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i tested positive for the flu. a second time!!!   had a dr apt on thursday to look at my ankle. she heard me cough. went down hill from there. i’m on the tamaflu med (expensive!) and feel ok. don’t know how contagious i am. she told me to have gary tested which he did Friday. i told her we’d already had the flu at our house but seems you can get it multiple times due to multiple strains. so far this has not been a good year.

on another note - i am moving to the house the 25TH.  am tired of being patient. that’s when i’m loading up the food from the frig and my cat and we’re moving.  Gary’s been told he’s welcome to come with us.  he won’t have tv or shower curtains that stay up but sometimes life is tough.  we’ll see how it goes.

and to complicate matters. both bathrooms seem to have water leaks. went to use my toilet and the floor was flooded. (it had been several days since we’d been there due to flu). rugs were soaked so thru down the only 2 towels i’ve found. called the contractor. he texted that he’d find his plumber and get back to me but of course it’s the weekend. called Grrr to let him know and checked his bathroom. the box he’d been storing in his shower was soaked. i didn’t ask why there was a box in the shower. things like this are beyond me. but depending on the plumber and the water problem i may or may not be moving next weekend. 

so it’s been a crappy week both at home and in the country. i’m not going to get on a political soap box but maybe kids should refuse to attend school. these are the future leaders who hopefully are going to grow up and change the mental health and gun laws to start preventing these events. the anger in this country frightens me. 

stay healthy everyone


But then...squirrel....

so much needing attention i’ve turned into a squirrel. picking up one nut only to drop it in order to pick up a different one. what to focus on next? 

have only spent about 20 minutes getting re-acquanted with Lola. did manage to fix the software problem. called ABM and he couldn’t help. told me to contact the software tech the following monday. figured i’d put all my years of computer experience working in date centers to a good use and fix it myself. Done. 

have 2 boxes of fabric stashed in the cubes on the wall of the sewing room. Many many left to go. 

bedroom is partially unpacked. bed not made and old sheets won’t fit the new bed. drat!

bathroom stuff still in a box somewhere. 

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gray scale gamp set at 20 epi cut off and washed. needs ironing. second plain weave gamp set at 24 started. next will be a twill.  deadline is fast approaching. 

house now has wifi but new modem still in it’s box waiting for attention. 

furniture moved but underwear still in a box. 

Grrr can’t find his box of clothing brought from Washington plus there were several other important items in that box that are missing along with his cloths. we’re both a little concerned about that. 

still can’t get the shower rods to stay up. am thinking we’re gong to have to screw mounts into the tile. we now own 2 different types and neither work. 

in desperate need of doing laundry. 

gathering paper work for first lecture demo at studio. i thought i had it together but we’ve re-arranged the lecture order. color comes first this time due to the gamp camp dates. 

yesterday was spent thrift store shopping. never found a file cabinet but we now own 2 end tables for the living room, a printer table and grrr has a night stand.

the patio does show that we’ve made progress but damn. . . there’s still a lot of boxes out there. 

dish tv service still not hooked up. 

am supposed to attend a ‘spinning bee’ in Phoenix tomorrow but i’ve managed to get another cold. am going to cancel. nasty sore throat, stuffed up head and i can’t quit coughing. it’s been 4 years since my last one so now I’ve managed to get 2 colds in 3 months. 

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          and no update is complete untill Louie makes his presence known. I’ve ordered a cat tree for him that i’ll have to assemble. not sure he’ll use it. he still seems to have the ‘growing up in a cage’ mentality  hiding and sleeping in low, dark places; closet, under the bed, laundry basket (but only when it’s mostly empty.)

so this is the story of my life for the week. i so want my days to go back to what they used to be. i’m not complaining and i’m not sorry we bought the house but i miss having free time to spend with friends, and enjoying my interests. 

Hopefully next time it won’t take me 3 days to get this written. 


Lola is home

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          Lola arrived and got leveled and set up. have done some playing but called ABM because the software has a problem. Am not able to open it.  Mike had me try a few things that didn’t work so will be calling his computer tech first thing monday morning.  the machine sews like a dream. she's way heavier than my old one but it’s a whole lot larger too. 

