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First we got insulation. both in here and Grrr’s garage. It’s been raining like crazy for a couple of days and my room is absolutely dry. 


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          then came the sheet rock guys. No pix of them working. was dissappointed they didn’t wear stilts but the ceiling isn’t high enough to justify that. 


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          So next, hopefully tomorrow. is another inspection before they can do the mud and taping. it’s getting so much harder to make the drive to the condo to work on Lola. i can see there’s an end to this. They couldn’t move the loom out of the room so it’s still living in the corner all sheltered and protected. 

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          partiipated in the split shed workshop last weekend. was a fun and relaxed class. everyone got the same pattern of a pear and we all got them almost completed. can’t show a pix of mine as it’s still folded up on the loom which is sitting in the garage right now. but this is what we were doing. not sure who this one belongs to. am thinking it’s Mary's

                  we managed to drag the baby wolf home from the studio. have about one inch of pear left and then i can experiement with another design. then maybe tie on with a finer warp and do some experiementing with ratio of sizes of warp and wefts. am thinking rag rugs. 

          brought several little projects home from the condo. discovered these when i unpacked a tote of quilt tops and discovered none of them had any backings. these i can do on a regular sewing machine. the heart was fairly easy. i simply stitched down the raw edges.  the second piece is a reverse applique i did by hand many years ago. had to get out the instruction book to figure out how to lower the feed dogs on the baby lock machine. all i’ve ever done on this is piecing.  it works better than the operator.  put so much work into this one i didn’t want to toss it out so am doing free hand quilting in the corners. Ouch!  my shoulders don’t like the down wards push against the sewing table. about half way i stopped for the day. Have a bunch more to go plus the diamonds for the blog hop next month. these are not even the size of a place mat. 

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          grrr’s MRI appointment did not go well. he’s claustrophobic and the dr had arranged for him to have an ‘ open' MRI.  first, after he admitted that he still had a bullet in his other leg they needed an x-ray of that to know exactly where it was. got that done and put him in the MRI and he had a panic attack. his hour appointment took just over 2 and a half hours and still no pictures. i sat in the waiting room wondering if the problem was that he wouldn’t hold still and they were having to do it over. anyway - they located a ’sit down’ MRI in Phoenix so that is scheduled for this next week and we’ll try again.  

          road trip one of the local quilt shops in Phoenic. 35th Avenue Fabric and Quilts has a ‘black bag’ shopping day. the quilt group i belong to makes a road trip once a month and have told me about the amazing sales. made the trip to check it out. brought my credit card and used it. purchased an accuctu go cutter. my shoulders will thank me. Pricey and takes up more room than i currently have but i’ll put it to good use when i can move into my workshop. 

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          and here’s Louie keeping an eye on the construction workers out there. He sits for hours in the evenings staring at the door wishing it open. haven’t let him out in the new room to explore yet. Soon Louie, soon. 

later

maggie






More waiting

Realized this week that we’ve been in this house 1 year as of March 1st. and we’re not done making changes. 

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          made a Lowe’s run this week. we haven’t been spending near the time there we have in the past. purchased 3 fans for the new studio space. course there’s no ceiling in there yet but the wiring is hanging down just waiting for the inspection. they warned us the inspections are what take the most time. Waiting. waiting. 


           have managed to get a pile of my own quilts quilted these last couple of weeks. out of 7 quilts - one got donated still needing binding. 3 are completely done, one binding is pinned and waiting and the last 2 are waiting to find appropriate fabric for the final step. 

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          the third quilt i’m saving for another blog hop event next month. 

          spent a day in Phoenix at a spinal center for grrr’s sciatic pain.  he’s scheduled for a MRI this next week.  from there we’ll have some decisions to make.  poor guy is gimping around here like an old man.  and i’m asking him to help me move looms. i bribe him with pain meds. 

