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It looked on the weather map last night like our area was the only one to get so much rain in such a short period of time – so glad the power was restored and we didn’t have any other damage.  We ran over to the telephone company that we get our internet from and picked up a new wireless modem – no charge – all hooked up and working.

I got another row of 16 patch blocks up on the wall – they go quickly – I worked on them three different time yesterday – five minutes, five minutes there.

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With no A/C Thursday night it was too warm to sit at the quilting frame – I only got this much done on this block of Insanity Revisited and moved to the living room to read for awhile.

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Nothing else accomplished – we will be in and out of the camper over the next several weeks preparing for our trip and I was out there last night going through some cupboards removing items that I rarely use – after 6 years of having this camper I am beginning to know what I can do with out and get rid of some things and add others in !  I thought I had washed the sheets when we got home from our last trip and they were on the bed dusty so I pulled them off and brought them inside.  Shortly before we leave I will put fresh sheets on the bed and a quilt (POTC is going on this trip) and bring along an extra one or two  as well – where we are heading it might be quite chilly at night like it usually is –

I found a little waffle maker in the camper and can’t for the life of me remember using it – it looks like it was a $10-15 waffle iron and I don’t know if it works well so I brought it in the house and will try it out this morning – if it doesn’t work well – it will be going to Goodwill  as I have one in the house that does work well.  Oh well – all of that kind of thing will get taken care of over the next couple weeks – little by little we get ready for our trip.

I missed a day somewhere along this week – last night as I was writing this I was thinking it was Thursday and happened to glance at the calendar and saw it was Friday – I missed my quilting group for the second week in a row and didn’t even realize it!!  I really thought it was Thursday all day yesterday.  Do you ever do that?

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Power Is Back

by Karen on July 11, 2014

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Is it something how you can miss your electricity so much when you lose it for a spell.  Our power came back on about 10 this morning and I am already running the A/C to get the humidity out of the house.   Shouldn’t take too long – I’m just grateful we had a cool night even though it was a humid night.  It looks like it was just the 3 items I mentioned in the previous post that the lightening too out – the wireless modem – we will go see about getting a new one later today – (we can use our phones for internet in the meantime) – one dish network box – we had two and one we rarely used so no great lost there – and a blueray player – we have a DVD player to use until we decide if we need a blueray player – mostly I use Netflix on my computer and rarely watched it from the player.  We will not bother going through insurance – our deductible is higher than what these cost.

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Yesterday was one of those gully washer days.  We received 3.5 inches of rain in 30 minutes!! Talk about water running down hill from our road, past our house and through the yard down through the woods to wherever it goes from here!!  Standing water in the yard for several days to come I’m sure.  And to top it all off lightening hit close to the house taking the power out – as I write this I am hooked up to the phone for internet, the generator is running for some lights and the refrigerator thankfully it didn’t heat back up and it is 70 degrees outside and we have all the windows open.  The power went out around 2:30 and as I write this last night at 7:15 we are still without power – I hope I will wake up in the morning to find it is back one.  So far we know from the lightening strike that we lost the wireless modem, a blueray player, and a dish network receiver (all were wired internet ).  Wonder if we will discover more when the power comes back on.  We have to wait our turn – we are the only ones here who lost there power and that was from the lightening –it looks like a small town north of us lost power to the whole town and other areas as well.

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All that muck and old leaves washed out from the top of the yard too woodsy to rake-down to the middle of the yard – some standing water, but I was able to walk over to the plants and check and see if anything washed out of the tree planters – nothing did – and I didn’t sink – the water rushed through so fast I wish I would have grabbed my camera for a photo but was too busy jumping  and twitching from the lightening and thunder –  Surprised smile made me nervous!

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While sitting around waiting for the power to come back on I worked on some diamonds.  I am linking to Sarah’s Confessions of a  Fabric Addict today

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Earlier in the day before the storm I got two more 16 patch blocks done and up on the wall

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And Wednesday night I got more hand quilting done on Insanity Revisited = and I have a light set up at the quilting frame so I can quilt while waiting for the power to come back on – or if it doesn’t I will go to bed and read!  So glad the night is not too hot and windows are open.  I’ll let you all know if I have to swelter in the heat tomorrow with no A/C – I guess I can always go out to the camper and have the A/C out there and cool off!! works with the generator on for the camper – but not the house – needs too much power for that.

