I spent time yarn shopping (hangs head) and washed dishes and ate a few meals. Where did the rest of the day go? What’s more, the baskets are a mixed success for Christmas presents. I like the green so much, the one with the guava I ordered one of the new skeins for, that I want to keep it for ME. That’s not helpful. On the positive side, I finally found a couple of solid colors in the stash that work with the difficult RH mulberry mix. I started a small basket with that. It will be more or less the size of the yellow one, but without the weird decreases at the top. I’ve decided I will make each household a set of three, small, medium, and large, and add gift cards for everyone individually, and Christmas is done except for little girl. I still have the placemats that didn’t happen this Christmas on the back burner. They can just stay in the works for the next year.
Today is more of the same. Minus the vanishing hours, I hope. A little housework and crocheting. With luck there will be more to report tomorrow.
I looked up some you tube videos on brushed yarn hair. One of them mentioned that you do wind up with lots of hair on the brush. Earlier in the video it says use lots of yarn.
So I guess I was not doing it wrong.
This wild looking hair is the stuff that stuck to the brush. It is not as stable as if I had used the tiny bit not combed away.
05-13-2019, 01:08 PM
She's a cutie, Kathy. You'll get the hang of the hair. I wonder if it would work to use worsted yarn and tease the strands apart with a large blunt needle like a darning needle. It wouldn't destroy the yarn as much if the strands were fairly short.
A few things done today so far, but my wrist is wrecked now so I'm not sure what I'll be able to do with this stupid brace on. I did get one bedspread serged and restitched for the camper. Three more blankets to go. I also wrecked my back messing with my serger table. I should have asked for help but I'm used to being home alone most of the time so didn't think about it.
We got part of the temporary fence up. Well, Husby did that while I washed and dried a load of clothes, cooked two batches of chicken, sewed the first blanket, put some stuff away, and hurt my back on the serger table.
Then we went out and folded up the trailer, towed it up by the house, got it backed in but jackknifed, unhitched, straightened out the truck rehitched, leveled side to side, unhitched again, leveled front to back, and unfolded it again. It's a giant mess inside so that will be the first thing to deal with. All the stuff from the storage bay that leaked got put inside and it's in the way. But at least it's up by the house now where it be easier to work on.
Next after tidying is stripping the bed and getting rid of the nice thick mattress pad. Waaaaa! But we need the fold-down shelves worse. Maybe I can modify that too, but not now.
I found the screws to put the shelves back on the ends of the cabinets, so that's something.
Lots more to do on the camper, but focusing on the bed area is the first thing.
05-13-2019, 01:34 PM
K - I think the doll came out fine.
SD - It sounds like you are finding plenty to do with a wrecked wrist and back. Donít overdo it though and make it worse. I know itís a really radical idea for you, but how about a little ... rest?
I started another basket but after about 1/3. Or 1/2 of the bottom decided I really donít like it. Thereís too much light/dark contrast. So Iíll frog that and try another color. For those of you know RH, taking out Monet, putting in grape fizz.
05-13-2019, 04:36 PM
the doll is cute! ouch hope you get better soon spirit! I need to figure out some short quick projects. too many big crochet projects. and sometimes you just don't feel like working on them.
I need to figure out a way to re edge my towels. still in good condition except the edges are fraying. since they are almost 20yrs old can't complain because they have been used and not worn at all except the edges going. don't know if I will get some binding or ....
05-13-2019, 05:04 PM
Martha, you could make your own binding from shirtweight fabric. It does not have to be cut bias so a little fabric would go a long way.
Trying to make myself finish at least one more blanket. Husby stripped the bed, so that helps. But I think I need to make some changes to the bed platform, so that will take some time. Not much, I hope. We would lose some storage but the foot extension would function a lot better.
Always so much to think about, but we don't want to buy a new trailer and we love this one except for some minor issues.
I have to get some mods done before fall so I can show them off at the Aliner rally. I love sharing my ideas with others, and since I will blatantly and shamelessly steal other people's ideas, it's only fair I let them see mine in return.
