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this week flew by

          between doctor appointments i really don’t need, meetings with the bank, time with the contractor and time at the weavers studio i’m not sure what comes next. 

          dr apts:  i need new head gear for the c-pap. it’s not easy here like it is in washington. make a call, take your item to be replaced in and pick up new. not here! here it takes 4 different appointments. am hoping once i’m established as a user it will be simplier. 

          Bank: i know the world has changed but 4 - 6 weeks for a simple loan is ridiculous! years ago the same bank financed my buying a house. whole process took a week. The people i was purchasing from banked there, i banked there. we went in together (no realtor involvement). they sold it, i bought it. this is  a first for applying for a loan using face time. Anyway we  were able to gather all the paperwork they required by the next day and scanned it to them. now to wait. 

          Contractor; we chose Yourson construction. i’ve been assigned my own project manager (whose name i can’t remember). we paid for the architectural plans which are currently being drawn up. i know it’s going to be a long haul. 

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          weaving time:  completed the 3 silk/alpaca shawls on my home loom. fringed, washed and pressed. they are at the studio to be judged by the quality control person. will get photos when they get put up for sale. This pix is of the underside of one of them. all 3 are very neutral shades of beige, tan and gray. 

          loom at the studio has one more day of work on the warp and then it too is done. it’s unmercerized cotton meant to be dish towels and maybe will have a few. am also thinking of cutting it up and making some kind of bags. the circle patterns tend to come and go because of my color choices so i don’t consider it a success. 

          Board meeting; will be spending time building a web site for the studio. the sun city rcsc has a web page for each club located here but we can’t access them to make changes or corrections. so far all i’ve accomplished is getting a domain name; ‘oakmontfiberarts.com’. tried for something similar starting with fiber. seems fiber anything is already taken. it’s been a long time since my web building days. need to find out if we have anykind of logo. this is basically replacing the current newsletter who’s editor has retired. 

          next week is the teachers meeting. am working on a series called ‘the next step’ which would follow Jan’s beginning class. transitioning people from the table looms to floor looms. the lecture demo’s we’ve done in the past just aren’t enough. folks needs hands on. i learned a lot about what is wanted/needed by working over there this summer and listening to what the new weavers don’t know. 

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           this photo is Lucy. one of the house guests we had last week. i had to ask for a picture since i forgot to take one. This does not show her profile.  the eyelashes on this pup are at least an inch long.  thick and lush. she’s a sweetie and very well behaved. too bad Louie didn’t like her. 

          off to the condo. Lola has been on ignore for the last couple of weeks. i’m sure the quilt that’s mounted is probably dusty by now. 

later

maggie

i keep telling myself’ slow progress is better than no progress’. 


a week of company

          have spent the week visiting and doing show and tell around Sun City. Grrr’s high school buddy from years back and his wife are staying at the condo and trying not to get lost. she had done some research Sun City and they have hooked up with a realtor to look at houses. he’s retired but she still works and should easily get transferred. i hope they find a place. she and i have a lot in common and the two men together act like a couple of idiot teenagers.  would love to have them here. 

          needless to say i have not been spending any time with Lola - other than digging out the floor in her room. our guests brought their dog Lucy and have managed to block off the longarm room. no matter how good the floor looks there are always pins floating around. i didn’t know about the dog so pretty much ignored the pins thinking nobody would be in that room.  Grrr was supposed to tell me. he communicates so well!.

          They spent a day with a realtor and looked at a handfull of houses. i only went to look at one. it was one of the brand new houses behind the sheriff posse and cemetery. a little more square footage than ours but weird floor plan. the previous owner had a long arm so i wanted to see it.  2 bedroom, 2 bathroom. about 8 feet across between neighbors. walk in and the very first room is a bedroom. next comes what she used as a sewing room. then the open kitchen/living area with a wet bar off to the side which she used as a computer/office space.  to the left was the master bedroom. (you could see the foot prints of the long arm in the carpet.) large room with a spacious bathroom and giagantic closet. i’ve never owned enough cloths for a room like that. would make a great fabric stash room. i really liked the paint color. not gray exactly, more of a taupe and wonderful tile flooring. The big take home was the lighting she’d had installed in her sewing room. we just may go with that when the remodel of the patio begins. 

