Sunday, December 4, 2016

It rained all day here today and was cold. I did the basic but  spent most  of  the day glued to the computer trying to keep up with my daughter who is in North Dakota at standing Rock with the Sioux tribe fighting the pipeline. She had an experience of a lifetime. Now she is stuck in a layover and cannot get home till tomorrow and will be late for work. She is a very brave lady. I am very proud of her.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday Sewing Guild Annual Dinner

I have not been posting because for some reason blogger cannot pick up my pictures from my phone. After starting to use it that brief period of time I was so thrilled to access nice pictures and then all of a sudden it just quit. I have researched WiFi on my phone and on my computer but with no success. I have rebooted everything and even got a USB cable for my phone and still no luck. The last pictures it sees are Nov.17th? So you and I both know one picture is worth a thousand words .

Since that time I had the house fire where the wall behind the wood stove erupted in flames. My daughter and her young man at the time helped me save the house and then they tore out the entire wall where it was burned down to the siding. I was in total shock and Crystal said if I had been asleep I would probably been overcome with the smoke and probably not still be here. Then Crystal rebuilt the wall and the insulation and sheet-rock which she felt was safer than the old paneling? I think she is right but it is funny because she Loves sheet-rock and I Hate sheet-rock , so everyday I look at it I think of her . lol

Of course the fire interrupted all of my holiday gift making and I am just now thinking about getting back on track. I had to go to the eye doctor and get a new prescription. I picked up my new glasses and the long distance is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better - it has helped me with driving tremendously. But, the close up is horrible and I cannot see the fine print now and working on close up is bad so I called and they told me to come Tuesday and they will see if they can help?

When Crystal broke up with her young man I lost my wood helper so I had to order a new electric chainsaw because I cannot start the gas one for some reason -machines really do hate me. I have been using the electric one to cut up some firewood that one of Crystal's friends dropped in the yard and it has been nice to have some really nice wood to work with. I was scared to start the wood stove back up but ordered a thermometer that sits on top of the stove and tells you the temperatures and the ranges that are good to burn in or bad and that is beneficial. Then today I received a new high velocity fan to put behind the stove that blows on the pipe that got hot  and keep it cool . It is a double insulated pipe that was not suppose to get hot but it did ?

Then today was the Sewing Guild Annual Christmas dinner . My sewing buddy, Lynne paid my way and took me. It was a exciting event. It was at a fancy club and while everybody was mingling I was exploring . I discovered it had the Most Beautiful fish pond Inside the building ! The bottom of the pond was covered in blue tiles!!!!!!!!!! It ran all under the stairs to the back door. I took pictures but they did not turn out good at all because it was so darn dark. Imagine having something that beautiful with NO LIGHTS on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A gift for each of us at our tables was hand crafted scissor fobs that the Christmas committee had made. I got lucky enough to sit beside one of the members who had made mine and she is a pure delight. She wrote down the names of each of the stones in mine. As we talked she told me that her mother had come to visit and as they were getting ready to come she had started to feel ill so since the member had duties at the dinner her hubby offered to take her to the hospital to have her checked out? As we sat talking she got a phone call that all was not good-so she had to leave immediately. It broke my heart for her. For those of us lucky enough to enjoy our Moms it is heartbreaking when their health fails? and the holidays are a tough time to deal with issues like that. I remember when I lost my Mom that we were lucky enough to make it through the holidays and to enjoy them!

I will continue to try to figure out the pictures issue because we all love our pictures! Sending all love!  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nightmare Sunday

When I peeked out my front door this morning and saw this tree branch I knew it was not good.

Then I looked to my left and there was No roof on my little porch????????????????????????? I really wanted to just cry. Pieces of metal were in the pasture and all over the yard and in the trees?????? Those 55mph gusts of wind had ripped the metal right off????????????????????????????????????

