We were going to work on the new table garden too, but when we went to get the steel box, there was a 1 inch long pink and green toad sitting on it, so darn cute. I couldn't disturb the poor little guy, not after all the cold weather we had lately. He looked so content sunning himself. The garden can get done some other time.
05-26-2019, 08:02 PM
hopefully the chemo works and doesn't cause problems. one thing with michaels grab bags is that is it normally leftovers from the season just before. and some like the wreath you know what you are getting. the boxes you don't know what is inside but the bags are easy to figure out.
home from scout learning camp. 3 of my sparks dads are starting a scout group..got the vibe of well I don't do enough though I am the one doing everything. not 3 friends w daughters. plus no experience when it is a room of other peoples little kids. like you don't bother to reply to emails but yet I am suppose to spend up to 80hrs of my time planning and running a camp. but you can't say that.
thought would be able to crochet more but those bunks were made not that high. my cat ear hat was a hit so making more. plus easy. Attachment 48803
05-26-2019, 08:12 PM
Originally Posted by dcompton
That sounds like some ambitious cooking.
Nah, most of it consists of dumping stuff in the blender or food processor and hitting a button. The hard work is not eating it right out of the mixer bowl.
Tzatziki isn't really supposed to have much flavor. Also, the flavor is highly dependent on the quality of your yogurt. Like Indian raita it is a palate cleanser. If your food is too spicy, have a bite of tzatziki. It replaces mayo in a gyro sandwich, and gravy on kibbe or falafel. It's a mild or neutral food, but make it with as much lemon and garlic as you like.
Great deal on the GH panels! I bet you are really glad to have that done.
Not sure if we are getting rain tonight. I see storms moving out west, can't tell if it will hit us yet, or not. Tomorrow is the next storm, I think.
Cute wreath, M!
05-26-2019, 10:31 PM
Yeah, I'm happy the gh is as far along as it is. We made the roof a priority because the panels are in the way in the garage and we don't want them to get damaged. And besides we need them to be done.
True about tzatziki being a palette cleanser. I knew that but had forgotten.
Looks rainy tomorrow, Tuesday we go to Duluth, Wednesday we will be tired, Thursday and/or Friday I hope we can haul trash, and Saturday is the city wide sales. It's going to be a busy week. I'm hoping to find spreads or comforters for the camper, of course.
Today's obsession about the camper, since I figured out the bedding even though it's not done, is the handrail that goes next to the door. I've wanted that for 7 years, especially after Husby fell coming out of the camper a few years ago at Badlands NP. Didn't realize they were available after market till last year when I found one at the RV dealer in GR, where I couldn't wait to buy it. I figured out how to install it and it will only take 4 bolts, so I hope it will be quick and easy. We're getting to the age where a handrail is an important safety feature. I'm focusing on these little, easy projects because replacing the broken AC and outside shower are projects I'm very much not looking forward to. Procrastination at its finest. But it's still forward progress.
05-27-2019, 10:26 AM
Happy dance here. I dragged the shower tote to the camper and it's a perfect fit in its intended spot. There's even room left over! I keep feeling like there's something I'm forgetting that has to go under Husby's bed where so much stuff is stored, but I've relocated or completely removed several items as I think of better storage arrangements, so I hope that's the reason for the empty spaces.
I'm mentally working on the shower, but today's goal is to get Husby's bedding done. I hope to get at least some of mine done, too.
We have a space under my bed that is awkward to use. It's also deep, so there is wasted space at the back because it's hard to reach. All we've had in it are 2 spare comforters rolled up in bags that don't want to fit through the door of that space. The worst is the door is hinged on the top, so in order to use that cabinet, the process is to lay down flat on the floor, swing the door open, try to prop it up with my head, and then wrestle the comforters out. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get this annoyed with that whole mess, so the trailer mod list just got longer. I measured the spaces involved and will buy a tote tomorrow that will fit there. Then sometime soon when it's not pouring rain, I'll flip that dang cabinet door so it hinges on the bottom and opens to lay on the floor. Those 2 simple changes will make the space infinitely easier to use. We will lose a few cubic inches putting a tote in, but gain a lot more space in the back of the cabinet that's not being used now since we can't reach in there. Well worth the $10 a tote is likely to cost us and the few minutes it will take to flip the door. Now is the time, before I get my bed reassembled. It will be easy to open the top of the bed platform now to work on this project. The hand rail might have to wait a little longer.
