August 2007

i realized yesterday that while i had been out there (and ‘yelling’ out my window) with thoughts something just less than wishing i could use their chain saws and other sharp instruments on them (the tree ‘butcherers’) – i was wearing this shirt!


so, today’s another day – brand new.  and i will do my best to leave yesterday’s disharmony right there!  and to get some work done as well. ^_^

the van has 4 new ‘feet’ – thought i was only buying 2, but tom thought i wanted 4, and i was out wandering in the car lot when he removed all four wheels.  came in to discover same, and he in process of balancing the new tires already installed on the rims.  oops!  ok, the two back tires did not match – a result of flat tires while i was travelling – both a result of having picked up something sharp.  one of them not so old, the other happened in 2005 on the way to houston – so it had several miles on it.  now i have four matching tires and all is well – except perhaps the credit card is very thin again.  yikes!  not to worry.  Life is Good, failure is not an option!   just remember that!!

and so, today, now that i have cleared the space after cutting all i could for all the ancient art kits – except for the ginko -i will begin the ginko cutting process.  it will be good to know exactly how many i have for each.  so i will cut all that i can.  or at least 24 of each colorway.  i will then know when i need to make a new one – and i do have some new fabrics for that.

i have also made some good progress on the latest motif for the opp quilt.  have some finishing up to do on a couple others, and then i need to draw 3 new mini’s.  then i need to decide what the heck i’m doing next and how!  probably doing some bamboo in a wide border, etc.  just not ‘designed’ yet.  scary!

gotta go

love and beauty

yes, i do realize that group of guys is going to have a good time laughing about that crazy old lady who lives in this little house ‘in the woods’.  guess it’s good to spread some cheer.

and now, there is a second group here.  i was giving them an earful, and they seemed to not understand what the h i was talking about.  first, i was upset because they parked their big trucks such that i could not get out of my own driveway.  and, second, “they”, in the course of dragging all those branches across the carport, had left the parking area of our driveway littered with the cardboard boxes that had been stacked on the carport!  eventually the spokesperson for the group realized that another crew had been here before them and that they were to blame.  hmmm  i would be very tempted to say, well, “they all look the same to me”.  not a good thought.  truth is, i just didn’t really look at the first crew.  hard hats and darker skin than mine.  that’s about all i can say.  oh, and all men.  so more a case of my own lack of observation – ok, and colored by one of those conversations that still lurk in here somewhere. sorry! 

so, they moved the trucks so i could get out.  no, i wasn’t planning to go to the store this early, but just felt onery enough to do it.  when i got back, trucks were better parked, so no problem.  and, before coming back here, watched as they cleaned up the mess.  including a bag of topsoil that had been tipped over and thus emptied at the base of the little kids’ basketball hoop and some of it dragged for several feet.  for that i had to lend them a broom and dustpan. 

and NOW i plan to applique!!  my nerves could use some calming. ^_^  as in, i just need to “get off it” !!!  and stop being a B_ _ _ _ _ !

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in fact – very upset at the moment.  the tree butcherers are here and they have just done a number on my wonderful huge oak tree that provides me shade for the bedroom.  for those of you who live in a non-fire state – this is something that happens at least every other year.  this is the first time they have so badly attacked that wonderful tree.  and as i am writing, they are walking (within 7 feet of my window) by with the ‘carnage’.  they claim to cut to assure at least 13 feet between branches and wires.  however, i don’t believe the men who do the job care (or know!) one whit about the trees – so they just cut a lot to make sure they have fulfilled their requirement.  often they just leave the branches where they fall.  one year i complained about that, so now they tend to carry them out.  course that means they drag them and destroy any flowers i have planted in that bed along the path that leads to the back.  fortunately i didn’t plant anything new in there this year or it would be history about now.  at least they had to duck under that support i have for the tall baby pine tree that got bent during the winter when we had an unusual and heavy snowfall.  it’s just a long piece of fabric strips (what else?) ^_^ that go around the tree and are then tied to the garden fence – and thus you must do the limbo to pass under it. ^_^  ok, or just ‘duck’. 