05-13-2019, 06:28 PM
I like the doll too, and her little yellow dress. Little girls have wild/crazy hair anyway so it looks perfectly natural. She needs a little dog - and then you could comb out a lot more yarn for fur. :dog:
05-13-2019, 07:24 PM
I got the blankets done. I did all 3 and then realized I didn't cut the batting out of the last one. :sigh: Redo. I hate redos. But they're all done now.
I also cut down the wall pockets. That's a redo, too, but probably not this week.
Got the shelves put back in the camper. Even with ALL the bedding off the bed and only the factory cushions on the bed platform, the shelves still won't fold down. Not sure what to do about that but I have a couple ideas to try. Hope something works out.
Three strikes so I'm out. Hope it goes better tomorrow.
05-13-2019, 07:53 PM
What a sweet little doll. I think her hair looks fine. Much better than the bald dolls in my own collection.
Take it easy SD and let yourself rest a bit.
DC, hope your baskets come out well this time.
For towels that have started to fray, I trim if needed, then fold and hem.
Happy to have the machine back and I was going to sew today after working in the yard. Then my book tape came, so I started repairing the journal. Removed 3 pages and then had to glue where the cover had broken. Glue didn't set right so I glued it again, and then taped it. So it is on the sewing table with weights. Hopefully it is fixed now. It's a nice book, lays flat when open, and I went through and pressed it open in a few places so as not to break the cover again.
Got some fabric ironed, had a pile of remnants sitting there. I really dislike they way they wad up the fabric and roll it when they do those at Joann's. Some of those creases are a PITA to get out, even with steam.
Dentist tomorrow. One of my 20 yr old crowns has to be replaced. Fun fun fun.
05-14-2019, 10:52 AM
Finally had success with the basket beginning, but only after three or four restarts. I just couldn’t get colors to blend like I wanted. I finally decided the problem was the ombre that I was using for the base color so I abandoned that. Now it’s just a darker richer combo. Frogging and rewinding is a pain when using three strands. After that I was so tired of messing with the basket that I did about half of a scarf. The triple strand is much harder on my hands and wrists so I try not to work on that for really extended periods. I’ll start another today and hope it goes more smoothly.
The barn swallows launched their flying careers yesterday. They’re out practicing again this morning. The parents are like little rockets but the babies’ fluttery early flights are so cute. The tricky part is learning how to stop. Big rooftops are helpful emergency landing strips.
05-14-2019, 11:36 AM
Still working on skein #9-ish. It's about halfway done. But I"m glad the afgan is long enough to cover my lap. It's been chilly in my area for the past couple of days. According to the weather website, my area got ~2.3 inches of rain the past seven days. It was ~20* below normal temps for this time of year.
Glad I took my car into the shop today. The 'check engine' light went on over the weekend. Turns out I needed the freon in the A/C topped up and the thermometer changed. That's relatively minor (unless they find other issues). I'm glad it's being addressed today as I have plans for this weekend (and likely the next).
05-14-2019, 12:26 PM
Thanks ch and spirit.. it is the sides of the towels that are fraying so was thinking matching colours for binding. I hear you about big projects ..started a cat toque last night for dd or one of her friends. wanted something small to do. blankets take long. chilly today and raining which we need so blanket projects are good for leg warmth. dh fixed my car problem..lead had worn in a spot so shorting out. he used the glue gun and electrical tape as per mechanic friend. so new ones on order. it gave me lots of anxiety coming home from the states. plus exercise because I walked to the mall for doc appt. it is just a few blocks so more laziness that I don't walk more.