But first, blankets...
05-27-2019, 10:57 AM
I finished the first large basket last night. If I can do one every day, Christmas will be essentially done.
A friend gives me an amaryllis every Christmas and this year there were two bulbs that were spectacular when they bloomed. They are worth saving so a neighbor planted them for me this morning. Little girl was helping with watering - I don’t know if it was voluntary or conscripted labor. She had a watering can and little comprehension of the concept of watering. She watered my trees instead of the flowers and gave each of them about a cupful. I’m sure they were grateful - lol. That makes me think it wasn’t quite voluntary.
I WON! FINALLY! The neighbors saw a little snake in my yard and didn’t kill it. They wanted to but I protested. They ignored me and tried to find it again. I protested again. We finally spotted it and I persuaded them to let me try some identification. I couldn’t see it well from the porch but from their description I decreed it was a baby garter snake and harmless. Helpful in fact. They let it go. Actually I’m not sure it was a garter snake but it definitely wasn’t marked like our poisonous snakes. One baby saved. Pats self on back.
05-27-2019, 12:51 PM
I saw a tiny turtle the other day, about 1-2" long. The smallest I have ever seen. I have also seen baby snakes, not so exciting.
I am encouraged by the number of non-rainy days so far during the warmer weather. I have all my outside sitting areas set up, and the hammock. A bit more outside cleaning to be done, but majority of the dirty jobs already completed.
I scrubbed the kitchen tile grout with BonAmi and a scrub brush. Not finished but it did lighten up a good deal. So I'll work on that again, probably with OxiClean. We have been in this house over 30 years and it's still the original kitchen except for dishwasher & fridge replaced. How is that for frugal?
05-27-2019, 01:50 PM
I do cut the neighbors some slack on the snake killing. They are from the Philippines and there are a lot more seriously dangerous snakes there than here. Still it’s hard to convince them that snakes aren’t vicious and that they are no happier about them than they are with the snakes, who only want to be left alone. Today is a dragonfly emergence day. They are all over. Summer is here.
05-27-2019, 03:38 PM
Thank you for saving a snake. Most of them do not deserve the reputation they have. We have little brown snakes here, perfectly harmless. They eat bugs. Perhaps it is time for some nature books for Little Girl.
DH and I have done some minor cleaning and stuff. It is a slow, overcast and very humid day. More rain is due tomorrow. I am looking forward to being able to dive into some quilt projects this week. We are supposed to have a few nice days, then rain again on the weekend. I suspect it's going to be like this all summer.
05-27-2019, 04:28 PM
lucky here that there isn't many poisonous things but get up into the interior where is it drier ..yep.. visited a friend she was there is a bunch of black widow spiders in my tomatos..I would have freaked! we have spiders that look like they should be but nope.
I agree w the hand rail! at the cabin/hut at scout camp could have used it. hit my shin first thing because the steps weren't the normal height dirt worn out under.. but they are for kids so can't really complain.
thanks ch ! can't make the wreath for that price. turns out ds has a half day wed so he can help w gardening. hiding inside waiting for allergy pill to work. cleaning up housework etc. watching my shows. says it is only 73 degrees and 50% humidity but feels much worse. like 83 and 80 percent humidity. fans are on. at least plan on making butter chicken so that is just stovetop.
just saw on the news that you can now do a clothes rental like american eagle per month 6 pieces wear and return..cus of the instagram age. guess it is better then buying all the time for pics
05-27-2019, 04:54 PM
We don't have any poisonous snakes here. We have garter snakes and some yellow ones. I don't know what they are. Mostly I see them when they're about the size of a pencil, so cute. Some of them live in our garage which keeps the mouse population down. I would have loved to see such a tiny turtle. Even the snappers are cute when they're little.