 i suppose i could handle this better if i knew the cutting was done by someone who had some knowledge and care for the trees.  for these guys, it’s just a job.  and, yes, mostly they don’t speak english (at least not unless they have to).  which makes it even harder to communicate my ‘concerns’ – like they don’t understand at any level!  well, i guess it’s over for another year or two – and i’m sure that lovely old tree will survive.  perhaps if i had been a little ‘nicer’, i could have talked them into removing the dead branches which we could use, and which might eliminate a potential problem .  there is a big-ish one that will do some major damage to my shed if it lets go.  oh well.  they caught me at a bad time this time.  was already feeling ‘bad’ due to a less than wonderful sleep last night.  and so it goes. 

 it’s also a matter of feeling somewhat invaded or something – people just don’t come this close to my home.  i don’t live where there are people walking by – ever!  nor can i even see anyone – not unless they walk down the path to visit.  can’t even see cars driving by.  can hear them on the highway over there.  can barely see them sometimes if i try.  so, having several men walking by with chain saws and ropes and all manner of cutting tools – a little disconcerting. not to mention the fact that while they were in the tree, they were looking right into my bedroom window – and the bed is right under it.  when i tried to lie down because i was feeling like a really good cry – felt rather like a goldfish!  making the dogs crazy, that’s for sure.  tired of listening to that as well.  don’t want to discipline too much, for obvious reasons!  and now we are being entertained by the sound of the big chipper making mulch of what they cut.  hopefully it will end up being of use to someone.

so, on that note, i will close for now.  time to do some sewing (applique)  and recover what little sanity i can. ^_^

love and beauty

it was late and i had begun to worry – but they arrived safe and sound.  at least, part of them.  no, some of them – those who arrived did have all their parts. ^_^  the girls were dropped off at mom’s and wade requested to be dropped off here in town.  since he confessed his love for a girl before they left, i spect he beat it to her door! ^_^  10 days is a long time when you are in love and apart!

didn’t see the little ones.  by the time i walked up there, they were already in bed.  given the time zone which they had left, it was well after midnight.  long day for 3 and 4 year olds.  as for tom, he admitted he wanted to stay there.  i am sooooo glad that isn’t possible.  i do not want to go back to ohio – nor do i want to once again be across the country from him.  and i too wish that big wonderful house could stay in the family – yes, even be his.  it would be a true dream come true for him.  while i would be happy for him – would not work at all for me.  altho – that big barn would make a fabulous home and studio! hmmmm ^_^

enough of that!!!

managed to get some kits cut and some sewing done.  also the final trip to mary’s house to advise on the background – sandy delivered it to me later in the day.  i have attached a photo of my first ‘pin up’ of it.  there is much to be done.  more mini crests to draw and a border to design.  however, i am somewhat relieved to see that my idea looks acceptable so far.  guess my biggest fear is that no one will like it enough to buy tickets.  now that would be embarrassing – no, humiliating!

oppquilt.jpgonce again, got only full size option, so tried to shrink it down my self without distorting it.

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of time alone.  they are on their way home, even as we speak – somewhere in the sky above illinois, perhaps?  i expect them here before dark.  once on the ground, luggage retrieved and car gotten out of hock from the garage – there is the unhappy task of dropping the girls off at their mom’s in south s.f.   and then the long drive home with the two tired little ones, and wade.  i’ll bet suzanna is about crazy today waiting for marcus to come home!!  i know i would be! ^_^

i managed to gather all the bolts, etc in order to begin the cutting process.  chose not to begin until today.  did go to the rv to get my clothes and the tubs with patterns and notions in them.  at some point i need to make sure i have sufficient patterns for the next trip.  and then, later – there will be the need to prepare for houston – on top of the local, regular shows before! (including a big one)  ahhh, the life of the rich and famous. ^_^

had an interesting and surprising evening.  i had settled in and was sewing away on that new block/motif for the opp quilt when the phone rang.  it was erv, with a dinner invitation!  i didn’t really want to go out – was all set to make some real progress on that piece.  but, somehow i went anyway.  not to a restaurant – he was fixing something at his place.  now, understand – this is even less of a ‘normal’ place than what i have here!! he lives in a parked small ‘camper’/rv trailer within the confines of the rv and mini storage place.  well, there are actually two trailers – one kind of in front of the other.  the second one is sort of occupied by his grown and seldom there daughter.  anyway, inbetween the two he has set up an ‘outdoor’ kitchen area – complete with fridge and freezer and who knows what all.  he was cooking in a wok out there.  all of that is to the left of his landing/steps/porch and door.  to the right of the door(etc) are two chairs and one small footstool-like table, and a tree stump table.  in front of the chairs is an outdoor fireplace – about like the one in waldport – concrete block enclosure.  he spends a lot of time sitting outside in all seasons – weather permitting.  and, yes, there are tarps on frames and covering everything like a roof. 