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          baby wolf loom is warped and at the weavers studio. spent saturday at the workshop learning a new technique. beiderwand or as we’re calling it split-shed. Deborah Silver from Ohio teaches this nationally and we hired her for the weekend as she was passing thru Arizona. check out her website good teacher and interesting structure. i see lots of potential for experimenting.  had to weave a header and check for errors the day before the workshop.  this is the first time i’ve ever warped a loom by flash light and am pleased there was only one thread that needed fixing. will post pictures next time. the loom is still at the club. that’s todays chore is to get it home. have about one inch to finish weaving my picture of a pear. not what i’d of chosen but you've got to learn on something. Great potential for color blending.  she does lots of art type things and remarkable faces. this one is probably my favorite. 

           got the condo ready for habitation. the workshop leader (Deborah) is staying there until her next teaching gig. clean sheets, fresh towels, coffee stocked up, ice cube maker turned on. i’ll figure out what i’ve forgotten when she gets there.

          finally got some cactus dirt and filled the planter that one of the weavers gifted me for a house warming present. looks like i could have used a second bag but until then it’ll work. 


                  and of course my own grumpy cat. 

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          just because i get up doesn’t mean he has to. at least he opened his eyes to let me know he’s still alive. he generally waits until he hears me in the kitchen. i get my coffee and he gets a can of bird. only bird meat. chicken is top of his list, turkey will do but definately no fish, no beef and heaven forbid nothing with any vege’s in it. he gets a can a day plus all the dry he can eat and he’s still thin. 

later

maggie

ART VS CRAFT

I read other blogs. this was interesting

          The topic was about quilts. All of the different people interviewed from the best quilters in the field, to the people that own the top galleries along with collectors of quilts talked about quilts as craft or art.  If a quilt is used on a bed it’s utilitarian and is classified as craft, thus having very little value.  but when the same quilt is hung on the wall with an artist statement then it’s looked at as art and has a great deal more value.  

         So what does this say about weaving?  if i weave a shawl, no matter how beautiful or well done it is, if it’s worn as a shawl it’s craft. if i drape it elegantly on a wall it's art?  same with rugs? i’ve personally always considered rag rugs their own art form but that’s just me. 

          i’m not going to beat my head against the wall about this. it was just interesting to know where the line is drawn. i’ve always considered myself a craftsman rather than ‘artist’. 

          on the construction front good things are happening. it’s dried out and the roofers are spent 2 days making enough noise to annoy the entire neighborhood.  the next rain storm there won’t be a panic about water coming in the house. and now the electricians have moved in. we now have wiring hanging down and protruding from varies places in the ceiling and walls. HURRAY! it’s so great to see progress. 

          have been busy with Lola. managed to fit one of my tops in between others. it’s a sweet little yellow crib size top. The top doesn’t show off the feathers. i lov feathers so did one last picture of the back. now for binding. i’m 6 quilts behind on the binding pile. 

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          Then mounted another giant top. way to cutsie for my taste. it’s really too big for a childs quilt but the patterns and fabric (to me) scream child.  am using a pale blue thread and stitching both boy and girl paper doll shapes. and yes, i know it’s mounted upside down. wasn’t paying attention but it makes no difference to the quilting pattern. The photo of the backing rolled on the take up bar shows the stitching pattern. . 


          this week was a dentist appointment. i managed to chip one of my lower front teeth.  couldn't really tell to look at me but the rough edge was wearing a hole on the inside of my lower lip. gave my dentist an opportunity to use his artistic skills to rebuild it. that tooth never looked this good before i broke it!

          have to mention that Louie had a seriously bad day. all his stuff is in my bathroom including a bunch of plastic grocery bags. i use these when i clean the litter box. never had much use for them before but for this they’re perfect. i check the bags for holes and just scoop into them. anyway he was doing whatever cats do when they’re bored and managed to get his head thru the bag that was full of other empty bags. PANIC!!  poor guy went careening thru the house, running into things, screeching like he was dying. managed to corner him and get him untangled. worked at calming him down. it’s going to take more than his magic oil from washington to get over this trauma. 

