Thursday, July 31, 2014

Priming and Painting

Today we are busy priming and painting a wall and one other area in the kitchen.  Tomorrow they will finish the cabinet install.

Yesterday the counter top man was here to measure and make a template for my counter tops, backsplashes and sink - which I won't get for 3 to 4 weeks.  Also our electrician was here to put in the plug ins on one side of the kitchen so I can plug the refrigerator, washer, dryer, coffee pot and espresso machine in - a girl has her priorities.  The wall by the sink will wait till the final tile is placed after the counter tops and backsplash - translation, perhaps by mid September this remodel will be done.

Until then I am practicing patience as much as possible.  Yesterday I scrubbed & cleaned the 5th wheel so we can move out of it.  Today I've been cleaning bathrooms in the house and I need to vacuum and mop too.  I don't think what is left to be done will create a mess of any measure on the kitchen floor and at least it will be scrubbed before we move appliances back in. 

As for us moving back in - Saturday, can I get a big cheer.  I just need to be back in the house and I don't care that I'll have to use the bathroom sink to wash dishes at this point.  That sink will be so clean we won't know what to do with it, since I'll want to clean it after it's used by CR for shaving, etc.  I think it will all work out and hey we have a utility sink in the garage that we can use, or the 5th wheel sink.  We won't put the 5th wheel away because the 2nd week in August we'll be in Spokane for the week with our cancer doctors tests and check ups and such.  I have a feeling the cats and our dog will rebel after 2 weeks in it already.

No pictures today, nothing much to show but painting.  Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some pictures for you with the doors on, hardware on, molding put up.

Now if I could just kill that last darn fly in my house - little sucker is so fast he keeps getting away.  But I have killed 3 of his friends, so at least we are down to one and hopefully we won't get anymore tomorrow.

We are still in the triple digits and it's just so hot outside it's painful.  The air conditioner in the 5th wheel runs constantly by the afternoon trying to keep up.  You see it's sitting in our driveway, in full sun and the driveway is some super hot asphalt by mid afternoon.  No shade, no nothing. 

I have to say we are both exhausted, but we are so ready to move into the house that the heat and exhaustion won't keep us from that goal.

What plans do you have for the weekend?  I sure hope it's fun filled, unlike ours!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Kitchen so Far

Oh my we are back in the triple digits again today, this week, who knows for how long.  Ugh it's so hot I can't stand it and of course I had to go to the laundry mat to do laundry today.  I also did PT today and bent my knee to 126 degrees, whoohoo.  A knee that has it's original parts usually bends between 130 and 140 degrees, so I'm pretty pleased with my progress and the goal was 120, so I've achieved it and then some all in 8 weeks!!

Today they started the cabinet install.  A few issues arose, but it's easy enough to fix, but there are always issues, ugh I'll be so glad when it's all done.  Given what we do need to fix, I think we'll  hold off moving into the house for a while longer because it involves plaster mud, sanding, painting so no sense in putting the house in order again, right.

Alright, here it is so far:

The washer and dryer go in this empty place.  The floor cabinet
is new to us, we used to have a roll out dishwasher there.

The fridge goes next to the wall.  The cabinets above and
on the floor are all new cabinets that we've not had before.

The stove will go here and under the short cabinets will be a new stove vent (something
we didn't have before and I'm thrilled about.  Also the cabinet on the left is new for us.

The sink will be under the window.  Once the sink and countertops
are in place, the wall will be tiled around the window also.
The floor we had done a few years ago and we just had to have some tiles installed for where it was bare floor from the sink cabinets that were torn out.  The tile is a type of laminate flooring with grout, etc, but warm, not cold as porcelain tile tends to be.

Our friend Ken was just here and he and CR were looking things over, we discovered that they didn't leave the required 30 inches required for the stove, ugh.  I'm telling you it's just one headache after another.  I feel so fortunate to be getting this new kitchen, but I tell you I hate remodeling and I don't think anything more will be done to this house while I'm still breathing.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Quilt of Valor

I finally finished the Quilt of Valor I've been working on.  It's for someone special to me.  It's queen size, so it's bigger than a typical quilt of valor.  I used Minnick and Simpson's Grant Park fabric and I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

Our flooring guy is here doing his part and then we are ready for cabinets on Monday.  Things are coming together after a lot of stress to get everything and everyone scheduled, etc.

The heat is turning back on here and we are going back to the triple digits, ugh.

