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Monique
June 26th, 2018, 06:41 AM
Good morning friends. Yes a foggy morning here today but it will be a beautiful sunny day later. We are headed for a heat wave by the weekend, which is Canada Day. A long weekend ahead.

I had another busy day yesterday. 4 loads of laundry, 2 mine and 2 were Bonnie's. Did a quick in and out at the funeral home. I can't believe people would sit there for 1 1/2 hours waiting for the service, it blows my mind. After that stopped at my sister-in-law's for a coffee and I brought them some strawberries. Did a quick grocery shop for myself and for Bonnie.

I did get into the sewing room and finish all the paper pieced sections. I am so proud of myself. Today I will get the rest organized so that I can finish this one in time for my brother's 60th birthday.

Today I am going berry picking again, for me and for my sister-in-law as well. I have all the fixings to make jam.

Not much else is new. Have a great day my friends.

Star lover
June 26th, 2018, 07:14 AM
Good Morning Monique......and everyone too!

Wow, Monique, you sure are one busy gal......the energizer Monique! Be sure to take care of yourself......you're well loved and so needed by many.

Yesterday was a picture perfect day, for the weather......gorgoeus! 75' and sunny, with a breeze......it doesn't get any better. Today is suppose to be about the same, maybe a bit warmer......then.....it hits the fan. The weather guy said this am, build an ark.....or buy a boat.......doesn't sound like fun! So Wednesday is going to be a rough go......or so they say.

So yard work, mainly the lawn is on the schedule for today. It also needs trimming and edging.......sigh..... of going to get much done in the sewing room today. Yesterday I did manage to make 2 half blocks......just too busy!

Hope everyone has a fantastic day! Hugs.

Ginny B
June 26th, 2018, 08:14 AM
Good morning all. Wow, Monique, you sure were a busy bee. Monday was a fairly quiet day at work. I was able to get a report completed by noon yesterday that sometimes takes me until Tuesday afternoon. It's wonderful when people get me the info I need. We will see what today brings. DH and I had a nice relaxing evening last night doing some front porch sitting. I brought a bit of handwork outside with me and also my tablet so I could watch the Yankee game and enjoyed watching the sunset and enjoyed seeing the lightning bugs do their thing dancing around the bushes.

Anita, enjoy your nice weather before the rough weather arrives. Here's hoping it isn't as bad as they say it might be. Monique, have fun berry picking. :icon_bigsmile: I'm off to get my day moving along. Have a terrific Tuesday everyone.

KPH
June 26th, 2018, 08:22 AM
Good Morning All,

I'll never forget in the town where my MIL lives, there are always two visitations before the funeral and then a big meal and more visitation after the funeral. It made for the longest 2 days for my FIL's funeral. Thank goodness my parents went to IN with us, we had three kids (my two and BIL's one) under 4.

I wasn't going back to work in my sewing room but decided to make a sleeve for my laptop and kindle. That's probably all I'll take on the plane with me. I have to get a suitcase today! Either Jim will bring one over or a trip to Walmart is going to happen.

Jim's floors are almost done. I know he'll be glad to have that job done. He was hoping to get to the whole house, but didn't have enough students to do everything. I tried to get him to let me buy the extra materials since he was doing the labor, but the independent cuss wouldn't budge. I think the only thing he'll have left to do is the kids bathroom and laundry room next summer.

Time to get started. I know I would be driving Howard crazy, he'd be packed almost a week in advanced. Mike's packed and ready, me... I have my jeans and an outfit to wear to church out and my ditty bag restocked sans makeup. Wheels up around 1 tomorrow afternoon... I have time to pack. lol (as soon as I get a suitcase).

Prayers for those in need for healing, strength, wisdom and hope. Prayers of thanksgiving for all of our many blessings.

Monique
June 26th, 2018, 09:04 AM
No berries today, got picked over yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow.

JCY
June 26th, 2018, 09:09 AM
Good Morning, Everyone ~ Only got a min. This a.m. I'll be making DH's chicken soup. I prepped the vegs. last eve. I cut the celery up by hand, but I do the carrots in the food processor. It's so much faster. While separating the parts to wash the food processor, my middle finger got up against the blade & took a little slice out near the knuckle. It bled quite a bit. I finally got a pressure dressing on it & it finally quit. I had to wear a disp. glove the rest of the eve. to keep it from getting wet. I'll probably have to do the same today. What an inconvenience.

I accomplished more FMQ yest. I have just one corner left to do -- maybe 2 blocks & part of the border. I should be able to finish that in 1 or 2 more sessions.

Our neighbors hired a lawn service to clean up their yard & mow yest. I saw 5 workers over there, picking up the dog toys (they have 4 dogs!), cleaning the debris off their deck (left from the hail storm a few days ago), weed whacker to remove bind weeds that have been around their foundation for years! It looks the best I've ever seen it. I suspect they are getting ready for their annual July 4th bash. That's their big party day of the year. The parents are able bodied folks, & they have 2 teenage sons, but yet their yard always looks a mess.