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          speaking of patio. we’ve selected the contractor and will be calling him monday to get the project started. he’s the one told me the actual work probably wouldn't start until January. takes time for the architect and permits. now that we’ve made the decision i want it DONE!

          nothing to show this week.  should have gotten a pix of Lucy, their dog, before they left this moring back to Idaho. cute chocolate cocker spaniel. calm and very well behaved. we introduced her to Louie. she didn’t try to chase or even sniff. was totaly un-interested. Louie stood his ground then left the room in huff. i’m thinking no panic attack so it went well. so Lucy pretty much stayed at the condo. 

          today is for spending at the loom. 

           here’s Louie’s weekly photo shoot. he’s been known to nap up on the back of this chair. but when he relaxes he falls off and acts like it was my fault. he’s a very serious cat.

Maggie


My Rules of Life


          i’m often asked about my signature lines at the ends of my emails. usually short pithy little sayings i’ve collected over the years. they’re kept in a file and the Mac randomly chooses one from the list every time i hit send. was asked if i had a top 10 list. made me think about it. so for now here’s my list subject to change on a whim. 

Life is not fair. get over it. 

when given a choice pick the one you’ve never tried before. 

when a door closes don’t re-open it. you can’t go back and change things. start from where you are. 

choose to be happy. Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

 Choose friends whose first instinct is to smile and make eye contact. They are keepers in your life. 

Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts out being excellent at anything. Fall in love with the process and results will come. 

Science and facts don’t care if you believe them or not. 

todays crises is tomorrows old news. (note to self. Let shit go.) 

Always trust your first instinct. if it feels wrong - it is. 

and according to Grrr. If you point a gun at a cop and get shot you are not a victim of anything. 


now it’s your turn. let me know what your life beliefs are. 

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adding one more. life is better with a cat. (and some cats have a foot fetish)

later

Maggie

Can’t Believe i did this!

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          and i know better.  it’s something i always warn new weavers about. some patterns are written for rising shed looms and some are written for sinking shed looms. when i was weaving on glimakra counter marche looms i always paid attention to x's and o’s.  the x’s sink and the o’s (or bubbles as i thought of them) raise.  now i’m working on an 8 harness gilmore jack.  threaded up huck lace using a yummy blend of silk and alpaca. wonderful to the touch in 2 shades of natural browns and tans. warped up that loom, wove about 6 inches and the pattern just wasn’t working. how can huck lace go so wrong?? had woven just enough to pass over and around the breast beam. and guess what. the pattern is on the underside. i know better!  have enough warp that for the second shawl i can change out the treadles so the second one will weave right side up. here’s compairing the top side (back) to the correct side.   AAACCKKKK!

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this is what i’m seeing while weaving.  the photo with the blue filler thread is the pattern on the underside.

          had some rain on wednesday. temp was down to 85 (from 107 yesterday) with high humidity. walked outside and my glasses fogged up. i’ve never had that happen before. back home your glasses needed actual wipers. you got fog when you went indoors. 

          Lola and i are having issues. i swear there are gremlins that live at the condo and mess with her while i’m gone. she works perfectly and 2 days later she won’t pick up bobbin thread. i tried everything on my checklist. Last resort is timing. this is the first time i’ve had to do this to my new machine.  first of all Grrr had to come over to loosen the bolts. And he had to use pliers along with some grunting and growling. (sometimes i wonder if maybe he just makes it seem hard to make me feel like i’m not such a wimp.) anyway - he got everything loosened so i could do my thing. This hook assembly is different. i can get the hook in the right place in relation to the needle but then the notch is too far away. came home and watched a video. it tells me there’s another screw under there so will go back this morning to find it. 

