Saturday, September 24, 2016

Change of Plans

Riverton, Utah    High 61 Low 43

The weather here really took a change from the almost too warm to what feels quite cold to me. It has rained for two days. The snow level on the mountains is down a long way and a lot of the leaves have turned color.

We have been waiting on word from the Utah Department of Transportation on what they are going to offer for a home we own on a road that is being widened.. They are taking all of our property along with 130 other pieces of property on the east side of the road to widen it from the current 2 lanes to 5. It is a rental for us and we wanted to replace it with something else and we were told that we should hear from them in about 6 weeks from when the appraisers were out. It now has been 8 weeks and as we have still not heard anything, we decided to make plans to head to Yuma.

We were over visiting our friends Eddie and Barbara a few days ago and they went through the same thing a few years ago. They told us that from when they found out UDOT was taking their property to when it actually happened was 4 years and their advice was not to wait for them. I guess government agencies work at their own time frame without regard to the property owners.

So we have decided to leave in 2 weeks and if we have to come back, then so be it. Cindy and I are both ready to leave for warmer climates. It might still be a little warm in Yuma but we will get used to it.

In the mean time all the peaches, pears, and apricots have been picked and bottled or frozen. We have a lot of grapes, which we will juice next week.  The tomatoes only gave us enough to eat and we had to buy some for Cindy to bottle.

We have been working on quilts and Cindy has sewn some and I have quilted them. She has made 4 since we have been home. She plans on taking the baby quilts with us and she is deciding whether to give a class on making them in the park this winter.

The following are some of what she has been working on:

The back of the first quilt. She said she just used scraps on the whole quilt.
 Another scrappy quilt with a little different pattern for the blocks. She can't stand to throw any small pieces away and this is the result.

 One of the baby quilts with a flannel back.
 This is the other baby quilt. The pin wheels  on both are 3-D.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Quilt Show and The Awful Four Letter Word

Riverton, Utah        High 70 Low 46

Today was a lot more pleasant with a high of only 70. This afternoon it got windy and cool. Last night we had some rain and we can see snow on the tops of the mountains by us. I was ready for some cooler days, but I’m not ready for the awful four letter word. Why aren’t we in Yuma? Because it’s still way too hot there. I looked and the prediction is still for 106 degrees.

Cindy got some pictures of me installing a faucet on our secondary water system so she wouldn’t have to use culinary water for the yard. We’ve been in our home for 15 years and why install the faucet now, you might ask. It was because the city turned off the secondary water for 2 weeks and things got mighty dry. I haven’t seen the water bill yet, but using culinary water instead of secondary will probably be kind of high.

Cindy also took some pictures of two of the quilts we finished. The first is called Oh My Gosh and the blocks start out as one inch strips, and then are made into 2 inch squares, some with 9 patches. The picture with the quarter isn’t very clear, but you can get the idea of how small the pieces are.

This is a king size quilt in Christmas colors.
The second quilt was a kit we picked up in Alaska and has what looks like a scene from Alaska. I used a lot of different colors quilting it with different patterns for each section.

I played with the log cabins, even quilting a door knob on it.
Today we drove to the Springville Art Museum to see a quilt show they had there. There were a lot of nice quilts and Cindy took lots of pictures. I put some of the ones I liked best on this post.

This quilt was made in memory of a little girl that died using her clothes for the blocks.

I think this was best in show.

This next quilt is for all RVers.
This movable water feature is in the lobby of the Art Museum.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Short Note

Riverton, Utah    High 81 Low 55

The weather has moderated some and is a lot more pleasant.

The peaches are finally ripe and Cindy has been freezing some. There are still a lot to pick, but we are getting it done.

There were so many yellow-jackets, that I had to buy a bee trap. It seems to have helped some, but there are still a lot of them eating our fruit.

A lot of the pears seemed ripe and I picked a box of them and am currently waiting for them to finish ripening. I have tried some of them and they were sure tasty. We have been eating peaches for about a week and they are also good.

In between all this, I have quilted several quilts. Some have been for a customer and she seemed pleased with the result. She told me today that she wants me to quilt a couple more before we go to Yuma for the winter. Cindy always has me do a lot of fancy stuff on hers, so it take me a lot longer.

I wanted to put some pictures of hers on this post, but she wants to wait until she gets through with the binding.

I hope everyone out there is doing OK.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Birthday

Riverton, Utah      High 82 Low 57

The weather is starting to feel a lot more bearable. Can fall be far away?

Yesterday was our grandson, Skyler's, birthday. He is 11 years old. They sure grow up fast.
Taylor, who is six, is still a little ham. He likes to have his picture taken.
I also got a picture with both of them.
Skyler had one candle on a large piece of cake. He blew the candle out before I could get a picture of it burning.
You can see a little smoke from the candle.

Cindy has started to make peach syrup. Some of the peaches are finally ripe, while others are still rock hard. We have had a little wind the last few days and the ripe peaches end up on the ground. I have tried some of them and they are very good to eat. The poor tree has so many peaches on it that some of the branches have broken in spite of bracing them up. There are a lot of peaches on the larger peach tree. We also have a young peach tree, but it only has about 6 peaches on it.

After she gets the peaches finished, we will have to wait about a month before we can pick the grapes. The pears, while there aren't a lot, are getting big, but we don't know when we can pick them.

We have also been enjoying fresh tomatoes. We seem to get one or two ripe every day.

I also got my hearing aids and had to have some adjusting done on them. It is different being able to hear Cindy without her having to repeat what she tried to say to me. She likes it a lot better. I am still getting use to wearing them.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Food Cart

Riverton, Utah         High 86 Low 63

It is still fairly warm here. We have had very little rain since we’ve been home.

I’ve been busy doing chores around our home (since being home). The latest was to repaint the dryer and bathroom vent covers on the front porch. I thought about getting new ones, but none are made in the color I wanted, so Rust Oleum to the rescue, this time in some paint that say it will stick to plastic. The color is a little off, but is really close to the brick color.

They are a little darker than the bricks, but do look better.
I also am still quilting, the latest Cindy’s Christmas colored Oh My Gosh. It is mostly an overall pattern and is going fairly fast. Pictures of it later. Cindy did get a picture of one of the quilts I finished earlier this week.
I have been trying to get hold of my son Ted for a while. He is terrible about answering his phone or returning calls, but he finally sent a text the other night saying he wasn’t too far away with his Poutine cart. So we drove over to see him. Unfortunately, my little grandson and his mother had already left, so we didn’t get to see them. A little about Ted: a few years ago he got into selling Poutines part time doing a little traveling around the country with the cart. He liked it so much that he gave up his day job and is now doing the Poutine thing all the time. They travel all over the country to different events and from what he told me he is making a lot more money than when he worked for Dyno Nobel. It seems like a lot of work, but if he’s happy, good for him.

Kind of a wild paint job!
I finally went and ordered hearing aids. Cindy had got quite tired of repeating everything several times. They just arrived today and I haven’t tried them yet, but will tomorrow. I hope they work better than the last ones I had that somewhere I’ve lost. I get to try them out for a few days and then go back to the hearing aid guy for any fine tuning they need.

I also went back to the doctor and got a steroid injection in my knee that has been bothering me. The Doctor told me that most people get immediate relief and then the second day it bothers them for a little while. My relief was almost instant and I haven’t had any discomfort. My knee feels so much better. Cindy has been giving me a bad time about having to get a golf cart when we go back to Yuma, but says now I might not need it. We have been doing a little walking which is something I haven’t been able to do for the last couple of months.

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