Katrina ~ Have a great trip & a good time. Well, no more time now.

SuzanneOrleansOntario
June 26th, 2018, 09:36 AM
No berries today, got picked over yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow.

Wow that was fast. Too bad. Maybe tomorrow, but I think we have rain in the forecast.

SuzanneOrleansOntario
June 26th, 2018, 10:03 AM
Good morning ladies,

I posted the baby box sets in an album.

Monique - glad you are back on the forum. Busy, busy. Interesting that you mentioned about funeral visits. My mom made her arrangements with my dad in the 90s. But in recent years, she has changed her mind and wants to be cremated. I drive by the funeral everytime I go to my mom's. Last Friday I stopped in to review and make changes. It was the same guy who signed the original contract. I definitely had him remove the day before for viewing and make it simple in one day. They renovated a few years ago and now the chapel is much bigger and the priest will come there. Also they have a room for meal afterwards, so don't have to find a hall. So one site, one day. The burial would be a different date as she is being buried with my dad about 45 mins away. I do not expect the 300p that came to my dads, as most of these relatives are now gone.

Ginny - countdown is on, and everyone is helping. The stars are lining up. You will enjoy retirement, but be prepared, you will be very busy and wonder how you ever did anything when you worked.

Joy - all I can say is ouch. Hope it heels quickly. It is interesting about neighbours.

Yesterday I had to drive DH in to work for a meeting. His shoulder and arm are painful. I dropped by a quilt store for inner and outer border, some cork fabric and their Row by Row. While I had not planned on picking any up this year, theirs was really different. The Fab Four done in Andy Warhol style. Packaged in a vinyl LP album. Very well thought out. I came home as the fence people were supposed to be here. I called and the installer skipped our house since no one answered. So they came today at 7:30 and already done.

DH is really sore from Sunday's meeting with the runway gravel. It hurts when he coughs or sneezes. They took X-rays at emerg but no ribs were broken. Will have to watch for breathing issues. Lord knows, we do not need health issues at this time. There is too much going on with his dad, and he needs to be travel-able.

I did finish the simple blocks for lap quilt. I bordered a free charm pack with Kona jelly roll. It's on the design wall but I have to move blocks around to get a more balanced dark/light layout.
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grammaterry
June 26th, 2018, 10:43 AM
Joy, take care of that hand. I did mine 11 years ago making salsa and have a funny brown mark. I took off the flesh from my thumb knuckle down to the palm. glad I had disposable gloves so I could finish the job.
Katrina, I hope your trip is fabulous. A good getaway will make a fun vacation.
Yes, retirement is a busy time. Seven months now for me and not one regret. Haven't had a day off from some project or another. I don't know how we kept up with a job...actually I do...we just neglected the property and house and that's why we are so very busy now. I think we are about to catch up on the house but the property is on going. And the rain is making it impossible to get the pool clear. It is clean but green from the acid rain. No amount of chemicals seem to help. Thunder storms all week this week too.
The Grand children (only 8) will be here on Saturday thru the 4th. We are so looking forward to hiking and swimming and playing. Even grampa seems excited. I'm making grocery lists and hoping I still remember what kids like. lol

Sheep Farmer
June 26th, 2018, 10:49 AM
Good morning!
Foggy here, too.
And I DO have berries to pick. We grow and sell blueberries. It takes us four hours to pick since it's just my Hubby and me. Then we spend hours sorting and packaging them all. Fortunately, my son and his wife are here visiting for the week. I'm so happy!!! They are helping with the blueberries.

I got up extra early this morning (7am) and let the chickens out and even planted 9 tomato plants that were laying around in pots on my patio. A friend of mine had a bunch of volunteer cherry tomato plants coming up and she dug them all up and offered them to anyone who wanted them. I did not need any more tomato plants since I already have about 15 planted already. But I did not have any cherry plants, so I grabbed some. They've been sitting on my patio in pots for a few weeks until this morning when I finally decided to put them in the ground. They're already producing fruit so I could eat while I plant. LOL

We took six ram lambs up to the auction last week. We should be getting a check within the next two days. I'm hoping for a good sale, so I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

I really feel like sewing today, but there are too many things that need to be done around the farm.

Okay, I said it was foggy here. In the time it took me to type this post, it began to rain. It's pouring now. I need to go up to the big barn to give one of my sheep her antibiotic shot. She stepped on something that wedged between her toes and it got infected. So she's been penned up inside the barn for a couple of days and I had to give her penicillin 3x a day. Today I'm giving her a long-lasting antibiotic and letting her out. She hates being penned up.

Let the day begin!