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          have received 2 estimates on construction for the patio. have 2 more appointments for next week. as much as i dread living thru the turmoil and mess and i’d like get it over with asap. 

       had a dr apt for my annual check up. she made me get a mamogram appointment, a bone density test (because i turned 70!) and a flu shot (not that it did me much good last year)  so besides minor ‘ old age aches and pains’  i’m good for another year. 

later

Maggie



Club Quilts

          internet at the weaving studio sucks!  as do the connections at Bell and Sun Dial. in order to access the RCSC network and make the necessary changes to the member ship list that i manage for the weavers my computer has to be physically in their office. last year i filed an official complaint. so again i went the the main office, pulled up an end-table to one of the chairs in the waiting room, set up my computer and spread out the paper work and proceeded to update the membership list. several people questioned me but when they realized how unhappy i was over having to do this they left me alone. 

          The screen in the patio got repaired. not sure how long the warranty is for but hopfully we’ll have remodeled the entire room by then. but as far as i know Louie stayed home those few days. 

          interviewed 3 different contractors. so far have only received one estimate. was as shocking as we expected.  waiting for the others to compare. verbally the biggest difference is the amount of time i was given as to completion of the project. notbody’s willing to put that in writing. 

          off to spend time with Lola. it will be nice when i don’t have to drive 2 miles back and forth to spend the day quilting. at the moment am caught up with the club quilts so am working on my own. but i seem to be losing ground. Have 3 of mine completed and 4 new tops to add to the totes of waiting in line.  have been working on unfinished projects, some from years ago. 

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          so for now here’s some pix of what i’ve completed.

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          the pink one above does not seem to have a photo of the entire quilt top. it was an oriental fabrics with large flowers so i simply made more flowers and added petals to the ones that got cut off. 

          and here’s a photo of a top i finially got together with Louie auditioning it on Grrr’s bed. these were blocks were stuffed in a zip lock bag years ago.  brown and black is always dramatic. now to see how many years it sits in the tote waiting for quilting. 

        even thou i still have a bunch more zip locks in the drawer i’m feeling it’s time to start a new quilt. received an email advertisement from the local quilt shop. (i’ts about 5 blocks away) for a class on a new pattern that just came out. however by the time i read the email the first class was over and it wasn’t the type of thing where i could start in the middle. did purchase the pattern and am planning on starting on my own.   

          forecast for today is HOT. not 116 hot like when Grrr was gone but summer hot like 110. it’s fall. everyone has said this is when the temps start coming down. 

          i’m waiting. 

maggie



uneventful week

          no big news or even any rants from me this week. have kind of enjoyed listening to the news and imagining what it must be like in trumpville. no way can my rants complare with the trump melt downs of my imagination. makes for a good show. 

          we’ve been interviewing contractors for the work of enclosing the existing patio area. have one more to go. do have a guy scheduled to do a power wash to the house. the layers of dust are so bad even Grrr can see it. he’s also going to rip up the shabby carpet in the front patio area and put a finish on the cement. 

          since i don’t have any new work or even any progress on any old work i’m posting pictures of small pieces  i’ve done over the years and liked enough to keep. some have a story, some have meaning to me. some i just liked. 

          This first one was a challenge piece to represent your favorite song. Mary Hales and i were taking a class and i can’t remember who the teacher was. the class was a series of challenges. an exercise to make us streatch our imaginations and existing quilt rules. she always supplied a fabric that we were required to use, which is the background print in this one. i’ve always loved the song ‘time in a bottle’ by jim croche. the bottle has netting over the front and actually holds an antique watch. 

          The black background of the one below represents the group i belonged (still belong) to back in washington. We were having a group birthday and each made a little quilt that represented us as a group. there were 12 of us at that point. each very different but drop us into a pile and it makes a fun and interesting mash up. so these 12 shapes in fun colors and prints represent my ‘dreadful threads’ group. i miss you guys. 

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          the left side picture was another challenge. we were told to pick a shape, preferably one we’ve never used before - so no squares or traditional quilt block shapes and repeat it. Most folks in the group found a shape that would tessellate. i spent some time with paper and scissors and came up with this flower or ameba shape. the hard part was selecting the background fabric and knowing when to quit with the embellishments. 

