Saturday, April 28, 2007

But Wait..There May Be Hope For The Raccoons Yet..




The raccoon rescue organizer is looking for another spot for us...so the Second Annual Great Raccoon Release may still be on for tomorrow...will update tomorrow.
There are not enough releasers so we may end up with SIX of the fat and sassy critters...hopefully in two cages or its gonna be a bit of a stretch for two middle aged ladies getting the cage out of the back of the car...hopefully the new spot will have a place we can drive up to for releasing.

The Demise of the Second Annual Great Raccoon Release

Tomorrow was supposed to be the Second Annual Great Raccoon Release...but its been called off for our location...

The new dryer belt did not get here until today and DH is working today, so I tried out the new line that I strung up between the two swing sets... unfortunately, the swing sets are not really heavy enough for laundry so I had to improvise and find some concrete blocks to weight the seats down enough to keep the lines from pulling the swing sets over.... was putting out the third load of the day an hour ago - it's very hot here today - 95 and very low humidity... stuff was not taking very long to dry - I pinned the sheets up first and by the time I had the towels on the line, the sheets were bone dry (that's faster than the dryer!)... I happened to glance over towards the neighbors and AGGGGHHH... there were billows of smoke rising up and then I heard the sirens and the helicopters...the riverbed, 2 miles from me, is on fire!

I had a load of recycling to take down to the recycle center by the grocery store - I had already loaded the bags in the car - so I went to checked out where the fire is burning (after getting the important papers box and the the cat carrier and putting them by the front door, just in case, yanno) and...dagnabit..it's just where we wanted to release the coons...

sigh..
By the way..the pin bag worked out great...
And for anyone that is interested in having a wooden drying rack - you still can get them...here is one place and WalMart is supposed to have a chrome one (that would be good for drying hand-dyes as it wouldn't stain the bars).

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Laundry Update

I am pretty sure it's just the belt on the dryer...I popped the top open per the instructions I found by Googling and sure enough, the belt is just hanging...Sears wants 18 bucks for the replacement...found one on eBay for 3! So..just have to wait for it to be delivered...and find a time when both of us will be home to try the repair. If it doesn't work, then I guess we get a new set...but boy, howdy..we looked at the prices and our eyes about popped right out of our heads!

Meanwhile, til the repair is effected, I hauled out my old wooden drying rack (In my panic last weekend, I did not remember I had it!) and we purchased a clothesline that we can string between the two bench swing sets on the patio for sunny days (which it hasn't been for the last few days - we actually got some rain!!!)...and a couple packages of clothes pins...I remembered my Granny used clothes pins and she had a cute little pin bag...so I made me one out of a fat quarter that I would never ever use in a quilt - I won it and its just NOT my style for quilting - old fashioned looking turquoise, red and pink umbrellas...but it made a cute pin bag (and I shall not care if it self destructs...though with my luck the thing will be around for the next 20 years).

Monday, April 16, 2007

Sideways, Just A Little Bit...

Well..I WAS doing laundry yesterday, as advertised - but when I went out to the garage to take the dry stuff out and put the last load into the dryer before heading to bed, I opened up the dryer door and ACKKKK...the contents were still SOAKING WET!!!...apparently the belt snapped (we have yet to actually look inside the machine, but we have pictures from the Internet on HOW to look) and the symptoms match a broken belt...

So...what do one DO with two large tubs of soaking wet laundry? DH bundled the stuff into the car and set out to see if there were any open laundromats...nothing doing...every one that we knew about, and a few from the phone book, were dark and locked up...so we thought about stringing up some rope in the kitchen...that didn't work either...so at 1 am, we gave up trying to figure it out and stuffed the laundry tubs back out in the cold garage and DH said he would take the clothes to the laundromat at 6 am...This did not leave much time for sleeping!

We haven't figured out if we want to try to fix the poor thing (a new belt is pretty cheap) or just get a new laundry pair...it's not like this pair are spring chickens - we bought them about a week after moving into this house 27 years ago and they have most definitely earned their keep...only one other time did we have to have a repair when the dryer thermostat broke. It would be nice to have a new set, but we are not sure we want to spend alot. We have to go shopping to see what the options are out there...any suggestions?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Only One More Round!

Almost done with the Seven Sisters! Last row will be the same white with gold dots as the center.

Then it just needs a bit of quilting and maybe a few beads...

It was a good day for hand stitching - it was cold and grey out (no rain, just clouds, though we need it desperately)...so I made a nice pot of tomato beef soup and stitched away in my rocking chair between loads of laundry.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

25 Questions Meme


Haven't done a meme in a long time. Have seen this one on a couple of blogs...