          We also came home yesterday and could hear him crying. couldn’t find him. he was perched on top of the refrigerator of all places. he wanted down and didn’t have a clear place to land without landing in a bowel of fruit.   weird cat!

till next time.

maggie


New “comment section"

           had great fun making the ‘Wings' quilt top for the Blog Hop.  my little blog has never had so many hits. i already have my next assignment. theme is diamonds. am thinking about what to do with it. 

          it was pointed out that i didn’t have a place for people to comment on my “flying Lessons”. so that’s now fixed. so please if you leave a comment be nice. you don’t have to agree with what i say or even like what i do but if you wouldn’t say it to my face don’t say it here. 

          this week i’ve found a foster home for the 3rd antique German Brides. Wheel.  it needs a little TLC but it’s a beautiful piece and still functional. re-homed the other two from last week to the club for beginners to learn on. the brides wheel is getting a tune up and the spinning teacher offered to demostrate weaving flax on it for one of the weavers meetings. (cause i don’t know how.)

          February is just too short. i know it’s only 2-3 days different but it’s like the time change twice a year. we don’t have to do that living here. but we still have to deal with February. i’ll never forget the weather this month either. makes us feel like we’re back in Washington. snow on cactus and palm trees is just wrong. 

          attended a weavers meeting. as a group we need to figure out how to get folks to attend. we have 77 members and only 16 people bothered to show up. we had a short demo of using the drum carder to blend fibers and colors and talked about types of silk for spinning and felting.  there were only 2 spinners in attendance. these 16 people are the core group that manage to get things done but some are beginning to feel taken advantage of. and i completely understand.  the members that seldom show up are the first to complain about feeling ignored when decisions are made. 

          i ‘m beginning to have these same feelings about the quilters group i belong to. they were pestering me for my dues and i asked that they comp my dues for the year because of all the free quilting i do. nope.  WHAT???  talk about not feeling appreciated!  was taken aside and quietly told that several members of the board had pitched in and paid my dues for me. because they didn’t want me to quit.  so now i’m even more angry. it’s not the money, it’s the principle. am thinking about what i want to do. 

          spending the majority of my time with Lola. the first quilt pictured is one i tried to make better. but sometimes when you start with a pig putting lipstick on it doesn’t help. personally i’ve just never liked red and green used together. makes my eyes vibrate but this is a sad quilt (well made but still sad) and i did my best. 

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next comes a batik jelly roll top. fun, colorful, my kind of quilt. 

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then fall leaves. very nice. stitched lots of leaves all over. 

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and the back was lovely too. 


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          very little progress on the construction. instead we seem to have a swimming pool out there with water creeping up to the loom. Panic set in Thursday when we couldn’t get the back corner door open to sweep the water out.  


right now we’re between rain storms and waiting for inspections so work has stopped.  this last week was to be electrical work but the contractor decided to wait on the weather. good decision. with no roof it wouldn’t have survived. so this coming week is going to be roof. then electrical work.  

          have the wolf loom half ready for the upcoming workshop. just need to wind on, then fold it up and get it moved to the studio. 3 of us are bringing our own looms. no pressure to finish the samples that way. 

Enough for now. have a warm dry week where ever you are. 

maggie

blog hop

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Here it is. “ Flying Lessons”. My first ever Blog Hop Quilt and i’m excited!  Course it’s not quilted yet. Lola is otherwise occupied but it’s patiently waiting it's turn.  

          this was a fun challenge and managed to get me motivated to spend time in the sewing room. 

          not sure if the geese need to be flying north or south. the top works either way. 


          the second photo it’s posing on Garrr’s bed. you can see it really does lay flat. beneath it you can see the quilt i made for him many years ago. still looks pretty good. the interesting thing about that quilt is that he cut the fabrics using one of his power tools in the wood shop. saved me hours of cutting curves and my shoulders appreciated it. 



          and yes, there is one lonely goose going the wrong direction  somehow i feel it represents me. usually bucking the crowd and marching to my own inner music.  

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          and of course the day after i finished this i had a great inspriation for another ‘wing’ quilt. i have an old wooden airplane prop that belonged to my dad hung in the weaving room that’s currently being dismantled. i could make a small quilt - an actual prop. just a thought. 

           am off to spend the day with Lola. this top is going to have to wait in line. i’m about 20 tops behind and customer quilts come first. 

          here is a list of the other participants in this blog hop. can’t wait to see what they come up with.  each name is attached to a link so just click away to see the show. 

Check out all the amazing bloggers who will be participating:


February 18

What About Rheema?

