Friday, November 21, 2014

Trip To Billings and Quilts

One last trip to Billings, probably.  Michael had an appointment with the dermatologist and now he looks as if he has chicken pox again.  The dermatologist wrote him two prescriptions, one for a persistent eczema type rash on his hand and one other prescription for another issue.  I also refilled a prescription for the one medication he takes on a daily basis—$50 for a three month supply.  Well, when I went to the Costco counter the young woman helping me said, “do you know how much these medications cost??”  I said, “no, enlighten me!”   Are you sitting down???  The rash cream—$384 for a small tube, the other prescription which was for a solution—$976!!!!!!!  Needless to say I got his regular meds and left the other two behind—good grief!!  The pharmacy person said they had received many prescriptions for the solution but NO ONE had paid the price!!

Costco was an absolute zoo—I don’t think we have ever seen that kind of line up at the check out counters—you would have thought it was the day before Thanksgiving instead of the Friday before!!  We filled our cart with too much stuff as usual but did manage to get a couple Christmas presents. 

I enjoyed my last good haircut until I return in the spring—I adore my hairdresser and she has never steered me wrong, always on time, pleasant, cheerful.  A young woman who is married to a Billings’ police officer and they have two small children. 

We stopped by the Verizon store and purchased a JetPack device—we’ve always used an aircard with Millenicom but now that Millenicom is no more we had to head in another direction.  We also purchased a Wilson Sleek booster—had to send Nina a quick email to find out if we were getting the correct booster—yep, we did.

Lunch at CJ’s completed our day and we were heading out of Billings and all the hub-bub by 3pm.  The whole state of Montana contains less than one million people but I swear there were 999,000 in Billings today—busy!!

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Yesterday after yoga I had lunch with Jeane and delivered her quilts—she loved them.  Here is a photo of the sweetest little quilt called Warm Winter Blessings—I have the pattern and it’s on my list! Paulette over in blogland recently scored a reduced price kit to make this little jewel.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom

I consider myself very lucky at the age of almost 60 to still have my Mother living and in decently good health!  This last summer after her accident was a tough one but Mom is also tough and she has bounced back from her total shoulder replacement with flying colors.  The rest of her injuries have also healed and we are looking forward to spending Christmas with Mom and the rest of the family.  Happy Birthday Mom!!

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Wow, this afternoon I loaded the last of my customer quilts!!  The gigantic one for Jane is finished as of early afternoon—Jane and I decided to use a pantograph (a quilting pattern I can trace with a laser light) and the quilt turned out beautifully!!   Who knows, I just might get to quilt some of my own stuff now that I’m almost finished with customer quilts!

Michael spent some time working in the cargo trailer today, he installed an inverter and did some more puttering.  Sarge and Sarah came over this afternoon to check out our truck camper—they have toyed with the idea of purchasing one and wanted to see just exactly how small these things really are.  Sarah is a retired veterinarian and gave me some good advice about the lesions Emmi has on her back—I thought they were “hot spots” but in this cold weather my diagnosis seemed kind of unlikely!  Sarah thinks the lesions are probably infected hair follicles and recommended a different shampoo. 

IMG_2118Emmi loves for us to kick snowballs at her then she attacks!

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Life is good!

Monday, November 17, 2014

SUCCESS, Quilts and Warmer Temps

We are having a heat wave—our temperature today was over freezing—first time in over a week!!  Of course we had to have some wind to cause the rise in temps! Sad smile

Remember the blog I wrote about being scammed by someone claiming to represent Mother Earth News?  I was successful in obtaining a refund for one of the checks I wrote these idiots but had not ever received the second check.  I got the “the check was written on Sept. 29 and it takes 4-6 weeks for you to get it” routine—really, really, the USPS may be slow but they aren’t that slow!  So I involved the Oregon Department of Justice again where this deadbeat company does business.  An employee of the the Dept. of Justice got a touch cranky with these nuts and look what I got today:

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I finished a quilt yesterday evening and its owner came by to retrieve the quilt which is a gift for an expected great-grandchild.

IMG_2111IMG_2114I’ve also had some company in the quilt studio.  Several of the ladies in our yoga group want to make a Christmas tree rag quilt and with Shirley’s help, we are getting it done.  Max and Nancy came yesterday to start cutting squares—we had a very enjoyable afternoon.  Shirley kept them on the straight and narrow while I used the longarm to finish her quilt. 

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I loaded a quilt for my friend Jane this morning and finished it this afternoon while Max cut some more squares.  Now I have a HUGE one to do for Ms. Jane—it measures 97x97 inches!!  I’ve been having a hard time with my longarm—it’s been stiffer and stiffer to move.  My mechanic, aka the cowboy, took a look at the machine yesterday and thought the acrylic ruler base was the culprit.  It did not fit my machine correctly causing it to put too much upward pressure against the quilt top and leveler bar.  I do a lot of quilting with rulers and the base is necessary for resting/guiding the ruler as I move the machine.   So, he created me a new one!!!  I am constantly amazed at the man’s handiness!!  Quilting this afternoon was much easier on my arms and shoulders as I wasn’t having to force the machines’ movement. 

