Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Thanks to Hurricane Matthew... it has been almost 3 weeks now since I quilted!!!

Sorry I have been absent for so long... will try to make this catch up as short and enjoyable as possible!!! lol

I quilted a bit daily until October 4.  That is when we realized Matthew was a big storm... soon upgraded to a Hurricane and would hit on or close to where we lived...

Here was our home on October 5th... we lived without windows in this house a day before we left to evacuate... Evacuation was NOT mandatory for our home location but was favored by the local weather authorities so my honey and I decided we would leave...

Above is a shot of the boarding of the windows... and below is a shot as we said goodbye to our home on October 6... headed to Mongomery, Alabama some 7 plus hours away from us!!! (It was the closest hotel we could find to evacuate to by the time we decided evacuation was our plan !!!
We did put our inside furniture mainly up on blocks... and brought in all our outside furniture including my office that was homed on the Florida Room (I bring my computer in each night)!  This is a sad time for us as we are unsure what we will come home to!

We arrived on October 6 very late to our hotel and had a great but small accomodations.. the hotel was called "Microtel"... I didn't imagine a hotel room could be so small!  But it kept me and Rick and Daisy all free of wind and rain and hurricane conditions for 2 nights :)  The staff there was very friendly and accomodating... we did bring some food and drinks with us.. but no refrigerator is available in any of their rooms... they did have plenty of long lasting ice in their ice machines though!

We waffled back and forth whether to return Saturday or Sunday... finally we both felt good about making the 8 hour trek home (going a more direct route than we had to go to evacuate) on Saturday... just a day after Matthew had left... we didn't have our neighbors info and couldn't even find out from the power company here if we had power... but forward we went!

Daisy whined a lot on the way to the hotel... she couldn't seem to understand the car was moving... we did bring her big cushion for a nest on our travels... and the shot to the right is on our trip back home....

We were so happy to cross from Alabama to Florida coming home too!

On our way there my smart GPS that sees accidents and traffic ahead of the path it wants us to go rerouted us so we went from Florida to Georgia then to Alabama!!!

When we finally arrived home Saturday afternoon... Rick wanted to make a quick check alone... so I loaded my arms and prepared for the worst... but the front of the house looked just as we left it!!!
Rick gave our home 2 thumbs up!!!!  If you look behind him there were sand bags at the front door.. he cut all the plywood custom fit to make coverings for all the windows too!!!

And we had POWER!!!! YIPPEE!!!!

The next day I took these 2 shots...  this is the main of the debris from our back yard... our sweet right next door neighbors had cleaned the front of our yard to welcome us home :)

We had had the trees trimmed by a professional comany and in doing so left this stump you can see on the left side of the pic above...

Rick then carved into it with one of his routers after I sketched it only the tree stump... "Matthew Oct. 2016"... this way this tree will have engraved in it why it was saved... we saw soooo much debris as we got closer to the coast on our drive home....

We did lose gates to our fences... well they need some major repairs anyway... and the fence that separated us from us and our left hand neighbors came down completely and it was their fence as they have a pool with a screen enclosure.. they say they have no $$ to replace the fence... so that will happen after next years budget starts... that means once the house taxes are paid!!! lol  Rick can do the work but the fencing costs about $1200... so that will take a couple months to save for!!!
Above is Rick doing a check of our roof and giving it a good general sweep of leaves and limbs that can get caught in the shingles... overall we fared VERY WELL!  Our neighbor directly across the street has their main home in Orlando.. so they missed the hurricane but their home didn't ... a tree took out a good part of roofing!  It took the tree trimmers only part of a day to trim all the trees but still we wait to see repairs happening... Rick estimates $30,000 to $50,000 damage to their home from this storm... so we are sooo blessed to have no home damage!

All this has left us very greatful to have a concrete block home with lots of rafters my honey had previously not understood... now we both have a better understanding of why we had this home still and now we don't plan to sell next year but to continue upgrading this home in general instead... it is only increasing in value.. to us and to Zillow! lol

Below is a temporary fence we put up from our Florida room to the back fencing that is intact... to keep Daisy contained and not have to watch her sooo closely....

 You can see the window plywood here stacked against our out building to dry.  Rick also labeled it for quick access in the future with more screws and a bit too!  The missing fence would have been behind that!  The temporary fence is hard to see but it is in front of all that with the 3 stones at the bottom of this shot...
Our Florida room is now just a gathering spot... I love it even more now though that it isn't so cluttered!!!!
And the living room is emptied back to it's new normal level and deep cleaned from bringing the outside in during evacuation preparations...
And our sweet kitchen is in order too...
Currently I am working on cleaning out a major mess we call our master bedroom closet!  It is a large closet for sure.. and has been a catch all for past hobbies and memories I didn't want to deal with....
Thus the reason I really haven't blogged lately... we have been focused on loving this home of ours :)

We moved the computer into what was my daughter's room.. we now call the office!

