I've decided I need to conquer my phobia's of Mondays. So I lept out of bed in anticipation of coming to the office and the pile of projects that await me. (WRONG).
I did, however, fortify myself with a large vanilla iced coffee from McDonalds on the way past -- my wheels automatically veer into the drive in .... it's one of my many bad habits. The City had cleared the boulevards overnight so now I need to start chipping away at the sidewalks. Oh joy.
I finally got some sewing done -- the first warm window quilt is hanging in a window here at the office -- it looks pretty cool. Too bad I forgot my camera. The strip pieced table runner is pieced and the binding is attached and ready to and sew .... i whipped up some cloth bags to cover baggies of chex mix. And of course I started planning the next warm window ... pinks and greens for my office. At the rate I'm going it will be done by 2020.
david & emily at the family reunion in September -- note the green grass -- i swear when grass returns in April (maybe May) -- I'm not going to whine about mowing because the snow pile below is now 9' tall -- I am praying when it melts it runs to the street not into the basement.
Queen and I did our final tour of Christmas lights -- 3 weeks 3 times 3 hours -- the south end of town is not as well decorated as the north end! Even the college has lights (and huge piles of snow) .. the City has yet to clean up the boulevards etc. downtown is a mess -- as are my sidewalks -- tomorrows project (s).
Off to bed -- I'm trying to stay awake longer but it's not happening.....one more holiday and life gets back to normal -- or as normal as can be.
okay, so here's the deal --- I think we had 12" of snow and maybe an inch of rain. it's hard to tell -- it looked like a foot when Nick and I were shoveling the deck and then it started to rain ... now I have ice to chip at the office -- the City has yet to clean off the parking lanes and boulevards to downtown is really really messy.
okay, here is Santa in action -- notice the sleigh is red --- this was Thursday afternoon --- before it started to rain --- with the first 9".
and here he is at the office -- hauling the white shit away from the fence and over to the front yard this was this morning...then he hopped in my vehicle -- headed home for lunch and back to moving white shit until dark....
okay, those of you who knew me in my youth -- remember Fred, the horse -- the building behind the piles is Fred's house -- not sure why but elder thought it was a great place to pile snow....
the FAKE tree -- looks pretty good for $65
okay this is elders version of the power shovel...note he is 2ft from the house ... a bit close for the rest of us....so far no window casualties (yet) this was taken on xmas eve too.
Party #2 is done....went pretty well. The front room here on 3rd street is larger than I thought -- 2 large banquet tables, one small table, one desk and 15 chairs...we had a meeting, food and good conversation.
Good food! Although, I've never been to a potluck with bad food!
Next on the agenda is 1.5 days of work, 1 day of wrapping, 1 day off and then back to clean up all the projects and crap accumulating on this desk !!!!
Party #1 is done. As is meeting #1. Board of Adjustment & Appeals. I'm learning lots. More than I need to know. The meeting appeared on Mkto TV ... oh ya.
Party #2 is tonight and has been relocated to HERE!!!! So, I've plowed snow, shoveled snow, heaped snow and have begun to stash the non essential junk that is stitting around.
Computer geeks were here again yesterday. Rebuilding the new Server is the next task. And then restoring from the current (old and rebuilt) server to the new Server is next week. Gotta love technology. It keeps me going, and aging, and grumpy.
Have you heard the forecast? During the morning commute (is 1.5 miles a commute?) -- the weather dude on the radio said we could end up with 18" of snow this week -- 3 today, 3 tomorrow and then over the holiday it gets uglier. Yes, I'm groaning as I type.
And yes, I heard this while in line at McDonald's -- good thing I'm going to need nourishment for all the shoveling. The parking lot is already filling up with snow. Elder commented it was time to bring tractor to town and move snow to the "yard" ---
Queen and I toured lights last night -- we're about 1/2 down with Hooterville. We stopped at Jean's with the thought we could take the field road home. Wrong .... good thing I asked before I drove, didn't have my cell phone with me --
Diva and Mother (she would be the Queen) finished up the Christmas shopping yesterday. We were GOOD shoppers.
