A Little About a Lot of Things

It’s hard to believe she’s a year old already!  Time goes by so fast.  Since I haven’t been sent any new pics, I had to get them from Meg’s Facebook.  But here she is with her beautiful mom:

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Last week my buddy Litsa and I went out and about.  She was here for the weekend to visit her husband (who works for the same company as G).  After a visit to the Yankee Candle Village, we went driving around taking pictures of the foliage.  Since we both live in Florida, it was a treat.  We saw a sign for an apple farm where you could pick your own, so we did.  What fun!!  Here’s some of what we saw:

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Litsa on the Great Pumpkin

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Don’t you think the chipmunk is too cute?  He was just having an afternoon snack when we saw him.  We each picked a half peck of apples and headed back towards the hotel.  Along the way, we saw the biggest milk bottle:

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Milk does a body good and all, but that is one huge bottle!!  The farm was just down the hill from the elementary school where we saw the bottle.  We went down in the valley and drove around a bit.  It was beautiful.  The cows were right up at the edge of the road with nothing but a wire to keep them off it.  I’m guessing it was electrified.  They were too busy eating to pose for pictures:

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After we picked apples and drove around a while, Litsa wanted to see the dinosaur footprints.  So we went down there.  It sure looked different from the last time I was there-all the leaves have turned along the river.  Here’s what it looked like when I first got here:

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Just a couple of months and what a difference!  We don’t have all that color in Florida.  And we don’t have the cold either-it was 31 degrees this morning!  Brrrr!

G was off Sunday and Monday for the Colombus Day holiday.  We went riding with a few friends on Sunday afternoon.  We headed up to Vermont and New Hampshire.  It was so pretty, but I didn’t take any pictures.  It was a bit chilly (about 50 when we left, 40 when we got back) and I had my gloves on so couldn’t work the camera.  I probably would have dropped it on the highway if I had tried.  We stopped at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Keene, NH for a pit stop and I was geting pretty chilly so I put on my chaps and scarf.  Much better on the way back.  I’d like to go back that way before we leave, but I think our riding is about over.  It’s getting cold and wet now and that’s no fun.  Maybe I can talk G into going in the truck so I can take some pics and stop at a few of the little stores we passed.  I’m sure he’ll be off in the next few days since they’re calling for rain.

This morning I shipped out my first Etsy order.  Then I cut out a few things so when I get off work tomorrow I can sew them up.  If you get a chance, check out my shop and let me know what you think.

I’m so excited  I just had to share!  I listed a couple of things in my shop tonight and went I went back to edit the description on one and it was gone! Not like on another page, but just not there. So I was looking at the shop details on craftcult and saw it showed 1 sale. Yay me! I’ve already printed the label and got it ready to ship. Someone is going to have this little cutie:
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I’m probably more excited than  should be, but this is too cool.  I’ve never sold anything online before (other than ebay a few years ago).  Hopefully, this will jump start things for me.

Last week I was out and about a little, but it’s late and I will post about it with pics tomorrow.

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I decided to go ahead with Etsy. It’s not much right yet, but I hope to make it better! I’ve listed a few things, most of which were already blogged here. But there’s a few new items, and a few more in the works. So take a minute and check it out. All comments and critiques are welcome-I am new at this online store thing and would love to learn from your experiences!  It’s a little scary, there is so much to learn and it is a little overwhelming.

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My store is here-http://shastababy.etsy.com.

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but I have been busy!  Between getting the truck window fixed  (it’s still not-we’re waiting for the part that holds the window to the pulley in the door so we can actually put the window down!) then having to take it in for new tires,  then somewhere else for service, there’s not been a lot of time to post.  And nothing really to post about!

I did get the quilt sent to my daughter for the baby shower.  It’s a good thing she emailed to remind me-I had written the date down wrong and got it sent just in time!  She said Chelsea (mom-to-be) loved it and now all “the girls” want one.  That really made me feel good.  How could I not do quilts for these girls I’ve known so long?  Just as long as they don’t all get pregnant together!

I’ve made quite a few things for some folks up here, and a few things just to try out ideas.  Soon as the weather cooperates I will take pics and post them-it’s been pretty gloomy the last couple of days.  It’s kind of hard to get good light in a hotel room, even with two windows.

It seems like as soon as I make something new, somebody wants to buy it, so I’ve been thinking about doing an Etsy store.  My daughter thinks I should, but then again, she is a little biased!  The account is already set up, I just need to figure out how to tweak it a bit and have a few things to list.  Do you have an Etsy store?  If you do, please leave a comment about how you like it and if you think the fees are reasonable.  They seem like it to me, but I’d like other opinions.  Artfire is similar and I looked at that as well, but Etsy seems more popular.  I’d love to hear what you think.