          Louie is keeping us entertained. he’s turning into a real wild child. he’s learning to play and his favorite toy is a stuffed mouse. if you don’t look closely it does kind of look like a mouse.  and lately he’s been sleeping in my dirty laundry basket. last night he brought the mouse into his nest of laundry and proceded to kill it for the 100th time. somehow he managed to flip the basket over on himself. so middle of the night his crying wakes me up. small panic attack - i’ve never heard him sound like that. had a good laughed and freed him from his plastic prison. he took his mouse and moved to another room.  still, the minute i get up in the morning he takes over my bed. don’t understand how anyone can sleep with their head hanging down like that.  (ignore the mess. those are totes of quilt tops waiting for attention.) 

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          Grrr and i made a Phoenix trip to his favorite lumber store. that place smells so good i could live there. i choose the wood for our dining room table.  so this is the ‘before’ picture. am hoping the after photo won’t be too long in the making. his list keeps growing. it’s walnut and even without any finishing it’s gorgeous. 

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        My bed at the house got delivered. have the matress pad but still haven't located the box containing sheets. have ordered an area rug for the living room under the imaginary coffee table. Grrr is spending his time getting his shop in order and i’ve got the big loom partially threaded up for the gray scale gamp class. 

          i took a partial day off to spend with a friend. she helped me make a plan on how to organize the weaving area at the house. there are 3 looms, a warping mill, boxes and bags of cones of different fibers that need some kind of organization. ( and she doesn’t know about the weaving closet here at the condo!)  she had good ideas on how to make it all work. i was stuck. good thing i can work in complete chaos because right now that’s what i’ve got. We’re going to schedule a play date for working with beads and later, a day where she dyes her silk fabrics and i’ll dye a silk warp. am going to try making this an every other week thing. 

          and tomorrow a friend, her husband and their truck are going to help us move several pieces of furniture from the condo to the house, from the house to the condo and picking up an item from the thrift store.  Grrr was moaning today about being sorry he sold the big truck. the subaru is just nog big enough. 

off to grocery shop. its the super bowl this afternoon. may your favorite team win. 


not much news

          had a photo of Louie but somehow it disappeared.  have taken pix of the new furniture but they turned out blurry. and do have the first gamp sample completed but it’s at the house. blog is on pause for now. 

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          took another picture of Louie. he’s on my lap in the process of rolling onto his back so he can have a belly rub. weird cat. he is finally learning to play. Not always with appropriate items but it’s a start. And i thought the nocturnal behavior would change. how did he manage to live in a cage for 5 months? did he spend the nights bouncing off the cage walls?  he starts getting active when i’m brushing my teeth. he offers to help. i get in bed and he wants to fight with my feet. after getting dumped on the floor several times he’ll manage to crawl under the covers and search out a hand that’s not doing anything so should be petting and scratching him. again getting him rejected. he finally accepts defeat and races around the house talking to himself. i can sleep thru that. 

          have been spending our time shopping. the furniture looks good but there’s just way too much gray.  back shopping at American Furniture Warehouse. i recommend salesman David Lopez. walked in, asked for him and was out of there in 20 minutes. did take time to show grrr the table i’m in love with. he’s going to build one.  i know he can’t make one like it but just needed him to see it. found a desk from a second hand store. they want 45.00 to deliver a 90.00 desk. this is their way of convincing you to purchase more items. it’s the same price for one item or a dozen. the desk is small and grrr got it in the subaru.  (not an inch to spare) 

          now we’re on a quest for a area rug with some color that we both can agree on. Grrr fell in love with a Navajo rug but it just won’t work with what the room already has. i found a red pattern’d one but it’s so dominate that it’s all you’d see. we’ll get it worked out. 

          this next week is booked solid. not sure we’re ever going to find the time to actually move in. tuesday the long arm is scheduled to be delivered to the condo and i won’t have time to get started for at least another week. Aaackkk!. 

enough for now. 