Cathy F
June 26th, 2018, 12:47 PM
Morning all,
Late getting to the forum today as I've been sorting through 4 very large bins of fabric, whew took part of yesterday and just finished this morning. A friend is relocating to the Netherlands and brought me her fabric she can't take. She also brought me a June Taylor cute and shape ruler, another long creative grids ruler, and a Dream Works acrylic sew easy extension table. I don't know what model machine it is for or if a universal one,but I will show it to all my quilting friends and see who can use it. I have one for each of my machines so don't need one. She also brought me a cushioned ironing mat/ blocking pad and in the bins were some brand new quilt block kits complete with fabric. I plan on making a table runner with those. There were also quilt patterns, and quilt books. I plan on distributing the fabric among my quilting buddies and using some for the sewing I donate to our Pilot Club. It was certainly a very generous gift that will do a lot of good.

Suzanne- loved looking at your boxed sets, what lovely gifts!
Joy- hope your hand heals quickly, ouch!

Off to do the chores that got pushed aside while I sorted through all that fabric. Wishing everyone a good day!

toggpine
June 26th, 2018, 01:32 PM
I didn't get anything done yesterday. Today I have a list of things to do that involve a run into the city. Ugh.
Unless I want the goats coming in the house to rummage through the cabinets for their dinner, I had better make it to the feed mill today! A stop by the human grocery store might also be a good thing. The fresh produce drawer is down to one squishy tomato and we are out of cheese for sandwiches.
The milk is done pasteurizing, so I can get the kids fed and get on with it!

Carlie Wolf
June 26th, 2018, 03:04 PM
The weather said that it would "feel like" 9 degrees over the temperature today. Ugh. That means humidity. I decided to get things done early. Tomorrow I have a person who is suppose to show up early afternoon for a Kaffe Fassett quilt I had made. I'm looking forward to that! She also thinks she wants to pick up a quilt for her granddaughter that she wants to be able to also "grow into". Wow, I hope she buys both! But that means I have to get those two rooms downstairs cleaned up. I use the larger one as a mini sales room so it needs vacuuming etc. I had also made three fractured quilt half shades I've been needing to put up. I got it all done by 1PM and now I'm hot, hot, hot and sweaty, sweaty, sweaty. The other room is connected to the sales room and is a guest room. Carlie likes to recline on the bed and wait for the mailman to come to terrorize him daily. So all that bedding had to be changed too.

I was hoping to do a few inky horse embroidery samples today but it doesn't look like that's in the cards. A friend dropped off two shirts for her cutting horse trials that I need to put horse designs on. I did some for her last year. I still have it on my bucket list for this week.

My lawn mower guy is a no show again. He just doesn't understand the words "cut the grass weekly". I'm not looking forward to the next two weeks. I see that there are a lot of days in the high 80's and low 90's. Oh god, say it isn't true!

GuitarGramma
June 26th, 2018, 03:15 PM
I'm writing to you all today feeling really comfortable. Our air conditioner got fixed yesterday! It broke on Thursday evening, with Friday through Sunday forecasts of 102-105 degrees! We went to air conditioned restaurants and kept blinds closed during the day, then at night we'd open up windows and point a giant fan outward to draw cool air in. We made it, and it wasn't nearly as bad as I'd thought it would be! Top it off, the repair bill was under $200. I'd thought for sure that we'd be needing to replace our 18-year old HVAC to the tune of $20,000!

This weekend, we're off to a Superman luncheon honoring George Reeves, Jack Larson and Noel Neill. I run the website for the man who played Superman on Broadway, so I get invited to these kinds of events. I have so much fun hanging out with other middle-aged Superman fans. You don't get many opportunities for that in everyday life!

JCY
June 26th, 2018, 03:42 PM
Ahhhh, I get to sit down for a while. I was in the kitchen most of the a.m. & on my feet most of that time. The chicken soup is done! It made 13 qts. The containers are stored in the freezer. That will last for 26 days. It's the most labor intensive cooking job I do for DH & is my least favorite. I wore a disp. glove on my hand all a.m. to protect that cut from water & everything. It's doing better today. I'm putting Aquaphor on it. We use that for a lot of things; it really aids healing.

Carlie, maybe you need to find a more reliable lawn person.

Speaking of heat ~ it's already 99 deg. here! It probably will be 100 or > before the day is over. The next 2-3 days are to be very hot. DH already has turned on our evap. cooler. It keeps the house comfortable.

Oh, that baby rabbit still is around. So cute! I saw 2 little ears sticking up barely above grass level come out from under our shed yest. eve. It ventured out into the lawn, but stayed close to the shed. There were 2 adult rabbits in the yard. I'm glad they seem to eat mostly grass. There is a patch of clover in our front yard where they like to graze. I hope no feral cat or other predator gets this baby.

I hope to get more FMQ done this afternoon.