Saturday, June 27, 2015

Up on the roof~~~~~~

"Up on the roof, its peaceful as can be"-------not! Definitely not the Drifters up there today! The roofing guys hare scraping down to the plywood and it sounds like they will be joining me soon for coffee in the living room. I have removed anything that might jar loose from the walls during this project. Not taking any chances that they will fall and break or cause damage to what is below. They will probably be up there all week next. Yesterday I went for the MRI...45 minutes in that machine.... ending with a dull headache and a sore left elbow from the IV and more blood drawn. Nice ladies who did the testing. Definitely no stitching when I came home. Off to work today....speaking of that...
yes, Esther was at it again. That women knows just what books to put in front of me! Now let's face it, I will never get to learn most of what these books hold. But....I will enjoy looking and reading the how tos of it all.  My library is continually growing. Mr H will not be p0leased when I tell him I am running out of space! again! I do love having good books around me....those to read and those to drool over. This is a short post today....I can not hear myself think or type with the noise going on above me.....glad to chat even for a brief time. Have a good day.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

She will be called Ruby

A partly cloudy day so far but still warm. It is 6 AM and the temp is 84 and might reach 111 by day end. Our community roofing project is still ongoing. I am amazed that these people can be up on the roof in high temps for hours. They begin around 5ish and end their day around 1 PM.

Dressed in long sleeve shirts, long pants and work boots as well as gloves----- just have to sweat for them. My plans are to stay hydrated and as cool as possible. They may reach my house sometime next week. Lot of work----rip up the shingles and tar paper, sweep and clean before laying out new tar paper then the new shingles. Did I mention that they have lots of tools with them? They have a wheel barrow on the roof with them! I thought it would be a noisy time with so many people working but surprisingly there is little noise.
My hexi project is complete....
I formed it into a pincushion and added beads to the top, of course. One of the gals at my monthly stitch group thought they looked like a spider ( and they do, sort of) and found one "leg" to be shorter than the rest so I maned it Ruby after her! Oh, no, not because she has a leg problem, just because!!!!! I did enjoy the process and know that the next hexis will be much better.  Some of us in the group are starting a new project.....
first you paint a back round, then you stitch a scene. I am combining 2 pictures into one for a meadow. It is a layering type of stitching starting with the back and working to the front. I plan to frame it when it is finished. So far I like how it is looking. Lots of possibilities with this. Oh...... my stomach is rumbling so I best find breakfast. Glad you could stop in today. Thank you for your kind words and most of all your friendship. Enjoy your day.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I finally tried.....

It has been a nice morning...not as hot to start the day but getting there. Today may be around 110. Another good stay indoors day for Mr H and me, myself and I. The laundry is done and the living room drapes are stored. The summer set is up. Next to change the bed---oh wait, Mr H is still in bed!
I decided that this would be the weekend to try to make a hexagon piece....
So, I gathered some scraps from the butterfly potholder...gathered a few other things and began. I really think I made some steps harder than they needed to be but all in all I did enjoy the project. My hand did not cooperate most of the time and so it took more time than most might have done. I see that the writing may not be clear, so , the larger ones are 1 inch and the smaller are about 1/2 inch finished. I did enjoy making them, and I know the next will be easier and look better....
Here they are.... I think I may make them into pincushions.... you know I love my pincushions. The size is easier to see in this picture. Needing to rest my hand, I will try to complete the project  later.
I will be emailing out the July Card exchange list seems all agree that it is so nice to receive hand written notes. As for the Thimble Exchange, it is still open so if you are interested please let me know. Also if you prefer not to mail internationally, that is fine but let me know.
I desperately need another cup of coffee so I best get to the coffee maker. As always, thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to stop by. I do hope you enjoy your day.
There is nothing more attractive than a nice smile” 
Charles M Schultz

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Back to work today

I will be off to work later this morning after a week off..... just the way the schedule is. In a way it is good to rest my hand from the 5 hours of fabric cutting. Then again, it is going to be a long day! I must thank you for the concern and suggestions for my hand. Yes, I have tried the anti-inflammatory meds, the hot and cold compresses, as well as elevation and rest. All have a temporary relief. I am still waiting for the MRI appointment. My blood tests are done so until the next tests it is a wait game. I am just stitching on/off when I can. I think it is good that I am a 2 handed stitcher. Did I mention it is very hot...yesterday we tied the temp of 115...and the whole week is suppose to be like this. House air on as well as the ceiling fans and the car of course. I love the automatic starter so it can be cooled down for several minutes before getting in. Just to go to the garden to water the plants requires a push! It is a busy day here in our homestead....the roofing project continues (my home is not being down yet) and the Palm trees are being trimmed. How these workers can sit on a roof or climb these tall trees in this hot temperatures is a marvel. The roofers can only work from 4:30 AM to around noon and the trees will be down early too. Me, I plan to have very limited outdoor time. I went out to water the potted plants and they will need more by the afternoon. Oh yes, I want to remind you all of the July Card Exchange... I will email the list this weekend and the Thimble Exchange is still open. To answer a recent question, the card exchange is just that...a card only, no gifts (although I have received a few sweet little patterns, the ones that are printed on little cards)---but no gifts. This is to return to the handwritten notes of times gone by.Regarding the Thimble Exchange, it can be what you wish but the important item is the thimble. There, business finished. Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to visit with me. I treasure your friendship...have a wonderful day. I leave you with my sleeping cats
momma and baby....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

And the heat is on~~~~~~~

This entire week will be hot....temps in the triple digit teens.....I will be staying indoors most of the time.
This was yesterday on our return trip home from the doctor. Yes, you re reading it correctly; time 4:13 PM temp 116. Speaking of the doctor--- he did not give me any injections. I went for lab work and will be going for an MRI. It was thought by now my hand would be better. Since I have had no injury to it, there may be another issue so we will look deeper. It is frustrating. Not only the constant ache/pain, but the dropping of things drives me nuts. Of course not being able to stitch more is also a downer. I have tried to do a bit each day on Red...
she is finished and the wolf now has legs to pursue her...but I am holding off on his tail.... maybe to slow him down until the forest is complete! I am not sure if I will be stitching the bottom as charted. I obviously have plenty of time with the slow stitching to decide. To prevent total creative melt down, I am returning to the sewing machine....
this is the material and pattern I got last week. Cute Butterfly potholder. I think the Lady bug might be next.... or the Bee.... eventually all of them. Too cute to use!
That's about it today...but I do want to remind you of the July Card Exchange and The thimble Exchange...Thank you for all the kind words and most of all for your friendship. Enjoy your day!