Queen had a Kohl's coupon for 20% off ---- oh la la, we did well.
When in Mankato, must do Sam's Club -- copy paper was on sale too!
Lunch -- a must. Dunn Brothers Coffee -- it was quiet and peaceful (and tasty).
Shopko -- treats for Nick -- I almost typed the gift --- i'm willing to bet he doesn't read the
ramblings of this old Auntie, but ya never know. It's cute and metallic green! With the purchase
of Nick's gift I received a $10 gift card --- so I spent it!
JCPenney -- the only place without a line -- I returned some ugly pants I bought a while back
found more treats for Nick -- needless to say -- 36" inseam blue jeans are hard to find.
Queen had a $10 coupon and she found undergarments.
Gander Mountain -- I had never been there, I was gift card buying but found 3 sweaters, a
sweatshirt and a tote bag for myself.
Back to Hooterville -- $Store and more lights for the ugly FAKE tree.
The Lori, the haircut specialist arrived and we all got trims!
So, the tree has lights and decorations. The other decor is scattered about -- next up is the vacuum job. Cookie baking is tonight -- during the Vikings game. We bake, elder #1 has TV to himself.
i ended up calling in reinforcements for the computer issues -- and the new geek is young and a riot to watch working (the old geek was there too!) ... them kids ya know -- point, click and speak a whole different language ..... this networking crap is wacky (if i could get away from microsoft i would)
per young geek -- it's gotta be a software issue ... so he's coming back monday to chat with tech support and point/click/wave his magic wand ... but he's not an early riser......
my stress level dropped -- even though things aren't 100% yet (more like 35%) -- but it's going to work and soon . . . and he's going to be around for a while ... old geek would like to travel and not worry about me -- i'm sure i'm causing his blood pressure to rise .....
so i'm off to finish up my xmas shopping (i know it's gonna be baaaaad) ... i have a list and i'm sticking to it !!!!!!
So Diva has computer issues. Again. With new computers. So Dr. Lee was here yesterday -- we are learning lots. "Opportunistic Locking" -- really doesn't sound like a computer term does it? or Delayed Write Fail --- I don't know.
here's a picture from yesterday's Free Press of the new xmas lights in downtown St. Peter -- an anonymous donor -- they are pretty. Thank you anonymous donor.
and as I type I'm sneezing and hacking -- nose be dripping and throat is sore --- gonna hit up the stash of drugs in my desk drawer -- I can cure anything.
(i heard a blurb on tv this morning about the govenor is going to be speaking/babbling/whatever tonight and one of his themes was 10 things to do in Minnesota) -- this was at 5:00am so I may not have heard correctly....
So I thought I'd give it a whirl....
1 Check our our new $17,500,000 street -- be careful on the bump outs -- they are wicked
2 Lunch at GAC -- better hurry it closes over break and JTerm
(the one time thru the line buffet is a deal)
3 Take a stroll on the walking track at the Community Center (FREE)
(i used to walk at 5:30am the early am walkers are a hoot)
4 Pattymelts at Patricks
(it's not my thing but the burger eaters in my world rave over them)
5 Treaty Site History Center --- Check out the newest exhibit
(the center/central exhit is finally done too)
6 The Arboretum at GAC is also fun -- more fun when it's warmer but the skiers like it too
7 The Traverse des Sioux Trail -- next to the HIstory Center is cool too....
8 Scott and Barb at Nutters always have a smile on their face!
9 117 S 3rd -- this old shack is always under construction
(i do refer to it as the money pit)
10 The Farmers Market -- June is only 6 months away ....
I'm open to suggestions if anyone else has any ......
Yes, it is true. Hell has frozen over. I purchased a FAKE Christmas tree last night. The residents of Daisy Lane have sucumbed to the ease (i hope) of setting up and decorating for the holidays. It's not pre-lit -- so the issue of making the lights work and look good will continue.
