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back to the routine if you can call it that. thou being retired doesn’t seem to have a routine. 

          louie got another cat tree. am in the process of putting it together. with the bar across the screens he’s not able to perch on the ledge and watch the wild life or gossip with the next door neighbor. he’s finally quit asking to leave the house at 3:00 am to spend time next door.  so in protest he’s been steeling straight pins from the pin cushion in the sewing room. leaves them on carpet in the hall so we’ll step on them.  he sits in the window in there and keeps track of the neighborhood. now he sits infront of the closed door and complains.  

          we made a trip to the vet yesterday. he’s not feeling his normal fiesty self today and wasn’t in the mood for breakfast but he’s fine. he handled the trip so much better than i anticipated.  he did poop and loose control of his bladder all over the vet and in his travel case. But . .  no panic attack. he got a ‘cat flu’ shot and an extra rabies. i questioned the rabies because he isnt allowed outside but it was explained that since he bites and breaks the skin if i ever get an infection from one of his hunting attacks the health dept would end up getting involved. 

          i got involved with bats and the health dept when i lived on the island. Gus brought a live bat into the house. while trying to get away from us it got caught in a ceiling fan. once it was on the living room carpet we finished it off.  i called the vet to make sure her shots were up to date. (they were) but the vet called the health dept. they felt that a healthy bat would not have been knocked senseless by a ceiling fan. what a mess. they wanted the dead bat. they actually came and got it out of my garbage can. the next time the cat brought a bat in i never told anybody. just dealt with it. 

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               this is what a japanese maple looks like. the big house we sold had a different color on each side of the drive way. full and lush and i miss them. i miss the rain but am told that the monsoons are on the way. have never experienced those so will let you know. the silly lions guarding this drive way just sit there and look stupid. they just don’t have the ‘class’ those japanese maples did. 

          Ozone layer. not sure exactly what it is or how it all works but it seems to affect my breathing. my sinuses are stuffy and i’m coughing like a smoker. taking cough syrup before going to bed. Aacckk. nasty stuff

          Temps are hot. so far it’s been over 100 every day. next week is supposed to be in the 90’s. what’s surprising is i can tell the difference. 

          and here is Grrr watching glue dry. doesn’t take long living here.  in washington while waiting for glue to dry he’d come in and take a nap. he’s really anxious to get the coffee table finished but he can only work out there for a couple of hours before the heat gets to him. i’m thinking we need to put a/c or maybe a swamp cooler in the garage. 

          on my way to the condo to work on a quilt that has me stumped. have the big white spaces quilted with feathers but the rest of it. . .  keep telling myself there is no wrong but i really like this one and don’t want to screw it up.  it’s been a long time since i was this stuck.  today i’m going to ‘just do it’. 

          have a good week everyone. 



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          the large gilmore loom at the studio is now living in it’s new home and the club even made a little $ on it. a gal from Tuscon called Gilmore (Bob) and he assured her it would fit in a Subaru outback without having to take it apart. he was wrong. Maybe it would have fit in a Forrester but they couldn’t get it thru the hatch. so late friday evening we were dismantling that loom out side the double glass doors of the studio. security folks kept walking by to check on us. we’d of made lousy theives. but she and the loom are back home and even beat the rain. 

          MONSOON WARNINGS!  the proper definition of monsoon is:  a seasonal prevailing wind in the region of South and Southeast Asia, blowing from the southwest between May and September bringing rain. 

          so far in my limited experience it’s all fake news. haven't seen a drop.  in washington we describe rain with a multitude of words:  condensed sunshine, rainfall, precipitation, droplets, wet weather, drizzle , shower, storm, cloudburst, torrent, downpour, deluge, storm, flood, torrent, flurry, liquid sunshine, cats and dogs, wet air, water bombs, showers, heavy mist. i’m sure there are move but enough for now.

          Am in the process of buying a new car. 3 weeks past warranty my Subaru has a very expensive problem. the check engine light goes on along with a bunch of others. the eye sight and crash avoidance shut off, the power assist turns off.  drove directly to the dealer and he kept it. Decided that it needed the 30 thou maintance as long as it was here. mileage wise it was early but lets get it over with.  picked it up the next day and on my way home it had a completely new issue. drove right back to the dealer and told them they weren’t done. at that point decided on a test drive  a car with 28 thou miles should not have these types of problems. 

          The 2018’s have a lot more safety features. it’s almost a ‘hands free’ car. not only does it complain when you get too close to the lane lines it actually corrects and puts you back where you should be. i drove down 99 without touching the steering wheel. salesman got a little freeked out. told me this was not a ‘self driving car’ and to please put my hands back on the wheel. and foresters rate excellent on crash tests and in consumer reports so i’m sticking with them. also adding a 6 year warranty to my accessories. with all the high tech in that car there’s more to go wrong. 

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          good news - the quilters are back to meeting in the evenings. thinking enough of us complained that the rcsc board got involved. thank you Merna. guess that means i need to head to the condo and finish their quilts i have there. these are quick photos of ones i need to return. currently working on a panel of the solar system. stitching rocket ships on that one. 

