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          podiatrist dr had a much better attitude this week after looking at the mri pictures. we talked about possible solutions starting with the worst which would be surgery. i rejected that until we try everthing else. next was therapy - he rejected that. felt it would make things worse. i agree. he’s not sure what is causing the problem. could possibly be arthritis, a tear in the tendon that is growing scar tissue, several other possibilities i’m not even thinking about.  so i’m following his instructions and reporting back in 6 weeks. i’m to wear 2 inch heels, stop using ice. use heat instead. no stairs, no hills, no ladders, avoid extra walking and don’t stretch that ankle. 

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          have made some weaving progress on the loom at the club. it’s  partially warped. people are appaled at the tangled mess but it’ll all work out. on the home front i wove the first cotton carpet warp towel at 17 epi. cut it off, washed and dried on hot. the reed marks went away but it’s not quite right. going to bump it up to 18 for the next one. the plan is a run of towels to match my kitchen. you can see from the photo my kitchen must be blue. i tossed the orange in just cause i like orange. 

          haven’t been to the condo but that’s where i’ll spend today. ordered a new to me thread to try. Read about it online. lola and her software have been working wonderfully. 

          Ahh,  the sad story of the shower rod - had a new tile guy here. this seriosly is 11th attempt to hang that rod. i’ve come to the conclusion that it falls down because the a/c unit is on the outside of that wall. if you’re touching the toilet when the a/c starts up you can feel a slight vibration. that’s my theory. Nobody agrees with it. However since i honestly don’t do pull up on it why does it continually come down. i don’t even hang towels on it. this guy didn’t want to drill into the tile either. he used a glue that he swears will hold a building up in an earthquake. i don’t believe it will work but. . . . .

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          we got a few more pieces of art work up. except looking at in the picture it looks crooked. one of these days when grrr’s not being growly i’ll ask to have it straightened. it has the same curves and colors as the throw rug so i bought it. the room needs more red. one of these days i’ll make a red wall quilt. 

          it’s my 70th birthday next week. as often as grrr tells me it’s just another day some how it’s not. never believed it’d live to be this age. 



weekly frustrations!!!

          have been back to spinning. now that the snow birds have left there are very few of us. am trying to convince a friend to learn it but it’s not going well. she expects her yarn to look like mine. Am telling her that it takes time and lots of practice but she’s lost interest. i’ve been doing this for about 50 years. she’s been doing this about 3 weeks. so of course she’s getting what we call ‘art’ yarn. have set her up with the local spinning instructor. 

          another benefit of the snow birds leaving is the traffic. there’s next to none. the lights still take several minutes to change but there is no line up of cars. 

          Saw a podiatrist about my ankle. from the moment he walked in there was an issue. never looked me in the eyes, had my x-rays in his hand and never put them on the light wall. Poked and prodded on my ankle, watched me walk and told me he didn’t see a problem. all the while i kept insisting it was really painful and there was a problem. my immediate thought was to ask for a new doctor but instead i asked for an MRI. he didn’t think it was necessary but finally agreed. told me i needed to get some Dr Scholls inserts.  (this whole incident reminds me of the surgeons who didn’t think my shoulders were bad). on the way home it occured to me - he believed i was looking for pain meds. 

          the quilting group i belong to has ceased meeting in the evenings so i’m pretty much working on my own quilts. this is a drawing of what i plan on doing to this one. i take a photo on the ipad and can draw a design on the screen to see how it’s going to look. Lola is stitching like a dream. 



           with the temps in the 3 digits other than spending a couple hours at the pool it’s all indoor past times. i do miss the rain. and the green.  found this sign on facebook and it’s so appropriate. 

          Century link is giving us fits!  the service at the condo has never had problems. Here it’s up and down and then down again. first they tell you to go online. WHAT!!!  if i could get online i wouldn’t calling.  they shipped me a new modem. (the old one was only 2 months old) new modem, same problem.  Operators don't listen. she wants to send me another modem. ( 2 bad modems in a row tells me they’re making poor quality modems). she also mentions that the line is unstable.  say again!!!  sends a tech.  he shows up, does whatever he does and leaves. now it’s worse than ever. i want another tech. nope - i get another modem. these operators read from a page of instructions regardless. and the answer is no, she’s not sending another technician. by now i physically want to lay hands on her. long story short - Grrr calls, gets a line technician out here within 2 hours who seems to know what he’s doing and we’re back online.  then century link sends me a customer survey about my contact with their operator.  it’s not fixed but i’m tired of the fight.  my guess is the mice have been snacking on the line and it needs replacing just like everything else but that’s a battle that Grrr gets to fight. i’m done. 

ok that’s my rant for the day. 