Quilter Gone Astray

          i miss my sewing time. i miss my long arm time. when my machine finally gets set up ( i have a delivery date) i’m going to be so out of practice i’ll have to start from scratch. between both shoulder surgeries, getting the house ready to sell, finding a new house and spending months getting it ready to live in it’s been over 2 years. and currently i can’t even access my regular sewing machine. the machine is fine, i just don’t have a table to put it on. 

           there is light at the end of the tunnel. went shopping at american furniture wharehouse.  we’ve ordered living room furniture; sofa, love seat, easy chair and a recliner. all to be delivered this next week. Hurrah!!!  found a dining room table i loved but was way too big. and grrr couldn’t find a desk so the next shopping trip will be to several of the large thrift store.  fans installed, smoke alarms mounted, closet rods installed, beds set up. still need to find the box containing sheets. 

          i do have the baby wolf dressed for a simple color gamp with 5 basic colors and 4 different twill threadings. (the narrow outside strip is not blue.  it’s bright purple and matches the other side.) and am having problems.  for whatever reason the loom is giving me grief. am wondering if somehow it got torqued in the moving truck. after seeing how damaged some of the boxes are i wouldn’t be surprised.  i also can’t seem to focus on any one thing. our life just needs to settle down. i love my routine (what little i had). now everyday seems to depend on workmen, delivery drivers and trips to Home Depot. 

          an example of being un-focused. we spent several hours working at the house. part way back to the condo i questioned if the garage door got closed. normally Grrr drives and i hit the remote. but this day i was driving and he was focused on sorting mail. so we turn around to go back and check. yes, it’s closed.  we continue on taking a different route to pass a friends house and somehow get twisted around and end up on Hutton dr again. so logically if we follow it we’ll drive past our house. Wrong. ended up at the country club. about here is when Grrr realizes he forgot his jacket. at this point we laugh about having to use GPS to find our way home. wiggle our way back, get his jacket, then his cap and make our way back to the condo. Our 3 mile trip turned into a 8 mile detour. 


          Got home and hugged my cat.  Louie Louie is a happy cat. He adjusted to the condo within the first day.  when we start sleeping at the house he’ll adjust to it just fine. it’s the cat door that’s going to be a learning curve for him. he’s not the brightest beast I’ve ever known. 

          today is overcast and cold. not cold like the rest of the country but sock and jacket weather. and we did turn the heat on. 

          till next time.


Louie is a Goofy Cat

          still moving along on the house. remainder of the carpet got installed today. light gray berber so the looms will stay in place when being worked on. the bed frame i ordered is a platform and we only got part of the shipment. having to track down the other half before we can put it together.   

          painter shows up monday to finish the 2 rooms he couldn’t do earlier because they were dismantled. he also needs to do the molding in the room that had vinyl installed. 

          kitchen is spic and span, new dishes are put away. new frig shelves put in and ice maker working. one box of kitchen stuff located and put in appropriate places. have never seen a kitchen with that number of drawers. haven’t decided if it’s a positive or not yet. 

          3 front windows are now heat resistant. grr’s bed room can pass for a cave it’s so dark in there. my room faces the back yard and the windows are all tall and narrow. for now i’m not going to cover them. there are blinds to pull for privacy but don’t expect anything but coyotes out there so not too worried. one of these days i’ll have to focus on window coverings but that’s for later. 

Louie napping

          Louie has proved to be a complete goofball. he doesn’t sleep with me but the minute i’m out of the sheets he takes over the bed. (as you can see). he discovered the clock over the desk. several years ago Grrr bought me a clock with a cat face because i couldn’t have a ‘real’ cat yet. somehow Louie noticed that there was a CAT on the wall. He knows CAT when he sees one and doesn’t like it one bit. Spent several hours trying to intimidate it before i stepped in and took it down.  it’s back up now and so far he’s ignored it. he does have a jealous streak. if i show affection to one of his stuffy toys he’ll grab it and procede to beat the crap out of it. sharing is not on his character list. 

          spending tomorrow at home depot. (again) this time it’s shelving and rods for the closets and whatever else is on Grrr’s list. not sure we’re ever going to be done. 

have a good weekend everyone


Moving Along Slowly

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           Louie is turning out to be a delight. went online and read about the breed. he does fit the ‘dog’ category.  jumps up on you with his front feet,  rolls over so you can rub his belly and wiggles his butt when he’s so happy he just can't stand it.  cats just don’t do that!  so far he’s not heavy but he’s long. i need to measure him from nose to tail tip. 

          he seems to be calming. doesn’t change laps every 3 minutes. now it takes him half an hour before he swaps us out for the other one.  and according to Wikipedia. you can teach Maine coons tricks just like a dog. doubtful. his attention span isn’t great and  he has absolutely no interest in any of his toys. He did liberate a christmas decoration and has acquired that as ‘his’ toy.  it also says  polydactyl with the extra toes is a common trait of of the breed. i am also shocked at how much one cat poops. have never had a cat box to maintain before. he doesn’t eat much but that’s a lot of poop for one cat. every morning like clockwork. 