our neighbours aren't big on physical labour..or maintenance...not putting them down..they want the trendy modern clean line look. I like the country garden style. built a new house..just funny because for the last few days he has been digging out grass on either side of the walkway to put that weed paper, stones and some beachy style grass for interest..no maintenance..but it has taking so long ..he has a level out etc like really..edged w wood plank so I said why don't you use the edgers I save from your old house being torn down so looks nicer. has curved tops but his wife didn't like the curved so they put them upside down and then dh came by and said why don't you put the aggregate nice side out inside of the dirty concrete.. told dh he had spent 10 to 12 hrs so far that day doing this. the effort of leveling to a T hours of it (is flat) and now it is raining so all the dirt will settle and won't be totally even. which of course we didn't say anything ..it is kinda cute. though they are in their 30s we feel a lot older then them. think just because we have run our own households for a lot longer and been more independent. the amount of work he did for this bit of gardening. plus ripping up turf they paid to get laid last year. I said did say well the previous people just put the edgers down a foot apart added dirt and boxwoods (and it was maybe 6 to 8 hrs since they were seniors) didn't say the time to him. he had spent 3 days. the neighbours didn't want to mow grass so that was the last strip. we were the ones who saved the edgers and plants etc from the wreckers, they didn't want too but guess they appreciate it now. though get more of the vibe of well it is ours...
05-14-2019, 09:34 PM
Another busy day here.
We got the temporary fence up around the new garden box. It's not pretty but I hope it does the job. We moved 5 of the dryer and washer tubs in there too, so we can try for carrots and some other stuff.
The garden area is still a WIP. We always planned to do this project in stages so it won't be done this year either. It's looking more like we want it to though.
We got the fence up and then took down some trellises in another garden bed. One of the trellises works okay for the temporary gate on the new fence. We have another bed spring to use in the garden where we took out the old trellises, so that has to be installed sometime soon. I want to plant cucumbers on that.
About the time we got the trellises moved out of the old garden and filled up a couple of the big planting tubs, it started raining. We moved the trellis we were disassembling into the gh, which is such a pleasant place to be when it's raining. Still have 3 tubs to fill, at least. I think we will have to make a run to Menards next week for at least 50 bags of dirt. It took about 10 bags to fill the hole where the rocks were so we're running low again. Kinda hated throwing $20 into a hole in the ground but by the time we either had it delivered and paid for dirt and delivery, or went to a gravel pit and loaded it ourselves and then had to unload it all by hand and pay for it too, it just seemed like using bagged dirt that was sitting right here was a pretty good deal.
Husby removed a big chunk of greenstone in the garden area today, which I hope concludes the rock removal portion of the garden project. The rock was big enough to require another bag of dirt to fill that hole.
I got the mod redone on the wall pockets for the camper, so it looks good now, all reinstalled.
We got the memory foam for the camper out of the box so it can poof. So far it hasn't but it's supposed to take 48 hours. Hope it works out. The camper is such a disaster at the moment it's next to impossible to move in there. It won't change till the bed is back together.
Still trying to figure out how to do what I want to do to make angel gowns out of one of the pink gowns I got recently.
The tomato plants I started are ready to transplant but I won't get to that this week. Still have to make some new self watering planters. Something more we will need dirt for. I think I will need about a dozen planters for tomatoes and peppers.
Guess you can see I'm in full garden mode at the moment.
05-14-2019, 10:19 PM
I wish there were two of me so one could work on the front yard and one in the back garden. I told DH we had enough wood for the smoker this summer and he should get out the wood chipper. He did a bunch last night and this evening we got the remainder of the woodpile in the driveway cleared, leaves and all. I also swept the steps and some of the drive. We have maple trees and they are dropping more spinners than usual this spring. Tomorrow while he is at work I will get what was under his car.
Then we can move the chipper to the back yard.
I started cutting out a quilt. Simple block, Corner 4-Patch. Big rectangle next to a square and a 4-patch. I need 108 8" blocks, and this evening I cut 63 rectangles. The rectangles will all be brown, from remnants. The squares are going to be cut from a bundle of homespun plaids and stripes in blue and tan I bought a year or two ago, that came with a baseball themed print. I will make the 4-patches out of whatever scraps are left over. Sounds kind of dull but I think it will look smashing once it is all done.
Had to think about it a while, but I decided to throw my old quilt into the washer. It's only been washed once in the 25 years since I made it. I thought it would probably survive. The first soak turned brown, the second soak was only grey. It did ok except in the area I hadn't repaired yet. The small tears all became bigger ones. Oh well, something to work on once it becomes too hot and humid to go outside.
