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January 2012 - Posts

Another Mystery Soon to Unfold

Well, MQ V here on the QCA website got me hooked on mystery quilts, I think!   McCall's Quilting magazine is having a three-part mystery quilt and I decided that I would give it a try as well.  Now that part 2 is out, I felt I should get serious!  ;-)

I had a focus fabric in my stash already, so today I went to an LQS and purchased the other fabrics needed.  Such hardship!  Anyway, I did control myself (mostly) and only bought an additional baseball stripe to make a table runner for the upcoming baseball season. 

Here are my fabrics:

This is not the best picture ever,but it is from my cell phone.  For some reason, my actual camera kept making the purple into blue, both in the Fusion fabric and the butterflies.  Really weird.  Today I am not impressed by technology anyway.  At any rate, for those of you who may also be doing this mystery, the butterflies are the focus fabric (A), the purple Fusion is fabric B, the cream leaf is fabric C (and it is really not this white...), and the green is Fabric D. 

I will post my progress...gotta get going so I can keep up!

Pump it! Trust me!

Ah, the joys of home ownership. Those little details that escape you over the years come back to bite you in the end.

We have a septic system.  We have been lax, I admit, about having it pumped.  We have done so a couple of times, but we have lived here 18 years. Today my son was showering upstairs and I discovered the downstairs bathroom had significant water on the floor.  Also, the toilet was making gurgling noises like a possessed fish and the water was drained out of the bowl.  I ran up the stairs and told my son to turn off the shower, NOW, which he did.  Towels went down on the bathroom floor.  I went in the cellar and found that water had dripped from the pipes onto some items stored underneath them.  Not tons, but a good amount nonetheless.  I immediately called my husband, who said "we need to call a plumber."  Like who?  We have never needed one. 

I chose someone out of the phone book, for lack of a better idea.  Luckily, he came right out and was courteous, nice, and helpful.  Unfortunately, of course, we could not reproduce the problem, and after a pretty good amount of time, he determined that it wasn't something he could fix.  He felt it was a clog in the main line out of the house to the septic tank.  This was disappointing, to say the least.  In my mind, septic problems = $$$.  Even though it was nearly 7 p.m., I called the company the plumber recommended to me and they said they would come out right away.  At night!  My brain was seeing $$$$ floating all over the place, but there was no help for it if we wanted to shower or flush again. 

The septic man came out and was digging a hole in our yard by 8:30.  He was very nice, courteous, and conscientious as well.  He laid our sod (I use term loosely, mind you) gently to the side of the hole.  Sure enough, the line was blocked inside the tank.  In addition, boy, was that tank FULL!!!  Within a half hour, it was unblocked and emptied out and functiona!  To add to the excitement, it didn't cost much at all, no more than would be expected for a scheduled pumping.  Plus (and this is important) he was actually pretty handsome.

We were lucky that the water backed up from the shower, inside the house.  I shudder to think of how it could have unfolded otherwise.  Yuck!   Anyway, I hope you can benefit from this story - if you have a septic system, make sure you get it pumped regularly!   It's been an educational day, but I could have done without the stress of the last 5 hours or so...

Posted: Mon, Jan 9 2012 10:03 PM by greenmonstr | with 3 comment(s)
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A New Year Begins

Well, the Christmas season is over.  I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.  As the new year begins, many of us look ahead and think about what we might want to accomplish in the coming months. 

There is much turmoil in my job lately.  Our assistant director left before Christmas, and our director's last day was last Friday.  Our assistant director left to move up, but the director's parting was unexpected and due to major dissatisfaction.  The thing is, we have all been feeling the same way.   I have been working there for essentially 30 years (will be 30 years on March 1), in a few different jobs.  For the first time, I have been feeling that I need to leave.  Over the years I have had brief times where I was unhappy at my job, but they passed, and they had much more to do with the actual job I was doing.  This time, it's different.  In the past, we have always felt that the employees were valued, that their contribution was respected and their input was desired.  That has gone by the wayside to a large degree.  There have been a lot of financial pressures, true, but that does not have to translate into devaluation of employees. After all, your employees are the ones doing the actual work.  Perhaps I have been spoiled all these years.  At any rate, I feel that the coming year will need to include a new place of employment, which after so many years in one place is a little bit scary.

From a family standpoint, my daughter will be a junior in high school in the fall, and we know what that means!  College fairs and applications.  Also, I'd really like my son (who is 20) to go away to college.  He is currently commuting.  He is a good kid but I think he needs to go away and get some "seasoning."   The coming year will feature lots and lots of college-related activities for me and my family.

Finally, from a quilting standpoint, I have a few UFOs that I would like to finish up, and a couple of larger projects that I'd like to tackle.  Also, I want to continue making quilts for the NICU.  I recently completed one and have the parts for another ready to go once the Christmas tree is put away.  Hopefully, the coming year will feature lots of sewing (if I can squeeze that in)!

What sorts of plans or goals do you have for the next 12 months?  I hope we can all achieve at least a few of them.  Have a safe and happy New Year!