Thursday, September 22, 2016

Life has been Crazy. Just checking in. Using a small tablet, so cannot see what is being typed. Please excuse errors.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Testing to see if this still works.

Since Facebook has become so popular, blogging seems to have gone by the wayside. Am posting to see if anyone even looks here. Don't have many photos on this computer, so I just grabbed this one.


My grandmother holding her great-great grandson (my grandson) about 1997. There aren't many of these pictures.

Maybe it is time to start blogging, again?

Sue/Packrat/Cindy

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Slacker

Some people are able to write about everyday life and even make routine chores sound interesting.  Sadly, I'm not one of those people...

This post is full of woe, so have a tissue, or skip it all together.  (Not all has been sad, though. Will do a happy blog another day.)

This past year has been bad. We've "lost" three pets, one loved refrigerator, and one despised washing machine.  The worst was three of our local young people getting killed.

Carmen's  (my daughter) cat, that was in our care, suddenly got sick and died. (Cat was notorious for eating things she shouldn't, so our veterinarian thinks she might have poisoned herself.) This cat had the sweetest little meow, and she was so loveable and cuddly and never scratched.



Our gentle butterball (hound and border collie mix) hurt his back and could no longer get around. At 150 pounds, there was no way we could handle him. Also, he was in pain. Poor old baby.  (He never barked and had the softest, silkiest coat. I loved to rub his long ears.)






Right after Carmen left for Russia in January, the washing machine caught fire. (The motor seized up.) Thank God I was home, because I had to use the fire extinguisher on it.   Luckily, no damage was done to the house.  I really disliked that washer, so other than the expense of getting a new one, its demise was a good thing.

Then, in May I had pneumonia.  Threw me for a loop. Thank God, Carmen was home visiting so that she could help. Poor "kid".  I still don't have tons of energy, but overall I feel better than I have in months.

While I was recuperating, our beloved Old Dog (rotty/lab) failed very fast, and one morning she just couldn't get up.  At at 15 years old, I guess this was to be expected. My heart is still broken...  Even tho technically Old Dog was Carmen's, Old Dog was my baby and my shadow.





THEN, right after Old Dog passed away, our old refrigerator quit. Everything in the freezer and some things from the fridge section had to be tossed. This is really silly, but I felt like another family member left. J & I bought that fridge when our first child was a baby. (Yes, we did have a newer refrigerator, too, so most everything that was left from the old fridge fit in the newer one.)

The last thing and the very worst, three of our local teens were killed in a horrible fiery wreck.  My heart aches for their families.  (This is a small community where most everyone knows and/or is related to each other.)  J was one of fire department people help on this wreck.  He is still shaken and very upset. 

So sorry this is so morbid.

Right now, I really need to go to the office to input those pesky invoices so I know how much State sales tax is owed. Whoop-dee-doo.

Happy blog with pretty pictures will be coming.

Daughter is off on another adventure.  If you are interested:  http://canusing2.blogspot.com/


Hope this finds everyone well and happy.
Hugs,
Sue

Friday, March 22, 2013

Another sewing machine...

Who knew that hitting the enter key in the title window would automatically publish the post?

SEW, I bought another sewing machine, a Singer Stylist 457, made in Great Britain. (Sorry, no camera.)


I saw it on the shelf at Goodwill and grabbed it before it even had a chance to say "buy me". LOL 

The tag is marked "as is"It is missing the pressure foot attachment and the two thread spool pins, but the machine runs very quietly. The head, cords, and foot pedal are in excellent condition. It is very clean on the inside, too, so I wonder if anyone ever used this machine.

How many sewing machines does this make?  I don't know for sure. Just off the top of my head, I counted twelve here at the house. (Yes, if someone "borrowed" one, I would know.) My friend has one of my machines. Then there are several in our (computer repair) shop that may or may not need work.

Wednesday, I had a ball in "town" (Lewiston/Clarkston where we do our "major" shopping)I spent as much time as I wanted wandering through St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill, Ross, TJMaxx, Safeway, Macy's, Maurices, Shopko. I might have even forgotten a couple of places. We even lingered over lunch at El Sombrero. (J had a chalupa; I had the fiesta salad. YUM)

The list was long, and J had two jobs to do. So I dumped dropped off J and went and did my thing. We met for lunch and got completely soaked dashing from the restaurant to the car. Then I dropped him again, and went and played/spent more money. Picked up J, and he dropped me at our pathetic little mall while he went across the river to Costco.

St. Vincent de Paul was kind of a bust. I did buy a few vintage-ish sewing patterns and cookbooks.  Nothing spectacular.

Goodwill, however, yielded:
  1.  The sewing machine, of course  
  2.  A (1960's?) 20" unmarked "bride" doll with her original earrings and dress. She must have been in a display case, because her hair is in good condition and the dress is white with only has one small stain on the side.  
  3. Fabric, yards of fabic!  It comes bundled in plastic bags so you can only see what is on the outside, but it like opening a treasure chest. This haul brought in quilting, percale, upholstery and drapery samples, pre-printed pillow top panels, fake fur, lace (like for a sheer curtain panel), polyester garbardine (yuck), a piece that I'm sure is slubbed silk (beautiful pink),chiffon, a couple of pieces I can't identify, rayon, and even a couple of unfinished Christmas projects.  Oh, and two yards of gorgeous flocked? embossed? Christmas/holiday fabric. It is black with wine and teal flowers and leaves that look like jewels outlined in gold. It is elegant rather than gaudy. It would make a beautiful jacket or vest.
  4. Mugs to match some dishes, legal size printer paper, misc. junk.

