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Monday, May 15, 2017

Deep Sigh.....

So for Mother's day, my sister and I took our mom to lunch at Perkins in Marshalltown, Iowa. It was windy outside. So much for a quick selfie. Deep Sigh.... LOL!!
Other than a quick trip to Minnesota  see my favorite cousin, I've only been dealing with this darn lawn mower. I called in the "expert" a friend of ours who works on small engines. 
That was last Tuesday......deep sigh....
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

So This Happened Last Week....

Well, I guess I knew it was too good to be true, a dog the NEVER chewed anything he wasn't supposed to.....
 
Ringo, Ringo, Ringo......Deep sigh-at least a replacement is only $20, it could be worse. A new one is on it's way.
On Sunday I did a little repair job for DD. The horn wasn't working on little Sparky, so of course, start with the simple thing, the fuse.  Which, as it turns out, wasn't so simple as I thought it would be. 
Did you know there are at least 4, yes FOUR! different sizes of little fuses? I knew there was regular kind-Oh the good old days!, and there are mini, but there is also MICRO size and these mini, LOW PROFILE fuses-really? Dang car people, what's wrong with keeping a simple standard!!???
Anyways, I got the correct one-I should mention that it would have been helpful if the old fuse was available, to compare and match, right? Unfortunately DD had lost that little tiny fuse when she took it out....deep sigh. Truly it is a tiny little thing!
 
Now, here's what the diagram in the manual looks like. We're going for fuse number 8 for the horn. Ok, looks simple enough right? HaHaHa! Those crazy folks in Chevy car planning obviously don't have a clue what the actual fuse box looks like. Here it is.
 
I think they could use a little practice in making the diagram match the reality. After a little  searching and taking a couple of good guesses, I finally got the fuse popped into the correct slot. What a Pain! Now little Spark has her horn back! YAY! That's enough for me!
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rainy Day Browsing

I popped up to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to visit my elderly friend and afterwards stopped by an antique show at Hawkeye Downs. I thought it would be a bigger show-especially since they charge $6 for admission (well, $5 if you mention you saw their ad in the paper)!
It seemed like a pretty small turn out due to the bad weather I think. There weren't a whole lot of vendors either-but most were vendors that I had not seen before. Like this one with all of these gorgeous vintage purses! 

Things aren't all bad, when there are buttons though, right?
Seemed like a lot of glassware and a TON of jewelry! I had a nice time browsing, but didn't buy a thing! Out in the rain once more to have a nice lunch with a dear friend then back home to dogs with muddy feet!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The To Do List--Easter edition

So, DD is moving, and there is a couch and loveseat left in her condo that is just awful! I put getting rid of that mess at the top of my to do list. I warmed up my muscles and loaded them up in the pick up-reclining couches are NOT light- and made a trip to the local dump. Yes I hate to add to the landfill, but honestly, these pieces were just too awful to pass on to anyone! Buh bye awfulness!!
Then my next item was to get the riding lawn mower ready to go-the grass is growing like crazy! I knew I had a slow leak in the front tire last summer, I aired it up every weekend for my gardener. SO I got the wheel off and took it in to get it fixed. Unfortunately the leak was in the sidewall and couldn't be fixed so I had to get a new tire.
SO I got the tire back on and checked my fluids and thought I'd be ready to go....well darn it it won't start. I really should take better care of the battery, it was pretty corroded, so I got the baking soda after it and, I put the charger on it and hoped for the best!
 
Well the charger says it's good to go, but still no starting for the mower, so I went to town AGAIN! and bought a new battery.
Now only one more thing, get the old battery out and put in the new one. Wouldn't you know it the cable on the positive side wouldn't un-bolt for anything! I WD-40'd it and tried every tool I have to get it loose and ended up breaking the cable...now I wonder if my cable was bad to begin with, Oh well, I've got the battery so now I need to replace or repair the cable. Off on ANOTHER trip to town.
The cable has a little fuse wire on it and I couldn't locate a cable like that anywhere! So I just got a new end loopy thing and put that on and I got some new bolts too. Those things are a pain! You'd think there'd be a better way to connect a battery. I don't have a crimping tool, and it was HARD to get it on there but I got it!!!
Looks good-fingers crossed.....And Hallelujah! It started right up!! Too bad it's raining now! Mowing will have to wait until Sunday when I'm expecting about 14 people and 6 dogs to come for dinner. So the next to do list item is to get a table in from the garage.
This antique table belonged to my old friend who now is in assisted living. When she moved I helped her sell and move and donate almost her whole house. Nobody seemed to want this table, but I really thought it pretty cool. SO I just stashed it in my garage all this time. Don't judge...and no hoarder references please! It has two leaves and the ends drop down so it doesn't take up much space.
 
