Monday, August 30, 2010

Design Wall Monday

This is on my design wall.  It is called "Road to Oklahoma". I started it about 4 years ago and put it away when I got to this stage because I wanted to make it bigger, lol.  Now I am determined to work on it and make the stars complete around the edges and get it done.  It feels good to get something back up on a wall that shows some quilting progress.  The last four months I have not had a design wall, lol.  I can now join the group at Patchwork Times on Monday's when they show what they have been up to.  Yea for me!

Mac Attack!

During all of the stuff that has been going on the last three months, I finally got sick and tired of Microsoft and Dell and all of the "$##$%" that seems to be involved in keeping a computer going using these products, so......I went with a Mac!  And, I love it!!! love it!!! love it!!!  Even having to work with my AT&T DSL modem didn't seem to cause any problems!  Amazing!

It took me all of five minutes to get my internet up and going, 5 more minutes to connect my wireless printer to my computer, and about 10 minutes more to load programs taking the place of Excel and Word and a publishing program. I was not sure whether the changeover would be a problem, but so far it hasn't been too bad and I am in seventh heaven!  Things are really just so simple you don't expect it.

The graphics are awesome and the whole experience is so upbeat it is a pleasure to use a computer again.

I have had an IPhone for a year now, which I have now upgraded to IPhone 4, and then I treated myself to an IPad.  Wow!  I now have all of my music downloaded and all of my pictures on my IPad and my computer, and I have selected ones on my IPhone.

Of course Aud decided that she had to have an IPad too so we got her one and now she also can look at all of the pictures we took on our trip last year and all of the other pictures that I have taken in the last few years.  Plus, she has access to all of my music.

We both are truly enjoying this ongoing adventure.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Trying to Catch Up

Ok, I have decided I am going to try to get back to blogging.  A certain friend of mine who shall remain nameless is insistent that I do this, and she has nagged me so much I am going to try.  She even told me just to say I have gone on an extended vacation so people wouldn't keep looking at this empty blog, lol.

I haven't blogged in forever because we have been doing some remodeling to the house and Aud has been having some health problems.

I am glad to say the remodeling is done, and Aud seems to be on an even keel for now.  She had some blood clots break loose in her legs and one ended up in her lungs in April, and she has been on coumiden to break down the clots since then.  She is also on oxygen all of the time, but that seems to be getting better and she can stay off of her "tether" for a couple of hours or so each day.

Actually, the way things go around here, sometimes she is off longer than that, but not intentionally, lol.  I think it's called, "hmmm, I forgot".  She is having to take a lot of pills and in order not to miss some of them, I have "pill alarms" set on her Iphone (yes, Ms Aud has an Iphone) and we are continually looking for her Iphone to turn them off.  Even that doesn't always help her remember to take her pills.
To look at Ms Aud in this picture you would think she was the picture of health, and at 93, if I should live so long, I hope I look as good as she does.

This is the dress she chose to wear to her last doctor's appointment.  She did add a small jacket, lol.

I am afraid we won't be going on an extended vacation this year, I think both of us would even settle for a short one, but the oxygen need presents a problem, so we are taking short vacations in front of the TV.

So far we have traveled in Alaska with the Ice Road Truckers and gone "Pickin" with the American Pickers through the countrysides of several states, overseen the making of custom autos and motorcycles, and watched the "pawn" stars buy lots of strange things in Las Vegas.

We have also become a little more educated from watching Wild Russia, gotten hungry from watching some of the food shows, and helped a lot of people while they were looking for houses to buy.  They didn't always follow our advice I am afraid.

Not getting much quilting done.  I did dig out this quilt that I started about 4 years ago and am trying to get it finished up.  It it called Road to Oklahoma and will be fairly large when I finish.  Thinking about 85 or 90 square.

One of the things I did while we remodeled was repurpose some of the rooms in the house and I have made what was the breakfast area attached to the kitchen my main sewing area.  I love the light and the window I can see out of and the proximity to the kitchen.
Ok, that is all for now.  See you later!