Now I cannot get my phone to transfer pictures to the blog because of my wifi connection.
Then just at bedtime I started to smell smoke so I headed to the living room to see it filled with smoke? As I turned the corner the entire wall was engulfed in flames so I grabbed a bowl of water and hit it hard -then grabbed the phone and called my daughter . She and Tim came sprinting and she went to work on the wall. She kept throwing water on it until it was just smoldering and starting grabbing the insulation in the wall that was on fire. I grabbed the tub and dosed it and ran it outdoors. Tim took the little saw I found and cut the hole in the wall bigger so we could get to the insulation. The fire has spread beyond the insulation into the frame of the wall. They got a water hose in the house and doused the inside of the wall. It is down to the siding on the house now. The electrical got included and looked like a bomb went off in the wall. Crystal heard it first and yelled run as fire shot out of the wall and now there is no electrical working in that side of the house. Finally the smoldering has stopped as everything is either wet or gone. They sat with me for the next hour watching to make for sure it did not start up again?

The stupid wind is still whipping and I am wondering how we will ever pull this mess off????????????I know we will but the next week will be rough. I get so tired of fighting one challenge after another? I do not know if I could have saved the house if not for Crystal's bravery ?
There are two monster aquariums that need to be moved to be able to get to the wall and I am so scared they will crack moving them??But , it has to be done,some how????????????
I am so tired andit is almost 2:30am and Crystal has to get up at 4Am to go to work?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Blow Me Away Saturday

I had to take Rosie (in the picture)back to the vet this morning because she had started her throwing up problem that she has.  The vet checked and this last shot has lasted a year , so he was satisfied with her treatment and I am thrilled to get her the shot so I won't get puked on while I sleep again for a while! Yea!!!!! I love Miss Rosie , the sewing kitty to death , even through she has her own distinct personality.This is the first time I have ever seen her share a nap time On the couch with a pup! Normally she never comes out of the sewing room but since I have been locking poor Callie in her bedroom at night Rosie has been coming out to spend time with me.

While I was coming home the wind started to pick up and they were calling for rain and dropping temperatures-which I hate. I grabbed my two little chickens that I had out in a corral getting some sun and put them back in the building. Then Crystal took me to town to order my new glasses which they say will improve my vision. This time I also got the built in protection for using your computer and the blue rays that damage your sight! I am anxious to get the new glasses - but will have to wait until the end of the month. At least now, maybe there will be no more running for a while and I can get some more gifts accomplished.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - I did have One Big ADVENTURE today. After we left the eye place we stopped and got some super dooper oil for my car as I wanted to get the oil changed and be ready for all of this horrible weather.  When we got home I asked Crystal to park the car on the incline that She normally uses to change my oil. As soon as she was out of sight I changed into my old work clothes and gathered up the tools that I had heard her say it took.

I peeked up under the car and shivered in dread and decided to pull it forward a little for more clearance-then put on the emergency brake and put a cinder block under my wheel.
I slithered up under the front of the vehicle and got my sockets and tested until I found one that would go on. Crystal had thought a 15 but it turned out to be a 11 in my set? I hesitatingly placed it on the oil plug and tugged -and tugged and really tugged with all my might and it finally came loose. I screwed and screwed the plug until it popped loose and warm oil shot out into the container I had down and ran all down my arm and under my watch and I gurgled -YUCK! Thank goodness it was not hot or I would have got burned. After the oil drained out I eased the container out from under the car being careful not to spill too much of it and placed it in a bottle .

I tried to ease back up under the car and put the plug back in and when I did this time I banged my head under the frame and got a good headache for my efforts.I laid there for a few seconds doing some deep breathings to make the pain go away and ease my  claustrophobia fears. I replaced the socket and gave it my best pull until I could pull no more.