Sounds like you're whipping through the baskets, D. It will be a good feeling to get them all done.
Black widow spiders would freak me out, too. I hate most bugs except the really cool ones.
Got Husby's blankets done and his bed made, then got mine done, too. It ain't pretty. I hope I find some nice upgrades before too long. This week sometime would be good.
Looks like another long shopping list for tomorrow. Not good, since we won't be getting any income for another 6 weeks or so. Who knew? Oh, well. It's annoying though.
05-28-2019, 09:29 AM
Well, been getting some exercise in this past week. Also have been in the garden more this past few weeks than I had been most of last year. So that's a good start.
Didn't really do much over the long weekend, other than going to the farmer's market and planting new tomato plants in my garden on Saturday. I did get some work done on the wool-blend afgan. Finished skein #9 and started skein #10.
05-28-2019, 10:21 AM
It's supposed to be really nice today for a while, then storms tonight. Going to make hay while the sun shines, as they used to say. I have some errands to do this morning, then I'm planning to sew. I think I will do a couple of stars and then put in some time on the brown quilt, since that is what is spread out on the table right now.
05-28-2019, 12:36 PM
I worked on the baskets more diligently yesterday than usual. I had an interesting audiobook and it kept me on task because I wanted to keep listening. I finished the one in the color I liked least, and then got 6 or 7 rows head start on today’s. It wasn’t late but at that time my hands were aching too much to do more. They are fine after a good sleep. Two to go.
It’s quite windy again today and overcast so pleasantly cool. It seems we are having a lot more wind this year than usual. I expect breezes, not tall trees swaying and strong gusts. I don’t think there is rain in the forecast but I haven’t looked for a couple of days.
I will be really glad to get these baskets finished. At that point nothing is earmarked for specific projects except the few skeins for a yellow basket for me. I can then use anything for the scarves and don’t have to remember what to hold back. Getting them all done first was a good move. I’ll also be glad to get back to some single strand crocheting that will be easier on my hands, though for a bit it will feel like crocheting with a toothpick after working with such a big hook. I think I want to focus for a while on using the yarn I have wound into cakes. I’m going to continue working with the RH. I really want to get a lot of that out of the stash.
05-28-2019, 03:45 PM
Sigh. While I'll be happy when the w-b afgan is done, I realize my stash isn't going anywhere. :lol: Then again, I've been very good about not going into either Joanns or Michaels. I do need to pick up some wool yarn from Joanns soon since I promised someone a wool afgan.
05-28-2019, 05:45 PM
It was a productive day, though I don't have much to show for it. I cut up some boring beige hand-dyed fabric that undoubtedly cost the original owner more than the $3 I paid for it. Then I made a stack of 4-patches. Ironed everything and counted 17, so I set up the other pieces to make 17 blocks tomorrow. That should put me at 98 out of 108 blocks.
I did an inventory of the scrappy blue blocks, found only 28 and decided to sew on that a while. Made another 12 blocks and have pieces left over. Had to stop and replace a bobbin, so that was a good stopping place. I am running low on scrap patches, and really haven't done much the last several months to generate more. I don't believe I have enough to make a twin sized quilt, so I am shelving this until I can generate more scraps.
Determined that one of the giant cones of white cotton is probably causing my thread looping issue. Unfortunately, I wound several bobbins with it. Have to experiment and see if it can be used as the top thread. Or maybe it should be used for both threads.
Did not get to the stars, got tired of ironing in this heat.
Weather is moving in. Yesterday the prediction was for a 20% chance of rain. This afternoon they changed that to severe weather with a tornado watch. DH's office let out early because it was expected to be here by rush hour. It's not, but I can see it coming. As much as I hate the heat of summer I think I'm ready for spring to be over.
