Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stash Report 10-20-14

I used about a yard and a half for the Lorax binding and finishing up of some of  the quilts I gave the Physical Therapy people.  And for the Fiber group project on Wednesday.  I have another two weeks before I give the Seuss quilts to the baby mommas.  Maybe I will have the Seuss 2, the second one complete by then.

Here is my Fiber Group piece. The theme this month was "Turn of a Phrase".  I did a nice layered landscape that I called Lay of the  Land.

I built a blog for the group,  we were using a Yahoo group format that was not really working for us.  So we went with a blog.

You can see it here if you would like to see what the others did this month.

As for my usage, I am still working it down.......but slowly!

But at least it is going DOWN and not UP!

Oh wait, I forgot I won the Birthday fabric.  I forgot how much, 4 yards maybe?  Still going down though, albeit not by much!

Used this week -1.5
Used this month -6.33 used this year -114.75
bought this week 5
bought this month 5 bought this year 185.75
plus or minus 3.5
plus or minus -1.33 plus or minus 71

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fun with Cousin Karen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Here is a fun saturday thing to do.  remember the song from Queen?  Bohemian Rhapsody.

Do you know the words?  Let's see........

I got 19, frank got 15 and Cousin Karen got 24! 

Let me know how you did!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Where Was The Camera?

My new eye is marvelous.  I spent the day yesterday running around in the glorious fall weather, exclaiming how incredible I could see every 10 or 15 minutes!  Really, it is amazing to literally "see" the difference from before and after.

I am glad you liked the Orange Cactus post!  He has been with us for a long time now, and he is always interesting!

Yesterday was the last physical therapy appointment.  Today I took my bag of goodies over at 11 am when they got off work.  I had a quilt for everyone!  They were floored!  It was fun seeing them go through the six quilts and bargaining with each other to get the one they wanted.

I think they were all happy with each one they ended up with!

Of course I forgot to take a single picture!!  Aughhh!

In other news, the Lorax Quilt is complete!  Here are the final pictures of that.  I did remember that before I send it off.

Tory chose the most perfect stripe for the binding.  I mentioned that stripes often look great as bindings, and she did it proud!

 Yeah!  One down.  One more to go!

I am still thinking about Seuss 2.  So that will stay with me in top stage for a bit.  I have an idea of what I need to do, I don't want to do it, but I know what it needs.  More later.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eyes and Other Stuff

I had my eye appointment this morning and the nice doctor used a laser to blast the scar tissue that has built up behind my lens.  The lens is the one they put in after the cataract was found.  Over about a year the cloudy-ness has been building up in that eye.  I mentioned it to the doc a few times and he said it was most likely the need for some additional moisture in the eye.  I add drops to it, but the cloudy-ness stays.

I actually have 20/15 vision, but couldn't see through the cloud in one eye.

When I went to see him last month he said, not a problem, easy to fix!

the scar tissue was thicker than he thought.  I knew, I was having a difficult time seeing at night and had stopped driving at night.  And recently I was having problems driving during the day.

After the surgery, which was like the doctor was playing a video game blasting away at the outlaw cells, I could see!  I just have some huge dark floaters that should settle in a few days.  They are distracting and look like huge rats scuttling just out of my sight line.  Fun.

All the way home I kept saying, look!  I can see the words on the sign, I can see the license plates, I can see clearly!

We stopped in to see Ann's mother, who is not doing well.  She is going to be 94 in a few weeks and is in the hospital.  Please keep Ann and her family in your thoughts.

On Tuesday night in my neighborhood, about two blocks from us, this tragedy occurred.  No word on what caused it yet.  The family got out in time, thankfully,  but the house is a total loss.  Scary, it happened after 10 PM but they were alerted by a neighbor who was taking her dog out for a walk.  Frank and the Basset Boyz had passed there not 10 minutes earlier.  It is on their regular route to walk morning and night.

The world is unsettled.

