Friday, October 21, 2016

Mailed and backing

I mailed the secret project yesterday. I included the hanging rod and two nails for hanging. Once I know the person this is for receives it, I will then post pictures.

I was digging around and found enough flannel to back the quilt on the design wall. I will have to sew two pieces together, but that's no big deal. I hope to get this top finished and pin basted this weekend. If I concentrate, maybe I can even get started with the quilting.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cleveland wins! back to the flannel quilts

There were hugs all around

and preparations for a champagne shower. Don't you just love that blue helmet with the eyes!

Next Tuesday Cleveland with play either the Dodgers or the Cubs at home. Go Tribe!

While watching the game I got my big table clean up. It was a mess!

And now I am back to working on the flannel quilts. I have half of this quilt already sewn together. Last night I got one row of blocks trimmed and sewn together. Then my brother called and the first two blocks for the next row are sitting under the presser foot waiting to be sewn together.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Secret project is done, the pool is filled, and my latest fitbit badge

Yes, the secret project is done! I stitched the binding and added a rod pocket while I watched the Indians game. I was lucky to find the perfect size rod in my collection of hanging rods which saved me some work. It is all packaged up and ready to ship.

I also had a cardboard tube that I cut to size and wrapped the piece around so maybe it would not get too wrinkled during shipment.

I don't know why I was so fascinated with watching the pool being filled yesterday, but I was. It is now full and ready for the chemical treatment to start and heating the water.
Done. Now the contractors just have to finish cleaning up the place in the next 8 days.

Yesterday I got my India badge for walking 1,997 miles which is the length of India. I have to walk 500 miles for my next badge which I have no idea what it will be.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

More progress and another win!

I went for a walk after work to get the rest of my steps in and to take the mail to the mail box. Next it was getting onto the binding for the secret project. I got the binding sewn on, trimmed, and pressed to the backside of the piece. This is a facing style binding.

The Cleveland vs. Toronto Game 3 came on at 8 p.m. so I sat down to watch some of that while I finished up pressing the binding to the backside. The Tribe won again! That is three in a row against Toronto! Game 4 starts at 4 today, so you know where I will be! I plan on stitching the binding while the game is on. Go Tribe!

Today at work we have a bit of excitement. The pool is getting filled. There are 25 tank trucks of water needed to fill it. It will probably take two days to get this done.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Secret project update

The embroidery stitching is done!!! Yeah!! I was so tired this weekend I had to force myself to stitch, but I did and I am glad it is done. I have the fabric sitting on the ironing pad ready to be pressed and cut for the facing binding. I will work on that during the ball game tonight.

Speaking of the ballgame, the Indians have won the first two games against the Blue Jays! Only two more to win. The game is in Toronto tonight. It's a 4 out of 7 series. Go Tribe!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Too tired to stitch

I walked a lot yesterday. I had almost 10,000 steps by the time I got home from work. It was such a beautiful evening I decided to walk to the library and Taco Bell. I had a real hankering for a chili cheese burrito. The Taco Bell opened about a year ago and it is at least mile and a half from my house. I made myself a rule that if I want to eat there I have to walk. Here are my stats when I finally fell into bed.

I now only have 17 more miles to go before I get my next badge. I wonder what it will be.

I walked this morning before work and have 5,700 steps already. It was a bit chilly out - 39 degrees. There was frost on the grass

and I found these coins in the parking lot at the high school

and this sticker on the asphalt in the middle school parking lot. I am not sure if it is an octopus or a creepy clown!

There will be watching the Indians play tonight and Saturday, a haircut, walking, and hopefully some stitching this weekend.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Life experience

Last night I went and looked at a house my son was thinking about buying. My life experience of buying three houses, working on those houses, and 20+ years of This Old House shows is what I had to bring to the table. This is the house

What I pointed out was: the top 3 feet of the chimney was leaning, it needs rebuilt and a cap; the nails holding the gutter on one side were coming out; the replacement window were cheap and need replaced. We went in to the house and I tried to open a window and couldn't get the window unlocked fully and it would lock fully so I couldn't open it; the house had no A/C and the panel would have to be changed as it was too small to add breakers for A/C; the furnace had rust on it; there was knob and tube gerryrigged into more modern wiring; the upstairs was finished , but not very well and was very warm for such a cool day it was yesterday. There was no way of know how the roof was insulated and the workmanship of the finishes was amateur. We were able to look in the attic crawl space and there wasn't much insulation so my guess there wasn't much between the drywall and the roof; the kitchen was extremely outdated and tiny. You could not fully open the back door to go down to the basement because it would hit the refrigerator; the only full bathroom was also tiny; the front porch was closed in years ago, but there is no heat so the people living there put a drape up between the living room and the porch that we assumed to keep the cold draft from the porch at bay; there is no garage door opener and no man door for the garage. We couldn't even go into the garage because it was full of there stuff; the concrete driveway and the concrete at front entry to the house was crack and both are going to need to be replaced; there looked like there were electrical issues as they were using extension cords and those plug in units so you can plug more stuff in.

For the money they were asking, there was just too much stuff that was done half-assed that would need to be fixed. There was no way to make the kitchen or bathroom any bigger without some major renovation. The backyard was small and with a dog there would just not be enough room for her. My son works long hours and does not have any home improvement skills yet. I think he will keep looking. He thanked me for my help and pointing out stuff he didn't even think of. So all the mistakes I made and my life experience of owning three houses are helping him. That makes me happy.