Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weather, walls, and water

We had a nice little surprise today.  A gorgeous, warm, balmy day.  So rare for this late in October but loved it.  I've been a bad blogger lately.  It's been a busy week and it seems there was little time for computers.  

My cousin the contractor arrived this week.  He finally got to my To-Do list.  I had an extra doorway in my living room.  It's bothered me since I moved in.  Here is the "before" picture

That doorway to the left of the tv leads into a closet area and then the bathroom.  But as you can see, you can also enter that area from the den.  So Mike has dry walled it in for me.  He has to come back for a little more work (mudding) and then I can prep the rest of the walls.  Here it is now, with a wall

I love it and can't wait to paint.   He also insulated under my eaves upstairs in the little cubby hole doors.  There are 3 of these little "hobbit doors" upstairs.  It should make the upstairs much warmer this winter.

But as usual, with the good comes the bad.  I threw in a load of laundry tonight.  Luckily I left the basement door open.  After the washer started to run for a few minutes I heard water.  Not the gentle sloshing of water filling a tub......the sound of water rushing......

Yup, that's soapy water all over the floor.  I ran down the stairs and water was shooting out everywhere.  Quickly I stopped the machine and found a hose off.  After a few minutes I figured out where the hose was "supposed"to be and shoved it back in.

I managed to finish the load but I think I've just added another thing to Mike's to-do list.  Now it time to dust off the hooking frame.  Cheese puffs in the oven and a glass of Pinot Grigio.  Happy Saturday !

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Fall temps have arrived with a vengeance. It's downright chilly.  Although it pained me to do it, I had the furnace running today.  
I thought I'd do a little blog catch up on some stuff that happened before I got sick.  The day before the flu took over I got a call from a friend.  Her neighbor was having a big yard sale the next day as she had to move quickly.  She was selling almost everything.  But lucky me got invited to go over the night before the sale and get first pick.  

The first thing that caught my eye was an old tin.  As long as I can remember my grandmother had an old tin she kept buttons in.  I always played with it as a child so when I moved I brought it with me.  Silly to keep an old beat up tin but it reminded me of her.  Well, this lady had an identical tin, a bit larger but in perfect condition.  I had to have it. 

I also grabbed a pottery wine chiller and a lacy runner.  And a set of 3 blue Pyrex mixing bowls.

And one day while digging through the basement at Aunties house I found this old metal stand.  I thought it would be cute cleaned up as a coffee station.  It was originally white but quite filthy and rusty.  I got some red rust paint and spruced it up.

Taadahh!   Looks kind of cute, don't ya think?

I'm working on a small hooked piece that was a Facebook challenge from Lori Brechlin.  Stay tuned for my version of Santa Claws :)

Tomorrow is turkey day!  Happy Canadian Thanksgiving 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The bad, the good, and the messy

The above image explains my recent absence from blogville.  I had the worst flu bug.  I missed over a week of work.  I just couldn't do anything.  I do appreciate the blogger friends who messaged me to check in and see if I was ok.  And also my local friends who delivered me treats and medications.   I've been back to work for a couple of days and I'm feeling better despite the nagging cough that won't seem to leave.  I had several fever-induced stories to share but they seem less funny in the light of a normal body temperature.  

Now for "the good" part.  My car registration had expired.  I knew I was pushing my luck everyday so today I had to go the the Registry of Motor Vehicles.   And I only had time on my lunch break.  This place is usually a nightmare of waiting in lines forever and I figured lunch time would be the worst.  I walked in, took a number from the machine and turned the corner........the place was empty.  EMPTY.....that never happens!  I was in and out in a matter of minutes.  I should have left there and bought a lottery ticket because it felt like my lucky day.  

.....but things changed again later.  I had a nice bowl of leftover pasta and sauce in the fridge for supper.  Grocery shopping is tomorrow night so this was going to be perfect.  I put it in a bowl, heated in the microwave and on my way to the slipped out of my hands 

On the floor, on my pants, on the front of the oven and the cupboards.  The bowl resting upside down about 2 feet away from this mess......   Not only was I mad, I was also still hungry and now had to scrub the kitchen!  Supper consisted of a bag of chips and a handful of cookies while I muttered about the mess and how stupid I was.

This weekend I will get back around to your blogs.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Small task, big smile

There are lots of little jobs to do around here. And when I get one scratched off the list it makes me so happy.   When they moved the washer/dryer out of the kitchen it left 3 holes in the floor.  I have had them covered by a big ugly bookshelf.  All I could think of was spiders crawling up from the basement through those holes.  (Shudder)

But today a friend came by at lunch time and put plugs in the holes, screwed them in and put a little silicone around the edges.  Nothing's crawling up here now!!

And this meant I could move the bookshelf down to the basement for storage shelves.  Another nice bonus.  But with everything there is always a down side.  I cleared off the shelves to move it.  I've just been sticking stuff on the shelves to get stuff out of my way.   So now I have a new mess

I knew that having the table cleared off for the past few weeks was too good to last.  Guess I'll have to get another storage bin for this stuff tomorrow. 

I'm on a mission to find a funky old style cupboard for the now vacant spot in the kitchen.  I have had no luck so far but I did contact someone to see how much it would cost to build me something. 
I saw this on Pinterest tonight.  I wish I had it or a reasonable facsimile 

I'm dreaming of antique cupboards instead of having nightmares about creepy basement spiders.  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

One question answered, one asked

I'll start by saying this is not the post I intended to write today.  I was "planning" on boasting about finishing my rug.  However that is not meant to be.  Instead I finally have the answer to why I despite, no loath, nope-- hate binding rugs!!