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Michael retrieved the cargo trailer today and began the loading process.  He even hauled some stuff out to the motorhome for me, too!!  Granddaughters and I have Thanksgiving plans in place—life is good!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Coming and Going

It seems as if I haven’t written a blog in a long time but I only skipped two days.  Our days have been busy—Thursday it was yoga in town and after yoga some of the yoga ladies and I went to the quilt shop in town to chose fabrics for making a “rag” quilt.  After our shopping Nancy, Max and I enjoyed lunch at the Timber Bar.

It is still bitterly cold—since Monday we have had two days with temps in the teens, the rest of the days have been single digits with below zero temps each night!  It’s rare we have this long a stretch with temps this cold—it’s making us long for our departure date!

The cowboy has a new toy—a ten feet wide snowplow blade.  He built a bracket to attach the blade to the skidsteer.  He can make one pass down our driveway now and it is plowed.  He was out there today plowing all the new snow which accumulated yesterday and last night.

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I’ve been quilting like a mad woman and have finished three quilts for customers.  I loaded another one this afternoon and did some of the stitching in the ditch.  With our departure date approaching rapidly I’ve set myself a goal of finishing all my customer quilts this coming week. 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Big Timber has a yearly fundraising event, an Italian dinner.  We’ve never gone but this year I decided it would be fun and it was.  The food was outstanding—something you would be served in a fancy Italian restaurant.  The wines were good and the dessert was to die for!  I borrowed these photos from our friend Gladys’ Facebook page:

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Italian dinner2Italian dinner3The decorations were perfect too—a very enjoyable evening—that’s the dessert in the green cup—some kind of light, lemon confection!

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20141110_092632And here’s Lora Elizabeth, she is three months old now. 

Life is good.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

And It’s Still Cold

Oh, my is it ever cold, our high temperature was eight degrees and when we woke this morning it was 11 degrees below zero—too cold to take a walk—we tried but Emmi just got too cold!

I spent some time working on a quilt, almost finished, just a little bit more to do.  This afternoon we headed into town driving the car with its new studded snow tires—worked very well I must say—the car is the rear wheel drive Cadillac we bought while living down in Texas.  Rear wheel drive cars will NOT go anywhere on ice and snow as we found out last year.  So, new tires were in order, now we can drive my comfortable car!

Today was the day for removing Nat’s stitches—I don’t think I tortured him too much—at least he didn’t groan and moan!  His incision from the MOHS procedure looks great.  We spent some time visiting with Nat and ran a few errands. 

Back home I worked on the quilt for a while and Michael watched a DVD detailing how to use his newest venture—a windshield repair kit.  Is there anything the cowboy won’t try???? 

Too cold to take photos today—it was a sunny, gorgeous day but without any heat in that ole sun!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Winter Came In Like A Lion

A very cold lion that is!!  Last night when we came home from Livingston after having gone out to eat with friends it was about 50 degrees with rain.  We woke to 12 degrees this morning and a touch of snow.  I think our high temperature today was about 20 degrees!  Tonight’s temp is to be below zero.  Michael thought our motorhome looked as if it were crying—“why didn’t you take me south sooner??”

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We bundled up and took a walk this morning then each started on projects—I am working on a precious quilt for my friend Jeane—Warm Winter’s Blessings it is called:

371_Warm_Winter_Blessings1-550x550I borrowed this photo from Paulette’s blog—she scored a kit on sale!! for making this sweet little quilt!  The fabrics are adorable and Jeane has done such a good job with the needlework—once it’s quilted and Jeane has seen it I will post photos—that is IF the quilt ever gets back to Jeane, do you think she would buy, “I’m just not quite finished with the quilting,” for a couple years???

The cowboy is building a steel plate for attaching a snow plow to our skidsteer—should make plowing snow a bunch easier.

That’s it for our day here in frozen Montana!

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Five Generations

Friday Michael spent the day working on the motorhome dash heater/air conditioner controls—when I went out to see how the project was going he had the entire dash exposed—YIKES!  But the handy guy came through again and we now have levers which work!

Laci and little Lora Elizabeth came to visit for the weekend and last night we all gathered at Nat’s in town for dinner catered by me Smile and to take some five generation photos.  It isn’t often families have five generations alive at one time.  This is the second time in my families we’ve had five generations living.  I was fortunate to have my paternal grandparents alive into my adulthood. My maternal grandmother was 93 years old when she died and was still aware and cognizant of her surroundings and people.  If I remember correctly she died in 2003.  While Grandma was still alive, my niece Niki, Grandma’s great-grandchild had a daughter, Elizabeth—with our Mom and Niki’s mom alive--five generations. 

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IMG_1942Lora Elizabeth wasn’t a very happy child yesterday but at least she made it through the photos before having a melt down. 

I finished a quilt for my friend Jeane today and Michael hauled firewood—we may need a lot of firewood—every time I look at the weather report our high temp for Tuesday goes down a few degrees, I think it’s now at about 4 degrees—for a HIGH!!!  That Pacific storm which knocked out Rick and Paulette’s power is a wicked one I think!!

Tonight we drove over to Livingston and had a delicious meal with Sarge and Sarah at the Rib and Chop House.  It’s been a while since we’ve seen them and it was fun to catch up.  Sarah became a first time grandmother in September.