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Monday, September 19, 2022

Still no stitching

but I am doing a few things and  adding more every day.

I've only been in the studio maybe twice in the past two weeks and I didn't sew then.

I just let go of all the "should dos" and adjusted my sleep habits a bit.

The past few nights I've managed at least 6 hours of sleep!  That doesn't seem like enough but last Thursday I didn't sleep at all so I'm happy with 6.  I have re-arranged my sleep habits some.  It's really easy when you live alone to skip the routines.  I mean you can get up when you want, eat what and when you want, go to bed when you want and read(or play around on YouTube) until the wee hours of the morning-sounds good doesn't it.  The downside is that sleep is erratic.  I always have trouble with sleeping in the summer-it stays hot here even after dark!  I really need it cool to sleep.  Anyway, I'm no longer reading (or YouTubing) after I get in bed- I hate giving this up but my brain stays busy for ever!  Added back routines that had slipped away and set an alarm to turn off the light!  (Hum, I need to put the light on a timer!  Instant dark!) Plus, NO NAPS! 

I am hopeful that more things will be done from here on!

Thanks for all your kind wishes!

P. S. triple digit heat today and tomorrow!  That's at least 39C.  Record breaking and entirely TOO HOT!

P. S. S.  Alaska got hit with a massive storm Saturday and Sunday-I know Janet is supposed to be on a cruise up there this month and I really hope she wasn't/isn't in harms way!




Monday, September 12, 2022

I Don't Wanna

Do much of anything!   

This has been going on for far too long but I can't seem to get my mojo back.

I did spend parts of three days working on my travel trailer/camper/caravan.  I would like to sell it but it seems that the more I do the more there is to do!  I get overwhelmed and take it back to storage.  

The trailer stuff and the I don't wanna mood combined with the anniversary of my husband's death (13 years now) and that of the 9/11 attacks (21 years-seems like only yesterday) left me rather down.

So, I was especially appreciative of the cold front that came in Saturday evening dropping the night time temps into the 50's (15C) and the day time into the 70's (21C)!

It came with wind and a Winter Blue Sky!


Those lovely fall temperatures are not yet here to stay but it is comfortable to be outside now.  Other signs of fall are creeping out, a few red leaves on my neighbor's tree, along with some orange and yellow appearing in the distance-a bit early this year.

Fall is my favorite time of the year!
Every year I feel like I come alive again when it arrives!


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

I do stuff

Scott brought Ryan and Izzy up on Sunday.  
(They all needed something different to do!)
Beth and Lucas put their speedboat on the lake and we all went for a ride.
Then some of us went for a swim!
(Not me)

Scott and Izzy pool noodle fun!


Lucas (with the hat), Scott and Izzy, and in front Ryan and Ethan.
a good time was had by all!
Then we moved the party to my house for dinner-
a summer menu of Fried Chicken, potato salad and watermelon.
Yummy, but more important was the time spent with family.


Last week, I had some more holes added to my ears!
I've been thinking about it for quite a while and finally did it.
I must say it was far less painful this time around than it was when I put the first ones in using ice cubes to numb and a needle.  (That was back in 1968, my first semester of college.  My Mom wouldn't allow me to do it at home, so in typical college girl rebellion I just did it at Baylor.)


This morning was cool enough that I went for a long walk.  Alone as Quinn has arthritis in her ankles and no longer wants to take walks, long or short.
While I was sweaty I went out and pulled some weeds and checked on the garden.
When I pulled back the radishes I found these cuties!
Three little ones, no bigger than the palm of my hand.
 Too bad they grown up and eat my veggies!


 

Monday, August 22, 2022

Say Goodbye to Tumbler Confetti!


I finally finished it!
Although, I will be picking loose treads off of it for the rest of my life!
I first blogged about making the tumblers on January 25, 2016.
(at the other blog addy-trailteach.blogspot.com. - I tried to add a link but I can't sign in to that site to get the permalink.)
Only 6 years to a finish.
I was certifiably insane making this quilt!
I've said before that it has no technical merit, and I mean that.
It is, however, a bright and happy quilt that makes me smile!
Just the right size for a nap at about 48 x 72 inches.
We've all wondered about how heavy it is what with all the seams-so I weighed it this morning.
5 pounds.



Here's a close-up of some of the tumblers.
You can see how I made them here.
In the end I made 672 tumblers.  
I did not use them all though, some had places that hadn't managed to get stitched! There are some left over and I have a plan for using some of them.

I haven't decided where it will find a permanent home but my sleeping chair (recliner) has potential!





 

Friday, July 29, 2022


Ryan and Izzy on Paper Dolls.

I feel like I lost the entire month of July to sickness!  
For a couple of weeks all I did was water outside, 
watch Chinese TV on YouTube,
and attempt to feed myself and Quinn.
I continue to improve, coughing only a little now.  
Energy level is slowing improving.
A little housework is being done, 
Oh my goodness that so needs to be done.
I've even made it down to the studio a couple of evenings!
Didn't do much more than press some fabric for the next new project.

The weather cooled off a little, we had several inches of rain over several days.
I haven't needed to water but it looks like mowing is going to have to happen again!
Plus, the weeds undaunted by hot dry conditions have run off with my gardens!
I'm trying to weed a bit each day.
The experiment with Corn, Beans and Squash seems to be a bust.
The Squash, gourds and cucumbers are all being attacked by squash beetles , and the beans are being eaten alive by bugs and bunnies alike.
The three sisters tradition is hard to understand-here in Missouri the Osage Indians planted Corn, beans and pumpkins in the spring and then everyone went off to the plains on a big hunt.  How did they ever get anything from those plants they just left alone all summer?
It's a mystery.





 

Monday, July 11, 2022

Stargazing


Not at the night sky but at the lovely blooms of Stargazer lilies.


Most of the flowers have stopped blooming as it has been horrid hot lately.  
The Gardens are looking rather pathetic!

The corn is tasseled and a few cobs are forming but they still aren't tall enough  or strong enough to allow the beans to use them as stakes.  I have put some wooden stakes in that bed to hold the beans up and they are flopping over the top.  They do at least have beans forming.  The French beans I planted in the raspberry bed have been eaten to the stem by rabbits, sigh.  They might recover but if they do the rabbits will likely get them again!
The grape and cherry tomatoes have given me several "Tastes"
The weather this year has gone from unusual Cool (60'sF), wet weather to hot (90'sF), dry  weather practically overnight-no one likes it.  The only good thing about that heat is that blue grass doesn't grow above 90F so I don't have to mow until the weeds get tall.
The hot and dry means I have to water most every day, I do wonder why it doesn't bother the weeds!
Such an exciting topic but seriously nothing much is going on here.  I haven't been sewing much (or keeping house for that matter) with the heat I have trouble sleeping which leaves me tired most of the time.  This too shall pass.




 

Monday, June 20, 2022