But those bright green walls were driving me batty so until it gets painted (soon I hope!)  I have moved the desk to a different location... into the master bedroom!!!! lol

When we did evacuate I took tons of my sewing projects... I didn't want them ruined if the house was... and this new book I had just received in the mail!
 I am so excited to get done with cleaning and sorting to read it... here is the intro portion I did read!!!!
I am definitely excited to use this book on future quilts :)  It seems to address beginners to advanced hand quilters too!!!!

Here is a shot from Sunday of my sweet granddaughter Kaydence...
And here is a shot I found on facebook that is current of my nieces and nephew!
Hope you all take time to enjoy the life God has given you!

Thanks for reading and hanging with me through this drought of writing... more to say in future posts and hopefully some quilting will start SOON!!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Happy Sunday Catch Up!

Happy Sunday Y'all!

Hoping your day is Peaceful like this cool ocean shot :)

We have had a very busy week here at Casa Del Loro... 

But first I want to share progress on my hand quilting of Starlight... Starbright...

I am finally on the last block of the queen sized quilt and so happy about that!!!

Linking this progress to Kathy's Quilts Sunday Linky Party HERE <<<

Yesterday I got the left side remarked...
I am using a Mark-B-Gone water soluble pen for this... I don't like the fine point but love the regular tip size available at my local Walmart now that they have started selling fabric and notions again!!!

I had initially marked with the stencil and a mechanical pencil... but several areas require remarking now for more continuity in the stippled stars and moons... so I am doing that free hand in blue :)

Most of my time this week has gotten eaten up with redefining our living room space at Casa Del Loro!!!  Kathy talks about your view while stitching.. well this will be my view when this quilt is finished... it was NOT zen at all... but now it is!!!!

We got rid of the chair and ottoman and the sleeper sofa we had (all heavy big furniture that crowded our space)... and now we have a much cooler looking recliner set we found in very nice condition on our local Craigslist... and it is sooo roomy now!
Here is a collage I made of our sweet Daisy in my honey's recliner peeking over the edge...
Then yesterday I found this on our local swap/shop Facebook group for only cheap!!!!
I love the scene that is painted on this real glass and wood window.. .it measures 32" x 32"  :)

Here is a view a bit further back...

I will enjoy daydreaming at this window once I start working on the quilt below it.  Our living room has very few windows but 2 nice skylights that let in light .. so I thought this would be a fun way to add some nature to a fairly closed in room !

I also splurged and got a pedicure this week with fall colored nails!!!

Initially I felt guilty .. but I have very bad arthritis in my feet and legs and the massaging they do was heavenly for sure!

Today I plan to slow stitch away on Starlight... and be happy I have a few true friends in my life too!
How many true friends are you lucky enough to have?  I can tell you at 50 years young... I feel a true friend is very hard to come by and very LUCKY to have!

Have a blessed week y'all! And make sure to let those you trust know it!  I encourage you to take time to ...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Whooping it up on a Friday!!! ;)

I am very happy to see Friday roll around this week..
it has been a wonderful (but long) week around here! lol

First I want to wish you each a happy change of Season!  My Australian & New Zealand friends are welcoming Spring... and above the equator we are heralding in Fall... with warm weather in most of the US still!!!

So with fans going I have been stitching on Starlight... Starbright.  I want to link this progress and all my Friday Whoops below to Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict blog linky HERE >> Come see what other quilty fun is being whooped about over there!

So sometime beginning of this month I started Block 8 of this queen sized quilt for my daughter to be gifted when she graduates high school in the spring...
And because this week has been a bit stressful and I have been hopped up on steroids to get rid of some bronchitis... I have been quilting and watching Netflix on my honey's iPad!!!!
 Above you can see where I have had to remark most all of the stippling... I am using a blue water based marker that just spritzes away when the stitching in that section is complete :)

And below you can see that area is now complete and I am moving on to the right of the pic working on some straight lines in the wheel part...
We shall see how quickly I can progress on this today... I finally will be decreasing my dose of steroids today but doubt my high energy level they leave as a result will wan until tomorrow or later... so I will harness this energy for ironing a bit and hand quilting A LOT!!! lol

While on the subject of hand quilting... check out these 2 beautiful quilts by my best friend Wendy!!!

Here is Anniversary Blooms... her design from drunkards path beginnings... with gorgeous fabrics too!
 .... and Lollipop Drops.. a more modern quilt and all hand quilted as well!!!  Totally her design here using a Creative Grids specialty shape ruler :)
She has entered these quilts in Amy's Quilters Blog Festival this season!!!

