Sunday, October 24, 2021

She Promised She Would Be Good, And Then She Wasn't

 Riverton, Utah          High 54 low 37

It has rained a lot here for the last two days and feels really chilly outside. 

We needed to deliver some quilts to four of our great grand-kids, two in Spanish Fork and two west of Orem. Cindy wanted to go look at some of the quilt stores near there that we haven't been to for a while. She said she only wanted to look and not buy anything......Can you see where this is going?

The first two stores everything went as promised with us just looking. But in the third store she found a quilt hanging on the wall that she liked. She really liked the quilting and----it was a kit with a pattern. 

So if you haven't guessed by now, the kit and pattern somehow came home with us. Now I have to find out where to get the border pattern or make it up on my machine. I can make it, but I would rather find a designer that already has it made and buy it. The rest of the quilt will take some time to quilt, but I can do the designs without any problem.

I have also been quilting, one for Cindy and one for my new customer. She has 2 grand-babies due and wanted me to quilt them before we leave for Yuma. The first one was on my last post. This one is a little larger.

The one I did for Cindy is a large (king size) quilt with lots of pieces. By my math, there are 5,746 pieces in this quilt. Luckily she let me do an over-all. She gives me a hard time when I can quilt it in a lot less time than it took her to piece it. 

We also went to an estate sale and we really hit the jackpot. We got a whole car load of good stuff for a grand total of $22.00. Included were 15 DVDs, batting packages for 2 twin size quilts, and Cindy even found an Anita Goodesign pattern. I looked up the price on the embroidery disc and it alone would cost $35.00. There are lots of basket type containers.

I found the exact white fleece blanket for $34.99 at Amazon.

It's a good thing we don't find that good of yard sale all the time.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Awful Four Letter Word

 Riverton, Utah      High 63 Low 34

The Weather went from pleasant to cold and snowy almost over night. Here it froze overnight for a few days with snow one day and rain several days. The mountains East and West of us have snow on them. 

I'm ready to head south as soon as possible.

We went to a High School Concert that our grand-son is in the choir. It was music from around the world. There were a lot of students in the choir. Devon says he likes doing it, so we went to help support him.

And of course I have to post some of the quilts I have finished. The first one is one of Cindy's 3D quilts.

The next one is one I quilted for a new customer. She must have liked it, because she brought a new one for me to quilt today. 

She didn't want an overall pattern on the first one and she spent quite a long time here today picking patterns for the second one. She seems to know what she wants and I showed her what they look like on the computer. 

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Monday, October 4, 2021

It's October and Really Looking Like Halloween Now

 Riverton, Utah        High 79 Low 50

It is starting to feel a lot more like fall. Cool night and fairly warm days. Next week the weather guessers are predicting freezing temperatures and a chance of snow one day.

Today, I guess a crisis was averted. Facebook was down for a while and they managed to get it going again before there were riots from FBW (that's FaceBook Withdrawal). Am I ever glad. LOL

The neighbors I took pictures of their decorations last post,  got their lights going and it looks a lot more like Halloween. 

The coffin, on the shoulders, has a motor that lifts the lid a little way and then recloses to look like someone trying to get out.

There is a ghost in the window that moves around. 

This little building has a floor that is set up to sink as soon as you step on it. It is a little unnerving when you don't expect it.

These witches were stirring their brew.

A better picture of the ghost. Also the books move in and out on the shelves of the bookcase.

And, of course, another quilt which we finished.

This is the quilt still on the machine before I got the binding sewed on. Cindy found most of the squares for this quilt at a yard sale which she paid $4.00 for the blocks which were pre-cut. We did have the material for the back.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

It's starting to look like Halloween

 Riverton, Utah        High 84 Low 57

It's starting to get a little cooler. We still have some smoke in the Salt Lake Valley but not as bad as it was. It is supposed to cool off a lot by Thursday.

Penny makes (as if she were big enough to make me do anything I don't want to do) me take her for a walk most evenings. More about that later.

One of our neighbors that really gets into Halloween is getting ready to have her annual show. Last year they won first place for the Riverton Halloween Decorating Contest. I asked her if she was trying to win again, and she told me she doesn't know if they are having the contest this year.

These look a lot better with the lights on, rather than during the daytime. They are going to light them up at the end of this week and I'll try to put more pictures on the post then.

Cindy found a really nice cabinet for her Fat Quarters for $20.00 at a yard sale in our neighborhood. It is the perfect size for the small fabric pieces.  

And of course I have been fairly busy quilting. Cindy made some baby quilts.

I also finished a small quilt for my customer. She made it for a new grand-daughter.

Today I went to the Doctor for my annual wellness check. I had visited the vampires earlier for the blood tests. The Doctor said not much change in a year, so he felt like I would continue to live. Actually he told me I was in pretty good shape for my age. 

One of the questions the technician asked was if I did any exercise. She was happy to hear that I went for walks with Penny, and said that did count as exercise, even though I walk two miles and Penny probably walks three. She has a favorite route and has to smell all the pee-mail every day. Maybe to make sure there haven't been any new dogs on her grass along the way. 

Now you might think Penny is a little spoiled, but you would be wrong. She is a lot spoiled. She really is the Queen of the roost.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

I've Been Busy

 Riverton, Utah       High 88 Low 55

I've had a project that has been waiting on me since we went to Panguitch. While we were there we noticed that every time we used the kitchen sink, we could see water coming out from underneath the fifth wheel. I almost decided to see what the problem was while we were there, but the burrs in our spot were bad enough that I decided to wait until we got back to Riverton. Now I'm glad I waited.

Meanwhile it has been so hot that I really didn't want to work outside at all. It finally cooled off enough, and I'm all caught up with quilting Cindy's quilts, so I decided to tear into the under-belly cover and see what was going on. 

It was a lot of work getting the bottom cover off with out tearing it, which would be hard to do anyway, but I had to cut around some hydraulic lines and a brake line.

I was hoping for an easy fix, but no such luck. after I got the cover down, I could see some cracks in the tank, which meant take it out. There are sensor wires and I knew the intake pipe had to be disconnected, but I didn't know about the vent, which gave me fits getting to it so I could cut the elbow out of the top enough to get it down. This later made for a lot rougher time putting the tank back, but I solved that problem by using plumber's couplings which use hose clamps around a stainless band around the rubber coupling (in case it ever need to come out again).

I thought at first maybe a rock had flown up and cracked the tank, but after thinking about it, it might have been damaged when we broke the spring in Oregon, I think that because I had a brake line rust through after a few trips from then. 

These pictures don't quite show all the damage, because the rib in the middle of the tank had a crack
 about halfway along the rib. I tried to see if I could get a replacement tank, but with shipping it would have cost almost $1000, not to mention the time it would take to get it, so I looked on YouTube to see if there were anyone that had repaired a tank. There were several and most of them just used ABS glue using acetone to clean the tank. The method I used said to make a little thicker paste using shavings from cutting ABS pipe and using fiberglass window screen instead of fiberglass fabric for reinforcement. The cloth doesn't allow enough glue to get through.

The next picture has the fiberglass on top of the tank ready for another coat of glue.

And here it is finished waiting to dry. From the glue you can now see how far the crack extended along the rib. 

It takes a while for the glue to dry properly between coats, but I got it repaired to the point I felt good about putting it back in, so this morning early I started to replace the tank. It really would have been easier with help, but I finally got it done.

By the time I got to where I could put the under-belly back, it was almost too warm to work outside again, but I decided to finish it. At this point, all I have left are the inside pipe and the vent pipe to hook up, but they will wait until tomorrow morning.

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