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Monday, September 18, 2017

I'm Ready to Go

Riverton, Utah          High 80 Low 54

The last few days have been very pleasant and a lot cooler than it has been. August and the first part of September were setting records almost daily.

We have been busy with more tomatoes and Cindy wanted more mulch for her flower beds, which we finally got taken care of Saturday.

One of our neighbors had a large crop of tomatoes and cantaloupe of which he told us to take what we wanted. Cindy even tried fried green tomatoes which weren't too bad.

I'm almost through quilting the quilts Cindy wanted to take with her to Yuma. I try to remember to get some pictures of them on a future post.

I need to get our truck and trailer licenses renewed in the first of October and Penny needs to get one shot before we leave.

I would like to leave now, but it is still a little warm in Yuma, so we will wait until the first part of October to head south for the winter.

Jana Clark mentioned freezing you credit with the three reporting agencies so I thought it probably was a good idea so I went on line to take care of it. The first two went pretty smoothly but TransUnion asked a lot of questions trying to make sure I was who I said I was. For instance what year my Chev suburban was. The only problem is I haven't owned a Chev suburban for at least 10 years. And what year my Subaru was. The last time I owned a Subaru was probably in 1989. Anyway to make a long story short they sent me a notification that I would have to call them.

I called this morning expecting to talk to a real person but instead the phone service took over and asked a few very basic questions, zip code, house numbers, and so on. I was finished in less than 5 minutes, while I was on the computer for about 30 minutes and then got turned down. Go figure.

All thing considered, it probably is a good idea to freeze the credit based on Equifax getting hacked.
We really don't have to have it checked very often and it seems to be easy to take the freeze off for a while if needed.

We both have been really busy while we've been home and I'm looking forward to getting to Yuma so I don't have to work quite so hard.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Little Shadow, Quilts, Tomatoes and Bad Air

Riverton, Utah                 High 91 Low 63

The weather has been setting records for September almost every day. In Ogden, which is about 30 miles north of Salt Lake, A fire started yesterday morning which burned at least 6 homes and forced evacuation of several thousand people. Along with all the other fires burning in Utah and Idaho the air quality here has been really bad.

Normally when we look toward the mountains we have a nice clear view. This picture will give some idea of how much smoke is in the air.
You can barely see the mountain and today was even worse.
I have been working of quilts and every time Taylor is home he wants to help. Lots of the time he sits on my lap wanting to cut the thread. He also likes to wind bobbins which does help but I have to tell him how many or her would have too many of whatever color we are using at the time.

Cindy had one of our neighbors give us lots of tomatoes, so she and Heather have been busy bottling them. They probably got close to 40 bottles plus some Cindy froze to take with us to Yuma.
This is only part of them.
This afternoon she had me cut some dead branches from the fruit trees and cut a large limb off the apple tree that was pushing against our back fence. She was afraid that if it got any bigger it would break the vinyl fence.

We are only about 4 weeks till we leave for Yuma. I can't wait so I don't have to work quite so hard.

When we are home we always find lots to do.

We did get a new lawn mower. It has electric start so I won't hurt myself pulling on the starting rope. LOL The old one was over 25 years old and I guess it was time to replace it.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Grandkids and Quilts


Riverton, Utah             High 92 Low 63

We are still having record breaking heat in Salt Lake Valley. In addition the air quality is very poor because of all the fires.

Last Friday was Skyler’s birthday. He turned 12. We had a little party for him and had cake. He got some presents he liked.


We had my grandkids that live in Idaho come and visit us for a little while yesterday. We haven’t seen them for a while and they sure are growing. My son couldn’t make it because he had to stay and do some kind of work.   

Left to right: Mika 13, Sage 15, Me old, my daughter-in-law Bridgett, and my shadow Taylor in front of Me 7. 
Of course, my little shadow, Taylor had to get in one of the pictures. Whenever he is home and I’m doing my quilting, he wants to help. Sometimes he just slows me down but he thinks he’s helping. I can’t say too much to him because I don’t want him to feel bad. He is 7 and will soon be 8.

I finally got in the mood to finish up Cindy’s giant Christmas quilt. She finished sewing it together in 2013 and I worked on it for a while that winter. It is square and is so large that I had to take my machine apart to quilt the outsides. It took almost a whole week to finally get it quilted. Now all that’s left is the binding which is Cindy’s part. I think she started doing the embroidery on it in 2010. It had been a long project.




I got the stitches out of my hand today and the Dr seemed to think everything looked OK. It still hurts when I bump it but it is feeling a lot better than when I cut it open.

We are still staying busy.


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I Got in a Fight With the Lawn Mower And Guess Who Won

Riverton, Utah         High 90 Low 64

It has been unusually warm in Salt Lake Valley for some time now. According to the weather guessers we are setting records almost daily. Last time I heard, August was the hottest it has ever been for the month.

We both have been very busy, so much that we are looking forward to going to Yuma. I finally decided to quilt Cindy's very large embroidered Santa quilt. I started it two years ago and finally got in the mood to try to finish it. Cindy has been busy making more quilts so I don't get caught up.