05-28-2019, 07:52 PM
I hemmed 2 more dog bandannas and hand-basted the blanket binding on one end. I don't think there's a pretty way to machine-sew it on since impossible for the edges to land in the same place on both sides. I'll see what the internet suggests. Want to salvage this because it really is a good, HEAVY blanket.
05-29-2019, 12:55 AM
I finished the third large basket and then took out the last one. It was the first one I started and I had done more up the side. It turned out to be 7 rows when I looked at it again. It has a second bonus that I didn’t realize until I started working on it. Most, if not all of the others use at least some stash yarn. That is mostly the older, thicker, stiffer RH. this last one is made with all newer colors so all three strands are softer. It is considerably easier to crochet and faster. I’m glad that one by chance turned out to be the last. I stopped while ago at row 16 so I can finish this up fairly quickly tomorrow.
CH - stay safe. We may get rain Thursday, but it should be just ordinary thunderstorms.
05-29-2019, 06:18 AM
Hope everyone in harm's way had a safe night.
We got the paperwork done for retirement now, I hope. It sounds like parts of our payments now may be 3 months late instead of 2. We didn't anticipate being without income for that long, but at least most of it will be reimbursed eventually. I think the actual permanent loss will only be about 2 weeks of income. Husby keeps shaking his head and wondering how people manage this income gap if they don't have savings to cover it. The rep yesterday said a lot of people are not aware of this situation.
We hit 3 thrifts and JA and didn't buy a thing. Hit WM and only bought a few groceries. Hit the first Menards and bought 15 more bags of dirt and 6 boxes of cat litter. They didn't have the fence posts we needed. I found a tote I liked but it was 6 inches too narrow so I didn't buy it. In the hour it took to drive to the next Menards to buy the fence posts, I decided the tote would be workable after all, but the Duluth Menards didn't have it. Later, we stopped at the first store to get it and a cute little Coleman 2 day cooler jumped into the cart and refused to get back out. It's only slightly larger than the $2 Coleman cooler we've used for day trips since about 1980, but will easily hold 2 gallons of milk plus ice and other items we tend to buy these days, which the old one will not. The last thing we expected to buy yesterday was yet another cooler, but it already came in handy at Aldi. I know we will like it and get a lot of use out of it. Sadly, it was the most interesting thing we bought yesterday. It was on sale for $5 off so at least we saved a little bit on it.
It was a beautiful day up here yesterday, sunny and 60s, nice after all the rain we've had.
First thing this morning I plan to get the cabinet door flipped in the camper. If I don't get it done soon, it will be put off again and it's too annoying to be tolerable since we will probably use it more with the new tote in there. It shouldn't take very long.
05-29-2019, 07:21 AM
I sewed on the blanket binding, it came out OK, so I will do the other end the same way. I bought new binding and thread that matches the shade of the blanket really well so the extra stitching "disappears". At this point I think I have enough bedding to run a B&B. :vs_smile:
Another pair of mom's long, baggy light blue polyester shorts I am thinking of turning into a skirt. I wore the black shorts-into-skirt on Monday. The front seam will be more noticeable on the light blue though, hmmm.......
05-29-2019, 08:57 AM
The strong weather passed my area by last night. The worst of it went north and south of my area. Today/tonight we're supposed to get more storms but at least no tornadoes, unlike last night. I'm just concerned about driving home tonight since the main road I take home at night tends to flood pretty easily as does a section of the main alternate route. I do have other ways to get home but I also deal with a lot of traffic on a good day. Bad weather makes things worse.
Did get a little bit done on my afgan last night.
05-29-2019, 10:23 AM
The tornado sirens went off just before dinner. I had been keeping an eye on the radar, and saw one red box tracking our general direction, so I had the emergency radio on. Tornado struck in KS, ripped up some trees, power lines, and homes, and headed for the city. The funnel lifted before it hit any of the majorly populated areas. Some injuries, no deaths. People generally take the sirens and warning seriously around here. We are getting a break in the weather today. I hope. The national weather service says there have been tornadoes reported for the last 12 days in a row.