Excessive Heat Warning!

          rat patrol (Truly Nolan) was here again for several hours. they’ve dealt with the termites, roaches, scorpions, ants etc. now they’re setting traps and cleaning up tell tale evidence of our vermin house guests.  seems there was a secret tunnel in the back of the hall closet. that’s how they nested in the train unit. he closed off their passage way so now they’ll have to find a new way in or move to the neighbors. set traps in the closet and the attic. comes back every week to dispose of his winnings and re-set the traps. 

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          this is my new dining room table. Love It!  it glows. unfortunately Grrr isn’t up for making matching chairs so that ment another trip to american furniture warehouse.  purchased 4 chairs but they had to be ordered. they’re a darker wood with a padded seat. i sat in about 8 different chairs and was surprised at how different they all were. my butt liked these best. the new fashion is bar heighth tables with stools. (just one more thing to fall off of.)  we’ve moved the thrift store table to the patio for now. still don’t have it hosed out and cleaned up. 


          this is what came off Lola this week. Cute baby quilt. the stitching shows butterflies. have no idea who made it but it was flat and square and well put together. whish they were all like this. 

          Have more art work for the living room that’s leaning against the sofa.  made a trip to phoenix for wood for a coffee table. Beautiful walnut and 2 shockingly expensive boards of zebra wood. Got the warping mill together after learning what a barrel screw was (thank you Grrr) and 2 of 3 warp chains made. 

          and for the first time ever i’m getting heat alerts on my phone. we’ve never been here this late into the year. 

Excessive Heat Warning for La Paz, Maricopa, Pinal, and Yuma Counties

National Weather Service has issued an
Excessive Heat Warning for:

Daytime highs are expected to be in the 105 - 109 degrees Fahrenheit range. 

Residents are advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

YIKES!!!!r addi

Blog 403

          Spent several days in payson at a machine maintenance class on my new longarm. well worth it. i was aware that i’ve developed bad habits but when you learn something on your own you just figure it out. and what you come up with is not always the best or safest or even the easiest.  I learned new ways to get the same result on several things. now i just have to implement these techniques until they become habit. there were 5 of us in the class. several had purchased the completely computerized systems, where you load the quilt, set up the computer and walk away. i know you can get looms that do the same thing but to me it’s just wrong. i still need to drive. the 3 of us had all bought similar systems tho i was the only pantovision user. and one of those women had sold her previous machine (different brand) to purcahse an Innova system. i brought home several rulers and an additional bobbin case. the shop also offers a list of classes on specific types of quilting;  ruler work, feathers, etc. these are usually a one day intensive class so got put on her mailing list. 

          staying there alone also brought home how much i hate motel rooms. i don’t like them when i’m traveling with Grrr but i really hate them when i’m my myself. And this one had the worst breakfast ever. your choices were waffles, potatoes or muffins. carbs anybody?  that breakfast would just put me to sleep. 


          it’s so good being home and sleeping in my own bed. and Louie survived Grrr’s care. he didn’t miss a meal and wasn’t boycotting his litter box because it hadn’t been scooped. all is good. when i came in the house he made a point of ignoring me and a short time later grabbed my leg and gave my calf a good hard bite. that was his message to me and he was over it. but from the looks of my toilet paper roll it took the brunt of his anger. 

          had a termite inspection done. they spent a day out side drilling holes, squirting in poison and then refilling the holes. following that they do an ant, roach and scorpion killing and removal. and coming monday is the vermin removal. (or rat patrol as i’m calling them). attic shows signs of rats and Louie knows we have mice. and not just in the closet with the ac/heating unit.  He spends time attempting to get behind the refrigerator. and during the night he’ll hear a noise and go racing out of the room.  was a bit shocked at the price but they guarantee their work. it’s a quarterly service and if Louie finds a bug or mouse to play with in between visits they come back. 

