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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Starting 2017 Right!

 So, I started this quilt for a work friend of DD's who is having a baby boy. Well when I started....back in November, I thought I'd be done quickly. As usual, I find that random scrappy is hard.
It's a cute pattern from the Winter 2016 magazine Quilts & More. But I struggled when it came to assembly. It is beyond me how to easily match these rows to keep the nice hexie shape.

 I tried all kinds of measurements and pins and I though I'd never get them to line up, but I think it looks pretty darn good! So I got it sandwiched and did a quick loopy quilt job on it. This was on New Years Eve...If I finish this baby quilt, I will start 2017 with NO uncompleted projects!
 I stop for a break for just one minute and look who thinks that's their cue to take a test nap.
 Anyways, I shoved the cat off and got the binding done! And this was before Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve melt down on TV.
Looking good and ready for  a quick wash and dry to get the wrinkly goodness!
 There all done!
Ready for delivery...especially since DD tells me the baby boy arrived the other day! Well now he'll be cozy all winter!

And best of all, no UFOs starting out 2017!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Holiday Roundup-Ready for a New Year

 So I just need to re cap the frantic feeling holiday! It seems like I drove away the whole Christmas time! My favorite time though was this. On Christmas night after supper, DD, Uber Son & Lovely Jean loaded up in the car to look at the Christmas lights around town......
 And to catch Pokemon!

 I know-silly, right? Well I have a bunch of Pokemon Go! players in my life and it was actually a lot of fun to do!
 We drove to a couple of Pokemon Gyms and enjoyed the Christmas lights along the way! Fun time with the family!
We also had Christmas Monday at my folks home. There's some joyous vibes coming form these two...or maybe not....
 We exchanged gifts, ate sloppy joes and had a great time.
 I told my sister that I didn't have any photos of her from 2016 to put in to the 2017 annual calendar for Mom so I had to make an effort to get some of her for the 2018 calendar!
 Mom always likes the calendars, with the photos of the family scattered around every month. She and Dad both liked the assortment this year!
 Then we had the final gifting event with Pizza at our house on Friday. The Ginger kids all came to get their gifts-the logistics involved in getting multiple Christmas gatherings with multiple extended families is a truly a massive undertaking!
And the best part is, no one cried and said they didn't like it! YAY! I used the Pinterest idea of getting each kid "something to wear, something to read and something they want." So they all got socks and pants and a book and some money to buy whatever they want! Score one for this Christmas gift giver! I wish I would have had a little bit more time-I wanted to read the books I bought them. For Caitlynn I got Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco & James Patterson-I love James Patterson, for Will I got Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham-I love to read John Grisham books, I gotta say, I think it's awesome that quite a few of my favorite authors are writing books for young readers-maybe it's just smart marketing, but I really liked  choosing authors I love, to share with the kids! For Kevin I got Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (Captain Underpants #12) by Dav Pilkey-Uber Son loved Captain Underpants at that age! And for Jaymie I got the first in a new series called The never Girls In a Blink (Disney: The Never Girls Series #1) by Kiki Thorpe, RH Disney. Maybe they'll let me borrow them so I can read them in the coming year!  

OK, so I think that's the final Christmas and the final post for 2016. Hard to believe the year is over already.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Eve

 So, we traveled to my Aunt's home for Christmas again this year. We had a great time with the traditional Christmas story from the Bible....
 and singing Christmas carols. DD tried her best to get us some music-like karaoke-but we sure don't follow along very well! We exchanged gifts and had lots of good conversation.....if you hang with older folks very much you know the topic often falls into the health issues of the year.....deep sigh.
 Of course the food was delicious! My cousin Jason kept things under control in the kitchen...here's Jesus' birthday cake too!
 And the rest of the spread. Don't you wish you had been there?
Merry Christmas followers!
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Employee Perks & Christmas Fun!