Those of you in the DC area need to take care this evening.
Hoping to get in a little sewing this afternoon.
05-29-2019, 11:56 AM
I would definitely take a siren seriously too but I’ve never lived anywhere that had them. I once had a tornado tracking toward me when I lived in Shreveport but it dissipated before got to us. It was a tense time though as it came closer and closer.
After I finish the last basket I’ll start putting all the yarn away. I also want to divide the remnant balls I have into neutral, warm, and cool colors. At present I’m not using those unless I have to. Eventually I may make some double strand lapghans, either to keep or donate and would use them for those. On these baskets I’ve been using the “magic knots” that don’t leave ends to weave in. On single strand scarves I think they might be too big a bump, but they have been great with the baskets. They should work with a double strand too.
I also want to learn how to do the sc starting row that doesn’t use a chain row. I tried it before but wasn’t getting the hang of it. I saw that Jayda in Stitches has a YouTube tutorial on it and I’m going to try it again. That was the site where I got the basket pattern.
I’m loving this multiple strand work that’s using up this old stash yarn at such a clip. I haven’t had big hooks but before I started the baskets I got an M and N. I ordered the other large sizes and they arrived yesterday. I replaced the L that was just a cheap traditional shape plastic hook. I also got a 7mm that’s between a K and L, and a 12mm and 15mm P. I may never use those last two but then I thought I would never use an N either. Now I have a complete set, from teeny tiny thread crochet sizes all the way up to gigantic. I am prepared for anything.
I really will get some pictures as soon as I get all the yarn cleared off the table.
05-29-2019, 03:14 PM
Another tornado watch for this evening in my area. I guess it's because it's been sunny most of the day and got warm. I just hope I can get through the areas that tend to flood before the really heavy rains start. I have no idea if we have sirens for tornadoes in my area since we don't get them. I think we've had more tornado warnings the past two days than we've had in decades.
I normally don't do much beyond single crochet stitches in afgans and scarves. But I picked up a DVD on crochet from the Great Courses company. I think I'll take a look at it eventually. I have enough friends at my larp who crochet that I can ask for help if I need.
05-29-2019, 03:58 PM
On Thursday, we had a tornado warning which was really rare here. At around 4 the message came through on my phone that a tornado warning was in effect till 4:15, so I did not have long to worry about it. I was at work, and my work building is pretty sturdy. I think it was designed to withstand cannon fire. I mean that literally. The walls are several feet thick.
Yesterday I got stuck taking my cat to work in the pouring rain. But we did not have issues with massive flooding, so I will not complain too much. Well the Pet Smart loading dock flooded. But it is not like people here lost houses or had to leave the area.
I am enjoying my new space at work. It is much nicer than before. It feels more spacious too. I have most of my stuff unpacked. I bumped my head on the edge of an open door for the furniture while putting things away. It is actually bleeding a tiny bit, but it is does not seem to be anything serious. Only one box left to unpack.
I had a long weekend. I spent much of it playing games and doing embroidery and reading. Well along with the normal chores I do every weekend. But I am focusing on the fun bits now. And watercolor coloring. My husband got me a coloring book designed to use with watercolor paints and some watercolor paints to go with it. It is a lot of fun.
Unpacking my work stuff, I came across some old Zentangles and doodles. Things are about settled down around here. So I am hoping to get back to it. I have not done any for quite some time.
Coming back to this space, I am starting to feel like I am getting my life back again. I know that sounds melodramatic. But my temporary space was so noisy, it was hard for me to focus some days.
05-29-2019, 06:25 PM
Glad to hear everyone got through the weather okay. I hope the whole country gets a break. Of course, hurricane season starts any minute now.