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          and in anticipation of my birthday i had my hair colored. just part of it. asked for purple to match my toe nails but that doesn’t seem to be what i got. looks awfully pink to me.  Seems if this color is put on dark hair it stays purple, but when put on blond it turns pink.  fades out in 6 - 8 weeks. so technically by the time my birthday rolls around it’ll be almost gone. 

           still don’t have even one loom warpped. Have 3 warps planned out but am waiting for the new warpping mill to arrive. Plus i need to have time to play with Lola. so many things i want to try out and to play with my new rulers. 

           and the patio still isn’t cleaned nor is the screen repaired. the hose is at the condo but we did purchase a spray nosal and a screen roller thingy.  seems our motivation has slowed down. heck - without a crisis we don’t know how to get things done. 

enough for now.


Blog 402

          this is blog 402 because i couldn’t think of a better title. 

          spent time with my favorite surgeon this last week. he had me do some arm exercises and we talked about loose joints. told him it wasn’t coming out nearly as often and that it did seem to be tightening up on it’s own. and that i can live with it so no - i don’t want it fixed. if it ever gets worse or starts to hurt i’m to let him know, otherwise he wants me to check in next year.  Yah!

          spent yesterday with Lola.  there are some days a person should just go back to bed. got a late start due to friday's standing date getting cancelled ( she had a sick cat).  did some errands and headed to the condo. loaded a quilt from the club and discovered the backing was too small.  grumbled, took it off and loaded one of my own.  promptly jammed up the machine. had to dis assemble part of the hook mechanism and dropped a tiny tiny screw on the carpet.  absolutely couldn’t find it. blended into that rug perfectly.  thank goodness that machine is on wheels. shoved it out of the way, took off my shoes and decided to walk every inch of that floor. BINGO!   still couldn’t actually see it but it was cold to my foot. got the machine back together and in the process dropped an entire box of straight pins. there’s a magnet in there to hold them but it’s not nearly as good as advertised. at least the pins i could see. they all have colored heads. cleaned up that mess. was so anxious to finally get started that i never thought to check the stitching on the back. (and i know better) 2 rows later i discovered bad tension on the back.  just couldn’t deal with it so decided to go home. now i need to go back and rip out what progress i’d made and start over. oh - and on the way home i hit a bird. it was the birds fault. Honest.

          have had company 3 times this week and several late shoppers to the stash sale. the sale is done and over. i’m greatful to everyone who bought stuff.  every sale gave me just a little more room. am planning a run of towels to match the kitchen. and on a sad note my warping mill didn’t survive the move. over all there was not a lot of damage. several breakables broke. one got trashed and two Grrr could repair. There was damage to one loom that was easily fixed but the warping mill was beyond help.  so overall not so bad. 

          we now have window blinds. wood ones in the kitchen. Grrr says they have a problem and they’re heavy. of course they are. it’s what he chose and he has control of the cords. we may be calling the installer back. 

          and our road is back open.  Hutton was blocked off for resurfacing. they left a notice on the door telling us if we wanted to use our car we would need to park in on a side street for the next 24 - 48 hours.  all the cones and signs were removed last night so now we can park in our own drive way. 

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          need to get packed tomorrow. am heading out to Payson Monday morning for a machine maintance class on Lola. this machine is more advanced and has features my old one didn’t. so Grrr gets to play cat mom to Louie. he’s never fed him, let alone scooped out the litter box. i’m sure Louie will survive. am thinking i’ll have to call home twice a day to remind him to feed the cat. 

this is the look i get when dinner or breakfast is late. Wonder if he’ll be more patient with Grrr.



stash sale is done

          attended a meeting for ‘low vision’ folks early in the week.  a fellow weaver who is nearly blind invited me to bring grrr. the speaker Mike, was amazing. lost his sight as a teen and his message is don’t let bad or non exsistent vision hold you back. the man is a mountain climber, teaches karate and works for a low vision. uses an Apple Watch for nearly everything. this group meets monthly and now that grrr knows where it’s at he can attend on his own. 

          spent a day at the condo with the Innova dealer. got Lola turned around facing a different direction so the light and fan aren’t in my field of vision when i’m working. got the laser attached, the tablet fixed.  that’s a whole nother story. when the tablet was giving me fits ABM tech told me that it was a bad USB port. at the time i agreed. since then i’ve plugged in different flash drives and the tablet was fine so i determined that the problem was in the cable that is hard wired into the machine head. (wrong again.) there is a part in the bag of parts that comes with the machine. it’s a usb with a small box labeled ‘amazon’ on it. i had looked at it and wondered but assumed that since i don’t have all the high tech stuff on the machine i didn’t need it. and when the machine was installed by the dealer no one mentioned it. long story short - that little ‘amazon’ plug is some kind of converter that goes between the tablet and machine head. Magic!!! it loads every time now. 

          course this week i haven’t even been over there. did return a top that didn’t fit the back they’d sent with it but that’s as far as quilting has gotten this week. 

