Friday, July 24, 2020

Finally Quilting

Riverton, Utah    High 87  Low 64

We got a little rain this afternoon. It was a little cooler than it has been.

We have been working hard since we got home and the yard finally looks like we have done something. One of the past posts showed a big mess in the back yard, which is now gone.

It looks a lot better.

Cindy got a lot of flowers planted and her pots placed and filled with mulch. She says she is waiting until fall to plant them.

This squash is getting big, but so far no squash.

Cindy's tomatoes are quite large and we have had a few cherry tomatoes.

We both think the back yard looks a lot better than it did with all the weeds.

We also finally got the carpet re-stretched and it looks a lot better. I don't know why it took so long to get anyone here to do it, but the man that came out did an excellent job and I thought it would take him a lot longer than it actually did.

These next pictures of of a Lonestar quilt I finished. Cindy has been sewing down the binding.

I am now working on a dog quilt. I added extra batting where each dog's picture is, and it make the dogs really pop out. I have tried to show how much on the pictures, but they really don't show what I wanted.

This edge view kind of shows how high the dog pictures stand up. Hopefully one of the great grand kids likes the quilt. We don't know which one will get it.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Still Staying Busy

Riverton, Utah        High 93 Low 62

Since we have been home we both have been working hard to get our home back in shape.

We finally got rid of all the weeds and hauled the tree trimmings to the landfill to be made into mulch. While I was there I got  load of mulch to cover the outside of our back yard and to fill the large pots Cindy put out for flowers.

I had repairs and painting to do in two bedrooms that we will turn into guest bedrooms in our basement.

Cindy is almost finished with the mulch and I got through with the painting.

Now we are trying to get a bid to re-stretch some of the carpet in various parts of the house. I seem to have trouble getting a bid from the first carpet place I called, it has been almost two weeks since he looked at it, and so today I called someone else. I hope they are not too busy to take my money. I would like a bid and we want to get the stretching done. We have moved some of the book cases and curio cabinets, so we would like to get them put back in place.

Right now we are glad we are not in Arizona where not only is it going to hit 120 degrees, but the coronavirus seems to be adding lots more cases every day. 

It seems like Cindy and I are busy every day and I told her that lately Home Depot seems to be my favorite store.

Today I hauled a carload of stuff that Cindy decided we had in storage too long to the local charity store.We have been trying to get our storage room so it is not so cluttered. We both feel like if we haven't used it for 10 years, why keep it.

No pictures today but I will try to get some next time.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Back In Utah

Riverton, Utah                  High 84 Low 60

We decided to come back to Utah for several reasons, not the least was the temperature. It got to 109 in Yuma today and looks to stay hot. Also I have been watching the count on Yuma County coronavirus and it has been going up a lot for the last little while. There have been well over a hundred new cases every day for a while with 233 added  today alone. The total is now at 5364 with the hospital at capacity. We felt we would be safer in the Salt Lake City area.

We have both been working almost none stop since we got home. The first day Cindy picked a garbage can of weeds and has had me trim some of our trees.

We have got quite a large pile of leaves and weeds.

Penny has been feeling better and has to check out everything. Since we got back to Utah, she doesn't want to be left alone. If we go outside, she follows us. When we come inside we have to be careful because she will be right behind us.

We have been clearing out some of our planting area so Cindy could put out some pots we bought a long time ago at a yard sale. The kids buried them in our back garage and we finally were able to get to them.

The largest pot is going to go in the middle of the planting circle in our walk-out patio. Cindy and my daughter Paula thought it would look good there. I need to build the circle up with more dirt before we can take the pot down the stairs.

Any way, we have been busy working almost non-stop and we are both getting wore out.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Update On Penny

Yuma, Arizona               High 109 Low 69

It has been very warm again. 

After her tooth extraction, Penny wanted to be held all the time. She did get better about taking her medications. We finally finished the last of the antibiotics last night so she doesn't have to have them any longer.

When we put the cone of shame on her she would go into a corner and look at the wall and just sit there. We are sure she thought we were punishing her. We didn't put it on very often except at night for the first few nights and that is part of why we held her as much as we did.

She finally quit trying to chew her foot and we haven't had to put it on her lately. She is eating better and acts like she feel a lot better, however she still swallows most of her food whole. I guess that's not unexpected with not many teeth. We are glad to see her feeling better.  She has a follow up Vet appointment next Tuesday and then we plan on leaving next Friday for Utah.

We have been working on a quilt kit Cindy has had for a while. It had some fairly easy paper piecing in the middle part of the blocks. We did get it finished although this picture only shows the blocks.

Cindy thinks with all the protests and coronavirus going on, that we should have a cabin somewhere in the trees with a little stream running past it off somewhere all by ourselves.

We are both looking forward to some cooler temperature in Utah.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Still In Yuma

Yuma, Arizona               High 111 Low 80

From the temperature here it is a good thing for an AC that works. We don't go out much and we are glad we are in a house and not our fiver.