In between little chores today, I've been looking for a good recipe for a dry seasoning mix to season tomato juice. The problem is the store stuff is just tomato juice and lots of salt. Therefore I'm fighting the salty flavor we liked and trying to find a new, no salt flavor we will also like. Everything I try tastes like something's missing because it is. I found a recipe that looks good using all dehydrated ingredients. I have everything but spinach and mushrooms, so I hope someone has some on sale this week so I can get it in the dehydrator soon.
I got the cabinet door flipped in the camper. Once I got the bed disassembled, maybe 10 minutes. I like it so much better already. Still have to move the Velcro so the top of the platform stays in place, since it's made to slide so the bed can be configured as a couch, which we won't do. The 2 comforters that were in the compartment don't fit in the tote, no surprise. One fits in each of 2 of my beloved Mountainsmith bags. Husby's comforter is smaller and fits under his bed. I was at a loss about mine, but I have to have a pillow next to my bed at night because I read with my phone in my hand (used to be my Nook). When I fall asleep, I drop the phone. When the bed was bigger and it was just Sota and me, the Nook just fell on the bed, no harm done. But now my phone is going to fall on the floor. Not good. I've been trying to figure out what I could put next to the bed to catch my phone. My comforter in its square bag is a perfect fit and height. It can sit on the little cabinet next to the bed and the covered trash can that sits in front of it and catch my phone. I will just have to set the bag in the back corner of the bed during the day, no problem. It's low enough the wall can fold down, too, which will help eliminate excessive shuffling. I'm happy about it because I didn't want to add another pillow in there because I already have 3. Now my comforter serves 2 purposes.
The tote is empty for now, but it's a perfect fit, with room alongside for 2 cloth bag tables, a yoga mat cut in half to make 2 dog pads, and Sugar's old pad that rolls up. I think I still have Sparky's rollup pad yet too, and there would be room for that as well. Everything is easy to get in and out without moving other stuff, and since the door lays on the floor now, it's easy to see and reach things in that cabinet. It's a world of difference. The little tables will probably be used more now since they used to be buried in the back of the larger cabinet we get into from outside, so there was always digging involved. I will have to give some thought someday about how to arrange things better in the big compartment. Once again, I'm surprised and delighted how much of a difference such a small change can make. I don't know yet what will go into the tote, but considering how little space we have in the camper, I doubt it will be empty for long. This change reclaims half the space in that cabinet that used to be empty because it was too deep to reach the back. End of that problem.
In order to get to the cabinet, we will have to move 2 or 3 litter pails we've used for storage for years. But they are easy to move so it won't be a problem. We've aleays had to move them.
We got the new 90 fitting installed in the sump hose we use to drain the camper sink. It was an ordeal, and we had 2 ends to connect. We tried soap and cooking spray and hot water, but it was such a tight fit, no luck. Swear words were said, but that didn't help either. Finally I thought about a hair dryer. Husby did the honors and was able to get both ends on, finally. Assuming it works as expected with the new tank, it should solve the irritation we've had with the camper drain. It's funny how a person forgets in between trips what a PITA some of these little problems are.
We made a big dent in the weed population in the onion bed in front of the house today. Poor onions have been neglected. Husby pulled out 3 fence posts and left 2 to support the last bed spring we're putting in to use for a cucumber trellis. I hope we get that spot dealt with in the next couple days and get the cucumbers planted. I may need to buy some more cucumber plants.
Not much progress, but still progress.
05-29-2019, 06:36 PM
For anyone who is interested, this video has some good pictures of the damage and the storm last night.
I got my 16 blocks made, and put a star together. Not much else going on today. It is cloudy and oppressively humid and it's hard to keep energy levels up.
05-29-2019, 07:01 PM
05-29-2019, 07:30 PM
Been watching it on the news, that and certain people in DC who feel the need to stop bills that would provide some help to a lot of places that desperately need it. I wonder what it's like to have the power to play with people's lives, like a cat tortures a mouse. Sick. At any rate, I hope the storms stop so you all in the affected areas can breathe again. And all the floods recede, too. The past 2 weeks have been so terrible for so many.
