September 2007


and somewhat rested.  got here just in the knick!  had the most important leg of the drip system turned off the whole time i’ve been gone.  i think i used the other leg with the sprinkler to soak the oleanders and forgot to turn the important one back one.  another day and most of my flowers would have been toast – literally.  dang!

otherwise, all is well here far as i can tell.  don’t know how far they got in the preparation of the big house for the daycare thing – don’t see any big changes on the outside.  i know they went to the dump cause tom had to call me to retrieve candace’s truck keys i had hidden down here. (from when they went to ohio)

and i found the missing ‘package’ with the opportunity block in it – safely tucked in the back of the van.  grrr.  oh well, used my spare time to fold kit fabric, so not a total waste – and i actually got a lot of those done!  yea!!

now i have the job of hauling it all down, checking what i need and preparing some smaller tubs to take to ashland on sat for the class on sunday.  had a call from karen – still only 4 people enrolled.  boo hoo.  so, in order to have the class, i agreed to less money and they don’t make any.  anyone in the area?  plenty of seats left! ^_^

have a class going at high sierra tomorrow.  i know i have 2, maybe it was 3?  guess i’ll find out when i get there.  need to bring in a little more moooola as the mancuso brothers are expecting a big check from me in the next few days! (piqf balance due)  it’s always something! ^_^

had a notice from the grass valley show that i was not accepted.  guess that means i’m going somewhere else – or i just need some extra time to prepare and travel to portland, oregon for spring market.  no need to get upset, always something else comes up when what i think i want doesn’t turn out. ^_^

hmmm, speaking of that – there was nothing here from the yuma folks.  that’s not good.  perhaps my message did not get to her before she left town.  hopefully it will still be ok when she gets back.  OR – i repeat what i just said. ^_^

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at my brother’s house in novato – rv parked out front, hillbilly extension cord strung across the yard, etc. ^_^  arrived late last night, well 8 p.m. – long day at the wheel from brookings.  stayed there at a wonderful state park sunday night.  just couldn’t drive any more.  woke up sick sunday morning, something i just don’t do (get sick, that is).  eventually got myself to the show.  new friends in adjoining booths covered for me.  and wouldn’t cha know, it was busy!  somehow made it thru the day.  after talking with michael today it was as i suspected – not food poisoning, but what i would call “dehydration” – and he called an electrolite imbalance.  does make you some kind of dizzy, let me tell you!!  makes climbing down from that cab-over bunk very interesting.  don’t recommend it!

the show turned out to be just fine for me – whew!  can relax just a tad.  (and WILL trim these nails when i get home – impossible to type on this laptop).  will be going home tomorrow and have a class to teach on thursday – all day.  then head on up to ashland on sat to teach on sunday.  may drive home that night.  be in the van, so not quite as tiring.  man, that old beat up concrete on hwy 101 bout shook  my eyeballs out yesterday!  and the noise from everything in the rig rattling.  aaaaarrrrggghhhh

and the bengals won!!! yea!! ^_^

ok, back to folding fabric in the rv till dinner.  not sure what we’re doing yet.  they are out walking – therapy for erlinda who is dealing with her brother’s illness right now (cancer, etc – not at all long term promising) 😦

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of three for the show.  not exactly a barn burner – still ok relative to what expected.  promises of much better tomorrow.  if that happens, i just might meet my goal. ^_^  doing my best to be affirmative here.

did go check out the state park rv parking.  oh my, how nice. 😦  i have no idea howcome i disregarded the vendor person’s recommendation.  i cannot claim ignorance.  dang.  so, here i am – and lucky to be – so the state park person told me.  guess the cranberry festival packs em into this little town!  someone at the show did say old town area was jammed today.  and this place seems to have filled up.  so, i will count my blessings and stop whining.  i could have called there instead of here – just too bad for silly me! 

 i thought sophie and i might take a walk on the beach out by the lighthouse, but the wind was just too much.  once again it was rocking this rv like a boat.  and as the park owner was attempting to help me get this silly tv to work with cable – the cable went out!  don’t know if a result of the wind or someone hitting a pole – or?????  i gave up on the hooking up between and just brought the cable in the window and straight to the tv.  if/when it comes back on, will see if that works!   since it didn’t work last night – i just watched one of the 3 spiritual cinema circle movies.  be ok to do that again.

did have a little upset in the middle of the night.  the traffic had finally died a little and i had been sleeping.  not sure what came first – me awake or awakened by someone’s very loud car stereo!  lasted quite some time.  grrrr.  all in all didn’t have a perfect night’s sleep – not awful, just not perfect.  and so it goes, don’t cha know. ^_^

