well, it was a successful show – yea!   too bad it’s a holiday weekend and thus, the cc deposits will probably be a day later than usual.  however, that also means everything else is in limbo as well – so it’s a wash. ^_^

today we will be doing pretty much whatever we please – now that’s a rare treat.  there is a flea market here at the fairgrounds, so as soon as i get myself dressed, we will walk over to check it out.  then, i’m going to stop at the goodyear store and see if i can get that last old tire at least checked out.  from there, it’s up the road to santa fe.  beyond that – who knows.

and that’s all the news that’s fit to print.  have a lovely holiday.

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arrived safe and sound – and that’s a very good thing!  bobbie is with me, so i had some relief with the driving.  we ended up staying in rest area’s instead of rv parks – saved some $$. ^_^  it was very hot the first day & a half.  then, the clouds rolled in and it rained (in the distance).  we encountered only enough to make the rig look filthy again. dang.  it has stayed relatively cool since, which is a very good thing for sophie.

we got here a little later than planned due to a slight malfunction in the rig.  no, not the engine – the bathroom door!  we couldn’t open it.  fortunately we were both on the outside!  i had to remove the whole doorknob assembly- which meant one half was locked inside – and eventually got it to open.  discovered the teflon ‘tube’ that covers the ‘plunger’ (the part that goes into the hole) had broken and a piece had gotten lodged in the hole!  got it all back together, but given it had happened just as we were about to leave – caused a slight delay!  then, we lost an hour when we crossed into n.m.    turns out ariz doesn’t do dst, so we hadn’t lost the hour when we crossed that line and i had forgotten!  grrr  soooo, we got here after 1:00 instead of noon.  and then found out we really could have started at 10:00 – despite the information i had been given.  dang!  it was ok, just meant we finished later!

as for the “rv park” – hah!  rv parking lot!  full hookups and blacktop.  fortunately the only rv’s here are the 4 of us in the show.  it’s the state fairgrounds.  flashing marquee(sp???) advertising flea market every weekend, so don’t know what to expect tomorrow morning!!  there is another large parking area – separated from this one by chainlink fence – with ‘electric islands’, so i’m sure the vendors will be setup over there.  however, i am parked/hookups are, at that fence!  hmmmm

as for the show – day one was pretty good.  altho i am hoping it wasn’t ‘the best day’. ^_^

it is still very cloudy and there’s a good wind just now.  and, speaking of now – time to move on here!

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another d-day minus one.  am nearly ready, just a few kits to assemble and i plan to cut more half yards to sell.  sold several in albq.  don’t expect to at this one, as myra and other fabric folks will be there – but ya just never know.  always good to have it there.  surely can’t sell it sitting on these shelves on the bolts.  no, not in the fabric business, but sometimes i buy things that don’t get used.  and sometimes i have bought a whole bolt and it takes a long time to use.  need to keep things in flow.

been trying to get rested before the next go-round.  after i unloaded the rv on tues, i took it to erv’s new ‘home’ – another storage yard – and we washed the outside and then i vacuumed the inside.  only a year + of sand an dirt gathered from oregon to nm!  and the outside!  oh my!  while my storage space is covered – it’s not so great.  roof leaks and there are pigeons!  need i say more?  add the black road dirt. yuk!  looks better now.  probably won’t rain here again for a long time.

so, now i must get to it.  i won’t be home again until tues afternoon.  staying over monday to see shrink on tues.  no sense driving all those miles back and forth when i’ll be so close – like about 20 min away.

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still not home – at a rest area about 230 miles away.  to the person who sent the nice comment – my tires must have used 8 lives before i got them! 😦  i have just gone thru one of my top 10 worst thoughts/fears, etc.  a blowout, right front, at 65 mph and in the center lane on hwy 99 just north of bakersfield.  looking back, i can say it must have been funny to watch – me trying to get this rig off the road – after successfully maintaining control, that is – and sophie scared by the noise, trying to get into my lap.  whew – somehow we made it safely to the side.

i can now say that good sam has paid for itself.  while i was waiting for the guy to come change the tire, i realized i really should have just requested a tow truck to take me to the nearest tire store!!  there was no way i was going to attempt the last 255 miles with that other bad tire still on there!  oh well – hind sight, ya know.

guy comes, gets tire changed – spare turned out to be brand new.  he says up the road at delano, about 15 miles, just get off there – lots of tire stores right there.

yeah, right.  i get to the delano ‘exit’, well – discover there are actually 3! of them.  ok, now what???   take the first – nothing there.  so take the feeder/frontage road and go into ‘town’.  found a place, mexican – new and used.  nope, only a used one like mine.  so, he directs me to another place.  also small mexican place.  long story short, he puts on a tire that is very close.  same brand, just a little heavier duty.  gives me a great price and does it pronto!!!  i must say it is a pleasure to not hear all that noise from the old tires.  and there is no vibration/wobble or pulling.  all is well.  ok, cept for the wheel well and running board.  will need a little repair work in that area.

