Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

Well, just 5 more days and I'll be in surgery getting yet another bionic knee.  That will make a set of bionic knees and a bionic hip.  And hopefully the arthritis will stop, I haven't got time for this, and it hurts!!

In the meantime, tomorrow is Easter.  I wasn't going to do anything special and then I watched Pioneer Woman on the Food network last Saturday and this one dish she made got me thinking, well I have to cook anyhow.  So I got a bone in spiral cut ham and I'm going to make Pioneer Woman's funeral potatoes to go with it.  Sounds depressing right, well these potatoes have sour cream and cheese and all sorts of stuff that make them a heart attack in a casserole dish of goodness.  I don't usually cook stuff like this but I figure once a year, why not.

I've been spring cleaning and dusting and moving furniture and going to town on the house.  I won't be doing any deep cleaning for a few weeks after surgery so I figured I could start out with a nice clean house.  And after the heat pump and furnace install, wow, this house needed the deep cleaning.

I also got busy last weekend and put together 5 table runners.  Three for me and 2 for the Aunties:

I made this one for the side table by my chair and a second one for my Aunt Shirl

I made this one for my coffee table.  I didn't have enough fabric to make more than one.

This seems to be the only photo I have of my blue and yellow one.  It was material I had in my stash and I thought it would make a pretty runner, I also made one for my Aunt Jean.
Once I completed the table runners I had to take my sewing machine in for her yearly tune up.  She's only 5 months overdue.  I should have taken it in last October, but I totally forgot.  Last fall and part of the winter were very stressful and tune ups were the last thing on my mind.  I miss my sewing machine when she's in the shop.  It's okay if she is here and I'm to busy to use her, but if she's gone, I keep wanting to start a project.

Last week I took this picture of our oldest cat Chanceman, he's such a beautiful boy, I thought I should share it:


Just small things left to do.  Monday I'll vacuum and mop.  Tuesday I'll do some cooking and baking.  Wednesday I'll do the laundry and get my hair colored.  I won't know till Wednesday afternoon what time my surgery will be.  

Happy Easter to you all and Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, March 7, 2016

Exhausting Week

Boy oh boy was last week exhausting.  First the very long day to install the new heat pump/furnace and thermostat.  Then a day of duct cleaning and sealing.  Then I go to clean house on Saturday and my darn vacuum gives out on me.  Seriously, I can't take much more.  Can't something cheap break down, that is easy to replace or something you don't have to replace right away.

At the end of last week I discovered an extremely ugly, short piece of white rain gutter on the house by where the new heat pump is - I was not amused at this discovery:


 Apparently in order to get the PUD's (public utility district) rebate for the new installation they require this rain gutter thing.  It would make since if the unit was directly under the roof line, however it sits back from the house almost 2 feet, which makes the rain gutter useless.  It will be removed once the rebate is approved.  How ridiculous if you ask me.

I got my new glasses last week and I'm very happy with them.  I was so sick and tired of the rectangle lenses.  I actually got 2 pairs, one for regular use and one that is specific to computer/reading/up close use.  I love both pairs, but be careful which pair you are wearing when you decide to drive to the grocery store.


 While we sat around while all the work was going on around the house last week we had the TV on and the Today show was playing.  Well this gal made a Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake and that made CR drool, so this weekend I baked him that cake, and he loves it.


 And finally there are signs of life and greenery around the place.  Hooray for spring:




That is about all I have to tell.  I was exhausted this weekend so I did a fair amount of resting to get back on my feet.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Things Are Not Built To Last

Oh the month of March.  It's all about replacing things that aren't built to last.  For starters, there is my knee, although I did get 55 years on it.  Sadly our heat pump can't make that claim.  The darn compressor died.  To replace it would have been $4000.00, which is certainly cheaper than a whole new unit, but...................the EPA phased out the refrigerant that is used in our older heat pump, so it would be hard to find a compressor, and even if we did, if it didn't last very long we'd be in the same world of hurt and out $4000.00.  So it's time for a new heat pump/furnace/thermostat.  I'd rather spend that money on a big vacation or a trip to several fabric shops.  But no, we must have a unit that works, especially in July when it's 110 outside and my menopausal self can barely stand the heat.  I need my air!

So this is the scene in my driveway - we are being installed today:


Because the furnace part goes in what is considered a cellar room under the house, accessed via an trap door opening in our closet, I had to round the cats up and put them in a back room.  Currently someone is body slamming the door to that room and they want out.  I'm pretty sure it's Rascal, he's the reason they are in there because he would be underfoot, down in the cellar and all over the place and think it's all great fun.  I just hope he's not smart enough to figure out the door knob the goof head.

My new shoes came in, they're really good tennies that have a rolling foot bed as opposed to one that bends at the toes.  With the arthritis in my big toe, this is exactly what I need and so I just picked them up.  They are Hoka Brand and the Bondi Bondi style.




They are so comfortable.  Although expensive, I think my feet will be very happy and lets face it to get shoes that are good for my feet at this point I don't get off cheaply.  I pretty much only wear Birkenstock's, Dansko's, Allegra's and now the Hoka's.

Poor Maddie does not like all the construction noise and people in and out of our house.  She's sticking by my side.  She will not like me much this afternoon when I take her to the groomers for her day of beauty.  I'm not sure what is worse - construction or a bath.

Here she is looking at me like "when will this be over":


Oh if she only knew what was coming!

Not much sewing going on, I embroider at night and I have a project that I'm working on, I do have a table runner in the works, but nothing to show yet.  

Thankfully all the coughing and such has subsided now and I can ride my bike without wheezing.  So many people getting the flu and this awful cold that I hate going out for fear of catching it again.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam