Sunday, January 1, 2017

Where Do I Begin?

Appropriately, I should begin with happy 2017! Time has flown by this year, as it does every year. My wish for 2017 is for a slow down in time and place - I suppose that's a near impossible tall order. Since my last post in May, I have been balls-out busy with work, and Denny with the house renovations. The house renovation is still progressing with the interior nearing completion. That's still the main story of our lives, with a few new things since my last post in May. Here are the before pictures of the house, you can see the progress! The other big news is the new addition to our family. We have made room in our busy lives for a new dog - Jack. Jack is a constant reminder of what living with a toddler was like. We lovingly refer to him as Jackass, Jack-a-lope, Jackhole, and Impy. He is full of piss and vinegar, but incredibly loving and sweet. Life will never be the same. Jack came to us, believe it or not, via Facebook. I had been following a Jack Russell breeder in Kansas for quite sometime, with a dim thought of buying a JR from her. In September she posted a picture of little Jack on her Facebook page, with the hope of rehoming him through her follwers. Jack had originally been from one of her litters 2 years previous to his return to her. He came back to the breeder because his owner died very suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 54. His owner asked the breeder to take him until she was able to leave the hospital and return home - that never happened. Through many emails back and forth, and other people in the mix to adopt, the breeder said she would like for us to have him. It has been an adventure ever since. We love him, and although his antics can be annoying, we find him to be a constant source of entertainment... My sister, her family, and my mom made a whirlwind stop this summer while trekking across the country to their new home in Utah. That was fun, but too short. Even though they were only here for a little longer than 24 hours, we crammed in some good times. A trip to the Henry Dorley zoo, and my back yard zoo kept everyone very entertained. I didn't make my usual trip to Minnesota this year. Time and money held me back, so here's hoping for more of both this year. *insert laughing here* I will definitely plan something, but not sure what that will be. No getaway this year really made me unbearably grumpy. I tried to capture that last few months in pictures. As you can tell, I've had many projects. I scored a new vintage sewing machine at an auction for $5. Nobody bid on it because it was locked in a wooden beehive case that didn't have a key.I brought it home with only a mild hope for a decent machine. After researching how to open the case, I found a near cherry machine inside. It's a treasure. Also included are pictures I took at a friend's family farm in St. Edward, Nebraska - a very cool place! I could have spent days wandering around taking pictures... The pictures are a mish-mash of the past 6 months. Somewhere in the mix are the traditional pictures that Denny and I take every NYE. Nothing changes, and for that I'm grateful. Here's to more life in 2017! Happy, happy new year!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bam!

I got this quilt back last week from Mangelsens; they quilted the top with a star pattern, which I thought would be perfect from an old military dude. I used a red ombré fabric for the binding, and tonight I added the finishing  "made by" patch. Tomorrow it gets mailed. A wee bit late for my dad's birthday, but he'll love it. I hope. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Past Few Weeks

Where do I begin? The last few weeks have been jam packed with stuff. I should begin with the PBR. For my birthday, Denny bought tickets for us to attend the Professional Bull Riding event at the Qwest center. It's something that has been on my bucket list for a while. I rustled up a plaid shirt, a pair of jeans, and my favorite cowboy boots for the big show. I hoped to god I didn't look like a geeked-out newbie. Thankfully, I didn't. I loved the whole show. I'm fascinated with anyone who would get on such a huge animal and risk getting stomped on. Even if they don't get romped on, the long term effects of all that whip-lashing can't be good. All that stuff aside, we had a blast.**Note: two guys did get stomped, and one was carried out unconscious.Bummer.  
 Before the show I spent the day checking out garage sales. Thanks to a friend who tipped me off about a fab garage sale not far from here, I scored a 1948 Franklin sewing machine. Franklin's were produced by Kenmore. This gem has the coolest wooden carrying case, and the best thing about this machine? It's perfect! Not a scratch, and not even a shred of "thread fuzz" on it. I honestly don't think this machine was ever used. The case is in perfect tack as well. Did I mention it works, too? A total score for $20. Dennis asked me what my plans are for it. I think I'll just stare at it for a while.... 
 The day after the PBR I volunteered for the Color Vibe run downtown. Some of the proceeds will benefit my office. I thought parking would be a nightmare, so what did I do to avoid it? I ran from my house to downtown, then walked back. Ten plus miles. I think next year I'll drive, as traffic was practically nil. I had fun on my trek, I must say. It's funny the things you notice when you are walking or running. 
 My latest sewing project is a baby quilt. I've been eyeballing this pattern for a while. It is quite a fiddly pattern, with more itty bitty pieces than I care to discuss, but really, it is so worth the effort. I like it so much I might make another for myself! 
 Work took me to Hooper, NE on Wednesday. I would love to take over the office for the rural counties. I don't know what it is about those small towns, but I love them. They are fun to explore, and historically they are fascinating. I would have liked to wander around the two blocks of the downtown, but crappy weather was predicted, so I blew outta there when I finished my presentation. I love that job, there are no words to describe it. It's fun, interesting, and different everyday. 
 Here are some pics to correspond with the past few weeks.


In a bush just off to the left, there was a black, lacey bra swinging in the wind. And no, it was not mine. These bottles were cool as hell though. I'm sure these are souvenirs of many a drunken night. 
This is my Fancy Forest baby quilt. I just so happen to think this will be a treasure of a gift.