Last Friday I noticed a yard sale that had fabric. It wasn't too far from us so we went to see if they had anything worthwhile. Boy, did they. Full bolts of good batiks for $2.00 a yard. And yes, we gave in and bought some (70 + yards). We think you can never have too much fabric.

We are sorry to hear about all the damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. From the TV, it looks like very severe damage which will take a long time to recover from.

Now to the part of this Post which talks about the title. I was trying to start our lawnmower that we haven't used for a while. There is a bar you have to hold to get ignition while pulling the starter rope. I was pulling and it didn't want to start and I gave it a big pull and it must have backfired. The starter rope pulled out of my right hand with the handle hitting the top of my left hand. It really hurt and I looked down and was bleeding about as bad as any cut I've ever had. It looked bad enough to probably need stitches, so off to the Insta-care we went. While the Doctor was cleaning the cut out it looked like the Grand Canyon in the top of my hand. It actually was only about a half inch deep and the Doctor said I would probably loose the flap of skin and he put 4 stitches in my hand.

So in the fight with the Lawn Mower, who won? Of course the lawn mower won. Maybe it time to invest in a new one.

When they took the old bandage off and looked to make sure there was no infection, they said everything looked good. It will be about 8 more days before the stitches come out. At least it doesn't hurt like it did for the first two days.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse Day


Riverton, Utah          High 88 Low 62

Today was cloudy all day and thunder showers are predicted for tonight and tomorrow and then it is supposed to be unusually hot.

We got to watch the partial eclipse yesterday. Salt Lake had about 92% eclipse. What we noticed was although it was a clear day; it got darker like a cloudy day. During the eclipse we were only getting about half the solar production on our home compared to the day before at the same time.

Another thing I noticed was fuzzy shadows. The first on I noticed was the extra shadow from the truck then the tree leaf shadows looked different.

I tried to take a picture of the eclipse with my phone but it didn’t look any different than the sun with the exception of a small crescent below the main picture that was what we were seeing.
 The small image below the sun is what we were seeing.

Nancy
’s pictures of the eclipse, the suns crescent went from left over the top then to the right. What we saw went from left to the bottom and then to the right. She was north of the total while we are south. It was kind of neat to see. 

Thanks, Nancy for the picture.
Before the eclipse started, I put leaf guards in our rain gutter to stop the ice that came off the solar panels from plugging the gutter. Before we left on our summer travels we notice water running down the side of the house from the ice, so I felt like I had to do something to stop the water. Hopefully the leaf guards let the ice go off the roof instead of into the gutters.



What I'm holding is the perforated leaf guard that stops leaves while letting water through.
We have got most of the things taken care of before we can go to Yuma. The main thing we are waiting for now is cooler weather there. 111 degrees is way too hot for us.


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Update On Cindy's Mom

Riverton, Utah         High 92 Low 64

It was a nice day today. According to the weather guessers there may or may not be clouds for the partial eclipse tomorrow. We are supposed to get about 92% which is plenty for me. We didn't feel like going to Idaho with all the other millions that will be there tomorrow. All the reports say lots of traffic going north.

We went to see Cindy's Mom last Sunday and she looked better than she did our whole trip. I helped her with a puzzle for a while.

She got to go home Friday and we talked to her for a little while.

Cindy and I have been busy doing things around home and I have been busy quilting, both for Cindy and two ladies in our neighborhood. It's good that I don't have a quilting machine in Yuma or that is probably all I would be doing.

We are down to less than 6 weeks until we head south to Yuma. I still have lots of little things to do before we leave in between quilting for Cindy.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Meeting New Friends

Riverton, Utah    High 83 Low 63

It was a little cooler today and we got a few rain drops. The air looks polluted and I guess from a fire somewhere.

We drove into Salt Lake City for lunch with fellow bloggers, Mike and Sandy Mills of Phannie and Mae. We found them to be a friendly and easy to like couple. We went to the Old Spaghetti Factory and we all seemed to like our lunch. After lunch we stayed and talked for a while. We have found most bloggers that we  meet are just friends we haven't yet met.


We talked about some of our travels and compared notes.

Mike said they plan on being in Arizona this winter and we hope to be able to get together there.

I had read some of their problems while they we in Indiana and Mike reiterated some of them.

We were there at the same time they were but were so busy with Cindy's Mom that I didn't contact them to get together.

We went to Orem to see her Sunday and she seemed to be doing OK. Linda told us that she will be going home from the Rehab facility in a week and a half so I guess the doctors think she is OK also.

We had ADT out yesterday to get our alarm system going and what they thought would be a 4 hour job ended up taking him 9 hours. At least he was persistent. The major problem seemed to be the original wiring to the key pads. It took him a long time to figure it out. Now we are protected again and I got the new app for my phone.

Cindy has been busy working on making quilts and I have been busy doing quilting.

I hope every one out there is doing alright.

Thanks for visiting.