05-15-2019, 11:08 AM
I think the good times are over and the a/c will have to come on this afternoon, but the extra time without it was a treat.
I only got one more basket started. The repetitive motion from the harder triple strand crocheting is beginning to cost a lot of aching, so I switched to a scarf but didn’t work at it for long stretches. The embroidery also has a lot of twisting motion with my right hand so I need to spell all of that off with something completely different. Maybe some jigsaws? I have a huge stash of them and think I have only done one since I’ve moved out here.
I’ve started listening to a long fantasy novel I bought on sale. It’s so far mildly interesting though I’m having a hard time keeping up with some of the characters and too many of the place names sound too much alike. This one might be better in text. I almost never listen to fiction anymore. After a lifetime of reading it all begins to sound the same. Except for Pratchett. I can listen to those endlessly. I have quite a few fiction titles in my audio library I’ve never listened to. A jigsaw binge would be a good way to work through some of those. For some reason I can listen to it more enjoyably with puzzles than with crocheting. That makes no sense but there it is. Lol.
Tomorrow or Friday may be a grocery run. Kroger has the first sale priced cherries of the season. And the tiny watermelons. I don’t have much freezer room now but chuck roast is 2.47, the price point where I will buy it, so I want to get a few of those.
05-15-2019, 12:05 PM
My husband and I are not big on lawn maintenance either. That is part of why we have always lived in apartments or condos. I admire people who are doing things for all sorts of things around their yard. It is just not for me.
I complain sometimes about not being able to afford a regular house here, but really I would not want one. It is just the principal of the thing. Like something is very wrong when two people who are earning decent incomes cannot afford to by a house.
Next week, I am finally going back into my refurbished space. I am not looking forward to moving all my stuff, but I am looking forward to being in my new space. I will have the room to myself since the person who would be sitting next to me quit. It is still somewhat of a high traffic area. People go through the room to get to my boss's office. But overall it will be much quieter.
I feel like it will take my stress level down a notch. I have been so stressed out lately.
I have started doing another little embroidery. I also have another little embroidery that I do for a minute or two at work on days I get there early. I have started doing little sayings. The at home one will have a quote from a song I like "the darker the night, the brighter the light." The at work one says "born to be mild."
I am working on an idea I think of as "mild pride." Words like exciting, adventurous, daring and bold all get good press. Inspirational books say "follow your dream." But then they take about big dreams and being fearless and doing exciting things, etc. What if your dream is to stay home and read? People with my personality type are often put down as being boring, not having a life, etc. I want to feel better about who I am. And to a certain extent let other people know that this is a positive choice.
The roses in the public gardens are coming up here. We are getting lots of other flowers as well. I like the one they call bee balm. I should take some pictures to post.
05-15-2019, 01:40 PM
Kathy, bee balm is nice. A friend of ours has it in his side yard. He has about 10' of space between his house and the next building over. He put up an arbor on the street side (I don't know what grows on it) and the yard is all bee balm with a path to the kitchen door. It is beautiful. Such a lovely space in the middle of the city.
Housing prices are driven by supply and demand, and the population pressure on the east and west coast is tremendous. There's lots of space left out here in the middle, house prices are not outrageous, and we have clean air and water, too.
Hope your move to the new office space goes smoothly. The embroidery sounds like a nice calming project.
""Books are the carriers of civilization... They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." ~ Barbara W. Tuchman"
05-15-2019, 03:54 PM
I think the midwest and small towns are very underrated. And overlooked. If there was investment in infrastructure including high speed internet for rural areas, a lot of people could live in smaller towns and run internet businesses or work remotely. Not everyone wants to live in big cities. There are a ton of people we know who live in our tiny town just because they love the outdoor lifestyle and can live here cheap as long as they figure out how to earn a living. We also know a lot of people who left after high school who would move back in a heartbeat if they could make a living. I'm sure this is not the only place where all this is true. Small towns have so much to offer, but it's not the shiny objects and bright lights of a big city.