I think it was happy to have people sitting at it after all these years! It worked out perfectly!
I also needed some springy/Eastery table decor, so I whipped up a couple of the 15 minute table runners out of some fabric I had on hand. I mean, my to do list was almost done so why not stop and sew a little, right?! I love this ice cream print and paired it with the Iowa shop hop fabric from a few years ago that I had been holding on to for no good reason. Pretty! That pretty much covers the to do list for last weekend!
Other than the non blog worthy-ness of things like vacuuming, and cleaning the bathrooms. And I was totally negligent and didn't take food pictures! Hubs made one of the best hams I've ever eaten and a wonderful macaroni and cheese and cole slaw! Julie brought a delicious pasta dish, Bean brought ice cream and strawberry shortcakes for dessert and we all had a great meal. Mom brought her deviled eggs-an Easter favorite! Amen!
Friday, April 14, 2017

Getting Ready for Easter


My latest Bonnie Do list has been keeping me just a little bit busy, but I had to snap a couple of pictures of the latest flowers popping up in the yard. 
The violets...gotta love the tenacious little purple beauties..if they can come up in my yard they are truly tough!
And the tulips my Gardner planted are just opening up. They are so bright and pretty!

 
I had to pick up some candy for Easter and saw these. Do you know what kind of Hershey's kiss is wrapped in orange foil?
Yup, carrot cake! They are pretty tasty...they don't taste like chocolate so if you're expecting a chocolate flavor your out of luck. That suits me just fine...not a big chocolate fan.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

An Early Finish and Ringo!

So, I also finished another whole cloth baby quilt too! I'm on a roll!
 This one is for a lady at our church who has  a new baby boy. I made one for her baby girl last year, and so I kind of had to do one for the next kiddo too, right?
 They named the boy Castiel. No not castiel, like soap, she says it's pronounced like CAST-E-L. Tell me that kid won't be spelling and pronouncing his name his whole life.
 The new dog, Ringo is getting along pretty well. I read the dog whisperer book, but DD is a better trainer I think! LOL!
 Ringo, loves to chew his new rope-he should have it down to threads in a day or two I think.
Isn't Ringo a sweetie, he's come though the vet visit just fine!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Weekend With Bernina

 
So Bernie the Bernina was having issues so I took her to my Favorite Bernina Technician, Rex, over at the Marshalltown Sewing Center. The best part about going to see Rex is there is usually a motley crew of guitar players there....because in addition to sewing machines at the Sewing Center, Rex sells guitars. A lot of guitars.
I'm not sure if he sells more guitars or sewing machines, but it's always fun to go see what's going on there...and this time he has free popcorn! SO then Mom and I made our way over to Ankeny to see about acquiring some fabric. Sadly they had indeed closed the Hancock's there too.  But we had lunch and still managed to do a little shopping. Bernie is all fixed now so I can finish this baby quilt.
 Doesn't it look good! All those cute pink kiss X's.

 ANd Disney princesses on the back-the Mommy to be is a fan.
 I did a swirly circle kind of design with Bernie.....
 and loopy de loops around the border. All washed and ready to go!
And the best part, after dropping Mom off I stopped at the Maid Rite to have a treat!  

Friday, March 31, 2017

At Last

 I've been having a terrible time getting my phone to give me my pictures so I can post them on the blog here. I hope I have it fixed now!
Anyways. Last weekend I went to the Shelter House Book Sale out at the Johnson County Iowa Fairgrounds.
 The book sale is a big fundraiser for Shelter House which is the charity that funds the homeless and at risk shelters.  Was there ever a LOT of BOOKS!! I try to contain my self. I only bought 3, this one to read to Ringo!
 I also have almost finished a baby quit for one of DD's dear friends. She is having a baby girl one of these days. I used the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial to make these cute X blocks-see like kisses!




Then I had to decide which way to make the border....
 I went with the tiny heart stripes...then I headed out to the garage to spray baste the sandwich together. See what I did? I couldn't get a very good picture, but I pinned it to a pallet that has been taking up space out there, and then sprayed it while it was hanging there!

This was by far the easiest spray basting I have EVER done. I'm going to figure out a way to do this with bigger quilts too!! Vertical is the way to go!
Anyways now I just have to quilt and bind it, then it's ready to go!



There now Let's see if I can get pictures for my next post!!
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bonnie Do List

SO I got a lot of things done yesterday! I visited my old lady friend Loretta up in Cedar Rapids, I got some groceries, and went to the library!
 And I replaced the front  closet door knob..the old one fell apart. I had a heck of a time getting the old one out. But the new one went in pretty easily. Looks Good, right! I hope they all aren't going to fall apart-they all came with the house at the same time.....
 Then when it snowed on Monday I was blowing the driveway and the auger control cable broke! So I right away ordered a new cable from Amazon, only $15! YAY! The weather was nice so I went to the garage with my laptop to watch the how to videos on you tube.
I took an extra picture of this little part, It's a pulley guide,  because I knew I wouldn't remember how to put it back on.
 
 It was a good thing I had the video handy because I had the little hooky thing on the end of the cable that goes on the control lever, attached incorrectly. Now it's right!
 There all Done! Seems to work OK. No snow left to test it out on though! Oh well I'm  ready for the next time!

How come the people in the videos never get dirty and greasy and break their finger nail? The Bonnie Do list is done for today!