Crazy as a Loom

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Go ahead, make plans.

You know what they say, "tell God your plans, he'll get a good laugh."

That's my life of late.

July has been busy, in mostly a good way.

We've been moving rocks from a big rock pile that we had.....making the place look neater, nicer.

We had this pile of huge rocks, with a wood chuck hole right in the center.  So DH and I have been moving rocks, 3 or 4 every morning, and maybe 3 or 4 after dinner.

They have accumulated rapidly, and the pile is almost gone.

It is wicked hard work though, and my back protests.
Oh, hell, my whole body protests, who am I kidding??

As you can see DH's treasured old mustang in in the garage......
so we decided to build a shed for the pellets.

It's tucked in next to the barn, and it's perfect.
Simple, but will do the job.

Lois and Claire and I went blueberry was a sunny, lovely day, but next time I will go earlier.  It got a little hot.

I picked 7 and a half quarts.

I made these amazing scones, and put the rest in the freezer.

I just finished this, for middle daughter's birthday in August, and it's ready to be quilted.

L and I went to our friend Bonnie's for's the most peaceful place in the world, and it's always a nice time.

On Thursday my first born daughter came up with a chair that I had given her a while back......a wing back, with the ottoman.
I covered the ottoman and the chair cushion last week, but we had to cover the chair.

Keep in mind that NEITHER of us has ever covered a chair.
We were totally winging it. (snort)
I did the sewing, but she was working on other stuff the whole time.  We worked at it from 10am to 5:30 pm with just a short lunch break.

We wished this WAS wine.
I gotta tell ya, I totally understand the high cost of upholstery.
It's a bitch of a job.

Ta da.
We did it.  And while I would caution you not to look too closely, it looks pretty darn good to me.
She's happy with it.

So we finished and she and granddaughter went home.

About 20 minutes later, DH, who has been tired out and not feeling well for a few days, had some sort of hour long event, scared me silly, and changed the course of the day.
I thought I was going to collapse on the sofa, but instead I spent the next 7 hours in the ER.

He was admitted to the hospital, and that's where he still is.   I am about to go back there, hoping he will come home today.

They are still not sure if he had another stroke (he had one 6 years ago), or if it was some weird kind of seizure activity.  I am hoping to talk to the neurologist today.
I waited there until 8pm last night, and he didn't show.

L and I had three shows planned and paid for, the first of which is today in Blue Mountain Lake, about an hour and a half north.
There was no way I could go.
But her sister C volunteered to do it with Lois, if it was ok with me, and that's where they are headed right now.
To haul and set up, and do a day long show for me.
Friends like that: priceless.  I don't even know what to say.

 Just proves, once again, that no matter how hard or frightening or uneven the ground is that you are walking on, there is reason to look up.
There is beauty and good all around.

And sometimes, it is right in front of you.

Friday, July 14, 2017


For those of my blogger friends who have followed for awhile, you probably remember BubbaLee.

Here she is about 7 years ago.   I first caught her two kittens, found them homes, watched her carousing around with "Bunny Nose" aka Pete, and with Lois, caught her next 5 kittens, found them homes.
Eventually, we caught HER, and got her spayed.
She's been around her since spring 2010.  Sometimes she would be gone for days, but she would always return.  I've fed her, given her a heated place to sleep in the barn, but never in all this time has she let me or Lois near enough to touch her.

Fast forward to this summer.
"Goldie" who I think is a boy, but who might not be, has been hanging around for a year, to the point now that  he really just lives here.   He is never gone for more than an hour.  And usually if you call to him, he comes out from some hiding place.

I really do think he is an older cat, and for some reason became homeless.
But he seems quite content to be here.  He also has a heated house in the barn, and regular meals.

One night I went out to close the outside gate to the chicken run...even though there is an automatic door on the chicken coop, I like to create one more barrier to intruders, so every night at dusk, I go out to close that door.

Goldie greets me and follows me, and throws himself down in front of me, to get some attention......and while I am scratching his ears, and petting him, I hear "meow, meow".
I look around, and BubbaLee is staring at me from under my car.  So I said, "well, come here then, if you want some attention".
And lo, and behold, after SEVEN years of being untouchable, here she comes.

So what has transpired in the last couple of weeks is this:

Any time you go outside, they are there, together.

They want to be loved.
And they are.

 They have something to say, and I listen.

They have decided that this is an ok, safe place, and it is.

They tolerate each other, but he defers to her every time.

She's the boss.
I think he's ok with that.

He is definitely more comfortable with me.

As evidenced by his ability to sleep at my feet.

I zoomed in here, and see that he doesn't have a lot of teeth.

But he thinks he likes TEA.

BubbaLee is not far behind him in feeling comfortable though.


 I don't think her teeth are in great shape either, so they split a can of cat food every morning, in addition to dry food all day.

Three inside cats, two outside cats.

And I always thought I was a "dog" person.

Guess all these rescue cats had other ideas.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This and that.

It's gone.
The AVL Home Loom with Compudobby.

I hated to see it go, on the one hand, but on the other, I was glad.

The bottom line is that treadling it was too hard for these old hips.
L and I were both lame from it.

We loved it otherwise, but it had to go.

The studio has morphed again.

This is the evening after, with things rearranged, and some cleaning done.
Funny, but I like it better.

When it's not too hot, I like to have lunch on the porch.
One of my faves, cottage cheese and tomatoes.

Sometimes Miss Puss comes out on the screened porch with me.

Sometimes, I have breakfast on the porch, plain yogurt with fruit and wheat germ.

Last weekend, I spent the day with two of my daughters, and their children.

It was the best of days.

I've been busy quilting an old quilt top that was given to me years ago.  It was hand sewn by some industrious person, so I put batting and backing on it, and quilted it using my free motion attachment on my Bernina.  So I think this old quilt will last a long, long time.

I've been weaving these, which can't be over soon enough.....blechh....don't like them.

L just finished a stack of these towels, and they rock.

Sydney wants to know:  do I have a double chin?????

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