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          this week the focus has been on emptying the patio. all boxes of books are shelved. file cabinet is stuffed. (someday i’m going to have to sort thru that stuff. ) the few things left are the warpping mill and Louie’s cat box. Grrr wants to start looking for patio furniture and i’m insisting we wash the screens, repair the loose screen (before Louie notices) and wash the carpeting in there first. then we can go furniture shopping. 

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          stash sale was earlier today. had a good crowd. even had folks walk in off the street asking if we were having an estate  sale. Grrr told them if they wern’t a weaver they wouldn’t be interested.  plus i had weavers show up just to see the stash. started out with 7 overflowing totes and 5 completely full cone racks.  now have 4 empty totes. great progress!  cone racks are about half empty and the remaining 3 totes contain a combination of everything. i’ll fill up the cone racks and the remaining totes will just have to be stored in my bedroom closet. could have sold my weight in carpet warp. didn’t have any to start with and had to guard my boxes of linen but the room is looking better. i’m determinded to make it work. 

          no Louie photos. several of the weavers tried to coax him out of hiding. but about 10:00am is his bed time.  he wanders out about 3pm all squinty eyed and stretching and looking for food. the life of a cat!



400th Blog Entry!!

                                                        giving myself a big WWHOOP!

          this blog started out as a personal diary of how i spend time both weaving and quilting. over the years every other part of my life has been included. course there are private events not posted for the world to read and private thoughts never shared but for the most part this is my life. 10 years ago i started posting about twice a week. was working full time and weaving and quilting filled the rest of my hours. 

          since then i turned 65, retired, (Grrr retired over 20 years ago) we’ve moved to arizona, i’ve had both shoulders replaced, sold the washington house, bought a new one here in Arizona, packed, moved and unpacked about 100 u-haul boxes. almost done. never again!  (and stop telling me to never say never)

          this last week there is no exceptional house news. oh! my shower rod has fallen down for the 8th time. everytime someone puts it up they guarantee it will stay.; handyman, plumber, tile guy, etc.  you’d think i was doing pull ups on it. besides the fact that i can’t do those any longer i try not to even touch the damn thing. it just doesn’t like me. so i march down the hall to use Grrr’s. his shower curtain stays up. 

          still unpacking but now i have a deadline at least for the weaving room. next Saturday i’m having a stash sale. have way more weaving related stuff than i’ll ever live long enough to use and don’t have anywhere to put it. this house is big not near the space i had before. decided to keep the linens and silks but everything else is up for sale. so if you read this next saturday starting at noon thru 3:00pm. 

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          have been spending my sleeping hours dreaming of different weaving drafts. that’s a mental message that i need actually do some weaving. have been been suffering withdrawal and decided since my own work area is in such chaos i’m going to warp a loom at the studio. have also been spending time at the condo with Lola. have a total of 5 quilts done for the group and 2 of my own. mine don’t have bindings - the sewing machine isn’t set up yet. but it’s close.  the photo shows the new fabric racks. guaranteed to hold 400 pounds. and they have wheels!

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          And the baby hummers are from a photo taken by a fellow weaver. the nest is just outside the studio door. lots of foot traffic but the family seems ok with it. she says she just kept snapping pictures and this was the best of the bunch. great picture!.  

          no Louie picture again. he’s completely nocturnal and i won’t see him until about 3pm. since i up’d his food servings he’s stopped waking me up in the middle of the night. 2 cans of fancy feast a day. but he is still growing and he’s not overweight (yet). 

          enough for now. off to spend the day with Lola. 