so, am in this rest area – resting.  waiting for both the temp and the traffic to lessen.  and the wind.  bout had all i can handle of that dang wind!  i think it is the reason the fridge keeps going off.  ???  never had the problem before.  unless the propane gauge isn’t working properly, i still have more than a 1/4 tank. could just be low?  seems i learn new stuff every time i use this thing.  and never spent a whole week in it before.

ok, sophie is bugging me.  it his her time and i guess she’s ready.  she’s also had enough of this nonsense.  it was plenty hot, windy and noisy waiting along the highway.  nice here right now.  found some shade.

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well, can’t say the show itself was much – i barely made expenses, excluding the booth fee.  that is, assuming i get back home with no mishaps.  however, several potentially good things came out of it – which is often the case.  i never discount a show for ‘itself’, i just look for what else is showing up.

in this case, looks like i’ll be at a show that happens in bend, or – during the ‘famous’ week prior to the even more ‘famous’ one day outdoor show in sisters.  i am thrilled.  also, i will be coming back here next year to teach and talk – probably.  and i may even be back here next year for the really big show.  so, i am happy i came.

having said that, it is sunday morning and i am looking at about 1100 miles before i see home again.  with tires that are at least noisy – tho i have been (relatively) assured they are ‘safe’.  keep your fingers crossed! ^_^

so, a bite to eat and i am off. 

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in a koa.  will be leaving here soon as i shower, etc and have just 85 more miles to get to the show.  today is about setup and then to the next rv park and a bit of rest before the show opens tomorrow morning.

it’s a long drive – 1115 miles, says yahoo.  i had to haul it yesterday after dawdling and not caring.  decided i really did want to see the celtics’ game AND wanted wifi to do some financial stuff.  that meant, given where i was, i had to do 250 miles asap to get to this place – the only one listed in my good sam book (with both amenities).  and i also had to stop for gas.  and there was a mightly crosswind.  the gods were with me tho, and the wind shifted while i was getting gas, thus giving me a tailwind for the better part of the trip.  i actually had to use the cruise control in order to stay below the 75 mph limit!  where before, it was all i could do to do get to 65!  unfortunately, that did change at the end – plus there were several construction zones.  i can say that this highway (I-40) is in dire need of being replaced!  still a pain to deal with.  so, i arrived just before halftime.  just as well, i missed the only lousy part of the game when they seemed to try to give it away!  now i just have to work out logistics to make sure i see the next one (or two).

ok, time to shower and get on the road again.  hopefully setup will go faster than last week!  that was an odd shape and the first time for the new rack, etc.  still, that makes this one a first time as well – in terms of what i have to hang and what goes where on tables.  and different tables, etc.  each one is different, no matter what.

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and so it begins – 6 weeks on the road.  i leave early early morning – off to ft bragg for the first one.  hoping to drive back home sunday night – 5 hrs will get me in here late, but i only have monday at home before heading to albuquerque tues morning.  been a long time since i’ve done that kind of distance – alone.  was just thinking, i used to drive back and forth between cin’ti and boston several times each year.  and i always did it straight thru, over night.  15 – 18 hrs, depending on whether i stopped for a short nap.  yahoo says this trip is 16 1/2 hrs – so no reason to worry!!  not planning to do it straight thru – not in the rv.  that thing does make me tired!

and so it goes – not in good spirits at the moment.  my celtics just lost a game – at home!!  and just been in a semi funk all day.  preshow jitters, i guess.  and wondering about so many in a row.  also skipped lunch and nothing much healthy for dinner.  just one of those off days all the way around. ^_^  be fine once i get to the show.  wonder how many folks will be on the road already tomorrow – for the holiday.  hope not so many.  and i am definitely glad the wind seemed to be dying this afternoon.  been very gusty around here!  tough driving that big box in the wind.

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in crunch time again – before 6 weeks on the road.  have finished any sewing i will be doing for awhile and today i must switch gears and concentrate on kits.  also need to take the latest two masters to off max for copies so i can put the patterns together!  have covers all printed and ready.

yesterday was a busy day – in many categories.  the lovely awning is back up and despite its appearance, it is indeed LOVELY!!  lowers the temp in here by at least 10 deg, maybe even more!  and i don’t lose all my view like i do with those blinds down. (which keep out only part of the sunlight and none of the heat)

then there was the celtics’ game!!  very exciting and was (as the announcers said) probably great fun to watch for those who didn’t care who won!!   as for us loyal fans (of either team!) – a real nailbiter! or heart stopper!  at least got mine beating really fast!! ^_^  now it’s on to detroit – the last hurdle before the really really big series.