A friend gave us some delicious peaches today so I baked CR a peach cobbler.  He's been working so hard patching the walls, painting, etc.  He deserves a vacation, but no rest for us for a while.  I think as long as all of this just comes to an end and our schedule slows down he'll be happy.  I know I'll be happy.

Hope you all are having a fantastic weekend.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Trouble with Old Houses...............

The trouble with old houses is................they are always trouble, nothing is simple, surprises await you at every turn, nothing is cheap, and on and on I can go.

We had the kitchen demo on Monday and it went easy, breezy, done in about 3 hours.  So far so good, right.  Then Tuesday our electrician showed up to add some plug ins and a light above the sink and that is where the trouble started.  I believe I've mentioned that our house is 70 or so years old.  So of course things aren't up to the codes of today, but it gets worse than that.  First, we needed a new circuit breaker box.  All of the circuits were full and well some of them were so outdated I'm not sure they were safe.  So we made the big (translated - EXPENSIVE) decision to replace the box.  With that came a whole new set of troubles.  The dryer plug in was wired all wrong, there was a wire behind the wall not turned off properly (don't ask me - I don't do electrical), a multitude of issues and the worst offense of them all - our house was not grounded.  How we didn't have a house fire is any one's guess.  I think someone above was definitely looking out for us.

As of this morning we are electrically sound and the house is grounded - whew!!

Here are some pictures of the current state of the kitchen and the new electrical box.

During all of this we were without power in the house which meant no phone, Internet, cable - nothing, it was a long 2 days.

Living in the 5th wheel has had its challenges as well.  The day we moved our stuff and the kids in, I fell up the stairs and landed on my new knee - 2 days of bad pain, but luckily I didn't lose any of the bend I'd gotten and as of today I now can bend my knee to 122 degrees (the goal was 120), so a bonus of 2 degrees is just fine for me, in fact it made my day.

Then yesterday I scraped the scar area, yikes that hurt too.  Nothing like the fall, but seriously if I have to be clumsy (and I am) do I have to keep targeting my darn new knee. 

Cliff is busy patching the walls, etc and then we will paint tomorrow or Sunday.  Cabinet install is set for Monday and Tuesday and then 3 to 4 weeks till we get a sink and counter tops.  That kind of sucks, but once done it will be awesome and during that time we'll be gone for a week to Spokane for our doctor appointments (last 3 chemos coming up and then I'm done).  I can also put a lot of the kitchen away and get the house cleaned up after the HUGE mess that's been made beyond what we thought would be made.

I'm busy in the sewing room on a project that I hope to have done soon and off to my quilter in short order.  I have a deadline for this one and while it's a ways away, I can't wait till the last minute either.

Have a great weekend!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Friday, July 18, 2014


This Sunday we will start out drive way camping.  We are moving into the 5th wheel for a while because on Tuesday our present kitchen is being demolished.  Then we'll have our electrician doing some work, we'll be doing some patch work and the following Monday and Tuesday we will have the new kitchen installed.  Cabinets that is, the counter top people need the cabinets in place to make the final measurements to pour the counter tops and I just found out that they'll be here on the 30th or 31st for final measurements and it will take 3 to 4 weeks before they install - OMG, I could cry, I don't think I can live in my driveway that long - we'll have to figure out a way to live in the house and wash dishes somewhere else.  And this is why I hate/dread remodeling.

So here are pictures of the kitchen as it is now:

Old and not so pretty, but wait till you see what we are doing, I think it's going to be so awesome!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's as Hot as an Oven Outside!!

Yep, it's as hot as an oven and just completely unpleasant to be outside if you don't have to be.  I went to physical therapy this morning and walking out of the house was a blast of hot air.  It's in the 100's and as far as I'm concerned it doesn't matter where in the 100's - once it's over that mark, it's hell.  So I think we are in hell at the moment.  As luck would have it, by the weekend the weatherman says it should cool to the 90's, hmmm, not exactly cool, but I'll take it.

Speaking of PT - a replaced knee is a fickle thing.  Last week I hit 120, today I only bent to 117.  This whole thing is an exercise in patience because one day you're super woman, the next day not so much.  Up and down, one step forward, two step backward.

Well enough of my fickle knee.  I've been busy.  This weekend we went to Farmers Market and I bought some peaches.  Which meant I came home and made CR a Sour Cream Peach pie.

