Saturday, June 26, 2010

Missing Camera Found!

After I posted the pictures of the visiting ducks, I sent my camera down and promptly forgot its location. Groan. Where the heck did I put it? Did one of my kids pick it up and didn’t tell me? I have been cleaning off my desk in the laundry room hoping to find it – no luck. I had my youngest daughter clean off the computer desk that she is pretty much is the only one who uses it. She found it! Yeah K! I was seriously stressing about not being able to find it. I just bought it in the spring to replace one that was stolen at a Girl Scout sleep over I hosted in January of 2009. But that is another story I don’t feel like going into now.

Yeah! My purple Coolpix S3000 was found!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010


My Mother and I went the Quit and Craft fair in Phoenix at the beginning of the year, and she purchased 3 rag weaving frames.  One is small rug size, another is placemat size and the last is a good size to make a trivet or large coaster. My daughter K and I went to my mother’s cabin last weekend and she cut up an old sheet and sewed it end to end for the warp strands.  We cut strips of her fabric scraps that are not 100% cotton into 5 inch strips. The weaving is more like braiding as opposed to traditional weaving.  This way the front and the back look almost the same and the rug, placemat or coaster can be flipped over.  I started the rug size at the cabin and I brought it home to work on.  It is pretty easy and I have been working on this in the evenings while I am watching TV.  Here is my progress so far.  I will post a picture when it is done.

Fabric Strips


Progress so far

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


My oldest daughter sent me a message this afternoon about visitors in our yard. Shortly after noon, she saw a mother duck with her hatchlings in the front yard. Now we do not live anywhere near a pond, lake, stream or even a golf course with water. V called a local bird rescue place and they told her the mother probable needed to lay eggs and just laid them in someone’s yard and she was trying to find a body of water. V called the bird rescue back and she ended up herding them into an animal carrier and took them to a neighborhood a few miles north of us with man made lakes.

Good luck duckies!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Hits Phoenix

Last week on Thursday we hit 105 and then 112 on Saturday & Sunday, so guess what… it is officially summertime in the Valley of the Sun.

Other clues:
• You are willing to park further away from the entrance to a store to park under a tree
• You always put the windshield screen up, even when you get home at night
• If you hang laundry, what you hung first is dry by the time you get to the last item
• It feel like you opened the oven door when you set outside at 3:00 pm
• You don’t leave the office building for lunch, even if you forgot to brown bag it
• You only leave the house before 10:00 am or after 8:00 pm
• You put a sock over your gear shifter in the car and keep an oven mitt for the steering wheel
• The TV weather man just says “ditto”
• You put on a wet tee shirt to do any work outside – yes this really does help.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Leaving the Computer at Work

For my job, I have a laptop. I use it in the office and can take it home when I need it. I recently became aware of how much time is wasted browsing the Inter-net and reading blogs at night. Even if I have good intentions and say I am just going to do this one thing, reply to a work related email or whatever; I get sucked into reading blogs or random surfing. I can plan on not opening it up, but it sits there calling me – open me, read your blog, read the blogs you are following, check the news, check the weather, check the TV guide. Okay, just a quick peek.

Last week and this week, I am trying something new… I am leaving the dang thing at work until the weekend or if I really need to do something for work after 4 pm.

When I got home last night I was able to get both bathrooms cleaned. I started a load of laundry and got it hung up. I help my youngest daughter for a good half an hour with her disastrous room (she works better in small time chunks, instead of going for hours). Made dinner and did the dishes – something I usually put off or get one of the kids to do. Tonight I plan on helping K with her room some more, fold the two loads of laundry from yesterday, clean off the ironing board, table and cutting table.

We have been remodeling our house for about 4 years, my husband is a general contractor, so either we don’t have the money because he has not had a lot of jobs or he is too busy because he is working. Because of this, we have boxes of stuff stashed in various places. It is my mission this summer to get these cleaned up. Go through them and get rid of stuff we really don’t need or have not used in however long they have been boxed.

I'll let you know how this works out.