A Week With No Diasters!

          living here is getting better. we had no disasters this week.  and progress has been made.  we have some of the art on the walls. 2 of the book cases are up and loaded with books and decorations. (still way too many boxes out in the patio.). Closet walls are fixed and painted (thou i haven’t moved stuff back in). the cone racks are on the walls. And just a warning for Dell Webb home owners - the studs are not consistently 16 inches apart. what’s shown in the photo is only a small amount of whats still in totes. And in the sewing room there is new shelving, some filled with fabric some still empty. 

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          Spent thursday at the weavers. just outside the door is a large saguaro cactus and on the top is a tiny hummingbird nest. the photo is mom. sometimes she watches us but she’s decided this is her best side so it’s how she poses for the cameras.  it’s a high traffic area but she seems ok with it. haven’t seen a baby peaking over the side yet but we keep checking.

          and the big news is that it’s Grrr’s birthday. we’re not making a big deal of it. already went to Red Robin for his birthday burger.  i’ll get him some peeps at the grocery store. gifts are limited to if he can’t eat it he doesn’t want it. and he loves peeps. i’ve never figured out how anyone can eat those things. but. . . 

          no pix of Louie this week. i’m experimenting with giveing him more food. the shelter gave him 1/4 of a small can twice a day plus dry food. i’ve up’d that to 1/2 of a small can twice a day plus dry. sometimes he empties the dry food bowl, sometimes not. but he’s started waking me up 3-4 in the morning. Biting and or scratching and this is not play. he’s really agressive about it. Thinking he may be hungry. this is new behavior so need to figure out what he’s trying to tell me. 

          Happy Easter to everyone ( a day early). 



updated entire web site.


          we now have water - both hot and cold. plumbing to both bathrooms now runs thru the attic, not under the cement foundation. so onward to the next crisis? 

          the plumber cut out 4 different sections of the interior of the closet walls to access water pipes.  Louie thinks the new play ground was opened up just for him. he’s a good size cat so now i’m closing closet doors so he can’t get stuck in a wall. yesterday a repair crew moved in with all the tools and equipment and put the walls back.  With a little paint they’ll look brand new. 

          our big challenge this week is finding the studs in the weaving room. i can’t put a whole lot away until i get the cone racks mounted.  Grrr’s stud finder and also the neighbor’s stud finder it tells you that wall is either entirely of wood or there are absolutely no studs in there at all. have a handyman coming this next week. we’ll see what he can find. 

           spent a day re-vamping the web site. was several years out of date. so take look. easy to navigate, nothing for sale. easy peasy. just pick a tap at the top of this page. 

till next time


one step forward, two steps back

          house news - this place is slowly coming together in between major set backs. 
had shelving all stocked with fabric in the sewing room. then the shelves collapsed. bought metal shelves at Lowes (my favorite go-to store) and am starting over. what a mess. this is a before and after photo. 

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          at this point we need to get the new shelves assembled but for now i’ve just closed the door.  a friend and i are planning on making a day of building shelves and re-stocking fabrics. 

          tomorrow we're expecting the plumber. at this moment the house has no water. seems there’s a leak under the cememt slab. had a modern day ‘ water witch’ here with her hi-tech equipment and now have black tape marking carpet and walls of exactly where the pipes are. had commented to Grrr it’s nice when you turn the hot water on in the bathroom and it’s instantly hot even thou you’re on the other end of the house from the hot water tank.  That’s just WRONG!  plumber was here and gave us our options - one of which was they rip up the carpet, jack hammer the cement foundation and replace the plumbing. the option we’re going with is to block all the existing plumbing and have everything plumbed thru the ceiling. still a major mess and more expensive but he pointed out that it’s an old house with old plumbing and we fix this leak and down the road we’re bound to have another.   i ’m so over this house. 

          the landscape guy is supposed to be here this week for major pruning and repair of the sprinkler system.. (we have rats nesting under the really thick hedges.) 

          we’ve dealt with cockroaches blocking the plumbing.  mice (both dead and live) eating all the wiring in the train. (which is the a/c and heating unit) 
          i’m running away to the condo to quilt a customer quilt. Grrr gets to deal with this crap. 
my recommendation is don’t buy a house that has been vacant for several years. 

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          and on the Louie news. i learned how to clip a cats toe nails yesterday. he didn’t like it but didn’t fight me. Did go pout for a while when i was done. and of course he prefers to nest on the clean folded laundry.