We're getting small stuff not worth mentioning done today. The new memory foam is failing to commence poofing so far. We moved it to the van since there's no place in the house to lay out something that size, so we can't put the camper bed back together with that yet. Very annoying. I hope it eventually poofs or it will be a big waste of money.
I got all the new Corelle dishes to fit into the camper dish drawers with space left over, as expected. I hope they don't break because I think we'll like them. Also got some other things moved and reorganized in more logical ways. It's helping. I have some empty pails that seem like they need things put in them but I can't think what. I have to take one out, but I don't think we will miss it. Every inch counts in such a tiny trailer.
05-15-2019, 04:13 PM
I have a foam mattress. I think the instructions said two or three days. However, after a full day it was mostly full size.
Yea! Got the beans and snap peas in! I hope they do well. I hope the chipmunks and squirrels don't eat them. I put in the peas plus Blue Lake pole beans, purple bush beans, and Hungarian wax beans. I don't recall growing the Blue Lake beans but the pkg was open, so I must have. The wax beans are NTM. The purple beans have done well for us, as have the snap peas, which have to be our favorite veggie. Can't wait to see green in a week or two.
05-15-2019, 04:50 PM
Very pretty, Kathy. It does look pleasant there and a nice break from an office.
It's always great to see your face! 🙂
05-15-2019, 04:58 PM
K - what a nice spot for lunch. I like “born to be mild.” I’m 100% with you on that one.
As for big cities, I’ve lived in New York and Toronto but except for two or three excursions stayed within a few blocks radius of where I lived. In New York I went to the Cloisters a couple of times to enjoy the medieval art collection and there was a huge bookstore downtown right at a subway stop. In Toronto a couple of years I ventured out to the huge fair to see the horse shows and downtown to a department store that even had a direct subway entrance. I think from that it’s pretty obvious why I have never wanted to travel - lol.
I gout the bottom done for a small basket before the ache set in. I can’t decide if it’s a keeper. Since then I have done six or seven rows on a scarf and tried to decide what to use for the others. I have one large one that I’m waiting on the Herrschnerrs yarn for (estimated Saturday delivery), two medium, and two small left to start. The large and medium have the same size bottoms but different heights.
Now the table I would need for the puzzles is full of yarn. Apparently nature abhors a clear table and is putting up a strong defense of its principles.
05-15-2019, 06:03 PM
What we've found living in different places is when we first get there, we're all enthused to do different things but then lose interest. We also realized that a lot of the fun stuff that sounds so good in another town, we have available right here and don't partake. Our reality check made us admit to ourselves if we don't do things now we could do locally, chances are we probably wouldn't do them elsewhere either.
05-15-2019, 06:04 PM
It's the law of household geometry, D. Any horizontal surface is soon piled up.
05-15-2019, 06:08 PM
Pretty. My yard still needs a lot of work but I enjoy doing it.
I'm going to re-tailor another of mom's shirts. This one is the same shade of light blue as my dog-club polo shirt and baseball hat so I figure it will be useful. I found some old thread to match so I hope the sewing machine tolerates it.
05-15-2019, 08:46 PM
Lovely spot to eat lunch, Kathy. Shame they won't let you walk on the grass. That's why god put it on the ground. :)
I dug out 2 more >1yd brown remnants and cut them and got up to 103 rectangles. I just need to dig out one more ~1/4 yd piece to complete the set. Scratch that, I found a ~1/4 scrap in the box of stuff I bought at a quilt show last summer. Earlier this afternoon I went through my collection of neutral whites and off-whites and pulled out 3 rolled remnant pieces that will go well with the tan I already have. They're a little lighter, but still the same hue. These are the ones that did not match up well with the ones I used on the back of my fall quilt. So pleased to find everything I need at my fingertips!
Tomorrow I need to dig out black prints for a charm square swap. I had 5 handy, need to get 5 or 6 more out of one of my storage boxes. Then I can avoid JA for another week.
Dlr, hope your upcycled shirt project comes out well.
05-15-2019, 10:05 PM
so pretty kathy! I agree more born to be mild! really most people are doing thing like reading , watching movies and crafting then skydiving. I am not a small town girl though l like a bit of nature around. we do have a lot of flowers and greenery. no concrete jungles for me. you don't tend to go to the touristy places in your own town.