Let's start at the beginning shall we..... I found my sewing machine in the back of the upstairs closet.  

The fact that it was hiding should have been my first clue.   However I was still delusion enough to think I could quickly zigzag around my rug and be on my merry way.  Hrmpph ....... Yeah right.   

It started out fine.  I happilly pushed on the petal and it whirred right along. Well, for a minute. And then I could hear a bumping, clunk noise.  And then it stopped. Not the noise, the machine stopped.  Once I pryed it from the machine, this is what I found

What's up with that???  So I untangled the threads in the machine and re-threaded it.  Wheeeee, away I went again.......for about 4 inches.  Arrgghhhh!!!

This friggin happened about 6 more times before I finally..........finally got all the way around.  By then, naturally, I was "in a mood".  All the while muttering "this is why I hate binding rugs" -- over and over again as my blood pressure continued to rise.  

You would think this sad story might stop here.....but you would be wrong.  I grabbed the scissors to trim off the excess.....and since I was "in a mood", I was a little wild with the scissors AND.....

......I cut the last corner wrong.  WHY??  WHY???   

So this finally explains why I hate binding rugs.  But it raises a new question.  Why is my sewing machine doing that?  I have a lot of crafty followers -  HELP ME 

And more importantly "Why does my sewing machine hate me so much?"

Friday, September 19, 2014

I love surprises

Really, what's better than fun surprises?  Answer: Nothing!   Yesterday I came home from work and found a package in my mailbox. And even better, it wasn't a bill, it was a lovely housewarming gift from 2 sweet blog friends - Lauren and Cathy.  

Isn't it sweet?  And so me :). It will hang proudly in my kitchen.   Thank you ladies. 

Then today I got a mid afternoon invite for after work Happy Hour at my friend Sharon's house. She also my official household bargain finder.  Nice way to end the week 

So after a little wine and some gabbing I came home with no ideas for supper. And no groceries.  And what did I find??  A bag tied to my back door knob with a container of chili.  Yay!!  

Happy Weekend 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meet Queen

Finally!!  I've finished hooking a rug. It seemed to take forever but it feels good.  This is "Queen" - a pattern from Payton Primitives

I will bind this one before I start a new one.  I swear!  (If I can find where I hid the sewing machine)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Oh yes, Fall has arrived.  It's been chilly. Now where are those hot flashes when I need them??  Lol. I dug out my favorite warm blanket. It's so soft and fluffy and it felt so cozy when I pulled it up around me last night.  It made this morning exceptionally hard to get out of bed. 

I also broke down tonight and went and bought one of those portable electric infrared heaters. It works great and is very quiet.  It heated up the living room nicely this evening.  And it's not totally ugly like some of them.

Maybe the cool temps have creeped into my mood too. I'm feeling a little crabby lately.   Last night my favorite show started - Dancing With The Stars - and I was uninterested.  I watched a little and then went to bed before it was over.  And have you seen the new View?  I always enjoyed watching it while I was home for lunch.  It sucks! 

All this cold hearted stuff has made me reach for a simple comfort - a nice pile of soft, pretty wool

Ahhh, thats so much better.  Now I'm a warm and cozy Happy Hooker. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's over so soon

The weekends go by quicker all the time.  This one was no exception.  I had a bad headache hit Thursday.  It lasted through most of Friday but I felt better in the evening.  Hence the laundry and wine. Only one glass.  So I shouldn't have woken up at 4am with the return of the headache. Saturday I layed down on the couch after breakfast while I waited for the pain killers to kick in.  I can never nap during the day.  Well the next thing I knew my phone was ringing and it was 1pm.  A 3 hour nap!!
Thank goodness the phone rang or I might have slept all day. 

All day Saturday and again today.  Today it wasn't as intense so I did do some housework and washed a few blankets.  And I made a chicken stew type casserole for supper.  It was a recipe I saw on Facebook. It wasn't too bad but next time I will tweek it a little.  It needed a little more pizzazz.

And I picked up my frame to hook a bit.  I'm working on the tongues at the edges.  Not sure if I'm happy with them yet but I'll decide once I get both ends hooked.  Then I can change if it needs it.  I just need to finish one piece to get my mojo back. 

Well, back to the frame with a cup of tea.  I hope your Monday is quick and productive. (Mine included)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Laundry and Chardonnay

Yay, it's Friday.  But sadly I am celebrating with a load of laundry and a glass of Chardonnay.   Woohoo, what a party girl!!  
I tried to write posts all week but nothing worthy seemed to happen.  I did come into possession of another giant zucchini so I see more shredding and baking in my future.  My thumb just healed from the last shred-fest!

The most exciting thing to happen all week was I discovered my new furnace actual works. It was cold enough Tuesday for the furnace to kick in.  I was momentarily excited and then realized that the expensive part of Fall was upon us.  Luckily it's warmed up since that one little chilly blip. 

Tomorrow I'm going to check out the antique stores again.  I'm moving the bookshelf out of the kitchen and into the basement for storage and I need a small table or kitchen cart type piece to replace it.  

Oh, and here is a bit of info to share.  If you have an e-reader like a kindle or similar device you should check out Bookbub.  It's free to sign up and you select the types of books you like to read and everyday you get an email with suggestions to download.  Every day at least a couple are free or up to $2.99.  I've discovered several good books to add.  It's a great and inexpensive way to fill up on books .   Even if you find 1 a week that interests you, it's worth it for free.