I will not miss the annual pine needle stuck in my foot, nor the discussions about getting it to fit into a stand, making straight in the stand and watering it. Nor, the annual vacuum job.
The only good thing about this purchase -- when I got to the checkout counter at Menards -- it was on SALE --- I had a budget and I could have bought an even fancier one ! There is always next year.
The next debate is when elder #1 is actually going to put it together -- I bought it, I'm not putting it together. Last year, the $5 deal I got on Xmas Eve morning --- never did get lights on it.... Only I would negotiate for a cheep tree on Xmas Eve morning.
more snowflakes fell. i'm hoping the weatherdude was correct with his forecast -- the wind is supposed to blow from the northwest -- if so, the light fluffy stuff on the sidewalk will blow next door -- damn, i hate when that happens !!!!
i managed to waste most of yesterday away. cooked in the afternoon -- funeral hotdish and tatertot hotdish -- lots of frozen lunches. i attempted fried rice -- the barn cats will enjoy it more . . . it was awful.
so only 3 things on my list are done. the topshelf, the laundry and part of the ear infection. I did manage to sneak in a nap and i finished a library book. detours.
so back at it today. before the snow falls yet again. once it starts it doesn't seem to stop eh. i hope to walk this afternoon -- hopefully the deer hunters have giving up so i can stroll out to the big garden and check things out. there has been enough vehicle (deer hunters and snowmobiles) traffic that it should be walkable. i might have to borrow the hunting vehicle -- some goofy thing on tracks with a snowmobile engine. the deer can hear him from 10 miles away when he fires it up.
i do like snow. i just don't like it when it's below 20' all the time. yes, cold weather makes good ice and the ice fishing people like good ice.
Is your shopping done? Mine isn't. I really haven't started. Between working on Santa A stuff and the wacky week of weather it really doesn't feel like I've accomplished anything on my project lists.
This weekend however is dedicated to the projects.
1. All the stuff on the top shelf at the office will get done.
2. A Christmas tree will be purchased.
The fake vs. real debate is still occuring.
3. I will be bonding with vacuum cleaners all over town.
4. The sidewalk/driveway/decks will be totally shoveled.
5. The bows will get attached to the roping on the office fence
(need to find some wire to tie them first).
6. I will get in my walk.
7. The middle ear infection will be gone (thank you drugs).
8. I will start the curtain project and finish the warm window project.
9. Laundry -- did I type laundry.
10. Cookies (maybe -- I have to think about this one).
According to Robyn -- the temperature on your car thermometer, when you back out of the garage in the morning -- is the real temperature. Don't even look at it for the rest of the day.
Works for me. It was 7' in the garage this morning -- evidently the garage is haunted -- my door was up this morning -- not sure for how long but it was down at 10:00pm when I put my box of homework in the wheels.
it blew and blew and blew and it's still blowing ......
heading out to hospital this morning -- cataract surgery for Mom, dr and staff had better be there --- we only have a mile to go....we are fortunate --
I still have trouble grasping the new hospital located on the airport property, or all of the development up there in the last 10 years. I still remember the airport arguments -- keep it or close it. I miss it, it was fun to watch the "rookie" pilots practice take offs and landings on the lovely brown dried grass.
Not sure what's happening in town. I left for home at 4:00. Got home and then drove back to check on the coffee pot --- on or off ..... it was off. Yes, I can be an idiot. Not going in this morning until daylight.
this is tressa and kids -- helping at Santa Anonymous -- organizing the books ---
I think Jean was giving David direction ? David is the red bent over body?
getting ready for the big storm --- the snow plow on the atv is ready --- the shovels & brooms are ready --- the salt buckets are full --- the garbage curbies are tucked inside the evergreen roping is securely attached to the fence gas in the wheels (all sets of wheels) xtra coffee !!! xtra clothes at the office (ya never know) sewing project at the office (ya never know) so the big question is tomorrow morning -- mom's cataract surgery is scheduled for 8:30 --- will the eye doc make it to st peter? it's 2 miles by road but only a mile by atv to the hospital -- we can get her there (she's really ready !)
