Here is the Monster Jean Quilt in all it's glory.........
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Here is the Monster Jean Quilt in all it's glory.........
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I did it! Monday night I finished my last three beers for the mini tour! And here is the t-shirt as promised!
See the picture Leigh? That's a Fosters there just for you! Just like the commercial says-
"Fosters, it's Australian for beer" (but read that with an Aussie accent)
all 25.4 ounces of it!!!!!!!!! slosh slosh slosh! My husband helped me drink this one, though I could have done it myself- I liked it better than the Shandy - beer with lemonade.
Meanwhile, I have been doing more than drink beer! I got all these brights cut out for my swap blocks......
I won't tell you how many of those strips are the WRONG length! I'm going to have a lot of my own blocks to go with all the swap ones! So, that's good right???
AND! I am finally doing the quilting on the jean monster! I'm not sure it really qualifies as quilting as there is no batting, but to go through the denim is hard enough for both me and my trusty Viking!
I couldn't fit this one on my sewing table, so I mentioned that I needed to move it down to the dining room table and when I got home I discovered that my sweetie husband had done it all for me! So I am sweating away working on it, yes, sweating- it's on the hot and humid side here in NE Wisconsin. But, as soon as I finish this monster I can go up to my sewing room which is semi air conditioned! Good incentive!!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
this is our island from the front, you can just see the tent kind of in the middle, we had the rain fly off at this time so it shows up more than when it has the nice dark cover.
We do the whole respect the land thing- take only memories, leave only footprints. Actually this time we took a few beer cans someone else left too, and of course a lot of pictures.
Sadly this was to be the last camp we can do there. Saturday night some nosy old bloke putted VERY slowly around the island checking us out, and sure enough- Sunday afternoon as we were packing up a DNR guy came and told us we can't camp on state land, that it really should be posted as such. I guess we were lucky that it hadn't been posted before. Still it was wonderful and we have the pictures to show!
Here I am with the canoe almost loaded-
Pitching the tent~
Jim and I in our camouflage! Hard to see us isn't it? ;-)
Making coffee- a necessity!!!!!
Supper on the fire- look good?
We got in a lovely canoe ride on Sunday morning when the weather settled down a bit. We saw many many beautiful water lilies, loons, a momma deer and her sweet little twins, beavers, tons (literally) of Canadian geese- which, by the way, are very lovely to look at as long as you don't have to walk through all their goose poop! I took notes for quilt blocks I want to make. I am in the beginning stages of another camper quilt- yes ANOTHER project.
This is a very old abandoned "party barge" (as we call them here) that has been half sunk on the edge of this island (not our island) since before we started camping in the area, 13 years ago. We are always intrigued by it. Our second daughter wrote a short story once about the haunted pontoon boat. Could there be a quilt here????
Home again, and here we found our -blond dog-, gosh it sure is a DOGS LIFE isn't it?
We all enjoy our porch!!!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Whew! Now I am off to finish packing for this weekends camping in the wilds trip. Watch for pictures!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Now our machine tends to get out of balance so I tried to stay downstairs in case that happened (okay and then I could be on the computer and email my blog sister and surf the blog ring) but I never heard that funky sound it makes as it walks across the floor. So I continued with my important computer work, after a half hour or so I went in the kitchen and the darn thing was out from the wall but still in the fill cycle and flowing all over! I waded through a couple inches of water to get to it to try to shut it off and shut off the water, and then I could hear the water running downstairs through the floor (yeah-through the floor) so I went out to the tractor shed - in the dark- with a flashlight - barefoot of course- over the gravel driveway - to find the shop vac.
I'm expecting a "I'll come save you" reaction.......
You read that right! He laughed at me!!!!!!!!!!!
I told him in no uncertain terms to stop that right away and get his heine over here and help me out!
So, within 10 minutes or so, (meanwhile I can still hear water running through the floor into the basement), he arrives, and explains that I should have taken the filter out of the shop vac first. Well, fine! Who knew there was a stupid filter in there? and why didn't it say that on the machine in plain English where any normal person would notice?
So, filter out, the shop vac sucks, but in a good way. Gosh, I had no idea there was that much dirt and lint under my machines- can you say eeeeeeeeew?
water is off the floor~
dirt has been tracked in with coming and going and now there is mud on the floor~
BUT- I am grateful we haven't actually ripped the floor out yet in our long renovation process so it's not like I ruined it (I hope)
Next we bailed out the washing machine~
hauled rugs and clothes outside to drip on the lawn~
then waited for Jim to come home.....
Meanwhile I thought it proper to offer refreshments and entertainment (other than me on my hands and knees sans kneepads, wiping the floor, so I got him a beer and we were playing gin rummy when a slightly-grumpy-from-work-husband walked in wanting to know what the hell was going on!
Can you say "bad night at work"?
Of course it didn't help that we had planned to open a bottle of wine and finally celebrate our anniversary when he got home.
So, that was my night last night.