This past Saturday G had the afternoon off so I had the truck.  YAY!  I happily took my shopping list and fistful of coupons to Joann’s.  I spent about 20 minutes in there, getting what I needed then G called.  He asked me to pick up a few things for him at another store, so I paid for my goodies and left.  When I got to the truck, I noticed glass on the floorboard.  I though “Hmm, we never have glass in the truck” and was hit by a huge gust of wind.  From the other side of the truck!!  Some sorry *** had smashed out the passenger side window and ransacked the truck-front and back seats!  All that was stolen was the GPS unit, but what a mess!  Glass everywhere and stuff strewn about.  I was in the store for 22 minutes!  I know that because I was talking to G when I went in the door and the time stamp on the receipt.  22 minutes for a thief to totally ruin what was looking like a great afternoon.

So I called the police and they came out and did a report.  The officer was very kind, but told me that I should have taken the GPS out of the truck when I went shopping and lectured me like I was a four year old.  I was not a happy camper and told him that if he and his co-workers were doing their job I wouldn’t have to.  That didn’t go over very well with him.  He also told me that he has about 10 calls a week for the same thing-in that same shopping center!  That didn’t make me feel any better.  Again, not being a happy camper I told him that was a real nice way to encourage people to visit his quaint New England town.  That I was going back to Florida where I can leave my GPS right on the dash and a laptop on the seat and a digital camera hanging on the mirror with the windows down and spend all day in the mall without worry.  In a city of nearly a million people.  He wasn’t very happy to be dealing with me at this point.

As he wrote the report, I went over to his car and apologised because I felt bad taking out my anger on him.  He smiled, said he understood and told me he hoped it didn’t spoil my visit to Massachussetts.  Then told me the names of some glass companies that would come out to replace the glass on a weekend without a huge price.  I thanked him, went back into Joann’s and bought some clear vinyl and some tape from the Dollar Store and covered the window.

I called in insurance company to file a claim.  The window was covered, the GPS was not.  Great.  Then I found out that the repair was less than our deductible, so we closed the claim and just called the insurance company’s preferred provider.  As it happened, it was one of the companies the officer had told me about.

At this point I’m thinking that I could get it repaired and still have time to go run a few errands (like mail off Lyla’s quilt).  After calling the glass company, I find out they can’t come until Monday, between 12 and 5.  The guy shows up at 4:30.  Lucky he called first so G just had to come back to the hotel from the jobsite and meet him instead of losing half a day of work.  The glass technician said it would be about half an hour to do the repair.  Great!  Not so much, read on!

I went upstairs for a bit, then went down about 25 minutes later.  He’s putting plastic sticky stuff on the window.  Naturally, that is NOT what I expected.  They sent him with the wrong window!  Now it’s 5:15 and looks like it’s about to rain.  The shop is closed and no one can get back until the next morning. ( That’s today.)  Again, not a happy camper.

G came down and we decided to go out to get something to eat.  We get in the truck and it won’t start.  Not at all.  The lights come on, but that’s it-just click, click, click.  The technician had left the key on while he was cleaning up the glass and drained both batteries.  (Yep, it just keeps getting better.)  So we wait downstairs for one of G’s workers who also has a diesel truck to jump start it.  This happens to be the night he decides not to come straight back to the hotel after work.  After waiting for about an hour and smoking half a pack of cigarettes, we went next door and had a few beers and dinner, then went to bed.  At 5 this morning, G was downstairs with one of his crew trying to get the truck started.  What a joyous start to the day!  And just now as I am writing, the glass company calls and says it will be between noon and 5 again today when they come out.  So it’s just wait for their call to let G know so he can leave work and meet them again.  I sure hope they have the right glass this time!

I’m ready to go home.  If I can find my way.

The last week or so I’ve been working on a baby quilt.  It’s for one of my daughter’s friends who is due in December.  The push was because “the girls” are having the shower early so everyone can attend.  “The Girls” have all been friends since middle school and this is the first one to have a child.  It amazes me that they are in their late 20’s and are still as close as ever.  I can’t even remember some of the people I hung around with in middle school, much less keep in touch and maintain a friendship!  So this is special, I’ve know the mom-to-be for quite a while.  It’s far from perfect, but is sure is soft!  I used Snuggle flannel for the patchwork front and dotted Minky for the back.  Rather than quilt it (which I am SO not good at) I tied it with double strands of tapestry yarn.  Here’s the fabrics:

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The tutorial came from happythings, the fabric from Joann’s.  I love the striped one!  Here is the finished quilt:

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I actually finished it a couple of days ago, but the weather hasn’t been nice at all and taking pics in the hotel wasn’t working.  So when the sun came out today, I went down to the patio to take a few.  Here’s a better look at the blocks:

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Pay no attention to the misaligned squares, I don’t think baby Lyla will mind.  She’ll just be enjoying the cuddliness of them!

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Overall, I’m happy with it.  I took it down to the hotel laundry and Carol ran it through a wash and dry cycle for me so I could be sure that the ties were secure and any shrinkage was done.  (I did prewash the fabrics, but not the batting.  It didn’t shrink, even though it was cotton.)

It’s nothing fancy, but it’s about all the quilting ability I have!  And it was made with a lot of love for the mom it’s going to, so maybe that will make up for the not-so-perfect stitching.