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          he’s now had surgery on both front feet and though they are large no longer have extra toes. still have extras on the back. huge snow shoe rabbit like feet on the back but the extra toes don’t interfere with walking. the fronts were really messed up. he had to walk on the sides. 

           still spending my time with workmen at the house. had the kitchen tiles replaced yesterday. this week window tinting and the rest of the carpet installed.  have ordered ceiling fans, light fixtures etc that should be here along with delivery of bed frames. we’re scheduling a day to spend at American Furniture Warehouse. 

keep telling myself one of these days i’ll get to live there. 

this is ‘if you love me you’ll let me have your chair’.  didn’t work. Grrr loves his chair best. 



Update on Louie Louie

          received all kinds of suggestions on how to introduce him to his new home. didn’t listen to any of them. brought him home and let him out of his crate. showed him where the litter box was, where the food and water were and let him prowl. he investigated for an hour and settled down. 

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          the settling down part is entertaining. he can’t decide which lap to park on. Gets comfy on mine and 4 minutes later bounces up and moves to Grrr’s lap. snuggles down and 3 mnutes later he’s back with me.   purring at full volume the entire time.  just can’t make up his mind.  

          He did decide that sleeping with me last night was hazardous to his safety. he nestled down by my feet. part way thru the night he moved to a box of fabric in the loom room. (Grrr closes his bedroom door) Gus pretty much stayed on a pillow at the head of the bead. Louie hasn’t figured out that’s a safe place yet. 

          rescue folks told me he’s Maine Coon which explains the lion mane and huge bushy tail. told me he’s not quite a year old and will get bigger. he doesn’t talk but he does have a habit of walking with you. sometimes along side which is fine but sometimes in front and between your feet. that’s going to have to change. 

          and so far he has no interest in toys, or cat nip or his scratching post. he does like the ice out of my water glass. 



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          we’re both taking our meds and there is improvement. Grrr is veg’ing in front the the tv watching ball games. i’m not feeling well enough to do anything productive but not bad enough to go back to bed. maybe a nap later. i remember naps - 2 years ago this month they were my favorite passtime. i passed the November shoulder anniversary without even noticing. next week will be my 2 years on the left shoulder. i thank God for finding Benoit every day. 

          the majority of the carpet was installed yesterday. they called when they were done so i could go pay up. walked in and found 2 carpet installers napping on the living room floor. that was a lot of floor and they worked their tails off. (took them 2 days) i had assumed that a dark gray carpet would make the rooms look smaller. not so. . .  maybe it’s because they’re empty but that carpet just goes on forever. the carpet for the loom room (berber) is no longer being made. wish they could have told me that earlier. So i’ll be heading back to the store to re-chose for that one room. just another delay. plus we need a tile guy because of where we removed the walls. they’ll contact me for an appointment tuesday. Every thing gets postponed because of the holiday. 

          did the final inspection on contractor work and paid the final bill. told Miguel it’s been fun but he’s never going to hear from me again. he pointed out that the person who gave me his name said the same thing and then 2 years later moved and hired him for the new house. (sound familiar Gloria).

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          also spent some time with Louie. his freedom is scheduled for wednesday. i’ll pay his final bail money and get him chipped. he’s just going to have to adjust to the condo and then getting moved to the house. i kind of jumped the gun on the timing here but he’ll do fine. he’s awfully mellow. the rescue staff told me he likes me and enjoys his visits. are you kidding? he loves anybody who takes him out of that cage. Fickle little beast!

          i’m just as anxious as he is. 

Happy New Year Everyone!



photos of the gray carpeting.  ignore the fact that there are no switch plates of outlet covers. they’re on my list which is about as long as my arm!

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