05-30-2019, 09:10 AM
SD, I think it's a case of 'out of sight, out of mind'. If it doesn't affect them directly (their homes, their families, etc.), it's not quite real.
Thunderstorms came through the area last night but no tornadoes (at least in my area). Fortunately, the worst of the rain didn't start until I was home. But we have another round of thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon again. So far, no tornado warnings (yet) and the forecast is for regular thunderstorms, not strong storms. That can change, of course.
05-30-2019, 10:34 AM
I agree, SD. I'm disgusted with this current bunch of politicians holding back the federal relief that will be needed by so many. Fortunately our community is already out there helping people, and the charitable aid agencies don't play politics. We are supposed to have nice weather for a few days. It will be a relief to not have to check constantly.
I am going to go ahead and order the william morris pack with this gift certificate I was given. I have always liked that style, but haven't collected much of the fabric.
05-30-2019, 01:46 PM
They’re all too busy squabbling to do their job and it’s hurting people. Lots of people, and the natural disasters are on track to become more frequent and more severe. We can’t say we haven’t been warned for years and years that it was coming.
On a happier note the baskets are done! Except for the last bit on the yellow. That yarn is scheduled to arrive Monday, but as I said should only take a few minutes to complete. I frittered away most of the day yesterday but that was ok because I have been really pushing to get these done. Today i will focus on getting the yarn organized again. I did a few more inches on the scarf in progress and only have about 8” to go so I will definitely get that finished. After that I will start rolling out the scarves again.
05-30-2019, 01:51 PM
I just checked the tracking on the yarn and they have changed the expected arrival to next Thursday. It has an image of a truck, but I really think they are sending it via miniature pony express.
05-30-2019, 04:50 PM
I went by JA to see what was left after the memorial day sales. Scored 3 big (~1yd) pieces from the remnant bin. They are patriotic prints, so this week's sale stacked with the 50% off and I got each of them for $2 or less! I am going to donate them to the guild for their projects.
05-30-2019, 05:38 PM
I was looking online for bobbins for the "newer" Singer 760 that I dragged home months ago. (Only have 1 bobbin for that machine.) Saw some discussions that the metal and plastic bobbins I have been using in my 500 are NOT interchangeable. The height is about 1/8" different. Many people swearing if the bobbin casing is metal you should only use metal bobbins. I looked at the manual for the 500 and it appears to be a metal bobbin used in the picture. Maybe that is why I am having problems. I prefer the plastic since you can see how much thread is left. But I'm going to use metal from now on until the machine acts up again. I guess that would prove or disprove the theory. I printed the PDF manual for the 760 and put in a 3 ring binder. Some progress anyway.
05-30-2019, 07:23 PM
Bobbins don't have to be off by much to mess things up. Even one slightly too big will bind inside the case. Try putting a bobbin in the case but not in the machine, then pull out a couple feet of thread to see if it feeds smoothly. If it's a drop-in bobbin with no case, drop it in, get it to come up through the presser plate, and pull out a couple feet. Sometimes if it's not right, it will bind a little and you might be able to notice that. I had a heck of a time finding bobbins for my industrial machine, but finally found some that work even though they're a little too small and intended for some kind of quilting machine. That's only annoying because they don't hold as much. The other thing I don't like about them is they're aluminum. My steel bobbins jingle when they're almost empty, but not a peep out of the aluminum ones. If you can't find an exact fit, smaller ones should work, as long as the hole in the middle is the right size. Or maybe I'm not thinking of the right bobbins, in which case you should ignore everything I just said. Maybe you could find some on Ebay.
I got the Velcro switched on my bed platform and the bed put back together and made, so that's done. Neither bed looks as bad as I thought they would, but the covers are a little too short and I still will BOLO for something nicer. But the bedding is usable now so we can go somewhere if we want to. Still have a lot of little stuff to do. The most pressing thing now is to get the water system flushed and refilled so we can see if there's an air lock yet, and refresh my memory what all is leaking in the outside shower so I can repair that. Then the AC replacement, which terrifies me. It's about time to head a couple hundred miles west to see the bogs in bloom, and we need to be ready. It will be nice to take another short trip.