i'm hoping to be home by 5:00 tonight --- i have a home project list lined up and it's the "Biggest Loser" finale ...
so, enjoy the snow, the cold and the howling winds....
so the elves that worked at Santa Anonymous yesterday have really tired bodies ... it was a good day .... the preliminary count is gifts for 400 kids .... i'm still working on the spreadsheet .....
age is hell -- the feet, the knees and the hips ache .... although the impending blizzard might have something to do with it .... dang weather, i have purposely not watched the weather today -- not a whole lot i can do to change it .....
the sooner it gets cold, the sooner it gets warm !!!!!
santa's elves ...
marie, jean, carol, butch, harry, 4 high school kids, barb, johnny, david, tressa, brock, brielle, becky, richie, sarah, kathy, lee, sue, mary, pam, joey, caroline, eric, patty, dana, lori, louann
the high school kids who did the pool party the john ireland student council --- they are fabulous fundraisers
okay -- 394 kids (148 families) received gifts and requests are still rolling in ....
okay large camel -- small trailer -- don't think i'll ever have this problem
a full to the roof vehicle -- i've had this problem
okay this is real -- yesterday -- Le Sueur -- (stole the pix from the free press website -- is it stealing if you give them credit?--- anyway) -- i'm thinking the dude driving the cat tractor came to a sudden stop --- dang had to hurt -- and according to tv part of the road is still closed --- wouldn't want the bridge to fall eh!!!!
Santa shopping day --- the wheels are ready -- the body is ready -- the checkbook is ready ---
st peter is back to being a 3 stoplight town (well 4 actually) -- MnDOT took down the stoplight at the History Center/Ford/DanielsClinic/Prairie corner yesterday. we're back to living with an expressway speeding thru town.
us northenders don't count the 4th stoplight down at the south end ---
rumor has it that something will be moving into the vacant Ford building in the new year -- i hope so, that's and expensive building sitting empty.
50' today -- just might have to plant the bags of tulips i found in the garage last night. i bought them with the intention of forcing them -- still might.
So I fell for Black Friday Shopping (after working most of the day). I left for Mankato at 6:00 and returned to the farm shortly after 8:00. It was an adventure I care not to repeat. One of my favorites, JoAnn Fabric's had a sweet little sewing machine table on sale -- GONE, and their website was crashing all day. Some yutz was buying up every yard of fleece they had -- i shit you not, while i was standing there i watched them cut at least 75 yards of FLEECE. ugh.
So I then braved target for the $3 appliances -- GONE, which I expected. The Susan Boyle CD -- GONE. Next stop, Herberger's, they wouldn't honor the "doorbuster" prices until morning. So I left.
On to Hobby Lobby -- bargins, bargins, bargins and really really tired clerks. Scrapebook paper --- dirt cheep. Album's ditto. Next door is Hancock -- so I had to go. I bought a sewing machine case on wheels -- or Santa did and will be wrapping it up for me.
So no more shopping until after Christmas. People are nuts. The prepaid debit card is looking like a really nice treat.
Off to the office -- the paint roller is calling, then on to Bingo at the Redmen -- Bingo proceeds are for Santa Anonymous ..... this will be the only time I ever play bingo.
-- yes it is "Black Friday" -- I prefer to think of it as "sunny Friday" -- I managed to sleep thru sunrise but it's shaping up to be a beautiful day. Shortly there will be a paint roller in my hand -- Skylar start painting in the file room and I'm going to finish it this morning (can't stand the chaos during the process -- so just gonna do it).
-- off to Mankato sometime today -- JoAnn Fabric's has a deal on sewing machine tables and Ott lights --- too good not to check them out. The elders went to Gander Mountain last night (still can't believe they were open) -- needed lead for the balance of deer season.