Hill Valley Quilter

Nutz For Redwork

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Melva Loves Scraps

Creative Blonde

Keepsake Moments

Whims And Fancies

Quilt n Party

Seams To Be Sew


February 19

Patchouli Moon Studio

Vroomans Quilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Songbird Designs

Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales

Kathleen McMusing

Life in the Scrapatch

DesertSky Quilting

Clever Chameleon Quilting


February 20

Creatin' in the Sticks

MooseStashQuilting

The Joyful Quilter

Home Sewn By Us

Selina Quilts

Websterquilt

Beaquilter

Cynthia's Creating Ark

Ms P Designs USA

Bumbleberry Stitches

Mageez Room


February 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Sew Fresh Quilts

Quilt Fabrication

Words & Stitches

All Thingz Sewn

Kathy’s Quilts

For The Love Of Geese

Two Maker Chicks

madeNcorrea

That Fabric Feeling

lots of beautiful quilts out there!

just clink on the name and a new page will open to other wonderful “wings’.

          this really got me over the avoidance factor of finding anything else to do other than open the door to the sewing room. am considering volunteering to do another. 

Maggie











More Construction Pictures



          work did cease due to a major rain storm. we are beginning to feel like we never left Washington this winter. it’s been one rain storm after another and cold. other parts of the state get snow  but as far as i know this little pocket of sun shine never has.  but the rain was coming those guys stayed late and got the roof covered in plywood before the storm. 


and after the storm i could tell the cement was not level. Lola likes level.  Today nobody here sawing and pounding (which is nice for a change) i think the roofers and electricians are due after today’s inspection. they still have the support posts up between the old room and the new space. for a while we were covered in caution tape. 


          have been warping the baby wolf loom for the split shed workshop coming up. the teacher Deborah Silver will be staying at the condo and I’ve been emailing with her. looking forward to meeting her and learning a technique i’ve never even heard of let alone done. i’ve done double binding rugs which is a type of split shed and of course damask but that was a 5 harness structure. have no clue what this is going to be but her work is amazing. plus this is the first time i’ve ever warped a loom by flash light. my bedroom has the worst light and because i sleep here i don’t need light but. . . .lets just say it’s never been a problem before. 

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          completed one of my own quilts before mounting another giant red and green combo on Lola. those colors looks much better in real life.               

          sorted thru the second plastic bin of tops. what was i thinking when i packed those. there are no backing fabrics in there. my normal procedure is to at least select the backing fabric even if it’s not pieced or measured. this tote had nothing. came back to the house and sorted thru piles for anything that looked big enough and hauled that box back to the condo. i hate this. can’t wait for my room to be done. 

  i was contacted about several antique spinning wheels that needed re-homeing. one is a simple ashford and the other 2 are over 100 years old and are from Germany. all  are fully functional. one seems home made but this one is called a brides wheel according to our local spinning teacher.  it has a distaff for spinning flax. and there are parts of it that are carved ivory. either bone or ivory but we figured bone would show fine cracks by now. it works, it’s beautiful and the teacher is going to demonstrate spinning flax on it at the next meeting.  

           i did purchase a book about quilting on leather. i recommend it. one of these days i’m going to try it out. i brag about Lola sewing thru anything with any thread. this could be a true test.     

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            and i can’t ignore Louie. this cat never looks pleased. it’s giving me a complex. i never feel that i’m an adequate cat mom. and i’m sure that’s how he feels also. lately it’s been worse. he wants to go out to his patio that isn’t there any longer. He stands on his hind legs and tries to open the door. the back side of that door doesn’t even have a handle so we block it with a box. don’t blame him, i want the cat box out of my shower stall. There is cat litter all over the bathroom. he has hair growing out of the pads on his feet and he tracks it all over. 

i keep telling both him and myself that this will pass and it will get better. neither one of us is patient. 

check in on the 19th. i’ll be positng about my first ever blog hop participation. 

later

maggie


Big Changes

remember this pix from last week. 

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here it is now. they left just enough framing to keep the roof up. 

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  the floor is level with the existing room. the cement pour was postponed for 2 days due to rain and it’s not drying as fast as they expected. it’s cold here, or colder than normal. so far it’s passed inspections and we’re moving forward. just wish it were faster. 