Viewers favorites are currently being voted on... Please take a minute to follow THIS LINK to her blog post that will open in a new window and will explain how to vote either or BOTH of these quilts as your fave quilt shown... you get 3 choices!!! and there are many quilts to choose from... go take a gander if you would!  Wendy would appreciate your votes too as would I !!

My Nanny turned 98 years young yesterday too y'all!!!  I am sooo glad to still have her around !!

She lives with one of her daughters and has had a very full life already... I had chatted with her just the previous week... she was concerned that her life was going on so long when she feels useless... yet she gave me lots of great advice (as she always does!)... so I plan to call her again next week and see how her celebration went when she has relaxed some from all the parties the family has planned for her.  My grandfather died many years ago of cancer... she never remarried and has had a very full life... please pray (if you do) that she will find value in her days/weeks/months/years remaining!!!  Thanks y'all!!

Also I got a photo sent to me by my son James!
He is almost 26 now!!  He had a tooth break off and this big grin ( really a big grin for him!!! lol) is because thanks to his local dentist he has great teeth now :D  Yippee!!!

His daughter, Kaydence is also walking and getting chatty now at almost 16 month old... hoping to make a roadtrip to see them in late spring next year... but will have to see how things work out.. she recently had to get tubes put in her ears for recurring infections... and made it though with flying colors they said :)  Whoop!!!

So as we all take turns Whooping it up today... let us remember...
How do you score in this area?  I know I have room to improve my internal thoughts that form how I save memories and what memories are saved!!!

My hope is that each will take a little time over this weekend to...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Just quilting away here! Starlight... Starbright update and MORE!

Welcome to my blog y'all!  I am so happy to be linking today's post to Kathy's Quilts... she is chatting about forest bathing and is doing the cutest little stitchery... check it out HERE!

Well best I can recall from a couple posts ago... I started block #8 of this quilt on September 5 or before... and I am now nearing the end of this block !!!  Take a look :)
I am so excited that I am able to focus and quilt so much on this quilt currently!  Just one more move in the frame to see the end of the wheel :)   I am recovering from a bout of bronchitis so stitching and reading are the main focuses in my time!

Here is a closer up of the right lower section I am focused on presently...
Funny Fact:  When I started this quilt I loved the straight line quilting... now that I am comfortable with how to make the stars and moon stippling though... that has become my favorite to stitch!!!!  lol

This quilt was not a project I should have taken on earlier in my quilting career either though... It was bought as a top already machine pieced... they did a better job than I could have done and most points match well... but the fabrics (only 3 fabrics used to make this queen sized quilt) are all different densities of weave... so sometimes I can make my thread knot 3 loops... sometimes I need 4 to catch the batting and fabric well though... so I have learned a lot of in depth things about myself and quilting while doing this quilt!!!

Isn't quilting fun like that though when you have a project that challenges you??!!!

Also, on a facebook group I am in someone asked for how do you store your stash... so I made a collage to share there and thought you may enjoy seeing my Fabric Chest too!
My fabric chest is a cabinet we bought unmade from a big box hardware store .. thinking Lowe's but could have been Home Depot too!  Anyway it was a closet for a room that was designed as a dining room so no closet was there... when that son who used it moved out he left it .. so I inherited this gem and my honey made shelves of plywood and boards from luan thin wood that I could wrap my stash and still see it all...

The pic above is not my whole stash really... but it is organized and ready to go there... I pull from it frequently and I have boards in projects I am working on too! hahaha!

How do you store your stash of fabric??

Also this month we are just about done with our guest bath renovation... here is a teaser photo I made...
If you are interested in seeing more shots of this cool bathroom redo... just follow THIS link to easily view that post in a separate window :)

Our next home reno focus is redoing a very abused bedroom... it was my sweet daughter's room and now she has been moved out 2 months ... so once we saw the repairs it needed we totally have it cleaned out now... and ready to donate and sell all she left behind saying she wasn't interested in anything left.  She does have a very cool shelf she and my honey built several years back... it is filled with her snowglobe collection... we agreed to keep that for a while until she gets her own place and is more settled.  Currently she is living with friends and finishing her senior year of high school.

The quilt I am working on now for her will NOT be gifted to her until I see her graduate and she knows this... so for now when I finish this quilting adventure... I will sew on the binding and wait to finish and label it until she has met that goal!

I hope I have peaked your interest with this post... and maybe even left you smiling somewhere along the way so I issue this challenge!!!!


Check out Queen Latifah in "Last Holiday" from 2006... currently on Netflix!

Do you have any heart touching and funny too movies you have watched recently??

Hope you have a blessed Sunday and a great week ahead.  Remember also to...