1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
Someplace green.
2. What's your favorite article of clothing?
My Fair Isles sweater. It's getting a bit raggy since I wear it all the time...I need to find another one.
3. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex?
Eyes.
4. What's the last CD that you bought?
DH buys the CDs...the last one I remember buying was several Christmases ago - one of the Mannheim Steamroller albums.
5. Where's your favorite place to be?
Someplace green.
6. Where is your least favorite place to be?
Sitting in a car in rush hour traffic.
7. What's your favorite place to be massaged?
Anywhere works for me.
8. Strong in mind or strong in body?
Mind.
9. What time do you wake up in the morning?
Whenever the #(*&%# alarm clock rings or 6-8 hours after I went to sleep, which ever comes first.
10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
Microwave.
11. What makes you really angry?
Hypocrisy. Massively invasive "Political Correctness".
12. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Harp.
13. Favorite color?
Green... (you see a theme going here??)
14. Which do you prefer...sports car or SUV?
Neither. I'm a compact car gal.
15. Do you believe in an afterlife?
Yes.
16. Favorite children's book?
Have too many favorites! I read all the time as a child. Still do.
17. What is your favorite season?
Spring when it's green or Fall when the leaves turn colors.
18. Your least favorite household chore?
It's hard to pick just one...they all are least favorites - but if I have to pick just one...cleaning out the litter boxes.
19. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
The ability to make everyone get along.
20. If you have a tattoo, what is it?
I have a temporary tat that says "Born to Quilt" that I have not had the guts to put on my skin yet. Can't see me voluntarily getting a tattoo.
21. Can you juggle?
Only one ball. Any more and I get confused. I can juggle lots of tasks at work at once though.
22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to?
My grandmother.
23. What's your favorite day?
Depends on what I am doing that day!
24. What's in the trunk of your car?
Junk...lots 'o junk...
25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?
Neither...give me a good piece of Prime Rib any day...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Wednesday WIP

It's starting to look round.... finally!

Have to mark and cut out the 80 little triangles for the border next...I am thinking I will probably do them in batches so I can get started.

It's still (mostly) fitting on the scanner bed, but the next pass will not fit.

I need a good name for this piece so it fits in with my circle theme...so far one is eluding me...

Monday, April 09, 2007

More Seven Sisters Progress


Thank you all for your lovely comments.

Got a little further along - the center has one more pass around it..then comes the harder part of doing the ring.

I was playing around with some beads earlier and this may just end up with some beadwork before its done...

This still fits on the scanner bed.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Seven Sisters Progress

Worked on my Seven Sisters block for a while today- got the center with the seven stars completed...its supposed to be finished for my 12x12x4 for this month, but its looking rather dim that its gonna get finished by the 12th...


First I completed all the stars, then sewed the white pieces around the center star, then was able to sew the rest of the stars and white pieces in one fell swoop around the center...only took two needles worth of thread too, since this is pretty small (The picture is a scan - it still fits on the scanner bed).

I still have the rest of the center to complete (it has to have white pieces around all the edges) and the diamond border which has oodles of tiny pieces...and which will turn it into a circle.


I am enjoying it though.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

April Foolishness


When I was growing up, my parents often invented elaborate April Fools Day jokes to play on each other...the best one, in my opinion, was one my Mom sprang on my Dad in 1965...Here's the way it went down, to my best recollection:

Back in those days, men would go to the barbershop every week to have a trim..my Dad's night to go was Thursday night...April First just happened to fall on Thursday that year...so...Mom and Sis and I headed out towards downtown and waited in the parking lot across the street from the barbershop.

We watched Dad arrive and head into the barbershop, with his little Renault car parked RIGHT IN FRONT of the barbershop...Mom executed step one of the joke by walking across the street, getting into the car, starting it up and driving it around the corner into the parking lot on the side of the barbershop - unnoticed by Dad and the barber. She then came back to the other car and there we sat waiting for Dad to be done with his trim.

A few minutes later, Dad comes out....The look on his face was priceless...he looked a the spot the car was 'supposed' to be and then up the street, down the street a couple of times...he ran in and got the barber and there ensued a series of wild gesticulations on the part of the two gentlemen...

Mom decided it was time to complete part two of the joke...she started driving towards the barbershop...Dad said he exclaimed to the barber 'Oh thank goodness, there's my wife, she can drive me to the police station (which was only a block or two up the street, mind you - this was a rather small town) so I can report my car being stolen."

He came up to the car and was explaining the situation to Mom and it was not until he happened to glance into the back seat where my Sis and I were desperately trying not to bust up laughing, that he realized what day it was and that he had been HAD! He swore he was going to tie a string to the steering wheel after that...