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the trusses to extend the roof line are laying in the front driveway along with a fork lift of lumber. and another truck load of lumber in the back

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have been spending time at the condo. here’s progress so far. can hardly wait until Lola gets moved home. 

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          this is a charity quilt. i so try to make the ugly ducking tops better but there was just no cohesion to this one. i suppose they were just trying to use up chuncks of assorted fabrics. i thought feathers would help. sadly, not so much!

          returned another top to the club as the back was abut 30 inches short. so in the mean time did one of my own.  built this one before we moved here so it’s been in the tote for many months. bright and fun and did big easy circles. i love it.  

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          it’s also time to get the weavers membership up to date so i can reconcile my list with the RCSC. not terribly hard but a nuisance every 6 months. got new name tags made last week.

          Louie says ‘ hi' to all his fans out there. he’s posing in his new temporary room. (my shower stall) 

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          All the workers took last Saturday and Sunday off but today we have lots of sawing and pounding happening. i need to do laundry. there seems to be no easy way to reach the washer any longer except to go out the front door and into the garage from that direction. certainly don’t want to get in the way of progress out there. 

          I’m trying to adopt Louie’s new attitude only without the drugs. Looking for comfort amid all the chaos. 

later

maggie


Construction Underway

i suppose everytone knows that in order to make progress you have to destroy what you’re starting with. this is just what they’ve done and we have pictures to prove it. photo is from the back looking into what the patio used to look like. 

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Then we did this with it. 


then it went to this. and this and this. 



the next day. AND THE NOISE!!!!


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the schedule is:  monday it gets inspected. Tuesday is the cement pour and wednesday the lumber is delivered. that’s as far as i know. 

but the talk of the neighborhood is the port-a-potty out front beside one of the lions. really classes up the neighborhood!  plus there are usually 2-3 construction trucks parked in front of houses down the block. 

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Louie is not happy but with a little magic bottle of help from Washington he’s managing. and he’s only escaped once. the neighbor let us know he was loose and thank goodness he’s such a chicken. he desperately wanted back inside. he spends a lot of time siting by the door between the weaving room and freedom and cries because i won’t open it. So this is his new room.  when the workmen are here he perches on the very top of his cat tree and supervises. 

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          in the mean time we’re living in a complete mess. Boxes and bags and extra furniture stacked everywhere. i’ve moved into Gary’s bathroom because Louie has moved into mine. my bedroom has a path to the bed and a path to the dresser so i can get clean underwear. can’t find anything. have black plastic garbage bags stacked behind and against all the living room furniture. i hate living like this. keep telling myself it’s only temporary. am posting this sign on the one mirror that isn’t blocked by boxes.  running off to the condo to spend time with Lola. 

later

maggie


 
















Tomorrow is Start Day

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          The weaving room is pretty much emptied out. except for the big things that won’t fit thru the door. Like the loom. also left a very heavy chest of drawers and several other wood weaving items. also left the stuff attached to the walls. cone racks take up the wall against the garage and my airplane prop hanging above the windows. it’s going to have to come down because that wall is going to be torn down but figuring the contractors can climb the ladder. am hoping they can save the leather strapping that holds it up there. 

          my bedroom looks like a tidy hoarder lives here. i have a path to the bed and a path to the comouter. Boxes and boxes stacked over my eye level. left just enough room for Louie’s cat tree in front of one window. the other window is completely blocked. and getting into my closet is a tight squeeze. the living room isnt much better. i hate living in chaos. 

          did see the pulmanary doctor this week. he was his normal unpleasant un-communicative self. this time i only had to wait in the exam room 45 minutes which was an improvement. he looked at the ct scans and admitted my problem was sarcoid. Duh!.  isn’t that what i told him several appointments ago and he didn’t believe me. now he’s putting me on prednisone. says they should have done that 50 years ago. will pick up the prescription but not sure i’m going to take it. 2 pills twice a day 30 mg each. every instinct in my body is screaming at me not to put that drug in my body. anyway - I’ve scheduled an appointment with a second pulmonary dr. she isn’t taking new patients but seemed to make an exception when i mentioned who i had been seeing. just told her he wasn’t a good fit. have a feeling i’m not the first she’s inherited this way. 

          on a positive note i did get a clean bill of health from my dentist. at this point every positive thing counts.  

          attended a meeting at the weaving studio. need to get my butt in gear and get the loom warped for the workshop. and name tags printed. 

