Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ouchies



We had an eventful afternoon yesterday.  Yes, that is hail. 



Oh Goody!  I have a broken window.








Ugh.  I feel awful my pony girls had to ride this one out.  The little shed I have for them was scarier (loud) than being pummeled I guess.





And then there is this.

Dimples are cute, right?

The horse trailer roof is the same.


Insurance has been contacted and appointments scheduled.







It will be interesting to find out about the roof of my house. :)

Horses seem OK.  No obvious contusions or wounds, but I bet they are sore.

This was the backside of the storm with the hail.

Another almost as scary storm followed of heavy rain and lightening.  No wind for either storm.  Just straight down water and ice.




And then this...

A friend described this as 'sky blue pink'.  Appropriate I think.

I am thankful the horses came through ok and the window glass on the truck survived.  Windshield vehicle glass around me was hit hard.  5 friends that I'm aware of had the glass shattered - many more cracked.  Body shops will be busy.

All for now.  Since we got some precipitation, I need to go mow my lawn now.

JULIE

Sunday, July 12, 2015

In Shock

My looms are, that is!  LOL

I haven't been weaving - I've been working construction this summer...

That's in addition to my day job, of course.

Major strides on my finish project - Pictured is my basement/lower level.

Much more pleasant!

I'm not quite finished - I'm currently waiting on a contractor to come and put in the doors - I don't feel up to that task.

I hired out the framing, electrical, the plumbing and sheetrock hanging.  I've done everything else - with some help from my son for the suspended ceiling and laminate flooring.  I added about 1100 square feet of living space - Two bedrooms and bathroom and the living area I have pictured.  That's a lot of area to work by yourself. 

I'm pooped - HAHA

Hoping for rain so that said contractor can take a day off from roofing in the area - he's busy with that all summer - and come do the doors and trim work.  It's hard to find someone willing to do these small jobs.  They all want to build a whole house....

Then I get to stage, clean, and declutter.  Real estate agent has been here and is working on coming up with asking price and as soon as I can get this place company ready, it goes on the market!

Still don't have plans for where to go and what to do.

I'll figure that out later!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

This plan that I speak of...

The "plan" is to FINISH THIS D*#%  HOUSE.

I pulled off the 1960's paneling, had an electrician come and wire in some ceiling lights - there had never been any, and add a couple of outlets while the wall was open.

I lucked into a crew that is hanging sheetrock as we speak.  No lifting for me!!!!!   Now it's ready to be taped and mudded and textured and painted.  Then the trim and this room will be finished-----

Downstairs: 

I tried to find a before picture - twas hard!  I was kind of ashamed of the state of my life down there! 

Check out the background of this picture, the whole space was like this.  Piles of totes and other assorted unfinished projects.   This loom has since found a new home.  It needed a major restoration, and since it wouldn't have ended up being a good rug loom, I let it go.

Here's the basement right now!





I have rooms! 

The looms are covered and I have pared down to things I love and use.  I am excited to get this finished. 

As soon as that is accomplished,

this house is going on the market.

If and when it sells...

Who knows what I will do and where I will go. 

I will decide then.

All for now,
JULIE



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Soul searching

I've been doing alot of thinking lately.



What am I doing?
Where am I going?
What do I want to do?



I am such a control freak that I tend to want to have a plan, with a back up plan, and a contingency plan in place before I start something.



Something finally 'switched' in me and I've come to a place in myself that I now know the answers to those questions - and if I don't have the answer, it's OK.


What am I doing?   answer - not what I want to!
Where am I going?  haven't been getting anywhere so I better change!
What do I want to do?  I've got my ideas, but I'm open to suggestions!


So what does that mean right now?

There is a plan in place - finally.


I'm doing some purging and simplifying-  The rugs pictured were recent projects made from material I found while I was sorting and discarding donated weft materials.  Anything that didn't make me want to weave it when I touched it - it went.

I've been selling anything I don't love and need.  Once a week I walk through the house and ask myself "what can I sell now?"  Facebook rummage sale sites work pretty good!  LOL

There is a feeling inside now - kind of calm that is different from the agitated feeling I've been carrying around for awhile.

This may take a bit.  But I've started.

All for now,
JULIE


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Trying to take it easy!

 Yesterday I sat down and tied a rug. 

It's exciting to finish :)  and I really wanted to work on another, but I restrained myself.

I'm glad I did, as I ended up having to ice my hand and wrist - after just one rug!

This recovery period is the pits.  

I don't seem to know what to do with myself.  

I'm bored, frustrated and maybe even a little blue.  

I guess that's probably normal, but knowing that doesn't make it easier!

I have made a list of things I can do, and should do, but it's hard to get started. 

I wish I had someone here to hang out with...

I'm really glad that my parents 'kidnapped' me a couple days after my surgery.

They loaded me in their car and headed off to see my brother and his family
in Canada.  Two days travel covering 1000 miles as you are recuperating is not exactly fun, 
but it's not like I would have been doing anything else!

He has quite the view from his deck! 
 He is living on a place that is MY ultimate dream....  
The place was built for horses - but he has cows!  I could handle either I guess LOL.

Too bad he's that far away.

We took it easy coming home and broke the drive into three sections, stopping in Minot, ND to attend Hostfest,  (hostfest.com)  a Scandinavian festival. 
Lots of fun and I had a nice time visiting with some extraordinary weavers.

Since I've been home, the Cooper dog and Polly cat are keeping very close!  
They must have thought i was never returning :) 

All for now,  JULIE

 



Sunday, September 21, 2014

laid up

i'm laid up.

that's reason for the weird typing style.

hunt and peck non dominant hand.





it was time to fix on some of the worn out parts.

carpel tunnel and the equivalent in the elbow.

had surgery 2 days ago - kinda drugged and very bored.

not gonna go back to work for awhile.

frustrating that i still cant do the fun things at home....

all for now
julie

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Get rid of it...

Out of sight is out of mind.

Most likely everyone has totally thought I've fallen off the face of the earth!

Still here -

Still have a loom, or two.  Weaving off and on just a little when I need the feel good therapy it provides.

Not sure what is with me - I have been in the 'don't need it' mode. 

'Bout time methinks.

Earlier this summer I dug out all the salvage type treasures stashed away in my garage and basement and took it to a flea market and sold the heck out of it. 

Weight lifted! 

Would you believe I even sold a loom?  No longer a Newcomb loom owner -- I just couldn't fall in love with it because it just didn't physically fit this short body of mine.  When I had an opportunity to sell, I did it without hesitation. 

Don't worry - Still have 2 unions and a structo.   I would probably take on more unions if they come my way, so don't worry, I'll be weaving awhile yet ;)

I've been picking away at little projects with the house - not as speedily as I want to be, but what ya gonna do when you have to work so many hours?  Yes.... still overtime. We just had 2 weeks of only 40 hours but back to 10 hour days tomorrow- 

I've got a little push going right now trying to get some things prepped for my upcoming carpel tunnel surgery - yup... worn out.  Have put it off for way long and it's past time to get it done. 

Today has been a 'clean the garage' day.  Around here we may start getting frost - and I want to be able to get the truck inside - and who knows how long I'll be laid up and can't do that job.  So today it is - wish I could be more focused, but I'm getting my exercise going up and down the stairs to the garage.  I catch myself on the couch and then kick myself back out the door!

Otherwise it's same old same old around here.

Not enough getting done, but still doing what I can.

All for now,
JULIE