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Later.      Maggie

Great Visit

              the kids, after being here for a week, are on their way home.  Daughter in law's goal was to try out every pool in every rec center. didn’t quite make it. out of 6 outside pools in 5 days we spent hours in 4 different pools.  saved Lakeview and Mt View for the next visit. showed them the local sites and visited the clubs they were interested in. 

          it was great having them here and i’m going to miss them. Grrr and i are trying to convince them to move but don’t think it’s working. besides the fact that they’re not able to retire for probably another 10 years. but they do fly so that makes it easy for short stays. and now Grrr has his car here so he’s feeling independent. 

          and i’ve learned that Louie has absolutely no loyalty. he’d trade me in for daughter in law in a flat cat minute. from the moment she walked in the door he worshiped her. the photo is him groveling at her feet for attention. if being petted by her foot is all he can get at the moment he’s good with it. he’s so happy he actually drools on her!  he completely ignores me and when she goes back to the condo he looks for her. 

          and speaking of bad cat behavior!  the next door neighbor came over last week to tell me Louie has been spending nights with her at her house. she doesn’t sleep well so sits on her patio about dawn and they visit. we had tried to block his escape holes but obviously not well enough. And one night when it was time to come home he couldn’t get back in. She opened the patio door for him. he doesn’t seem interested in hunting or chasing and doesn’t wander far. but . . .  he has no clue that he’s considered prey by other creatures out there. 

            so we had a patio screen company here for 2 days installing cat screening all the way around plus he installed a bar that prevents Louie from perching on the ledge. so now he comes in during the night, wakes me up and tells me how much he misses the next door neighor and that she needs him to visit her.  not happening!  get over it. 

          Now daily life will go back to our normal routine. Deciding what to do with my day while i’m drinking my coffee in the morning. it was a vacation for the kids but it was also a great vacations for us. we love having you here.


Ps. Louie needs me to tell you to come back. he misses you. 

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          we’re thinking that our internet is fixed. on my 5th call to them i finally got someone who not only listened but understood the problem. he scheduled us with a tech (our 3rd ) who found several problems.  i’d really like to know what the previous 2 techs even looked at. the jacks have now been repaired and rewired, an outside line that was waving in the wind and crispy with age and weather has been replaced.  we’ve have continual service since he left. his name and number on pasted on the frig just in case. this guy (Daniel) gets a gold star. 

          have re-opened my etsy shop.  only have quilts and not many to start with but i have 3 totes of tops lined up for quilting and bindings that will become available as they get completed.  and i’ve ordered a new type of thread for Lola. superior has come out with a new longarm weight and i’m giving it a try. 

          Will be taking some time off from both quilting and weaving. One of the kids plus wife are showing up this week and they’ll be living at the condo. we’re looking forward to spending time and getting caught up on the big changes in their life since they’ve also moved.  Plus they’re delivering Grrr’s car so we won’t have to schedule the car usage any longer. he’s delighted. 

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           we finally took delivery of our new kitchen chairs so now we can seat 4 people. the existing chairs have been moved to the patio with the thrift shop table. these are from American Family Warehouse. i sat in a dozen different chairs and these were the most comfortable. they have some cush and fit the lower back. 

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          and the partially woven towel on the left is the third out of 10.  these are being made to match my kitchen. my current stack of linen towels are all seconds from previous warps. on this warp the first towel got cut off and i re-sleyed the reed to 20 ends per inch. much nicer hand. the problem now is that they are narrow. still usable but not what i started out for. am using different blues as wefts and this one is a purple weft plus my favorite orange stripes. 6 more to go. have also began the process of threading the heddles on the loom at the studio. it’s very slow going over there. too many people, too many conversations and it’s the kind of pattern i have to seriously focus on. besides the fact that i’m having trouble telling the light from the dark layers. i should have known better than to try that pattern over there. but so far nobody is waiting for that loom so i’m ok. 

          We’re in the process of getting estimates to have the entire patio re-screened. what we’ve got now is bug screen and it’s falling down. these places even offers pet screening. Louie thinks parts of the existing screen are just another cat flap like his kitty door into the patio. have only caught him outside once and he came back thru the screen like it wasn’t even there. i was surprised. he’s not a brave beast. still hides from strangers and the landscapers terrify him.  

          one thing i’ve learned this week. Anything metal, hand rails, door handles, steering wheels get hot enough to burn bare skin. can’t see gloves as the answer to this but i need to find one. 



Turning 70

          first of all i want to thank everyone who sent birthday wishes. lots of folks checked in even if it’s only once a year. thank you agian. 

          turning 70 seems to be some kind of wake up call for me. life is change. my priorities are shifting, my body has already shifted. dear friends are made and some are lost. the same for pets who are just as important. 

          am facing the reality of the body wearing out. can’t ignore the fact that i’m not immortal after all. have always been of the belief that modern medicine could repair whatever damage i may have done to myself.  the medical field has yet to find a solution to aging so i might as well try to be graceful about it. 

            i don’t feel as driven as years ago. the energy and stamina of the past are just not there.  since downsizing and moving and downsizing some more i’ve begun thinking about things i want to keep in my life. picking my priorities. just what is it i love? 

          i love the gentle rocking back and forth on the loom bench while throwing the shuttle and watching the cloth grow. i enjoy all aspects of weaving but everything i do is in preparation for being in that position. once the cloth is off the loom i can look at it with satisfaction and am ready to start again.  

          i love the community i’ve discovered here. have read that weavers are rare and as i watch we seem to be growing even more so.  this country seems to be broken. it makes my weaving tribe and quilting friends even more valuable. comfort, fellowship, sharing, call it what you will this is my safe place. 

          and finally i love that dear growly grrr pushed, coaxed and lead me into these changes.  i wasn’t ready to retire, wasn’t interested in being a snowbird, didn’t want to move, wasn’t pleased with buying a house. and here i am. grateful in spite of myself and enjoying every day. 

          off to work on a loom. 



          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

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          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.


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          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.