Friday, January 22, 2010

It's about time.........

......that I did a blog post. The problem is that I haven't done anything blog-worthy.  I don't think anyone really wants to hear about the time I spend reading other people's blogs.....quilting, RVing, scrapbooking and genealogy blogs. All interesting, but time consuming.

At this point I will share a picture of what my world looks like today...and yesterday and the day before and probably into next week sometime.

Notice the glaze of ice over everything. It's been really foggy almost every night so the trees got covered with a heavy layer of frost. Mix in a little freezing drizzle and everything gets crunchy. Today it's freezing rain and wind with sleet and snow to come. Only an inch or two of snow is predicted but with the high winds also predicted it's supposed to be blizzard conditions in places. Yuck. From what I read on the blogs the weather is frightful all over the country, even down south where the RVer's go to get away from such miserable weather so I don't feel like I should complain too much.

Do you think a picture like the one above would qualify for my DDIL's photography class assignment to take pictures representing the "winter blues"?? I would think so, especially since it just goes on and on and on.

So, you'd think I would get lots of quilting done. Not really. I've had several people tell me that when the weather is so miserable they really don't feel like doing much. And when it's really bad they spend time going from window to window just looking out. I'm glad I'm not the only one. The only thing I finished for a while now is some QAYG blocks for Jay. I didn't even have my head together enough to take a picture of the blocks........just the box they were mailed in.

I have another five pillowcases cut out and I WILL work on finishing them today. [Notice the Scarlett O'Hara tone here.] Maybe I can mention too that January has been a paperwork month so far. Annual state library report, the next form in line for the E-rate application and so on and so on. Plus working on computers.

When I got to work yesterday there was a note that some of the computers couldn't get on the Internet. That was an easy enough fix....the electrical cord to the switch had been knocked loose just enough to not make a connection but not enough to be easily noticed by looking at it. Pushed in the plug all the way and all was well. One computer wasn't so well though and it took reinstalling Windows to fix it, then reinstalling the programs and settings. Luckily it is a public use computer and there weren't any important files to lose. Wednesday night a friend brought me her laptop that was infected with one of those fake anti-virus viruses, plus a couple other things, and I cleaned that up. I've done several that were infected with this type of virus and each time it's a little bit different though it does seem that with every boot-up it attaches to more files. So, keep your Anti-Virus program up to date. Also Spybot Search and Destroy....use the immunize feature.... and Ad-Aware. I'm careful about all these and very rarely have a problem. Also, if you use the Firefox browser, get the Ad Blocker add on.

Stay warm, stay dry and watch your step on the ice. Oh yeah, keep the bugs off your computers so I can keep reading your blogs.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Heat wave

Wow, it warmed all the way to -5 today.  I hear it might get up into the teens tomorrow.  Guess I'll have to go to work, won't I? Actually it will be good to get out and go somewhere.  I haven't been out since Monday and that's getting a bit much even if I am a hermit at heart. Most of the blogs I've read lately talk about the cold and show snow pictures. I'm skipping the pictures, but if you want to see snow just refer to JenniferQuilts and DakotaCityQuilter.  It looks pretty much the same here.

I keep doing a little more sewing....made 18 QAYG blocks yesterday and cut out another five pillowcases today. Then I got side-tracked by genealogy. A friend called & we talked genealogy for awhile. Then I had to spend some time doing a little, time flies when you're on the computer. LOL  I did find an obituary for someone in a family that I would like a little more information on....well, a lot of information really.. After that branch of the Veenker family moved to Oregon the trail gets pretty slim.  I looked up the widow's address & will have to write to her.

Sewing and the computer have really cut down on my reading time. So I've started putting audio books on my MP3 player and listening while I sew, play on the computer and do things around the house. I get frustrated with the player though because the bookmark feature is worthless....or maybe I'm too dumb to figure it out. I have found though that if I just shut it off, when I turn it back on it starts up where it left long as I don't push any buttons.

Well, that's about it here.  Spring can't come soon enough to suit me.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

In the icebox...............

.............that's where I am now..........snow, wind, icy cold.  Windchills for tonight and tomorrow are predicted to be around minus 35 to minus 50 or so..........and the snow falls off and on.  I'm seeing a snow day for myself tomorrow. It sure puts a dent on the paycheck but if it comes to a choice between a fatter paycheck and staying in where it's warm, I'll choose warm.  Who knows how deep the drifts will be by morning......there's no crust on top of the snow from the Christmas blizzard so it will be drifting right along with the new stuff. Where's global warming when you need it? I hear it's in the 70s in L.A. during the daytime and if I liked cities at all I might be tempted to go there. LOL

I've been working on my pillowcases for the One Million Pillowcase project.  Fifteen are about done and I have fabric pulled for another five.  Photos coming soon.  Once the pillowcases are done I'm going to make some QAYG blocks for Jay in Fremont for his nursing home project and then I'd like to make a string quilt for Alycia's QOV project. That should keep me going through January don't you think?

Friday, January 1, 2010

It's A New Year

The New Year is a whole new, empty slate. Time to forget the crap & failures of 2009. A chance to start over. The beginning of a new year always seems so fresh and clean.

I don't make New Year's resolutions, but if I did I wouldn't have a very good grade for all the usual ones in 2009....weight loss, finish UFOs, get organized, start exercising, get over those genealogy brickwalls, get all the old family pictures scanned, scrap the more recent pictures, etc. I will just keep plugging away in my efforts at all of these in the coming year......BUT, I am not making any resolutions!!! LOL

Happy New Year's everyone. Enjoy the day and a whole new start in a new year.