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Thursday, May 28, 2020


Hey all - broke my foot on a rescue call last night. Blogging is on hold until I get that settled since I’ll be home for at least a week & I only have internet on my phone which makes blogging too fussy.

More news later...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wednesday Weather Report #158 - 5/27/20

I have two words for you: Too Hot!!!
You can imagine a naughty word in the middle if you like...

May 20 - 26, 2020
66- 71 - 74 - 69 - 76 - 82 - 88 F

I tried really hard to find a weather app showing a 90 degree temp for Tuesday but no luck (remember, I record the 1pm temperatures). The high for the day ended up being 91 with a feels like of 92F. Last year on 5/26/19 the temp was only 77F, which is more like our standard temps for this time of year.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Feline Friday - 5/22/20

Momma was putting clean dish towels away...

...but she wasn't quite fast enough.

As usual...if it fits, I sits!!!

And Momma let me stay as long as I wanted  =^..^=

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wednesday Weather Report #157 - 5/20/20

Sew...I've figured out how to get myself thru the lockdown blues (except for the fact that my camping reservations are still floundering somewhere between all good and cancelled) but I still can't get my blogging mojo back in motion.

I've had a fair amount of time to work on projects with out any evening meetings or when my work at home days start/finish early and I don't need to commute any further than my "standing desk" to my sewing machine but I keep forgetting to take pictures of what I'm working on and I'm sewing instead of reading blogs or responding to emails. Am I the only blogger not functioning as I was before?

Just draw your own mental picture of my messy quilt lab being a disaster as I work on a bunch of UFOs in "elephant bites." Projects include hexie kaleidoscope blocks, hexie jean jacket for mom, Omigosh!, Temecula sew along and cat bandanas. I am sure there is something else I am forgetting...

May 13 - 19, 2020
49 - 65 - 76 - 57 - 67 - 56 - 68 F

Friday, May 15, 2020

Feline Friday - 5/15/20

It is fits -- I sits!

I just didn't say I sit still -- especially when Momma finds me on the ironing board, one of 3 nono places. Oopsies.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wednesday Weather Report #156 - 5/13/20

This looks like a lovely day for a silo fire last Thursday, no? The sun was warm on our shoulders until a cold, windy front brought in some rain.

Saturday morning, I had to fill up my gas tank. It was the first time in 5 weeks so I wasn't complaining but it was a bonus to find such a low price - this gas station is 5cents cheaper on Saturdays if you pay in cash. I can't remember the last time I saw prices so low. NY is notorious for it's gas taxes so yours is probably lower - what are you paying?

If you think those skies behind the gas station sign look ominous, you would be right - take a look at what followed in few short hours:

We've seen this kind of non-accumulating snow several times in the last week, but only last night did it finish with such a pretty show. Not the most amazing sunset but to go from something similar to the snow above to clearing, golden skies in just minutes was amazing to watch.

I'm hoping that Janet or Barbara can confirm that this next picture is hoarfrost. I've never seen it in person but I saw it in several places this morning when it was a brisk 26F for my walk. I'm hoping all y'all can zoom in on this cuz it is really cool looking. The little spikes were fragile to the touch.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip through the last dregs of winter. We are heading into the 60s and 70s in the next couple of weeks so I am thinking that the snow will now leave us until next fall.

May 6-12, 2020
46 - 57 - 36 - 34 - 53 - 38 - 44 F

Friday, May 08, 2020

Feline Friday - 5/8/20

Momma made me some new threads!!!!

I wear them all the time now but Momma has to keep cleaning the fur off them...I'm not so sure why this is a problem?

One for me and one for my pal WB!

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Wednesday Weather Report #155 - 5/6/20

It's clearly still spring. Daylight comes earlier and stays later but the temps are so inconsistent. We had our first day in the 70s and now we are looking at abnormally cold weather this weekend, including more snow! I'm sure the snow is because I had the snow tires removed from my car Monday... I guess putting summer tires on does not necessarily bring summer. Bummer.

April 29-30, 2020 :: 65 - 56 F
May 1-5, 2020 :: 55 - 63 - 73 - 44 - 47 F

I have been tempted by many quarantine projects being offered online recently. I even convinced a friend to start one and then I abandoned her. Oopsies!

Instead I pulled out a long term UFO named Omigosh! According to my blog I started this in 2009 but haven't posted about it since 2012. Heavens to murgatroyd that's a long time to sit and wait for my attention!! I've got about 4 or 5 boxes dedicated to this project including boxes for finished 4 and 9patches, parts for more 4 and 9patches and 1" strips to make more parts.

Not that different...

The only reason I can think of that this quilt has sat for 8 years was a doubt in my own abilities to stitch something so tiny. And yet I've recently been enthralled with 3.5" blocks so how different is a 2' block???

No matter why I've ignored the project we are going gangbusters now. More pictures next week so for now let's just say that I've nearly doubled the 4 and 9patches in the finished box and that means I am about half done with making this quilt. Keep your fingers crossed that this will hold my attention for many more weeks (including no-housework-Fridays) and maybe I will even get it finished by summer's end...

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The Bibliophile Files - 5/5/20

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

Welcome to my monthly book report!!

One would think that working from home some days (meaning less commute time, etc) and no evening meetings would mean that I am getting more reading done. Sadly, this is not the case. I seem to be more content to just work (sewing, cleaning or work work) amongst the house noises than I ever have before. It's strange since before lock down I always had to have a radio or audiobook playing.

     The Word is Murder - an author is to shadow a police investigator to write a book. They both solve the murder but in different ways.
     Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers - I'm not very "up" on famous artists so Vincent's life story was sad but interesting. I had no idea that he was still relatively unknown when he took his own life and it was really his sister in law who pushed his artwork into what we know it is today.
     The Name of the Star - I'll give this book a thumbs up for the super-surprise twist 2/3 through but it's not enough to read the sequel.
     Hillbilly Elegy - I'll be honest - I started this book a year ago and didn't care for it enough to get past the first half hour of the audiobook. I needed an "E" book for a challenge and this was still on my phone so I gave it another whirl. It was more tolerable this year, maybe because I have read some other similar books in the past year. The book still came across as a whiny, whoa as me book that could have taken place anywhere in the country, not just to Kentucky hilbillies, but it was interesting to hear about his rise from poverty to lawyer.
     This is Where I leave You - not my usual genre but I needed "a book made into a movie" for a challenge and this turned out to be pretty good.

     on my iPhone - Force of Nature
     on my home stereo - Wolf Pack

And now it's your turn - what have you been reading lately? Anything counts - novel, magazine, quilt pattern or cereal box.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Feline Friday - 5/1/20

Momma has been promising me a new wardrobe instead of still wearing my St Patty's Day collar but I haven't seen it yet...

...something about an elastic shortage. I have no idea what she's talking about but this seems like as good a time as any for a nap.