Sunday, September 25, 2011

Perfect Weather

What perfect weather we have had yesterday and today. Bright sunny days in the mid 20's. Hubby did more work at the barn while I puttered around our yard at the house.

A few days ago I went to visit my friend Ann. Her home is on a river going out to one of the 2 lakes I live close to. The mirror image of the boats in the marine with the back drop of the trees..oh my!! She does her sewing and gets to look out over that scene every day. Isn't it something???!!!!!

The leaves are starting to change but we need a few more frosty nites to get some true color going. This is the weather I love to get in the car and tour around getting pictures of our wonderful countryside.

Enjoy the day...I know I am going to!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mariner's Compass

It is DONE..a work in progress for many years. The first slowdown was because of my knee replacement surgery. My knee got so sore I could not sew. When I look back on that period in my life now I can not get over pain being that bad. Imagine not being able to use the pedal of a sewing machine!!!. Thank heavens for the technology of My new knee is pain free and worth every minute of the therapy that went along with the surgery.

So back to sewing and embroidery. I wanted to head back to class and finish the quilt but kept putting it off in favor of other projects. You know what it is like..always something else out to do!!!! In the midst of those few years I noticed my eyes getting worse and found from my Dr.'s it was only going to get worse. So I have been scrambling to get this quilt done and several others. This quilt I got to the sawtooth stage then had to give up. I knew that putting the boarders on and doing the last of this quilt was going to be to much for me. So I asked my wonderful teacher Kim Bolender if she would not only quilt it as she usually does for me but finish the last of my quilt top. She is one very busy lady but agreed to finish the top for me. After all these years.. it is done!!!! I still love the fabric and the pattern.

I have one more queen size quilt to get quilted. It is just blocks so nothing special. It can get quilted next. Now I am just going to play around with small projects. No more cross grain sewing for I love the challenge of some difficult patterns but those days are over. My low vision has gotten worse so I will just do what I can really enjoy without frustration.

It rained buckets last nite..what a splish splash mess at the barn..yuck. We need the rain so I should not complain. The Lindsay Fair is on this weekend so I do feel sorry for all the organizers that have worked so hard. We have friends showing horses and I would love to

Keep dry..and enjoy the day!!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Fence

What a busy weekend we had!!! Hubby has wanted to replace fence boards at the barn for years. With him only home weekends we always have a list of things to be done that is longer than the Finally a great weekend weather forcast sent us to the lumber yard for our repairs. This weekend we have only one section to do and we are done.

Our biggest challenge were ardox nails (not sure of spelling If there was one of those nails there were 10 in each board..OMG!!! The new boards are up with screws..enough of the nails. Never again!!!! Our young friends that keep there horses at the barn were a wonderful help with taking boards down and removing nails. My dear husband has a torn rotator cuff so could only use one arm so it was a lot of work but it is done. (he is going for surgery as soon as we can get im in..that is aother story!!!)

The horses were priceless..they helped with each board. Doc the dark Quarter horse was in our way the entire Murphy..well he came and went to check things out. Pepsi and Willy the mini's..OMG. Pepsi was into the bag of screws every time I put the bucket down..he wanted to sneak off with a bag so badly. I have to say they were a riot!!!

Old boards that had way past there time..gone!!! At one time many years ago it was a stallion pen so it had multiple boards that also had seen better days. If hubby was away and a repair had to be done I have to admit I did some pretty messy fixes to hold til they could be fixed All gone..and repaired. In the spring we are going to have to replace some of the we can take some of the boards down (nice part of using screws) for that part and put them step at a time. What a huge to stain the boards. Just hope the weather will hold so we can get that done before winter.

A huge thank you to all our help. Never could have done it without them and I am not talking about the

Several sewing things going on. My Mariner's Compass is back from being quilted so will get some pictures today. I am over the top excited to see it finished. My farm quilt is coming along nicely and another project for Christmas in 1/2 done. I have a new pair of glasses that are helping with my sewing so that is a huge bonus for me to be able to spend time in my little room.

Enjoy the is going to rain here for the next few days. Can not complain..we are in need of rain in our area..many wells in trouble..not good this time of year.

Bye for now


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall Finally

Can't say I have enjoyed the humid weather this past summer. This is great. Temps in the 20's is fine with Hay and Straw being collected out of the fields...all the big bales. Everyone getting ready for winter. People tease me about my barn talk. I am one happy camper when the barn is full of hay and the back shed is full of shavings to keep the horses comfy for there winter days inside. One more load of shavings and I am ready.

On the weekend I headed over to Bobcaygeon to the Quilt Show. It is held in a pioneer village. The stories behind each building is worth the tour in itself. The show was just amazing. I did not take any pictures which is different for me. I think I was just so taken with all the incredible work I just did not slow down this year to do that.
One quilt really will not leave this little mind of mine. It was an antique quilt ..oh the hand stitching was so impressive. Tiny stitches back and forth across the entire quilt..row after row..1/4 apart in hand stitches ..OMG!!! The colors were so similar to what we see took me a few minutes to understand just how old the quilt was. What I loved hearing was it is on a bed..not stuck in a closet all packed away. Sometimes it is stories like that that make the entire show memorable.

This week has not started off that great. Heading to a specialist tomorrow for a root canal. Ugh!! I am so not a fan of the Not many people are..but I have "history" so I am not a good patient. Oh well has to be done.

Time to head out and get some more pictures once this is over. Have a great day!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Posting Troubles..AGAIN

I can not get into my Yahoo account to pick up my mail. I can post ..I think!! What is whith this Gmail thing as well. I don't want a Gmail account it keeps messing with my yahoo account. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know as a comment. Somehow even google is messed up with it all. I can not read the securtiy code they want me to use..and when I use the audio it does not work to the point it will not take even my email address to let me get to a sign in page now. Oh man!!!!
Hope all is well with everyone out there.