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          you never know where or when you will get an idea. The tiny teal colored one came from looking at an xray of my teeth.  we had just gone over the xrays and he had explained everything i was looking at.  sitting in the dentist chair i try to put myself somewhere else in my imagination. and my imagination just had to make it look better. 

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          back to another dreadful threads challenge. we were each given a word. mine as you can see was penultimate. i’d never heard that word let alone had any kind of definition for it. poor thing still needs a binding. these are examples of penultimate in brail, binary, naval flag code, morse code. Anything i could think of. 








            Circles!  this was a class with Reynola. we each brought a fabric grouping and learned how to make a circle quilt. dont think she had much confidence that i could pull it off and without her contribution of orange dots i couldn’t have. then had to go visit her to ask for enough more orange for the skinny border. it’s still one of my favorites. the unfortunte thing is several of the fabrics have faded over the years and now look brown rather than black. 



          and now just one more. i love pinwheels. the quilting world came out with a twist and turn ruler years back. i’d made several pinwheel quilts earlier but this ruler made it easier. this one is all fussy cut with stripe fabric prints. bright and fun to make. still hangs in the condo over the dining room table. 

          so enough show and tell for the morning. off to the condo to work on someone elses quilt. 

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          and here’s the expected photo of Louie Louie in his favorite position. this cat is seldom upright. 

later

Maggie




Labor Day Holiday Rant

          labor day and i’m getting inundated with Christmas ads and sales.  the discounts aren’t good enough to even tempt me.  but the big problem here is that it’s Labor Day, the first week in September. this culture is all about getting us to spend $. 

          starting christmas is ok if you’re going to make hand made gifts. yes, definately start now but don’t push anyone else into premature buying, baking, decorating. let’s slow down and appreciate that we can enjoy a traditional Labor Day with parades, flag waving and picnics. Take some time to honor the people who built this country;  the men and women who worked the roads, factories, farms and mills and be greatful. 

          and maybe think about the next holiday.

 where did i put the halloween decorations?

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i’m just cranky. de-scaled the coffee pot yesterday and my first cup of coffee this morning tasted like vinegar. bad way to start the day so i’m taking it out with a rant on facebook. 

sorry folks. 

Maggie

a couple finishes

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          this is what i changed the weft to on the loom. had about 15 inches of the the tencel woven and decided i didn’t like it. cut it all out and went with a contrasting color. this is a light pink slubby cotton with a dark tencel tabby. slow weaving but a much better look. i generally don’t do anything that needs tabby. when i need tabby i enerally turn the weave structure so the tabby is included in the warp. changing shuttles every shot annoys me. i am addicted to the rhythmic repetitious throwing, catching, beating routine. it’s my happy place. 

          am working my way thru the project bags in the sewing room. i gave away a ton when we packed to move but kept my favorites. These are large zip locks with stacks of blocks from past swaps, trades and just unfinished projects.  this top is an example. most of these just need the blocks sewn together.  it’s now ready for Lola. she’s still at least a tote behind on personal quilts and 3 behind on quilts for others. need to get over there. 

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the black and white is from another bag of blocks. came out will an odd number of extra so will put them on the back. 



          purchased an additional sewing machine. it’s a sparrow ever sew madel low end. about 10 stiches and light weight. i can actually carry it. it’ll live at the condo for piecing batting and small repair jobs on tops when needed. took it to the quilt club and learned the how’s and don’ts. sweet little machine. 

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          and Louie and i are having an on-going disagreement on where he sleeps. i don’t mind him in the closet but i do mind him on the clean towels.  i’ve moved the towel stack multiple times and made him more than one nest on three different shelves with towels of his own. none was acceptable. he moved to where ever the stack of clean towels were. we’ve played this game for weeks. came in yesterday and he’d pulled everything out of all 3 shelves onto the floor. the message was loud and clear. but i’m not giving up. i’ve moved the clean towels into a cupboard with a door and am thinking i need to sneak them in there when he’s not looking or he’ll be trying to figure out how to pull that door open. i thought cats liked to sleep on items that smelled of their person.  he obviously likes laundry soap smell?

