Monday, January 08, 2018

Monday's progress

Today, I did laundry, walked down the street to the mailbox, spent an hour breaking down boxes and bagging papers in the garage -- you can actually get in and out of the car now! And, brought 2 card tables and a 4 ft folding table in that shouldn't have been in the garage in the first place -- loved those movers - NOT!  Also found a "wall shelf" that shouldn't have been out there either.  I'd been hunting all over for it.  
Then spent the rest of the day in the basement.  Cleaned out my go-bag and re-filled it with my applique projects -- I think there are four different projects in the bag!  And, cleaned out a couple of drawers and threw away a few more totes and brought one over to the sewing area that is full of fabric.  I probably made a bigger mess than I planned, but at least its my mess!  Also found my other thread, so now need to put up the printer's drawer I was using to put my thread in!
Then, I oiled my sewing machine and put needles in both machines.
And, I finally pieced a block -- I'm way behind on Legendary Love bom, but I have block 2 pieced now!
 And here it is on my design wall!  Block 3 is like 16 blocks -- all the same.  Haven't even started that one and I'll pick up block 4 on Friday!
Didn't do a few things I had planned, but spent the time in the sewing room anyway and it still felt good!
Until next time.....Blessings. 

P.S. - Carolyn, your mail didn't go thru today - so here's what I wrote back:
Oh boy!  I just spent an hour in the attached garage now that it's above freezing out there. First, I need to break down boxes and fill trash bags with paper - the recycling truck only comes once every two weeks and I have it full right after they empty it. Still have the 2 unopened boxes out there that belong in the basement - and they are clearly marked.
But, good for you - it's going to take me a long time - probably more than a year, but it's way past time to get rid of stuff. I remember cleaning out my parent's house - my dad was a packrat. I don't want to leave my daughter with a mess like that.  So, posting on my blog keeps me motivated, if no one else!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The rest of the pics

So today I actually worked in the basement.  And, I actually quilted a quilt! Yay me!  So this first pic is of the thread holder that Aaron hung up for me yesterday:


 It feels really good to have my thread corralled again.  Problem is, I discovered today that I have no idea where the rest of my thread is -- the stuff I sew with and the stuff I applique with -- it's somewhere around here!
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This lovely mess is the overflow of tote bags I have.  After getting the quilt done today, I spent time sorting thru things and vacuuming the basement.  I've already thrown away 6-7 bags and I still have too many.  The ones that are left on the floor there are filled with fabric scraps for whatever reason, so I need to sort all that out too.
This side is a little tidier!  I did manage to clean out one drawer that the movers just threw things into and found my small oiler that I was looking for -- but because they just threw it in the drawer, it leaked all over the other stuff in there.  No real harm done -- just irritating!  Anyway, that was one drawer I managed to get sorted out -- containing parts and things for the longarm, so that was a good thing.  The movers wrapped up things like pens, and small things, so they got unwrapped and thrown into a drawer in the antique table, so there are a lot of drawers I have to clean out and I still have plenty of boxes to unpack yet.
I had a couple more pictures, but blogger won't let me upload them.  So, one was my ruler holder that goes on the wall that Aaron put up for me and the other was what I did to my design wall.  I've been using a photographic stand for my design wall -- with a big piece of batting attached to it.  Well, it was taking up too much space (this basement is not as wide as the last one was), so I just tacked the batting to the wall behind the table. Takes up no space and I won't trip on it every time I try to get to it!
Really felt good to work in the basement again and to quilt a quilt!  I need to piece some backings for homeless quilts now.  I have the tops already here, so need to get busy on the backings.

Until next time.....Blessings.


 

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Settling

My dear son-in-law spent 3 hours here this morning hanging things for me, with the help of my oldest grandson.  So, I now have all the drapes/curtains hung that I have planned for now.  I'm really pleased with them and we also changed the living room around so it is more workable.  He also hung one of my quilt hangers.  So, today I'll show you the stuff he did upstairs.
The redesigned living room with the drapes fixed (I had them up, but couldn't get the old hardware that the former owner put up out of the way, so Aaron got that down and put up the center brace to the curtain rod, so now the drapes hang straight.
And he hung the quilt hanger for me, so I found a quilt to hang there.  The whole wall behind the couch will be done another time -- I have an idea I want to try out -- but not pressing to get that done!
He hung the rod so I could finally hang the valance I bought right after I moved in!
Finally got the butt-ugly drapery rod and so called drapes off the dining room doors.  These drapes match the ones in the living room and the valance in the kitchen.  They are too long, so I need to take them up a couple of inches, but not today!
And the bedroom drapes -- there are two windows here - about 59" wide.  All that was there was two paper shades that were literally falling apart.  The drapes don't match anything yet, but I love having them up there anyway!
I'm sure it was a long day and a lot of work for Aaron, but I can't tell you how pleased I am to have this done.  And, Steph needed some boxes for some projects at the pre-school, so he took a bunch of boxes home with him!  Woo hoo!

I'll show you what he did in the basement tomorrow!  I still have some work to do down there, but I think I might even get a quilt loaded tomorrow!

Until next time....Blessings.



 

Thursday, January 04, 2018

January 4, 2018

So, yesterday I had planned on cleaning up the office a bit (this will be a long-term job as I intend to shred a lot of paper and organize what is left!).
Then I got the mail and in it was a notice from my drug policy provider that said they had terminated me as of 12/31.  Ok, but I applied for a different policy from same company that was fine for WI instead of IL.  I even double checked with them when I changed it over.  And, they sent me the payment book with the new payment amount on it.  Huh, called them up -- no record of me having the new insurance.  So.... two hours later, all of which was spent on the phone, first with Ins. co. and then with Medicare, and I am now enrolled in the new policy, same company, but coverage won't start til Feb. 1, 2018.  I cannot tell you how helpful
the girl at Medicare was.  I think she said her name was Casey Jones!  She was wonderful.  Even did a comparison of drug prices between Walmart and Walgreens.  I was greatly impressed and thankful!
So, here's a shot of the office that I actually straightened up today.  I have a closet in here that will eventually be cleaned out and I will eventually fill the shelves that were left in here by the previous owner.  But at least I can find the counter top now.