It sure is a good pie.  I also got started on a quilt of valor and here is the first of 20 blocks I will need to make (in different fabrics):

And I also put that embroidery finish together to make a flanged pillow.  The instructions were a bit vague, but I was able to find an awesome you tube video on it and it turned out really nice I think:

I made an envelope back and since pillow forms don't come smaller than 12x12, I even made the pillow form I stuffed in there.  Now I just need to catch up with my friend Robyn so I can give her the pillow.  It's not for any special occasion, its just because she is such a good friend and has been for over 30 years (but I'm still in my 20's - imagine that).

Tomorrow I have a doctors appointment for my knee.  I'm sure they'll be pleased with my progress.  They have to keep track of me until they release me, 3 months after surgery.

Our replacement cabinets came today, hooray.  We talked to the contractor and it may be another 2 weeks before he starts as he has a job ahead of us.  UGH, waiting is getting to be hell.  So between waiting and the weather, oh lord I need a break, right!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Friday, July 11, 2014


Odd post title isn't it.  Not so odd though when I tell you that today, 6 weeks post surgery, I got 120 degree bend with my new knee.  The goal has been 120 degrees or better and I reached 120 today.  I'm so close to having my leg be perfectly straight that it's amazing.  I have been working hard to get that bend to 120 and when I got it today I wanted to jump off the PT table and dance!!

I also hit another goal today - I'm back to driving.  I'm not on as many pain meds and my leg is feeling strong so it was time to get back into the drivers seat.  The worst of my pain seems to be between 3pm and 6pm - that end of the day and being active pain when parts are still healing.

Not much else to report.  Maddie is rested after her day of beauty (torture in her mind) and it's hot as heckola around here - supposed to be in the 100's for the next week or more and hot nights too.  Ugh, thank god for whomever invented air conditioning. 

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oh the Torture

Hi Everybody, it's Maddie.  Oh the torture - my parents took me to see Meredith for a "day of beauty" which I think is 2 hours of torture and it exhausts me so much.  Mom said a lot of you commented that I was gorgeous and I thank you - I think I'm pretty too.  I mean my folks tell me every day I'm a pretty girl and I believe them.  They also tell me I'm a sweetheart and I sure do try to be!!

It was a rough day all around.  My newest brother Rascal was in a jiggy mood today and really went after me, so I finally had to get testy with him and let him know that he'd gotten on my last nerve.  I didn't hurt him, but he got the business end of my last nerve and I think he'll think twice before bugging me like that again.  I'm a really good girl with my 3 feline brothers and very patient with them and my folks, so Mom and Dad told me that it was okay that I let him have it.

As you can see I'm totally worn out from all that primping, thankfully it's only every 6 weeks!!


Mom wanted me to tell you that her and Dad really enjoyed the Old Wives Cake that she posted about yesterday.  It has a definite anise taste and since they both love anise, they thought it was wonderful.  It's not to strong of a taste and the cake is somewhat dense and the texture of a sponge cake.  Of course I didn't get any, dog gone it!!

May your leash be long and your treats plentiful,

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Do you have welcome signs at your front door?  We have always had a sign of some sort and years ago CR bought me this super cool welcome sign with a bear that was on the side of our house.  The sign was originally very rustic (rusty looking).  When we resided the house, we wanted to hang it closer to our front door and we decided it was time to change up it's look.  So CR recently spray painted it black and it looks fabulous!!

Welcome to our house:


Today was a rough day at PT.  I woke up with a stiff leg and knee and it just has not loosened up at all.  My exercises were difficult and rather than the 115 degree bend I got on Monday, darn knee would only give a 112 degree bend.  It also was not being cooperative in straightening out.  And I can honestly say it's been aching all darn day.  I hope that tomorrow it comes around and isn't so stiff, I mean really, didn't it get the memo that I have goals!!

Today I baked CR a cake recipe I found a few weeks ago.  It's called an Old Wives Cake and it's origins are Dutch.  It sounded so interesting and it has anise in it.  It's still cooling so I can't tell you yet if we like it, but it sure smells good and looks pretty:

If you're interested in the recipe I found it here at Jo Cooks.  She has some great recipes and I love to read about what she is cooking or baking.

I'm going to finally get started on a very special quilt - everything is set out and ready (I did all the cutting before surgery - so the hard part is done).  I've been busy with other silly little things around the house so I'm a bit late getting to my sewing, but that's okay, at least I feel up to it and have the focus to do it.