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         also need to get to the condo and finish the current top on the machine. have had to go begging for a thread that would match or at least work with the rusty pink color. the color looks much better in the photo than in real life. i need a lighter shade to not look shocking on the white and pastel blocks. 

          the brown iquilt n the photo is one i completed last week. recived a call yesterday asking if i could take a ‘time sensitive’ quilt. had to say sorry. can’t do it until probably next week. she’ll call me back later in the week.  

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          plus i’m participating in a blog hop.  have never done anything like this before. it sounded interesting and fun. the dreadful threads in washington had challenges on occasion and some of the items coming from those were amazing. Anyway i contacted the leader and said i’d like play.  i thought it was simple- you make a quilt, send the photo in and she posts it.  nope. she explained everything and gave me a date that it has to be posted on my blog. the topic changes every month. the month i’d been looking at was January. this is February and this month’s topic is ‘wings’.  dragons, birds, airplanes, bbq hot wings etc. and there is a large number of quilt blocks with wings and flying in the name. lots of options. i’ve already got the fabrics picked out now to just make a decision.  and find the time. wonder what next month will be. 

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          however i enjoy being busy and with these deadlines it’ll get me motivated. And not stressing over the work crew that’s scheduled for tomorrow. they will be delivering the port-a-poddy and trailer for construction garbage tomorrow too. will take pictures as they demolis the whole back of the house and the rebuilding as it happens. 

          Louie’s furniture gets moved to my bathroom later today. and he’s already on his calming drugs, though i’m not sure they’re working. the last 2 days he’s been like a wild child. Spilling items and breaking glasses.  started out with 2 drops in his food but may have to up the dosage.

later

Maggie


We Have A Date!

          the trusses will be delivered and the de-construction will start Monday, the 28th.  Hurray! it’s about time. now to get the weaving room packed up. have no idea where all those boxes are going to fit. hate the idea of packing them back to the condo but it may come to that. my bedroom is big but not that big and there’s a loom sitting in the middle that needs a warp in preparation for the upcoming workshop. Then over the weekend i need to get all Louie’s furniture moved out. have decided his rug and litter box will move into my shower stall. it’s big enough, his outside cat tree will move to one of my bedroom windows that isn’t blocked by boxes of weaving stuff. and he’ll be started on CBD drops in his food. he loves spending time outside in the patio and he’s going to one unhappy kitty. 

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So i’ve finished another quilt top. this one is out of a left over batik jelly roll. it’s now at the condo waiting it’s turn on Lola.  

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and here’s a second one in process. the rows just need stitching together. Seems i had the fan on during this picture. these blocks had been built years back and stuffed in a zip lock. ran across them, cut them in half and stitched to a different half just to make it more interesting. now to finish stitching the rows together. 


          and finally completed the quilting on the biggest quilt i’ve ever taken on. giant log cabin blocks! even thou it went on forever it was enjoyable. straight and flat. no where did i have to fudge anything. the picture doesn’t show the actual size but i had just enough space to park the machine on one side and about 4 inches on the other side. 


          and here’s a long distance shot of Louie on his indoor cat tree. he doesn’t often perch on the top. it’s not that stable for such a heavy cat. and as you can see he hangs over on all sides. he gets up there and thinks about leaping onto the top of the book case or even the drapery rod. one of these days when i’m not watching and yelling at him he’ll actually try it. the window behind him will eventually be a slider onto the new patio that isn’t there yet.


when-you-exercise

          will be seeing my pulmanary dr this coming week. along with my dentist (just for a check up). am nervous about find out the results of all the tests. did get tested for valley fever but haven’t heard back on that one either. have been wearing my oxygen and causing problems with the tubing running thru out the house. it’s going to take forever to get used to it and it makes the top of my ears hurt.  that quote pretty much gives my exercise routine for the month. 

later

maggie