Steph came over this afternoon after work and helped me move the longarm into a better working position and moved a bookcase into the storage area.  The basement is coming along, albeit slowly.  But I hope to at least load a quilt sometime this weekend.  My DSIL will be over on Saturday to take down and hang up things in the basement and main floor.  It is beginning to look like a house now!

Oh, and the treadmill man came to fix the treadmill yesterday, and I wrote a letter to the moving company detailing the mess they left here - having not moved most of the stuff to the basement - instead leaving it in the garage for me to move myself, and sending them the bill for the treadmill repair, since they broke it.  Waiting to hear back from them. 

And here's a surprise to me:  I fixed another stir-fry for lunch for Steph and me today -- and I actually enjoyed fixing it.  I like cooking so much better about noon than anytime after 4 pm!  I have more energy, my mind isn't complete mush yet, and I'm actually liking to cook!  (And I hate to cook! lol) Surprise!

Until next time.....Blessings.
 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

January 2, 2018

Today was just a normal day!  Cleaned house, cleaned out a couple of drawers in the living room - not a big deal.  Did hang my Cuckoo Clock on the wall after putting the batteries back in it.  However, I set the time, but not correctly (I have to find the directions in all this mess!)  So, now at 3 pm, it cuckoos 6 times!  Gotta find the directions for sure.
I also put all my knitting paraphenalia in one place and found the cowl I was working on during the moving fiasco.  Hope to actually finish it one of these days.  Have a repair to do on one of my little quilts -- a Kim Diehl top with tiny yo-yos on it and one of the yo-yos fell off.  I'll stitch that back on today.
Also tried something new for me -- ate my big meal at lunch.  I fixed a veggie stir-fry with honey teriyaki sauce from Tastefully Simple.  It was delicious and if I get hungry later this evening, I'll fix myself a sandwich.  
I have to go to the store tomorrow, after the man comes to fix my treadmill that the movers broke.  I have a recipe for split pea soup to try in the Instant Pot and really am excited to try it.  I think the Instant Pot will be great to fix my main meal at lunch time -- takes so little time to cook things.  And I certainly have more energy in the morning/early afternoon than I do after 3 pm!
So, now I'm off to stitch that yo-yo on!
Until next time...Blessings.
 

Monday, January 01, 2018

New Day, New Year

"What is coming is better than what is gone."
                                                      - Arabic Proverb
Saw that this morning on Simple Reminders. Something to think about anyway! 
I spent most of today doing a few things, but relaxing too!  Slept in this morning since I didn't get to bed til 11 last night, because I was catching up on Outlander on a 7 day free trial of Starz!

Besides laundry, this is what I spent some time on today.  This is my fabric cabinet that the movers refused to put in the basement where my quilt studio and fabric are.  So, I have now converted it to my quilt storage cabinet.  I only have a couple of my bins emptied and put in it as of today.  A few more bins to do!

Also been working on my goals for this year.  I want to make these into habits:
Pray more, be more grateful.
Read more, watch tv less, spend less time on FB.
Clean out 1 drawer, shelf, bin, or box, etc. at least 3 times a week. This includes giving away, throwing away, or saving whatever is in the container.  I spent a whole lot of money to move a whole lot of stuff that I don't even want or use.  It's ridiculous!  I still have quite a few boxes to go thru and I also want to clean out drawers and shelves.  So far, I'm not putting stuff away that I don't use or want, and I think it's a good time to do this. But, it will be an ongoing project for probably the entire year.  I've started going thru a few magazines at night.  And, of course, being a quilter I probably have 500 quilting magazines and they just take up space - I rarely go thru them anymore and there's always thousands of patterns available for anything I want to make without even looking at the magazines.  I'm thinking 99% will be recycled -- I'll put them in the bin to hold down the papers!
Last goal for now:  learn to use my Instant Pot and do a lot more healthy cooking.  Hopefully I'll get an oven soon!
 Hope 2018 will be wonderful for all of us.
Until next time....Blessings.



 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year's Eve!

I see I haven't posted in a few days.  I've been busy unpacking.  I did manage to have a couple of melt downs this weekend.  The sheer enormity of this move just overwhelmed me.  I have no where to put boxes and papers.  I've started filling trash bags with the papers from unwrapping things and I mostly break down the boxes, but it'll be months before I find my garage and the rest of the stuff the idiot movers left out there.
This is just one side of the garage.  All those bags are just papers to be recycled.  The problem is, in Burlington, they only pick up recycling every other week!  That large can amidst the bags is the recycling bin.  And the rule is, they do not pick up anything outside the bin! And they just picked up on Friday.  It is already full for pickup in two weeks! It is seriously going to take me all summer to get rid of all this stuff.  Maybe I can find a recycling station somewhere.
It got so bad that I started keeping the boxes in the house:
That's in the dining room.  I also have some in the basement!
Anyway, I am making progress and I hauled all the paper and boxes out of the main part of the basement so I don't have to look at them anymore!

As I was doing my meditation and reading this morning, I came across this, from Romans 6:4, with Paul speaking, "walk in newness of life." What a great thought to carry into the new year.  Everything old we can leave behind with 2017, and walk in the newness of life in 2018. Sounds like a plan to me!
Until next time....blessings.  And Happy New Year!