Monday, July 27, 2009
Yesterday my husband heard a drilling noise and wondered what it was. It stopped, but then when I went to bed last night I heard what sounded like a drilling noise also. It seemed to be coming from the ceiling fan in the bathroom. Again, it stopped, so I went to bed. Early this morning the noise resumed. It was 5:00 am when my husband and I both jumped out of bed and ran to the bathroom where that drilling noise had begun again with a vengeance! What on earth is that noise? It sounded like a motor of some sort, as every now and then it made a revving sound. Since we couldn't locate where the noise was coming from, I suggested that my husband go to the fuse box and start flipping switches. From his cell phone he called to see if the noise had abated. It had not! He even flipped the master switch to the whole house in an effort to make it stop, to no avail! Our house was now totally devoid of any electrical power, but the drilling noise continued in the dark.
We were stumped. Where in the heck was that noise coming from? It kind of sounded like a dentist's drill, oddly enough. It was almost like a smoke alarm, but not as shrill. An alarm clock buried in the wall? A non-stop woodpecker? A bunch of riled up bees? Aliens in the attic?
My husband was thinking that it might cause an electrical fire, though with no electricity, that seemed implausible. It seemed that our only recourse was to pull the cabinet off the wall in the bathroom and cut a hole in the wall. We needed to get to the bottom of this, as the noise continued on for 40 minutes now.
I began unloading the cabinet seen above of all the normal bathroom accoutrements; all the bottles and basics found in most bathrooms. In one jar I store extra toothbrushes. As I picked it up it vibrated in my hand! I almost dropped it! What the heck?
Well, here is the guilty party. A battery operated toothbrush that I haven't used for quite a while. Somehow it turned on and was rattling away in that jar! The noise that innocent little thing made was incredible!
I can't help but try and think up slogans for this toothbrush. How about, "A Real Self-Starter"! Or "Beware of operating while under the influence". "Start without me", is a good one. My favorite however, is "Oral B Quiet"!
Seriously folks, out of the jar this toothbrush purrs like a kitten. You may have one in your home. If you do, let me offer a word of advice. Don't keep it in a jar. Let it roam free!
Friday, July 24, 2009
With Heart and Hands.
Recently I was visiting blogs and saw the cutest apron made from blue jeans. I was out of town and didn't mark the blog. Does anyone know who that blogger is? I wanted to share it with my cousin.
Two nice bloggers took the time to look for that apron for me! They both found cute aprons,but different from what I had seen. However, they reminded me that there are search engines to do the work of finding things, so I looked and found the blog myself. Pat on my back. It was Karen's blog at Quiltsalot! Take a look for yourself!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Guess what I found while in Arizona? This quilt top that I made a few years ago! I have been looking for it for at least two years and couldn't remember where I put it, but while moving at my son's house it came to light again. It was found hanging in my granddaughter's closet, where I had carefully hung it on a hanger and covered it with something to protect it. If only I could retrieve my lost brain cells that were apparently buried in there as well. Yes, I should be content with the quilt for now, and I am. I always have projects going at my son's house, and this was a fun one that I found on Bonnie Hunter's website. I brought it home to add a border and prepare a backing. Yay! Another UFO will be completed this summer! I feel good!
Well, I feel good except for my gardening skills, which have suffered this summer. To all my blogging friends out there who are showing their beautiful flowers and veggies, let me just say: You win! I cannot compete! Kind of a cute pot though, huh? But please, no "pot shots"! haha!
You, sweetheart, you! I remember the very first time you commented on my being a 'prolific' writer and that you could hardly keep up with me...I just howled!! I still think about it and laugh with delight ;) My big drawing for the free book from Freddy and Gwen's production company is technically tomorrow...so everyone come on Friday after 7 am Pacific time and add a comment to the post and then a link to it on your blog and you'll not only be in the drawing but have your comments read by the authors! I'm supposed to show the power of blogs and blogging. HELP! I need comments on Friday and entries in the give-away, please..ha ha. Hugs to you, Miss Marvelous Marcie!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Greetings to all my friends out there, and especially to anyONE who has missed me. I arrived home last night after a very nice, though long, flight from Arizona. I was on a United flight on my return trip and miraculously had no one sitting next to me! Trust me, flying is so much easier without being jammed next to someone in the next seat. I did get patted down by security at the airport, however. I guess they thought those grandmotherly bulges I possess looked suspicious.