it was a pleasant enough evening.  now he wants me to play golf on tues!!!!  i have not touched a club since some time before i moved out here 9 years ago.  have the opportunity to make a rather big fool of myself! ^_^  haven’t decided.  will admit that there is absolutely not one trace of authentic fun in my life these days.  if it isn’t work related – it doesn’t happen.  yes, i do know – not exactly “healthy”.  we shall see what happens.

ok, time to begin cutting, before the heat sets in.  then i will sit and sew.

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so far, doing ok.  getting lots of work done.  have all the nouveau kits cut, and only the iris left to package some (16).  still need to print the covers and count out beads for that one.  not sure i have enough beads left for 16. hmmm  i will definitely restock those while in houston!  may have to visit a local shop before that.

i have the third larger motif drawn for the opportunity quilt.  plan to start on it today.  poor sandy thought she had that background ‘done’, but between mary and me – well, my initiating the actions by pointing out the problem, and then having mary agree with me – the two of them have now completely disassembled it!  (still don’t see how the spell checker works – no indication with or without a double ‘s’ in the dis part of that word).  at each level of disassembly i got a call from sandy to let me know what they were doing.  the original plan was for them to return it to me this past wed.  ^_^  she wanted me to know how come it was going to be late(r).  i’m just feeling really ready to do some applique again.  oh, i did get all the beads on the one i just finished.  will take a picture and add it here.  ok, took two.  one overall and one to show beads up close.


oppiris1.jpgonce again, only got ‘full size’, so did my best to shrink it down without distorting it. 

ok, best be getting to work here.  getting hot and late.  hate to turn the cooler on again, cause then i have to close the door – hate the heat worse. ^_^

love and beauty

doing well, i think – with this ‘home alone’ stuff.  doing my best to stay positive in the face of lots of negative ‘facts’ – mostly to do with money.  oh, and with the teens.  not much good news there.  but, for now – suspending all of that.  just talked with tom and he has been doing as i (and the kids!) had hoped – sharing things about himself from way back then.  they are at his grandmother’s home.  she is no longer alive and the farm is still awaiting final whatever.  it is an historical site/building, so will be preserved – just not going to have any of the burns family living in it, ultimately.  so this is their last chance to be there, probably.  tom’s dad is living there to care for it until final decisions are made.  just too bad the way things are these days – that it can’t be passed down because no one person could afford to ‘own’ it.  and, probably, my tom is the only one who wants it.  in that regard, i am kinda thankful he can’t have it.  i do NOT want to go back to ohio – nor would i want to live that far away from him again.  complicated stuff, families!!

did some folding of fabric, and printed kit covers – so everything i folded in waldport is now complete.  i still have two sets to fold, plus two still to be cut. (that is only for the nearly nouveau series – haven’t even begun the ancient art!)  i am really not enjoying this.  much easier to do only 8 at a time.  this 16-24 stuff is a drag! ^_^  still, i will be very happy later – when i am preparing for piqf and houston and won’t have to worry about cutting kits!!

i also finished the applique on the (one of several!) motif for the opp. quilt and began sewing on some beads to embellish it.  also got out the paper template for the  background and did a rough new layout that includes the 20″ circle that was originally going to be a separate block.  i think i won’t need as many of the 6″ circles now.  i am also planning to add a wide border and do some bamboo in it – and it will probably spill over into the background.  so i need some open space, for sure.

after i let the 3 “kittens” out, they all came down here – to drink from the fountain.  the black one was here yesterday and i didn’t get a picture – was able to do that today.  as you can see, they are drinking from the ‘bubbler’ (as they say in boston) just like we would. ^_^  they are really missing all the people being around!

kitts1.jpgblack one is Macy, and tiger one is BC – go figure. ^_^  i think bc is going to turn out to be a maine coon type. 

kitts2.jpgand there’s the brat cat, Woody.  rare female ‘orange’ cat.  if you are wondering, the little kids named them. ^_^  cept tom named bc.  what can i say?

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