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UPDATE:  6:55 AM no power still they say around noon – I hope so – in the meantime the windows are open and currently 68 degrees – up to low 90′s today :(

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I really do not have much to blog about today – yesterday was work around the house ect.  it was a very rainy morning and I cut the rest of the print tumblers and what I had printed out of the plain tumblers!  Almost done now – I have about 180 plain tumblers to print and cut and that is it!  I added another box to the stack so I could continue to stack by the hundreds to keep track but when I get done with all the cutting I will see how many I can cram into each box so I don’t need to take all 4 with me in the camper.  “Tumbling into Insanity” is almost ready to begin work on!  This will be an easy mindless quilt top to work on in the confines of the small camper or on the chair outside when we are sitting around camp.  No design wall needed – just alternate plain tumbler – print tumbler!  I might work the quilt in quarter sections so that I won’t be working with rows longer than 54 inches – no need to drag in the dirt if I don’t need to when outside.  I am linking to Connie at Freemotion by the River

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I have not forgotten about this quilt top “Stairs through the Stars”– it has been sitting patiently  in line for me to get my interest back – I need to piece the back and baste – Mike has been redoing the wiring in back of the tv so the living room floor isn’t quite the place for basting at the moment so that is why the work on this hasn’t been done – it is my basting area after all.  The tv cabinet is pulled away from the wall and sticking out away from the wall – he says he will finish with that mess today – then I can get back to work on this.

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I didn’t work on Insanity Revisited Sunday night so no update there – maybe today?

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Sunday was a busy day and expect today well be too.  I spent a good part of the day helping Mike with some house stuff and then settled in the sewing room in the late afternoon for printing of tumblers and cutting – I now have 1,200 plain tumblers and 1,100 prints!

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These are all the prints that I need to cut (360 a couple extra tossed in I will put extra in the box of both plain and print just in case needed for some reason) – now that I know I have the same amount in the plain I felt like I just wanted to get these squares laid out to be ready to start to cut them today.  From my many packages of mini charms I have plenty left over for another project – I might scatter them throughout the postage stamp quilt that I started last week that is up on the design wall – I haven’t worked on it since last week as I have been busy doing other things but maybe I will get back to work on it this week for a little bit – I actually do not have a lot of 2.5 inch squares precut so these leftover from the packages will come in mighty handy.

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I started to put together the next row for the diamonds last night as we were settled in front of the tv to continue to watch our series on DVD that we have been watching for the last 3 or 4 weeks now.

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I was able to finish the end of row 3 of the blocks Saturday night and roll Insanity Revisited down work started on Row 4 (out of 13 rows of blocks) not too much longer before I will say I am half way done – row 7 half way through it is half way done – but I doubt I will get that far before we leave on our trip at the beginning of August.

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It is getting back to hot and humid and I will need to start to water the garden plants again – I imagine the sun will start to dry these plants out, especially the ones that haven’t been doing all that great to begin with.  Hope you all had a great weekend.

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Yesterday I decided it was time to buckle down and cut all the sheets of fabric that I needed for the plain tumblers for Tumbling Into Insanity.   I had been doing just a little at a time but I needed to know for sure how much fabric I had so I knew if I could make it the big queen size I wanted to.  I had plenty!  I have all cut (I believe) that I need and I have just about a whole 3 yards left on the bolt – that surprised me because I thought I started with 5 yards wrapped around that cardboard bolt but I got to thinking about it and I think it was probably 10 yards instead as I’m pretty sure if I have figured my numbers right it has taken about 6 yards to do the plain color tumblers – when you think of layout and although there is little waste 5 to 6 yards is probably right.  Linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Here is my stack of 8.5 x 11 inch fabric stacked up ready for pressing onto freezer paper and printing.

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I got about 20 sheets printed yesterday and cut apart.  I use about 4 pieces of freeze paper at a time and reuse and reuse until the fabric doesn’t stick anymore – 20 sheets of fabric later and those 4 pieces are still good to go for some more printing.

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1,000 each of plain and print tumblers – only 458 each left to do! Oops just realized I didn’t take a photo after I had cut another 100 of the plain – make that 1,100 plain already cut!  Almost done – it only takes hours of prep when you are making a big queen size and want them all cut before you start – otherwise of course you could do these a little at a time.

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Flowers from the front area by the driveway.  We are reaching the time of summer when it starts to really heat up and dry up – I wonder for this year – we are heading into a week of mid to high 90′s – yuck!! the flowers will start to dry up soon.  But they have been looking pretty longer than normal so that is great.

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This is becoming very over grown and this fall I will need to get busy as soon as we get home from our trip and start digging and dividing bulbs and plants.  And to think I never planted these orange flowers – a bulb washed in and multiplied! this will be the second time I need to divide them and spread them out around the yard.

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I don’t know the name of this lily but it sure is pretty – I only have a couple bulbs of this one but got about 5 or 6 flowers this year from it.

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