52 Photos - Orange - Gallery 24

For Gallery 24 Bella chose "orange" with a warning against pumpkins.  I walked around for two whole days wondering where in the world I was going to find orange!  Here we are in the midst of Halloween and no pumpkins on deck.

I realized at some point that the headlights on Frank's car have red sidelights, but mine has orange!  BINGO!

We are repainting the house wood, we have vinyl siding on most of it.  The front porch is in direct line of the setting sun every day.  It beats down on the wood and shutters without regard to the shadows we have attempted to throw in its way.  So we repaint often.  But this year I wanted a new door and new colors.

So here is the preparation for my new black door!  No orange there but I did snap a picture of the cactus.  He is in an orange pot.  We got this little guy when he was a wee lad and Carrie was in grammar school.  He is now a long long guy and hangs over his pot.  He lives on the front porch in conditions that resemble the desert from whence he came because we never remember to water him!

And you don't need to really wonder why he is a he and not a she, do you?

Check out some other "orange" sights at 52 Photos

Monday, October 13, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10-13-14

I need to finish my Seuss 2 Quilt and get it on the long arm frame for quilting.   It was laid out on the floor, I am still working out issues with it.  Frank walked in and said how much he liked it and wanted to know  how it would look with the spikey things all around.  He loved it.  So now I am once again thinking of adding them all around.  I just need to do something with it!  You know? 

I trimmed the Lorax quilt and cut the stripes for the binding and just need to get that on and it will be done.  That one I love.  And it is nearly done.  Yes!

I have some leftover fabric I want to make a bag and maybe a diaper stacker.  Definitely the  bag.

In other things I have a Fabric group meeting on Wednesday night and the project is "A Turn of a Phrase".  I know what I want to do but finding the time will be difficult. 

Ann's mother is in the hospital and I need to be available to help when I can.  I was heading up there today but the schedules got changed.  I am hoping she is doing better and will be home soon.

I am in the planning stages of a pair of quilts for the new bed set up.  I  decided rather than one large quilt, that I would make two long quilts that are  narrow enough to fit on each side.  Maybe split the design between the two so they fit together!

Family of Centaurs fighting tigers | Roman mosaic from Hadrian's Palace C2nd A.D. | Altes Museum, BerlinI made that decision because Frank is always taking my portion of the blanket or quilt and sleeping with two on the new bed has been wonderful.  Why didn't I think of that sooner?  Duh! 

Last night he was dreaming he was a centaur in Lilliput and fighting a bad guy.  He began kicking me with his hooves and when I reached over to wake him he started fighting me with his arms.  It is more dangerous in the night than in the day! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Frankenstein - The Play

Frankenstein (1931) PosterWe went to see Frankenstein this afternoon at the Swine Palace.  The Swine Palace started off as a Bohemian group of way out there plays and then at some point conjoined with the School of Theater at LSU.  Now it is  training ground for young aspiring students and the forum for the top minds in drama from the world! 

It was excellent!  Intense.  The program describes the play, but it is the last line in the writing that is the key to the experience.  It says, as you watch the play enfold upon our stage, you decide who is the true monster here.

It was difficult for me to really immerse myself into the play as it enfolded upon the stage, Frank was sitting next to me.

All week he would say, we are going to see Young Frankenstein this weekend.  I would correct him, No, we are seeing Frankenstein.  I didn't want him to think this was a comedy, after all.

Young Frankenstein movie poster.jpgAnd he would chuckle at things like when Dr. Frankenstein exclaims, It's alive!  It's alive! picturing Gene Wilder yelling the same thing in Young Frankenstein.  And when the monster comes upon the blind man in the forest, he envisioned Billy Crystal's Yiddish. 

And the Monster Peter Boyle dancing to The Ritz.  This monster did no such dance.

But the best part the play today did not show was Madeline Kahn as Elizabeth emerging from the electricity with the grey streak in her flaming red hair, grabbing the monster and bursting into operatic ecstasy upon seeing him in his momentous glory. if you know what I mean!