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don’t think i’ve ever been set up this early before – and i’ve already been here at the rv park(ing lot) for about an hour! (time to trim my nails again – having trouble typing).  there are only 3 vendors there, one more was coming.  both she and the local shop are only setting up a one table/no walls deal.  so the only other ‘booth’ is holly from newport (quilter’s cove)!  they kept telling me what a small show it is.  guess i can believe it now.  i did bring some fabric to sell – just in case there’s not an applique person in sight!

it was feeling a little warm earlier, but the wind has picked up and it’s downright chilly.  lovely.  more than i can say for this rv place.  very nice people, but just nothing more than a parking lot, really.  will work just fine for what i am doing, i guess.  altho, if the hours really are 10 – 4, that makes for a longish evening.  guess sophie and i will go for a long walk in the neighborhood.  we are right on a side street, and ON 101.  at least it is reasonable.  could drive to old town and wander, i suppose.  just don’t usually do things like that during a show.  that just might be classified as ‘fun’ and not sure that’s allowed. ^_^  and i did bring plenty of work to do.  plus a couple movies to watch.  and, hey, there’s always majong.  ahhhh, so many choices. ^_^

if you’re in the area, the show is at the farwest hall on 42s, just a block off 101, on the right.

the trip was uneventful, except for the unconscious things i kept doing.  missed the first ‘cheap’ gas stop and thought i had enough to get to the next one.  then i began to panic as the needle landed on that orange mark.  given i’ve never run out of gas in this thing(nor do i want to) i don’t know how accurate the gauge is – so chickened out and stopped one exit early.  as often happens, the pump stopped at $50 – actually, at $47 and change this time???  i decided that would be enough to get me to oregon.  (not even close!!)  and since i was thinking that, elected not to stop and finish filling when i got to the ‘cheap’ gas exit (25 cents cheaper!)  so, that meant another expensive stop long before the border!

and once in hugo, i realized how nice it would have been to get there earlier and have a relaxing evening in that lovely setting.  i mean, i really had no reason not to leave earlier.  just piddled around till noon – in fact 12:30 by the time i pulled out.  i’m certain there was another silly thing i did, but can’t remember now. 

so, now let’s just beat the odds and have a really great show.  ^_^   at least it’s cool and sunny.  not sure how far it would be to walk to where i could see the water.   certainly plenty of boats in this area.  i can see 3 out the front window.  perhaps i’ll inquire.

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and so i will definitely be leaving today.  in about 3 hours.  it was one of those “ok, now what do i do?” days!  so, went to the rv and retrieved the sewing bag and big tub of unfolded kits.  probably didn’t need both!  did manage to get some more pieces sewn on for the opp quilt iris.  i think i’m going to like it! ^_^  am doing in yellows as a ‘tribute’ to what seem to be wild yellow iris around here.  at least in our yard/neighborhood!  once i have finished this one, i have 3 additional mini’s to draw and sew!  then – will be truly flying by the seat of my pants!  pretty scary cause it’s such a ‘public’ project!!  yikes!

at least one of the people from the jacksonville class did enroll in the ashland version.  i will be calling karen today and checking in with her.  i’m sure she will be happy to hear the other class got cancelled.  she had ‘suggested’ it last time we spoke when i indicated there might only be two people enrolled.  at that time i declined the suggestion.  well, thought i had.  guess not! ^_^  once i had done it, it felt rather like the right thing to do – for me.  perhaps it IS time to be regarding myself a little more ‘professionally’??  hmmmm  some element of the whole ‘self worth’ issue.  doesn’t work so well to ask others to do what you cannot! ^_^

ok, guess i will now begin the final prep, for real.  at least i went to the store, so don’t have to do that on the way to the rv.  so it’s really a matter of hauling it up the path to the van – no small feat!  and, getting myself cleaned up – and geared up mentally.  i have noticed there is an additional element of something (don’t want to call it fear) – excitement? – when i am taking the rv.  ya just don’t drive those big things ‘unconsciously’ – rather like a motorcycle, takes mental alertness at all times!  and mine is so ‘easy’ to drive since it seems rather just like the van – just can’t forget about that hugh box sitting on that frame!

off to hugo!

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leaving today.  again, the shop in jacksonville was only able to round up 2 people and i decided it wasn’t worth it.  half what i earned would go to lodging for tonight!  yes, might have sold some thread, etc.  however – given i am teaching the same class in ashland on the 16th – and i really do want that one to happen – it seemed wiser to just send folks there!  those who were enrolled were from medford, i think – so about the same distance to drive.  and a much nicer classroom!  i do believe i won’t try the jacksonville fiasco again!

and that means i have essentially a free day.  ok, will certainly take the opportunity to get some work done!  not like i don’t have anything to do!!!  those big shows are going to be here before i know it – and there are lots of little pieces of fabric to fold.  not to mention the opportunity quilt to finish.  of course i took my sewing stuff to the rig last evening when i went to do the water thing.  should have listened to that little nagging something when i carried the bag from the van to the rv!!  grrr  we are always guided – we just seldom listen.

i even got the dresses drycleaned this morning.  and while up there, noticed a very long ‘cable’ cord – which i ‘borrowed’.  was being used in the girls’ room(s) – which are now essentially empty.  i think it is what i need to hook up to free cable in the rv places.  now all i have to do is figure out how to get that silly tv to work with it.  one time i borrowed on at a campground, i couldn’t get anything.  yes, did try setting the tv to ‘cable’ – still nothing.  so, not sure if the cable was bad, or my tv needs some other setting??  not real ‘literate’ in that area these days.  all i can do to remember my way back home sometimes. ^_^

time to do something.