          And on the house news. the roof is now fixed and the spinner thing over the garage has been replaced. It won’t screech any longer so the neighbor can stop complaining. 

off to the condo to spend the day with Lola. till next week

Maggie














Missed Saturday Completely

          I’m better this week. have stopped watching the news. have my MP3 loaded up with books. put my ear buds in and zone out. 

          spent another morning with my dentist. he’s pleased with the healing and so am i. was actually able to bite into a burger and am moving up to pizza. at this point it’s the spices that give a little sting. but i’m able to tolerate toothpaste so all is good. brushing your teeth with just a brush and no toothpaste is not a job well done. 

          the roofer was here. Glendale Roofing has worked their way down the triage list. he’s replacing about a dozen shingles. nailing a few more down, sealing everything up and replacing the spinner thing over the garage that squeals when the wind blows just right. 

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          Finished another bead rope. not wild about it. several of the color choices could have been better. 

          have this quilt top completed at the condo. Needed wavey lines so borrowed a curves ruler from a fellow long arm quilter. slow work. next in line is another pink one with lots of florals. 

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                                 this was Gussie 

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          and just for a change from Louie. as much as i complain about him attacking and biting me this was his predecessor.  wonder what it says about me that i choose cats who have a tendency towards violence.  in this photo i was asking her to move off the stack of fabric she was hatching. it only took a second for her temper to explode. too bad you can’t hear the hissing that was also happening. vet labeled her a terriorist. makes Louie seem like a teddy bear. he’s never hissed at me. his attacks are silent. 

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          since i missed yesterday completely i’m off to the condo to spend the day with Lola. 

later

Maggie


Maybe it’s too early to write this.

                getting back into the routine of have Grrr here. i’m glad he’s home safe and sound. sounds like he enjoyed his trip and other than road construction had no problems. the big change with him being home is the tv being on 20 hours a day. including at least 4 hours of news in the evenings. every channel he/we watch confirms my belief that this country is broken. Government is run by dishonest greedy men that are not concerned with the actual American people. the news media warns about financial disaster, race issues, health care, education, immigration, religion, law enforcement, they cover all the natural disasters which in my mind are due to climate change which is still being denied.  and just last night they were reporting about the new mega million VA hospital that does not treat PTSD. there is no commen sense. there is no feeling of community or even civility.  and don’t get me started on the basic physical structure of the nation; roads, bridges, air quality, our very earth. and it’s not just this country, it’s world wide. wake up people - there is no planet B. and the icing on top is the government is trying to stifle the news media. 

          as much as i don’t care for his silly sit coms and re-runs maybe the best thing to do is binge watch this mindless stuff so as to not be constantly faced with the destruction of our world. 

          i’m done for now. 

          spent another day with my dentist. for years i’ve had problems with my front teeth. there’s a strip of tissue that attaches to the space between the 2 teeth and to the inside of the upper lip. when i eat something i have to actually bite into the next day that area is sore and swollen and on occasion gets infected. this dentist here in sc offered to fix it. he uses a lazer and simply removes that strip of flesh. didn’t take long and wasn’t as awful as i expected. came home and took a nap. had soup for dinner. (no biting into anything for at least 3 days.) by then the feeling had come back and i was feeling pretty pounded. took a 3 hour nap after dinner and then went to bed.  woke up much better. took the bandage out of my mouth and put the meds in the hole he made. only hurts when i touch it or smile or laugh. 

          As far as being productive this week not much has been accomplished. it’s hot with high humidity which for me spells ‘nap'. 

          there is nothing prettier than a nice warp. wove about 8 inches and decided i didn’t like it. took it out.  needs more contrast so am changing over to white. 

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Maybe i’m just having a negative week. 



                                                         ran across this a while back. the sad thing is i think people will look in the mirror and comb their hair. 

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till next time. i promise to have a better attitude. 

Maggie