It's over 100 right now and is supposed to stay that way for several days.  Typical for this time of year in our area.  It's just not fun to be outside when it's this hot though, so I stay inside.  CR still goes outside and does stuff - I personally don't know how he does it in the heat of the day.  He's always puttering around and busy.

Tomorrow Madison has a day of beauty, which means bath and a haircut and it also means she will not be happy with me.  While she is getting her beauty on, I'll be at my friend Kelly's house visiting and checking out a quilt she recently made.  I can't wait to see this quilt the fabrics she described to me are gorgeous and I love the pattern she used.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Sunday, July 6, 2014


Focus is something I didn't have for quite a while.  Those darn drugs just mess with my ability to read, sew, embroider, etc.  Mostly they allow me to drool a lot and wonder if I should be doing something, anything, but only wonder - lets not get crazy and actually do it mind you!!  If I did get anything done it took a lot of internal "you can do it" talk to get there.

But lately I seem to have more focus, not enough to drive mind you - can't drive on drugs, just not worth it.  But I picked up my embroidery again.  And I finished something.

This will be a pillow when all is said and done for my good friend Robyn.  I didn't have much left to do on it, so I decided to try and see if I could concentrate and finish it, hooray for me  -  I did.

We had a nice 4th of July here.  Our friend Ken and Kelly & Roy came over.  We had yummy appetizers that included salami, cheeses, grapes, bread, crackers and a dip for the bread.  For dinner we had beer can chicken, pasta salad and a Chocolate Rootbeer Pound cake with a white chocolate frosting for desert.

Then that night I died I was so tired that I didn't even watch the fireworks.  I was on the go for 2 days and I guess I didn't realize how much I'd done and how it had gotten to me.  The night of the 4th I was having trouble getting my pain under control and I was so wiped out that I slept till 9:30 the next morning.  Now that is unheard of for me, I'm usually up by 7 most of the time.  We didn't go to breakfast or farmers market yesterday sadly.  But I did have the energy to go to the grocery store and a day of rest was all I needed to get back on track.  Tired or not, I don't regret having people over for the 4th as it was a good time and fun to do.  Part of our celebration was Kelly retiring.  I'm so thrilled for her and now we can get together in the middle of the week and have sew days, etc.

I have to update you on my little Rascal.  He is one amazing little cat.  Recently he's taken to bringing the ball with a bell in it to me on my recliner and I throw it for him, he retrieves it and comes back with it to be thrown again.  I've never know a cat who loves to play as much as this little guy.  All those toys are finally being put to good use.  He also loves to put things under the fridge, stove, etc and then it's great fun to help Dad get them out with the flashlight and a yard stick.  Great fun people!!  He is up to 11 pounds now and very healthy and happy and still an extremely snuggly little guy who comes to me several times a day to nuzzle my neck and take a nap and purr the whole time.

One of Rascal's favorite places to take a nap is the basket of quilts - I love how
relaxed he is despite his back end hanging out of the basket

Thank you all for the prayers for my Auntie.  She had a test to determine if her heart valve was leaking enough to warrant surgery and while it is leaking a bit, not enough to do surgery so she doesn't have to worry about that right now.  She's been through a lot this year and I'm so grateful she doesn't have to deal with a surgery too.  That said she is a trooper and would do it and not complain if it was needed.

Now if you wouldn't mind another prayer/good vibe request.  Our friend Charlotte's father is really ill.  He didn't feel good and went to the doctor only to find out he has cancer, liver I believe and given that he is 89, things are not looking good.  Kelly got a text on the 4th that he was in the hospital and that they would be looking into hospice.  Char's dad has been super healthy with the exception of a heart attack in his 50's so you can imagine how hard this is on our friend.  It is never easy to see someone you love in this circumstance and that you know they will be leaving you soon.  I pray everyday to give her strength for what is ahead and for her mom and dad too.

Alright, perhaps with my sewing mojo and focus back you'll be seeing some more finishes out of me.  Our new cabinets to replace the damaged ones should arrive on the 14th and hopefully we will have a brand new kitchen sooner rather than later.  I truly can't wait for the messy process to begin.

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday weekend if you live in the states and a wonderful weekend for everyone else.

And a very Happy Birthday to my friend Becky in the Chicago area.  Hope she is celebrating and making the most of it!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,