Thursday, September 25, 2008

Knocking update

Believe it or not...I now have ALL of the apology letters turned in. I must admit....I really didn't think it would happen. And for sure not within 5 days.
But last evening right after we had eaten....I heard a knock on the front door.
(no...not a Bang) haha
When I answered...there stood one of the boys with his letter in hand just wanting us to know that he figured he'd just drop it off in person instead of sending it. That was cool!!
Way to go kid!! His was the last letter to be turned in.
That's pretty good huh? Less than one week.

Now...I don't have my head in the clouds.....Do I think that we'll probably get *Tricked* on Halloween?
Especially since I know there is at least one of the boys that isn't happy with me.
I can tell.
The night after the big bang... there was a not nice 'B' word written with shaving cream on the back window of Don's old vehicle. hahaha A pretty normal way to vent for a kid don'tcha think. that all the letters are turned in I think it's time to wash it off and put this all behind us.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Night Knocking...

We had a bit of excitement at the old homestead last night.
.... It was just a normal quiet everyday night around here with Grandpa downstairs watching whatever it is he watches on TV and Grandma (me) upstairs doing what I do.... playing a game on my computer while listening to whatever happens to be on my TV.

BAM!!!! ....something (someone) hit the front door HARD!

Now that front door is about 4 feet from my chair as I sit at the computer.... and that noise was way loud and I jumped.... cause it scared the bezeesys out of me.
Who knows....maybe I even said a word or two.
You know it's amazing what runs through the mind when a person doesn't know the truth of an instant. My mind was certainly racing that's for sure. It took a bit of time to gather my thoughts and by that time Grandpa stuck his head out of the hole to see what the noise was while I'm checking all through the house and peeking out through the dark bedroom window trying to see what I couldn't see. It's dark outside!!

Now remember I told you the mind and what it can conjure up. Well...conjuring up it had done...and I wasn't going to open that door!!! I didn't know what (or who) was on the other side and I had no desire to find out at that very moment in time.
Go ahead ... call me a fraidy cat!
Then.... along came the resident hero sauntering right up to that door....flipped the porch light right on.....and OPENED THAT DOOR.

It was busted!!

Whoever had hit it so hard that they broke the screen frame and pushed it clear out.
There's no fixing that baby even with Grandpa's Goop.
But back to the mission at hand..... Grandpa continued on out that broken door and into the yard and around the house and ..... that's where I lost track of him.
I'm not following him!
Fraidy cat!!
Finally, here he comes back from around the house and bringing along the young couple that live right across the street from us. They had seen who it was and was kinda describing the criminals... Um....culprits.....or hoodlums.....whatever.
OK OK ...Seems they were just young boys out walking the street and probably just playing the knocking game. Anyway since there was damage done the neighbor told me to call the sheriff and report it. So..... I did.

Now since we live in a very small community our local sheriff seemed to have a pretty good idea where to go looking for these (young'uns). Said he'd already had one other call about the group so away he went to see if he could find 5 boys up to no good walking the streets in the dark of night.
Ten minutes later I got a call from the department telling me the sheriff found them and he would be bringing them (and their parents) to our house. They'll be paying for the door.
Now I'm impressed!! Way to go sheriff!! He's got my vote in the next election by golly!!

HAHAHA OMGosh!! You should have see a couple of the boys faces. These kids are only in 7th grade and of course I knew each one's parents and some of their grandparents. (Now this morning, after pondering on who these kids are, I've sadly come to the conclusion that maybe only one of them might stand a chance of staying out of future trouble. The others...well I'm pretty sure will not be strangers to the Sheriffs department in the future).
As they were coming to our door the Sheriff quietly told me to not be to easy on them.
HA!! Me??? Once again....that racing mind......and here was my chance....and..... heehee
....But I refrained.
I did give them a bit of a talking to and then told them they would have to pay for the door and I wanted a written apology from each of them and I wanted their parents signature on it and they could then mail it to me.
They all agreed and I could tell they were all soooooo ready for that to be over. hahahaha

Grandpa and I returned to our regularly scheduled activities. He went back to his hole and I back to the computer. (But I kept an eye on that door).

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

yada yada yada.....

Good morning all. I guess it's morning. Can't tell. It's still dark outside. I don't know why I'm up at this ungodly hour...but it seems to be a habit I'm getting into lately. Sheesh!!
Ok...I know.... I've been a slug about posting. It's not very interesting to post about me doing nothing. And that's pretty much what I've been doing lately. Nothing!

Today I'm off to Hays to start the first of two appointments with my orthodontist for dental work. They're working me in a month earlier than I had originally thought. Yeah!
....Well....not Yeah that I'm going to have the work done.....but Yeah that I'm getting it done a month earlier than I made the original appointment for. And Yeah I'll be finished with it a month earlier now. But NOT yeah about the pain!!!

Had Guild meeting last night. We finalized the details of the guest coming in Oct. All the little details like setting up and tearing down and who will do what and what time everyone will do it. Jeanne Poore will be here on a Friday night for a trunk show then Saturday we'll have an all day class to make one of her patterns. I still have to make a decision about the color and then the fabric I'm going to use. Always one of the hardest things for me. I'd better decide soon. Maybe I'll go Christmas. ??

Bye for now all....who knows when I'll be back. heehee
Here's a bit of leftover beauty for your day......

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Thread catcher

I really haven't been in the mood to do much about getting the quilt on the frame so I spent quite a bit of time just dropping in on some blogs and forums I hadn't been to in awhile. I found this pattern on one of the forums and decided... I needed to make one to use when I go to guild with my machine and when we have a class that requires sewing so I don't have loose threads all around me.

It was really easy....but ..... When (IF) I make another one I would change it just a bit. First....I wouldn't fill the flower through the seams in the back. I think it would be much easier to leave one petal open to stuff and fill. Could then slip-stitch that opening closed a lot easier than closing the hole in the back. But of course I haven't done that .... ??? AND...I would definitely fill the next one with sand. This pattern calls for flax seed. Of course I didn't have that so I used brown rice. I also need to pick up a pkg of stuffing just to have on hand for things like this. All I have is batting and that just doesn't work as well.
The flower turned out to be a LOT bigger than I thought it would be. I think I'd cut the squares down to 3.5" instead of 4.5".
And of course this is all just MHO.