So, I do like to order things on line...all kinds of things. So when this big box arrived just a couple of days before Christmas, I thought Oh boy, what did I get!!
 I can't remember what I ordered....must be a gift or something.....gosh it got here fast, I guess....what could it be!?!?!
 HAHAHA! HOHOHO! It's Charmin! Before you think I'm too crazy, my employer Procter & Gamble, have an online store that you can order products from. A few weeks ago they had a survey and the thanks for doing a survey was $15 credit to the store. SO I got a really good deal on Charmin! You can shop on line too. just go to www.pgshop.com
I had to laugh, the poor delivery people are working OT to deliver Christmas presents and for me they deliver toilet paper!!
I did get another box.....my employee Christmas box. Remember I work at P&G,(#pandgemployee...complying with the social media policy!) and they send all their employees a box for the holidays with a nice gift and some goodies. 
 This year it's a nice cooler bag and a bunch of product too! And the seasonal favorite-chocolate covered almonds.
 Yay! It's always the mark of the official holiday season when "the box" arrives.
Friday, December 16, 2016

The Yard Sale Tree

So last summer DD and me were yard sale-ing-maybe over in Walford...I don't remember for sure. ANWAYs, there was this pre lit 7 foot tree for something like $20. It was a slim version and had LED lights-the kind that look like old fashioned bulbs, but are actually energy efficient LED.
 
 I wanted a new tree, and those bulbs did it for me-OK, I'll take a chance! Take a look here! Assembly was so easy-whoever had it before must have only used it once or twice at the most. The branches look great! Just a little finessing.
 Looks pretty good-I think the lights could be distributed more evenly though....
 And here it is all done! I used the vintage ornaments again this year-with a few new additions.
 I just love these old glass ornaments.
 See that one with the starburst in the middle...so pretty!!
 The ones that have stenciled graphics on them are so cute- there's Santa in his sleigh and I have lots of them with starbursts on them.

Well there's the tree for 2016. And what a great yard sale bargain it is!!
Sunday, December 11, 2016

What Next!

 SO our hot water heater is leaking! I was getting out my Christmas decorations and getting ready to do the tree and I there is water on the floor! Thank goodness I decided to do the tree!!! No serious damage, but the plumber couldn't' fit us in until Friday! So we kept sopping up the water until then!
There! That's a shiny new water heater! I'll have to do some dry wall repair, thankfully it's in the closet, so not a huge priority! I'm so glad the floor is OK! Now that's all the home drama I need this year!!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It's December


We got about 4 inches of wet soppy snow on Sunday.
 It's melting fast, but it's also time to put up the tree!
Here we go! More to come!
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Google "How to fix Washing Machine Lid Switch"

So on Thanksgiving Thursday, my washing machine stopped starting. Well, you know it would run water in but then just sit there. I knew my lid switch was getting worn out-I had to press hard on the lid in just the right place to make it work...but now it was a goner. 
So I Googled, "How to fix washing machine lid switch" and it seems this is a common problem. And that almost all brands of top loaders-especially those who have an almost vintage age-use the same switch set up. I chose a few youtube videos to see how they took the thing apart.
 
 There are little screws and a cover and then these big clips....I knew I would struggle to remember how to put them back in when I was through so I took a few extra pictures.
 Man! It's dirty in this washing machine! See my washing machine is full of wet laundry! But I was fearless and took it apart anyway! The whole front tips off when those clips are removed.
 Anyways, one of the youtube videos told how to use a ziptie to repair the switch, so I thought I'd give that a try, since it was a holiday and I sure wasn't going to get a part today!
 Here's the switch on the underside of the top of the machine. I used a ziptie like the video said-I didn't even remove the switch, I just pulled the ziptie as tight as a could with pliers- and then tipped the front back into place to give it a try....and it WORKED!!! YAY! The laundry went great! Then it was on to Amazon to order a new part!
 
So the part came today!It was almost just like the original, except it had a longer cord protector piece of plastic covering-I had to cut that off-see it has a slit all the way down the hard plastic so I pulled out the wires and chopped that excess plastic off. Now it will fit around the corner of the washer.
 The other thing the new part didn't have was this metal protector part. I just popped it off of my old part and slid it onto the new part.
 And of course there's always one thing that's annoying-the ground wire uses a hex head screw instead of a slotted screw so I had to go hunt down a wrench for that. I sure hope that saved Kenmore a nickle.
 Now that I have the old switch out, you can see how it broke right between the light gray top and the dark gray bottom, with the ziptie pressing it back together again. It probably would have continued to work for quite awhile, but the new part was only about $7 on Amazon, so I thought I should go ahead and replace it.
 
There! All cleaned up and re assembled! And a test batch ready to go....
And we're agitating! YAY! This wasn't a hard fix at all-the hardest part is to put it back together again and taking pictures made that really easy too! So glad this is fixed!!