Monday, May 22, 2017

Long over-due post!


I've been quite absent from blogville lately! 
 So sorry!
Sometimes I just don't have any thing to share, sigh.
Last weekend I went camping with Beth, Lucas and the boys (also Quinn and Zoe.)
It was interesting.
First off I tried really hard to beat the incoming rain to the caves where Ceili is stored.
I almost made it.
So, hooking her up to the truck was accomplished during pouring rain!
A feat made more difficult due to battery deadness. It charged.
I have a power tongue jack and while you can raise and lower it manually it isn't easy-
especially since I'm short.
End result was that I was drenched to the skin and
the dogs had fogged up the windows with their panting!

Arrived at Wallace State Park and after much trial and error with Lucas 
FINALLY got Ceili backed into my site.
Did you notice I said BACKED?
On my own I always get a pull-through.

Rained off and on Friday and Saturday but it did stop long enough for a campfire
and S'mores!

Missouri has average rainfall of 34 inches a year. 
(Only 6 inches less than "rainy" Seattle!)
Scott says it's basically a swamp with a few feet of dirt on top.

All that rain is great for vegetation!
This is the view from the back of my campsite.



In another month the green will be darker and the forest impenetrable.


Filled with trees, shrubs and lots of


 Poison Ivy!  
The great giver of itchy rash-
and for those foolish enough (or extra allergic) to touch the leaves and then touch you face
eyes swollen shut. 
Happened a couple of times to me!
In really allergic folks it can cause the throat to swell shut.
Then it's off the to Emergency Room for treatment.


There's a lovely lake at the park.
In search of 10,000 steps we all set off on foot .
Once at the lake we took the path around it-Yes, it was muddy!


Kolby admiring nature below the dam.


Ethan, always on the look out for fish.


I think Brayden might be getting a tan on those winter white legs!


This is where Ethan always is-running way out in front!
Dang, I wish I could bottle some of his energy!
Those way out in front missed out on the amazingly HUGE frog I saw-big as my hand.
We hit the road back to the trailer-ALL up hill, even the dogs were dragging tail.

This being my first time out it was a shake down, clean Ceili trip.
Loading all the stuff in I had taken out last fall.
Only a few more things are needed.
Mostly, propane!
I was completely out!
Will get some on the way out of town on my next camping adventure.

Got home in time to buy a pizza, shower and crash!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Graduation!


Yesterday was a very BIG day for our family!
This woman graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City!
We are all so happy for her and proud of the "6 Years & Thousands of tears" that brought her to this day.

I feel like she needs the shirt that says #Shepersisted!

So, Congratulations once again to Tanya R Fines
Elementary Teacher!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Moving right along


For the first time in recent memory I've been making headway on "Lists."
I say I'm not going to make anymore because I never do the things on them and
also because I overbook myself!

Yesterday, after Ethan went home I put house numbers up on the post.
I now see that shadows from the tree make it so they aren't really visible, sigh.
Don't care.
Love the numbers themselves and they "float"!
I finished up all but two pots of flowers-might do those tomorrow.
Still can't set them in their summer homes as it is quite cool-although not freezing-at
night and so WINDY!
Windy enough that I haven't been walking-causes too much allergy problems.
I can't take my allergy meds as they dry out my eyes.
Had to make a trip to the eye doc last week due to pain in the left eye and the feeling that my vision was getting worse, not better.
All caused by super dry and irritated eyes.
She is going to "plug me up" next week.
Who knew that eyes had drains for excess tear production?
Mine must work REALLY well!
She also told me to go buy some readers-which I did and it is so much better not struggling to see well enough to read.
She tells me my eyes will continue to improve even though I'm using them but I might need them some of the time.

Today, I replaced the doorbell.
I can actually hear it now!  Ding-dong!
Bit of touch up paint needed there.
Organized the totes that go to the trailer, as well.
Attempted to change the keypad code on the garage door but that didn't go so well-will have to try again.  Except the keypad might not work!
Topped off the past days with laundry, housework and getting the "H" quilt top sewn together.
Whew!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Busy, I think!






 
It's been a week or so since my last post, I've been busy.

The 8th grade talks (1000 or so 8th graders-over 7 days most days 6 talks per day) ended week before last,  38 talks-I began having trouble remembering what I told each group!  I usually got home about 2, exhausted.  Too tired to even go up to the studio, much less sew.

