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Monday, January 16, 2017

It's gone...maybe

I listened and watched last night.  No soft whirring sound, no soft breeze.  I think it's gone.  Hopefully the open window did the trick and I won't find a bat that died of starvation somewhere in the house.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I have a bat

I have a bat in the house.  How it got here I haven't a clue.  It presented itself night before last as I was eating dinner.  The only reason I know it's here is that I saw it.  They make no noise when they fly unless you are very close and hear the almost silent flutter.  I opened the front door hoping it would fly out but no success.  Unfortunately my tripod cat got out without me knowing it so she spent the night out on the front porch.  I never saw her get out.  When she didn't come running when I doled out treats I knew something was off.  When I went out on the porch and rattled the treat container I heard her small meow come from under the grill cover.  Poor baby, she didn't know what to do, so I picked her up and brought her back into the house.  I don't think she'll do that again.  Last night the bat appeared again, flying around trying to find a way out.  I opened the east facing window, and took off the screen, left the window open hoping it would find it's way out in the moonlight.  Sigh, I don't think so.  I finally fell asleep with soft whirring sounds as it flew around the room.  Actually I won't know until tonight.  I'll keep the window open again if I hear/see it but won't be able to when we get rain.
A few years back, as I was putting on my waders, I felt something quite uncomfortable in the right boot.  When I took them off I discovered a small dead bat in it.  Now how it got there is anyone's guess.  I leave the waders hanging on a hook on a 6x6 post in the basement.  How the heck did it get in the house, never mind inside the boot of my waders?  I can only wonder.  As to the present guest I can only wonder there also.  All windows have screens and are closed as are all the doors.  The dampers in the chimneys are closed as well.  I rarely open the front door at night, except to let in the cat.  One of those things called damned if I know I guess.  I really hope the guest will find it's way out tonight if it didn't last night.  There's nothing for it to eat. I don't want to find a dead bat anywhere in the house.
Any suggestions out there?
Y'all have a loverly day and remember:  normal is just a setting on the dryer.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Today I am going to finish a quilt come hell or high water (there's a saying to look up HJ).  It's only a wall hanging but I want to get it finished so I can take it on my trip next month to show the lady who designed the pattern and taught the class a while back.  Daughter has appointment with Chiropractor so I may be watching Sprout.  Then this evening I have a meeting at the gallery.  A busy day.  The kind I like.
So, what are you doing today?

Monday, January 9, 2017


I have a number of projects I would like to finish.  Most of them have to do with quilting, or should I say, kits I need to complete.  Unfortunately, I'll start a project, get to a certain point, get tired of it and put it "away".  Some time usually goes by before I get back to it.  Meanwhile I have likely started another project.  Sigh.  I'll be going to a retreat the end of February and have been assembling projects that need finishing with hand sewing.  I don't like hauling my machine and all the things that go with it.  Not to worry, I have plenty to keep me busy the 4 1/2 days I'll be in the  mountains of NC.
Quilting isn't the only area where I have unfinished pieces.  I also make baskets and I have two that are trying to call my name.  I see the bare bones every time I go down to the basement to work on doing laundry or sewing.  I keep telling myself I really need to get them done.  They would make great gifts.  Just haven't had the drive.  Hopefully I'll get them done some time this year since I don't plan to travel as much.
Do you have any UFO's?
Y'all have a productive day and remember:  today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Baby, it's cold

Baby, it's cold outside!!  Got up to 11 degrees outside.  Thankfully the sun is supposed to shine and it's going to get up to about 32.  Wow!  Last week we were in the 60's.  Go figure.  Many people make the assumption that it's always warm in the South.  Not so.  Even Florida gets cold.  I've been in Miami when it was in the 30's.
My electric bill is going to be on the high side for this month.  Heat pumps are almost worthless when the temps get below freezing.  Heck they just can't keep up.  This keeps up and I'll light a fire in the fireplace tonight.  Going to my grandson's birthday party today will be interesting.  I'm not sure the kids will play outside considering.  Have never been to this particular home before so don't know how big it is.  I don't do large groups of kids.  The noise!  Which is probably why I won't go to my granddaughter's birthday party in a couple of weeks since it will be at Chucky Cheese.  Way too many rug rats and noise!!
Am feeling the air coming out of the vents right now and it isn't even tepid.  I'm told that the way heat pumps work is that they take the heat out of the air. (simplified explanation)  What??  It's 11 degrees outside.  Where's the heat in that?
Guess I'll go take a nice hot shower and put on some long johns.  At least I know how to dress in these temperatures.
Y'all stay warm.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

It snowed

Woke up to about 2 inches of snow.  This was after it snow, warmed up, then snowed again.  It's melting now and will probably continue until it freezes tonight (oh joy).  It's pretty at first, isn't it?  Just glad I don't have to go anywhere today.  Doing some knitting and sewing instead.  At the moment the sun shines brightly.  Let's see what tonight and tomorrow bring.  I'm supposed to go to my grandson's birthday bash at a friend's house.  Giving a ride there to another friend who won't drive if the roads aren't perfectly clear.  Geeesh.
Y'all have a loverly day and remember:  snow is a four-letter word.

Friday, January 6, 2017


We're supposed to get snow tonight.  Hmph.  Here, the first snowflake causes major panic and all the milk and bread disappear from the store.  School will let out 2 hours early today, even sooner if it starts to snow earlier.  It amuses me since I used to live up North and dealt with winters and snow up there.  We have so many people that have moved here from up North that you would think they could handle a bit of the stuff.  To be fair, the road departments really don't have enough of the right equipment to clear the roads quickly.  They're getting ready, though with brine mixture, etc.  Me?  I'd rather a snow storm than an ice storm.
At least I have a 4-wheel drive truck so if any of my neighbors need help....
Y'all stay warm and remember:  he who dies with the most toys...is still dead.