I still had the oil filter to go and I was really dreading that so I raised the hood to see IF I could get to it from there and NO- no way there . I was forced to slither back up under the car and gradually ease myself back further under the front of the vehicle . It seemed to take forever to even find the filter and there was only ONE little path to follow to even reach the silly thing-but reach it I did  and gradually turned and turned and turned until it gave way and MORE OIL poured all down my face and neck and down into my shirt. I sure was glad it was not a freezing temperature outdoors yet or I would have had a hizzy fit!!!!!!!!!!! I got the new filter and poured new oil into it so there would be no dry start for the motor and then had to slither all the way back up under the front of the vehicle which is parked on this incline so it was a fight to get into position AGAIN. It took me some finagling to get it back in the position where I could start screwing it back on -I had to use wee little turns as you could not get your hand on it to get a good grip. Then my strengthen gave way and I had to pull my hand down to rest . But then back up and I turned and turned until I could turn no more. I was so excited that I almost forgot to even put the new oil in the motor!!!!!!!!!!!

I had changed my own oil -all by myself -without having to bother anybody and could not feel that my car was protected with new oil. My car is 16 years old and I love her dearly and try to keep her going the best I can and I Hate to bother my kids. I hate to see my daughter up under my vehicle changing oil for me but now that I have done it - I Hate it even more . lol  I had to fight my claustrophobia fears of being up under the vehicle -plus not great strength to do the job.  I hope I got everything the right tightness.

I came in and took a shower to get all the oil off of me. I had to laugh because the oil that had shot across my lips sure did make a good lip moisturizer !!!!!!!!!!   The funny part was after I had got out of the shower -Tim popped in and asked me where the oil was - that he was going to change the oil in my car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  LOL - Jeepers I love this guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The wind is so bad here now that it has blown part of my front porch metal loose and it is flopping wildly in the wind. I can hear it down on the barn too. I am wondering what it will look like in the morning ?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hump Day

My hard working daughter loves a particular brand of jeans but she wanted a pair with a particular design on the back pocket. She said they were almost impossible to find so I went on a search and she was right -they were NOWHERE to be found . So, I got the bright idea to order the brand of jeans she likes and take off the pockets and put on the design that she desires.


I could not BELIEVE how time consuming that job would become!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It took me 4 hours just to get those pockets off of those jeans and then remove the ugly design that was already on the pockets . Then it took an additional 4 hours of research to locate the type of design that she wanted and sew them out and trim everything??????????????????  I was so Terrified when I started to sew the designs as I have learned the hard way that the embroidery machine can bit holes in your project before you even know what has happened and I did not have any way of replacing those pockets????????????? I was so very grateful when it did not happen this time .

I still have yet to attach them back onto the jeans and I am not looking forward to that job either?????? So, I will be holding my breath for that adventure also. With my floundering eyesight -it is a challenge.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tues. Nov. 15

Sometimes I have to remind myself what day it is as they escape from me so quickly.

It was a nice day -the weather was very pleasant and the wood stove was very cozy.

I managed to take my neighbor some eggs and even got to visit with her and her two pups for a little while. It was very sweet. Her two pups are poms and one is a standard size and one is a toy size. They are both beautiful and so sweet. The one was locked in a crate all of his life and the toy one was locked outdoors until she took him. They are both so precious and love to play with their toys.

There were lots of things to accomplish and the day just flew away from me .I did manage to pull off another ruffled scarf -so thank goodness for that.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday flys by

Time just absolutely flies by . I got up and got the chores accomplished  and headed to town to a doc visit only to discover that the visit was canceled. I hated that and it took me all day long to finally get that call on my phone? Too late to help me any but I did not waste my trip as I got re-certified for another year at this clinic I like.

They also rescheduled two of my appointments for this coming Friday so I can accomplish two things at one time and that will help.

I asked about my friend who is not eating right and meals on wheels and they said it is still ongoing so they gave me the papers with the information for it. So, while I was running errands I dropped the information off at his house and told him I hope he will call about it because he is eligible and that way he can have a hot meal Mon. through Friday and it would help him on his grocery bill???? I am hoping he will carry through.

I ran around and did what seemed like a million errands and picked up my thyroid medicine too - so I am good to go with that for a month. Yea.

This is another scarf that I completed for another Christmas gift. Well, gotta go crank up that little wood stove !