05-16-2019, 09:01 AM
I actually do go the touristy attractions on a pretty regular basis. Part of that is because many of them are right next to where I work. And they are free. Although I would get a season pass if they were not free. To be honest I mostly go to the museums closest to work. There are some a little further, but still possible to get to during lunch - 20 minute walk there, 20 minutes in museums, 20 minute walk balk - that I do a few times a year. Ones that are further than that, I tend not to visit very often.
So far this month, I have been to two new exhibits, one of the Empresses of China and one on ironsmithing in Africa. Their are two more I plan to see in museums that are not right next to me, but doable during lunch time.
The Natural History Museum is showing its annual winners for the wildlife photography awards. The American History is having an exhibit on comics. I am not a huge fan of most modern comics except manga. However I do like the golden age and silver age of comics. My dad had a huge collection of comics and I grew up reading comics that were older than me. My husband recently bought some books that were reprints of old Flash Gordon comics strips. I have been enjoying reading them. I would like to eventually pick up more reprint compilations of other comics. But it will take awhile to get through the Flash Gordon - I think there are six books and they are pretty thick - so I will wait awhile on those.
I think it would be nice if most people had work anywhere type jobs.
I was unable to find a job in my hometown except for cheap paying part time jobs. My husband could not find a job either. I have heard from lots of people who moved away from their hometowns because of not being able to find a job. When I was in Chattanooga I thought it was nice city: very scenic, friendly people, attractions and local festivals, nice places to eat, low cost of living. But a young man I talked to was thinking about moving because the job market was bad and he could not find work.
I think given an option of working anywhere there would still be some that choose to live in a big city. There are some things offered in major cities you can't get in other places. I remember reading on city data I woman who moved from LA to Omaha and was unhappy there because the nightclub scene in Omaha was "lame." Perhaps not the best example, because Omaha is actually a large city. The point is that Omaha has a low cost of living and some nice attractions, but it is not for everyone.
I think it would be nice to decide based on what the city offer and does it match your tastes. Retirement cities are a little like that, because you are not choosing based on the availability of jobs. But cost of living is still a factor. For example, take the example of someone who could afford to retire in higher cost of living area. If they choose a lower cost of living area, they might have $1000 - $2000 a month more to spend on hobbies and entertainment. So you end up weighing the benefits of being able to have access to more attractions, festivals, restaurant options, etc. v. the enjoyment to be gained from having extra money to spend on hobbies and entertainment.
I feel like it is not so much that we could not afford to live here during retirement. (maybe, probably?) It is that we could live better someplace else. That and I want someplace with less crowds and traffic.
05-16-2019, 09:06 AM
I agree - not everyone is meant to be adrenaline junkies. I describe myself as a homebody. I'd rather stay home than travel, although I have gone a few places. I think the one thing I would like to do if I traveled is take the train down to New Orleans. Not sure why but that's the one place I'd like to see or Salem, MA. I guess because they both have history.
Still working on skein 9-ish on the wool-blend afgan. It's been both frustrating (due to how long it's taking to get done) and satisfying (because it's lightweight but warm).
05-16-2019, 01:52 PM
yes here if you move anywhere else..snow! not used it it anymore but here is lots of rain but hey used to that. one reason we don't move too is that we are walking distance to the mall, senior centre, library, medical, easy transit etc. so I don't have to worry about not being able to drive and stuck. since housing went up so much lots of seniors sold their place and moved to the interior or island. or just further way to cheaper housing. I have seen with our parents who live here too plus neighbours it doesn't take much to be housebound and limited in what you can do. also we are close to lots of higher education for the kids and central to lots of places.
I do some of the tourist things here. there are some free museums but some don't change much so a trip once or twice does you for a long time. adjusting to having teens and that there isn't a lot of events for them in the community or they aren't interested. here lots of things like hiking, biking etc are the big things. I want my backyard to be an oasis for us.
I hear you about lightweight afghan have a few on the go..nice but seems to take forever!