I have not had much access to the Internet while gone. I will try to catch on on all my bloggy friends a few each day.
It is good to be home with my own bathroom. Sunday, at my son's house, they discovered that the water from the showers was filling up the master bath tub. The toilets were not flushing. OH NO! You forget what a luxury it is to flush! We kept going back to the other house to use the bathroom! They spent almost $400 yesterday on a plumber who wasn't able to fix the problem. They may need to lay a new pipe from the house to the street. You never know what problems develop in a house that has been vacant for a while.
My fridge is filled with a Costco rotisserie chicken and Chinese (food, not people). It is what the man lives on when I am gone. In his mind it is so much better when I am here to feed him. I think, however, that it is just my wonderful company that makes his food taste better. Believe me, it is not my excellent cooking!
Today was kind of a loungy day of catching up on mail, and checking in with my kids, etc. Tomorrow I must put some of my new found energy to work on getting my own house in order. I will be back with more pictures and news!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Pictured above is my favorite restaurant here. It is not just the decor, which is totally charming, but the food is good too. Mexican food, did you already guess that? I had a flying saucer while there, which I thought was amusing after my last post. I love Mexican food and there are lots of good places here to eat. I want to eat as much of it as I can while here before I go back to Virginia Beach, where the Mexican food is just not that good. My aunt and I had sweet pork burritos the other day. Oh wow, let me tell you!
When I arrived at the Phoenix airport I had some time to kill before my son showed up to get me. So, being the good little blogger that I am, I took a couple of pictures. Above is a big plane that is hanging from the ceiling above the escalator. It is pretty cool. There may be a story there, but I don't know it.
My DIL volunteered me to make aprons for my granddaughter, Danielle, and her young women's group at church. They are going to girls camp the end of July and have a Wizard of Oz theme around which everything is being planned. They were easy to make and Danielle loves it!
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
So we made it! Of course the shop is wonderful. We arranged to go on a day that Karen was working, so we met again and went to eat together when she was done with work. It was fun to see Karen's own little quilts displayed at the shop along with her patterns! Also, my Williamsburg Medallion pattern that Karen made was displayed right by the front door!
Friday, July 03, 2009
I have been stash busting like crazy with this quilt for my son! I finished thirty-six 12" blocks, and when I get home from Arizona I will make the pieced border that I have planned. This design makes a great utility quilt.
Also for my son (who was recently married) I have completed this Buggy Barn quilt. I started it for him quite a while ago and it has been staring me in the face ever since. The original pattern was not big enough for a queen size bed so I wanted to add borders. I had the perfect fabric and everything. Why do these things take so long? Finally I got the borders on! Today I photographed it on my bed. Tomorrow I take it with me to Arizona to be quilted. I prepared the backing and binding, so I am all set. With any luck at all, maybe it will get quilted before I leave and I can bind it and mail it to my son Renn.
This is the book that the quilt pattern is in. Those Buggy Barn gals sure come up with cute ideas. There is at least one other pattern in this book that I plan to make for the Plumpkin--those darling flowers!
So tomorrow, on the 4th of July, I board a plane due to take off at 6:15 AM. Believe me, this is a huge effort of love on my part. I am not a morning person. I am always surprised to see people out on the road when I am forced to go that early. What are they doing? They can't all be hunting for night-crawlers!
Today Karen Diane told me she would miss me while I am gone. Remember she lives in Florida and I don't! "How can you miss me? I am as close as the internet, just like always!" You know she is a very cosmic person and she will know that I am not home. Me and my cosmic vibes are off to Arizona. I will try and pick up some energy as we fly over Sedona.
Later my friends,