-- Lee, Jean, Nick, Shelley (Lee's sister) went to the movie last night -- the Blind Side -- it was good -- I can't remember the last movie I saw in a theater -- need to work on that. (Haven't rented any either).
okay after yesterday's lack of productivity (yes it was that bad) -- today will be better -- note it is 6:10am and i'm typing away --- perused all my favorite quilt blogs -- yes, already this morning --- there are some really talented stitchers out there ! ! !
i'm off to the shower and then off to work --- once i decide just exactly what to wear --- this should not be the decision of a lifetime ---
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL..!!
okay the Thanksgiving poetry came from Cousin Gordon (email@example.com) -- it hit my funnybone at the time -- I was tweeking the blog layout yet again. Working the idea of a quilting blog -- not sure why I never seem to finish anything anymore. Have oodles of fun however, reading the quilting (quilters blogs) -- they seem to finish lots.
this diva is having a bit of trouble trying to work today ..... i've got my reports done for my investment club, my stock study done, called tech support and hopefully got the computer issue resolved (damn machines) .....
and it's still dripping -- could be worse it could be snowing. i'm not in the mood for holidays or snow -- i really liked the 50' weekends --
I found this little pail amid the junk at the trailer house it's about the size of an ice cream pail -- no holes, no rust --
i thought the closet computer needed a new desk last week -- so on short notice I checked out both of the thrift shops (where else do you buy furniture in st peter with 15 minutes of notice) i didn't find a small enough desk -- but i found this cute little drop leaf table -- it needs a bit of tlc. next summer the many coats of pait will come off -- all for $27 -- the deal of the week
my christmas cacti are thanksgiving cacti -- actually they bloom from thanksgiving thru christmas and then again at easter -- i never move them -- joy waters them -- I bought them at sam's club 8 years ago, repotted 'em and voila --- they really like the south window (which is like a north window since the bar is so close) ...
okay John is watching the boys in action...the rock is about 4' in from the cement -- a fine place to park the snow and let it melt (shouldn't kill the grass)
okay John is still watching the boys in action (note: hands in pockets)
okay -- starting the edging ---
i shot the pictures thru my office window (thru the plastic window kit and the dirty window/screens) ...
Okay, the wrong woman won ..... Irina (aka: the Russian Princess) is a bit of a snob -- at least I thought so. Yes, she could sew and had some nice details -- but who would wear that SHIT and it was all BLACK.
Yes, I am a fan of Project Runway -- next season starts in January ----
Need to work on my own "project runway" this weekend -- the mending and altering is piling up at the sewing machine ironing board. My quilted sweatshirt project is also waiting .... details to follow
the landscaping project is done and it looks good !!! really cleans up the parking lot and yard -- now next spring need to plant some shrubs and transplant some daylilies .... and some more paint ! like all the trim --- ought to be fun --- two stories up . . .
the computer geek was here -- the old info got swapped to the new server (and it works) .... a new workstation at my desk --- and all the info from the old one to the new one ....
and I got a haircut !!!! and the cleaning diva was here too !!! looks fab inside and out ....
this is this morning ---- shortly after 6:00pm 11/16/09
this is 4:15 pm --- look CARS !!!
this was 11:30 am ... still has barricades ....
this was October 13th --- a long way to to
okay I promise enough with the road stuff ..... it is so quiet at the office this morning -- no shifting, starting, reving, honking, you get the idea. I haven't taken time to "cruise the main" yet -- might have to over lunch!!!!
the pictures are from the webcam atop the Nicollet County Courthouse --- it streams live video via their website. It's kinda cool.
so, more to come in spring, but it won't be as bad as last week! I shouldn't complain a lot of work was accomplished in 5 months, not sure how effective/safe/prudent it was --- I can't wait to see what next summers nasty project will be -- probably be 3rd street next !!! then I will be up the creek without a paddle!
becky b hard at work on her xmas cards no so busy work tables
more work in progress
so it was stitch, stamp & scrapebook weekend --- the deer hunters widows weekend and I don't think any of us were deer hunting widows...but 2 days of work time was nice.
i managed to get 42 blocks pieced for a wall hanging --- curved piecing and yes it was outside my comfort zone! today i played around with color/pattern combinations for a twin sized quilt and wasn't happy with any of them.
i did get the binding on the pink table runner and started whipping out yo yo's for a yo yo project.....