Yesterday Penny had an appointment with the Veterinarian for teeth cleaning and we thought a few teeth pulled. I had to have her there at 7:15 in the morning and they told me they would call when we could pick her up. It is kind of like pick-up at the grocery store: when you get there you call and tell them you are there and they send someone out to pick up Penny. They are masked and they take her inside.

After about 30 minutes I got a call from the Veterinarian to tell me that when they x-rayed Penny's jaw, the infection and decay was a lot worse than they thought at first and that their estimate of charges was going to be about double what they thought last time. Instead of being a thousand dollars, it was going to cost up to two thousand. I ended up paying eighteen hundred. Of coarse I told them to go ahead. They told me they had to pull 21 of her teeth which is one half.

Finally at about 1:00 I got a call to pick her up at 2:30. She was still a little groggy. they told me that the pain killer they gave her was good for 24 hours and to give her more this morning. By about 10:00 she started to hurt but I didn't dare give her the pain killer, so Cindy and I and Penny all  had a bad night. Also they cautioned me about not letting her scratch her jaw, so I put the cone of shame they gave me on her for the night. We were afraid that while we were sleeping she might do some damage to the stitches.We still have to watch her but as long as we hold or watch her we haven't put the cone back on. Right after I first put the cone on her, she somehow got out of it and I had to tie it on better.

With her pain meds she acted a lot better today but we can tell she is still in pain She isn't eating much but is doing a little better. She sure wants us to hold her most of the time.

The vets want to look at her on the 16th, so we will be here at least till then. We are hoping it doesn't get much warmer before we are able to leave.

We did finish another UFO. This time a nursery rhyme embroidered quilt. There were two sizes of blocks and we didn't have a pattern, so we had to figure out how to lay it out.

I think it turned out pretty well.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

These Times Are Bringing Out The Good And The Bad

Yuma, Arizona           High 102 Low 73

With the Coronavira thing going on, we are watching reports on TV of some very good things people are doing for others, even giving some people food and face masks, but we are also watching lots of violence over the killing by a policeman in Minnesota. While I can't condone what the police man or the other police did, having people loot and burn businesses is very wrong.

We watched a Salt Lake City TV station live last night showing all the rioting going on in Salt Lake City. Two cars were burned, rocks and glass bottles thrown at police (and newscasters). There was lots of damage to apartment buildings and cars in one of the new car lots. A lot of the rioting and damage was within a block of where Cindy worked for the Utah State Board of Education office, so it meant a lot to her. We would have never believed it would happen at our home state. The Salt Lake mayor put a curfew on the City from 8:00 last night until 6:00 AM tomorrow. We watched a lot of the protesters getting arrested. Cindy watched a TV scene where an old man with a cane was walking in Salt Lake, and because of the curfew, a policeman pushed him to the ground. Why couldn't he have just told him about the curfew instead of just pushing him? We wondered if maybe the man just didn't know about the curfew.

We saw a report that a lot of the looters back east are people that have come in from out of state.

Today the Arizona Governor ordered a nighttime curfew for the whole state for the next week.

Cindy did watch some peaceful protesting with police and protesters peacefully walking side by side which is probably the good thing. Here in Yuma, There were people out with signs yesterday, but we didn't hear about any violence or property damage.

I'm sorry to write about this, but we want to be able to remember what went on at this time in our lives.

When we watch the protests there is no such thing as social distancing so the number of virus cases will probably go up.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Just A Little Hot

Yuma, Arizona           High 108 Low 75

It's a good thing for air conditioning. Whenever we go outside after about 9:00 in the morning, it's like getting hit with a furnace.

Today I went to Fry's and used their pick-up service. The main problem I can see with the pick-up area is that there is no shade. I had to leave the truck running while I waited to get my order and the truck's outside thermometer kept going higher and higher. The following picture is the hottest I saw while waiting:

128 degrees Fahrenheit is awfully hot. I'm sure glad the truck AC works.

While we are still here Cindy and I finished up another UFO (Un-Finished Object for you non quilters). This one was a kit that Cindy says we bought in Soldotna, Alaska the summer we were there at a yard sale. We have had the kit since 2013, that's a long time to keep a UFO. It is Called Early Snow and is supposed to be a wall hanging. Cindy always says her walls don't need to be kept warm and so we added the flying geese and two more borders and turned it into a throw.

The deer, snow and tree on the right side are applique. The main part of the quilt is Bellagio.

I have been watching a bird in a nest at the grass where I take Penny. I am pretty sure there are babies but if so, they stay pretty well hidden. I did get a picture with the mother sitting on the nest.

Penny's tooth appointment is next Tuesday and then we will think about going back to Utah.

We have been notified that our Church is opening up again, but with lots of restrictions: Families sit together no closer than 6 feet to anyone else and only every other row. Face masks are recommended but not mandatory. For now anyone over 65 or any illness are asked not to attend and the meeting will be shortened. There will be no song books and they are asking that everyone leave immediately after the service and not to come early. They are trying to be careful with the corona-virus thing. How life has changed for everyone!

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