Friday, June 24, 2011

Reminded & 23 Things: Week 1

It's a good thing I was looking back through the blog. It reminded me that I made all those RWB string blocks.  Really must get them packaged up and sent off.

I'm going to be starting another series of Nebraska 2.0 online classes called 23 Things For Professional Development that will last for five months. Technology changes so fast that it's important to participate in opportunities like this to keep up. I'm hoping to learn at least a couple things I can put to work in my own life. After reading and learning about each thing we are required to write a blog post and then post the URL to the Library Commission's Nebraska 2.0 blog.  Since I already established this blog the last time around I will be using it.  Anyone who reads this for the quilting and general chit-chat can skip those posts......or you can read about what I'm learning and learn along with me.  Actually, I think I can count this as the post for Things 1 and 2.

For the blog browsing requirement for Thing 2 I found an overwhelming number of blogs from all over the world on the 23 Things site. I'm wondering if the Nebraska librarians will have a separate Nebraska list so we can read blogs of fellow participants from right here in our state.  I intend to read more of the ones on the "mother site" but won't always have time for many of those, interesting as they may be.

I did do a little bit of sewing this week on one of the steps to Roll Roll Cotton Boll. Mostly I've just been doing the cutting of the various strips used. That's the nice thing about doing the mystery long after it isn't a mystery any more....all the strips of each color can be cut at the same time even if they get used in another step.  Some of my pieces of fabric aren't all that big so while I cut for this quilt I'm also cutting other sizes of strips for the strip drawers.  Makes less fabric to go back into the yardage cabinets. I'm beginning to see a difference.

Sorry, no pictures this time. Everyone's seen strips of fabric before.

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Internet Provider

Today I got my TeleBeep Wireless Internet installed. Now I have a lovely satellite dish installed on the NE corner of my house to balance the Dish satellite on the SW corner.

The changeover was quick and painless, but I did learn that "wireless" means wireless for them but not for the customer. There is a wire that runs into the house to my wireless router. Speed tests before & after show the speed is almost three times faster than the DSL I had.  And $15-$20 a month cheaper. Yippee.  Monday I will give Frontier the bad news.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


.......the two buckets of strawberries from the previous post. That's one way to get out of cleaning them. Now I'm making a strawberry dessert out of those in the the small container. Yum.  Guess what?  DH is out picking more......really hope he doesn't find too many.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What I've Been Doing

How's that for a boring blog title?  It's another gray day that doesn't really inspire any creativity.  Not too hot but humid. The humidity lately has made the basement kind of damp and clammy so the air conditioner is running and so is the furnace fan, trying to get the air down there circulating and drying out. The biggest problem is the noise from the window AC. That steady loud drone about puts me to sleep. zzzzzzzzzzzz

After a Town Board meeting last night and a County Supervisor's meeting this morning, I've secured the funding for the library for another year  so I feel like I can goof off a little. At least after I get these cleaned and in the freezer....maybe make a strawberry dessert too :) :)

I like strawberries as much as the next person, but I'm really glad these are June bearers so I have to do this for a week or two and then I'm done. Ever bearing ones just go on and on and on.

Even though I still have quilt tops waiting to be quilted I just had to start playing with a new project so I've been sorting out strips and cutting more.

Can you look at this assortment and guess what it will be?  There was another part of this project completed and posted previously.  I may even have said what it was in that post......who remembers stuff like that??? :) :)

Missouri River flooding

Here are a couple videos I borrowed off Facebook and YouTube showing water being released at Gavins Point dam (video by Dave Rodekohr) and  flooding from around Niobrara and upstream (video by Wilcox Flying Service).                             



The Mighty Mo is showing it still has the power for massive devastation, even with all the dams along its length. When there is this much water it has to go somewhere and there is no stopping it. We've kind of forgotten that over the past 60 years.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Magic number

The magic number in this case is 60. As in 60 light string blocks finished for Bonnie Hunter's Roll Roll Cotton Boll. (Well, finished except for taking the paper off the backs.)

There are lots of parts to this quilt so I'll probably be showing periodic progress as it happens.

Last night we had our club family picnic out at Eileen's house. Such a nice evening of good food and good conversation with friends.  Just a nice evening overall...the weather cooperated with warm, not hot, weather, no crazy wind, birds singing, pheasants crowing.....very pleasant. We even had a little calf come try to join the party. It's what we used to call a "bucket calf" and I think when he heard Eileen's voice he came looking for her.