Jan made lots of spiffy gift tags and spice jars.... some of them will have glitzy balls on them -- if she finds glitzy balls, Becky organized photo's from scrapfest and got all of her xmas cards done, Ann popped in and finished her xmas cards, Jean worked on sample cards for the card class on Wednesday night ....
just kidding -- actually I think it is supposed to be a nice weather week ---- today seems pretty nice . . .
monday/tuesday --- at office as usual tuesday --- drive to St Cloud -- late afternoon/early evening wednesday/thursday --- Income Tax Conference (I learn -- Mom Xmas Shops) (Not sure but I think Jean is going along also) friday --- back to work & food shelf aid saturday --- the big day in St. Peter (the road party) sunday --- a large mound of laundry monday --- planning & zoning
Ever notice just how much we seem to cram into the weekends. No wonder I hate Monday's by the time it rolls around I'm pooped. Saturday was pretty dull -- I did go back to the office and work after supper -- I didn't want to waste daylight -- although I can't seem to remember just exactly what I did...
Today was clean out the little garden -- dig up the remaining gladiolas, check over the cabbage and finally toss the remaining pumpkins for deer food. I dumped them in 3 different locations at the edge of the building site. The deer will find them eventually. They were starting to "cook" on their own so it was time to dump. All of the tubs, baskets, tools and props are put away for winter. The acreage has all been worked up (see below). The basement bathroom got a fluff & buff job --- needs more.
At 3:00 I finally got to my sewing machine. Attached the binding on the window quilt, machine quilted a couple of table runners and got their bindings on ..... and cleaned up the sewing space.
Bed is calling ....
this is a little fuzzy (batteries were failing) but here is dad disking up at Lee, Jean & Nick's -- I had canteloupe and the fancies planted up there ... it's so moist that even our light soil turns up black .... note the old tractor (like a 1948) and grandpa dranttel's disk -- the one we ended buying back for way to much money .... a long sad story.
here's the melons/squash patch from the top of the hill -- really looks bare doesn't it.... the pine trees in the neighbors CRP really stand out ....
getting ready to go over the hill -- lots of popping and snorting -- the "M" only gets used for this project and grading the road ....
today is probably going to be the most beautiful day of fall 2009 -- and the leaves are GONE .... and it's opening day of DEER HUNTING SEASON --- so no hanging around in the yard . . . or the patch or just cruising on the ATV . . . .
i managed to knock out one item on my to do list --- but need to add a couple more......dang -- hate when that happens......
i hear laundry calling.....off the computer and hop to it.......
dang it's friday already -- my office project pile has yet to decrease .....
i've given up on the home project pile --- i buried my head in a library book and facebook's bejeweled blitz last night -- surfaced in time for Project Runway ---
i'll be having serious chat with self about completing said project lists....
So here are the top 5 on my list for the next 5 days (since I'm leaving Tuesday night for a Tax Conference in St. Cloud)
1. client payroll / payroll taxes (gotta get done) 2. repurpose furniture at the office 3. get that window quilt finished !! 4. 5 nasty's in the nasty pile (at office) 5. clean both garages!!!! winter be arriving.
The cool thing about the St. Cloud Tax Conference ---- CRAFTS DIRECT and GRUBER'S QUILT SHOP!!!! I'm on a budget $25 at each (it's cheating because I have a $25 gift certificate for Grubers) . . .
Sorta good news --- already searching for renters ..... and I think they are interested....it might actually be quieter with people living up there .....