The stop at the mall was successful.  Found several tops for Carmen and me, all for less than $10 a piece. Whoot!

Last but definitely not least, J bought me this: 

A rolling sewing machine tote!
(Picture from JoAnn)
I think I'll keep J!

Disclosure: I am not endorsing any of the stores or restaurants mentioned in this blog.  I have NOT been compensated in any way for mentioning them.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Snowdrops and a quilt





Snowdrops blooming, pushing up through the mulch.
March 8, 2013
This is the earliest I ever remember flowers blooming here!
***

No, I didn't :) make this quilt top. See below...






Update:  A great (or not so great) thrift store find???  Paid $3.00 for the quilt top plus a full extra yard of the navy dot fabric (and a stack of scraps), 3/4 yard of the mustard (plus scraps), 1/3 yard of navy floral,  and a stack of off-white squares and triangles. The colors aren't anything I would have picked out to make a quilt, but actually seeing the combination, I like them - especially for the price! (Run-on sentence?)

Hope there is enough of the navy dot for the binding. I didn't think to measure the quilt before*...

Anyway, none of the points match.  Some seams are 3/4 inch wide and some are as narrow as an eighth of an inch - all in the same seam. Some places one edge of fabric isn't caught in the seam at all. None of the seams are pressed the correct direction, and most are twisted or bunched at the intersections. The big squares are all different sizes. 

*Sooo, I'm in the process of ripping the whole thing apart.  I know. I'm crazy. LOL 

Don't hold your breath for the finished product...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

GAH!

EDITED: Never mind.  Would take hours to explain. Sigh.

On a lighter note - Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Highlights

Highlights & updates.  Warning: long & boring.

September 2012, daughter Carmen returned from 13 months teaching and traveling in Asia.  She really enjoyed it, despite any rants and discouraging remarks.  LOL http://canusing2.blogspot.com
Link to her blog.

 Thailand with Matt



 lantern festival

I spent as much time with Carmen as possible over the next few months, because no one knew when or where she'd be off to next or how long she'd be gone. When she wasn't off visiting her friends, we just hung out here at the house and talked and talked and talked.


Carmen accepted a teaching job in Moscow, Russia!  As far as we know at this writing, the job lasts through May (and possibly into June) with chances of working for individuals after the contract is finished.

So with that in mind, we've now made three more trips to Boise Airport and back. That's three four-hundred-mile round trips in less than a month.  Thank God for beautiful scenery, mostly clear highways, and safe travels.

Trip 1:  Carmen received, as a birthday present, a private tour* of Warner Bros. studio lot and did some other (whirlwind) sightseeing.  Carmen then took the train from LA to Santa Barbara. (Easy, comfortable and relatively inexpensive!) (*A friend/former classmate works for Warner Bros.)

Our son, Dom, drove from Northern California to SB where they both spent a few days visiting their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and each other.

Dom & Carmen on Santa Barbara breakwater

Trip 2:  Back to Boise to pick up Carmen.

THEN  Hurry up and wait, hurry some more, wait some more. (Waiting for all the paperwork to get finished. Visa arrived with only a couple days to spare.)

Trip 3: Friday, we headed south to the Boise area (again)There was some last minute shopping to do. It was very frustrating trying to find decent winter clothes this time of year. Everything was so picked over. (Also, the city streets were really slick, and the temp around zero degrees.)  We finally did find Carmen a nice down coat on sale for $30!!!(I also bought a new winter coat.  The one I've been wearing is at least 10 years old. Yay!)   

We also spent a couple hours with my dad, so Carmen could say goodbye.

Sunday morning, Boise Airport, -4 degrees F and foggy. Plane took off late, but at least it did. (Carmen barely made her connection in Salt Lake.)

On the way home, we saw a herd of elk grazing near the highway.  No picture, because the roads were iffy right there.  J didn't want to try to stop. 

Middle of the night/really early Monday morning Carmen called to let us know she made it to Moscow - short one suitcase, and to tell us that it was warmer in Moscow than in Boise. (It is warmer here than in Boise!**)

**We live in "borderline" winter country. This area can be really nasty or fairly mild.  Just depends on Mother Nature.  Parts of Idaho have extreme winter weather.  Other areas have relatively mild and very short winters - what we call the "banana belts".  Boise generally is warmer and has a much shorter winter than we do. 

We were in a drought - almost 5 months without rain - blowing topsoil and all.  Then, we received 26 inches of snow.  It has settled some, but now more is predicted.



Friday morning, we started out from the house in beautiful sunshine, 30 degrees, not a even a little breeze.  Three miles out of town the wind was howling creating a ground blizzard and forming large drifts.  A couple more miles we were detoured around this on the county roads.  Thank goodness for 4-wheel-drive, because believe me, it was much worse than this looks.  Luckily, once we started up White Bird grade, conditions got better.

 (Idaho County Free Press photo) 

Random:  Gasoline is 16 cents a gallon cheaper in the Boise area than here.  
Also, thanks to J's uncle who lets us stay at his house whenever we are down in Treasure Valley (Boise area).