We misbehaved at the nursery today. This is the year of the Wave petunias for us, I guess. Our hummingbirds will thank us.
I bought portobellos and they're already in the dehydrator. I'm very curious what the weight will be when they're dried. I paid $12 for 3 lbs of fresh. Amazon has 1 lb dried for $28.45, so if I can't do better by DIY, I'll just buy them in the future. I looked through my dehydrator book which I haven't done in a few years, and got some ideas. I like cucumber dressing but HM never works out using fresh cukes. But I think if I dry and grind some cukes, I might have better results. I've also never thought about drying cooked beans and rice. It finally clicked for me that must be how some of the boxed rice and bean side dishes are made, in order for them to cook quickly. I will be on the hunt now for Zatarain's clones. They had several sides we liked, but quit years ago due to sodium. I got some other ideas, too. I would like to have some HM fast bean and rice dishes at home as well as camping.
I will never understand how anyone can ever be bored. There's always so much to learn and do.
05-30-2019, 07:41 PM
DLR, I don't believe bobbins that are 1/8" too wide or too thick would even fit where they needed to, so I sorta wonder about what you read. If the diameter is off by a tiny bit, you might be able to shave off a little by filing with an emery board, if they're plastic.
05-30-2019, 08:32 PM
Originally Posted by Spirit Deer
We misbehaved at the nursery today. This is the year of the Wave petunias for us, I guess. Our hummingbirds will thank us.
I will be on the hunt now for Zatarain's clones. They had several sides we liked, but quit years ago due to sodium.
Love those petunias. Did not get any this year, nursery only had them in big $$ pots so I bought something else.
We also like Zatarain's dirty rice mix, but OMG DH cannot handle the spice. I use a wire strainer to sift the rice from the seasoning, then just use part of the seasoning. Cuts the amount of salt, too. You could easily make two batches of rice with the amount of salt and red pepper in that envelope.
I started a quilt for the children's shelter. It is just pretty colors/prints cut in 6" widths, with 2" strips of neutral fabric sewn on, then cut to 6" sections. Imagine 6" squares with light neutral sashing strips. I've already got 60 blocks made and haven't even dug into my stash. Found a cute watermelon print at JA today, blue, pink and green. That is my inspiration, but I'm using yellow and purple too, trying to keep things gender neutral. I think I can make two 40x54" quilts just from what is sitting on my sewing room floor. :surprise:
05-30-2019, 08:42 PM
I have been seeing the damage done on the news of all the storms down scary. yes out of sight out of mind it seems. they forget the reg people. wildfires are happening here already. can't say I have done much outside of some housework. allergy headaches and now finding a new spot the cat peed. wrecked laminate there. so the smell is killing my nose. she peed on a paper on the floor so you know how much a thin piece absorbs. the basement stinks too. she is just being a pain in the ass. because I refuse to have a litterbox upstairs. no place for it. think may get a dog crate and lock her up in there at night if she doesn't stop. already put her in the litterbox like a kitten. she has trust issues from previous owner but we have had her for 5 yrs since she was one so....
my show finales tonight. someone in a different group posted this funny picture. Attachment 48811
05-31-2019, 08:42 AM
CH that quilt sounds really cute, would love to see pictures.
I have the 2nd blanket binding clipped & pinned on, trying to skip the basting step. Will sew later.
SD the plastic bobbins are 1/8" shorter than the metal version of the same bobbin #66. Maybe the plastic being smaller rattles around in the casing a bit causing the crazy loops/mess on the bottom side of the stitching. Anyway next time it's a problem I will switch to metal bobbin & same thread and see if that is the cure. I never paid attention before, thought they were the same. https://www.singer.com/sewing-resour...e-bobbin-guide