Sunday, March 8, 2015

Three of the last four times I've used directions from the computer, they've been off.  One said the doctor's office was  .1 miles from the main road when it was actually 3.1 miles.  Another directed me to Louise Street when the spot was on Brooklyn St.  Each seemed worse.  I am not wanting a GPS now.  Am directionally challenged anyway.  It seems strange that our brightest grand daughter is also. Hits one or two in each family.  The advent of keys that beep horns and turn on lights was a godsend to me.  Now I can find my car in the parking lot.  
I felt even more directionally challenged when beginning New York Beauty blocks.  Had not done them for several years and had forgotten that all is backward.  Feel dyslexic until it gets back in my mind firmly.  Reminder:  place the background fabric on the bottom when stitching points.   This is a very bright quilt.  It began with a cheddar batik and jewel tones of:  violet,  blue, green and orange.  It was out of control.  Am using a blossom in the center of each block and wanted the cheddar to be the arc.  Did not work at all.  Thought a bit on it and realized that to look like a summer garden, it needed sky and leaves.  The arcs are now a soft blue or green .  The cheddar batik may end up on the back.  Will post a few of the finished blocks.
Spring break is here.  #1 son was down from Alaska.  He got snowed in at a math conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Flights were cancelled and he had to drive to Las Vegas to get a flight home.  #2 son arrives this evening.  He and his son will fly to Phoenix, Arizona tomorrow to check out the college at Tempe.  They will return on Wednesday to do the same at Boise State.  Needless to say, I'm pulling for Boise.  Always nice to have the grandkids close.
Our weather is wonderful, 63 yesterday.  Sorry, Rosey.  Have only done cleanup outside.  Am not ready to turn the water on yet.  Know that snow can come through the end of March.  We still have freezing temps at night.  Am enjoying the bright primroses in the entryway.  Love that color but too soon to plant elsewhere.  Not too soon to buy, though.  Have some double ruffled summer daffodils to plant.  Plus bleeding heart, lily of the valley, Asian lilies and dahlias.  Can hardly wait.  Something about digging in the soil is good for my mind.
Tomorrow will be a year since DH passed.  In many ways, the year has flown by.  Perhaps that is because of the many changes.  Good that I like change as there is no choice. Maybe it is age.  I've noticed that time goes faster now.  We purchased this home 9 years ago.  Appliances are original which means 15 years.  The microwave began sparking. The oven went out.  And, the dishwasher was acting up.  All are replaced in shiny white as i'm not a fan of stainless steel.  Would need to paint the hickory cupboards white for that.  Replaced the furnace and a/c last fall.  Hope it is set for awhile...
The house in Arizona closed at a 40% loss.  Hate that and thought hard about not selling and trying to rent it.  Decided that is too difficult to manage while living out of state. Best to take the loss and be rid of it.  It needed a new roof at the inspection which made the loss higher.  At least the monthly expenses are over and some cash is coming.
Learned that I needed a cream for eczema that was $200 per tube.  The dermatologist suggested purchasing it from a compounding pharmacy who makes it for $45.  What does that tell us about pharmaceutical companies?  Amazing markup for mass production when it can be handmade for less than a quarter of the cost.  


At March 9, 2015 at 7:22 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

Thanks for the inspiration photo at the top of your post. I have been wanting to make this pattern for ages so it's good to have a visual reminder. Loved your newsy report of the goings on. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed ASU and is raising her family there. We love to visit. Wish your second home had been there, DH and I would have rented it in a heartbeat through the cold months for sure and he's so handy you'd have had no worries. It is so wonderful to hear you talk of gardening because it is starting to warm here also and this just reminds Spring will return again. Thinking of you on your one year mark of your DH's passing.

At March 9, 2015 at 3:12 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

Good to hear from you! Today is a beautiful ,but chilly day at the beach. Another load of "stuff" from the house,and gave a key to the Estate sale lady.
Took an hr.nap on the couch just now, the daylight savings time is crazy!
Sara in Fla.

At March 11, 2015 at 3:39 AM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

Thank you for such a newsy "post" and for the photo of your work Mary Jo. I have never attempted to make anything like that, and I can only admire the workmanship. Pleased to know that you have warmer weather and some primroses out. Spring is so full of promise isn't it ? I'll soon be starting on the autumn tidy up here, it's been a long hot summer and even the dahlias are looking tired . I, too, am thinking about you on the one year mark...hopefully this coming year will be easier..


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