Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Oops I did it again

You would have thought I learned my lesson by working in the yard 4 hours on Sunday and getting so sore. Yes, everything from my chin down hurt. Monday my legs were really hurting. But no! When I got home from work yesterday it was so nice out that I decided to spend an hour working on that center flower bed. Well, 2 1/2 hours later I finally stopped. LOL!!! It was hard getting out of bed this morning so I took two Excedrin so hopefully that will be enough to get me thru the day. Tomorrow I will know if I did it again and overdid it.

Here is what the bed looked like before

After weeding, hauling and spreading 8 wheelbarrows (half full) of dirt, and moving rocks here is what it looks like now.

It looks a bit bare right now, but I need to add a bit more dirt before I transplant the three lavender plants I bought months ago. My neighbor was out and he helped me move a big rock that was sitting on the dirt pile. It was just to heavy for me to move. Here is a picture of the rock with my foot beside it so you can have an idea of the size. It had to weight 80 or 90 pounds. Together it was not too bad to lift. I would guess I am about 1/3 the way done with this bed. I still need to add mulch, but I will wait until I get all the rocks set. The mulch in under a tarp in the backyard and I have to push it uphill. Talk about loads of fun! LOL!!

So, no sewing happened.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

All sewn together

I got all the blocks sewn together. Tonight I will press them. Yeah for progress!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Getting stuff done

I was so tired Friday after work and Saturday I only managed to work on the pink and lavender flannel quilt. I got the rest of the pieces sewn together so that the next step is sewing the two halves together to make the four patch. Here is my stack of units paired up.

Sunday I was feeling better and I needed to make up for slacking off on Saturday. I did four loads of laundry, worked on the project I can't show you yet, and cooked food for lunches. I headed outside and four hours later I had mowed the grass and worked on the center flower bed. Here is the before

I moved all those rocks again since I didn't think they stuck up above the grade of the grass far enough. I dug down a little bit and put a brick under the rocks to elevate them. My arms are sore from moving them around. I added five wheelbarrows of dirt and finally planted the coneflowers that have been in pots for months.

I still need to top the dirt with sweet peat, but I will wait until I get a bit more done. I figure I am one quarter the way done. I need to get enough done at this end of the oval so I can get the three lavender plants in pots into the ground.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Thank goodness it is Friday!

What a week. I was so tired after finally getting home from work all I could do is make some dinner and take a shower. With running around and pounding on the computer all day, when I get home I just want to stop and do nothing.

It is FINALLY cooler! The humidity is still high - 69% - but it is 49 degrees and it feels wonderful! It is suppose to stay cooler all weekend so maybe I can go out and work in the front yard. I need to get the rock edging done on my big flower bed, plant the coneflowers and lavender plants that have been in pots for months, and get rid of this pile of dirt that has been in the driveway all summer.

Much of that dirt will be going in the big flower bed. I just need to get it out of the driveway before the snow flies in a few months.

I want to work on the project I can't show you too. I have a feeling the weekend is going to go quickly! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

More progress on the flannel quilt

I got the rest of the units sewn together that make up one half of the 4-patch blocks.

I started pressing them and matching them up into pairs

I still have some 3 1/2" squares left

so I am going to take the leftover bits and make a few more 2" x 3 1/2" pieces to sew together then add on the 3 1/2" squares.

I was so hot at work yesterday. With having to help clean up the dusty footprints, I was sweating. This morning it is 70 degrees with the humidity 92%. It is not cooler like it was forecasted. When it is that sticky the construction dirt sticks to your skin and clothes. It is not fun.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A little sewing

I only got a few more units sewed together for the pink and lavender flannel quilt. These still need pressed and matched up to make 4 patch blocks.

I had a tree guy meet me after work. I need to take down a very tall and bushy pine tree that is about 10-12 feet away from the house. I have had the tree trimmed so the branches don't hit the house, but now the tree is getting lopsided and trimming a 50' tree is not going to happen. There was a raccoon that used the tree to jump on the roof last Saturday so I am getting rid of his pathway and taking the tree down. My neighbor has a beautiful magnolia tree that branches run into this pine, so it will be good for that specimen tree to have the pine removed. Then when the magnolia blooms in the spring I will be able to see a lot more of it and enjoy the color.

Work on the canopy continues. Here is a picture of underneath. Piles of dirt and materials everywhere! The concrete guys were pouring and forming curbs, the snow melt guys were installing pipes, and the mason was setting up for building the columns. Lots of action!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Was in the pile

As I cleaned up the studio I came across these pieces again. I know I have shown them before. I had a box of vintage fabric given to me and these pieces were in it. I laid them out and now I need to count the pieces to see if they are all there or I need to go digging thru the box for a misplaced piece. I want to use vintage off white fabric for the background so I am going to have to go thru my stash and see what I can find. Old pillow cases would be a perfect background fabric and I know I have a few of those.

I ended up fixing my shower control valve, doing a load of laundry and watching a movie "No Country for Old Men". The movie was on the list of 100 movies to see and I was disappointed. Did the bad guy kill the guy's wife? How does someone walk away from a car accident with a compound fracture to the arm and continue on his quest to find the guy who had the money? The whole thing was far fetched.

At work we are building a MRI room. Much more complicated than I would have thought. First, the ceiling and part of the walls needed to be covered with fire resistant plywood. Then part of the walls, the ceiling, and floor needed to be covered with steel sheets. I have no idea about why some areas get the steel sheeting and others don't.

Then the floor was covered with 3" of concrete on top of the steel sheeting.

This is after the basement ceiling, which is under the MRI room, had been reinforced with I-beams and covered in steel sheeting. We are not done yet! Next there is another layer of fire resistant plywood and more after that! Those walls are going to be thick once they are done! In case of a tornado I am headed to the MRI room for shelter! The room is below ground with masonry walls.

Then the new front canopy is going up. This will be the main entrance for drop offs and pickups.

They are finishing up welding the deck on this morning. I have no idea what is next, but I will watch and post a picture tomorrow of the progress. The concrete curbs and sidewalks are getting poured also so there is a lot of action at the main entrance. We need to have this done before winter sets in.