Friday, November 30, 2018

Rain or shine, just like the postman, trucks and trains continue to run their routes.

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I have one candy made and packaged for the bake sale: my Peanut Brittle, which usually sells really well. I had the cellophane bags so all I had to do was fill them, weigh them and seal. Labels go on last and they’re ready to sell.

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Yet another few rows added to the quilting of my Mercy Hospital quilt donation. It’s taking shape and I’ll be very proud to gift it so it can be given to someone in need of comfort.

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Enough for my break, have to get back to my kitchen… be safe, be happy and be at peace. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

It’s been a busy day today. I finished and delivered a pillowcase made from a kit that was purchased by another Depot volunteer. She sat at the table behind me at the Christmas Dinner Tuesday evening and asked if I had made up the pillowcase. I told her no, but it would be next on my list. I had just been too busy with everything else. So, that task is now done. Back to my quilt for Mercy Hospital in Sacramento! I have about five rows quilted and haven’t had a chance to get back to it. I had wanted to get it completed by today, but that’s not gonna happen.

I’ve made two batches of cookies for this weekend’s Bake Sale. Yes, you read right. We’re going to be open Saturday AND Sunday for the Bake Sale. Saturday is when Santa will be available for photos with the kids, but the Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony that was supposed to take place on Saturday has been postponed to Sunday because snow is expected on Saturday evening. That means the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum will be open Sunday during normal hours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., then it will close and re-open at 5:30 p.m. because that’s when the Christmas parade begins. I’ve agreed to be there both days so come Monday, I’ll be due for a rest!

Be safe, be happy and stay warm and dry! Be sure to tell those you love that you love them!

 

 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Today is a very special day in our family. It’s our younger son’s wedding anniversary. We’ve been blessed with Diane’s presence in our lives and couldn’t ask for a better daughter-in-law.  Here’s wishing them many more years of happiness together.

It’s cold today — not surprising, but the drizzle that’s happening brought the most beautiful rainbow that ended right in our valley. Awesome…

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Blessings to all. May you be safe and at peace. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

 

 

 

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Well, the month is almost at an end and I’ve totally missed this past week in posts. Granted, we were traveling almost all of this past week and I didn’t have access to a computer, but I could have written posts and set them to be released while I was gone. Didn’t remember that I could do that. But I’m back home now and happy to be here.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday visit with the family in San Diego, and my niece’s eldest son and his wife flew down to spend a few days with the family. We hadn’t met them yet, so it was a nice bonus to the visit.

I’m eager to get sewing on that first quilt for Sacramento’s Mercy Hospital. I’m behind a bit on completing it, so need to get to it today for sure.

Be safe–we had a prolonged trip back home yesterday evening because of a multi-vehicle accident (with fatalities, I believe) on Northbound I-15. There were numerous reports of 1.5 hr. delays and so when we were within range of the Hwy. 138  cut-off, we took it. We did our usual stop for coffee and dinner at the Denny’s restaurant in Mojave, and finally reached home around 10 p.m. last night. Not a fun return trip, but we are thankful we returned safe and sound. Others weren’t so fortunate…

Take care of one another and remember to tell those you love that you love them. We are all connected.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

A short Small World story to share.

Some time ago, I purchased a serger from the estate of a woman who lived in the mid-west. It came with a zippered bag that had all of the various tools associated with the serger. Among the tools was a small screwdriver with a magnet on one end. Perfect for loosening the screw that holds the sewing machine needle. I change my needles quite frequently when I’m sewing a lot.

Today, I couldn’t find the screwdriver I usually use, so I reached under the desk, pulled out the serger tool bag and drew out the following screwdriver.

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Needless to say, I didn’t pay much attention to the advertising until I laid the screwdriver down and the magnetic end picked up a pin. I turned the screwdriver around, spotted the name Ralph Payne and wondered if he had a brother, father, cousin or uncle named Perry, who is a friend of ours through the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum. Looking a bit closer, I see a street name that rings a bell — Havasupai is an Indian name and it’s actually just a couple of streets away from Ogalala, which is the street name of our first home in San Diego. Also, since I grew up in North Clairemont there in San Diego, I have friends who lived on Havasupai and on Gallatin Way (just a block away). Old stomping grounds, for sure.

