Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I get a sense of satisfaction that I've used up some fabric, but the bin of scraps is really overflowing right now. I see a lot more of these little quilts in my future.
I'm so sorry about all the tornado victims this week. There are a lot of quilters rallying to get quilts out to the affected families. It's a small thing, but we all hope that quilts convey our love.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
It will have a chocolate chip cookie button added at the end. She'll also get little French knot eyes. Now on to the next row. I'm a little behind, but I'm still hoping to get this one done by this Christmas.
Drama Girl called me from school yesterday to tell me she'd been called into the principal's office. Imagine my reaction. She built it up all that she could until she finally exploded laughing and said that she'd qualified for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Way to go Drama Girl!
I'm linking up today with Heather at Books and Quilts.
Monday, May 13, 2013
I think some of my love of flowers is rubbing off on him. He paints all kinds of things - still lifes, portraits, copies of famous paintings. These are some of the tiny climbing roses in our yard. I love this picture.
Mother's Day was full of adventure. We visited the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. I could have spent all day there but I spared my family. Of course I had to stop in the gift shop. It was lovely. Jewelry and posters and art supplies and Little Golden Books. I could have stayed in there all day as well. My son was hovering a bit while I shopped. I remarked on a cute Minnie Mouse clock and laughed about how we haven't had a copy of Dumbo in the house for years. After a while he suggested I go see what Drama Girl was making in the art room. While I was visiting her, my son reappeared with my husband and the kids handed over the following little gift:
I had to laugh. Way to go with the covert operations! The story came out that they had been looking for a copy of Dumbo for the past week but had been unsuccessful. All's well that ends well. Remind me the next time I'm in a gift shop to admire all the expensive jewelry.
The day finished up with a trip to see The Great Gatsby. I really liked it, although I kept remembering the Robert Redford version, which made me feel kind of old. I don't like seeing remakes of movies that came out in my lifetime. It's like I'm overdue for a remake.
Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
He was under the window because he had just been over to the side of the house to see if the gate was open again. Smart guy. The phone repairman left the gate open last week and Buck slipped into the back yard and made a feast of my flowers. I made my husband go out there and shoo him out again. I have all kinds of respect for those antlers, even if they're still covered in velvet.
It's funny, when I see him outside, I often see one of the neighborhood cats nearby. Curiosity? I don't know. My cats are always interested when he's near the window. Maybe they just find him as cool as I do.
This would all be unremarkable if I lived out in the woods somewhere, but I'm in suburbia. Houses all around. I think the deer will just always be here, hiding in hedges and steering clear of cars and dogs. As long as there are yummy gardens to munch on.
Friday, April 26, 2013
I can't find much information about these old machines. This model is from the mid-50s I think. The color is a bit more vibrant in person. It was made by the same manufacturer who created a line of cars. It's even stamped "Toyota" on the bottom. I understand men and vintage cars a little bit more now. This beauty was built to last, but is also beautiful to look at. If it were a car it probably would have huge fins. Like an old car, the parts are easy to come by and everything is accessible if one wants to tinker around and do repairs. As fun as that sounds, I'm going to take it to someone who works with vintage machines all the time.
I always said I would never be one of those people who has extra sewing machines around the house. I'm also the one who tells my kids to "never say never." *sigh* Don't tell anybody, but this is sewing machine number 4 for me.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Do I look different? I feel like I do. A few days ago my six year old laptop turned up its toes and died. It wasn't a happy day. All I got was a blank screen. Even with all the clever tricks I know, I couldn't resuscitate it.
So I looked online (on my smartphone) for help. That place that rhymes with "zest guy" quoted $250 for diagnostic and data recovery. Ouch. I turned to Yelp. One guy was really highly rated, and ironically, has a shop just behind zest guy. First thing Monday morning I packed up my dead laptop and headed out.
Now I can insert a long story here about this guy who drove up on his awesome motorcycle just as I pulled up. His old curiosity shop with a murky aquarium and high tech clutter mixed with vintage weirdness. I could tell you about cables that didn't fit my external hard drive, a trip to yet another quirky computer guy who had my daughter's hard drive and cable - that guy had a shop full of birds of all kinds, one of which wouldn't stop wolf-whistling at me. I could have stopped in there for hours just to talk about the exotic lutes he had on display. What is it with colorful computer repairmen? Anyway, it's a typical story of the bizarre world hidden behind the shop fronts I drive by every day.
In the end, with a cable that worked, he was able to take all my data off my laptop. Between all these trips around town, I stopped into zest guy and bought a generic, somewhat cheap laptop. It does about 10x what my old expensive laptop was able to do.
And now I am completely lost.
Windows 8. Do you have it? You can't get a computer without it these days. It's a bit bizarre. I'm trying to be patient while I learn but one wrong swipe of the mouse or keystroke and I am suddenly three screens away from where I was.
Also, this keyboard is about a millimeter different from my old one. I seriously have to retrain my fingers to type. It's taken a lot of effort just to get the periods to show up on this page.
I had some pictures to go with this post. I haven't gotten my camera software to load yet though.
Perhaps most frustrating of all, this laptop doesn't know me. I suddenly find I have to remember a million passwords, some of which I haven't entered in years.
So - happy to have new technology at my fingertips, but not really enjoying the process of getting up to speed with it.
I miss my old dinosaur laptop. I've turned into one of those people.