Oh I'm soooo jealous! I'm glad your having fun with your new "toy". You make me wish for one now too. Sounds like you have quite a few practice pieces in that "Box that will never be opened", that is now opened!!! :D
Oh Jan we are all green with envy. But so happy that you can enjoy this new tool. Your DSM quilting is so nice and this will just give you a bigger area to work with.
On the farm front, guys have been making corn silage and last crop of alfalfa. Had a killing frost last night--oh my morning glories and cardinal climbers have bit the dust for another year. Supposed to be 34 tonight. GS had a football game today--perfect fall day to sit in the sun. Tomorrow a funeral dinner to work at and make a dessert for--how about angel food cake? Tuesday DS and BIL stopping for a couple of days on their way back home to E PA as they have been to their DD is Seattle. Wed-a business appt. And then can catch up on book work again....Time to call it a night. I save this thread til the end and then savor it.
No killing frost here...yet. So sweet potatoes can wait...do not have to dig them yet. The few hills we dug look great, nice large sweet potatoes. We wrap them in newspaper and store in the garage in a basket. Processing 6 pints of pears today from our orchard. Will get more from neighbor, he has tons of them.
Will get late tomatoes from BIL Wednesday to work up into sauce. No frost at his place at Mudderville, Iowa.
Going to try to get more PC blocks done today and photographed for computer entry.
Have fun, JanRN, with your new LA. Have you named her yet?
Well guy's I had ta make a quick trip ta Brady. The water bill said that we used 7,000 gallons last month. Well we double checked & the month before we used 4,000. So we jumped Sat & drove down there. No leak! What a relief! We got ta thinkin' about it & the last time we went, we left the water on overnight that was under the trees.
Dubib...nice excuse to go to your favorite new place. :thumbup: hope your enjoyed it.
It's come close to freezing here but we've escaped and the forecast is for warmer weather for the next couple of weeks. We might even get some big, ripe tomatoes. For some reason, the big tomatoes didn't set this summer even though they blossomed. My quilting will be sporadic at best the next few weeks. My DH is repairing the porch roof and has finally got to the part where the old stuff has to be torn off...up to 5 layers in places. After one day when we got less than half done...12x18...every muscle is screaming. Not my usual outside activity! Soon the leaves will be falling which will signal putting the garden to bed for another season.
Oh my goodness GG. It's still 90* & higher here. No sign o' fall. I miss growin' tomatoes. Sigh. It will rain sometime. I have faith.
PS. I got beds in Brady now. Just sayin'!
Ggal970 thank you so much for your kind words. I have so enjoyed being a member of the Message Board. There are 2 patchwork groups in this town but they are so clicky and as I haven't lived here forever I am not a local. I travel about 60 miles every Thursday to sew with a patchwork group that is welcoming and friendly and every second week I travel about 80 miles on a Friday to attend an embroidery club, just as well I like driving...
The Message Board makes up the for other 5 or 6 days each week
The weather here is starting to warm up, spring started 1st September and then we head into our summer of tropical storms, lots of rain and hopefully this year no cyclones.. I would love to one day see snow, that would be cool:D metaphorically speaking
Mirab, here's some snow for ya!! This is a pic taken a few yrs ago at 5:30 am. By the next morning we had 23" and 2 days later got another 20". The older I get the more I hate snow. Now I'm depressed knowing this is on it's way in the next few months LOL. That's my Hyundai Santa Fe and my house is the one with 4 candles in the windows..Attachment 365449
Jan, when I was growing up and living in the country, we didn't have such good snow removal equipment as we do now so there would be up to a week at a time when we would be snowed in. We all had chores to do in the morning but as soon as they were all done and the house straightened up, we would play board or card games or put a puzzle together. Later when I had my own family and responsibilities, snow was not so welcome because I had to get through to go to work regardless if the plows had gone or not. Now that I'm retired, I've returned to welcome snow like when I was a kid. As long as there is food in the house and I'm warm, being snowed in feels "cozy" to me. It will all melt eventually and in the meantime, let's play cards.
Mirabelle, here in the Midwest we have tornadoes which are brief but violent, often deadly. Thankfully, I've never been personally involved in one. Are cyclones much like our hurricanes? How cold does it get during your winter? Does it get steamy hot in your summer?
Oh, JanRN and GG the memories you stories bring to mind of my childhood...all the snow and below zero temperatures...feather tick mattresses and wool pieced quilts. Bank the wood stoves, later coal stoves, and jump into that feather tick mattress and snuggle down into its warmth. See your breathe inside the next morning and scrap the frost off of the inside of the window. Had to clean the soot out of the stove every so often so it would 'breathe' better and cook better. Warm water in the reserve by the side of the cook stove. Before electric service was available.
Snow was fun in childhood; card games and puzzles and dominoes inside. Carry in water and wood (or coal) and carry out ashes...down the beaten path for relief!! Not so great when I worked on the jobs; but fun again since we are retired. Love your house, JanRN, beautiful in the snow, looking like quilting time!!
Still have one old warm wool quilt with wool batting...from childhood. No feather ticks though. Air mattress instead.