Kind of strange how life goes in circles — the serger came from a total stranger in a state far removed from California, much less San Diego, California. I’ve owned the serger for a couple of years now and have never before really looked at the tools in that bag.

My life is full of serendipitous events and I am always very aware that whatever I do today might come back to me at some point in the future. I have all my P’s and Q’s in a row right now, and I plan on keeping them that way because if I’m ever bad, I know without a doubt, I’ll face the consequences at some point in my future. Not gonna happen if I can help it!

Be safe, be watchful for moments in life that give you that Ah Hah! feeling of surprise. They’re there. You just have to be aware of your life and not just move through it without thinking. Blessings to all, for I am surely blessed in this life. Someone is watching out for me!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

A busy day today. It started with our monthly breakfast at Gracian’s Grill. I noticed their Inspection Card in the front window was a B and I wondered what happened to make them lose their A rating. I wanted to know but then I didn’t want to know, all at the same time. No one else mentioned it, so I doubt they even noticed it. The building is very old so no doubt there’s some less than perfect things going on behind the scenes.

Speaking of behind the scenes, they’re gutting the old Ace Hardware store on main street. I’ve heard rumors that there’s going to be a restaurant in there. I surely hope so. We can use another good restaurant to choose from.

Meanwhile, construction on the Super Walmart is progressing rapidly and I can’t wait for it to be finished, stocked and ready for customers. The other construction going on in town is our new Transportation Center. It’s there on Main Street (Tehachapi Blvd. for those who don’t know what street I mean when I say Main Street), actually directly across the street from what used to be the Ace Hardware store. Currently, the Amtrak bus and other long-distance transportation vehicles stop out on the street alongside the K-Mart parking lot. It’s not a very big parking area and not well known to residents. This will be much more convenient for busses and for people who want to travel by bus to outlying areas/cities. It will also bring people in closer to downtown Tehachapi, where they can shop, visit museums and eat at some of our smaller restaurants. And there’s always Kohnen’s Bakery — YUM — their sandwiches are huge and freshly made. Most people can’t get out of the place without buying some of their baked goods, cookies, tarts, and pastries. Wicked and addictive, for sure.

In discussing the upcoming Christmas Dinner with friends at breakfast, I realized that we’re going to have 11 tables, not 10 as originally planned, which means I need to make another table runner. When I got back home, I went through my Christmas fabric stash and pulled out a piece of Santa Claus fabric that just cried to be made into a table topper.

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I layered the fabric with batting and backing, pinned it and then stitched around all four sides, leaving a section open so I could flip it inside out. I then did a very narrow stitch line around the outside edge, stitching open section closed. Next I did shadow stitching around each of the elements. I plan on giving it to my Great-nephew Zack and his wife.

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I did make one other stop today and that was to my primary care doctor. I’ve had sciatic pain in my right hip for several months and my two visits to the new chiropractor left me bruised and $40 poorer, and no relief from the pain. So today I got x-rayed and will wait to hear what the results are. The doctor suggested we try physical therapy first, and if the therapists don’t feel they can help, I’ll get a referral to a specialist. All in due time…

Be safe, be well (please try to stay away from people who appear to have respiratory infections–there’s a lot of it going around right now because of the change in weather), and do remember to tell those you love that you love them.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This is a sure sign that winter has arrived. It’s a little Sparrow, sitting on one of the deck pillars and cocking his head at me as though to say, “What are you looking at?” We only see this variety of Sparrow in the winter months. Strange to see birds arrive for the winter when others are flying away from the cold.

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Another sign of the cold is my poor Morning Glory. It was magnificent when it was in full bloom, but the cold snap froze it and I had to cut it back yesterday. I wasn’t able to withstand the cold long enough to get every bit of the vine removed from the fencing wire, but did manage to cut back a lot of the plant. I’m hoping that it will come back in the spring when the weather warms up. My friend Yvonne says it will come back. I sure hope so.

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AFTER:

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I haven’t seen Ruby today — I’ve checked both garages and no trapped kitties in either garage, so she must be hunkered down at home, rather than braving the cold to visit here.

And cold it is. It’s made it to a toasty 52 degrees and that’s just a tad too cold to be outside playing with trains. Robert’s taking 5 in his chair with a good book. My quilt is ready to be quilted, but I’ve moved my machine into the dining room and don’t want to wake Robert so will wait until he wakes up before I begin sewing.

Be safe, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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