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however, this one is nearly gone as well!  i didn’t get to the rv to do the water tank flush and refill yet.  missed my opportunity earlier when it was still ‘cool’ – watched the delayed broadcast of the bengals’ game. ^_^ my rare moments with tom!  anyway, so now am waiting for it to cool a little again.  at least for the sun to be not so straight down on me.  which means as soon as i finish here.

i guess i’m nearly ready.  have chosen some clothes – other than the ‘in the booth’ ones, and those i still have to do the drycleaning thing – tomorrow.  don’t need to head out all that early.  am just going to stay someplace outside of medford, so it’s a short drive in the morning t0 jacksonville.  class begins at 9:30 – don’t be late! ^_^

just finished the last big leaf on that iris for the opp quilt, and packed all the gear so i can work on it while i’m on the road.  cut all the templates to make it easier to work on in the booth or in the rv.  i have heard lots of ‘promises’ that the show won’t be very busy.  would rather have them all be wrong – but just in case…….  will also take the big tub full of unfolded kits, again.  sometimes that’s about all i can get myself to do – if even that!  don’t do as much ‘work’ in the evenings as i used to when this kind of ‘work’ was ‘play’.  it was an escape from all the stuff i had to do then – like two jobs and school, etc, etc.  how did we do all that???  something to this being young (and stupid!) ^_^

so, when i go to the rv shortly, i will take the last of the tubs and get everything packed – yes, except for what i always think is ‘just a few personal things’ that seems to take 3 trips up the path – even using the wagon!  just can’t bring myself to put the laptop and ‘office’ (with the bank in it) into the van the night before.  not with all the strange folks the teens had walking in and out of here.  seems that has stopped since they are all gone – but ya just never know.  i’m sure some of them were ‘homeless’ and i suspect someplace they know they could get into might be tempting on a bad day.  has made it a real pain with both garage doors locked – hate having to remember to take a key with me.  ahhh, the joys of children.  can you believe we used to think it would be so much easier once they were grown up – and didn’t get into stuff or break things. ho ho ho  teenagers make toddlers look like angels! ^_^  ok, so they all are – but you know what i mean. ^_^

ok, erv just called wondering when i’m coming to do the rv thing.  he needs to run down the road for cigars – so i told him i would be there shortly.  bye  talk to you from somewhere!

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using that title cause most of what i have to say today has to do with critters in one way or another!

first, we did walk again.  and while we made it all the way to the 1 mile mark – once again sophie was showing some major decrease in enthusiasm during the second half-mile.  one thing i noticed is that the second half-mile, and probably the entire rest of the path – is definitely more than a ‘gradual uphill climb’.  for anyone who has driven from placerville to south lake tahoe, you know all too well that it is all uphill!  ok, up ‘mountain’, really.  and that first stretch up to camino is pretty steep.  well, this walking path runs right along hwy 50 and goes up the same hill!  as soon as we turned around and headed down, she was once again a few steps ahead of me, like normal.  while not running around like when we first got out of the car – at least not walking behind me and occassionally even having to ‘catch up’.  however, i did notice, on the way up – there might have been a very slight sign of a limp.  wasn’t sure.  did notice how filthy dirty she was!  between the dirt path here, and the dirt path for the horses along the walking path, all the fringe on her legs and tummy have turned nearly as brown as her spots!  plus, last night i noticed she was chewing on one front foot.  when i investigated i found a lot of stuff stuck inbetween and around her pads!  these big pine cones and needles around here have lots of super sticking stuff on them.  the kind you can’t even wash off!  between burrs and other bits and pieces of stuff stuck on with that glue – no wonder she was having trouble walking!!  i trimmed away what i could.  will probably do more after she gets a good bath!  well, it’s really a shower.  nothing else available in these digs!  another reason to have her lose some weight – heavy to hold up to the shower head to get a good rinsing!! ^_^

