Blog Entries

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. 

IMG 20180414 145836109IMG 20180414 145939840

          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. 

IMG 20180414 150130308

          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. 

IMG 20180331 084538670 HDR

          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!

30222315 10156330808098817 6775040635737997312 n

          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. 

IMG 20180331 084625603IMG 20180331 084600618 HDR

29510992 10214319625357326 1113622273428617493 n


          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. 

IMG 20180317 141326614IMG 20180221 140239260

          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. 

IMG 20180311 092918208

          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. 


Its the weekend again

          have been spending time at the condo with Lola.  the tablet still has issues and i still don’t have all the parts and pieces that should have been on the machine when i received it but she’s stitching up a storm. it does feel good to be back at it.  have called the dealer repeatedly. her staff at the quilt shop is getting very tired of me. Gine, the owner, is never there. i know she travels a lot but am beginning to wonder if she’s also avoiding me. Regardless, i’ve completed 4 tops for the group i belong to. this last one was not flat and square. it was narrow strips sewn onto a heavy foundation fabric. they supplied batting that is like minke and then the backing. made for a heavy duty quilt.  if i ever get any tops that are worth taking pictures of you’ll see them but none yet. 

          still no shelving in the weaving room. so all the boxes of weaving related items (and books) are still out on the patio. i had sold the schacht mighty wolf loom several weeks ago and that at least makes the room useable for the looms i have. no place for a warping mill or at this poiint even a warping board but i did bring home several warp chains from the condo closet. thank goodness i thought ahead. 

IMG 20180308 180420290 HDR

          and we now have curtains which don't show well in the photo. very plain but with lots of texture. had really hoped to find ones with red to relate to the rug but seems it’s not a good year for bright colors. and as you can see in the far left the wall art is still just leaning against the walls. (all around the room). kitchen window is still naked. those blinds have to measured and made. Lowes will call when they’re ready. 

IMG 20180216 172607768

           and on Louie news. that cat can hold a grudge. He escaped into the garage when i was bringing a load of laundry back in. would not come when called even with treats so i closed the door and left him there. really thought he’d cry when he was ready to join us and realized he’d missed dinner. nope. stubborn beast. let him out just before bed.he  did not want me to pet him, and did not come to bed. not sure who won that round. 



Still Unpacking

these boxes are never ending. the patio is looking better but lordy, there’s still a lot out there. 

IMG 20180303 214803932

          i mentioned before that i purchased the heaviest cat tree i could find. Not heavy enough. last night Louie tipped the whole thing over. kind of bent up the blinds but didn’t break the window thank goodness. i know we need to replace the windows but not yet. so moved the cat tree close to the wall in the corner. changes his view of the world but next time he hits it that hard it’ll bounce off the wall.  he’s not even full size yet. i’m guessing 12 pounds. maine coons generally get to be about 20. he’s doing so much better. using his cat door with one flap. second is still taped to the wall. he doesn’t spend extra time out there but i don’t have to stand guard any longer. 

          have draperies but no curtain rods. had to order ones long enough for both living room windows. 

          and have now taken a shower with no shower curtain. don’t recommend it. several nights ago the curtain and rod came down in the middle of the night. Both Louie and i had a moment of panic before i discovered what it was. so much for gorilla glue. next comes screws in the tiled wall. 



Panic Attacks are History

          move in day we had workmen here all day. first was the 'cool blue' repair. Grrr had discovered that there was no heat. the fan turned on but no heat. the repair guy spent hours cleaning out both dead and alive mice from the train unit in the closet. that’s what happens when a house is empty for several years. and the direct tv man spent hours in the attic hooking up 3 dish connections. we only have 2 tv’s but i now have access in my bedroom if i ever get a tv.  turned into an expensive day. 

          when they all left i brought Louie to his new home. if Louie ever needs to move again i’m putting him on kitty prozac. i’d never witnessed a cat having a panic attack before. drooling and unable to catch his breath. all i could do was hold him and talk to him. he adjusted to the condo within a couple of hours so i didn’t expect any problems. how wrong i was.  had put his food, water and litter box out on the patio but he won’t go out there unless i stand guard while he pees. i always thought cats were modest about their bathroom habits. for 24 hours that cat was glued to my leg. 

IMG 20180228 171701026

          it’s day 3 and he's come a long way. he’s now going thru the cat door. i have the flaps taped open and used his favorite treats to coax him thru it several times yesterday. he’s using the litter box out there without me guarding him and he’s back to being his starving self.  he still has no interest in his cat tree so for now it’s just a piece of furniture.  as you can see from his photo he’s definately gotten comfortable here. 

          we’re slowly getting the hang of using a new/different kitchen, showers, learning what light switch works where. scared the crap out of both of us when i thought i was turning on the under the counter lights and it was really the garbage disposal. 

          still have some items to pick up from the condo.  sold one loom so now that room looks at least useable.  this weekend is shopping for window coverings. the main room in the evenings is like living in a fish bowl. plus there are 3 windows that won’t close. it’s been cold here and my bathroom is a shock in the mornings. 

        picked up 2 quilts from the friendship group that need quilting.  they have a total of 92 tops. i nearly choked!  i need a break from trying to decide where stuff goes so using the longarm is going to be my ‘quite’ time. looking forward to it. 

          but it’s done and i’m feeling so much better. 


Back at it

          I’m not going on a rant about the house. dish tv is supposed to be connected tomorrow so tomorrow is also moving day for both of us and the cat. will let you know how it goes. 

          we had the plumber out and he sat in the bathroom waiting for the flood while grrr did a load of laundry which we think was the cause  didn’t happen. couldn’t re-creat it. so whatever was blocking the water line seems (at least for now) to be gone. a friend suggested it couldn have been a cockroach nest since the place was vacant for so long. ugly thought. am hoping they all drowned. 

          spent yesterday at the club for ‘Oakmont Fun Day’. completely social with a lot of folks wandering thru to see what our excitement is about. people asked about beginning classes. hopefully they’ll come back in the fall when the next one is scheduled. i’ve never done a summer here and am not up to teaching beginners but it just may be a good idea to run a basic class. felt so good to be back among my tribe members. 

          did get one quilt completed on Lola. the computer still has a glitch. the tech at ABM told me it was the usb. didn’t say if it was the plug part from the machine or the port in the tablet but it doesn’t always make a connection. called my dealer. her standard comeback is to call the help line. i’ve spent 2 hours on that help line. he told me what the problem was. his suggestion is to unplug and re-plug it in. sometimes that works. sometimes not. not acceptable!  have agreed to do charity quilts for the ‘friendship quilters’ group i belong to. i need to be able to depend on the machine. 

IMG 20180212 214630208

          my sweet cuddly cat is turning into a wild child. he has a fetish for ice cubes. licks them until he shivers and then wants more. have put them in his water dish but then the dish gets pushed around and spilled under the cabinet. he much prefers my glass anyway.  he also wants outside in the worst way. he understands how door knobs work. it’s a good thing they took off his thumbs. he tries so hard to turn knob pleading loudly to go out. the birds are driving him crazy. am hoping the screen around the patio will contain him.                                                                                                     


       i purchased the heaviest cat tree i could find but thinking it may need to be nailed to the floor.  i’ve talked about how he likes to spend time in hidden corners. no longer true. He's discovered he can jump. i have visions of him hitting this cat tree 5 feet up and the whole thing crashing down.  he hasen’t seen it yet. Tomorrow. 

          and i’m healthy. caugh pretty much gone and feeling optimistic (for a change)




Crap Crap Crap

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