Friday, August 29, 2008


This week I have been knitting in the evenings. I am working on a pair of socks. The first one is done and it fits (always a plus) and the second one is over half done. Maybe tonight I'll get it finished. Already I'm thinking of what color I want to make next. I can't remember what the name of the yarn is and the cats have hidden the label. It is a superwash sock yarn. I am knitting it with a size 3 needle. I can use a size #1 or #2, but I like #3 better. The more knitting I do the more I enjoy it. My sister in law finally got her shawl in the mail that I made and she really likes it. I'm thinking about doing another one. I saw a pattern in PieceWork Magazine (July/August 2008) issue that I'd like to try. I working up my confidence to go buy the yarn and start it. Maybe after the trip to Idaho I'll be ready. Note: The trip to Idaho maybe happening on Wednesday the new word is we are supposed to be able to sign papers on Thursday afternoon. The adventure continues. Stay tuned for further developements.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is upon us. We were supposed to leave on Sunday to go sign papers for our new place. This morning we get a phone call from the realtor saying that the repairs that were supposed to be done aren't and the legal description isn't correct. So now we are waiting to hear if we will close on the second or if it will be closer to the end of the month. I was so looking forward to a mini vacation. Drat!
On the positive side I did 2 customer quilts this week. The first one is a baby quilt and it is very bright and cheerful. The baby should be kept very busy trying to figure out what it is. The second quilt is for a cancer patient. She loves Hawaii so all the fabrics are Hawaiin fabric. Just simple squares but very colorful. Our weather the last two weeks has been rainy and cloudy seems more like mid October than August. Makes me want to sew quilts. Quiltville has the fabric listed for the next mystery quilt. Hopefully, I'll be able to work on it. Hope everyone has a safe and fun Labor Day.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Peaceful Tuesday

Amanda at is having a giveaway for her 100th post. Her blog is very well done and an enjoyable read so drop over and say hello.
The lunch at Oliver Garden was very good we both had the Chicken Scampi. Today has been a lazy day here so I think I am going to go get some knitting done while I listen to the news.

Happy Birthday to my Husband

Today is my husband's 62nd birthday. He has aged well and is still a keeper. Wish I could say the same for myself. This is a picture of us at 23 with our Daughter who now has 3 teenagers. Most of my pictures are packed but the next picture is of Carl now. He is a very talented man. He's made 2 quilts, turned countless bowls and pens, made me a lovely cedar chest and he's a great cook. He plays the guitar and he writes a great story. If you get time check out the Owen Newsletter on the side of my blog and you can read some of his work. Don't get him started telling jokes he has no off switch. We have grown up together and he is my best friend. So because he doesn't want anything for his birthday because it would be something else to move I am taking him to Olive Garden for lunch.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Checking In

A very quick post and then back to work. When I get the chance I have been enjoying reading some of the blogs from other countries. I really enjoy the ones from Australia maybe because one of these days I'd like to visit there. The newest one is called Thechocolatecat. What could be better than chocolate and cats.

On the home front the mobile is history. We have filled our 3rd 30 yard dumpster with the remainder and the dirt is being smoothed out as we speak. Such a relief to have that done. Off to see what we can round up for dinner.

Monday, August 11, 2008

It's Monday

How was your weekend? We had a yard sale this weekend and in spite of off and on rain Saturday had a good sale. We will be doing it again this coming weekend attempting to reduce what has to be given away or taken to the dump. We did sell the tractor that was decorating the lawn. I'm glad it has found a new home. Now to move the old camper out to a good home.

We have managed to fill what they call a 30 yard container with pieces of the torn down mobil home and are working on our second one. It is kind of exciting that everything we clean up and clear out puts us that much closer to selling the house and moving to our new place. Guess I'd better get back to work packing. More later.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

545 People By Charlie Rose

Normally I don't stand on a soap box and try to change anyone's mind. I'm not trying to do that now, but this was sent to me and I found it very interesting so I thought I would share it with you. Agree or disagree it does make you stop and think. Enjoy.

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress.
In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.
The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.
Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.
When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
If the Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ.
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation,' or 'politics' that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you, though you appear to have several choices.

1. You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope they do something about it.
2. You can agree to vote against everyone that is currently in office, knowing that the process will take several years.
3. You can decide to run for office yourself and agree to do the job properly.
4. Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current bunch.

Demolitian Day

Today the man showed up to finish taking apart the mobile. The first picture is what it looked like 3 weeks ago before Carl started taking the aluminum siding off and the insulation out. The middle one shows how much work he did in the two weeks he worked on it and the last one on the right is what it looked like at 5p.m today when the man with the bobcat finished with it. Friday we have a 30 yard dumpster being delivered and the man with the bobcat will load that pile into it and cut up the frame for us to take to the metal place and sell it. We sold the aluminum siding plus it saves us some on the cost of the whole thing. We tried giving it away,but could find no takers.
The picture below is the good looking, hard working man once he was cleaned up from all the hard work. It's always nice to have a good looking man in the kitchen. He's a good cook also. Well, I think I'll see if he is
interested in a lesson on the finer points of the Sequence Dice game we play. I'll let you know who wins.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Only 144 Days to Christmas

Don't you just love hearing how close Christmas is in the middle of summer. That being said, if you are like me and try to make as many gifts as possible for the special people in your life instead of doing the annual Chrismas Rush Shopping and Panic, now is not to early to be thinking about Christmas. So while I was catching up by reading my favorite blogs this morning I noticed on Amanda's blog her mention of Chookyblue's 2008 Secret Santa Christmas Swap. So I went to investigate and signed up to play. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I love the lights, the music, making things for special people and most of all the food. When we were kids my sister, brother and I would spend hours trying to decide which package belonged to which person and what might be in them. Sometimes I think I had more fun doing that than actually opening them to see what was in them. So what is your favorite part of Christmas and your favorite memory of the holiday? Let me know and if you get a chance check out Chookyblue's blog with the link on my blog list. I think I may play some Christmas music while I quilt this week.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Miss Emma's Day

You've been introduced to Miss Emma in previous posts. So I thought you might like to see how she spend her sunny days. She spends all day usually in the kitchen watching the sun move across the floor and the cupboards throught the skylight. If you walk through the kitchen and pass through a patch of sun she jumps down from the chair and makes all kinds of chirping noises.

This afternoon while Miss Emma was busy I managed to get the borders on a quilt for a customer so tomorrow I will get it quilted. Packing is going well even if it's not as fast as we would like. We will be closing on our new place the end of August and this house should be up for sale and hopefully not on the market tooooooo long. Okay I'm off to eat some chicken and teach my better half the finer points of Sequence Dice.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

There hasn't been much quilting going on here just lots of packing. We have been making a dent and are feeling like the end is in site. Today I turn 62 so I will receive my first social security check in September. It's really hard to believe because I sure don't feel old.

One of the things that has to be done before we sell is to remove the mobil home that we lived in before we built the house. So for the last two weeks my husband has been taking it apart so someone can come in and finish knocking it down and removing all the pieces. We were very comfortable in it so it is kind of sad to see it in this state. This other picture is the supervisor checking in on the progress. It is amazing how much you can accumalate without even trying.
Well, now that I have stayed up to grow older I guess I'll go get my beauty sleep.