and then there’s the ants!  this time they came marching in even while i was still awake and watching tv!  just before i was ready to retire, pepe started buggin me and meowing – like he has done each morning when i discovered his food covered in ants.  for some reason he refuses to eat them – or walk in them! ^_^  i took my glass to the kitchen and then had the thought to check his food – and there they were again!! grrrr  this time i was so irritated i even sprayed with 409 as well as the detergent water.  i figure that stuff would kill anything!!  then, didn’t know what to do about providing food for pepe and knew he might just keep me awake if he didn’t have any.  so, decided to put some dry food in a small bowl and then sat IT inside a shallow bigger ‘bowl’ and put detergent water in the larger bowl, creating a kind of ‘moat’ to protect the food.  and hoped the water would not deter mr pepe.  there was evidence that he had eaten – and no ants – when i got up this morning.  i’m thinking i will see if tom has any real ant spray and see if i can discourage them from coming in.  may have to remove a piece of window trim to see the hole??  looks like they come out from under it, across that wall to the ajoining wall, up that one on a diagonal and across it just above the cabinet, down along the cabinet and onto the passthru ledge – where both the wet and dry food are.  and back and forth they go – and what i see is a 1″ wide living/moving stripe!  grrrr  hate killing things, and also hate them in my house. 

and then there is the lizard.  forgot to write about it on the day pepe brought it in.  it managed to get away from him – more than once.  and the last time squeezed into a small space between a wooden box and the bathroom wall.  i had assumed it was still in here and yesterday saw it again.  silly thing had come up the wall against which all of this equipment sits – which is the same wall that contains the passthru.  and there he (she?) was, front feet just up onto the ledge and checking it all out.  i informed it that it was probably not a good idea to place one’s self upon the dining table of the very cat which had brought it in!  i guess he realized the same thing and quickly disappeared.  as far a i’m concerned, he’s welcome to stay – plenty of bugs to eat!!

and then, this morning!  let sophie out and headed to the bathroom.  fortunately i happened to look down at just the right moment – just before i stepped upon a dead field rat!!!  good grief!  no, not a sewer rat!  these are just rather like field mice – only significantly larger and with very long tails!  i noticed when i picked him up – yes, with a plastic bag, rather like picking up dog poop – he was quite stiff.  not a recent kill – don’t know how long it takes, really. ^_^

as for work – i have completed all the full sized kits.  have the mini tub out there in the wagon, and will bring it in to inventory and then cut what i need.  then, before i leave on tues – have my clothes to handle.  as well as the water tank deal.  and taking all tubs back to the rv.  oh, and perhaps, reorganizing the thread tub?  oh, forgot, still the one tub with jacket, cat and other ‘odd’ patterns to retrieve and review/restock.  it’s always something. ^_^

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more days till i’m on the road again.  am i ready? not exactly.  for one thing, i must go to the rv and get it ready.  i need to sanitize and drain and refill the water tank.  it really needs a checkup and oil change, etc – but that will have to wait a while. 

i also haven’t taken care of my clothes yet.  in fact, while i did get them out of the rv, they haven’t made it out of the van.  now i will have to wait until monday when tom and candace are gone to work – my dryer doesn’t have a ‘warm’ setting, and that is what i need in order to use the drycleaning sheets i bought to clean those silk dresses.  i did manage to do some laundry today, even hung it outside.  figured i’d make up a little energy for everyone using their ac’s these days.  and i finally broke down and turned on the cooler in spite of the leak that is watering part of the lawn.  i think some of the birds are enjoying it.  nice fine spray to play in. ^_^  it’s plenty cool in here – almost seems to be working better than when it’s getting a full supply.  maybe i should just turn that valve part way in the future. ???

a bit of a breeze out there.   not sure what that’s about.  still hit 100 here.  looks like coming from the south, so not a ‘bad’ wind.  bobbie always says it’s the north wind you have to watch out for.

finished all the kits i’m going to do before this show in bandon.  from now on i will just fold as much as i can whenever i can.  don’t really have all that much time before the two big shows.  there are some patterns i need to take to office max for copies, but that too will have to wait.  some other big payments coming due and certainly not enough to cover them right at this instant!  ahhh, and this too shall pass.  somehow it always works out.  am doing my best not to stress. ^_^

sophie and i went for a walk yesterday.  she is as overweight as i!  my plan was to do 2 miles, but she began her ‘please pick me up’ routine just about 1/2 mile out.  i think we made about another 1/4 mile and i began to be a little concerned.  so, we jogged back to the 1/2 mile marker and then walked on in to cool down.  it’s a very nice path – paved and for bikes as well.  plus room for horses alongside.  have only been on it one other time.  i think the paved section is 3 miles long. (and all a gradual uphill climb on the way out!) then there’s some additional path that goes all the way up the steep hill to a restaurant just at the edge of camino.  don’t remember how much longer that part is.  i did the whole 6 miles last time – which resulted in a blister on my foot.  been a long time again!  we’ll see if i get myself there today – or i should say ‘us’!  she needs it as much as i and i decided i’d really like for her to live a long life!  rather like her company – even with all the barking.

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