Then, on the last day of talks, I was home resting-nearly voiceless-when Ethan's day care called and wanted me to come get him.  They have recently closed the unit in the same building as his special needs preschool and although they assured Beth and Lucas that the same workers would be there that was not the case.  Ethan couldn't adjust or they couldn't adjust to Ethan (that's my take on it.)  So, after two weeks of this pick him up he can't come back for x number of days Beth really wanted to keep him out of that space.  For the rest of April and May she will take him to preschool, I will pick him up and keep him until 2 or so.  She works from home but she has to have time without him there!  Some days I will keep him longer, depending on what they need and what I have going on.  I decided that I would go early to get him and get in a walk.  The preschool is inside a huge park and there are two walking/biking loops, I've been taking the one that's about 2 miles for now.  Really need to get this in and haven't been happy with the walks near the house.  Anyway, the two things combined take a chunk out of   the day!

The past couple of days I have been potting up the plants I bought last week, and fixing them to go in and out of the garage until the weather has settled.  It has been VERY windy!  Eventually, even the succulents will go out on the patio.




Four tomato plants, five pepper plants and some herbs. There are some flowers as well but they aren't ready for photos!

Of course it wouldn't be a project of mine without  a slight disaster!   Both planters of cilantro few out of the wagon and well, you can see.

After  cleaning up my mess I hauled the  big, heavy ladder out and painted the post on the front stoop.
Tomorrow, house numbers go up!

Then the ladder came inside to change lightbulbs, not quite finished with that.  It always happens that every bulb in the house burns out once you've move in!






I did manage some sewing!  The "H" quilt in progress, only two more rows to sew then sew the rows together for a top.  I'm having trouble finding more of the grunge fabric in colors that I like for borders-so will have to haul it about to quilt shops.










  





I also finished two of these machine mats.  This is mine the other is somewhere in Australia along with some other gifties.  It is apparently lost, sigh.  Which will teach me never to send international mail through UPS!  Terrible experience.  Forced the address into the US format who knows if we'll ever find it!  Tomorrow, I'll be off to the US Postal Service to begin tracing it-think it's a long shot at the moment.



Blogger is behaving badly so I"m off!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Blue door!

Today, another small chore was finished!
When I was in Ireland I feel in love with the wonderful COLOR on doors and planter boxes.  Plus, Scott and Bri have a brilliant yellow front door which I love.

 The front door and a small space next to it outside were painted dark green.  It was ok, but was needing paint in places and I need to change out the hardware so I could have new keys made.  Now the door is BLUE!  It was too dark to get a picture of the outside space.  I still need to get screws to match for the strike plates as the ones they sent are so long they'd go clear through and look ridiculous!  There is a long skinny window there as well which I am thinking I will etch so no one can see in. (There's another trip to Joann's!)

More paint on the exterior trim, then house numbers.  Also I want to replace the lights with dark sky ones-well that and the fact that the existing ones are tiny!
Other than gardening that's about it for the outside.

Slowly, making it my own.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Nearly Voiceless.

My new best friend!

Since Wednesday I have given 17 talks at the Trails Museum to eight graders(that's the 13-14 year old bunch) on primary source documents, diaries, and letters of the Santa Fe/Oregon/California overland trails.
If it I hadn't had these I would be totally voiceless today~ Hum that could be a good thing.
I have 24 more to give next week.
I have been enjoying it but it is hard on the throat.

I haven't sewn a stitch all week.

Today was a soccer day for two of the boys.

After that and several "to do" stops I mowed the lawn for the first time.  Really tall and thick.  I was about to lose Quinn in it though!  Still wet from last weeks rain so it didn't cut well, it will probably look like it needs mowed again tomorrow!
NOT gonna happen!
Then, I finally took the sandbags out of the truck!  While it still needs washed inside and out it no longer looks like a trash dump.
The back end is tidy and I fixed the latches on the tonto cover.
Busy day, so tired!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Paperwork


I don't have room in this house for my big office desk-it's in the garage awaiting a sale-and my other desk is too small to work on.
So, I've been working on the big table.
Not good.
Big mess and I can never find anything.
Needed a better system.
After some online shopping I headed to IKEA.
I try not to go there very often-dangerous!
I bought a small drawer unit.
Three small drawers and one for hanging files.

It's from IKEA so that means


Assembly!
I've put together so many IKEA cabinets at this point that I don't find them difficult at all!

Finally, all together it fits between the wall and the sofa.
A bit taller that usual but actually seem the perfect height for my tea cup!


I haven't quite dealt with  all the stuff on the table but it's pretty close.

A good days project which will help create order!