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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Purging

You can tell Spring is in the air.  I'm "purging".  That means I'm getting rid of stuff.  Stuff I don't use or haven't used in over a year or no longer find useful.  The back of my van is loaded and ready to take the trip to the local thrift store, the one that supports the women's shelter.  Why don't I have a yard sale you ask.  Too much work.  I'm lazy by nature and purging is about the only work, other than gardening, that I'll be doing.  I feel the need to organize, especially my basement!  There's lots of stuff down there just waiting for someone else to enjoy.  I'm even going to get rid of a lot of the craft stuff I no longer even think of.  There's an organization here in town that helps mentally handicapped people and one of the persons involved has great ideas for the group.  They make some incredible things.  Do you get the itch to spring clean?  Is it something in the air?
Y'all have a glorious day.

Monday, March 30, 2015

I haven't written in a while.  Didn't see the "need" to since it doesn't look like anyone, except one, actually comments on what I write most of the time.  Sometimes, however, I feel the need to put down how I feel about something.  I'm a bit down right now.  Although my health, for the most part, is good I still have stomach problems and it's downright frustrating.  I've been given another medication to take for these next 30 days to see if it will solve the problem.  I'll take it even though it didn't work the last time.  This time, though, I'm taking more every day and for a longer period of time.  I used to laugh at my mother-in-law's train case of prescriptions.  Not any more.
I need to go to Florida.  I have an old friend whom I haven't seen in a long time and it's getting to that time when if I don't go I might not see him.  I've know him for over 50 years.  A long time.  He now has macular degeneration and has been in the hospital a number of times over the last two years.  Seeing as how he travelled to Alaska many a year, working in the ER at the air base, he collected a lot of stuff.  I hate to see what his condo looks like (unless he's had someone in to clean).  The point is I hope to help him de-clutter and get some order in his life before he has to go into a home.  He's offered me an air mattress to sleep on which won't be bad for a few days, but definitely not for any longer.  I'll visit with my brother and his wife, also, as they live not that far away.
Even though we haven't been close in a number of years it's almost like no time has passed when we do get in touch.  I have another friend in Houston that I've known almost as long.  Unfortunately, although I'd love to see him again, I don't think it'll happen.  But who knows?
Y'all have a peaceful day.  And if you do happen to read this, let me know would ya?  I check to see, you see.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The weather is warm right now but I am resisting doing too much outside.  It's only March and I've seen snow in April.  This next Sunday, however, I'll be going to a friend's house and we are going to make pots to start seeds in.  We'll be making them from newspaper using a handy little gadget we acquired from Lehman's catalog.  It looks something like a mortar and pestle.  I have a place on my back porch where I can set up a table on which to place the little pots so they will get sun.  I'm holding off on the seed starting, though, until next month.  I'm going to try to grow some corn, beans, squash, tomatoes and various herbs.  All the seeds are heirloom, so no GMO.  Next year I'll be experimenting with straw bale gardening.  Do you garden?

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Rant

I just saw a headline that stated U.S. Schools to close for Muslim Holidays.  WHAT?!!  So are they going to close for Jewish holidays, pagan holidays, any other religion's holidays?  What is this country coming to?  Should I go buy my burka now?  Where are we going and why am I in this basket?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow, bleh

I'm guessing I won't get my hair cut today.  It snowed during the night and there's about an inch to an inch and a half on the ground.  People are advised to stay off the roads.  Yesterday it was near 60 outside.  Go figure.  At least I got more firewood to the house and went down to the pond to make sure the pipe cage was cleared.  Of course, there's no school.  Poor kids will have to go more into the summer..waaa.  It really has been strange weather, though.  We're supposed to get more snow today or tonight.  I knew there was a reason I like to get away this time of year  The month of February is not a good one for me.  I love my daughter who was born in this month, but the month itself sucks.  I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  This means that depression sets in with winter weather.  I did have some sunshine yesterday, thank goodness.  I've thought of getting a sun lamp, but that just isn't the same.  Maybe a condo in the Caribbean?  I'd have to take my daughter 'cause she goes through the same thing.  Anyone know of an inexpensive place in St. Thomas?

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's Cold!

I live in Georgia.  It isn't supposed to get this cold.  Monday, in the middle of the night, the power went out due to trees on power lines.  Ice storm.  We've had them before.  I was without power for 16 hours.  Some are still without.  The temperature in the house plummeted but I was able to keep it bearable with a fire in the fireplace and one in the wood stove in the basement.  Also a lot of clothing and quilts over the lap.  It's still bitterly cold for this part of the country.  Into the single digits night before last and into the low double digits last night.  My heat pump had to really struggle once the power came back on and finally reached temperature yesterday afternoon.  I broke down and bought a heater to put in one room simply because it was not getting warmed up to my liking.  I live in a log house and can feel the cold coming in from between some of the logs.  It's also the room that has my computer in it and the computer doesn't like the cold.  I've been avoiding going out if possible.  I don't like the cold, can you tell?  Today I have an appointment about 45 minutes away so I'll be warming up my van well before I leave.  Luckily the skies look clear and even though it was in the low twenties this morning I should be warm enough in the van.  I'll look like the Michelin man with all the layers of clothing I'll have on but I'll be warm!
My hope is that those folks who have it worse than I will be safe and with power and warmth soon.  I keep telling myself that I am so lucky not to be living in New England right now.   Have I told you lately that I hate winter?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Retreat

Just got back from a 5 day quilt retreat.  It was a good time with friends and there was a lot of laughter as well as some swearing when things didn't turn out right.  I had a time of it with what I was working on.  A while back I bought a complete block of the month set at a yard sale.  All the patterns and fabric were included for the entire year.  I did all the cutting before the retreat so I wouldn't spend time doing that while there.  I was hoping to get all 28 blocks done (some months had two blocks, some had three).  Unfortunately for me  some of the cutting directions were incorrect and some parts missing altogether.  Needless to say the frustration level was high and if it weren't for the friend sitting across from me I probably would have chucked the whole thing in the trash.  As it is, with her help, I was able to get 7 1/2 months worth of squares done.  One month is going to have to wait until I see her again since she is going to show me how to cut and put together a particular block (one that had totally wrong cutting instructions and not enough fabric to correct them).  I'll be searching for the right fabric to replace the one that was sooooo wrong.  I wish I could get in touch with the woman who designed the pattern but I can't find her name anywhere and the pattern came out in 2000.  I will get all the squares done and the quilt put together, just not immediately.  And when it is done I will throw the pattern in the fire.  I don't think I'll be buying old entire block of the month patterns again.