Friday, December 14, 2018

Yeah it is Friday!

I am still not ready to post a picture of the secret project. Right now I am having conversations with the owner of the quilt as to whether she want to have me machine quilt it or have it hand quilted which would be how it would have been finished by her Grandmother. With the work I did on it, the top is now flat enough for hand quilting.

I dug up one of my Lenten roses for another fellow at work. It was 45 degrees yesterday and so it was easy digging.

I am moving off the job site and have to set up at the home office now. The guys did not make room for me in the shaft closet area and there is no place else for me to go in the hospital. We are going to be turning over the space we are in by January and the next space we are remodeling will have to be demolished. I hate being at the home office. So I will be spending my day moving my table, the compact fridge, microwave, heater, and odds and ends to my house then run my monitor and paperwork to the home office.

Have a great weekend and by Monday I should have an decision about the quilt top. If you email me I will share the quilt top picture.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Another project

Yesterday I received a box of Harley t-shirts for the next quilt for the 2019 poker run. I had sent the woman a Christmas card and told her I would be happy to make another quilt for her. She is so sweet and is so gracious when I hand over the quilt. She has a poker run every summer in honor of her daughter that was killed in a car accident. The money goes to charity in her daughter's name. There are usually lots of goodies you can drop a ticket in a bag in front of the item to try to win, lots of good food, and for the last few years a raffle for the Harley quilt. I think I will be spending some of my time off during the holidays getting started on it. I have some shirts left from last year so I will use those along with the box of shirts she sent me

A lady at work gifted me a Christmas present yesterday: hat, gloves, scarf, a tin of cookies, and a candle and a stand for the candle.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Binding ready and tree is down

While I waited for the tree guys to show up yesterday, I got the binding sewn together and pressed for the quilt I can't show you. I am glad to have this ready.

It took the guys an hour and a half to take down the pine tree and then another 45 minutes to clean up. I took the tree down because the racoons were using it as a pathway to get on the roof. I had the side next to the house trimmed in years past, but paying three to four hundred every couple of years to trim it doesn't make sense. Besides that, the pine was blocking my neighbor's beautiful magnolia tree. Here are two views of the pine.
And here is the empty space.
The tree was outside my bedroom window and it was strange not to see it there. I wonder if the owls will be confused when they come and look for this tree and it is gone.

Here are a few pictures of the process of taking down the tree. The tree had to have been at least fifty feet tall.

Monday, December 10, 2018

One busy three days!!

I took a half day's vacation on Friday to get some errands done and just to get out of this place. 130 miles later I had gone to the bulk food store in Sugarcreek, the courthouse in New Philadelphia, Miller's Creamery in Dover, and Marc's in North Canton. The caramel corn that they make at Miller's is so good and was for a Christmas present for a lady at work.

Saturday I got to Earth Fare at a little before 7 a.m. for their grand reopening and scored a five dollar gift card. I could not believe how many people were there at 7 in the morning! Next I went to breakfast with an x-cousin. Here is the French toast bananas foster that the ladies beside us had (the tables were very close together so you were very friendly with them),

my x-cousin got this quiche that had cranberries and walnuts

I had bacon and cage free eggs with the biggest croissant I have ever seen! The croissant was heavenly! I took the croissant home and put it on my palm so you could get an idea of how big it was.

Next stop was an Italian grocery store that I had never been in. I needed a wavy pastry wheel so I can cut apart my ravioli that I am making for Christmas. The smell in the store was incredible! They had a frozen section of all kinds of things, the most heavenly smelling hot out of the oven bread, and loads of different brands of pasta. Of course they had all kinds of cheeses, a huge deli counter, and homemade deserts individually package to grab for lunch. I will be shopping there in the future!

I got home just in time to head out again to help my nephew hang some wallpaper in a recording studio he is building for a fellow. Michael wanted to break up the walls between the sconces so we added the wallpaper panels and then after the walls are painted, my brother and Michael will frame the wallpaper panels with wood. I didn't get home until 7 p.m. and I was tired.

Michael gave me this lovely box of flavored green teas for helping him out. He is such a thoughtful guy!

Sunday included four loads of laundry, wrapping one more Christmas package (yes I thought I was done too! LOL!!) and addressing Christmas cards.

I also managed to finally get the secret project pin basted!!!!! I can finally start to get it quilted! Here is the back.

Before I left the house this morning I was thinking if there was a way to cook butternut squash in a crock pot. I googled Crock pot butternut squash and found direction on how to cook a butternut squash in a crock pot. You put the whole squash in the crock pot and turn it on. Mindblowing!! LOL!!! Low will take 6 to 8 hours, high about 4 hours. I put mine on low. I can't wait to see how this works.

This morning I had to move my desk again for the flooring guy. I went from here
to a restroom that the fixtures have not been installed yet.

My fridge and microwave are sitting in the corridor just outside the room because there is not enough room in this restroom for them. Thursday I will haul my file cabinet home and the Friday I have to move out to the home office. I will have to store the table, fridge and microwave in my garage too.

I have to take tomorrow off because the tree guys are coming to cut down a huge pine tree that the raccoons use to get on the roof. I will be glad to get that done. Have a great day!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Yeah it is Friday.

It has been a long and stressful week at work. I was told I have to move my office from the job site to the home office 15 miles away. I don't like working out of the home office, but there is only enough room in a tiny space for the superintendents - well, at least that is the story I am getting. Right now I plan on moving next Thursday and Friday unless the project manager tells me different. So here is a shot out my current window on the second floor.

I am taking vacation time today to get some errands done. As soon as I get home I am going to focus on getting some sewing done. Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

What's the deal?

I did get my leaf blower put together - it took all of 1 minute LOL!! I tried it out and it has a lot of power! It almost knocked me off my feet! The air blowing is adjustable, but when I have it on full blast I almost have to hang on to it with both hands. Right now it is just sitting on the garage floor so I will have to find a place to keep it. I wish I would have bought one years ago.

We got a dusting of snow last night. It must have been very wet because some of my ornamental grass was bent over with the weight on the frons.

Lately I have been lacking motivation to get anything done. What is the deal with that? I don't know why. Maybe I will try making a list of three little things to get done each day and maybe that will snowball into getting more done. I looked at my list of things to do around the house - I have a white board with the list by room of what needs to be completed - and the list is quite long! It will never get done if I don't work on it! I also pulled out my UFO list to report on Vicki's blog Colorways by Vicki Welsh my progress on my UFO list and that was just plain sad! LOL!!! Nothing much knocked off the list for this year. I need to get my act together.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Scarf is done ... again

I spent a lot of down time knitting this weekend. I finally knitted the last 13 3/4 inches and now the gray scarf has been re-knitted and is ready for winter.

Saturday I met family at a place called A-1 Japan; it is a hibachi restaurant. It is always a lot of fun. We were seated with a group of women celebrating one of their birthdays so our chef was cooking for 10. The food was so good as usual. Yes, there were lots of flames. No one was injured in the cooking of the food. LOL!!!

When you have a birthday you can buy this desert of ice cream and a brownie that is served on a spinning lotus flower that has sparklers. Also they play music and this person with a mouse head comes out and beats on a drum. It is quite odd, but people go there just to celebrate their birthdays because of this.

Before dinner I stopped across the street at the new Marc's store - it is a grocery store - and picked up a few things. My sister in Georgia had told me about a new Mike's flavor - Tangerine - and they had some! It is quite tasty!

The rest of the weekend I spend doing the usual jobs - laundry and dishes.