and then there was the display rack. hmmm  been a few design flaws along the way.  the one last night looked pretty serious at the time, but i have now seen how it can be quickly fixed.  tom was even less enthused than he was on sat.  at least then he seemed even a little really enrolled.  yesterday – well, it was late (after game and other chores he had had to do)  and tom is definitely not the weekend warrior in the project category.  not his idea of a fun weekend – to say the least.  too bad, cause he is so good at anything he tries.  part of it could be that he is in physical pain of some kind most of the time.  he just doesn’t talk about it or let it show.  i only am reminded when he has to resort to either ice packs or the vibrating massager chair lining thingy.  his job is truly torturing his body.  sure hope the daycare thing works out well enough that he can quit!!!  progress there remains slow due to lack of funds.  a common theme these days!

and then there is still the rv ‘repair’ – the installation of the emissions monitoring sensor.  i will bring the rig home sometime wed and just keep it here until i leave very early fri a.m.  there is a game thurs night, so expect him to do the work wed night.  while it is here i hope to clean the inside a little and do some rearranging as well as all the packing.  going to be home sweet home for a couple of weeks,

oh, one last thing – the great furry hunter was at it again this morning.  i should know by now that when he comes in that back window and heads straight for the bathroom that he has brought in a playmate!  i thought he was just thirsty – then heard the sound of plastic bottles being bumped around.  went to check and discovered a small furry critter looking less than thrilled.  seemed unharmed, just terrified.  i had to rush to the kitchen for a container and hope it remained frozen in place. (really must just take one with me when i go to see!)  it did and i was able to capture and release it way in the back ‘yard’ (just wild area) and under some big metal platform thing that’s back there (not on our property).  considered taking a picture, but figured ya’ll know what a field mouse looks like! ^_-

ok, gotta get to it here

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ok, i have figured out how to download pictures from my camera onto this laptop – directly from the camera.  this laptop does not have a slot that is compatible with the card in my camera.  only problem is, even after i did everything, i still couldn’t use the utility program from the camera software in oder to download.  who knows??  i think it has to do with vista as i saw no mention of it within the user’s manual.  sooo, found a way to at least get one picture at a time – which is all i really need anyway.

that being said, i am now going to insert one i took today – the baby titmouse!!  yes, it is alive and well and momma was showing it about the feeder! ^_^  i had to take this thru the screen and even my max zoom wasn’t sufficient.  i doubt that you can actually see the bird(s).  momma is at the feeder and the youngin is to the right and on the branch, so just about ‘due right’ from the feeder. (i know you can’t even really see momma at the feeder!  i’ll try again if they come back.

discovered one interesting thing in this process – vista saves photos on the desktop as actual pictures, not as a ‘logo’ thing.

ok, back to work here.  am finishing up the #17 in the ancient art series.  also have the final ring to applique – that which attaches the mini to the dress.  and a second mini begun – for the last of the three new dresses.  and i am to leave town on thurs.  hmmmm   have all but the mini tub inventoried and packed.  am ok for these next two shows – unless this first one turns out to be fabulous! (one can only hope).  i will have just one day here when i get back – before heading out to albuquerque!  yes, all by my self.  looooong drive.  haven’t taught sophie to drive yet.  (next two shows are rv trips)(not that she can drive the van) ^_^

this will be a busy weekend – for both tom and me.  i have designed a display ‘rack’  for ‘us’ to build (because i am out of ‘slots’ and have several new designs/patterns/kits.)  have been attempting to make do with baskets, etc.  not working all that well.  no $$ or even floor space, for a new spinner – so needed a table model ‘something’.  i’ll post a picture once it’s done – and then report on how well it worked.  that includes how it packs, etc – not just function.

one thing for sure – if this heat stays, i’ll be very very happy to be at the coast next weekend!  show is in ft bragg.  see ya there!? ^_^

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gosh it’s great to have the rv right here!  so much easier to get everything together.  just went up to light the fridge so it won’t be totally warm when i put stuff into it.  and there’s the dryer telling me my travelin pants are ready! ^_^  just have to clean the body and pack the last minute food items, etc.

i was wrong about the gas prices – off by about 10 cents!  checked the local stations as i came back – $3.79 the cheapest and $3.95 the highest.  didn’t go by the station that is usually less than these – probably not a big difference!  i will be going to safeway (grocery store with associated pumps) where i get a (phony?) discount with the ‘savings’ card.  don’t expect less than $3.70, that’s for sure.  dang!  must mean i’m going to make a lot of money this weekend. ^_^

ok, still need to check the local weather to make sure i have packed my down time clothes properly.  don’t know if i will have internet service.  or tv hookup so i can watch the bruins’ game tomorrow night!  can’t believe they won last night!!  yea!!

got an email from sis about the earthquake in the midwest.  amazing.  and she thought i was in a danger zone!!  looks like it was a pretty good one – or should i say ‘bad’!  interesting.

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