Sunday, June 13, 2021

Interested in moving to Las Vegas?

Any one out there interested in moving to the south west? Vegas or Arizona. Might want to rethink it if you don't like heat. And it is only the middle of June! No gradual warming this year - just jumped right into the high one hundred high teens. 

No more walking in the mornings for me for a while. Notice it is not even cooling down at night. Some forecasts are saying closer to 120...sure hope they are wrong. That AC bill is going to be high. 

I have a box of eight puzzles from the National Park series. So far I've done four of them. Kind of pretty. And not at all easy. 
I've finished my quilt except for the label. Baby won't be here until sometime in August. But it was fun working on it. I had all the material except for the pink and the blue. So got to use up a lot of my "stash." It is a little bigger than crib size but not quite twin. 
Just a closer look at the squares. For some reason I got the bright idea to add the faeries. I had the material so why not use it. Made it a little more girly, but added quite a bit more work to it that I really hadn't planned on doing. 


This is the backing. I've had this for a long time wondering what to do with it. 
Thought it went with the front pretty good. 
About the faeries - I fussy cut them. That is following the outline instead of cutting them in say circles leaving a lot of background material on them. Then I fused - used sticky material to put them on the quilt. Well the sticky material did not stick so well so that meant I had to top stitch all of them.  
So went and bought invisible thread - it is so invisible I couldn't see it to thread the needle - which I had to buy, for invisible thread use - tiny tiny hole. So had to use a marker to color the end of the thread to see it. Then discovered I had to change the tension on the machine - crap didn't remember how to do that. Hunted for the owners manual. Okay that was easy and luck was with me everything went smoothly and all twelve faeries are applicaded  [even spell check couldn't help me there] stitched on. And you can't even see the thread!
Now I'm going to watch the NASCAR All Star race. Yesterday my favorite drivers truck team won a race and he won a race. So maybe his luck will hold today. Dennis was the only son who liked NASCAR - so missed his texts yesterday. Little things that come up. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

And the days go by.

The days continue to go by. First I want to thank every one for their thoughts, hugs and prayers. I do want to talk a little about Dennis. His birthday is in 6 days, he would have been 63. For the past year and a half his health has been poor and was continuing to worsen. He had heart and lung problems and was just diagnosed with liver problems. So the call we received was not unexpected but - I don't know how to put it - kind of a relief. There was no - you'll feel better or having good days any more. He succumbed to a heart attack. We of course are devastated to lose another son. But we did not wish for him to continue to suffer. This is his senior year picture. He had gone to school that day in "farmer" overalls. Suddenly he came flying through the front door - "It's picture day. I have to change my clothes." This is the result. It doesn't seem that long ago.

A picture he had taken for me to add to my old west family collection. 
We will always love and miss him. 
On to lighter things. My little bush in the back surprised me by really blooming. Life goes on in beautiful ways. 
I was sitting out on the back patio the other morning watching the sun rise - Just thought this looked pretty. 
The sun rise over the desert. 
Mother Nature helps to heal sad hearts. 
On to other things. I think I mentioned we both had appointments with the cardiologist - well that was yesterday. We both got clean bills of health. Every things is good - come back in a year. Sigh of relief. So now we are starting to plan a summer vacation - going to try to find some place cooler. By the end of this week the temperatures will be back up to 115 or higher. Even "dry heat" is hot at that high. 
Another gift from Mother Nature - sunset the other night. 


These were taken with my new camera. Actually it is the exact same camera that I've been using for the last several years. Guess I just took too many pictures with the old one. It got to the point it wasn't usable any more. Every time I turned it on it shut its self off again. I like the features it had so replaced it with the same one. So everyone will have to continue to suffer with my lack of control with pictures. 
For some reason I woke up and got up at 3:45 this morning. I should really put my shoes on and go out to walk before the sun is completely up. Did walk of 3.24 miles on Tuesday and yesterday only made 2 miles as it got hot quickly. The sun beating down on me really wears me out. And I've been using an umbrella to keep some of the sun off. Not working.
And that is all that's been going on around here. 


Sunday, June 6, 2021

So many things I should have said

 

It is with a heavy heart that we say Goodbye to our oldest son Dennis Mitchell Chadd. He would have been 63 in two weeks. 



Friday, June 4, 2021

Sunrise and Sunset

 Bill is in living room watching the hockey game. I sure hope they win tonight. They are down two games, but playing here in Vegas tonight. 

The sunset the other night. Liked the rays up into the clouds. 

I "lifted" this from the Internet. Just liked it. 

We have a little bush in the back of our side/front yard. It has had a really rough life since we planted it about five years ago. The first year it had just started to grow when we had a terrible wind storm that tore it in two. Just left a little straggly piece of it. The next year the drip sprinkler didn't work and we were gone for a while and when we got home it was almost dead. Didn't think it would make it. But every spring it has slowly gotten bigger. This year for the first time it bloomed!
It has beautiful little flowers on it and it blooms most of the summer. 
Standing next to the bush looking towards the street - our side/front yard is full of flowers now. 
I haven't done any walking this week, just too HOT. By 7:30 it has already been into the mid 80's. Hopefully by Monday it will be cooler in the morning. It was suggested I walk at night. At 10 o'clock at night it has been in the high 90's...nope, don't think so. So instead I've been cooking, brownies, cookies and banana bread. 
This morning's sunrise. Like the way the bottom of the clouds are lite up. 

The computers are on the west side of the house and the AC vent is under Bill's desk, so it gets pretty warm in here by evening. So this is a short blog. Heading to the living room where it is a little cooler.